Photos: Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Day


This Saturday, GRCC held an Adjunct Faculty Recruitment event to encourage the talented and knowledgeable professionals in West Michigan to consider becoming educators.  After the event kicked off with comments by Dr. Ender, faculty and staff walked attendees through workshops about the process of becoming and adjunct as well as workshops relating the rewarding experience of being a faculty member.

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GRCC in the News: 11/6/10-11/8/10

Duet? GRCC music students can more easily transfer to GVSU after agreement
Published: Monday, November 08, 2010, 9:53 AM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College music students will more easily transfer credits to Grand Valley State University after the schools sign an agreement later this month. More than a dozen GRCC music courses will qualify for transfer credit to GVSU. That’s in addition to courses in other disciplines that will transfer to any state public university.  (More)

GRCC volleyball team wins regional, advances to national tournament
Published: Sunday, November 07, 2010, 10:15 PM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Charlie French’s birthday turned out a whole lot better this year. The Grand Rapids Community College sophomore celebrated her 19th birthday Sunday by helping the volleyball team win a regional championship and earn a national tournament berth for the third time in the past four years.  (More)

The Kalamazoo Promise turns 5: Program sends hundreds to college, reshapes KPS, but ‘still a work in progress’
Published: Sunday, November 07, 2010, 6:00 AM | Julie Mack | Kalamazoo Gazette

[…] Michael Johnson, who graduated with Elian in K-Central’s Class of 2006, represents another type of Promise recipient: Students from families who have had little experience with, or knowledge about, higher education, and are unsure about how to support or encourage that ambition in their children. […] Johnson transferred to Grand Rapids Community College to get away from negative influences, but his education got derailed once again when his mother became sick and he returned home to help care for her. She eventually died of her illness.  (More)

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents ‘Dividends’
Published: Sunday, November 07, 2010, 6:07 AM | Rachael Recker | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — “Dividends” may be Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids’ most mission-satisfying production yet. Celebrating 18 seasons, the local theater group has strived to present live theater focused on universal themes while laced with Jewish traditions. “Dividends” does it all.  (More)

Charley Honey: Religion scholar speaking at Diversity Lecture Series releases new book ‘God Is Not One’
Published: Saturday, November 06, 2010, 3:09 AM | Charley Honey | The Grand Rapids Press

You may have heard the story of the blind men examining an elephant. […] Nice thought. The only problem is it’s wrong, says Stephen Prothero. […] Prothero will bring his alternative gospel to Grand Rapids in a lecture at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE. The free program is part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.  (More)

GRCC volleyball player Meghan Veldheer follows in family’s footsteps
Published: Friday, November 05, 2010, 11:45 AM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — If not for Grand Rapids Community College, Meghan Veldheer might never have been born. The school is the spot where her parents, Jim and Mary, first became acquainted. They later married and had three children.  (More)

GRCC Volleyball on the way to National Competition

GRCC’s Women’s Volleyball team went a perfect 9-0 in three matches during this week’s NJCAA Region XII, Division F Tournament. The Nationally Ranked #7 Raiders opened the tournament with Nationally Ranked #16 Muskegon Community College defeating them in three games, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-17. In the semifinals the Raiders defeated conference rivals Kalamazoo Valley Community College 3-0, 25-16, 25-18 and 25-17 earning their spot in the championship match. Muskegon Community College battled their way back through the consolation bracket after their loss to GRCC in the first round beating Edison Community College, Kellogg Community College and Kalamazoo Community College earning a change to redeem themselves against the Raiders in the championship match. The Raiders defeated Muskegon in three games, 3-0, 25-14, 25-18 and 25-15 granting them the opportunity to play in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament November, 18th 2010 at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

GRCC Staff Present at Professional and Organizational Development (POD) in Higher Education Conference

Adunct Faculty Recruitment Day - Ann Alexander

Last week, Associate Professor of Business and Coordinator of Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Ann M. Alexander and Associate Dean Ric Underhile attended the 35th Annual Professional and Organizational Development (POD) in Higher Education Conference in St. Louis, MO. Ann presented, Floodgates to Gateways: Supporting a Growing Population of Adjuncts.

