GRCC In the News, 9-8-14

Guest column: GRCC is here to stay as it reaches its 100th birthday, president says

Sept. 6, 2014; MLive

Grand Rapids Community College is marking a momentous occasion this fall: its 100th birthday! As president, it is an honor and humbling to serve at the helm of the college during this amazing milestone. Founded in 1914 as Grand Rapids Junior College, there were 49 students enrolled. This past year, GRCC served more than 33,000 students.

(Guest column by President Ender.)

Change Ups: Cooley Law student earns Great Deeds Award

Sept. 5, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community College has announced the recipients of its 2014 Excellence in Education Awards: Faculty Award, Tom Neils, chemistry professor in the physical sciences department; Adjunct Award: Mary Beth O’Rourke, adjunct instructor, physical sciences department; and Staff Award, Mary Kay Bethune, customer service manager in the financial aid office.

Recession’s End ‘A Bad Thing’ for GRCC

Sept. 5, 2014; WOOD Radio

While the big Universities report enrollment increases this year, the Community Colleges are losing students.

GRCC says that’s because the Recession is over, more people have secure jobs, and no longer need re-training.

Men’s Cross Country to Race in Titan Invitational

Sept. 5, 2014; EMU Eagles (Eastern Michigan University athletics department website)

YPSILANTI, Mich. ( — Eastern Michigan University’s men’s cross country team is set to run in its second meet of the 2014 campaign after opening up the season with a win at the Toledo Home Opener, Aug. 29. This week, the Green and White will stay close to home to compete in the 28th Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Cross Country Invitational, Sept. 6 in Northville, Mich.

… Fifteen teams will headline the men’s race, including: Bucknell, Concordia, Detroit, EMU, Grand Rapids Community College, Lawrence Tech, Macomb Community College, Madonna, Marygrove, Michigan-Dearborn, Northwood, Oakland, Rochester, Schoolcraft, and Wayne State. Last year, Martin Nelkie won the overall title in 20:44 and led the Titans to a team victory with 37 points. Nelkie has since graduated, but Detroit returns eight runners from last season’s roster.

Photos from tenure faculty event

GRCC held a tenure recognition event for faculty on Friday.  Dan Gendler, Roger Kelley, Sandra Lancaster, Christina McElwee, Betsy McKinney, Lynnae Selberg, Ron Stevenson and Ennis Young received tenure. Aleta Anderson, Kevin Dunn, Mike Gillan, Sherry Knoppers, Felix Pereiro, Shelly Richter received the rank of professor. Cora Beute and Debora DeWitt received the rank of associate professor.

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Welcome Week kicks off today

Welcome Week will be held on the plaza this week Monday – Thursday from 10 am – 1 pm each day. This presents a great opportunity to come have some fun while engaging with our students! There will be tons of games or opportunities to just sit and connect with someone watching the fun. The Campus Activities Board (advised by Evan Macklin) has been preparing for this special 100-year edition of Welcome Week for a year now, so come on out and support their great work!

(Please note – we will be distributing 100-year t-shirts to the students this week. These were purchased by the students, for the students, so we will not be able to distribute any to employees outside of the few specific volunteers helping this week, per the purchasing policy. There will be 100-year apparel and other goods available for purchase in the bookstore throughout the year.)



Screening Committee Training will take place Wednesday, September 10th, from 9-11 AM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center multi-purpose room).

This learning session is designed to brief all screening committee team members regarding their roles and responsibilities in the search process. Participants will understand their role in the selection of excellent candidates for staff and faculty positions and the hiring objectives and legal parameters for assessing and recommending future staff and faculty members.

To register, click on the following link: or contact Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Gala to celebrate Great Past, Bright Future

Join your colleagues and the community in celebrating 100 years of Grand Rapids Community College and 50 years of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.

GRCC and the foundation are hosting a gala from 5:30-9 p.m. October 14 at DeVos Place. The college’s past will be celebrated before dinner, and our future will be celebrated from dinner through the rest of the evening. Hors d’oeuvres will be passed through the decades and a full sit-down dinner will be served. Tickets are $150 per person. They are available through payroll deduction and online through the “purchase ticket” link. Dress will be cocktail attire (black tie optional). All the proceeds from tickets will go to support student scholarships — which means that the cost of your ticket is tax deductible!

Steve Abid, a member of the gala steering committee, has worked out an arrangement with Afendoulis Cleaners for tuxedo rentals. Afendoulis will provide black tuxedos to GRCC employees for $100. Click here for Afendoulis locations.

Join GRCC for community picnic on September 13

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!