GRCC in the News: 10/15/10

GRCC running back Korey Ringer follows in family’s footsteps, sets sights on Division I football
Published: Friday, October 15, 2010, 7:00 AM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Korey Ringer doesn’t have to look far for accomplished role models in his budding football career.  The Grand Rapids Community College freshman has two within his own family tree.  (More)

High-speed and light rail transit: If you build it, will they come?
Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 11:35 PM \ Rex Larsen | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Will Cronin says anyone who has ever taken a train from one city to another recognizes the convenience and value of passenger rail.  “We have got to get people off the expressways,” the Grand Rapids man told a group gathered Thursday to discuss the future of the state’s rail system. […] Nicholas Wikar, president of Grand Rapids Community College‘s Student Congress, said he is optimistic about the future of passenger rail in the state because it’s the logical next step.  (More)

GRCC’s Aronde Stanton honored as national defensive player of the week
Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010, 11:25 AM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

Grand Rapids Community College defensive end Aronde Stanton was recently selected as the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the Week.  Stanton, a 6-foot-1, 265-pound sophomore from Martin Luther King High School, had two defensive touchdowns in last week’s 65-9 win against Joliet Junior College.  (More)

GRCC Part of “Achieving the Dream” Research

Dr. Terri Manning,  associate vice president of institutional research, from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC and Dr. Alice Villadsen, retired President of Brookhaven College in the Dallas Community College System have spent the past two days meeting with a variety of GRCC faculty groups as part of GRCC’s participation in the Achieving the Dream initiative. More information about AtD at GRCC can be found at

(Left to Right) Dr. Terri Manning and Dr. Alice Villadsen.

(Left to Right) Dr. Terri Manning and Dr. Alice Villadsen.

Wellness Enrichment Activities

Wellness & Enrichment Activities from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment

Free Blood Pressure Screening (10/18)

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. The WE team, along with GRCC nursing students, is offering blood pressure screening at several dates/times throughout the month of October. The first date is Monday, October 18 at the following locations and times:

Sneden Welcome Center/Reception Area 1-2 p.m.
ATC by Art & Bev’s 1:30-2:30 p.m.
4th Floor Main Building by Collins Art Gallery 1:30-2:30 p.m.
1st floor Science Building 1:30-2:30 p.m.

United Way Chili Cook-off (10/19)

Come see who makes the best darn chili at GRCC and support United Way. A dozen GRCC employees are making claim to this title. There will be 15 different chilies to taste. For $4 you can taste all 15 — if you want. Get your tickets from the following folks:

Tracy Payne – 4th floor College Park Plaza
Nanci Guigue – Dean’s Office ATC
Janis Qualls – Science Building
Debbie DeWent – Provost’s Office
Stacey Herrick – 418 Cook Hall
Tammy Mosley – Tassell MTEC
Employee Professional Development & Enrichment

Some Enrichment activities for your calendars — watch GRCC Today for details

  • Family Movie – Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 10:30 a.m.
  • Employee Holiday Breakfast – Friday, December 17 @ 7:30 a.m.
  • Family Bowling – Saturday, January 22 @ 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Employee Professional Development Opportunities (10/18/10-10/28/10)

From Employee Professional Development & Enrichment

The following learning opportunities are available to all employees unless otherwise indicated:

Monday, October 18 | Food Choices, Exercise & Weight Loss 3:30-5 p.m.

Tuesday, October 19

  • Searching for Opportunities (Innovation Workshop) 9-11 a.m.
  • DiSC Classic 2.0 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, October 20 | Best Practices in Taking Notes & Minutes 3-4 p.m.

Thursday, October 21 |  Emotional Intelligence 9-11 a.m.

Friday, October 22 | Adapting to Change 9-10:30 a.m.

Monday, October 25

  • Basics for Supervisors of Student Employees 10:30 a.m.-Noon
  • Motivating Others 2-4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 26

  • Scoring Ideas (Innovation Workshop) 9-11 a.m.
  • Leading Change 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, October 27

  • Resumes & Cover Letters 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness Training 2:30-4 p.m.

Thursday, October 28

  • GroupWise 7 & 8 — The Difference 10-11 a.m.
  • Disability 101 1-3 p.m.

For descriptions or to register for any of these courses, go to