Campus Dining Specials : 11/08/10 – 11/12/10


  • Raider Grille – Breakfast: Dutch Apple Griddle Cakes
  • Lunch Grille: Mushroom & Swiss Burger
    Hot Express: Pasta Bar
    Wok This Way: Chicken & Broccoli
    Quiet Café & Sneden Café – Lunch Special: BLT Pizza


  • Raider Grille – Breakfast: Southern Scramble Combo
  • Lunch Grille: California Hot Wrap
    Hot Express: Pasta Bar
    Wok This Way: Orange Chicken
    Quiet Café & Sneden Café – Lunch Special: Oriental Chicken Wrap


  • Raider Grille – Breakfast: Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
  • Lunch Grille: Traditional Reuben
    Hot Express: Pasta Bar
    Wok This Way: Beef & Peppers
    Quiet Café & Sneden Café – Lunch Special: Philly Beef Panini


  • Raider Grille – Breakfast: Meat Lover’s Omelet
  • Lunch Grille: French Dip
    Hot Express: Pasta Bar
    Wok This Way: Sesame Chicken
    Quiet Café & Sneden Café – Lunch Special: Deluxe Grilled Cheese


  • 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

[Video] Idea Pitch Competition Winners

GRCC held it’s first Idea Pitch Competition last night in the Calkins Science Auditorium. Fifteen finalists, narrowed down from a field of 56 applicants, presented their 90 second “elevator pitch”; followed by a two minutes Q & A time.

Congratulations to the following GRCC students:

  • 1st place: Kevin Adams, I See You
  • 2nd Place: Zachary Schwartz, Trail Blazers
  • 3rd Place: Angela Swinehart, Interactive Savings Program for Kids

Both first and second place will advance to the Regional Idea Pitch Competition on November 18.

GRCC Public Sale 11/11/10

Grand Rapids Community College is having a public sale Thursday, November 11, 2010 from 7 AM to 7 PM

Location: GRCC Online Store – (Click here the day of the sale to shop for items that will be available)

Visit our Facebook page to see photo’s of featured items.

Pickup: Items available for pick up beginning Friday, November 12, 2010 from 9AM to 4 PM at GRCC, 133 Winchester Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI. After Friday 11/12, pick up by appointment only @ (616) 234-4198. See for pick up details.

This sale will contain limited computers, electronics, technology, books, lost & found, etc.Grand Rapids Community College cannot guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appt). Purchased items not picked up will be returned to stock.

Questions should be directed to, Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing at (616) 234-3850 or email

Grand Rapids Community College has the right to reject any or all bids as deemed necessary in the best interest of the college.

GRCC Set to Offer Classes in Lowell

Grand Rapids Community College will be offering classes in Lowell as of Winter semester. GRCC already has off-campus sites in Byron Center, Rockford, Grandville, and its Lakeshore Campus in Holland.

“The demand for GRCC just stays strong,” said Dan Clark, GRCC’s Dean of the Lakeshore Campus and Academic Outreach. We’re trying to meet students where they live and work, so it is easier for them to attend classes – plus we save them time spent on driving and parking. “
Lowell will make classroom space available in the Runiciman Administration Building at 300 High St. Classes offered for Winter 2011 semester will be:

  • MA 107 Intermediate Algebra MW, 3:15 – 5:30
  • EN 102 English Composition 2 M 5:45 – 9:30
  • PS 110 Survey of American Govt T 2:15 – 5:30
  • PY 201 General Psychology T 5:45 – 9:30
  • COM 135 Interpersonal Communications W 5:45 – 9:30

“We are very excited about creating greater access to GRCC’s academic quality for Lowell and its surrounding communities,” said Clark. “ The Lowell School District Administration has been so supportive of this partnership and they are offering us a great learning environment.”

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for nearly 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.

Raider Salute to Felix Pereiro & the EGO

This came from Amy Koning:

A HUGE thank you to Felix Pereiro and the Entrepreneurial Growth Organization (EGO) for a successful first GRCC Idea Pitch Competition held on November 4. Both Felix, the EGO members, and the Business Dept. students orchestrated a seamless night of competition amongst 15 finalists. The details were endless – but well worth the prize of student achievement! Way to go Felix and EGO!

United Way Campaign: Directing Change

No one does what they do in West Michigan to help direct change in our community. Heart of West Michigan United Way brings together labor, businesses, government, and agencies. From developing and funding programs (Schools of Hope, Kent County Tax Credit Coalition, First Steps) to networking and sharing ideas, they work closely with other organizations to ensurewe are all using our resources wisely, not duplicating services and creating programs that truly meet our community’s needs. These programs are making an impact, getting results, and are changing lives.

If you haven’t already please complete your pledge form and return it to your team captain or Mansfield Matthewson in Purchasing.

United Way Campaign Lunch Out

Idea Pitch Competition Added to Rotation on GRCC TV

Due to the time sensitive nature of the program we are squeezing in last Thursdays GRCC Idea Pitch Competition held in the Calkins Science Auditorium. The airtimes and link is listed below. It will also be given a regular slot next week.

GRCC Idea Pitch Competition
Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
Thursdays at 9:00 a.m.
Saturday at 3:00 p.m.

This program will preempt two airings of the Farmer Jones presentation. The Farmer Jones presentation will appear in the next round of programming to make up for the loss of airtimes this week.