GRCC In the News, 9-3-14

First day of school brings changes for students

Sept. 2, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (WZZM) – Tuesday was the first day of school for thousands of students across West Michigan, and with a new school year come some changes. Superintendents from Rockford, Wyoming, and Grand Rapids Christian Schools talked with WZZM 13 about their changes. Security was a big topic of discussion for each.

… (Superintendent Tom) Reeder also gave an update on the Wyoming schools’ “middle college” program, a collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College.

Film director Brian Miller to host workshop at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater

Sept. 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Director Brian Miller is returning home to take part in a one-night only workshop for those looking for tips on how to make it in the movie business.

Miller, an East Grand Rapids native who most recently directed two films starring Bruce Willis, will be at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE, on Wednesday, Sept. 10. Miller was also at the directorial helm of the film Caught in the Crossfire starring Curtis 50 Cent Jackson, which was filmed in Grand Rapids.

Why Grand Rapids’ first Maker Faire called ‘hugely successful’ by organizers

Sept. 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you build it, they will come.

… The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire, organized by GR Makers, Grand Rapids Community College and Genesis Inc., as well as the Geek Group and Grand Rapids Public Museum, followed the Maker Faire model of celebrating the work of do-it-yourself creativity and tinkering.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

Sept. 3, 2014; Cadillac News

… Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Katlyn Agren (Cadillac H.S.) has 15 digs and two assists in early-season action for the Raiders’ volleyball team.

Former AFL quarterback Tony Kimbrough takes the reins at East Kentwood

Sept. 1, 2014; MLive

KENTWOOD — First-year head football coach Tony Kimbrough spent 2013 as East Kentwood’s defensive coordinator, but now that he’s in the top spot for the first time in his career, he expects to return to his offensive roots, where he spent quite a few seasons either at GRCC, Western Michigan University, or in the Arena Football League.

Seven graduate from Lakeshore Medical Assistant program

Congratulations to our graduates of GRCC’s Lakeshore Medical Assistant program! Six out of seven of the students already have job offers and are in the process of being hired! The seventh is currently in the interview process (second interview!).

The class met three evenings a week and started September 2013. They met at the Midtown Center in Holland and were the first class offered as a part-time program.

Great work by all the students and instructors!


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Hand percussionist to lead master drumming class

GRCC is presenting a World Drumming master class at 2:30 p.m. September 25 featuring Michael Taylor, an acclaimed hand percussionist.

Music majors — as well as students taking music appreciation and other humanities courses — are welcome to attend. If you’d like to bring students to the class, just RSVP to by September 22.

Taylor will bring CDs and percussion instruments for purchase. To learn more about him, click here.

September projects for 100 Ways to Give


Here are some of the 100 Ways to Give projects that have been organized for September:

  • The Admissions and Enrollment Center is collecting 100 bottles of HE (high-efficiency) laundry detergent for Ronald McDonald House.
  • The English Department wants to provide 100 books for the laboratory preschool.
  • The library and the Criminal Justice Department are teaming up to collect 200 paperbacks — new or used — for Kent County Jail inmates.

Our drop boxes are being set up this week! You can drop off items being collected for 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.
  • the first-floor circulation desk at the library.

GRCC’s Finance & Administration management staff plans to provide 100 hours of job shadowing this October. If you know students who might be interested, have them e-mail the Purchasing Department by September 19 at to find out more.

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.



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!

Dinner theater tickets go on sale to public September 8

GRCC is taking everyone on a time-twisting adventure through 100 years of its history with its production of Open Door.

The play — with music — was written by Walt Lockwood and James Schafer. The music department provided the play’s original compositions.

The story centers on Jill, a freshman who stumbles upon a mysterious door. It’s a roller coaster ride through the people, music and events that made GRCC — and West Michigan — what it is today.

Performances of Open Door are 8 p.m. Nov. 7 and 8 at Spectrum Theater. Ticket prices are $25 for the public and $15 for students with a valid student ID. A complimentary dessert reception will be held in the theater lobby following each performance.

A dinner theater package with the Heritage Restaurant is available for the Nov. 7 performance. That ticket cost — which includes both the dinner and the performance — is $45 (nonalcoholic drink only) or $50 (includes a glass of wine with your dinner choice). Two seating times, with 20 reservations each, will be offered: at 5:30 and 6 p.m. The menu includes Scotch Quail Eggs and Rosemary-Lemon Feta Cheese Crusted Pork Porterhouse. A special vegan menu of Mock Eel and Cauliflower Steak is also available.

Reservations will be open to staff and faculty first at 1 p.m. August 25. Call (616)234-3946 to purchase them. Tickets for the dinner theater package will go on sale to the public at 1 p.m. September 8.

Join GRCC for community picnic

Community Picnic evite

Join us for a community picnic to celebrate our 100-year anniversary!

It runs 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse.

This family friendly event is open to our greater community, so please share these details and invite your friends and family.

Join us for:

  • A fantastic BBQ lunch served between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (while supplies last)!
  • Games and activities, like a 60-foot inflatable obstacle course, Frisbee art and a photo booth.
  • A “living timeline” – experience 100 years of our history through video, photos and historical artifacts.

Click here for more information about the many events scheduled to celebrate GRCC turning 100!

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.
Remember to follow us on Facebook: The Raider Grille, The Quiet Cafe, The Sneden Cafe & GRCC Dining Services for up to date specials, promotions & special event information!