Photos: Vikki Cooper Receives November GRCC Spirit Award


Congratulations to Vikki Cooper, who was nominated for the GRCC Spirit Award by Cindy Martin. A quote from her nomination reads, “Vikki Cooper is very committed to excellence in her own teaching, and expects it from the teachers she works with. She is proving to be a true leader in her department, one who is highly respected. “

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Photos: Upward Bound “Making the Leap”

GRCC Upward Bound Program Participates in "Making the Leap"

On November 19th 2010, students from the GRCC Upward Bound program participated in the “Making the Leap Program.” The Making the Leap program is a service learning project that helps build students leadership skills, confidence and presentation skills. Before students could participate in the program they had to attend a number of workshops that helped prepare them to make a solid presentation.

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The program was designed and coordinated by the VISTA volunteer Brian Williams who had a vision, “The students wanted to do a project that would give back to the community before they graduated, and they wanted to target younger students. With the help of the Upward Bound students we came up with this idea to have the college bound students give advice on making a good transition from middle school to high school. I wanted the students to share experiences that they thought should be handed down and useful for those incoming freshmen.”

GRCC Upward Bound students had to design a 10-15 min presentation on a topic that they felt should be middle school appropriate. The students really enjoyed the experience. We are planning on doing a tour across the city of Grand Rapids to help motivate and encourage students to make healthy choices on staying in school and becoming great leaders.

Fox 17 Featuring “A Cool Yule”

Circle Theatre & GRCC (along with GRCC Alumni Relations) are proud to announce an inaugural collaborative benefit performance featuring GRCC alum Ryan Jarosch in “Santaland Diaries” by David Sedaris, and a cabaret featuring Darion Murchison & Wright McCargar.  To promote the show, the cast will be appearing on FOX 17 WXMI:

  • Tuesday, December 14: FOX 17 in the morning with Emily Richett they will be live on the news doing a few segments consisting of interviews and performances.
  • Tuesday, December 14: On Air with Shelley Irwin at 10:00 a.m.

Art & Bev’s Weekly Specials Week of 11/30/10-12/3/10

Art & Bev’s Weekly Specials – Week of November 30th


  • Taco Salad Bowl $4.00
  • Reuben Burger $3.00
  • $3.50 Soups: Chicken Sausage Gumbo/Broccoli Cheddar


  • Chicken Cordon Bleu w/potatoes and veggie $4.00
  • Soups: Chicken Sausage Gumbo/Fire Roasted vegetable


  • Beef Stroganoff Bowl $4.00
  • Baked Italian Sub w/fries $5.00
  • Soups: Chicken Sausage Gumbo/Cream of Mushroom


  • Shepherds Pie $4.00
  • Soups: Southwest Corn Chowder and ????

Art & Bev’s is pleased to serve you, and thanks you for choosing Art & Bev’s where your patronage helps in our learning. Art & Bev’s is an SICE Student Run Enterprise.

Literacy Empowerment Project (12/7/10)

Please join GRCC’s Academic Service Leaning Department in recognizing reading students’ efforts in the Literacy Empowerment Project this semester, an initiative that connects reading students with volunteer faculty and staff who act as reading mentors.

The event will feature appetizers, a gift for the reading students who participated in the Literacy Empowerment Project, and information for all faculty and staff about the Project.

The event will occur December 7 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the library.  Questions? Contact Kellie Roblin at 234-4388.

College Channel Special Programming Schedule: 11/29/10-12/31/10

The line-up of new programming on GRCC’s cable channel is now available at  The slate includes the Regional 2010 Idea Pitch Competition, Exploring Our Energy Future – The West Michigan Enviromental Action Council presents: Exploring Our Energy Future The What, Where, and How of Lake Michigan Wind Turbines, Critical Issues Symposium 2010 at Hope College Keynote Address by Joel Salatin, Bob and Aliecia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center presents Stephen Prothero, World-Religions Scholar, Author, Aquinas Lunchtime Lectures – Molly Patterson, World Affairs Council of West Michigan presents its third of four lectures: The Big History of Humanity – Dr. Craig Benjamin, GVSU, The Big History of the Present and Future – Dr. Craig Benjamin of GVSU, Keynote Address, American Indians in Media – Dr. Beverly Singer and many more.

