GRCC in the News, 7-25-13

Hunger Games-inspired reality show, ‘Capture,’ debuts with Grand Rapids team on CW

July 24 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Hunger Games comes to life is what CW promises on its new game show “Capture.”

… James Wallington, who received an associate degree in arts from Grand Rapids Community College in 2009, and his sister, Rebecca Wallington, a student at Michigan State University, are the Lime Team on the reality show, which also is inspired by the Hunger Games trilogy of books.

Representative Rob VerHeulen Says Transit Will Move West Michigan Forward

July 24, 2013;

State Representative Rob VerHeulen is a lifelong Michigan resident. He has worked as an attorney for Meijer, Inc. and the Meijer Foundation, served as mayor of the City of Walker, and currently represents the 74th district as a Republican in Lansing. And he says, as chair of the transportation subcommittee, that the time is right for serious investments in Michigan’s transit systems.

… VerHeulen graduated from Grand Rapids Creston High School and attended Grand Rapids Community College while working part-time before earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Wayne State University. Unsurprisingly, then, he’s also passionate about the importance of quality public education in Michigan. “It’s critically important that we provide a quality education for all of our young people,” he says.


Staff Development is in the process of putting together its fall schedule of learning opportunities. Many classes have been added over the past few days. Check them out at and be one of the first to register. Please contact Staff Development at ext. 4285 if you are not able to register online. We’ll be happy to add you to the roster.

Keep your eye on the website – classes will be added as they are scheduled.

IT adds customer support phone hours

Announcement : IT Customer Support will extend hours for phone support beginning August 4, 2013.

IT Customer Support is pleased to announce new extended hours of our phone support.
As a result of customer feedback and the Higher Learning Counsel recommendation, the IT Customer Support Department will be extending phone support.

Our new hours will be:

Monday through Friday:  7:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday:  2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Fall & Winter
Monday through Friday:  24 Hours a day
Saturday and Sunday:  2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

If you need help with computer related issues, please call the IT Customer Support Help Desk at 616-234-HELP(4357). For urgent off-hours support, please listen and follow instructions on our phone system.

GRCC In the News, 7-24-13

GRCC named Great College to Work For

July 23, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) one of its “Great Colleges to Work For.”

Elite Judges Panel Secured for THE Project 2014 College Project Management Competition

July 23, 2013;

The Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute ( has finalized the panel of Executive Judges for THE Project 2014, an Inter-Collegiate Competition in Project Management.

… Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Dennis Gillem, MSE, MBE Syndicated radio talk show host for the program “Frontlines of Freedom” heard each week on WOOD 1300 in Grand Rapids Michigan (new Judge).

Col. Gillem has been a tireless advocate for Veterans rights and Veterans affairs across the state of Michigan. Denny, as he prefers to be addressed, also serves as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College and the University of Phoenix.

Local businesses work to become bicycle friendly

July 23, 2013;

Grand Rapids’ corporate community is known for taking the concept of “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) seriously. Evidence for this includes the relatively high number of LEED-designated green buildings in Metro Grand Rapids and high participation in the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum.

… More evidence of increasing local awareness about the bicycle friendly workplace is the fact that over 30 employers participated in GGRBC’s Active Commute Week this past May. Those employers participated in either the commuter challenge or the Bike to Work Day Pit Stops or both. In addition, a number of major employers were sponsors for Active Commute Week or were on the planning committee, such as Calvin College, Cascade Engineering, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Meijer, Priority Health, Steelcase and TerraTrike.

Congratulations to Cheryl Kautz

Cheryl Kautz with Jay Bhatt, president and CEO of Blackboard Inc.

Cheryl Kautz with Jay Bhatt, president and CEO of Blackboard Inc.

Congratulations to Cheryl Kautz, Adjunct Instructor in Computer Information Systems, who is the winner of two Blackboard Catalyst Awards for Exemplary Courses. One of the awards she earned was for her CO152 Photoshop course. This course also won “Director’s Choice” for Courses with Distinction (going above and beyond rubric requirements). The program honors members of the community who design and develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning. Cheryl’s courses are a model for best practices in providing course content within Blackboard. She is especially gifted at providing high levels of accessibility for students with disabilities, providing them a “barrier-free” environment so that they can fully participate in her courses. We in the CIS Department are fortunate to have Cheryl on our team! On behalf of us all, thanks for the excellent work, Cheryl!

Ransom repaving scheduled for August 3

The city now plans to repave Ransom NE, between Lyon and Fulton, on August 3 if the weather cooperates. The paving will last one day, during which the road will be closed. If the weather is bad, the road will be repaved some time between August 8 and 10.

Prior to the paving, smaller localized partial lane closures etc. will occur as they prepare for the paving. This will include some tasks around drains, manholes, etc. as well as rotomilling (crushing into small pieces) the existing roadway surface. These preparatory tasks should NOT lead to a road closure.


