GRCC In the News, 5-15-13

Former GRCC bookstore manager sentenced to 6 months in jail, $50,000 in restitution

May 10, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A former Grand Rapids Community College bookstore manager was sentenced Thursday to serve six months in jail and pay $50,393 in restitution for stealing from the store.

Muskegon Community College golfers qualify for nationals

May 14, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Community College golf team is headed to the national tournament.

… Rounding out the top five teams were Grand Rapids Community College at 924, Columbus Community College with 925 and Jackson Community College with 926.

National Bike to Work Day is Friday

Active Commute Week is well underway! Don’t forget this Friday is National Bike to Work day and there are “Pit Stops” all around the city for you to stop on your way to work and fuel up! We will have one here at GRCC in front of Sneden. Active Commute Week wraps up at Rosa Parks Circle with the Active Commute Week Celebration from 5-9 pm. This is a family friendly and free event open to the public.

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Hillery Haney, students head to France

Congratulations to Hillery Haney! Hillery is scheduled to depart from Detroit today, making her way along with seven students (including one employee – Kimberly Overdevest) to France as part of a 10-day experience. This experience is part of HU 293 French Culture and Civilization course that Hillery is teaching for the first Summer session. Students will be provided an in-depth study of French culture, civilization, history and language. Students will be able to communicate in French in social and professional situations, understand appropriate social and conversational etiquette in a variety of contexts, and much more.

Once Hillery and the students return, they will be presenting their experiences to the campus. We will be sharing the date, time and location of their presentations in the coming weeks. Presentations will also be recorded.

GRCC student needs our help

We recently learned on MLive about a very challenging situation for one of our students. Kylie and her 2-year-old son, Alexander, lost all of their personal belongings in a house fire Friday night, May 10.

Kylie and her son are in need of several items.  If you have items you would like to donate, please drop them off to the Student Life Office, 1st Floor, Student Community Center.

Household Items:

  • Computer
  • Bedding (twin and queen)
  • Towels
  • Dishes
  • Cookware
  • Small Kitchen Appliances


  • Boy’s Clothing – Size 3T
  • Boy’s Outwear – Size 4T
  • Boy’s Shoes – Size 8 Toddler
  • Toys/Stuffed Animals
  • Women’s Jeans/Pants – Size 5
  • Women’s Tops/Blouses – S/M
  • Women’s Outerwear – Size 5
  • Women’s Shoes – Size 6 & 1/2

You can read the MLive article here.

Would you like to receive Professional Development credit for your participation in external learning opportunities?

As we near the end of the 2012-13 fiscal year and begin the performance review process, you may have participated in external training opportunities that you would like to have added to your Training Summary. NOTE: If you have already completed a Leave of Absence form and indicated that you should earn PD credits, you DO NOT need to fill out this form. This is only to be used for opportunities not offered through Staff Development, such as on-the-job training, webinars, and etc.

For Staff to request credit, please complete the Learning Opportunity Participation Confirmation Form found on the sidebar at and forward to Faculty must contact the Center for Teaching Excellence to request credit.

Please feel free to contact Jennifer Kelly in Staff Development, ext. 3848, with any questions you may have.

GRCC offers forensic chemistry camps

GRCC’s Physical Sciences Department, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, is offering two Forensic Chemistry Camps this summer. High school students interested in forensic chemistry can check it out July 8 through 12, 2013, or July 15 through 19 — free of charge.

The goal of the camps is to provide Grand Rapids area high school students who are interested in science with the opportunity to use analytical instrumentation in an inquiry-based forensic chemistry experience. Students from across West Michigan are encouraged to apply.

As part of the camp, students will use gel electrophoresis, infrared (IR) spectroscopy, gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and other methods of analysis to find the perpetrator of a simulated arson crime.

For application details, click here.