Video of many of the programs is also available on our Youtube channel at Enjoy!

GRCC Innovation Competition Top 10 Ideas Announced

Twenty ideas were submitted for the first ever GRCC Innovation Competition.  This year’s topic centered around sustainability and judges from the GRCC Sustainability Council selected the top 10 ideas.
These top 10 ideas moving forward to Round 2 of the competition will be announced at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 1, 2010 in the Board Library on the 5th floor of the Main Building.  Employees and students are invited to attend.

25 Rules, 25 Weeks: Rule #4: Listen

Dr. Forni writes “What prevents us from doing a good job of listening is that instead of focusing on other people, we focus on ourselves and our own needs. This is what we do, for instance, when we interrupt.” “A colleague tells me over the telephone that she went to Florida for a vacation. Instead of asking her how her vacation was, I hasten to tell her how I feel about Florida….. The result: my colleague’s experience and feelings get lost completely in my inane and self-centered rambling.”….. “Good listening is hard work.”

Share your experiences. Civilly post your thoughts or comments on Rule #4: Listen by clicking here.

GRCC in the News: 11/30/10

Grand Rapids Community College’s bowl trip a new experience for some players
Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 9:00 AM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Some members of the Grand Rapids Community College football team are looking forward to the warmer weather. Some can’t wait to chow down on southern-style cuisine. But there are more than a few dreading the course of transportation en route to this weekend’s Mississippi Bowl.  (More)

Funeral services set for Grand Rapids businessman, philanthropist Peter Cook
Published: Monday, November 29, 2010, 2:37 PM | The Grand Rapids Press staff

GRAND RAPIDS — Funeral services for prominent Grand Rapids businessman and philanthropist Peter Cook are set for 11 a.m. Thursday at Central Reformed Church, 10 College Ave. NE. Visitation is from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Metcalf & Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 4291 Cascade Road SE.  (More)

Editorial: Peter Cook, philanthropist, left his mark on West Michigan
Published: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 9:00 AM | The Grand Rapids Press Editorial Board

Peter C. Cook rose from modest beginnings on Grand Rapids’ West Side to a life of wealth and status. Still, Mr. Cook never forgot the values of his earliest years — helping out, working hard, giving back. Especially giving back. […] At Hope College there is Cook Hall and the Cook Auditorium. Other beneficiaries: Aquinas College, Davenport University, Cornerstone University and Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Employee Holiday Breakfast

The WE Team and Employee Professional Development & Enrichment are adding something to this year’s Employee Holiday Breakfast that needs your help.

They are looking for pictures of employees when they were kids celebrating the holidays. Send your picture to Liz Timmer in Employee Professional Development & Enrichment by Friday, December 10. Be sure to put your name & department on the back of the picture. We promise all pictures will be returned in the same condition in which received. That’s all that can be said for now but you tons of fun is promised.

Here are the details regarding the breakfast and where you can get tickets:

It is being held on Friday, December 17, 2010 at 7:30 a.m. in the Fieldhouse. Tickets are on sale from now through Friday, December 10 for $3. You can purchase tickets from the following Holiday Elves:

Tracy Payne – 4th Floor College Park Plaza
Alyce Stark – ATC
Janis Qualls – Science Building
Debbie DeWent – Provost’s Office
Stacey Herrick – Social/Behavioral Sciences
Carol Kramer — Facilities Office
Tammy Mosley – Tassell M-TEC
Employee Professional Development & Enrichment – Admin Bldg – DeVos Campus

For those of you new to GRCC, in addition to the tons of fun, there will be great food and door prizes. You don’t want to miss it.

