GRCC In the News, 11-15-13

30 students graduate from GRCC’s police academy

Nov. 14, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Thirty students graduated from Grand Rapids Community College’s Police Academy earlier this month, the college said in a news release.

Have a Milkshake at Gilda’s LaughFest 2014, coming to Grand Rapids

Nov. 14, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gilda’s LaughFest isn’t just for grownups.

… Super Saturday Kids Zone and Super Nite Teen Zone both happen Saturday March 8, 2014, at the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse.

Greenville’s Somerfield signs with Oakland University

Nov. 14, 2013; Greenville Daily News

GREENVILLE — Greenville High School senior Leah Somerfield has always dreamed of playing basketball at the collegiate level.

… Somerfield’s older brother Austin is currently playing basketball for Grand Rapids Community College. She said he has helped her game tremendously. Somerfield also thanks her family for all the help, as well.

Benefits Fair Prize Winners-10/31/2013

Congratulations to these individuals who won prizes during the drawing held as part of the Benefits Fair on October 31, 2013:


Debra Kermeen $50 Target Gift Card

Blue Cross/Blue Shield -WMHIP:

Ann Isackson 4 Griffins Flex Tickets

Flex Administrators:

Molly Maczka $50 Leo’s Gift Card

Gallagher Benefits Services:

Becky Yoder              $25 Panera Bread Gift Card

Cherry Scaturro          $25 Panera Bread Gift Card

Diane Patrick              $10 Subway Gift Card

Tom Vos                     $10 Subway Gift Card

Domingo Hernandez   $10 Subway Gift Card

Lorraine Fortuna         $10 Subway Gift Card

Sarah Laycock             $10 Subway Gift Card

Follett Book Store:

Deb Nordman     $50 GRCC Book Store Gift Card-Flu Shot Clinic

Julie Hess            $25 GRCC Book Store Gift Card-Benefits Fair

Leah Nixon          $25 GRCC Book Store Gift Card-Benefits Fair

Martin Devries     $25 GRCC Book Store Gift Card-Benefits Fair

Tommy Brown     $25 GRCC Book Store Gift Card-Benefits Fair

MEEMIC Insurance:

Gloria Thomas    $25Meijer Gift Card

Cathy Noviskey  $25 Meijer Gift Card

Elisa Alvarez       $25 Meijer Gift Card


Mary Hofstra- Fruit Basket

Peak Performance:

Fred van Hartsveld  Certificate – 25 Minute Massage ($30 value)

Jesse Fuzi                 Certificate – 25 Minute Massage ($30 value)

Prepaid Legal Services:

Simon Kittok Starbucks –Starbuck’s coffee bag, coffee mug & book

Priority Health:

Hayden Butcher   Stadium Blanket

Carmela Zapata     Sweatshirt

National Insurance Services:

Steve Henkelman $25 Tim Hortons Gift Card


Janice Qualls  Insulated Lunch bag

Karla Nowak  Stadium Blanket


Elisa Alvarez       $25 Meijer Gift Card

Janice Holton     $25 Meijer Gift Card

Teri Dilworth      $25 Meijer Gift Card

Malinda Powers $25 Meijer Gift Card

Jennifer Kowalski- Mini digital picture frame

Waddell & Reed:

Kirk Salvati               $600 Personalized Financial Planning

Stephanie Forrest      $600 Personalized Financial Planning

Keith StClair             $500 Personalized Financial Planning

Sara Dorer –    Spa Set and Personalized Financial Planning

GRCC participates in Bilingual College Fair

On Thursday evening November 14, Angela Salinas (Admissions) and Marisol Blanco (College Success Program) represented GRCC at the first bilingual college fair held at Cesar Chavez Elementary School hosted by the West Michigan Hispanic Center. Nearly 100 students and their parents attended the event to inquire about higher education and obtain informative materials.


Changes made to policies

A summary of recent changes to several college policies:

Closing Campus Due to Severe Weather Conditions (revised)

  • The policy used to be the “Inclement Weather” policy.  Now, it applies to campus closings due to weather or other “emergency” types of events.  (power outages, mechanical failures, etc)
    • The “weather delay” option has been removed
    • Decision making criteria has been added for inclement weather and other events
    • Information regarding facilities staff reporting has been added
    • Definition section has been expanded

11.16 Tax Sheltered Annuities (revised)

  • VIII. Contacts – Updated with new contact information
  • X. Procedures – Revision to wording concerning mailing list

14.3 Complaints Regarding Violations of Privacy and Confidentiality (HIPAA) (revised)

  • VII. Related Document – Added link to GRCC website
  • VIII. Contacts – Updated with new contact information
  • X. Procedures – Updated with new telephone number
  • XII, XIII, XIV – Added – These areas were not in previous document.

14.4 Sanctions for Violations of Confidentiality – Recommendation to eliminate this policy.

14.10  Service Animals (revised): 

  • Distinguishes between a service animal (dog) and other comfort animals.
  • Added provision regarding Miniature Horses
  • Clarified decision making authority regarding the appropriateness of a service animal.
  • Complies with Department of Justice revised regulations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for Title II and Title III
  • Provides notice that the College must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.
  • Provides guidance about the three questions employeesare permitted to ask regarding a service animal.

8.17 Academic Standing Policy (revised): 

  • From one year suspension to two semesters
  • Early return option after one semester or session suspension with required enrollment in CLS 102 or PY 97 (if required and not passed)
  • Early return student is limited to eight (8) total credits for the semester or session and a student could go back to FT status after the early return semester.
    Effective Winter 2014

The new policies have been added to the website.