Albion College Distinguished Community College Transfer Scholarship

GRCC Honors Program invites Students, Faculty and Staff to learn about Albion College’s Distinguished Community College Transfer Student Scholarship. Representatives will be on campus February 21 from 11-1 in 336 Student Center. High achieving students looking to transfer from GRCC to Albion College can apply for this $50,000 scholarship over a 2 year period.

Representatives from Albion Institutes will include:

  • Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management
  • Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development
  • Prentiss M. Brown Honors Institute

Refreshments will be provided, please RSVP

Employees invited to take ‘Healthier Tomorrow’ pledge

The Wellness Department & Employee Wellness, together, encourages our campus community to love yourself enough to take the pledge!

Are you ready to get healthier? To take some of the weight off your shoulders? To make the changes you need to give yourself a healthier tomorrow? If you are ready to gain more energy and drop the pounds, take the MI Healthier Tomorrow pledge. We’ll get you going with a free Starter Kit with motivational tips, money-saving offers and other good stuff. And we’ll keep you going when you sign up for our e-mails or text messages. It’s a little motivation twice a month to keep you focused on what you pledged so you can reach your goal of losing weight and being healthier.

Losing just 10% of your body weight can make significant improvements to both your physical and mental health. A 10% weight loss for those who are overweight can:

  • Improve blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol levels
  • Improve heart health
  • Decrease risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Decrease back and joint pain
  • Improve breathing and sleep
  • Increase energy and stamina
  • Improve mood and self-confidence

It’s free, anonymous, and you will get a packet of information with free stuff just for signing up!

Raider Grille Chocolate Fountain

In celebration of St. Valentine’s Day, the chocolate will be flowing and skewers of marshmallows, pineapple, strawberries, and rice crispy treats will be available to dip. The fountain will be ready at 11:00 am and we will be serving until 1:00 or as long as we have supplies. Plan on being early so you will be sure to have some!


Policy changes and updates

New:  Web Accessibility Policy:

  • GRCC’s web accessibility policy provides students, faculty, and staff a clear definition of what web accessibility is and why it is necessary.
  • This policy mandates that all of GRCC’s web content should meet W3C WAI’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Level AA conformance.
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 1998 amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 508) requires GRCC to provide individuals with disabilities access to information that is comparable to the access and experience available to others.

Revised:  FERPA Policy:

  • Policy was modified to new policy format (The policy was last updated in 1991)
  • Made changes to conform to new FERPA regulations that have gone into effect since the policy was last updated.
  • Provided definitions to various key phrases
  • “Directory Information Stop Card” was changed to the current “FERPA Release Form”.  Also, old policy states; “The Card must be filed by February 1 of the year in which the student intends to graduate” this was eliminate as students may file a FERPA Release Form at any time.
  • Enhanced the scope of what GRCC will consider “Directory Information” from what was stated in the ‘old’ policy.
  • Added under “Reason for Policy” student rights with respect to education records.
  • Added changes to the policy on Authorized Representatives and the definition of an education program
  • Added Guidelines for Faculty and Staff
  • Added information on Subpoenas

Revised:  Title IV Loan School Code of Conduct:

  • Added policy owner
  • Made minor formatting corrections
  • Added to a 4 year review cycle

The Heritage restaurant offers old-fashioned lobster boil

LobsterJoin The Heritage restaurant at 6 p.m. February 22, 2013, for an old-fashioned lobster boil!

The menu showcases 1 3/4-pound whole Maine lobster, but seafood fans will find plenty to love, including New England Clam Chowder and Little Neck Clams. Accompanying these courses will be Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob, Boiled Potatoes and Cornbread — all for $35.95 per person!

A special wine pairing is available for an additional price.

Reservations are due by February 15– and only a few seats are still available  — so make them today by calling 234-3700 or clicking here.

Find Your Hidden Poet with David Cope, at Meijer Gardens

Senior English professor and Grand Rapids Poet Laureate David Cope will conduct a workshop entitled “Find Your Hidden Poet” at Meijer Gardens on Saturday, February 16, from 1-3 p.m. Cope’s workshop involves teaching the art of ekphrasis (writing poetry with artwork as the subject or source of inspiration) as part of the Hanneke Beaumont sculpture exhibit at the Gardens. Explore the exhibit with David, then “translate your observations and perceptions into poems using free association, word choice, phrasing and editing.” The fee is $10 for members and $17 for non-members, and there are still openings.

First ACT/SAT writing workshop scheduled for February 16, 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.

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