GRCC In the News, 7-23-13

GRCC, Davenport University make list of ‘Great Colleges to Work For’

July 22, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University were among 97 higher education institutions nationwide recognized as great places to work, according to a survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

July 22, 2013: Spartan Stores, Nash Finch merge in $1.3B deal; GRCC one of the ‘Greatest Colleges to Work For’

July 22, 2013;

… Love your job? The Chronicle of Higher Education today named Grand Rapids Community College one of its Great Colleges to Work For. The college is featured in a special issue of the Chronicle out today.

Study to examine whether GRCC is welcoming to all students, staff

July 22, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has long taken steps to promote diversity on campus, but a new study aims to answer a different question: Is the college a welcoming environment for all students and employees?

Educators, organizations, businesses rally around adult learners

July 22, 2013;

Last year, Grand Rapids Community College served 200 adult learners at its Learning Corners. Of those students, 190 made some sort of gain by the end of their program.

WISE women share advice

July 22, 2013; WOOD 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) – Women in Successful Enterprises (WISE) unites the skills, knowledge, and resources of established women-owned companies. Join Women in Successful Enterprises (WISE) as they engage in an insightful panel discussion to elaborate on what opportunities exist and how your business can obtain consideration for them. “How Can We Serve? Strategies for Service Companies to Win The Bid” will be held July 25, just one WISE opportunity for you.

The panel consists of experienced sourcing agents including Debra Quade of Kellogg’s Corporation, Melissa Fennell, Senior Supplier and Development Manager for Herman Miller, Mansfield Matthewson of Grand Rapids Community College, and Pam Smith, Certification Director for WBENC-Great Lakes, They will all be available to answer questions about women owned business certification.


Dates revised for Teacher Education seminars

Mark your calendars! Here are the dates for the 2013-2014 Teacher Education Seminar Schedule:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, 3:30-5 p.m. in 120 ATC — “Welcome Back! Have We Got News for You”
  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 2-3:30 p.m. in 122-124 ATC — Transfer Fair
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2-3:30 p.m. in 120 ATC
  • Thursday, Nov. 14, 3:30-5 p.m. in 108 Sneden
  • Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2-3:30 p.m. in 120 ATC
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 3:30-5 p.m. in 168 ATC
  • Tuesday, March 18, 2-3:30 p.m. in 120 ATC
  • Thursday, April 10, 3:30-5 p.m. in 233-234 SCC

GRCC In the News, 7-22-13

Obituaries Today: Jacob Casey Cooper, 20, killed in Kent County motorcycle crash

July 21, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Jacob Casey Cooper lived life to the fullest.

… He was a Forest Hills Northern alumnus, and had been attending Grand Rapids Community College.

College scholarships: Six Ottawa County students win $1,000 each at IChallengeU competition

July 20, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Team Zeeland Farm Services beat out five other teams of Ottawa County students Friday, July 19, for $1,000 college scholarships as the two-week long futurePREP IChallengeU program concluded.

… IChallengeU, part of OAISD’s futurePREP program,connects students with local businesses for real world experiences. Ottawa and Careerline Tech Center students have the opportunity to earn college credits through Grand Rapids Community College while developing solutions to business problems that corporations and other organizations struggle with daily.

First Ever GRCC Honors Program Campus Adventure

The Honors Program and the Department of Experiential Learning wanted to inform the GRCC community that on Wednesday, July 24th, incoming Honors program students will be participating in the first ever Honors Campus Adventure!  They will learn about the Honors program from faculty, former, and current students, and will explore campus in a scavenger hunt-style event!

They will be broken up into color teams, so if you see a group a students running around campus with matching bandannas, they’re some of our new students!
They’ll be moving around the main campus between 10:00 and 11:30 am. Check out the Honor’s program Facebook page for pictures of this fun, new event!

GRCC In the News, 7-19-13

Grand Rapids Press columnist Tom Rademacher honored as country’s best for third time in 5 years

July 18, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In a culture of instant reactions and 140-character commentary, is there still a place for thoughtful storytelling? Longtime Grand Rapids Press columnist Tom Rademacher believes there is and he’s got the credentials to back him.

(The article doesn’t mention it, but Tom Rademacher was one of GRCC’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni recipients.)

Is Michigan Tech for Me? Community College Students Get an Inside Look at University

July 18, 2013;

July 18, 2013 — Rolando Bocanegra never pictured himself attending a four-year university. “There was always a fear factor when it came to thinking about a major college,” he said. As a current student at Grand Rapids Community College, “thinking bigger just made me feel overwhelmed.”

District 9 Big League baseball team headed to World Series

July 18, 2013; MLive

WYOMING — It is a good thing George Rosinski didn’t book any place to go for vacation this summer.

… Buurstra struck out seven batters in six innings to earn one of the all-tournament berths for pitchers. Others from District 9 named to the team were Husted, Corey Murphy (West Catholic/Davenport), Jake Ellis (Forest Hills Eastern), Derek Lewis (West Catholic/GRCC) and Cody Ritsema (Kenowa Hills).