Energy-Saving Ways to Fight Cooler Temperatures

During this beautiful fall season, we are trying to refrain from mechanical heating and cooling whenever possible. At times the temperature in your area may feel cooler if you are not moving around or are directly under an air duct.  Here are some ideas if you are feeling a little chilly:

  • Dress in layer.
  • Keep office and classroom doors closed.
  • Know where the thermostat is in your area and make sure that it is not being blocked or that an electrical appliance is effecting it.
  • If you have windows in your area, open the blinds on sunny days and be sure to close them at night

Thank you for your team effort as we work together to conserve energy

Condolences to Maureen Downer and Family

Condolences to Maureen Downer of Michigan Works at the Tassell M-TEC on the unexpected loss of her husband.  The obituary and information about services are below:

John Downer
DOWNER – Mr. John J. Downer, age 59, of Grand Rapids, passed away unexpectedly Monday, October 11, 2010. Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Maureen Downer (Corby); his siblings, Lucille Downer, Robert (Linda) Downer, Bernard (Cindi) Downer, Irene Korda, Nancy Alvey (Paul Wujtowicz); sister-in-law, Patricia (Ian) Warnock; brother-in-law, Michael Corby; many nieces and nephews; two aunts, Mary Maxim and June Downer; and uncle, Edwin Downer. He was preceded in death by his godchild, Susan Korda; brother-in-law, Steve Korda; his parents, Joseph and Florence Downer; and niece, Debra Downer. John enjoyed gardening and leather crafting with his own “Leather crafts by the Bear.” He was a big Nascar Fan. John was a member of St. Andrew’s Cathedral. He was a longtime employee of Betz Industries. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Cathedral. He will repose in church one hour prior to Mass. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive visitors Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Arsulowicz Brothers, West Mortuary, 585 Stocking NW, where a Vigil Service will be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital or St. Andrew’s Cathedral will be appreciated. ARSULOWICZ BROTHERS WEST MORTUARY

Thank You From Penni Weninger

I am deeply touched by the care and concern from my GRCC friends and colleagues on the passing of my Dad. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to express sympathy, but you’ve shown me that it really doesn’t matter, that every gesture counts and soothes. You helped me through a very tough time. I am fortunate to be a part of this wonderful work family and can’t thank you enough.”

Penni Weninger

Green Growth Conference & Expo (10/13/10-10/14/10)

Green Growth Conference & Expo

GREEN GROWTH  Conference + Expo October 13 + 14, 2010 at the GVSU-Eberhard Center (301 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504).  The Green Growth Conference + Expo is an intensive 2-day event that will provide West Michigan manufacturers and companies with specific, innovative strategies to help them achieve business growth through sustainable business practices.


Day One: Sustainability
Offering 4 separate educational tracks, each track is customized to a specific level of attendeeÕs experience with sustainable practices. From basic 101 sessions on getting started in sustainable business practices to advanced sessions on materials and lifecycle analysis, attendees will be able to make the most of their conference experience.

Day Two: Innovation
Dedicated to green innovation, attendees will hear from industry leading global speakers on ways in which they can develop new, innovative products and services within their own companies. With a special appearance by SIT Systematic Inventive Thinking, participants will be exposed to a new, unique approach to sustainable product development.

GRCC in the News: 10/13/10

Harper College Football Game a Battle of the Twin Presidents
Chicago Tribune Local – Palatine | By Erin Brooks | 10/12/10

The rivalry was born six decades ago. This year, it hits the Harper College football field. Identical twin brothers Kenneth and Steven Ender – who took over as presidents of Harper College in Palatine and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich., respectively, in 2009 – will see their football teams go head to head Saturday, October 23 in Palatine when Kenneth Ender’s Harper Hawks take on Steven Ender’s GRCC Raiders in the epic, second annual football battle aptly dubbed the “Twin Bowl.” (More)

Michigan Lean Consortium to host Russ Scaffede on Nov. 10 in Grand Rapids
Release Date: 2010-10-11

The Michigan Lean Consortium (MLC) along with Pawley Lean Institute is hosting a lean leadership event on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Grand Rapids Community College Auditorium in Grand Rapids, Mich. The title of this event will be “Can lean assist in a Michigan Manufacturing improvement effort?” (More)