ATC construction update

The installation of the new cooling tower and chiller equipment will occur during spring break. A very large crane will be positioned near the ATC on Friday evening and will be there all day Saturday. Ransom Street will be closed to thru traffic during this time and the pedestrian walkway from the parking ramp, as well as the ATC entrance near Art & Bev’s will be closed.

Monday – Wednesday (March 3 – 6), Ransom Street will be closed periodically as they deliver, unload and install additional equipment and a flagman will be on site. The ATC parking level will remain closed for these three days.

Thank you for your cooperation!


SICE instructor, alumnus win chocolate honors

Doug Orr, Executive Pastry Chef at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and SICE Adjunct Instructor placed 3rd in the Great Lakes Gourmet 2014 Chocolate Competition. Chef Orr has been the past Pastry Chef of the Year winner in this competition.

Sean Newhouse Assistant Pastry Chef at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and 2009 Graduate of the SICE placed 2nd. Chef Newhouse has competed over the past several years while working his way up to the Masterpiece last year. His hard work, tenacity and enthusiasm has paid off this year resulting in his first medal. It’s quite something when you can beat the “Boss”, as Chef Orr well knows, since he placed over his boss, Chef Scott Hunter, in the past. (Quote from Great Lakes Gourmet Orders email notification from Tom Chaput)

In the attached picture, on  bottom right: Chef Doug Orr on the left and Chef Sean Newhouse on the right.

In the attached picture, on bottom right: Chef Doug Orr on the left and Chef Sean Newhouse on the right.

GRCC In the News, 2-27-14

GRCC job fair hosting nearly 60 companies looking for 600 employees

Feb. 26, 2014; MLive

Employers will be trying to fill at least 600 job openings during Grand Rapids Community College’s spring job fair on March 11.

Time Traveler

Feb. 26, 2014; WZZM

Professor Ronald Mallett Wants to Build a Time Machine in this Century … and He’s Not Kidding.

… You can see him Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the GRCC Applied Technology Center 1st Floor at 7pm. This is free and open to the public. Contact GRCC at 616-234-3390 for more information.

Showgirls Galleria adult night club is on the market for $6 million

Feb. 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Adult night club operator Mark London said he’s ready to cash in on downtown’s resurgent real estate market and sell Showgirls Galleria, his adult entertainment complex at 234 Market Avenue SW.

… “Sensations was a true gold mine in the topless days,” said London, a former Detroit police officer and instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. “Those days are over for everybody. The adult entertainment changed just overnight.”

Win tickets: LaughFest offers family-friendly funny business in 2014 lineup

Feb. 26, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — LaughFest brings more than entertainment for adults. The annual Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids fundraiser includes family-friendly events as well. From toddler to teenager, LaughFest helps kids enjoy comedy and even take the stage.

… LaughFest’s Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge invites teams of two or four to start at GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, and race across downtown Grand Rapids stopping for about a dozen wacky and fun timed challenges that require fast thinking, fast action and a little bit of daring.

KVCC women’s basketball defeats GRCC, claims share of MCCAA Western Conference crown

Feb. 27, 2014; MLive

Defense wins, particularly when the offense is not clicking on all cylinders.

Important Drug and Alcohol Policy and DAAPP Annual Report

The GRCC Drug and Alcohol Policy and Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program (DAAPP) Annual Report 2013 have recently been updated and are available for your review online by clicking here.

GRCC prohibits the use of alcohol and recreational drugs on campus.  The alcohol and drug related health risks, prevention and intervention resources, college discipline, and legal sanctions are outlined in these two documents.

BioDiversity Club marks Darwin Day

On February 15 2014, the GRCC BioDiversity Club celebrated Darwin Day 2014 by co-sponsoring a community event which featured hands-on science activities for all ages.  Forty-eight children and their families attended the three-hour event.  Dr. Matt Douglas and Dr. Pam Laureto, GRCC biology faculty and co-advisors for the Club, worked with the Center for Inquiry and 15 GRCC student volunteers to organize and host the event.  The students lead exhibits that featured such topics as a fossil hunt, exploring human evolution, the diversity of plant life and animal life, the pros of bacteria in yogurt, extracting DNA, the unifying molecule of life, from wheat germ, and exploring plant-insect interactions.  Dr. Bob Luenk and Laurie Foster, GRCC biology faculty, helped to oversee the event.

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Fire drills planned for March 1

As required by the State Fire Code, GRCC Campus Police and Facilities personnel will conduct fire drills on Saturday March 1st beginning by 7am. We are aware of several events taking place on campus this weekend and will do our best to be in and out of the buildings before those get started. However, everyone present in the buildings will need to evacuate when the alarms are activated. If you have something going on that you would like Campus Police to be aware of please advise Chief Whitman by Friday, February 28th.

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate everyone’s cooperation.