1M1H1P Message Works in The Field of War and on the Football Field

Major General Leonard Delivers 1M1H1P Message

“When I first heard of Major General Leonard and the 1M1H1P slogan he created, I thought, ‘My guys need to hear this message’”said GRCC football coach Tony Annese.

Last week, over 100 athletes arranged themselves in rows of chairs in the cafeteria and “put their eyes on the man” – as their coach instructed them to do – who came to the podium in camos and boots and stated: ‘I am Major General Kevin A. Leonard and I am a soldier.’”

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Leonard commands the Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC), a unique Army command that provides world-class, origin-to-destination distribution solutions whenever and wherever any military teams from any branch of service are deployed.

Over the next hour, he shared the story of when he was in Iraq in charge of a multi-national and multi-service group of people that had a mission that soldiers’ lives depended upon. The ONE MIND, ONE HEART and ONE PURPOSE slogan helped bring this diverse workforce together and became the common theme that brought this team together.”

The major general explained how the principles behind creating an effective, successful team is the same for the athletes as for tens of thousands of military personnel. The athletes kept Leonard and Annese busy for another half hour after Leonard was done, asking questions and giving examples of how they worked as a them.

Leonard, who began his “life-long education” at a community college in Oklahoma where he was raised, stressed repeatedly the importance of education to success in any arena.

Coach Annese has adapted the 1M1H1P slogan to 1M1H3P. “I tell them, ‘One mind, one heart and 3 purposes: get a 2-year degree, get a national championship and get a 4-year degree,’” he said.

GRCC Works for Newly Employed Dad – And Pays Off in Tiger Tickets Too

John OnderkoJohn Onderko attended GRCC’s 4-on-4 enrollment event, which was held for 4 hours on August 4. The event allowed students to get personalized help with class registration, career counseling, financial aid, plus get maps, see displays, listen to music with Tony Gates from WLAV radio and eat Vito’s Pizza. (Yes that’s the pizza place that was seen in the newly released movie “30 Minutes or Less!”).

Because John stopped to fill out a survey about customer satisfaction on the special 4-on-4 services, his name was entered into a drawing for two tickets to a Tigers game – which he won!

John who was laid off from one furniture manufacturer seven months ago has found a job with Kindel which offers expanded responsibilities. He is continuing his degree in Business Management while working full-time again by taking “just one or two classes a semester, which works well for me.” He says he was really happy with “all the help I received in one place and how I was able to get everything resolved in one stop,” adding that he “enjoyed the personal attention and the relaxed atmosphere at 4-on-4.”

GRCC in the News – 8/22/11

Jackson State takes aim at running through regular season
Published: Monday, August 22, 2011, 10:00 AM | The Associated Press

JACKSON, Mississippi — Jackson State coach Rick Comegy thinks he’s going to have a good football team this season. And he’s not afraid to say so. [… Casey Therriault] The 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior threw for 3,436 yards and tied a school record with 31 touchdowns passes last season. He also rushed for 10 touchdowns in his first season after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Kent County courts, jails wrestle with helping mental health patients in crisis
Published: Sunday, August 21, 2011, 6:37 AM | John Agar | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — She was in her high school marching band, she’s learning French, plays the violin and loves animals so much she volunteers at a local shelter. [… Ellen Mott] had attended Grand Rapids Community College, but now has bad memories. On campus, she became loud and disruptive. Her “wise mind” deserted her.  (More)

Community Colleges That Offer Culinary Arts Programs In Michigan
By Victoria Trix | InfoBarrel

If you are looking for an excellent culinary arts program that will give you the skills and experience you need to enjoy a productive career in hospitality and food service, you will find that community colleges across Michigan have these programs available. […] Students taking classes in the culinary arts program at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan are given the opportunity to learn skills and gain knowledge in the areas of baking, catering, dining room service, and banquet organizing and directing.  (More)

Grand Valley ranks high as gay-friendly
12:24 PM, Aug 19, 2011 | WZZM

(WZZM) – Grand Valley State University has been named one of the top gay-friendly universities in the nation by the 2011 Campus Pride Climate Index. […] Of note, Kalamazoo College scored a 3.5, Central Michigan scored a 2.5, and Grand Rapids Community College scored a 1.5.  (More)

West Michigan college students have many options for dining both on and off campus
Published: Friday, August 19, 2011, 12:45 PM | Booth Features | By Rebecca Roe

Although food may not be the first thing that students think about as they head to college this fall, many schools have a lot on their plates in the dining options department. […] Grand Rapids Community College offers a variety of dining choices for students, said Raul Alvarez, director of communications. Art & Bev’s Bistro is a small café operated by students from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  (More)

T-Wolves looking for redemption
Monroe News | by By Jeff Meade , last modified August 19. 2011 9:07AM

Lamar Toney leads the Southern Michigan Timberwolves with six touchdowns this season after scoring 10 last year. […] Toney was a receiver and backup quarterback at River Rouge. He played two seasons at Grand Rapids Community College, then attended Wayne County Community College, studying elementary education.  (More)

Opening Day Learning Opportunity with Scott Lewis JD NCHERM

We are hosting Scott Lewis as a keynote speaker as part of our School Meeting Program. We are excited about the information that he will provide that will help us serve students.

“Making A Difference: Managing Difficult Situations and People”
W. Scott Lewis, JD, NCHERM

More and more, people in services and academic settings find themselves having to manage difficult situations and people. Preventing the disruption before it begins is key, but managing difficult people is a learned not innate skill. Using proven techniques, the presenter will draw on actual cases from his experience managing various environments and his training in diffusing difficult situations to teach participants how to prevent and handle these delicate situations by staying centered. These techniques have been presented to over 1,000 educators, managers and supervisors in the corporate and higher education environment, as well as to front-line staff and law enforcement.

Thursday, August 25 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
2nd Floor Multi-Purpose Room, Student Community Center

RSVP is requested here.

For questions, please contact the Dean of Student Affairs Office at 616-234-3925

Raider Salute to Bayard Brooks

This Raider Salute comes from Derek Duzan at the Hispanic Center of West Michigan:

“I just wanted to thank you and all the staff for the help with our SOL Summer Showcase this past Thursday. I also wanted to highlight the work of Mr. Brooks. It was great working and planning with him, because he made the vision of our showcase come to life with such ease. He offered many ideas as to how we could set up and was flexible with the room layout. Any changes that needed to be made were easily accommodated. He is truly an asset to the GRCC staff. The ending result turned out fantastic. Thank you for your help, and having such great staff on hand. We will definitely be working with GRCC/FSU for future events.”