March is National Nutrition Month: Tips for Eating Out

You can make healthy choices when you eat out. Many restaurants offer tasty meals that are low in saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol. The tips in this booklet can help you make healthier choices when eating out – no matter what type of food you choose.

Shaking your Salt Habit – Your body needs sodium to work properly, but most people eat too much, often without realizing it. This booklet gives you some low-sodium recipes as well as tips on how to reduce your sodium intake.

Nutritious Nibbles – If you’re like a lot of people, you grew up thinking that snacking was a “no-no.” Well, grab a snack and let go of the guilt, because it’s OK to snack! Between-meal energizers are especially important for growing youngsters and active teens, as well as pregnant and nursing mothers. You will find great snack recipes and suggestions for other healthy snacks.

These booklets are provided to us by the American Heart Association. If you are interested in this information, send an email to with your name, department and the title(s) you would like.

Photos: Successful Student Job Fair Yesterday

Student Employment Services Job Fair, March 16, 2011

Student Employment Services would like thank everyone who helped make our Spring Job Fair a great success;

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A special thanks to Student Employees Arieal Lynch, Jessica Farris, Pat Curtis, & Kellie Miller, Willie Hurst, Bayard Brooks, Don VanOeveren & staff, Chef Luba, Kelsey Caverly, and Chef Whitman along with his wonderful students at Art & Bev’s Bistro.  Without their assistance, this event would not have been possible!

GRCC in the News: 3/17/11

Davenport University plans to close three campuses, expand others
Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 8:00 AM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Davenport University is closing campuses in Alma, Caro and Gaylord by expanding operations in Lansing, Midland and Saginaw, and adding academic programs at nearly all campuses, leaders said. […] Davenport University president Rick Pappas, left, spoke to U.S. Senator Carl Levin before his speech during the World Affairs Council of West Michigan meeting at Grand Rapids Community College in February.  (more)

Gardening workshops sprout from GRCC’s Keller Future Center project
Thursday, March 17, 2011 | Rapid Growth

Last summer, Root Camp wasn’t even a gleam in the eye of Sara Yob, a trainer in the GRCC workforce development program. After participating in GRCC’s Keller Future Center’s investigation into urban farming, however, it became evident that an opportunity existed. (more)

Grand Rapids’ Randy Finch of Food Network’s ‘Ice Brigade’ to appear Friday on ‘Today’ show with Kathie Lee and Hoda
Published: Wednesday, March 16, 2011, 3:00 PM | Rachael Recker | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Just how comfortable are Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford around ice and chainsaws?  (more)

‘Whose Line Is It Anyway?’ stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood bring improv schtick to LaughFest
Published: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 10:00 AM | Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk | The GR Press

Those who have seen Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood on TV’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” will know what to expect when they see their show live. […] The dynamic duo will appear Saturday at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse as part of LaughFest.  (more)

Employee Learning Opportunities 3/22/11-3/31/11

Learning Opportunities for All Employees from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment

Tuesday, March 22
Is Stress Stressing You Out? 1-2 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23
Building Trusting Relationships 9-11 a.m.
Neither Pudgy nor Bulky 1-2:30 p.m.
Best Practices for Effective Meetings 2-3 p.m.

Thursday, March 24
Persuasive Communication 9-11 a.m.
Life Planning Seminar 2-4 p.m.

Friday, March 25
Strengths 101: Discovering your Strengths 9-11 a.m.

Monday, March 28
Presentation Skills 101 2-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29
Defusing Rude Behavior 10 a.m.-noon

Thursday, March 31
People Reading Skills 1-3 p.m.

For descriptions or to register, go to

Raider Salute to Bonnie Peterson and Christopher Allen

This Raider Salute came from Lisa Snider:

“I would like to nominate Bonnie Peterson and Christopher Allen for a Raider Salute just for the wonderful job they did in putting on the Spring 2011 Job Fair. The job fair was a benefit to our students, former students and alumni and was a direct response to the unemployment situation in Michigan. It was a marketed to a diverse population of students who came out in droves to interview with the best companies in our community. This effort by Bonnie and Chris and the SES Staff and SES Student Employee exemplified the GRCC Values:

  • Responsiveness to our Students and their employment needs
  • Diversity- a wide range of employers to meet the employment needs of our students
  • Excellence- the ATC Atrium and 1st Floor was filled with employers ready to hire and students ready to work!


TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions for Employees (Corrected)

Are you in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP)? Do you want to invest in a 403(b) account with TIAA CREF? – Mark your calendar for Wed. March 30th and Thurs., March 31, 2011 (corrected).

TIAA-CREF will be on campus holding individual counseling sessions. A TIAA-CREF consultant will show you how to adjust your portfolio to help strengthen your retirement plans. A detailed evaluation tells you everything you need to know and do. There is no fee for this added benefit. To discuss your plan and options for managing your retirement savings call 800-732-8353 (corrected). Available dates are Wed, March 30th and Thursday, March 31st from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Cook Administration Building, Room 226.