Photos: Executive Chef Richard Sturgeon Teaches GRCC Students


Executive Chef Richard Sturgeon, a colleague of GRCC’s own Chef Angus Campbell, was on campus the past several days to share his wisdom, skills, and international expertise gained from decades in the business.  Chef Sturgeon was executive chef at the Marine Hotel in Troon, Scotland before recently retiring after 42 years. This is exactly the sort of quality education that will be enhanced by the scholarship opportunities created during Restaurant Week GR (more info:

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GRCC in the News: 10/30/10-11/1/10

GRCC volleyball team wins program’s first MCCAA title by avenging loss to Muskegon CC
Published: Sunday, October 31, 2010, 10:30 PM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team got retribution Saturday at the Michigan Community College Athletic Association tournament.  The Raiders also got something that had eluded them in past years.  GRCC (29-2) won the program’s first MCCAA championship with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 21-25, 25-13) win over Muskegon Community College in the championship match at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.  (More)

Make Grand Rapids a culinary destination | By Jane Ammeson Times Correspondent | Posted: Saturday, October 30, 2010 12:00 am

Serious foodies will want to head north to Grand Rapids, Mich., for Restaurant Week, a new event that runs from Nov. 4 to 13. More than 50 area restaurants are offering three course (and sometimes more) for $20.10 […] Giving us one more reason to eat –- as if we needed one –– one dollar from each meal ordered funds the student scholarship program at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Gonzo’s Guide: Restaurant Week, Opera Grand Rapids, Tyler Perry’s ‘ For Colored Girls’
Published: Sunday, October 31, 2010, 4:16 AM  | John Gonzalez | The Grand Rapids Press

Happy Halloween my fellow ghosts and goblins. Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about the holidays. And I have at least one shopping experience in my Top 5 list of things to do this week. Read on. […] 1. Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. Make your reservations now! More than 50 local restaurants are teaming up to offer a unique dining experience, all for a reasonable price of $20.10 per person. Foodies will be able to experience three-course meals at some of the area’s best “fine dining” restaurants at a bargain price. Restaurant Week runs Thursday through Nov. 13. A gala kickoff is at 6 p.m.. Monday at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Tickets are $75. Proceeds go to the institute’s student scholarship fund.  (More)

Muskegon Community College bows out in finals of MCCAA volleyball state tournament
Published: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 8:10 PM | Muskegon Chronicle

Muskegon Community College hoped to capture the school’s first state volleyball championship, but the Jayhawks fell Saturday to seventh-ranked Grand Rapids Community College 25-22, 25-20, 21-25, and 25-13.  “They are tall and fast and they did things right all day,” MCC coach Ed Bailey said about GRCC. “They are the best ranked team we’ve seen all season.”  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College overcomes turnovers vs. Joliet to advance in football playoffs
Published: Saturday, October 30, 2010, 6:15 PM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Community College football team put a 56-point drubbing on Joliet Junior College this month.  Saturday’s rematch at Houseman Field was much different, and it nearly ended in a crushing defeat for the fifth-ranked team in National Junior College Athletic Association Division II.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College looks to keep home win streak going in football playoffs
Published: Friday, October 29, 2010, 10:00 AM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Houseman Field has been kind to the Grand Rapids Community College football team this season.  And extremely unkind to visiting opponents.  (More)

Teaching Children to Read
Trendy Tree Blog | Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 2:54 pm

To promote reading in children, a special group from the Grand Rapids Community College  put together a package of delightful products to present to children. The packet included a Gingerbread story book, a packet of ingredients with cookie cutter to make cookies and a Burton and Burton Gingerbread apron.  (More)

Photos: Admissions Open House 10/30/10

Admissions Open House 10/30/10

The Admissions Office hosted its 2nd Annual Fall Open House on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at Sneden Hall. The event was attended by 137 prospective students plus their parents. Programming included Admissions and Financial Aid workshops, campus tours, and a GRCC Resource fair. Three academic advisors were on hand and met with students to discuss GRCC programs and transferring options.

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Thank you to the following departments for participating in the event:

  • Counseling and Career Center
  • Financial Aid
  • First Year Experience
  • Honors Program
  • Job Training
  • Lakeshore Campus
  • Student Life
  • Student Support Services/Disability Support
  • Workforce Training

Campus Dining Specials : 11/01/10 – 11/05/10

Campus Dining Specials : 11/01/10 – 11/05/10


Raider Grille –
Breakfast: Cranberry Walnut Griddle Cakes
Lunch Grille: Louisiana Bleus Burger
Hot Express: Pasta Bar
Wok This Way: General Tso Chicken
Quiet Café & Sneden Café – Lunch Special: Chicken Taco Pizza


Raider Grille –
Breakfast: Sunshine Scramble
Lunch Grille: Parmesan Chicken Wrap
Hot Express: Pasta Bar
Wok This Way: Sweet & Sour Pork
Quiet Café & Sneden Café – Lunch Special: Ham & Cheddar Grill


Raider Grille –
Breakfast: Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
Lunch Grille: Meatloaf Sandwich
Hot Express: Pasta Bar
Wok This Way: Beef & Broccoli
Quiet Café & Sneden Café – Lunch Special: Beef Fajita Wrap


Raider Grille –
Breakfast: Cheese Burger Omelet
Lunch Grille: Mediterranean Chicken Sandwich
Hot Express: Pasta Bar
Wok This Way: Chicken Lo Mein
Quiet Café & Sneden Café – Lunch Special: Chicken Pesto Panini


Raider Grille –
Breakfast: Make Your Own Belgian Waffle Bar!
Lunch Grille: Chef’s Choice
Hot Express: Belgian Waffle Bar
Wok This Way: CLOSED
Quiet Café & Sneden Café – CLOSED

United Way Campaign Kickoff: One Way to Give – Employee Cookbooks

Today is the kickoff of our United Way Drive for 2010. The campaign runs for two weeks – through November 12 and our goal is $61,000. We know it is another gloomy year economically so we have kept to virtually the same goal for the last few years. One way we could meet the goal more easily is to encourage more to share the load. Our participation rate is 27%, so if we could get a few more folks to contribute, it would help us all.

Watch for one of our many campaign captains to contact you this week.  We are fortunate to have so many volunteering to help cover our ever-expanding campuses.  They have answers for your questions, plus literature and forms. You can also watch for more information here in GRCC Today about the auction, contests and other fun activities planned to help us meet our goal and have some fun doing it.

One way to give is copies of the cookbook put together for last years GRCC United Way Campaign that are available again this year. This cookbook has approximately 150 recipes contributed by GRCC employees. Each cookbook is $10 and make great holiday gifts.

Contact Liz Timmer if you would like to purchase a copy. All proceeds from the sale of the cookbooks goes to The Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Raider Salute to Rachael Jungblut

This Raider Salute comes from Eric Williams:

The State of Michigan notified GRCC that they owed the College $90,000 from a grant that ended over 2 years ago. We were told that they needed an extensive amount of documentation within 3 working days to qualify for the reimbursement funds, otherwise it would be forfeited. Rachael worked tirelessly, including over the weekend, to locate the information the State required and compiled it so that it was submitted complete and on time. This was a monumental task for many reasons but Rachael never complained. She only delivered !! She demonstrated commitment, accountability, excellence, and service. She deserves a pat on the back for her work.