Top 25 Entries for 100th Anniversary Celebration Logo Competition Announced

Vote now for your favorite logo to become GRCC’s official 100th Anniversary Logo via the GRCC 100th Anniversary Facebook page   Votes can be cast daily by “liking” a particular logo, but only after you “like” the “GRCC100th” facebook page.  Cash prizes will also be awarded.  Voting will take place now through November 30, and the winner will announced on December 1, 2012.

A panel of judges reviewed more than 200 entries for the GRCC 100thAnniversary Logo Competition.  Congratulations to the top 25 entries, representing 21 artists, who are listed here.

  • Heather Brinks
  • Keen Collective
  • Amanda Cook
  • Kennedy Deruiter
  • Stephen Dobrzynski
  • Kate Dupon
  • Emma Duvernay
  • Eric Hatch
  • Janelle Krupa
  • Paolo Masucci
  • Amanda Mercer
  • Dustin Olson
  • Natalie Pickup
  • Todd Price
  • Jason Rogers
  • Kevin Rozek
  • Laurie Schaut
  • Allison Supron
  • Sarah Todd
  • Caleb Van Dyke
  • Rebecca Yauch

Lastly, thank you to the comptetition judges:

  • Nick Antonakis, GRCC Visual Arts Department Head
  • Robert Burdick, GRCC Visual Arts Adjunct
  • Matthew Coullard, GRCC Print Solutions Graphic Design Manager
  • Mary Lynn Rouleau, GRCC Visual Arts Adjunct
  • Jason Schueller, GRCC Enrollment Center Coordinator
  • Mary Willey, Wolverine Worldwide Graphic Designer

Body Tone and Sculpt Class Gets Stronger, Healthier, and Inspires One Another

A note from Wellness Department Professor Melanie Schiele Gady 

As an Instructor I have been truly inspired by my class this year.  My Body Tone and Sculpt class comes in to class wanting to work hard, wanting to be challenged, wanting to learn how to become healthier inside and out.  This is also a group that has made me a better instructor. I have become a better instructor because this year I have a group of students who want to come in to class and be pushed which means I have had to build specific work outs just for this group of students.  Each weekend I have to put myself through the work out(s) to see if it is going to be hard enough for my Body Tone and Sculpt class.  Thank you to my Body Tone and Sculpt class for being an inspiration, for challenging me, for motivating me, and for helping me continue to learn.  I can say this for sure, we have not left a class dry.  We are all dripping in sweat, legs are like noodles after a good lower body work out, and we have a hard time lifting our water bottles to our mouth after a good upper body work out.

THANK YOU to:  Justin Bigger, Nicole Brydges, Paul Bui, Samantha Cox, Richard Deja, Tien Ellis, Megan Miller, Megan Munger, Kate Pruiett, Ashtin Purlee, Alexis Rice, Latoya Robinson, Wes Rushing, Desirae Smith, Stephen Snay, Joshua Strait, Kathleen Stull, Cassandra Teravest, and Jessica Wiersma.


Thank you!  Stay Healthy and Fit! 

Melanie Schiele Gady 

“It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up”

Information Session For Prospective Construction Subcontractors

GRCC is teaming up with GMB Architecture & Engineering (GMB A+E), and Owens Ames Kimball (OAK) for a presentation on the college’s upcoming construction and renovation projects and how local subcontractors can become involved in the bidding process.  

WHAT            Briefing on upcoming GRCC projects and valuable information on Building Information Modeling (BIM) Requirements for Bidding; BIM is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility

WHY               To prepare interested parties to participate in $30M of upcoming GRCC projects

WHEN              Thursday, November 8, 2012, 3:30 to 5:30 PM

WHERE           GRCC DeVos Campus, Sneden Hall, 435 E. Fulton, Room 108

There is no charge to participate in this event.  Attendees will learn about upcoming projects, how to be placed on the bid list and what the BIM requirements are to participate as a viable bidder.  To register for this event, interested individuals should visit  More information on specific GRCC construction projects is available at

Parkingwill be available in the DeVos Campus/Sneden Hall student parking lot off Fountain St. (across from Central High School), and parking passes will be provided.

