Photos of Student Support Services 3rd Annual Superstar Event

Student Support Services 3rd Annual Superstar Event

Thursday April 14th, Student Support Services had its 3rd Annual Superstar Event. SSS is an academic advising program for first generation students (parents did NOT receive a 4 yr degree).  They currently serve 250 students but well over 9,000 are eligible at GRCC. They still have openings, so if you identify any students who qualify please refer them to the Counseling Department in the Student Center.

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SSS recognized over 70 graduates, 78 students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and 20 who engaged in over 50 hours total in community service projects.  Their students voted for their Favorite Professor and there was a four-way tie; congratulations to Leigh Kleinert, William Faber, Sarah Krajewski and Mary O’Rouke. The student comments were very touching and they appreciate all that GRCC’s faculty and staff do for them.

Photos – Student Employee Appreciation Week 2011

Student Employee Appreciation Week 2011

Student Employment Services would like thank everyone who helped make this year’s Student Employee Appreciation Week spectacular; a special thanks to Aaron Chew & Staff, the Child Development Department, Jim Schultz & Staff, Dessert Day Donors, and Carnival Celebration volunteers.  Without their assistance, this event would not have been possible!

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Admissions Gets Ducks in a Row

The Admissions Office hosted its first Ducks in a Row program on Saturday, April 16 at Sneden Hall. Incomplete applicants were invited to the event to give them an opportunity to complete the application process – get their “ducks in a row” for the Fall 2011 semester.

GRCC Ducks in a Row

50 students plus parents attended the event, and an additional 45 students completed the ACCUPLACER test. Representatives from the Financial Aid Office were present to help with the FAFSA and answer general financial aid questions. Guests were able to take a campus tours, talk to academic advisers and get information about the first year experience at GRCC. The Admissions Office would like to thank all the departments who participated and helped make this a successful event.

GRCC in the News – 4/16/11-4/18/11

Guest column: Cutting GRCC faculty pay could leave a scar
Published: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 7:19 AM | By Fred van Hartesveldt

Distraught about compensation at Grand Rapids Community College? After all, about 190 employees earned more than $100,000 last year. Take heart, here are three easy ways to reduce GRCC pay.  (More)

GRCC would lose $516,592 to $2.5 million in state aid based on two budget plans
Published: Friday, April 15, 2011, 4:03 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

Grand Rapids Community College would lose between $516,592 and $2.5 million in state aid, based on two budget plans emerging from the Legislature.  (More)

Once spared, community colleges now facing state aid cut
Published: Friday, April 15, 2011, 11:30 AM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

Initially spared in Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget, community colleges around the state now are facing state aid cuts of between 3 percent and 15 percent according to spending plans backed by state Senators and House of Representatives members. […] Local lawmakers said the were “surprised” to see that 27 percent of Grand Rapids Community College employees were paid more than $100,000 last year, but said the cuts stem from a desire to ease the sacrifice on all areas.  (More)

Muskegon Community College softball splits doubleheader against Grand Rapids Community College
Published: Friday, April 15, 2011, 9:58 PM | Dave LeMieux

Muskegon Community College split a home doubleheader against Grand Rapids CC Friday. The Jayhawks’ Kelsey Bandstra struck out six in a 10-2 Game 1 win.  (More)

Theresa Neuhoff Audia: Don’t tell Linnea Dohring she has a disability (with two videos)
News Herald | Published: Friday, April 15, 2011 | By Theresa Neuhoff Audia

Bernita is always at Linnea Dohring’s side no matter where she goes. It was with her at the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships at the Wolstein Center Friday afternoon. […] Dohring took a year off from gymnastics and is attending Grand Rapids Community College. She plans to transfer to Grand Valley State University in the fall to study occupational therapy.  (More)

Raider Salute to Chris Allen, Bonnie Peterson, Lisa Snider, Luanne Wedge (SES)

Student employee Tiffany Ewigleben submitted this Salute to Christopher Allen, Bonnie Peterson, Lisa Snider, Luanne Wedge and Student Employment Services:

“I want to send a Raider Salute to SES for hosting a wonderful Student Employee Appreciation Week! Everyone from SES has been amazing to work with and incredibly understanding of the unique position Student Employees have at GRCC. It’s so great to feel valued and recognized for our work. I know I speak for many other Student Employees in the gratitude I express for such an amazing group of people! We wouldn’t be where we are without you!  Thank you.

Video – Board of Trustees Candidate Forum

It doesn’t happen often but when we have a Board of Trustee election will put the brakes on our regular programming to bring you events like the Board Candidate Forum. You can find the Candidate Forum on our Youtube channel at and our the cable channel at the times listed below. Enjoy!

GRCC Board of Trustees Candidate Forum
Mondays at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.
Thursdays at 9:30 a.m.
Fridays at 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.
Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

Administrative Professional’s Week April 25-30

This use to be called Secretaries Week. It is a time for GRCC to thank ESP and Administrative Assistants for all their help and support.

Wednesday, April 27 is Administrative Professional’s Day. Because this falls during exam week and right before Commencement, Employee Professional Development is hosting the Annual Administrative Professional’s Reception on Thursday, April 21. Please note: This is just for ESP and Administrative Assistants.

Supervisors, it will be greatly appreciated if you would make sure there is coverage so your ESP or Administrative Assistant can attend this reception.