GRCC In the News, 10-30-13

GRCC becomes first GWO-accredited wind safety training provider in U.S.

Oct. 29, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Community College became the first training provider in the United States to be awarded the Global Wind Organization accreditation to deliver basic safety training to wind farm workers.

Residents pressure public college to defund play about gay men featuring nude actors

Oct. 29, 2013;

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has come under scrutiny this past week from residents and trustees for financially supporting a play about the lives of gay men featuring a nude actor.

Smyrna native is newest ICSO deputy

Oct. 29, 2013; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Justin Laux has joined the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy.

… He holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Grand Rapids Community College, and graduated from the GRCC Police Academy in November 2012.

College Notebook: Area volleyball stars shine at college

Oct. 29, 2013; The Battle Creek Enquirer

… The Kellogg Community College volleyball season came to an end Oct. 24 with a three-set loss to Grand Rapids CC.


The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that involves participants in a personal journey towards greater understanding of inclusion (regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, and disability, as reflected in the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the primary goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals should be treated and respected as human beings.

GRCC places a strong emphasis on ensuring that our work and learning environment is free from any form of discrimination, and harassment. SafeZone is a key tool that helps us accomplish this goal. The next session will be held on: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, in the Diversity Learning Center conference room (Learning Center Room 122). Please register at

33 presenters take part in writing seminar

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The English Department’s writing conference Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People was a big success in 2013.

We welcomed 33 presenters who wowed over 950 students with their impressive presentation styles and relevant ideas.

Students report learning that writing matters at GRCC, at four-year institutions, on social networking sites, in email communications and in fields ranging from computer programming, to chemistry, in criminal justice and the social sciences and beyond.

On Wednesday, Diversity Lecture Series presenter Emily Bazelon met with students and answered their questions about bullying.

On Thursday evening at our closing event, seven creative writers read their wonderful work, including poetry, fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction: Katie Kalisz, David Cope, Barb Saunier, Mursalata Muhammad, Krista Katrovas, Mike Sikkema, and Caitlin Horrocks.

Here are the links to a few of the Who Cares? presentations:

Lapidary Style of Writing in the Age of Information

Writing Expectations at Four-year Institutions

Journalism Today

Turning Ideas Into Scripts Into Video

Spending Time Too Proofread and Edit You’re Writing, $100; Protecting ur Image, Priceless!

Expressive Journaling

Interview with Emily Bazelon

Campus Dining Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving Hours
  • The Raider Grille, The Quiet Cafe & The Sneden Cafe will all be open during regular hours on Monday, November 25th
  • The Quiet Cafe & The Sneden Cafe will be open at 7:00AM & will close at 1:00PM on Tuesday, November 26th until December 1st
  • All retail locations will resume normal business hours on Monday, December 2nd
Christmas/ New Years Hours
  • The Raider Grille, The Quiet Cafe & The Sneden Cafe will be closed from December 16th until January 10th
  • All retail locations will resume normal business hours on Monday, January 13th
*Campus Dining will be available for your events & inner-office functions during the holiday shutdown periods!

Photos from Coffee & Conversation

During the Coffee & Conversation hosted by President Dr. Steven C. Ender, Dominic Dorsey gave an update on his work with the Office of Accessibility; Vicki Janowiak provided a general overview of the centennial celebration and upcoming construction, and Donna Kragt talked about the HLC visit and strategic planning.

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Fitness Challenge results — and more challenges ahead

A message from Staff Development’s Julie Otte:

As you may know, our Fitness Challenge is over. We walked (jogged, ran, chopped wood, played tag) a total of 43,764,023 steps. We burned almost 2,000,000 calories and lost around 560 pounds total. Go high five somebody – you should be proud!

I would love to congratulate TWO winners today! The first one achieved the most points in the last two weeks of the competition. With 311 points for activates, Chief Rebecca Whitman won a gift card! And Donna Kragt won a drawing of all of the participants (214 of you to be exact)! Congrats!

I cannot tell you how many stories I keep hearing about how this challenge has helped people lose weight, become more aware of their daily activity, become more active and open up conversations with family, friends and students. You all are inspiring!

Since so many of you have done such an amazing job at exercising and becoming more active, the calories that we burned should stay at bay — right? So this year, GRCC will be doing a Hold It for the Holidays Challenge!

And, of course, starting in January, we will be doing another Fitness Challenge —  this time with staff/faculty against students! We can all move more, right?

Stay tuned for information on the Hold it for the Holidays and the January fitness challenges — and congratulations to each and every one of you!

Strategic Leadership Team wants YOUR Feedback

The Strategic Leadership Team at GRCC is in the beginning stages of putting together a new Strategic Plan for 2014-2017. As part of our process, we are collecting data from a variety of stakeholder groups asking the question “What do you believe are the most important issues GRCC must address in the next strategic plan?” Please take a few minutes to give us your ideas.

Click here to submit your thoughts. 

Flu shots offered on October 31

This flu season, don’t get caught without your flu vaccine. Protect yourself by getting vaccinated.

Flu shots will be provided to GRCC staff. Students are excluded. Cost to GRCC Staff will be $17 cash or check payable to GRCC. Flu shots will be administered by Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses.

Employees covered under Priority Health, WMHIP or MESSA must bring their insurance cards in order for Spectrum Health to bill on your behalf.

Flu Shot Clinic
Thursday, October 31, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(ATC) Banquet Room 118

Benefit fair set for October 31

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!!!