GRCC In the News, 9-24-14

Watch Jimmy Carter discuss Gerald R. Ford, U.S. being ‘constantly at war,’ bombing ISIS

Sept. 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Former President Jimmy Carter spoke to a packed house Monday at Grand Rapids Community College, touching on topics ranging from his relationship with Gerald R. Ford, women’s rights and U.S. military intervention in Iraq.

Julie Bulson preaches emergency preparedness

Sept. 23, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

At Spectrum Health, Julie Bulson brings a host of insights and leadership governance gathered during her 30 years in health care, 20 of which are in emergency preparedness.

… Bulson has co-authored several professional articles and teaches senior-level nursing students as a guest lecturer at Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing.

Exercise for older adults

Sept. 23, 2014; WZZM

Regular exercise can make a big difference in the quality of life as we get older. Mike Faber from the Older Learner Center at Grand Rapids Community College visited the WZZM13 News at Noon to share ways to stay active during aging.

Howell’s Samples has first Cleary ace

Sept. 23, 2014; Livingston Daily

SOUTHFIELD — Hogan Samples hit the first hole-in-one in the history of Cleary University golf on Tuesday as the Cougars finished fourth at the Lawrence Tech Invitational.

… The Cougars finished fourth overall out of the 14 teams competing. Grand Rapids Community College and Wayne State tied for first at 608, followed by Mott Community College (612) and Cleary (615).

Did you know that working for GRCC may qualify you for loan forgiveness on Direct Loans?

The PSLF Program is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, borrowers may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of their Direct Loans after they have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers. By working at GRCC, you may qualify for this amazing program. Come learn more about this program and eligibility requirements.

A “Public Service Loan Forgiveness” workshop has been added to the Staff Development schedule on Friday November 21st from 10-11 AM in Room 124 ATC.

Registration is available online at or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.


Child Development and Education Department plans transfer fair

The teacher education seminar that was originally to be held September 16 entitled “Welcome Back” will be rescheduled in mid-to-late October.

On October 9th from 2:00-3:30pm, the Child Development and Education Department will host it’s annual Transfer Fair in rooms 122 & 124 of the ATC. Students are encouraged to attend to learn about the Schools of Education at various area 4-year schools. Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Staci Dever at, (616) 234-3380 or in 266F Main.

ArtPrize scavenger hunt kicks off

Attached is the GRCC 4th Annual Wellness Scavenger Hunt and Answer Key. Feel free to use this in your classes or do it yourself!
Effect of Exercise on the Brain:
  • Improves rate of learning
  • Improves memory
  • Improves academic performance
  • Improves ability to focus
  • Decreases risk of depression
  • Helps manage mood
  • Helps reduce addictive cravings
  • Helps manage anxiety
  • Improves sleep Quality

S drive problems, Carters’ lecture prompt Raider Salutes

We have two Raider Salutes today!

The first comes from Debra Stout in Workforce Training:  I would like to salute Dale Betts and Dan Guajardo. Both came to our rescue when the S drive went down and we lost all our CNA appointments scheduled in the spreadsheet and stored on the S drive.  

The second was prompted by Monday’s Diversity Lecture Series presentation by President and Mrs. Carter:  It took many hands to pull off Monday’s diversity lecture with President and Mrs. Carter. The president’s office would like to acknowledge that effort, and salute those who took time from their regular work to make the evening a success!



Dental hygiene students form Team Smiley for benefit walk

The second-year Dental Hygiene students have organized a group to participate in the walk on Saturday,  September 27. The group is called Team Smiley in honor of Dr. Colette Smiley, one of our clinic dentists, who is fighting leukemia. The walk will be held from 5 to 7 pm in downtown Grand Rapids to raise money for the research of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society . The money raised will not only be for research, but for patient services and to prolong the lives of patients with leukemia, myeloma, and lymphoma. If you would like to donate to our cause please go to the link above and choose Team Smiley. Thanks so much.

IIPD Grants: October 2014 Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., October 10, 2014.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically. The IIPD Application Packet and IIPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Professional Development Grants: IIPD & SSPD 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 IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or