Tom Neils, Mary Beth O’Rourke, Mary Kay Bethune win Excellence in Education awards

The Excellence in Education Awards were established in 1989 to honor GRCC employees — all of whom are nominated by their peers — for their contributions to the college, higher education and the community. Tom Neils, a chemistry professor in the physical sciences department, is the winner of this year’s Faculty Award, and Mary Beth O’Rourke, an adjunct instructor in the department, received the Adjunct Award. Mary Kay Bethune, a customer service manager in the financial aid office, is the winner of the Staff Award.

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GRCC In the News, 8-27-14

Mental health and aging

Aug. 26, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Much attention is giving to physical health during the aging process, but mental health is often overlooked.
Mike Faber of the Older Learner Center at Grand Rapids Community College visited WZZM 13 News Tuesday, to give some advice on treating mental illness.

WATCH: The Maker Faire Movement Readies For First Ever West Michigan Show

Aug. 26, 2014; WOOD Radio

The first annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is scheduled for this weekend, Saturday and Sunday August 30 & 31, at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

… The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is originally a collaboration of the GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Genesis Inc. and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

All eyes on starting quarterback Rush as Kater guns for top position

Aug. 26, 2014; Central Michigan Life (student newspaper for Central Michigan University)

Sophomore Cooper Rush has been named the Central Michigan University football teams starting quarterback heading into Thursday nights matchup with Tennessee-Chattanooga.

… Senior Cody Kater was a standout at Grand Rapids Community College before coming to CMU, where he earned the starting job in training camp. He was sidelined with a broken collarbone last season.

Volunteers needed for community picnic

Want to help celebrate GRCC’s 100 years in the community?  As you know, GRCC is hosting a Community Picnic on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse.  In order to make this event the best it can be, we need your help.  We are looking for folks to help in 1 or 2 hour shifts doing various tasks throughout the event.  This is sure to be a fun event.

If you want to be part of the fun, contact Liz Timmer at or 457-3708.

Photos from convocation

The academic convocation on Thursday marked the beginning of the college’s 100th anniversary celebration.  Steve Abid and Laurie Foster, master and mistress of ceremonies, opened the ceremony.  Guests enjoyed hearing the GRCC Brass Ensemble led by Mike Gillan and the national anthem by Kevin Dobreff. Former Provost Dr. Gely and Dr. Ender shared their thoughts about the college’s great past and bright future. The event was followed by a reception on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza.

If you would like a program from the convocation, you can email Art Johnson at

Check GRCC Today this Thursday and Friday for photo galleries of the Excellence in Education Award presentations and the employee mixer that also took place last week.

To learn more ways you can join the yearlong centennial celebration, click here.

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GRCC Story Van volunteers needed

GRCC Story Van volunteers are needed for Monday and Tuesday, September 8 and 9, 11am to 12:30pm, during Welcome Week for the students. The van will be on the Juan Olivarez Student Plaza. Contact Liz Timmer at if you can help out. It is simple — just pushing a button.

We want to capture stories and birthday wishes from our current students.