Congratulations to Salute to Women honorees

Congratulations to the honorees for this year’s Salute to Women awards, Executive Deputy to the President and Liaison to the Board of Trustees Kathryn K. Mullins, alumna and GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, juvenile justice major Nicole Bowl, and alumna and retiree Elizabeth “Beth” Foster (pictured in that order).

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2014 Psychology Department Student Conference and Advising Days today and tomorrow

Sex, Drugs, and Art
2014 Psychology Department
Student Conference and Advising Days
March 27
Student Conference
First Floor White Hall

All Day (9:00 – 4:30)
Psi Beta will be providing the opportunity to take different psychological assessments related to personality, emotional intelligence, stress, and more!

9:30 – 11:00
Art Therapy as a Coping Technique for Managing Stress
This session will explore art therapy which is a creative use of art to provide for nonverbal expression and communication through which to foster self-awareness and personal growth. Participants will learn more about using art as a coping technique for managing stress and will experience an introductory art therapy activity. Space will be limited to the first 20 people.

11:15 – 12:00
Love Psychology But Don’t Want to Be A Psychologist?
What else might you do with a Psychology Degree? What degrees and careers are available that are similar to psychology, but provide a different educational and career path? In this session, practitioners from related fields will share various career options that provide alternative paths for psychology or related majors.

1:00 – 2:30
Too Much Drugs and Alcohol: The Work of a Substance Abuse Counselor
This session will introduce students to the work of a Substance Abuse Counselor. Participants will hear about how these disorders are present in a person’s life, possible causes, and techniques used as treatment. This particular presentation will have a unique perspective on the use of hypnotherapy as a tool applied to treatment.

2:45 – 4:15
Intimacy and Human Sexuality
This presentation will discuss the role of intimate relationships in young adulthood. Variables such as social networking and social media will be considered in how these relatively new technologies affect the development of intimacy. Other topics include factors related to sexual satisfaction as well as gender issues related to intimacy.

All session are free and open to any student at GRCC. There is no need to register, but sessions will be filled on a first come – first served bases. Arrive early to assure a seat in the session. Refreshments will be served.

March 26 & 27
Third Floor White Hall

The Psychology Department will be holding one-on-one academic advising for students majoring in Psychology, Social Work, Gerontology, or those currently enrolled in PY-097.
During this time you can meet with a professor in the Psychology Department to –

• Develop a schedule for Fall Semester 2014.
• Plan for your future classes.
• Determine what classes you need to graduate.
• Decide which classes are best for your transfer or career goals.
• Ask questions about career options in Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, Gerontology, or related fields.

Please talk to your professor or see the information in White Hall for specific times during the two days.

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Training and Luncheon

Join the Older Learner Center Friday, April 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a workshop and luncheon featuring:

-Keynote: Dr. Henry Holstege
Nationally recognized sociologist, gerontologist, author and speaker Dr. Henry Holstege will share information on trends and issues facing grandparents raising grandchildren in our modern culture.

-Local, State and National Resources
Gerontologist, educator, and author Mike Faber will share information on local, state and national resources to assist grandparents raising grandchildren.

-Aging and Wellness
Dr. Henry Holstege and Mike Faber, co-authors of the recently published book Introduction to Aging: A Positive Interdisciplinary Approach will share practical information and tools designed to inspire, encourage and empower grandparents in their personal aging and wellness journey.

Held on GRCC’s DeVos Campus, 108 Sneden Hall, Multipurpose Room. The cost to participate is a suggested donation of $5 per person. Register through the GRCC Workforce Training office by calling 234-3400 or go online This event is made available with funding from the Older American’s Act Title IIIE administered by the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan.


GRCC in the News, 3-26-14

GRCC expected to increase parking fees in attempt to help close $1.9 million deficit

March 25, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Student parking fees at Grand Rapids Community College may increase by $1 next fall.


Student Photo Wins National Honor

March 25, 2014; Wood Radio

A student at Grand Rapids Community College wins recognition in a national competition.


Wealthy Theatre to host evening with Dr. Carl Hart

March 25, 2014; The Rapidian

On Tuesday April 1, at 5:45 p.m. the ACLU of Michigan will present “Ending the War on Drugs” with special guest Dr. Carl Hart.

…This event is made possible by Spectrum Hospital, Grand Rapids Community Foundation African American Heritage Fund and Well House, in partnership with the Red Project and Grand Rapids Community College Black Student Union (GRCC BSU).


Washtenaw Community College increases resident tuition 2.2% but offers freeze for early enrollees

March 26, 2014; MLive

Washtenaw Community College is raising tuition for county residents 2.2 percent next year, but offering students a pass on the increase if they register for classes early.

…This year, as WCC charged $91 per credit hour for in-district students, Oakland Community College charged $76, Wayne County Community College charged $102, Grand Rapids Community College costs $103, Macomb Community College charged $89 and Henry Ford Community College Charged $82.


HLC Quality Checkup Visit Next Week!

GRCC will host the AQIP Quality Checkup Visit Team on April 2-4, 2014. The Quality Checkup will involve two reviewers (Dr. Craig Mosher, Dr. Christine Manion) visiting the campus over a three day period. The Higher Learning Commission scheduled the Quality Checkup as part of our re-affirmation of accreditation process. Our last site visit was in 2007 so a lot has changed since then! Please review the documents prepared for the Quality Checkup.

As part of this visit, they will be doing “Walkabout Interviews.” That is, they will go out and talk to GRCC faculty and staff as they go about their jobs. Please welcome the visitors and answer their questions openly and honestly. Learn more about the types of questions reviewers may ask here.

Photos from first GRCC Art Camp

The first GRCC Art Camp was created by Scott Garrard and developed by both Scott and Katie Budden. The Visual Arts Department hosted groups of students from four area high schools on Friday, March 14 for an “Art Camp” day to introduce local students to GRCC and the Visual Arts programs. Students from Wyoming, Caledonia, Coopersville, and East Kentwood high schools visited GRCC for a walking tour, informational introduction to the different programs offered by the Visual Arts Department, and short art demos. Attached are photos from the event taken by adjunct art professor Chuck Heiney.

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Free food and prizes in 351 Main today!

Daily computer lab “open houses” have been set up for faculty, staff & students to stop by and take the Campus Climate Survey. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions and address any concerns participants may have, or to simply provide more information about the purpose of the survey.

Come in and enjoy cookies and coffee. We have a lot of prizes to give away to those who complete the survey! Plus, don’t forget of the possibility to win one of three $50 gift certificates to the Heritage, once you’ve completed the survey.

Stop by 351 Main, for your chance to win!

You’re invited to Arts Outreach student recitals!

Arts Outreach music program invites you to attend their Spring Student Recitals! Concerts will be held in the GRCC Music Center Recital Hall and at First (Park) Congregational Church. Admission is free.

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. For more information, please visit or email Spring Recitals

English Department Advising Days, today and tomorrow!

English Department Advising Days

Wednesday, March 26 & Thursday March 27 from 7:45am-7:30pm

507 Cook Hall

Our goal is to:

  • support the achievement of student’s goals
  • offer academic guidance
  • provide students with resources about the English program at GRCC
  • give students information about courses to take at GRCC
  • discuss transfer options and provide students with information about four-year institutions

There is no need for an appointment. Please have your students stop by so we can meet them and discuss their classes and their academic plans.

There will be snacks!