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.

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!

GRCC In the News, 8-25-14

Tom Rademacher: Happy 100th birthday to GRCC, the ‘Little College That Could’

Aug. 24, 2014; MLive

Happy 100th Birthday to Grand Rapids Community College, which I have reason to celebrate in the name of Foosball, T.S. Eliot, Dave Clark, back handsprings, Emerson & Thoreau, countless laps in the pool, nictitating membranes, the people at 7-Up, and a certain girl named Nicki with whom I spent quality time on the roof of the Main Building.

GRCC toasts area’s philanthropic spirit as it turns 100

Aug. 22, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

As Grand Rapids Community College celebrates its 100th birthday, staff and students are participating in service projects to give back to the community.

College & charter school students head back to class

Aug. 25, 2014; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — While the majority of public school students have one more week of summer vacation to savor, most colleges and charter school students will be heading to class Monday.

… Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating 100 years with a new partnership and new sports teams.

Declining demographic, better economy impact enrollment

Aug. 22, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Students are beginning to take their seats as college classes kick off for the fall semester, but enrollment may face challenges in the future.

… Tina Hoxie, dean of student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, noting that Kent County’s unemployment rate is lower than the state average, said declining enrollment also can be blamed on the improving economy.

5 tips to relieve back-to-school stress from Grand Rapids native, magazine publisher

Aug. 25, 2014; MLive

WEST MICHIGAN — As parents and children prepare for the upcoming school year, magazine publisher and Grand Rapids native Debra Gano shared five tips to help relieve back-to-school anxiety.

… Gano, a Forest Hills Northern High School graduate, is the publisher and founding editor of the international self-esteem magazine, Be Your Own You, for young girls. Before joining BYOU magazine, the former actress and model taught in the fashion merchandise department at Grand Rapids Community College and was a former freelancer for The Grand Rapids Press. She now lives in Denver, Co.

Tinkerers gathering in Grand Rapids

Aug. 22, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A collection of creative thinkers, tinkerers and makers will come together Saturday and Sunday at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

… Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire was organized by GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Genesis Inc. and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Greenwich Village Art Fair Scheduled for September

Aug. 25, 2014; WIFR

ROCKFORD (WIFR) — The 66th Greenwich Village Art Fair takes place Sept. 1314, rain or shine, on the grounds of Rockford Art Museum at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Gates are open 10 a.m.6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.5 p.m. Sunday. Admission at the gate is $5 for adults, free for children 12 and younger. Advance tickets are $3 and are available at Alpine Bank location and RAM Store. All proceeds support Rockford Art Museum programs throughout the year.

… More than 150 artists from across the nation will exhibit at this year’s fair. Types of artwork represented include paintings, jewelry, sculpture, glass, ceramics, textiles, photography, wood, mixed media and more. Artists compete for awards on the first day of the fair, where their work will be viewed by 2014 Judge Juan Fernandez, a working artist based in the Chicago suburbs and photography professor at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan who previously taught at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Striking gold with Silver Line? Grand Rapids bets $40 million on state’s first bus rapid transit system

Aug. 24, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — From the second-floor of The Rapid’s headquarters in downtown Grand Rapids, Conrad Venema looks out at U.S. 131 cutting through the heart of the city.

… The Silver Line equates to roughly $3.5 million to $4 million per mile of investment, Venema said. Grand Rapids’ Downtown Market, Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place, Grand Rapids Community College and many more housing developments and eateries lie on the route’s northern end and the hope is that the growth spreads southward.

One-time Ohio State redshirts look for big role on offense

Aug. 24, 2014; The Lantern (Ohio State University’s student newspaper)

A typical highly-touted college football recruit hopes to see the field as soon as they arrive on campus, but that doesn’t always happen.

… While Wilson is entering his true sophomore season, the other three players Meyer singled out all redshirted last year. Marshall is a redshirt-freshman, (Corey) Smith is a redshirt-junior after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan before last season and Thomas is a redshirt-sophomore who played as a true freshman in 2012 before sitting out last year.

Beginning of the year GRCC staff prayer meeting

All administrators, faculty, and staff are invited to an interdenominational beginning-of-the-year prayer meeting hosted by GRCC Christian Fellowship advisers Harry Lew and Paul Phifer this Wednesday, August 27, 2014, from 12 to 1 PM in Student Center Room 336.

We will ask God’s blessings for this new academic year and pray for the concerns of our GRCC community. Questions? Contact Harry Lew,, or Paul Phifer,

100 Ways to Give: school supplies for ABO


The Diversity Learning Center, Office of Equity Affairs and the Older Learner Center are collaborating to collect items for students in the campus’s Alpha Beta Omega World Leaders Society.

If you would like to donate, please drop off any of the following items to the Diversity Learning Center in room 119 of the Learning Commons:

  • three-hole punch.
  • backpacks.
  • binders.
  • calculators.
  • calendars.
  • dress socks.
  • flash drives.
  • highlighters.
  • notebooks.
  • notebook dividers.
  • pens or pencils.
  • planners.
  • rulers.
  • staplers.

To see the full list of projects, click here. When getting involved don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.