Ford Fieldhouse Closed Friday 11/4/11 for Volleyball Tournament Preparation

All general recreational, fitness, and exercise areas of the Ford Fieldhouse will close for open use on Friday, November 4, 2011 as we make final preparations to host the 2011 N.J.C.A.A. Region XII Women’s Volleyball Tournament. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

As part of the Tournament this year, our GRCC Raider volleyball team will participate, and is currently poised to do extremely well over the weekend. All are welcome to join the college for a fun filled weekend of volleyball. Complete Tournament schedules and brackets are available on the Tournament web site.

Sneden Hall – Warren Hall Fire Alarm Tests Thursday-Friday 11/03/11-11/04/11

The fire alarms in Sneden and Warren Hall will be tested Thursday November 3rd in advance of the fire marshal’s visit on Friday November 4th. The life safety inspection is scheduled for late morning to early afternoon Friday November 4th. If however, an alarm sounds for longer than 30 seconds, either day, you should evacuate as though it were a real emergency.

Congratulations to November Anchor Award Winner Betsy Philpott

Student Employment Services sponsors The Anchor Award, which is a monthly award that recognizes Student Employees for contributions to their department and to the college based on a different trait/skill each month. The nomination quality for November was Noble Character.

Betsy Philpott Anchor Award Winner for November 2011

Betsy Philpott Anchor Award Winner for November 2011

The Anchor Award Winner for November is Betsy Philpott. Betsy is an Office Assistant in the Academic Support Center and was nominated by Laurie Witczak, who wrote that:

“It is impossible to completely describe the Noble spirit that Betsy brings with her to work each day in only a few words. Betsy is a multi talented individual that leads our office with pride and compassion that goes above and beyond her expected duties. Able to deal with multiple, competing demands she “runs the wheel” in an office that supports 600 student appointments each semester. She is the first person that students see and whether there is one student or a line out the door, Betsy treats each student with respect, kindness and patience. Providing quality and consistent services to everyone while attending to phones, tutor matches and difficult unexpected problems makes Betsy the definition of noble character.”

Congratulations Betsy!

Next month’s recognized skill/trait is Change/Adaptability. If you would like to nominate a deserving Student Employee, please contact Chris Allen at or extension 3738.

GRCC College Channel Special Programming Listings – 10/31/11-11/14/11

The GRCC College Channel listings beginning October 31, 2011 are now available online.  The College Channel can be viewed on Comcast Cable Channel 28 and 903 (digital as well as AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 Programming is also streamed live at and most programming is available on our Youtube Channel at  New in the rotation include the Federal Career Day Panel, Jeannette Walls Diversity Lecture and Conversation, Dr. Richard Spates as part of the Psychology Lecture Series, and much more.

These listings are also posted at

GRCC in the News – 11/2/11

Restaurant week Grand Rapids begins
9:58 PM, Nov 1, 2011 | WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Mouth watering selections and numerous locally produced specialties, will soon be offered up at 71 restaurant locations throughout Grand Rapids. […] The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education was the opening location for ‘Restaurant Week 2011’, where culinary students from GRCC served up hors d’ouerves to attendees. (More)

Restaurant Week returns with 71 places to dine featuring meals for $25
Published: Wednesday, November 02, 2011, 6:45 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Shiraz Grille likely may be the only restaurant in the state offering authentic Persian food, and chef-owner Ali Ghebleh said many people see it as a destination restaurant. […] While the event highlights the area’s food scene, it also is a fundraiser for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. One dollar from each meal goes toward a scholarship there. (More)

40 gather at Gerald R. Ford to talk about Grand Rapids schools future
Published: Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 9:30 PM Updated: Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 10:50 PM

GRAND RAPIDS – At least 40 people gathered Tuesday at Gerald R. Ford Middle School to talk about the future of Grand Rapids Public Schools students. […] “I am interested in what kind of education she will be receiving,” said Vick, a Grand Rapids Community College student. “I want this to be a quality district and want to be an involved parent.”  (More)