Condolences to the Family and Colleagues of Dennis Burns

Dennis Burns, son of former GRCC Purchasing Director Harriet Burns and alumnus of the college, passed away recently.

Services for Dennis K. Burns – public viewing: @ Gillespie-Moody Memorial Chapel, 1865 Eastern ave, SE, Grand Rapids, Mi 49507 (Wednesday January 4, 2012 from 1:00pm – 7pm).  Home Going Service: @ Bethel Abundant Life Center, 834 Lake Dr, SE, Grand Rapids Mi. (Thursday January 5, 2012 @ 1:00pm)

Come Celebrate his life, that touched so many people around the world.

Full obituary available here:

Grand Rapids golfer Dennis Burns, who spent years teaching golf with Tiger Woods Foundation, dies at age 50
Published: Friday, December 30, 2011, 7:52 PM | Grand Rapids Press

Dennis Burns didn’t take up golf until he had already earned a college football scholarship for his standout play at Creston High School.  Mr. Burns excelled in golf, too, and became the only African-American member of the Michigan PGA. Mr. Burns died Wednesday in Virginia of cancer at the home of his brother. He was recently treated at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Mr. Burns, who was diagnosed with cancer last March, was 50.  (More)

GRCC in the News – 1/3/11

Clerk: Grand Rapids Community College could save $250,000 by posing tax increase request in August or November instead of May
Published: Tuesday, January 03, 2012, 10:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College would save about $250,000 by moving its possible tax increase request to August or November, instead of the recommended May election date, Kent County Clerk Mary Hollinrake said.  (More)

For Grand Rapids woman, volunteering leads to paid work at Women’s Resource Center
Published: Saturday, December 31, 2011, 6:36 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Elsa Kerr lost her job, but found a calling. In 2009, Kerr, 58, was laid off from her position in corporate communications and marketing at Steelcase, a company with whom she’d been employed since 1985, when the office furniture giant acquired another local furniture company where she’d been working through college. […] The program, which is funded by a federal labor department grant and administered through the Literacy Center, Grand Rapids Community College and the Goodwill, helps train under- or unemployed people and connect them with jobs in the area  (More)

Steelcase employee takes buyout, joins medical field to reinvent his career
Published: Friday, December 30, 2011, 6:08 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — It had been 34 years since Bernie Knol took formal classes, so he worried about going to Grand Rapids Community College in a whole new field at age 57.  (More)

After switching colleges, twin sisters dealing with new challenge for first time on basketball court
Published: Thursday, December 29, 2011, 7:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Jeff Cousins is having a hard time adjusting to not seeing his twin daughters, Katelyn and Kristina, together on the basketball court. It was a pleasurable sight that had been commonplace for more than a decade for Jeff and his wife, Patti. Instead, the sisters, best friends and former three-sport standouts at Forest Hills Central High School, are playing basketball at separate colleges this winter. Katelyn is at Cornerstone University, and Kristina plays for Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Business owner reinvents himself, becomes a registered nurse
Published: Monday, December 26, 2011, 6:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

There were hours poring over textbooks, countless shifts spent learning the ropes in the operating room and nerve-wracking nights preparing for exams. But Flip Mulliner’s four-year transition from video store owner to nurse recently came down to one culminating moment. […] He joined the nursing school wait list at Grand Rapids Community College and landed an entry-level job as a procedure support technician at Spectrum Health.

Life of Martin Luther King Jr. celebrated with Grand Valley State University events
By Staff reports | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Dec 25, 2011 @ 08:36 PM

Allendale — Two national speakers will highlight Grand Valley State University’s celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Events will extend beyond the national holiday and run the week of Jan. 16-21. Bakari Kitwana, journalist and author, will kick off programming Jan. 16, with a presentation, “The King Legacy and the Next Generation,” at 12:30 p.m. in the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus. […] Kitwana also will give a keynote address at the 26th annual Grand Rapids community celebration, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

New Ferris football coach Annese will be missed at GRCC
Published: Friday, December 23, 2011, 10:58 AM

While Ferris State University has announced its successful recruitment of Tony Annese as its new head coach, the Grand Rapids Community College football program is now in search of a new leader, according to Grand Rapids Press.  (More)

The official press release announcing the hiring of Annese at Ferris
Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 8:43 PM | Grand Rapids Press

The Ferris State University Athletics Department officially announced the appointment of Tony Annese as the school’s 13th head football coach on Thursday (Dec. 22) in an afternoon press conference held at the Wheeler Pavilion in Big Rapids. He was introduced to the media and public by FSU Athletics Director Perk Weisenburgerfollowing a nationwide search that yielded nearly 50 applicants.  (More)

Ferris makes the right football head coach hire with GRCC’s Annese
Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 8:31 PM

New Ferris State University head football coach Tony Annese comes with a strong gridiron reputation as he works to elevate Ferris to the top of the GLIAC.  (More)

Allegan bans use of tobacco in parks with playground equipment
Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 8:30 PM | Grand Rapids Press

ALLEGAN — The city of Allegan has banned tobacco use in Jaycee Park and part of Hanson Park. “Both of those particular parks have playground equip­ment, so these are specific areas for smaller children,” City Manager-Clerk Robert Hillard said of the reason for the tobacco ban. […] Cigarette butts litter the ground outside the Grand Rapids Public Library, across the street from Grand Rapids Community College, where smoking is not permitted.  (More)

Tony Annese ‘humbled’ by opportunity to take over Ferris State football program
Published: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 2:00 PM | Grand Rapids Press

BIG RAPIDS — Tony Annese, who spent the past three seasons rebuilding the Grand Rapids Community College football program into a national championship contender, is prepared for his next challenge at Ferris State University.  (More)

Saturday, Jan. 21: Fenn Valley’s Chili Cook-Off
December 22, 2011 | Michigan by the Bottle

Fenn Valley Vineyards in Fennville will host its 13th annual Chili Cook-Off and Wine Lover’s Potluck. Chili submissions will be in multiple categories: four legs (beef and pork), two legs (fowl), vegetarian (non-meat) and exotic (seafood or wild game, including venison). Judges will be from Secchia Center for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Reminder – Student Information Station Volunteers Needed

Over 900 new students are scheduled to begin the 2012 winter semester!

On January 9, 10, 11 volunteers are needed to staff Student Information Stations on the Main and DeVos Campus. As faculty and staff, we are one of our finest resources who make a difference in the lives of new students during their first few days on campus. The time commitment is flexible, and the benefits to news students are invaluable.  The proud sponsor of the stations is Lake Michigan Credit Union.

Thank you in advance for volunteering your time – Please consider volunteering more than once.

To Volunteer – select your volunteer location by clicking on the appropriate link below:

Select the day and date by clicking on the tab at the bottom of the spreadsheet. Enter your contact information next to the time you desire and it will auto save A confirmation appointment will be sent to your calendar.