Add Your Input if you Would Like to see Weight Watchers at GRCC

GRCC is hoping to offer Weight Watchers for employees. We are looking for a day/time that would work well for the majority of people. Meetings are approximately 45 minutes long and will be held on the DeVos Campus. If you are thinking you may want to participate please email Julie Lenger ( which one of the three times would work best for your schedule.

  • Tuesday 12:15-1:00 pm
  • Thursday 12:00-12:45 pm
  • Thursday 5:15-6:00 pm

The Weight Watchers Monthly Pass Program offers flexible access to at work and local meetings plus free etools. The cost per person is $39.95 per month. We will need at least 20 people to sign up to hold meetings here at GRCC.

More details to come soon!

Welcome Dan Zehr – New GRCC Dining Services Director

Over the holiday break Dan Zehr started as the Dining Service Director and was thrilled to return to GRCC where he earned a culinary arts degree in 2005. Dan has had an interest and passion for the food and hospitality profession since he first started catering church events with his parents as a teenager. His professional experiences include executive chef positions at various restaurants, and food service director positions at a senior retirement community in Indiana. Most recently, Dan was the food service director at Baker College in Muskegon. Dan is very excited to return to GRCC and Grand Rapids to be closer to his family. Please join us in welcoming Dan Zehr. He can be reached at extension 4169 or, and looks forward to helping you meet your food and event needs.

DLIT Believes Your Course is Exemplary – it Belongs in the Blackboard Course Award Program


Attention GRCC faculty, we know you have an exemplary course in Blackboard and its time for you to be recognized! The 2012 Blackboard Catalyst Awards are open for nominations and the Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies Department would like to encourage faculty to submit their courses to the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP). You do amazing work, and this is a great program which gives you the opportunity to gain recognition as well as valuable feedback from reviewers at other institutions who have fresh perspectives.

The Blackboard ECP honors those course creators whose courses demonstrate best practices in four major areas: Course Design, Interaction & Collaboration, Assessment and Learner Support. A group of voluntary of Course Reviewers will use the ECP rubric to evaluate submitted courses.

No matter if you win or not, participants receive valuable feedback that gives them insight on how to better engage with students and elevate their teaching experiences. Past participants have reported that the experiences of evaluating their courses using the rubric improved their courses and made them stronger course designers.  (More Information)

Condolences to the Family and Colleagues of Maureen Munger

The GRCC community would like to note the passing of Maureen Munger, a long-time employee who started the Dental Assisting program and was the Dental Program Director for many years.  From her obituary:

Maureen Marie Munger, age 91, of Grand Rapids, passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2012. She was preceded in death by her sister, Eloise Hackett; and brothers, Lou S. Munger and John C. Munger. […] Devoted to her career in dental hygiene of which 26 years were spent at Grand Rapids Community College, Maureen was responsible for initiating the Dental Assistant Program in 1964 and the Dental Hygiene Program in 1971 both still in existence. […]  Following Maureen’s wishes there will be no services. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 989 Spaulding Ave. S.E., Ada, MI 49301-3701 or the Maureen M. Munger Dental Scholarship, c/o GRCC Foundation, 143 Bostwick Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49503.  (More)

Raider Salute to Faculty Learning Day Staffers

From Penni Weninger in the Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies Dept:

A huge Raider Salute to the folks who made this year’s Faculty Learning Day so enjoyable for our faculty: Ann Alexander, Denyse Bening, Isaac Davila, Nanci Guigue, Arthur Johnson, Carol Kramer, Jose Mora, Candy Norder Cathy Noviskey, and Diane Sparks for assuring smooth registration and setup; to Rachel Bower, Matt Coullard, Laura DeVries, Jan Ensing, and Nancy Sheldon in printing services who put together all of our beautiful collateral; to Klaas Kwant, Jim Schafer, Hanna Prill and Andrew Schmidt for recording the day so beautifully. And especially to student assistants, Jennifer Kuyt and Shyanne Riekena, who not only assisted on Learning Day but worked very hard on registration and preparation for weeks in advance.

