Notice: Attempted Purse Snatchings Near Campus

A purse snatching was reported to have occurred on the corner of Lyon and Lafayette.  At approximately 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, September 25th, a woman was walking home after working at Artprize when a man came up from behind, grabbed her, and demanded her purse.  The subject fled in the direction of GRCC’s campus.  Three minutes later, a subject en route to Artprize, parked her vehicle on Fountain St., just east of the Spectrum theater.  While exiting her vehicle, a person matching the description from the first incident, approached from behind, pushed the victim to the ground and demanded her purse.

The suspect in both incidents was described as a black male, in his 20’s, 6 foot to 6 foot 3 in., wearing a red hoodie (pulled up over his head) and black jeans.

Although these incidents did not happen on campus, we would like to remind the campus community to be vigilant when walking around campus.

To protect yourself, do not walk alone.  Walk/park in well lit areas.  Have your keys ready to open your vehicle.

Grand Rapids Community College Police Department urges anyone with any information about this incident to contact them at 234-4010.

GRCC in the News: 9/25/10-9/27/10

Rob Bliss brings joy, hate to Grand Rapids – Promoter noted for quirky events that draw folks to city
Francis X. Donnelly | September 25, 2010 | The Detroit News

Rob Bliss organizes quirky community events that have brought tens of thousands of people to downtown Grand Rapids. It takes all his free time. He doesn’t make a penny. He’s only 21. […] He attended Grand Rapids Community College to study piano and voice. He dropped out earlier this year after getting a job with a local TV station, where he runs its Facebook page.  (More)

GRCC football team bounces back from first loss, beats third-ranked Ellsworth
Published: Saturday, September 25, 2010, 8:00 PM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Although it is only the end of September, the Grand Rapids Community College football team viewed Saturday’s game as a defining moment in the season after suffering its first loss a week ago. The Raiders bounced back with an emphatic first-half display and upset third-ranked Ellsworth Community College 49-28 at Houseman Field.  (More)

‘Ned’ Fenlon, lawmaker who helped build Mackinac Bridge, dies at age 106
Published: Friday, September 24, 2010, 8:43 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — At 106, Edward “Ned” Fenlon could claim to be the oldest alumnus of both Grand Rapids Community College and the University of Notre Dame. But Mr. Fenlon, who died Sunday, likely will be better remembered for his role in crafting legislation leading to the creation of the Mackinac Bridge — and several other of the state’s largest spans.  (More)

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series Kicks Off 9/29/10 With Avraham Burg

This year’s Diversity Lecture Series starts a month earlier than in past years to allow the lecture by Avraham Burg, Peace Activist, Political Leader, Author, to tie into GRCC’s Fall Peace Studies Conference. Burg, who advocates for pluralism and tolerance and a more liberal approach to the Middle East conflict, will speak on Finding Reconciliation in An Era of Fear on Wednesday, September 29, 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church (a book signing will follow Burg’s lecture).

All of the Diversity Lectures are free and open to the public. A complete list of this year’s speakers is available on the website.

Raider Salute to all who Helped get the Lakeshore Campus up and Running

All of the updates/improvements to GRCC’s Lakeshore Campus could not have happened without the collaboration and support of the following:

  • Facilities: Tom Smith,  Jim VanDokkumburg and  Abbot Kastanek
  • Purchasing:  Mansfield Matthewson
  • Printing:  Danelle Sedore
  • IT:  Kevin O’Halla, Donovan Wallace, Darcy Swope, Paul Siegel, Mark Vogel, Todd Torrey, Ryan Warblow, David Syckle, Dan Cook  and Antonio Aguillon
  • School of Workforce Development – Technical Operations:  Bill Grey, Jeff Danner

Photos: The New and Improved Lakeshore Campus

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Fall 2010 has brought several updates to GRCC’s Lakeshore Campus.  Here’s a run-down of some of the improvements:

Updated Computer Lab at the Thompson M-TEC (room 111)1 (Small)

Thompson M-TEC

  • Two brand new computer labs installed on the GRCC network
  • Upgraded Electricity/Electronics Lab equipment and installation of GRCC Network
  • Upgraded Student and Faculty Resource Center equipment and installation of GRCC Network
  • Parking lot expansion to add 71 additional spaces
  • Updated 4 of the 5 manual milling machines in the Industrial Lab
  • New Chevalier automatic surface grinder in the Industrial Lab

West Ottawa North Building

New Student and Faculty Resource Center:

West Ottawa Resource Room Technology Space 2 (Small)

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Tuesday, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, 8:30 am – 6:45 pm

The Resource Room has been established to provide students and faculty with technology resources, study space, multi-function printer, classroom supplies and support services. All GRCC dedicated rooms at West Ottawa North Building are on the GRCC network. Wireless Internet Access points have been installed to allow students and faculty access to GRCC’s wireless network.