GRCC In the News, 8-20-14

Healthier west Michigan economy a drag on GRCC enrollment

Aug. 19, 2014; WGVU

Grand Rapids Community College’s 2014-2015 academic school year begins in less than one week at. While there are plenty of students buying text books and preparing for a semester of studies, their numbers are down from last year.

A festival of innovation

Aug. 18, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This is the season for back to school, but there is something to be learned every day! The Grand Rapids Public Museum is partnering with the Geek Group and GR Makers for the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but GRCC is a sponsor of this event.)

Tenants get first look at townhouses that replace dilapidated Madison Square apartments

Aug. 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — JoAnna Brown yelped in delight as she entered the kitchen at her new home on Gilbert Street SE.

… Brown, a 26-year-old criminal justice major at Grand Rapids Community College, said the three upstairs bedrooms and two bathrooms also will improve the quality of life for her sons, ages 6 and 11.

Jordan Shimmell steps into the Doghouse: A Cruiserweight Destined to Be Champion – Interview

Aug. 18, 2014;

With the kind of resume Jordan Shimmell, of Hudsonville, MI, had as an amateur, he looks like a sure thing to be fighting for a professional championship within 2 to 3 years. He is 16-0 (13) as a pro. His father, Dennis Shimmell Jr., and advisor Al Haymon, plan to do it the right way and not rush the 25 year-old in before he is ready.

… Jordan’s younger brother Niall boxed prior to joining the Air Force. Jordan was on the Dean’s list at Grand Rapids Community College. He played football in high school and was part of a rock band. He also performed in a school play. He has a love of off-roading with dirt bikes, go-karts, golf carts, lifted 4x4s, quads, etc. He goes to sand dunes and trails.

Changes in Human Resources

We are making some changes in Human Resources that will help us to reduce expense while continuing to provide excellent customer service. We are not going to fill the Director of Staff Development position and are taking the opportunity to do some internal reorganization. The following is a brief overview of some changing roles:

  • Associate Director of Human Resources Jessica Berens — Jessica will assume the operational leadership role of the staff development functions while maintaining several key Meet & Confer processes and responsibilities in HR.
  • Meet & Confer Human Resources Generalist Christine Davis — Christine will assume the role of the Human Resources Generalist for the Meet & Confer employee group while maintaining several components of her technical HRIS position in HR.

Please call anyone in HR with questions you may have and thank you for your patience as we work through our transitions.

All employees invited to convocation on Thursday

In celebration of the GRCC’s 100th anniversary, an academic convocation will be held instead of the all-staff opening day meeting. The convocation will give all of us an opportunity to reflect on GRCC’s Great Past and look forward to its Bright Future.

The Faculty and Staff Excellence in Education Award recipients will be recognized during the event, and a reception on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza will follow.

The convocation starts at 10 a.m. August 21 in Fountain Street Church with the reception following on the plaza. If it rains, the reception will be held in G1 Main Building.

Faculty, adjuncts, staff — if you work at GRCC, we want you to celebrate with us!


Campus Dining Fall Changes

The Raider Grille will be open this fall semester from:

  • Monday thru Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. for Lunch
  • Friday 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (open for Breakfast & Lunch)

The Quiet Cafe will have an all new Breakfast Menu with more classic favorites & original options to satisfy anyone’s needs!

  • Served Monday thru Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.
  • Lunch/Dinner will be served Monday thru Thursday 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

The Sneden Cafe is undergoing a complete remodel & will feature more hot food options!

  • Open Monday thru Thursday 7:00 a.m. thru 6:00 p.m.

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