Learning Opportunities From Staff Development 11/5-11/9/12

Please register online at to participate in any of the following sessions:

Communication Effectiveness (Part 1 of 2)

Tue Nov. 6, 2012

9-11:00 AM

204 Sneden

THIS IS A 2 PART COURSE. PART 2 WILL BE PRESENTED ON TUE NOV.  13, 2012 FROM 9:00 -11:00 AM: Communication is more than talking and listening. Genuine communication requires a deep understanding of another person’s perspective. But when you take into consideration all of our biases, behavioral idiosyncrasies, unspoken emotions, personal agendas, and unshared assumptions, this can seem almost impossible. Communication Effectiveness introduces participants to the foundations of DiSC and helps them to create a greater self-awareness and discover simple ways to communicate more effectively. The DISC Personal Profile System is personality behavioral testing profiling using a DISC Profiler 4 dimensional model of normal behavior in an assessment, inventory, survey format. Participants will be given an access code to the Inscape DiSC Profile and asked to take the online assessment prior to date of the class.

Project Management 102

Tue Nov. 6, 2012

1-3:00 PM

103 Sneden

One of the toughest challenges in the project planning process is identifying all of the activities/steps that are required. Once identified, the team must place them in the right order, determine the length of time required to accomplish the task, and then complete the Project Plan. People sometimes get bogged down in planning projects because they try to think of everything logically and in the proper sequence. Unfortunately, our minds don’t always work this way. The result is writing and rewriting our list many times.

Managing Stress

Tue Nov. 6, 2012

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

Having trouble finding some balance in your work and personal life? Carrying stress from one location to the other? Engage with others and learn how to recognize the symptoms of stress and discover some new habits to combat stressors and reduce its personal impact.

Making Change Happen (Collaborative workshop between GRCC & GVSU)

Wed Nov. 7, 2012

12-2:00 PM

302E DeVos Center on the GVSU Pew Campus in GR

We set goals and have a vision for our lives and our career, but taking that first step towards success can sometimes be daunting and debilitating. Acknowledging why we get stuck, exploring our options and turning into ways we can get moving on our goals are key elements of initiating change. As a group, we’ll explore the “hard truths,” share “transition pillars,” set goals and formulate accountability partners that will spark us into action. Come prepared to initiate change.

Defusing Rude Behavior

Thur Nov. 8, 2012

9-11:00 AM

511 Main

It can be difficult to know how to react when you are confronted with rude behavior. This course examines a number of cases of rude behavior and provides participants with effective tactics to responding in these situations.

Estate Planning/Legal Issues for the LGBT Community (Collaborative workshop between GRCC & GVSU)

Fri Nov. 9, 2012

12-1:00 PM

Room 302 DeVos Center on the GVSU Pew Campus in GR

When members of the LGBT community form new relationships, dissolve existing ones, create families, or draft estate plans, they face a daunting array of conflicting and sometimes hostile laws that their straight peers do not. Attorney Peter M. Kulas, from Kulas Law Office will help participants understand the legal issues facing the LBGT community and give advice on preparing documents or facing legal hurdles.

Organ/Tissue Donor Registration Drive & Information

The demand for healthy organs and tissues greatly outnumbers the availability. Currently, thousands of people in Michigan are waiting for a life saving organ or tissue transplant. You could save someone’s life someday! Come to the ATC on November 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. to register to be an organ and tissue donor. Held in room 180  of the ATC – outside Ferris-GR.

GRCC In The News 11-5-12

STEM: Bringing more women into science and math
Nov 4, 2012  WZZM 13
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-Kettering University officials say West Michigan has a serious shortage of female engineers and scientists.
Saturday, a group of local schools and businesses teamed up to try to change that. More than 100 girls filled Grand Rapids Community College for the STEM Girl Genious Conference. The day-long event used hands-on activities to encourage girls to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or math.