Photos: Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Gala 2010

2010 César E. Chávez Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Gala

These photos were taken by GRCC Interim Executive Director of Communications Lynne Jarman-Johnson at the 2010 César E. Chávez Hispanic Excellence Scholarship Gala (an annual event to honor the values, traditions and legacy of César E. Chávez).

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Proceeds from the Gala funded six $1,000 scholarships for local Hispanic students who attend Grand Rapids Community College:

  • Melissa Arvizu, 3.725 GPA, Computer Applications
  • Febelidia Grullón, 3.852 GPA, Child Development
  • Julia Medina, 3.945 GPA, Psychology
  • Adriana Ocampo, 3.926 GPA, Child Development
  • Marissa Sánchez, 3.786 GPA, Pre-Elementary Education
  • Mario Ybarra, 4.000 GPA, Pre-Med

Congratulations to Candace Cowling on Tribute! Award

Hearty congratulations to Candace Cowling, Executive Director at the Child and Family Resource Council, and wife of Klaas Kwant in the Media Technologies department for being honored with 2010 Tribute! Award in the Advocacy category from the YWCA.  Many in the GRCC community likely know Candace from the great work she does to make Grand Rapids a better place for the underserved.

For more than 30 years, the YWCA’s Annual TRIBUTE! Awards have honored over 175 women representing a distinguished sorority of leaders and trail-blazers.  Read more about Candace here.

IIPD Grant Applications Due 10/22/10

The deadline for submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) program is 4:30 p.m., October 22, 2010. Please note that the IIPD Guidelines and all application forms have been revised. The revised application packet and Guidelines are available in the IIPD and SSPD Grants section of the Grants Office website at Applications should be delivered to the GRCC Foundation Office, 1st floor, College Park Plaza. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director of Grants and Resource Development at 234-3910 or at

New Learning Opportunity Registration Process Effective 10/11/10

Employee Professional Development & Enrichment and the Center for Teaching Excellence want to thank Dave Anderson and Nate Hamiliton from IT for all their work making this new process come to life. Through their efforts, when you register for a learning opportunity, it will be recorded directly into PeopleSoft.

You will still go to the following websites to register for learning opportunities:

With this new process, you will be prompted to log into PeopleSoft using the same information you use when looking at your paycheck. There will be complete directions at the top of each of the above webpages.

Questions can be directed to:

Employee Professional Development and Enrichment

Center for Teaching Excellence

Free Blood Pressure Screening

When is the last time you had your blood pressure checked? Have you been told you are hypertensive? Hypertension is known as the silent killer because it is deadly and has no early significant symptoms. Untreated hypertension can lead to and/or complicate many health problems, including coronary heart disease, stroke , kidney failure, heart failure, vision changes and blindness. The WE team, along with GRCC Nursing students is offering blood pressure screening several dates/times throughout the month of October. The first one is Thursday, October 14 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the following locations:

  • Winchester Alley
  • 4th floor Main
  • Raider Grill Foyer
  • 1st floor Science Bldg

Other dates, times & locations:

  • Monday, October 18 1:30-2:30 4th floor Main; Lobby by Art & Bev’s; 1st floor Science Building
  • Monday, October 18 1-2 p.m. Sneden Hall Welcome Center