Littlest Fundraiser With the Biggest Heart

Six-Year-Old Brayden donating to the GRCC Foundation with his mom Meghan

Six-Year-Old Brayden donating to the GRCC Foundation with his mom Meghan

Erin Cisler from the GRCC Foundation sent in this inspiring story:

Six year old Brayden stopped by the Foundation Office with his mom Meghan, on the Wednesday just before Thanksgiving. He brought with him $55 in cash that he saved since his birthday in June.  He wanted to give this money to a Police Officer that was hurt. His money will go to the fund established in memory of Bobby Kozminski, GRPD Officer killed in the line of duty. Thank You, Brayden!

GRCC in the News: 11/24/10-11/30/10

Grand Rapids businessman, philanthropist Peter Cook dies at 96
Published: Monday, November 29, 2010, 8:00 AM | Pat Shellenbarger | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Peter C. Cook, a child of the Great Depression who rose from near poverty to become a visionary businessman and generous philanthropist, died Sunday. Mr. Cook, 96, was admitted to the Meijer Heart Center at Spectrum Health downtown during the weekend and died early Sunday evening. […] Recipients of his generosity included such organizations as Spectrum Health, Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, Hope College, Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University, his alma mater.  (More)

College basketball roundup: GRCC 82, ALMA JV 68
Published: Saturday, November 27, 2010, 12:30 AM | The Grand Rapids Press

MEN GRCC 82, ALMA JV 68: Quinntrai Lampkins had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Grand Rapids Community College to a win on the road. Jake Visser and Gabe Rivera added 11 points each for GRCC (2-2). Pete VanOosten led the Alma JV (0-2) with 19 points and 12 rebounds.  (More)

PHCC volleyball team wins national championship
By KLINT LOWRY | The Suncoast News | Published: November 26, 2010

NEW PORT RICHEY – National Junior College Athletics Association, you’ve been served – and set and spiked, too. On Nov. 20, the Pasco-Hernando Community College women’s volleyball team did something no other Florida college has ever done when they won the National Junior College Athletics Association Division II National Championship. […] Unlike many tournaments in which a team might have its easiest time in the first round, Whitney said, she knew their opening round might be their toughest. It was against Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan, which was coming into the tournament with a record of 35-2. And the way the 16-team tournament is formatted, if a team loses its opening match, the best it can hope for from that point on is a ninth-place finish.  (More)

Community college part of national `green jobs’ initiative
By LIZ PACHECO | Capital News Service

LANSING – Green roofs, solar panels and a native plant garden are among the green initiatives Grand Rapids Community College and Wilbur Wright College in Chicago are taking to become more efficient and environmentally friendly. Related changes are happening in classrooms too, with curriculums redesigned to provide green job training.  (More)

Family mourns loss of man killed while trying to cross 28th Street
Published: Wednesday, November 24, 2010, 7:34 PM | Kaitlin Shawgo | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – When he was 12 years old, Kevin Shumpert-McEwen, Jr. wrote his first novel – a horror story. His grandmother, Dorothy Rhodes, remembered the 21-year-old’s passion for writing and his love for scary tales. […] After graduating from Creston High School a few years ago, Shumpert-McEwen had been working and preparing to attend Grand Rapids Community College, Rhodes said.  (More)

Trustee: Don’t subsidize ‘evil things’
Community College Spotlight | Joanne Jacobs ON November 23, 2010

Grand Rapids Community College is under fire from a trustee for subsdizing “evil things,” such as funding a theater group that performed a play depicting Jesus as a gay man, reports the Grand Rapids Press. Trustee Richard Ryskamp also “objected to spending $30,000 for the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center and $15,000 for the Diversity Lecture Series, which last year included Angela Davis,” a former Black Panther and Communist Party candidate for vice president.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community Colleges bounces back with two wins at NJCAA D-II volleyball tourney
Published: Friday, November 19, 2010, 10:10 PM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team recovered quite well from its first-round loss at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II tournament. The Raiders won two matches Friday to guarantee a top-10 finish in the 16-team event at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.  (More)