GRCC In the News, 10-29-13

Glasgow students come out on top in cookery contest

Oct. 26, 2013; The Evening Times (Glasgow, Scotland)

Vanessa Daley and Michael Shedden, from City of Glasgow College, travelled to Michigan to represent Scotland in an international cooking contest.

… The students are both enrolled in the college’s HND professional cookery course and were given the chance to participate in the Nations Cup Challenge at Grand Rapids Community College.

Theater group invites GRCC board to performance following criticism over play featuring nudity

Oct. 28, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In the wake of public criticism over a play it staged featuring male nudity, a theater group housed at Grand Rapids Community College is inviting the school’s Board of Trustees to attend its next production.

Armen Awards proposals due by November 1

“It’s cool to help nonprofits get stuff done knowing they are low on funding and cannot support additional staff.”

“It’s cool to take the information from the classroom and apply it and see how it works in a real world situation.”

“In the very first five minutes of my service learning project I gained so much confidence.”

“I think service learning can be applied in almost any discipline.”

“I really grew a lot from this experience.”

“It felt like an important project rather than another homework assignment.”

“Service learning helps keep students engaged.”

These are just a few comments from students and faculty who participated in the Armen Awards last year. During the Fall semester, teams of faculty and community organizations come together and design service learning projects that align course and institutional learning outcomes with community partner needs. Each team will submit their service learning project proposal Friday, November 1st, 2013 with the goal of implementing the service learning projects during the Winter 2014 semester.

Watch this short video for of a service learning project from last year.

To receive a copy of the proposal visit

Prizes are given to first, second, and third place teams presented at the Armen Awards Celebration event in April 2014.

1st Prize $3,000
2nd Prize $1,500
3rd Prize $750

Fire drills scheduled for November 1

In our continuing effort to maintain compliance with the State Fire Code, we will be conducting our next monthly fire drill on Friday, November 1st.  The drills will begin shortly after 6:30 a.m.  Campus Police and Facilities personnel will activate the alarms in 3-4 buildings at a time. All persons in the buildings when the alarm sounds will need to evacuate.  Once we confirm everyone is out, the alarm will be reset and people will be allowed back inside.  We are doing the drills early in the morning in an effort to reduce interruption to normal business activities.  We WILL NOT be conducting a drill in the Main and Cook buildings as we have had two activations and evacuations in the last week so there is no need to do it again.

The schedule will be as follows (within a few minutes either way):  Calkins Science, Ford Fieldhouse, Student Center @ 0630; CPP, Music, LRC, ATC, Spectrum @ 0645; Sneden/White, Admin, Mable/Engle @ 0715.

If you have questions or concerns please contact Chief Whitman or Lt. Merlo prior to that morning.

GRCC to host Community Conversation

Want to know how you can help set Michigan’s agenda for 2014 and beyond? GRCC is teaming up with the Center for Michigan, a nonprofit and nonpartisan think tank, to host a Community Conversation.

Students, faculty, staff — the entire community — are invited to participate in the event, which runs from 5-6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 in Sneden Hall.

During this discussion, we will learn more about many of the key issues affecting our state today, and we’ll be able to share our priorities for Michigan’s future. In November 2014, we choose our next governor, all 38 state senators and all 110 members of the state House. The Center for Michigan plans to take the priorities shared in this discussion, and more than 150 others around the state, and amplify them to the candidates.

Discussion topics will include:

  • how you feel about Michigan today.
  • education.
  • economy and prosperity.
  • quality of life.
  • public money priorities.

To learn more about the Center for Michigan, click here. To RSVP for the Nov. 6 conversation, contact Kathy Mullins at 234-3908 or

United Way update: $29,142 so far

The new United Way total is $29,112 in pledges and $30 in Jeans Day money.

We’ve extended the campaign to November 1, and we would really like all pledge forms returned (even if you don’t donate). We need the forms back so that we can be sure that all employees have been asked and have the opportunity to be part of the campaign.

If you return your pledge form by November 1, you’ll be included in a raffle for a Kindle Fire! All returned pledge forms are eligible for the drawing — you are not required to donate to be eligible. Pledge forms are to be returned to Cathy Wilson in Human Resources.

We also will be collecting coins through November 1, and you can donate $1 per day to wear jeans.


GRCC hosts benefit fair

The 2013 Annual GRCC Benefit Fair is Thursday October 31, 2013 from 11:00am thru 3:00pm in the ATC Building. Stop by for a 5 minute chair message, participate in various raffles, and meet with participating vendors. You can even get your flu shot!!!