First Ever Alumni Breakfast – Photos


This year, in place of the Pre-Commencement Reception, Alumni Relations hosted a pancake breakfast for all graduates participating in commencement, directly after rehearsal.  This was a great way to celebrate our graduates and all their success.  A big thank you to the Creative Dining Staff and volunteers.

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GRCC in the News – 5/2/12

Hispanic Center of Western Michigan seeks volunteers to help bridge gap between techie kids and parents who can’t compute
Published: Tuesday, May 01, 2012, 7:00 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI— Like many moms, Gildara Gaona of Grand Rapids wants to help her children with homework. She wants to monitor Facebook activity in their teen years, and someday guide them through the college application process. But first, she is working to conquer email. […] Today, she is working with sharper computer skills and is in the process of learning English at Grand Rapids Community College. “We can do it,” she said.  (More)

Davenport boasts WHAC’s hottest hitter entering conference tournament
Published: Tuesday, May 01, 2012, 6:00 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI. – The Davenport baseball team enters the WHAC tournament Wednesday with the league’s hottest hitter. Jotham Woo, a junior outfielder, batted .818 in the final three games to help the Panthers finish second in the regular-season standings and earn himself conference player of the week honors. Woo, from Forest Hills Eastern and Grand Rapids Community College, had nine hits in 11 at-bats, with three home runs, nine RBIs and three doubles.  (More)

Washtenaw Community College raises tuition for 5th straight year
Posted: Tue, May 1, 2012 : 2:59 p.m. | | By Kellie Woodhouse

After the latest round of tuition increases at Washtenaw Community College, tuition will have increased 43.3 percent over the course of six years. […] In-district tuition for the 2011-12 academic year is $66.70 per credit hour at Oakland Community College, $82.10 per credit hour at Northwestern Michigan College, $88 per credit hour at Mid Michigan Community College and $95.50 per hour at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Mammograms Available on Campus for Employees

Metro Health’s Mobile Mammography unit will be coming to GRCC’s DeVos Campus this summer.  If you are due for your mammogram we would love to make it easy for you!

The two dates that the unit will be at GRCC are:

  • July 24, 2012: with appointments available from 8:30 am – 4:15 pm
  • August 7, 2012: with appointments available from 12:45 pm – 6:15 pm

To schedule an appointment you must call the MetroHealth scheduling desk 616-252-4461. Please bring your prior films with you if you have them. Your new films will be read by a MetroHealth Radiologist within 1 week from your appointment.  *NOTE: The mobile mammography unit us NOT wheelchair accessible.  If you have questions please contact Julie Lenger in Staff Development x3490 or

Learning Opportunities from Staff Development 5/7/12 – 5/11/12

Please register online at

Feedback & Critical Conversation
Tues May 8, 2012 | 9-11:00 AM | 226 Main

What every manager wants to know – how to give effective feedback (even if it’s sensitive) and how to prepare and hold a conversation that is critical to performance. Step-by-step models will be taught that can be used right away. Participants will discover how to solve many organizational and relationship issues by learning how to talk to anybody about anything; to become a more honest and confident communicator, and to reduce the stress that comes from what’s left unsaid.

Time Management for Peak Performance
Thurs May 10, 2012 | 9-11:00 AM | 106 Cook

Time is money, the saying goes, and frequently it gets lost in disorganization and disruption. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make the most of their time by getting a grip on their office space, organizing their workflow, and learning how to use their planner effectively.

Personal Listening Profile
Thurs May 10, 2012 | 9:30-11:30 AM | 228 Main

Listening is more than hearing. Listening is the ability to receive, attend to, interpret, and respond to verbal messages and other cues, like body language, in ways that are appropriate to the purpose. If the message is entertaining, our purpose is to enjoy, so we listen and respond in a relaxed manner. If the message is intended to persuade us, our purpose is judgment, so we listen and respond critically. It is estimated that people screen our or misunderstand the intended meaning or purpose of a message in over 70 percent of communications, making listening the biggest contributing factor to miscommunication. The Personal Listening Profile helps individuals identify which of the five listening approaches they use to process, organize, store, and retrieve information. Participants will be given an access code to the Inscape Personal Listening Profile and asked to take the online assessment prior to date of the class.

Reminder Coffee and Conversation With Dr Ender Tomorrow 5/3/12

Join GRCC President Steven Ender for Coffee and Conversation on May 3, at 9:00 a.m. in ATC 122/124. President Ender will discuss the significance of the May 8 vote on GRCC’s bond request, what it represents for the college and why it is important for GRCC staff and faculty to be well-informed about the upcoming election.