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.