– Penni Weninger

GRCC in the News – 1/10/12

Why more should have been done to save GRCC football program (commentary)
Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 10:30 AM | Grand Rapids Press

It didn’t take long for the unfortunate news concerning the discontinuation of the Grand Rapids Community College football program to spread. Within an hour of posting the announcement Monday afternoon on, floods of tweets, Facebook recommendations and comments made their way through cyberspace.  (More)

Walker renews contract with Grand Rapids Community College for shooting range
Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 9:32 PM | Advance Newspapers

The Walker City Commission has approved an agreement with Grand Rapids Community College that will allow the college law enforcement academy to continue to use the city’s shooting range.  (More)

Police, fire transitions are well under way
By HEIDI FENTON | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 09, 2012 @ 11:23 PM

Holland — Holland Police Capt. Bob Buursma can’t say he had to pull on coveralls and walk into a burning building last year. But still, he’s trained to do it. […] Fire Capt. Chris Tinney expects to begin classes in a police academy — possibly at Grand Rapids Community College — this winter.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College sacks football program
The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 09, 2012 @ 03:24 PM

Holland — Grand Rapids Community College has discontinued its football program, the school announced Monday. Several reasons were cited for the decision, including budget concerns, increasing out-of-state travel, Title IX compliance issues, personal obstacles for football players and the departure of coach Tony Annese to Ferris State University.  (More)

GRCC ending football program
WZZM | 7:51 PM, Jan 9, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – After 80 years, Grand Rapids Community College is ending its football program, citing budget concerns and the recent departure of its head coach, Coach Tony Annese. GRCC made the surprise announcement Monday afternoon on its website.  (More)

Winners of ice sculpting competition announced
The Holland Sentinel | Posted Jan 09, 2012 @ 12:08 PM

Holland — This past weekend, a total of 21 students from six colleges in Michigan and Ohio competed in National Ice Carving Association Collegiate Invitational in downtown Holland. The first place team with the highest overall score were newcomers Henry Ford Community College. Grand Rapids Community College took second place, while the University of Akron placed third.  (More)

Henry Ford CC Team, Columbus Artist Capture Top Honors in Holland Ice Sculpting
Holland Sentinel | Monday, January 09, 2012 11:18 a.m. EST

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) – Henry Ford Community College took top team honors in the fourth annual Downtown Holland Ice Sculpting Competition this past week. The suburban Detroit squad dethroned defending champion Grand Rapids Community College to advance to the national finals in three weeks in Frankenmuth. Brian Edwards of Columbus Culinary Institute was the individual winner for his rattlesnake creation.  (More)

What angry GRCC football players had to say after college kills program
Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 7:06 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Nearly 50 Grand Rapids Community College football players, along with coaches and athletic director Charlie Wells, gathered Monday afternoon to listen to the devastating news of the program’s fate.  (More)

A road too much traveled leads to dead end for GRCC football
Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 8:28 PM | Grand Rapids Press

The Grand Rapids Community College didn’t lose a football game this season, but the program ultimately couldn’t beat the scarcity of opponents.  (More)

GRCC football program ends, but leaves legacy of NFL players, hall of fame coaches
Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 5:54 PM | Grand Rapids Press

While the 2011 season will be the last for the Grand Rapids Community College football team, it also was the best when it came to National Junior College Athletic Association All-Americans.  (More)

GRCC discontinuing its football program – Money cited, plus housing for student athletes
Monday, 09 Jan 2012, 3:34 PM EST | By Dani Carlson

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids Community College announced Monday that it is pulling the plug on its football program immediately. GRCC officials cited four reasons, one of which was the recent departure of head coach Tony Annese.   (More)

GRCC football program canceled, college president announces
Published: Monday, January 09, 2012, 3:33 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College discontinued its intercollegiate football program, effective immediately. The announcement was made by GRCC President Steven Ender after a meeting with current football players and assistant coaches.  (More)