GRCC celebrates Higher Learning Commission’s praise

In April, GRCC hosted the Higher Learning Commission site visit. And because of YOU, the visit was a huge success! Words the HLC reviewers used to describe you and your work: pioneers, exemplary, exceeds expectations, highly organized, pride, high quality, and best practice.

This is reason to celebrate! As a show of appreciation, there will be a lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Center Multi-Purpose Room on Monday, August 18 and in the Sneden Hall Multi-Purpose Room on Wednesday, August 20.

RSVP to Lakenya Gissendanner at ext. 4040 or with your choice of one of the two dates.

GRCC In the News, 7-28-14

GRCC, Davenport University sign articulation agreement

July 25, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University have signed an articulation agreement that will give students who complete the medical assistant program at GRCC a seamless transfer to Davenport’s health-related programs.

Change Ups: Attorney to be installed as fellow

July 25, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

David R. Fernstrum, an associate of law firm Mika, Meyers, Beckett & Jones PLC, has been elected a fellow by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers for sustained, outstanding performance in the profession, exemplifying integrity, dedication and excellence. The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers was established in 1995 through an initiative of the Council of the Section of Labor and Employment Law of the American Bar Association. New fellows will be installed Nov. 8 in Los Angeles.

… Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating its 100th anniversary with 100 Ways To Give service projects including care packages for foster children at D.A. Blodgett-St. Johns Home, Toys For Tots, Grand Rapids Homes for Veterans and In The Image.

5 Questions: Growing companies get a boost at the MSU Bioeconomy Institute

July 26, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — The Sentinel chatted Tuesday with Tom Guarr, who serves as director of research and development at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute, 242 Howard Ave., in Holland Township.

… Q: What’s your role in operating this facility?

A: My role is to oversee the intern program, to come up with the projects and lead the students through their projects, but help them become independent researchers and further their careers. We’ve had students from Hope, GRCC, GVSU, Michigan State, Michigan, Western — a good variety of students.

Filmmakers want to shoot holiday movie starring Ed Asner, Marion Ross in Grand Rapids

July 27, 2014; MLive

The shoulders lift, compress, and gently sag. The hands clasp. What emanates from the mouth falls somewhere between sigh and prayer. And the eyes turn up as though in earnest supplication, wondering if it’s possible to actually go back to what Christmastime in downtown Grand Rapids used to be, circa 1967.

… But it’s going to depend on West Michigan moviemakers Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler and a cast of characters that include Ed Asner, as well as Marion Ross, who played Richie Cunningham’s mother on Happy Days.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler are GRCC alumni.)


100 Ways to Give: Finance and Administration collects for S.H.O.E.S.

The Finance and Administration team is partnering with In The Image, to help our area elementary students — GRCC’s future students!  Through the S.H.O.E.S program (Shoes Help Our Elementary Students), In The Image provides brand new back-to-school shoes for at-risk students in Grand Rapids, Wyoming and Kentwood elementary schools.  The type of shoes distributed are athletic shoes so students can participate in physical education, extra-curricular activities, and enjoy a fun and safe recess with their friends.

Just $15 provides a new pair of shoes for a child in need, $150 for a sports team and entire classroom for just $375.  Please help us make a difference in the life of a child by sending a monetary gift to Campus Police for the S.H.O.E.S. program by August 1.

We are also in need of new socks- each pair of shoes is delivered with a pair of socks. Your donation may be dropped off at the Grand Rapids Community College Police Department, at 25 Lyon, or can be sent through Inter-office mail.  If you prefer, contact Dispatch at 234-4910 and an officer will be happy to personally pick up your donation.  Checks should be made payable to “In The Image-S.H.O.E.S.”  If you wish to receive a receipt for tax purposes, please make sure we have your name and address, if paying by check, you will be all set.

To see more ways that you can be part of 100 Ways to Give, click here.