GRCC United Way Campaign Raises Over $45,000

The United Way team would like to extend to you a heart felt thank you. With your generosity we raised over $45,000! This could not have been possible without the assistance of our wonderful United Way team captains.

It is the perfect time to submit your pledge form which gives you the opportunity to make our community a better place to live and help GRCC reach it’s goal of $60,000. Please return pledge forms before the holiday shutdown to Mansfield Matthewson in Purchasing.

  • Pledges: $44,748.90
  • Auction: $1262
  • Pop can drive: $33.80
  • Cook books: $80
  • Chilli cook off: $167

Photos: Root Camp 1st Week has Great Turnout

GRCC Root Camp Week 1

The first week of GRCC Workforce Training’s “Root Camp” for gardeners had a great turnout and received some wonderful reviews.  Among the comments, “very informative, wonderful speaker”, “common sense applications, loved it! ” “makes me want to get in the dirt!”

The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, January 19th. it’s called, Cruising the Seed Catalog – What’s Good & What’s Easy. It features Master Gardener, Rachael Jungblut (GRCC Workforce Training). Registration is appreciated

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GRCC in the News: 12/16/10

Student entrepreneurs craft impressive business plan for REthink Water
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 | Rapid Growth

A team of student entrepreneurs from local colleges continues to impress with their business plan for REthink Water. […] Next steps include developing a prototype and competing in the GRCC “Armen Awards” Innovation Challenge, in which they have already become one of the top 10 finalists.  (More)

Football Program Adds Five Junior College Transfers
YSU Sports | December 15, 2010

Youngstown State Head Football Coach Eric Wolford announced on Wednesday that five junior college standouts have signed National Letters of Intent to join the program in January. The group includes two offensive linemen, two defensive linemen and a placekicker. […] Signing mid-year letters with the Penguins are offensive lineman Mark Pratt (Snow Junior College), offensive lineman Lamar Mady (Butler County Community College), defensive lineman Josh Fenderson (Rochester Community Tech College), defensive lineman Nick DeKraker (Grand Rapids Community College) and placekicker David Brown (Ventura Community College).  (More)

Energy Conservation Program Reminder for the Holiday Shutdown

Our faculty and staff members did a great job pitching in to save energy for our Thanksgiving break. Thank you! Here’s your reminder that the Winter Break is almost upon us and this shutdown period is one of the most important of the year for saving energy. As you prepare for longer break, take a few minutes to ready your area for this vital shutdown:

· All refrigerators should be unplugged, cleaned out with its doors propped open. We recommend that this be completed at least one day prior to staff leaving for the shutdown so the unit can be monitored for excessive melting of built up ice in the freezer area:

  • Unplug the unit
  • Empty the appliance of all food
  • Block the door open so air can circulate and discourage mildew

· Power down all copiers/printers /scanners

· Unplug equipment such as computers/monitors/speakers, radios, cell phone chargers, and power supplies, small appliances, etc. If items are on a power strip, unplug the strip.

· Power classroom equipment such as media carts, projectors, computers, monitors, etc.

· Ensure all fume-hood sashes are closed, and all fume-hood lights are turned off in labs

NOTE: Please be aware that personally owned space heaters are prohibited. If you have a personally owned space heater on campus it is recommended that you take it with you when you leave for the holiday break.

GRCC in the News: 12/15/10

Grand Rapids Community College selects Chief of Police
Jessica Puchala | Updated:12/14/2010 10:22:52 PM

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Grand Rapids Community College is filling an important position that has been open since July. Captain Rebecca Whitman of the Grand Rapids Police Department will take over as the school’s Chief of Police. Whitman has been with the Grand Rapids Police for more than 24 year, starting as an intern back in 1986.  (More)

City Police veteran Whitman tapped to head GRCC department
Published: Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 4:29 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Rebecca Whitman, a 25-year veteran of the Grand Rapids Police Department, has been named chief of the Grand Rapid Community College Police. Whitman replaces Cindy Kennell, who died in July.  (More)

Editorial: A piece of the pie: Lawmakers need to be responsible and responsive
Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010, 7:01 AM | Paula Holmes-Greeley | The Muskegon Chronicle

It was disappointing that Muskegon Community College’s request for $3.75 million in state funding to help build a visual arts and media center was not among the eight community college and university projects that received funding during a lame-duck session of the legislature earlier this month. […] Approximately 25 proposals were initially considered, including $75 million for construction at Grand Valley State University, the Grand Rapids campus of Ferris State University and Grand Rapids Community College, which also was denied.  (More)

United Way Food Drive a Success

GRCC’s United Way team and the Academic Service Learning Center would like to thank the following groups for helping stock the shelves of the SECOM and North Kent Service Center pantries: College Park Plaza, Sneden Hall, Applied Technology Center, English Department, Gerontology Club, and the Black Student Union. Winners will receive an e-mail from Kelsey this coming Friday detailing prize pick-up instructions.

An extra-large thank you to the following:

  • 1st Place: Black Student Union (140 lbs) winning a Catered Event courtesy of Aaron Chew & Food Services
  • 2nd Place: College Park Plaza (130 lbs) winning gift cards from Celebration Cinema
  • 3rd Place: Tassell M-Tec (112 lbs) winning a $50 gift card for Papa Johns Pizza donated by Student Life

And a GIANT Thank you to:

  • Bob Lacy and the Facilities team for assisting in the set-up of the POD, transporting boxes and many pounds of food!
  • ASLC Student Assistants for weighing, tracking and transporting food

Reminder: PC Replacement Survey

Reminder: IT Customer Support Team is doing an inventory of all computers on campus and they need your input:

1. Click on the following URL. Open “The List” and confirm the information about your equipment
2. If your information is not correct. Use the form on the website to send the correct information
3. Read the FAQ’s on the website. This will assist you with any questions you may have