Kurt Meinders Transitions to Role as IT Support Manager

Please join GRCC Chief Information Officer Kevin O’Halla in welcoming Kurt Meinders as the new IT Support Manager. Kurt has been with GRCC since 1999 and will bring an outstanding customer service focus to his role. Kurt is replacing Darcy Swope as she has moved on to start a Project Management Office within the IT group.

For those of you that in the past contacted Darcy concerning support issues, please direct your calls (and email) to Kurt: 234-3856 (kmeinder@grcc.edu).

Campus Dining Closings for the Holiday Break

The last day of service at The Raider Grille will be Tuesday, November 22nd. It will remain closed from Wednesday, November 23rd until Monday, November 28th.

The Quiet Cafe will be open normal hours on Monday, November 21st. I will be closed from Tuesday, November 22nd until Monday, November 28th

The Sneden Cafe will be closed from Friday, November 18th until Monday, November 28th.

Art and Bevs Specials Week of 11/7/11

Art & Bev’s Weekly Specials Week of November 8-11, 2011


  • Soups: Cream of Mushroom or Fire Roasted Veggie
  • Beef and Bean Burrito (Wet or Dry) $5.00
  • Ratatouille (Vegetarian) $4.50


  • Soups: Loaded Baked Potato or Chicken Noodle
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu w/Mashed Potato and Corn $5.00
  • French Dip Sandwich $5.00


  • Soups: Bean with Ham or Cream of Tomato
  • Pasta Bar w/fresh Charlie bread $7.00
  • Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich $5.00


  • Pilgrim Corn Chowder and One or Two More

Art & Bev’s CA224 is an SICE Student Run Enterprise.

Raider Salute to Mike Kiss, Amy Bennett and Luanne Wedge

This salute comes from Amy Koning from the School of Workforce Development:

What a success! Manufacturing Day at GRCC not only got the attention of industry (40+) but also our local news (Fox 17, NPR). Why? Because Mike Kiss, Amy Bennett and Luanne Wedge worked tirelessly to organize, promote, and facilitate this event. Special thanks to them for all of their hard work.

GRCC Contributes to HBO Documentary “The Latino List”


Currently HBO is airing “The Latino List,” a documentary featuring bios of prominent members of the Latino community in the US produced by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders that is a follow up to “The Black List” (which profiled leaders in the African-American community).

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One of the figures profiled is Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch (who earned the achievement of being the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in combat support), who has spoken on GRCC’s campus on more than one occasion during the annual Latino Youth Conference.  A photo taken by the Communications Department during one of those appearances was used in the documentary, showing Kickbusch’s devotion to advancing educational attainment.

Congratulations to Peggy Schoenborn on MBEA Award

GRCC Business Faculty Peggy Schoenborn was recently honored with the 2011 MBEA Emerging Professional Business Educator Award at the recent 2011 Michigan Business Education Association (MBEA) Conference this past week in East Lansing.   Peggy earned the award for her work in the business education programs at Rockford High School and Grand Valley State University’s Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy.

Peggy Schoenborn and Glenda Krebs

GRCC in the News – 11/8/11

Zeeland opts out of health care coverage cap
Published: Tuesday, November 08, 2011, 7:58 AM | Grand Rapids Press

The council also approved having the city join a health insurance pool consisting of more than 30 school districts, including the Grand Rapids, Rockford, Lowell and Forest Hills districts as well as Grand Rapids Community College, effective Jan. 1.  (More)

Manufacturing “not dead yet; not at all” in West Michigan
By Lindsey Smith | Michigan Radio | November 7, 2011

At least 35 West Michigan companies are looking to fill manufacturing jobs. The companies were scouting out new workers at a manufacturing job fair in Grand Rapids Monday. This is the first time Grand Rapids Community College has held a job fair specifically for manufacturers.  (More)

A true blue blood serving on the Lawton police force
By Lynn Turner | 11/07/2011 | Courier Leader

In her first month as a member of the Lawton Police Department, Officer Sara Hochsprung has patrolled the village making sure speeders don’t endanger school children crossing streets, stopped a convertible with bags strapped to the trunk and a luggage carrier strapped to the roof (the driver said he was following the “great watermelon migration” and was heading for Bangor), and helped round up escaped farm animals. […]  (More)

Professor Keith St. Clair Speaking to World Affairs Council of Western Michigan on the Arab Spring – Video

Recently GRCC Social Sciences Professor Keith St. Clair spoke to the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan during UN Day on “The Arab Spring and Prospects for Democracy.”  The lecture is available here (and airing on GRCC’s TV channel) courtesy of the Media Technologies Department: