The Health and Fitness Certification Scholarship is available to students who are interested in pursuing a Profession as a Personal Trainer, Group Exercise Instructor, Yoga Instructor, Pilates Instructor, Zumba Instructor, Exercise Science, Physical Education, etc.

The Scholarship donor is Professor Melanie Schiele Gady from the Wellness Department.

This years scholarship recipients are:

  1. Jonathan Rushing  $500    He is pursuing his Personal Training Certification (ACE)
  2. Amanda Miehle     $400    She is pursuing her Yoga Certification (YogaFit

Congratulations to Jonathan and Amanda.  Once they have completed their certification they will be able to teach.  These certifications are recognized through-out the world as top certifications.

Dining options during Spring Break

The Raider Grille, Sneden Cafe, and Quiet Cafe will be closed March 4-8 for Spring Break. Normal business hours will resume on March 11th at all locations. Campus Dining Catering will continue its services as normal, upon request. Please reserve all functions for the week of spring break no later than February 25th. Please feel free to contact the Director of Campus Dining with any questions at 234-4169 or

GRCC In the News, 2-12-13

GRCC hosts gun violence symposium

February 11, 2013; WZZM

Grand Rapids, MI (WZZM) – What motivates a gunman to commit mass murder? What role do video games and the media play, and are there ways to prevent gun violence?

Leaders of a symposium at Grand Rapids Community College have been studying the crimes and the killers.

Mercantile Bank and AT&T give $120K to Upward Bound programs

February 8, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

It’s been a rewarding winter for Upward Bound.

The federal growth program aimed at helping high school students learn the skills to succeed through high school and college received local funding of up to $120,000 in January.

Decisión de la Secretaría de estado puso fin a pesadilla

February 8, 2013; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH). 7 DE FEBRERO DEL 2013. Vanessa Juárez ya podrá graduarse sin inconvenientes en el Grand Rapids Community College y conducir sin temor hasta allá, gracias a que el presidente Barack Obama ordenó el mes de junio del año pasado el programa Acción Diferida, conocido como DACA, una alternativa al proyecto de ley Dream Act que el Congreso fracasó en aprobar debido a la oposición de los legisladores conservadores. Vanessa fue traída a los Estados Unidos por sus padres a la edad de 7 años. Nunca pudo tener un número de Seguro Social porque sus padres eran indocumentados, pero si pudo ir a la escuela desde la elemental hasta la High School, debido a que las leyes en estados Unidos prohíben que se le niegue educación a un niño por asuntos inmigratorios.

Planned Parenthood: Condom Pops for Valentines Day

February 11, 2013; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Planned Parenthood will be giving out more than 6,000 condom pops during the month of February.

… The items will be handed out at PPWNM health centers, free of charge. PPWMN will also pass out the condom pops at select community venues, including Grand Rapids Community College on Feb. 12.

Photos from three-day symposium on gun violence in America

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GRCC’s Psychology, Social Sciences, and Criminal Justice departments have collaborated on the Stewart Edward White Hall Symposium on Contemporary Issues, which is focusing on gun violence.

The first session, held February 11, 2013, looked at psychological research on aggression, cultural norms, video games, guns, mental health, and the media.

Psychology Department hosts training day on child welfare, family preservation topics

The GRCC Psychology Department is holding a professional development and training day in collaboration with Holy Cross Children’s Services and Family Futures of Grand Rapids on Tuesday, Feb. 19th from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm in 108 Sneden Hall. The day features a series of topics related to child welfare and family preservation. If you have questions, contact Kate Byerwalter at 234-4405 or

GRCC Geography Alumnus Selected to Compete in World Geography Bowl

Brian Woodin, a current Geography major at Aquinas College and an alumnus of Grand Rapids Community College, has been selected as part of the Midwestern regional team, which will compete in the World Geography Bowl at the Los Angeles Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in April. Other members of the team include graduate and undergraduate students from Michigan State and Ohio State Universities. Each prospective team member must pass a rigorous exam devoted to testing geographic knowledge before being selected; six students were chosen from among 23 Geography programs in the region. Mr. Woodin is a former President of the GRCC chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, The International Geographical Society.

