Photos: NCHERM President Brett Sokolow on Campus

Brett Sokolow at GRCC

Over the past couple of days, expert Brett Sokolow is titled Students with Emotional Problems – Best Practices for Tough Times. Ten local colleges including Aquinas, Calvin, Davenport, Everest Institute, Grace Bible College, GVSU, KVCC, LCC, MCC, and WMU had staff attend the sessions on GRCC’s campus.

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Brett is a specialist in campus safety, security and sexual assault policy and law. He is the President of the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management (NCHERM), a national multi disciplinary risk management consulting firm providing services in sexual assault/harassment, judicial affairs, campus security, hazing and problem drinking/drugs.

Photos: In Good Hands – Football Players Get Defensive Assist From Dental Program

GRCC Football Team Gets Fitted for Mouthguards by GRCC Dental Program

Dental students were busy Wednesday when the Raider football players came in to have custom mouthpieces made. The mouthpieces are more effective than the ones you can buy because they are an exact fit. Instructor Julie Bera and long-time teacher Jean VerWys were there to guide the process.

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GRCC in the News: 3/3/11

GVSU panel on stopping barriers to college entrance
By Staff reports | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Mar 02, 2011 @ 12:37 PM

Grand Rapids, MI — Suhail Farooqui, founder and CEO of K12 Insights will join area educators in a panel discussion tonight from 6:30-8:15 p.m. at the Aberhard Center in Grand Rapids. […] Panelists include Farooqui; Gilda Gely, provost of Grand Rapids Community College; Brandy Johnson, director of the Michigan College Access Network; Brandy Lovelady Mitchell, consultant at Kent Intermediate School District; and Tory Parsons, counselor at Lowell High School.   (More)

Still serving a purpose
By Ryan Schlehuber | 3/2/2011 4:17:00 PM

When Jim and Sue Bodenner decided to open an assisted living care facility for the elderly they wanted it to be more than just a new home for their residents. They envisioned it to be an active part of the Rockford community and beyond. […] Girl Scouts groups and nursing classes from Grand Rapids Community College often visit and spend the day helping the residents, as well.  (More)

Annese among three headed to Hall of Fame
1:27 PM, Mar 2, 2011 | WZZM

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) Longtime West Michigan high school and current Grand Rapids Community College head coach Tony Annese will be honored by his coaching peers this month. Annese will be inducted into the Michigan High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame March 26th. Other local coaches to be inducted are former Byron Center coach Gasper Giarmo and former Spring Lake coach Leo Rosencrants.  (More)

Two GRCC students win award for continuing research
By Staff reports | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Mar 02, 2011 @ 10:33 AM

Grand Rapids, MI — Two Grand Rapids Community College biodiversity students, Julia Messenger and Alicia Freeman, were awarded $7,000 each to further their study of parasitoid insects this summer at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute which sponsors the Undergraduate Research Grants for the Environment program.   (More)

Grand Rapids teachers union endorses two candidates for Board of Education
Published: Wednesday, March 02, 2011, 1:28 PM | Monica Scott The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — The teachers union has endorsed two candidates for the Grand Rapids Board of Education election on May 3. Dr. Monica Randles, 43, a pediatrician and Raynard L. Ross, 42, director for Grand Rapids Community College’s Upward Bound program, a pre-college program for low-income and potential first generation college students, were the first to file in the large field.  (More)

West Michigan ‘Ice Brigade’ sculptors hit the big time when Food Network series premieres tonight
Published: Thursday, March 03, 2011, 6:00 AM | Rachael Recker | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — There are no wimps in ice sculpting, especially in Grand Rapids-filmed “Ice Brigade.” […] Walters is one of six professional sculptors from Ice Sculptures Ltd. who star in the new Food Network series, “Ice Brigade,” which includes owners and culinary chefs Randy Finch and [GRCC Alum] Derek Maxfield.  (More)

GRCC Players Present “Reasons to be Pretty” by Neil LaBute

Reasons to be PrettyGRCC Players Present “Reasons to be Pretty” by Neil LaBute, March 3 – 5, 2011 at the Spectrum Theater at 8 p.m.  Tickets cost: $5 GRCC Staff, $3 GRCC Student, $10 Regular.  Call 234-3946 for tickets or purchase at the door; general seating available

“The playwright (Neil LaBute) delivers the goods, in a work that’s lively and compulsively watchable and that offers a fresh take on the eternal matter of achieving adulthood.” ~The Record


  • Steph – Kendra Jones
  • Greg – Henry Marcusse
  • Carly – Aubrey Pierzchala
  • Kent – Alex VanHouten

Director: Erin Cullum
Stage Manager: Vanessa Spring-Frank
Assistant Stage Manager: Leah Rogers

Employee Learning Opportunities: 3/8/11-3/18/11

Learning Opportunities from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment:

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.

Tuesday, March 15
Measuring & Utilizing Indicators of Success 1:30-3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16
The Rear-View Mirror 1-3 p.m. (This is a 2 part course with part 2 being held March 30)

Thursday, March 17
Team Leadership 1-2:30 p.m.

Friday, March 18
Consensus Building 9-10:30 a.m.

Go to for course descriptions or to register.

March is National Nutrition Month

Throughout the month, the WE Team will be providing employees with information to help them eat healthy and wiser.  Creative Dining (the folks who run the Raider Grille & Quiet Cafe) will display daily ‘eating healthy’ tips through the month of March on their large display board. Be sure to check it out.

Every Thursday (except during Spring Break) they will have a table set up in the Raider Grille/Quiet Cafe corridor with samples and a possible cooking demonstration from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Put this on your calendar!

They have, also, introduced a new ‘Grain Salad Plate’ in the grab and go cooler that offers 3 homemade healthy grain salads, fresh fruit, and vegetables. So if you must grab and go, grab one of these new salad plates.

Chef Nancy has created a Fat Free, Gluten Free, Whole Grain “cookie” which is on sale in the Quiet Café. These cookies will continue to be available even after National Nutrition Month is over.

IT Hours for Spring Break

IT – Support hours during spring-break:

  • Support Desk/Tech-On-Site:
  • Saturday (3/5): 10 am – 2 pm
  • Monday – Friday (3/7-3/11): 7 am – 5 pm
  • Saturday (3/12): Closed

Manager-On-Call: (Emergencies only please – ie enterprise system outages … i.e. Blackboard, Online Center, GroupWise system outages)