President Carter’s book available to students for special price

As a part of GRCC’s centennial celebration, the Diversity Lecture Series is hosting former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, on September 22.

The Carters have a long commitment to humanitarianism, especially focusing on issues of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls and women around the world. President Carter’s most recent book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, is an excellent primer on this troubling plight. On September 22, he will sign copies of the book and then speak on the topics addressed in it.

GRCC’s Student Life office will sell signed copies of the book, which includes a commemorative bookplate, to current students for $20. This price is available only to current GRCC students, and supplies are limited.

GRCC In the News, 8-26-14

U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga gets pitch on tax breaks during visit to Grandville shop floor

Aug. 25, 2014; MLive

GRANDVILLE, MI — Troy Turnbull played show and tell on Monday, Aug. 25, when he brought U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga into his back shop at Industrial Innovations, the company he owns and manages at 2936 Dormax St. SW.

… For Turnbull, the legislation will provide a career path for kids like his son, a 19-year-old Grand Rapids Community College student who is studying industrial maintenance technology and helping out on the shop floor.

President Carter, Gov. Snyder to speak in Detroit

Aug. 26, 2014; Midland Daily News

DETROIT (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will speak at an Islamic conference in Detroit this week.

… The 89-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner is set to visit Michigan again on Sept. 22 as part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.

Grand Award nominees announced

Aug. 25, 2014; WZZM

They’re the Tony’s of West Michigan!

(Article doesn’t mention the GRCC connection, but faculty members Tom Kaechele, Michelle Urbane and Nancy Wagner and alumni Dylan Harris, Sherryl Despres, Darius Colquitt and Sammy Publes are all nominated.)

100 Ways to Give: job-shadowing opportunities for students


GRCC’s Finance & Administration management staff will provide 100 hours of job shadowing this October. GRCC students can shadow college leadership and explore careers in:

  • Accounting & Business Services
  • Campus Police
  • Cashiers
  • Event Management
  • Facilities
  • Financial Aid
  • Human Resources
  • Purchasing

Do you know students who might be interested? Have them e-mail the Purchasing Department by September 19 at to find out more.

SSPD Grants: September 2014 Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., September 19, 2014. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval Form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Associate Director of Grants & Resource Development at 234-3340 or

Good luck!