Raider Salute to Grace Schwanda and DLIT

From a comment form managed by the Student Feedback Management Team:

I enjoy going to school here. I have gone to another community college, I wont state the name, but they were not as helpful and understanding as GRCC. GRCC has wonderful and caring online teachers and I look forward to starting up this fall with my on campus classes and hope they have teachers just as great as my online classes did. One teacher that stood out more than the rest was my music teacher Grace Schwanda, I hope GRCC appreciates her hard work as much as I do, she truly cares about her work and her students. Thank you, GRCC!

Campus Filmmakers filming zombies on campus Friday

The Campus Filmmakers, a student organization on campus, will be filming scenes for a movie involving zombies this Friday, May 10th, in and outside of Sneden Hall from 2:00-8:00 p.m.  During this time, there could be large groups of actors dressed as zombies walking through the parking lot.  We wanted to make you aware of this planned and approved activity on campus, as fake blood, body parts, etc. will be involved.

Please be respectful of the area in which the film crew and actors are working.  No volunteers are needed.  For more information please contact Student Life at 234-4160.

GRCC In The News, 5-7-13

College experience for special students
5/6/13 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The Noorthoek Academy is dedicated to a college experience for special needs students who want to pursue their education after high school. Working in a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, the program is geared towards mentally impaired students and provides academic and social enrichment to those who have traditionally been excluded from a college experience.

State Board of Education: Seeking feedback Thursday at GRCC community forum
5/6/13 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The State Board of Education is holding a community forum Thursday at Grand Rapids Community College and hoping for broad participation from residents, educators and school district stakeholders.

Honey: Spring’s glory reminds us how we all take new forms
5/6/13 MLive
My magnolia has really outdone herself this year. She burst into glory last week with hundreds of white-and-soft-pink flowers. They were so lusciously fragrant that I would go stand under their canopy just so I could get drunk on the sweet smell of heaven.
… So it is with my friend Dick DeVinney, who passed both from and into glory April 20. He was 76, which seems like a good long life. But news of his death took the wind out of me. I couldn’t believe how quickly he had gone.
… Dick was well-known to those who love beautiful music. He was the longtime music minister at First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids and a music instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. Classical music fans know him as the guy who covered the Grand Rapids Symphony for many years. And art lovers know that he and his wife, Marion, founded First Church’s Celebration of the Arts, a highly regarded, juried exhibition of spiritual and sacred art.

CC-Crystal’s Schmitt to play at MMCC
5/6/13 The Daily News (Greenville)
MIDDLETON — Brann Schmitt is moving on in his basketball career.
The Carson City-Crystal senior signed a letter of intent Friday to play at Mid-Michigan Community College.
… “A couple of them talked to me,” he said. “Kalamazoo (Valley Community) College, GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College). But Mid(-Michigan) just had what I liked.”

Muskegon Community College recap: Regionals up next for Jayhawks
5/6/13 MLive
MUSKEGON, MI — A little momentum is on the side of the Muskegon Community College baseball team going into the regional tournament.
… The Jayhawks open regional tournament action at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday against Grand Rapids Community College at C.O. Brown Stadium in Battle Creek.

Jackson Community College baseball team hopes it can break through at NJCAA regional tournament
5/7/13 MLive
JACKSON — Qualifying for the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XII Tournament is nothing new for Jackson Community College’s baseball team.
… JCC has never failed to qualify for the Region XII Tournament, where the winner advances to the NJCAA Division II World Series. The Jets advanced to the semifinals a year ago before falling to Grand Rapids Community College.

Reading Apprenticeship Workshop, May 16–Register Now!

As we gear up for summer, I wanted to let you all know about a great professional development opportunity that will be coming to GRCC next month. On May 16, Monika Hogan from Pasadena City College will be leading a workshop at GRCC on the Reading Apprenticeship Project–a program that helps faculty work with their students to help them become critical readers, thinkers, and writers across disciplines. The workshop is part of the 2013 Regional Faculty Conversations series that is sponsored by the Michigan Community College Association (MCCA), and is one of three Reading Apprenticeship workshops that will be held around the state May 15, 16, and 17.

If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please visit the MCCA’s website at and check the “Upcoming Events” box on the left side. The direct link to the GRCC event is

You will need to register through the MCCA site and will need to create a log-in if you have not registered for MCCA events in the past. There is no cost for the workshop.

In addition, we would like to track who is planning on attending, so we ask that you also register through the Center for Teaching Excellence at The MCCA registration is necessary for attendance, but the CTE registration will allow us to place your attendance at the workshop on your Training Summary.