GRCC In the News, 8-20-13

How GRCC is paying tribute to its former president Juan Olivarez

Aug. 19, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees voted Monday to rename Bostwick Commons in honor of former President Juan Olivarez.

Hot Eats, Cold Drinks Continue for GR Restaurant Week

Aug. 20, 2013; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-There is still plenty of time to take advantage of the wonderful three-course meals by more than 70 locations for Grand Rapids Restaurant Week 2013. Some locations are even offering 2 for $25 meals, too. The last day to take part is Aug. 24.

… Not only will you walk away with a better appreciation for fresh-from-the-farm items that are locally grown, but $1 of every Restaurant Week dish sold, goes into the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

GVSU signs reverse transfer agreement with Schoolcraft College

Aug. 19, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Allendale — Grand Valley State University signs a reverse transfer agreement Aug. 14 with Schoolcraft College in Livonia.

… Grand Valley has 21 reverse transfer agreements with community colleges across the state, including Alpena, Glen Oaks, Grand Rapids, Gogebic, Jackson, Kellogg, Kirtland, Lake Michigan, Lansing, Macomb, Mid-Michigan, Montcalm, Mott, Muskegon, North Central Michigan, Northwestern Michigan, Schoolcraft, Southwestern Michigan, Washtenaw, Wayne County District and West Shore community colleges.

Urbanski, Express Volleyball Ranked 4th In Preseason NJCAA D-II Poll

Aug. 19, 2013; ABC 13

The Owens Community College Express volleyball team is ranked No. 4 in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) D-II preseason poll.
Cowley County Community College, who finished as the national runner-up last year, is ranked No. 1. They won the national title the year before. Meanwhile, the defending national champion, Grand Rapids Community College, is ranked No. 2 while Parkland College, a national semifinalist last season, is ranked No. 3.

Marla Ridenour: Road full of detours leads Buchtel’s Corey Smith to Ohio State

Aug. 17, 2013; Akron Beacon Journal

COLUMBUS: Corey Smith’s life has been full of disappointing twists. But none more so than the day he pulled up to his apartment and found most of his belongings in the yard, including his now-broken 32-inch television.

Less than two years later, Buchtel High School’s Smith has landed at Ohio State. That was hard to imagine when he and his Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College teammates were embroiled in a scandal that likely helped end the schools 80-year-old football program.

Wellness classes to run in two sessions this fall

The Fall Wellness Schedule is being worked on currently and will be solidified soon.

The two fall 7-week sessions will be:

September 3, 2013 – October 18, 2013


October 28, 2013 – December 13, 2013

Three new classes we will be offering are:

  • Express Tabata – a high intensity 20 seconds on 10 seconds off interval training
  • PI/YO – a hybrid Pilates Yoga class
  • SPIN – Spinning class

Also new this semester, we are requiring all wellness class participants fill out an Exercise Class Waiver that is good for the year.

If you have any questions feel free to let Julie Otte know! Look for the schedule soon!


Raider Rally draws 865 students

The Office of Student Life and Conduct would like to thank all of the employees and departments who helped make Raider Rally a HUGE success! We hosted 865 new students (plus their guests) this year! Of those students, 435 went on a campus tour and 75 did the free body fat testing at the Wellness Department table. We could not have managed the day without the help of the 33 employee volunteers, plus the 21 departments and the 20 student organizations that hosted tables. The Campus Activities Board provided some fun enhancements to this year’s program, including a DJ from HotFM who was broadcasting his show live from the event.

We truly appreciate the efforts of the entire college community who helped provide one more critical connection with our new students.

(When you see Evan Macklin, please congratulate him on an event well done!)

Wellness professor participates in ‘Healthier Classrooms’ conference

Wellness Department Professor Melanie Schiele Gady presented at the “Healthier Classrooms Healthier Kids” Conference (Sponsored by Kent ISD, MSU Extension, and the Kent County Health Coalition). The topic: “Movement 101”. The presentation specifically talked about how movement helps with the Affective, Cognitive and Psychomotor Domains of learning, right brain/left brain activities, scientific data on how movement actually helps the brain “fire” and allows all human beings to be more productive, more focused, and learn better, the Obesity Epidemic and the effects of obesity, and then Melanie also put this fine group through a work out.

Fitness class hits the beach

Charlie Wells’ WE 165, Dynamics of Fitness class headed to the beach for their workout last week. Some of the exercises that day included walking, running, lunging, push-ups, sit-ups and more. The students had a great time! It’s not about working out and not enjoying yourself, it’s about finding a place, or type of exercise you enjoy and sticking with what you enjoy. Taking your workout to a place like the beach can change your mindset on how you look at and experience exercise!

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Reception for Trustee Terri Handlin planned for Aug. 21

Terri Handlin, second from right, attended her last board meeting as a trustee on August 19. Marking the occasion with her were, from left, Gary Schenk, Ellen James, Mike Stearns and Jan Maggini.

Terri Handlin, second from right, attended her last board meeting as a trustee on August 19. Marking the occasion with her were, from left, Gary Schenk, Ellen James, Mike Stearns and Jan Maggini.

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, August 21 from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. for Trustee Terri Handlin’s retirement reception. Terri is retiring from the Board effective August 31 after 22 years of service as a GRCC Board of Trustee member.

The reception will be held in the Heritage Dining Room.