Raider Salute for Employee Wellness

“I had never been to a spinning class before, but I showed up one day last fall to give it a try. I was welcomed with open arms by my friendly instructor who helped me understand how to adjust and use the spinning bike. Being new to spinning, I went at my own pace to begin with, and I discovered that it was kind of fun. After just a couple of classes, I could feel myself getting stronger and able to challenge myself more. I’ve continued through the fall and into the winter and hope to keep on spinning for years to come. I’m SO GLAD that I went on that first day, even though I didn’t quite know what to expect. I love feeling stronger and healthier, and I love the camaraderie I experience with my spinning classmates. I am living proof that beginners are welcome. Come join us!”

Carolyn Morrison – Nursing Department

HVAC/R Department rolls out new Internship Program

One of the key elements involved in gaining successful employment is work experience.

GRCC students enrolled in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Program can now receive this opportunity. Starting this summer, HVAC/R students can enroll in a new Internship Course which will allow them to gaining valuable experience working for area companies while receiving college credit.

This is a project several years in the making which has finally come to fruition. Many area businesses in the HVAC/R field are looking for entry level technicians and have already expressed an interest in this new endeavor. Even members of the HVAC/R Advisory Committee who are involved in the heating & air conditioning Industry are very excited about this new program.

Eighth Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase a Success

On Wednesday, March 19th GRCC held it’s 8th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase.

Over 35 faculty, administrators, staff, and students attended this event along with 10 sessions presented. Thank you to the follow presenters for taking the time to present to your colleagues:

  • Teaching the Theory and Applications of Gas Chromatography- Mass Spectrometry Across the Chemistry Curriculum at GRCC, Jennifer Batten
  • Online Research Gateway: GRCC Library Subject Guides, Lori DeBie & Nan Schichtel
  • iclicker Anonymous Polling: Bringing Social Statistics Into the Classroom, Shelia Schindler
  • Just-In-Time UDL, Ann Alexander
  • Educator or Glasshole?, Garry Brand
  • Using iclicker for discussing sensitive issues, Dan Anderson
  • Using Lecture and Screen Capture, Gary Ebels
  • Collaborative Student Research Using Blackboard Groups, Tony Dykema-VanderArk
  • Evaluating Emerging Technologies at #GVTECH, Eric Kunnen
  • Blackboard Mobile, Megan Stewart

Congratulations to Colette Smiley, winner of the GoPro Hero3 White camera!

Thank you also to the DLIT staff, food services, facilities, IT, and Media Technologies for helping to support this campus wide event. Thank you to YOU to for coming to this event to share with your colleagues.


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Arts Outreach Suzuki Strings performed at the GR Children’s Museum

Arts Outreach Suzuki Strings students performed a concert at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Under the direction of instructors Cassandra Kroondyk and Annette Henry, the musicians performed classical compositions such as “Gavotte” from “Mignon” and Bach’s “Minuet”.  The concert concluded with Dr. Suzuki’s “Variations on ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’”.  During the performance, students scattered throughout the museum filling the hall with beautiful music. Congratulations GRCC AO Suzuki Strings!

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, guitar, piano, flute and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through the adult learner.

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GRCC In the News, 3-21-14

College notes: Tyler Baar a big hit on baseball field and classroom at Toledo

March 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Tyler Baar may have been born to play baseball.

…DeMarcus Stuckey, Grand Rapids Community College: The freshman point guard (GR Catholic Central) was recognized on March 14 by being named to the All-Region XII team, All-MCCAA team, All-Western Conference team and Western Conference All-Freshman team. He had team high 14.5 points and 3.7 assists per game average shooting 47.7% from the field.

Time to play

March 20, 2014; The Daily Sentinel

Goose Pond Colony Resort and Golf Club will host 13 golf teams from universities and community colleges across the nation at its 13th Annual Ron Marshall Spring Fling Golf Tournament, which will begin today and run through Saturday, March 22.

…The 13 participating schools include Andrews College, Darton State College, Faulkner State Community College, Georgia Military, Grand Rapids Community College, Illinois Central College, John A. Logan College, Kaskaskia College, Mineral Area College, Mississippi Gulf Coast, Mott Community College, Rend Lake College and Vincennes University.

LaughFest 2014: The best Grand Rapids and Michigan jokes at the fourth festival

March 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — LaughFest 2014 comedians Jay Leno, Jim Gaffigan and Maria Bamford grew up in Massachusetts, Indiana and Minnesota respectively, and they tour all over the United States.

…Jim Gaffigan, who sold out Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse on March 7, cracked wise about the local cuisine and heritage of West Michigan.


Every Voice Counts! Take the Campus Climate Survey

The GRCC Campus Climate Survey is available for faculty, staff and students to share how they experience the current campus climate at the college. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and is completely confidential.

Once you complete the survey, enter your name in a separate drawing for:

  • One of three $50 gift certificates to the Heritage Restaurant (FACULTY, STAFF ONLY)
  • One $1,200 tuition scholarship to be used during the 2014-15 academic year (STUDENTS ONLY)
  • One 16 GB iPad Air (STUDENTS ONLY)

Submitting your contact information for a prize is optional. No survey information is connected to entering your information for a prize.

Visit the Campus Climate Study website to learn more about the survey. Questions may be directed to Eric Williams at 234-3720 or