GRCC In the News, 4-24-14

Actors’ Theatre, criticized by two GRCC trustees for controversial plays, stops receiving college funding

April 24, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Actors’ Theatre, a community theater group housed at Grand Rapids Community College, announced Wednesday it will no longer receive funding from the college.


GRCC trustees react to theater group’s surprise decision to decline college funding

April 24, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College board member who has long been critical of Actors’ Theatre said he’s “pleasantly surprised” the organization will no longer seek an annual subsidy of $19,000 from the college.


Call for artists for two regional exhibitions in Grand Rapids, Muskegon

April 23, 2014; MLive

Both the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids and the Muskegon Museum of Art have announced their call for artists for regional art exhibitions each group will be hosting this summer.

…This year’s jurors are Nick Antonakis, Grand Rapids Community Colleges visual department head and professor for painting and drawing; Sara Lowethian, photographer and adjunct professor at Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University; and Lorain Smalligan, executive director of LowellArts!


Building a bottle greenhouse

April 23, 2014; WOTV4

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) Recycling is the perfect way to make a footprint in saving our plant. In late April, Goodwill AmeriCorps will team up with 75 students from Godfey Lee School to build a water bottle greenhouse.

…United Way and Grand Rapids Community College collected recycled water bottles needed for the project.


Laura Kennett: Action Hero from Grand Rapids, Michigan

April 16, 2014; Women’s Health Magazine

As a child, Laura witnessed the profound effect that a healthy lifestyle can have on well-being.

Laura Kennett is an adjunct professor in GRCC’s Exercise Science department.

Raider Salute to Finals Relaxers planners and volunteers

Please help Student Life provide a warm Raider Salute to all the people that helped pull off a successful student Finals Relaxer event yesterday:

Fieldhouse Staff

Rick VanderVeen, Michael Boerman & Charles Wells

All the student employees and lifeguards

*Helped manage all the back-end operations that goes into hosting an event at the fieldhouse

Campus Police Staff
Officer Peters, Officer Myers, Officer Kritzman. Chief Whitman

*Kept the environment safe

Facilities Staff

Becky Yoder, Oene Pomper, Jim Schultz, Dale Young, Pat Baldridge & Mark Boverhof

All the student employees

*Setup all of our electrical, table, and chair needs as well as reserved the space

Campus Dining Staff

Daniel Zehr, Keaton Krupa, Nancy Rutledge, & Erin Gauthier

All the student employees

*Provided excellent catering services

Human Resources Staff

Angie Pena

*Coordinated two Zumba lessons for students.

Presidents Office & Student Life Staff

Misty McClure Anderson, Paulo Teles, Molly Maczka, Liz Tyrell and Sara Dorer


There were over 450 students that attended the event. As you can see, it takes a whole army to make it work. The students, staff and faculty really enjoyed the opportunity to engage with one another.

Finals Week Blackboard Stress Buster next week

Need help entering final grades in the Blackboard Grade Center? Have questions about exporting your grades into Excel to archive the data? Just hungry for a donut or a cookie, and want to visit with the DLIT staff and faculty? Please join us during finals week on Monday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or Tuesday, April 29 from noon – 4 p.m. in 351 Main for answers to your Blackboard Grade Center questions or just a quick bite to eat and chat about Blackboard.

What: Finals Week Blackboard Stress Buster

Where: 351 Main

When: Monday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or Tuesday, April 29 from noon – 4 p.m.

Hosted by: Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies

Van and Marinus Swets Travel Award Opportunity for GRCC Employees

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds. A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.


  •  Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation. The more unusual, the better!
  •  Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar.
  • Essays may be hand-written or typed. Do not put your name on the essay. Attach to the essay a sealed envelope containing your name and phone number. Write the last four numbers of your Social Security number in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the essay and on the outside of the envelope. Send the essay and envelope to Mary Reed, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Office. All essays must be received by Friday, April 18, 2014
  •  All award winners will be notified by May 2, 2014.

For more information you may contact Mary Reed: (616)234-3930 or