GRCC In the News, 4-29-14

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

April 29, 2014;

… Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Amanda Steig (Reed City H.S.) is hitting .333 with 11 RBIs for the Raiders’ softball team through 26 games played.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Baseball team gets coach Cap Pohlman’s 500th win

April 28, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — With less than two weeks of the regular season left to play, the Muskegon Community College baseball team now sits in first place with a two-game lead in the MCCAA standings heading into the home stretch of its schedule.

… Earlier in the week, MCC swept Lake Michigan College (April 24) and Cornerstone University JV (April 23), split with Grand Rapids Community College (April 22) and dropped a single game against Aquinas College (April 21).

Winners of Armen Awards: Excellence in Service Learning announced

Projects to create age-appropriate biology lessons for schoolchildren, assist Gilda’s Club with LaughFest, and support those who work with cancer patients and survivors were named winners in Grand Rapids Community College’s 2014 Armen Awards.

The winners were announced during a ceremony on April 25, 2014:

[First Place: $3,000] Sarah Krajewski and her Biology for Educators course partnered with Immaculate Heart of Mary School.

[Second Place: $1,500] Bethann Talsma and her Office Ethics and Etiquette course partnered with Gilda’s Club.

[Third Place: $750] Jolanta Lanier and her Personal Health course partnered with the American Cancer Society.

The other finalists were:

  • Hope Hagan and her Business and Technical Writing course, which partnered with Covenant House.
  • Aleta Anderson and her Introductory German course, which worked with Palmer Elementary School.
  • Dr. Sherry Knoppers and her Community Transcultural Nursing course, which partnered with South End Community Outreach Ministry.
  • Gayl Beals and his Automotive Job Training course, which worked with Mel Trotter Ministries.

Learn more about this event by visiting

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Project Cost Management

Project cost management includes the processes involved in planning, estimating, budgeting, financing, funding, managing, and controlling costs so that a project can be completed within its approved budget. The four main processes are as follows:

Plan Cost Management – The process that establishes the policies, procedures, and documentation for planning, managing, expending, and controlling project costs.

Estimate Costs – The process of developing an approximation of the monetary resources needed to complete project activities.

Determine Budget – The process of aggregating the estimated costs of individual activities or work packages to establish an authorized cost baseline.

Control Costs – The process of monitoring the status of the project to update the project costs and managing changes to the cost baseline.

Project cost management is primarily concerned with the cost of the resources needed to complete project activities. For example, in the IT Project Management Office, we often manage system implementation projects. More often than not, beyond the initial cost of a system, which is often pricey, the annual maintenance renewal costs are also pricey – especially over time – and must be considered when determining the true cost of the systems we implement. This also helps to determine whether or not a system is financially sustainable over time. If it is determined that a system is not financially sustainable, it is the duty of the project manager to inform the project’s sponsor of this and encourage him or her to reconsider moving forward with the project.

There are likely additional costs incurred, too, when implementing new systems that may include additional hardware and software, training, and/or consulting. Employing project cost management processes and integrating them with requirements and planning processes helps to ensure that the short term and long term costs are considered carefully, so projects are funded sufficiently.

Next week we’ll look at project human resource management.

Excerpts and definitions were taken from the following:

(2013) A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK guide) Fifth edition. Newtown Square, Pa.: Project Management Institute, Inc., pg. 193 and 195.


Message from President Ender: Saying Goodbye and Thank You to Provost Gely

A message from President Ender:

This is Provost Gely’s last week at GRCC and I would like your help in saying THANK YOU to her for her exemplary service to the college and to our students. Please take the time to stop by her office, or send her an email wishing her well in her new endeavors at Aquinas, as I know you will miss her as much as I will.