Congratulations to Ryan Lockwood on big Wins at the Addy Awards

Ryan Lockwood's Addy Award-winning Aptera Campaign

Ryan Lockwood at the 2011 Addy Awards Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Press

Image Courtesy Grand Rapids Press

GRCC Employee Ryan Lockwood of the Graphic Design and Communications Departments took home THREE of the American Advertising Federation West Michigan’s Addy awards in the student category at last night’s Addy awards including one Gold and one “Best of Show.”

Ryan is a student at Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art & Design.

View Ryan’s “Aptera” Campaign here.

View the rest of his portfolio here.

Ryan Lockwood Aptera Addy-Winning Campaign

GRCC in the News: 2/25/11

See who won 2011 Addy Awards, local advertising version of the Oscars
Published: Thursday, February 24, 2011, 10:30 PM | Shandra Martinez | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — A vintage Airstream trailer, a logo for a church event and a student’s campaign for a three-wheel vehicle were the big winners at the 2011 annual Addy Awards. […] Ryan William Lockwood, a senior at Kendall College of Art and Design, was the big winner with three Addy awards including a gold and student Best of Show for his mixed media campaign for the Aptera, a three-wheel electric car. He was surprised at how well he did his first time entering the competition. “I just thought it would be cool to get professional feedback,” said Lockwood, who is hoping his awards will help him land a job in the advertising industry. I think it’s pretty important,” said Lockwood, 27, who works part-time at Grand Rapids Community College as a graphic designer in communications. (More)

Police: Student taken to ATM, robbed – Ferris student was walking out of GRCC building
Thursday, 24 Feb 2011, 5:12 PM EST | By Tony Tagliavia

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Police are looking for two suspects after they said one approached a Ferris State University-Grand Rapids student Thursday afternoon, asked him for money — and talked him into a car where another man drove the victim to an ATM and the suspects took more money. (More)

GRCC student reports robbery, says he was taken to ATM to withdraw cash
Published: Thursday, February 24, 2011, 5:08 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — A Grand Rapids Community College student reported he was robbed after two men took his money and drove him to an ATM machine to withdraw more. The student, who takes Ferris State University classes at GRCC, told campus police he was approached about 1:15 p.m. near the intersection of Ransom Avenue and Fountain Street NE. by a man in his late 30s, 6 feet tall, chunky build, with stubble on his chin, wearing all black clothing. (More)

Spurt to victory
Friday, February 25, 2011 9:14:02 AM | By Aaron Green, The Herald-Palladium, St. Joseph, Mich.

Feb. 24–BENTON TWP — Kaliee Weberg is growing into her role. The sophomore guard scored a game-high 16 points, including knocking down four 3-pointers, as the Lake Michigan College women’s basketball team defeated Grand Rapids Community College 57-44. (More)

Life Plan Seminar 3/24/11

Life Plan Seminar – Thursday, March 24, 2011 2-4 p.m.

The WE Team and Employee Professional Development & Enrichment are offering a seminar to GRCC faculty or staff member that deals with current laws at the State and Federal level as they relate to individual and family financial planning. It will also cover how to keep and protect personal assets in the event of serious illness, accident, or death and how to structure estate plans that will protect individual assets. This course also touches on advanced directives and how they are related to one’s financial plan.

This session is open to all GRCC faculty and staff. Employees can register at

Spouses and adult children of employees are also welcome to attend. Please email names and contact information to

“Excuse me, I Believe You Have my Stapler:” Purchasing Announces New Office Supply Vendor

Purchasing has recently competitively bid and awarded office supplies. Consequently, GRCC will be switching suppliers the week of March 7, 2011. We’re pleased to announce that our new supplier is Materials Management Solutions, an Office Depot partner. A training session will be held on Tuesday March 8, 2011 in Room 101 Cook at either 10:00am or 1:00pm. The training session will provide you with instruction on new ordering procedures, Q&A and allow you to “get to know” the new supplier. Please email to register for one of these sessions.

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The last day that you will be able to order with our current supplier Office Max is Friday March 4, 2011. Please plan accordingly.

Purchasing would appreciate any feedback you have that would contribute to a successful transition of these services. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Purchasing Department at #3850.

GRCC Business Students Helping Low-Income Residents With Tax Preparation 2/26/11

VITA Class - GRCC Business Students Helping With Low-Income Tax Returns

GRCC Business Students are Distinct!  Accounting Instructor, Ann Palenske, CPA continues to demonstrate what makes GRCC Distinct. Thanks to Ann and her BA 268 Income Tax Accounting students, more low-income Kent County citizens are having their taxes prepared for free! Ann has partnered with the Kent County Tax Coalition to assist her students in becoming federally certified and connected to established sites in the community to prepare taxes. Students continue to express the value of receiving such real world experience allowing them to become more marketable in a competitive workforce.

With the assistance of the Academic Service Learning Center, these students will receive an Academic Service Learning Transcript Endorsement. This endorsement sets students apart in the application to transfer institutions and in the workforce. Students are able to learn course outcomes while also meeting an expressed community need. When asked why she goes through all the extra work to provide these opportunities to students, Ann reports, “The depth of learning, the value of working with professionals in the field, and the confidence gained by making a meaningful difference in the community far surpass what I can achieve in the classroom alone.”

Ann’s Accounting Students offer their services to anyone earning under $40,000 per year. Any interested GRCC students can receive free income tax preparation at Steepletown Ministries this Saturday February 26th from 9-12pm and Wednesday March 2nd from 5-8pm.

Learning Opportunities for Employees: 2/28/11-3/11/11

Learning Opportunities
from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment

Monday, February 28
Defusing Rude Behavior 2-4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 1
Can You Believe She Did That? 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2
Conquering Information Overload 9-10:30 a.m.
Keys to a Positive Mental Attitude 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 3
Goal Setting 2-3:30 p.m.

Winter Break Learning Opportunities

Tuesday, March 8
Project Management 101 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, March 9
Problem Solving Techniques 9-10:30 a.m.
Coping & Stress Management 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 10
Blackboard Basics for Staff 9-10:30 a.m.

Friday, March 11
Search Committee Team Training 9-11 a.m.

For descriptions or to register, go to