GRCC In the News, 2-11-13

What West Michigan educators are saying about Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget proposal

February 8, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Educators in West Michigan said Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget increase for K-12 education and public universities is a step in the right direction, although one administrator believes a larger investment is needed to offset years of cuts.

… Community colleges also are in line for a 2 percent increase.

“Overall, we’re pleased,” said Lisa Freiburger, vice president for finance and administration at Grand Rapids Community College. “We’re pleased to see that the governor sees the critical role that community colleges play in providing affordable higher ed options.”

Faculty at GRCC launch chapter of national German honor society

February 9, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Faculty at Grand Rapids Community College are starting a chapter of a national German honor society, a project aimed at helping students improve their language skills and participate in community service projects.

GVSU, WMEAC hosting Women & Environment Symposium

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council and Grand Valley State University are presenting the Second Annual Women & Environment Symposium on Friday, February 15 at the GVSU L.V. Eberhard Center in downtown Grand Rapids.

Our students and staff are encouraged to attend.

Ticket prices are:

  • $35 General/Professional (includes lunch)
  • $5 Student (with lunch)
  • $0 Student (no lunch)

Mary Brown (adjunct instructor for Psychology Department) will be a part of the “Sustainability Builders: Women Leading Locally” panel discussion and presenting a workshop on Personal Planning for Living Sustainably. Her workshop will guide participants in naming their values and analyze the seven core aspects of their lifestyle where we can create self-empowered, positive change. Participants will have an opportunity to focus on lifestyle changes to sustain a thriving environment, social entrepreneurial goals or foster that business plan idea that will create the change they seek in their lives and communities.

Raider Salute to Miriam Thompson

A Raider Salute to Miriam Thompson comes courtesy of her library colleague Janelle Yahne:

“I want to share what a student said to me a few minutes ago. He really enjoyed the Information Literacy class he had with Miriam. He had taken one of these classes previously, but learned even more the second time, including how to save resources he finds. He said more students should take this class to have a great college experience with these tools. Information literacy is the focus of the library, and the librarians work hard to give the students a quality learning experience.”

Diversity Lecture Series presents journalist LZ Granderson

LZ Granderson

LZ Granderson

LZ Granderson, journalist, commentator and sports writer, will discuss “Dare You to Move” on February 13 as part of GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series.

Mr. Granderson writes a weekly column for, and is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and He is a contributor to ESPN’s “Sports Center,” “Outside the Lines” and “First Take.” This former Detroit gang member rose to be selected a Hechinger Fellow at Columbia University. His commentary reaches well beyond the world of athletics tackling subjects such as use of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies of reverse racism. Prior to joining ESPN, Mr. Granderson was a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Grand Rapids Press.

His free lecture starts at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE. ASL interpretation will be provided. On-campus parking is available for $3 with a discount pass. For more information,  call (616) 234-3390

Business Department hosts Career Showcase 2013

The Business Department will be hosting a Career Showcase event on February 18 and 19, 2013.  The purpose of this event is to introduce various business career options to students.  The Showcase sessions will help students explore different career options including:

  • accounting.
  • business administration.
  • entrepreneurship.
  • fashion merchandising.
  • interior decorating and design.
  • management and supervision.
  • marketing.
  • office administration.

Each session will be hosted by a Business Department faculty member, and many will include professionals currently employed in the field of study.  The sessions will cover:

  • an overview of the program of study.
  • degree opportunities at GRCC and transfer options.
  • employment opportunities.
  • success stories.
  • program projects.
  • co-ops, if available.
  • questions and answers.

Each career session will last approximately 30 minutes and will be offered at the following times on February 18 and 19, 2013:

  • 9:00 a.m.
  • 1:30 p.m.
  • 6:00 p.m.

All business classes that are ongoing at these times will be suspended so that students can attend the Career Showcase.   Students are encouraged to attend as many of the career sessions as possible to learn about different career options.  To help students understand not only the business program requirements but transfer options, graduation requirements, and their current academic standing the Career Showcase will also host sessions on these topics titled:

  • transfers.
  • My Degree Path.
  • graduation audits.

These sessions will include professions from GRCC Counseling and Career Center and Business Faculty.

All students who attend will be included in a random drawing for prizes including a $500 scholarship at GRCC next semester.

GRCC Online Store Public Sale!

Grand Rapids Community College is having a public sale as indicated below:

Date/Time: Thursday, February 14, 2013 ~ 07:00 AM – 07:00 PM

Location: GRCC Online Store –

(please navigate to this website on the day of the sale to shop for items that will be available)

Visit our Google+ page to see photo’s of featured items:

Open Pickup: Items available for pick up beginning the next day (Friday) after the sale from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at GRCC, 133 Winchester Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI. After Friday pick up by appointment only! Please email to request an appointment. See for location and pick up details.

This sale will contain limited computers, electronics, technology, books, lost & found, etc. Grand Rapids Community College cannot guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appointment). Purchased items not picked up will be returned to stock.

Questions should be directed to, Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing at (616) 234-3850 or email

Grand Rapids Community College has the right to reject any or all bids as deemed necessary in the best interest of the college.