GRCC In The News 10/26/12

Sen. Carl Levin during Grand Rapids talk
Mlive October 25, 2012
October 25, 2012. (Chris Clark | U.S. Senator Carl Levin at GRCC 10/25/12 gallery (6 photos)
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Sen. Carl Levin derided Mitt Romney’s proposal to ratchet defense spending up by $2 trillion over 10 years during a talk at Grand Rapids Community College that doubled somewhat as a lengthy civics lesson.

Protesters call Michigan Secretary of State license denial decision embarrassing
Mlive October 25, 2012
WYOMING, MI — About 300 people protested outside a Wyoming Secretary of State branch office Wednesday, saying it was embarrassing that Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson refuses to issue drivers licenses to young immigrants who have been given deportation deferrals.
…Yohaira Montesinos, 21, said that she was taking part in the protest because she wants to have a brighter future and continue her studies in Grand Rapids Community College. “I want to become a police enforcement agent and help my family,” she said. “Getting a driver’s license will be so helpful because I would be able to help my family and get a job.”

Lowell teen killed in Ada Township crash remembered for leadership, selflessness
Mlive October 24, 2012
LOWELL, MI — Whether she was volunteering for a messy job during a mission trip or making sure her friends were happy, Cara Cook put other people first…Cook had once aspired to become a veterinarian, but she decided to study social work at Grand Rapids Community College so she could help children.

Photos: Skubick of “Off The Record” Presents At GRCC

Tim Skubick, anchor and producer of the weekly public television series “Off the Record,” and longtime political reporter, discussed politics and the upcoming elections in a town hall meeting at GRCC’s Sneden Hall on October 25.  Skubick is doing a number of town hall meetings in West Michigan, offering insights about candidates and helping participants understand a variety of election issues.

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Photos: Senator Levin Speaks At GRCC

United States Senator Carl Levin spoke to GRCC students, faculty and staff, and people from the community about U.S. foreign policy, his role as Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the growing importance of community colleges to the future of our workforce and the upcoming election.  The event was sponsored by the GRCC Social Sciences Department.

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GRCC Runs!

The weekend of October 20 and 21 was perfect weather for runners. And GRCC was out in force!

Shelly Richter, Nursing Program Director set a new PR with a 3:28 time in the MetroHealth Grand Rapids Marathon.  She finished 29th among all (654) women. Alejandro Saldivar, Math Professor, ran a 42:48 10K (1st in his age group) on Saturday, then followed up with a 3:42 in the GR Marathon on Sunday. Lori Cook, Director of Admissions and Enrollment also ran the GR Half Marathon, finishing in 2:33. Andrea Hayes, Math Assistant Professor, and Jim Fox, Human Resources, ran sub two-hour half marathons, but were left in the dust by Bernardo Saldivar, Alejandro’s 9-year old son who finished at 1:45. Bernardo was the youngest runner on the course. Ric Underhile, Associate Dean, Instructional Support & Interdisciplinary Studies ran the Chicago Monster Dash Half Marathon in 2:21.

Congratulations to everyone!

Exam Cram for Fall 2012 Semester

Last semester’s Exam Cram was such a success that GRCC’s Library is offering it again!  What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and library staff, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up.  Employees,  please share this news with students.

December 2012 Exam Cram will be held:

  • Sat. 12/8/2012 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sun. 12/9/2012 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support, Campus Activities, J. Bos Vending Services, and the Library & Learning Commons. There will be library staff and tutors in multiple subject areas available during Exam Cram hours.  Please park in the Bostwick (Main) parking lot. No registration required. Tutoring subjects may be limited.

Michigan Street Corridor Project – Community Forum

The City of Grand Rapids will be hosting a community forum regarding the Michigan Street Corridor project in the ATC on Monday, October 29th.  There will be a session from 4:00 – 6:00 PM and another identical session from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  The purpose of these forums is to gather community feedback regarding proposed changes for the Michigan Street Corridor.  The forum will include general information and then breakout sessions regarding specific areas of special study.  One of the break-out sessions is entitled Lyon Bike Boulevard, which will review preliminary plans for a bike boulevard proposed for Lyon Street from Plymouth Avenue to Downtown.

Interested employees and students are encouraged to participate!

Flu Shot Clinic 10/29/12

Flu injections will be provided to GRCC staff (excluding students on Monday, October 29, 2012, between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM in the Bookstore (1st floor – Student Community Center).  The cost to staff will be $17 cash or check payable to “GRCC.”  Flu shots will be administered by Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses.  Staff who receive flu shots may register for a chance to win one of two $50 gift cards for the GRCC Bookstore.

Priority Health participants must bring their Priority Health cards in order for Spectrum Health to bill on your behalf.  WMHIP and MESSA do not provide reimbursement for flu shots administered at GRCC.

If you have any questions about the clinic, please contact Jan Benham at 234-3905 or  Specific questions about insurance coverage are to be directed to Maria Herrera-Belmares at 234-4052 or

100th Anniversary Logo Competition

GRCC Logo Competition - Design GRCC's 100 Year Anniversary LogoFind your inner artist and become part of history!  Design GRCC’s 100 year Anniversary Logo.  This logo will be used throughout the 2014-2015 school year as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary.  Art entry deadline: October 31, 2012
  • 1st Place – $500
  • 2nd Place – $250
  • 3rd Place – $100
  • Honorable Mention – $50 gift cards (3 awards)
The competition is open to faculty/staff members, students, alumni, retirees, and community members.  For rules, guidelines and more information, go to  You can also like us on facebook at