GRCC In the News, 9-22-14

Former president visits Grand Rapids this week

Sept. 21, 2014; Michigan Radio

Former President Jimmy Carter will be in Grand Rapids on Monday.

President Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter are scheduled to appear at Grand Rapids Community College as part of the school’s diversity lecture series.

GRCC Older Learning Center hosting events in honor of college’s 100th anniversary

Sept. 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community Colleges Older Learning Center, which is dedicated to providing outreach and educational opportunities for the region’s elderly residents, is celebrating the institution’s 100th anniversary with two free discussions.

Inside Track: Judo inspires Grand Rapids lawyer in and out of court

Sept. 19, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Whether he’s defending a client inside a courtroom or slamming an opponent on a judo mat, one thing about Eric Richards remains consistent.

… At Grand Rapids Junior College — now Grand Rapids Community College — Richards said he began applying himself after finding wonderful professors who inspired him to study history. He eventually went on to study history at Michigan State University, but found that, like many students are finding today, jobs for someone with his major just weren’t there.

Grand Rapids area mayors team with volunteers in Grand River Cleanup

Sept. 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Area mayors and hundreds of volunteers took to the Grand River as part of the annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup.

(Article doesn’t mention GRCC, but the photos show A.J. Helmus, Mario Rivera, Hana Christoffersen and other GRCC Biodiversity Club members.)

Expungement Workshop in Grand Rapids

Sept. 19, 2014; FOX 17

As part of the United Way’s annual Day of Caring, Jubilee Jobs teamed up with Cooley Law School and others to hold an Expungement Workshop.

(The segment doesn’t mention it, but GRCC participated in the event.)

Editorial: Press endorses Debra Bailey and Mike Paskewicz, the 2 best candidates for GRCC Board

Sept. 21, 2014; MLive

Four candidates are vying for two, six-year seats on the seven-member Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees in the Nov. 4 election. The best candidates to help guide the college are Debra Bailey and Mike Paskewicz.


100 Ways to Give: backpacks for Coit Academy


The Counseling & Career Center, Disability & Occupational Support Services and Student Support Services teams along with others across campus, gathered over 100 backpacks full of school supplies for the students of GRPS’s Coit Creative Arts Academy.

Each backpack was filled with the following supplies:

  • Ream of note book paper
  • Spiral bound note book
  • Package of pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Scissors
  • Eraser
  • Pens
  • Glue Sticks
  • Box of Crayons
  • Box of Colored pencils
  • Box of Markers
  • Pocket Folders
  • Zippered Pencil Pouch

There were additional supplies of the above beyond those needed for the 100 backpack, these too were donated to the school. The teachers at Coit Elementary were very excited about these supplies for their students, as this school serves many low income families.

This effort was led by Rosario Montes-Sutton who has been a reading mentor at Coit for many years.

Thanks to all those who helped make this donation happen through your generous gifts, time (assembling all the backpacks & making the delivery).

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Kaelee Macklin joins Experiential Learning

Please welcome our new employee in the Department of Experiential Learning, Kaelee Macklin. Kaelee is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. She is currently in the master’s of higher education program at GVSU.

In the coordinator role, Kaelee supports students participating in service learning, Study Away experiences and the Honors Program.

Please stop by and meet Kaelee!

Story Van volunteers needed tonight

The GRCC Story Van will be set up to record birthday wishes and GRCC stories at the lecture this evening which is being held in the Ford Fieldhouse.

We are looking for volunteers to work at the van from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m.  If you are available, please contact Liz Timmer at

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 today to

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