Benefit for Carol Natte’s Sister

[Corrected] Carol Natte’s daughter-in-law Jennifer is a mother of three who was diagnosed with multiple brain tumors & undergoing life-threatening surgery.  The family is holding a benefit for medical expenses on Saturday, November 19, 4-7 p.m. at Cascade Sports Grill (6240 28th St. SE).

The event will feature a silent auction, a raffle, and a dinner buffet.  For more information, email Shannon at

Two Events for Transfer Students Coming up

GRCC has two events scheduled this month to help transferring students make an easy transition to 4-year schools and be successful once they arrive.

First, representatives from at least 20 colleges and universities will converge on our Student Community Center this Wednesday for the semi-annual Transfer Fair from 1-5 PM.

The Transfer Fair is for students who know which school they are transferring to as well as for students who want to explore their options. Participants can pick up catalogs, applications and information about scholarships.

The second event, a workshop called “Transfer Shock,” set for Tuesday, November 29, is designed to prepare transfer students for the realities and heightened expectations of 4-year institutions. Attendees will be given tips so they can avoid typical pitfalls and succeed in the critical first semester at their new school. It will be offered twice on November 29 – from 11 to noon and from 1 to 2 pm – in GRCC’s Student Community Center multipurpose room.

Print Solutions Due Dates for Winter 2012 Semester Printing

Print Solutions is here to help you make your Winter Semester successful.

The staff at Print Solutions is looking forward to helping you get your printed course material for Winter Semester in a very timely manner. If you have already received your course assignments, please have your course pack orders turned in as soon as possible to ensure that they are ready and in the bookstore well in advance of the first day of classes.

  • Full-time Faculty deadline is November 30
  • Adjunct Faculty deadline is December 8

The dates provided are guidelines. We will accept orders after the suggested due dates, however, while we will make every attempt, we cannot guarantee they will be complete for the start of the semester. Continue reading

Priority Health Plan MPSERS Seminar 11/16/11

Employees considering retirement who wish to learn about the Priority Health plan with Michigan Public School Employee Retirement System.

Get the facts about Priority Health. Did you know that Michigan’s public school retirees have world-wide coverage through Priority Health? Or that our members can see any specialist in-network without a referral? How about this – retirees will have no annual deductible to meet in 2012.

Join us at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 16th to learn more.

  • Meet other local Benefit Administrators and enjoy light refreshments
  • Bring your questions – we’ll make sure you get the answers you need
  • Leave with a toolkit that provides the support you’re looking for
  • Invite a guest – any public school employees considering retirement are welcome to attend!

Priority Health one-hour seminar will take place at the Priority Health conference center, located at 3111 Leonard NE in Grand Rapids.  Reserve your spot today by calling me at 616 355-3231.

Angel Tree Toy Drive

GRCC’s Campus Activities has signed up to be a donation site this year for the Angel Tree Toy Drive. Please stop by the tree (located right outside of Student Life) to choose an Angel Tree tag, purchase a gift in accordance with the tag (gender and age) and bring the unwrapped toy back to Student Life with the tag securely fastened to the gift (feel free to add a personal note if you would like). This year, the Angel Tree Toy Drive is introducing the “Angel Teen” campaign where you can donate gift cards for teenagers. If you choose an “Angel Teen” gift tag, please purchase a teen friendly gift card and return it to the Student Life Office. Toys will be distributed to children throughout West Michigan this holiday season.

HVAC Students take the Big Chill Challenge

Marlon Wilson, Mike Haupt (Small)

Students who are enrolled in Don Steeby’s Refrigeration Applications Class (ER-111) are required to construct a refrigeration unit. This project has driven some students to work in teams to find out how cold they can actually get their refrigeration unit. From there it has become a competition to see who can get their project to be the coldest. This competition has developed into what students refer to as “The Big Chill Challenge”.

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Using conventional freezer and refrigerator cabinets, students apply the knowledge they’ve learned about refrigeration components to “build-up” these units using state-of-the-art technology. This year, Eric DeWinter and John Wood set a new record driving their system down to 54 below zero! Congratulations Eric and John!

GRCC in the News – 11/15/11

Buccaneers finish No. 5 in final NJCAA Football Poll of Regular Season
Posted: 4:39 PM Nov 14, 2011 | Blinn College | KBTX

[…] Despite claiming the KJCCC crown for the eighth time in 10 seasons with a 40-21 win over former-No. 8 Hutchinson Community College (Kan.) in the conference championship game, Butler Community College (Kan.) fell into a tie for No. 3 in the poll with Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.). Grand Rapids maintained their 124 points in the rankings, while the Butler Grizzlies fell back a point after losing their first-place vote.  (More)

Community Action Agency programs offer home weatherization in West Michigan
Published: Monday, November 14, 2011, 9:48 AM

HOLLAND — It’s only November, but Lisa Kasten and her children are already enjoying the warmth that new insulation and weatherization have brought to their century-old Holland home. […] Kasten, who works part time while attending Grand Rapids Community College, got a “top down” weatherization that covered insulation in the attic all the way to plugging air leaks along the foundation, around doors and windows.  (More)

United Way Auction 11/17/11

GRCC is conducting an auction to benefit the Heart of West Michigan United Way on Thursday, November 17 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. A variety of items are available including a West Michigan Scenic flight and 1 overnight hotel stay at Country Inn & Suites.

To get a sneak peak at what we have for auction this year look here:

All bids must be submitted to by 7:00 pm, Thursday November 17. You must send separate message for each item and each bid. Please include the item name in the subject line of your message.

Bid on as many items as you would like! You can monitor the auction on the GRCC Post-It board. Winners will be announced via Post-It board on Friday, November 18. Winners must pay for their items by 5:00 pm Friday November 18. Checks made payable to Heart of West Michigan United Way. Questions should be directed to Julie Lenger x3490 or

Contactless Readers Installed at Doors Starting Today – 11/15/11

Beginning Tuesday, November 15, 2011 RaiderCard Door Readers will be replaced with the new contactless technology. Please note: Any GRCC employees who currently have access to buildings after hours or need to gain access to an area that requires a RaiderCard please make sure you have the new contactless card. Please contact Paulo Teles ( if you have any questions.