GRCC In the News, 5-17-13

Bar workers train to avoid over-serving

May 16, 2013; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Police say alcohol played a role in the three deaths that occurred at The B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids over the past four years.

… Knowing when to stop is taught in textbooks, too. Dan Gendler runs the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. Gendler points out the curriculum has guidelines and graphs, but warns it’s not an exact science.

“The best way to manage alcohol is just to talk to people,” he said.

He recommends workers talk to customers and ask them questions about where they’ve been, how long they’ve been drinking and if they have recently eaten.

2013 Heritage Hill Tour of Homes blends history with modern lifestyles

May 16, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After 33 years as a resident of Heritage Hill, Kate Diedrich is still looking forward to the 44th Annual Heritage Hill Tour of Homes.

… On the weekend of the tour, tickets are $20 and available only at the Grand Rapids Community College DeVos Campus, 435 E. Fulton Street.

College Park Plaza to be without power for most of May 18

A total power outage of College Park Plaza will occur on Saturday, the 18th between, the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Electrical and fire protection contractors, as well as Consumers Energy, will be on site to perform bond issue-related switch over and repair work.

Please make other arrangements if Saturday access was planned.

Campus Police will be on campus throughout, along with certain Facilities staff. All systems should be operable come Monday morning for the beginning of the new week.


You are never too young to start thinking about, and planning for retirement. This four-part series titled “Not Your Grandparent’s Retirement: Planning Now for the Future You Want, is designed for those who wish to explore and prepare for the future that they want in retirement. Whether a “traditional” or “non-traditional” retirement is desired, our program will help you prepare for this significant life transition. Please register for any, or all, of the sessions online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

SESSION 1: PREPARING FOR LIFE TRANSITIONS RATHER THAN RETIREMENT. This session, featuring Paul Phifer, career and life direction specialist, will explore life stages, transitions, priorities and lifestyle issues, as well as traditional verses holistic approaches to retirement.

Tue May 21, 2013

10 AM – 12 PM

Room 124 ATC

SESSION 2 CONFIRMING, RESTORING OR ESTABLISHING DIRECTION THAT MOTIVATES. In this highly interactive session – featuring Paul Phifer, career and life direction specialist- you will be guided through several self-assessment activities designed to clarify your values, interests and skills in preparation for the future you want.

Tue May 28, 2013

10 AM – 12 PM

Room 124 ATC

SESSION 3: EXPLORING IMPACT ISSUES. This session, led by educational gerontologist, Mike Faber, will help you explore a wide range of potential barriers that you will need to overcome in order for you to stay “on track.” These include aging-related health/wellness, caregiving, loneliness/relationships, discrimination, lack of purpose, spirituality, loss of self-esteem, fear, crime/safety, purposeful activities, civic engagement/giving back, societal expectations/trends, change, work (both paid and unpaid), and more.

Tue Jun 4, 2013

10 AM – 12 PM

Room 124 ATC

SESSION 4: FINANCIAL PREPAREDNESS. This session, led by Jeffrey Noeker, Area Investment Manager for Fifth Third Securities, licensed since 1993, will give you a broad overview of financial issues that you may encounter before and during your retirement. These include borrowing basics, investing basics, pensions, social security, 401Ks, traditional IRAs, insurance, financial planning and more.

Tue Jun 11, 2013

10 AM – 12 PM

Room 124 ATC

Donations sought for GRCC student

If you have items you would to donate to GRCC student Kylie, who lost personal belongings in a house fire, please drop the items off to the Student Life Office, 1st Floor, Student Community Center, by May 23.

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.