GRCC In the News, 9-2-14

Ronald Weidenfeller

Aug. 29, 2014; News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

Ronald L. Weidenfeller, 67, of Apex, NC passed away on Monday August 25th. Ron was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Catholic Central High School and continued on to receive a BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MA from Grand Valley State University and an MBA from Western Michigan University. Ron was a professor of Business at Grand Rapids Community College for 33 years.

Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire: See photos of creations displayed at public museum

Aug. 30, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Families gathered Saturday at the Grand Rapids Public Museum for the first annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire, an event that featured a variety of models and displays.

… The event was to feature exhibits ranging from rockets and robots to handmade crafts and more. It was organized by GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Genesis Inc. and the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Change Ups: Borroughs launches modular cabinet line

Aug. 29, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced it has broken the $1 million mark in scholarships, and Grand Rapids Community College noted that $62,000 of that amount went to its students. This year, the foundation provided 642 scholarships, with 44 of those awards going to GRCC students.

400+ open positions available at job fair

Aug. 29, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Dozens of companies are looking to fill more than 400 positions at a job fair Friday (August 29).

… Michigan Works! is hosting the fair Friday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community Colleges M-TEC at 622 Godfrey SW.

Carter event is fully staffed; volunteers still needed for picnic

We are thankful for the overwhelming response of volunteers for the Evening with Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter. We currently have more than enough people to help pull off a great event.

If you are still interested in volunteering to be a part of the 100 year celebration, please consider volunteering for the Community Picnic coming up on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can contact Liz Timmer at or 457-3708 to sign up for a one- or two-hour shift!

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100 Ways to Give: books for inmates


As part of GRCC’s 100 Ways to Give project, the Library & Learning Commons and the Criminal Justice department are teaming together to collect books for Kent County Jail inmates. Visit the Library anytime between September 1 and October 31 to drop off your books.  You can also drop books — or any other items being collected for other 100 Ways to Give projects — to drop boxes at:

  • the Enrollment Center.
  • the Student Success Center in Sneden Hall.
  • at Tassell M-TEC.
  • in the Student Life office at the Student Center.

We can accept new or used paperbacks – the men and women at the facility are looking forward to new reading material!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:


Do You Supervise Student Employees?

Student Employment Services staff has created new training for all GRCC employees who are responsible for supervising student employees. Two sessions have been added to the Staff Development offerings:

  • Wed Sept 24, 2014 from 1-3:00 PM in Room 234N, Student Community Center (SCC)
  • Tue Oct 7, 2014 from 9-11:00 AM in Room 234N, Student Community Center (SCC)

Being the Strongest Link – The Supervisor’s Role

Supervisors of student employees can have a huge impact on their student employees. In this session we will discuss the role of the supervisor in student’s academic and overall success. We will introduce student employee supervisors to the newly created mid semester check in process. This will provide supervisors the opportunity to have a conversation with each student employee about their academic progress, and to refer them to appropriate resources if needed. Academic Support Center, Early Alert and Library staff will be on hand to discuss their services. Supervisors will also be educated on behaviors to look out for and when it’s appropriate to contact other campus resources including Campus Police, Counseling, and the Behavioral Intervention Team.

Please register online at or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.