Presenters Needed for the 7th Annual Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase


Announcing the 7th Annual Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase on March 20th from 1:00-4:00 pm on the DeVos Campus. The call for presenters is now open! The showcase is an “eposter/exhibit type” event and it is designed as an informal opportunity to share with and to see how your peers are using technology for teaching and learning. Visit to submit a proposal. For more information on the showcase and to see what presenters have shared in the past, visit


Actors Theatre to stage reading of ‘8’

A big white "8" is superimposed on a statue of justice holding her scales. In the upper right corner, it says: "A Staged Reading. Directed by Fred Sebulske" in yellow letters. In the middle, in white letters, it says: "An unconstitutional proposition. An unprecedented decision.  An unforgetable evening." At thelower right, in yellow letters, it says: "By Dustin Lance Black." In February of 2013, Actors’ is proud to present, in conjunction with Fubble Entertainment, the staged reading of Dustin Lance Black’s “8”.

“8” chronicles the 2008 Federal District Court trial (Perry vs. Brown) which attempts to strike down California’s Proposition 8. Proposition 8 rescinded the right of gay and lesbian Californians to marry. Black crafts his accounts using actual trial transcripts, personal and first-hand observations, and interviews with the plaintiffs and their families. As a screenwriter, producer, director, and social activist – Black’s “8” challenges and examines the true meaning of equality. Black takes on a prominent social issue and, in the process, brings light to the continuing fight for equal rights.

In an interview with Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone, Black had this to say about the politics surrounding the issues addressed in “8”:

“I think by having Ted Olson (attorney for the Plaintiffs and Solicitor General under President George W. Bush) pleading the case and making such strong, passionate, cogent arguments obviously sends a signal that this isn’t a partisan issue. I think that started a wave through the conservative side saying, ‘it’s okay for you to come out as pro-gay on civil rights, pro-equality.’”

Featuring the talent of some of West Michigan’s finest actors, the cast of “8” includes the talents of Alice Kennedy, Shelley Irwin (of The WGVU Morning Show), Jon March, Joe Miller, Jonathan Clausen, Billy Konsoer, Larry Young, Patrick Ziegler, Teresa Thome, Tracey Walker, Shelia Shotwell, Richard Carnegie, Jean Reed Bahle, Tommy Allen, Justin Kilduff, Ben Boerkel, Neil Trevisan, Greg L. Rogers, and many more! “8” will be directed by Actors’ Theatre Founder, GRCC Professor Emeritus and Recipient of the Norma Brink Lifetime Achievement Award for Grand Rapids Theatre, Fred Sebulske.

“8” will be presented for two consecutive nights at Wealthy Theatre, 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI on February 23rd, 2013 at 7:00pm and Park Theatre, 248 South River Ave, Holland, MI on February 24th, 2013 at 4:00pm. This staged reading is produced in partnership by Actors’ Theatre and Fubble Entertainment, LLC as a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER).

Ticket prices are $25 each and are general admission. Tickets for “8” may be purchased online at or by contacting the Actors’ Theatre box office at (616) 234-3946.

Pipe installation work continues at College Park Plaza

A crane is scheduled to arrive in the Saint Mark’s parking lot, on the south side of College Park Plaza, this week.

Renovations to College Park Plaza include:

  • installation of HW process piping on the second and third floors.
  • electrical rough-ins and conduit installation in the penthouse and the fifth floor.
  • installation of new ductwork on the second floor.
  • work on the existing second floor I-beams.
  • installation of fire suppression pipe in the ramp-level mechanical room.

ACT/SAT writing workshops begin in February 2013

GRCC’s ACT/SAT writing workshop is designed to help students understand the expectations for taking the essay portions of the ACT and SAT exams. The workshop highlights eight characteristics that graders of the exams are looking for and teaches students strategies for meeting the expectations.

The goal of the workshop is to help students understand the testing expectations and situation in order to give them the confidence to meet this challenge. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to use the skills of the workshop as they practice independently.

Students will:

  • analyze sample essays.
  • learn to use the prompts to formulate their answers.
  • practice writing thesis statements and introductions.
  • learn about how to incorporate support in essays.
  • write a practice essay.
  • receive a critique of their writing with recommendations.

The workshop will be held at 9 a.m. to noon February 16, 2013; 6-9 p.m. February 18; and 5:30-8:30 p.m. February 21 at Tassell M-TEC. It costs $38. To register, click here.

Learning Opportunity from Staff Development

This would be a great opportunity to work with both your colleagues from GRCC and facilitators from off-campus to explore what motivates all of us.

Motivating Others

Tue Feb. 19, 2013

8:30 – 10:30 AM

103 Sneden

Managing and leading are about getting things done through people. The difference between what employees can do, and will do, depends a lot on their level of motivation. Understanding what motivates employees is the foundation of this course. The end result is learning how to turn compliance into commitment. This workshop will be led by facilitators from Davenport University.

Target Audience:  All GRCC Employees in supervisory or leadership roles.