GRCC hosts English conference

GRCC is hosting about 200 English faculty Thursday through Saturday for the Two-Year College English Association Midwest Conference. Many GRCC English department faculty members are attending and presenting, and Dean Laurie Chesley will speak at a luncheon during the event, which was last held in Michigan in 2000. Twelve Midwest states and Manitoba, Canada, are included in the region covered by the organization.


GRCC In the News, 10-1-14

50 Healthiest College Towns

Sept. 30, 2014;

There are lots of factors to consider when searching for the best college for you. One such factor to consider is the surrounding town(s). It’s doubtful that you’ll spend 100% of your time on campus, so you’ll probably want to think about what kind of attractions are nearby and what kinds of activities are popular with the local community. And if you’re a health nut, you’ll definitely want to consider towns that will cosign your obsession with an active lifestyle and nutritious eating.

… 45. Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Cornerstone University, Aquinas College, Everest Institute, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Muskegon Community College, Western Michigan University

While Grand Rapids does average about 75 inches of snowfall each year, the snow doesn’t stop 79.9% of residents from staying physically active. Some may train for the Fifth Third Riverbank Run, the country’s largest 25K road race. Some may hit the trails in the Best Town for Mountain Biking, as named by Outside magazine. Some may just enjoy the walkable downtown area as they move to and from activities. Grand Rapids also has the healthy advantage of local farming, as Michigan is the third largest apple producer in the U.S. and is behind only California in agricultural diversity. This may contribute to the city’s high percentage of residents in a normal weight range (38.8%) and its low diabetes rate (9%). An interesting mix, Grand Rapids has been called one of the nation’s Most Exciting Mid-Sized Cities by Movoto but also the #2 Most Secure Large City by Farmers Insurance.

Why This Michigan Manufacturing Company Wants To Hire More Ex-Cons

Sept. 30, 2014;

When Jahaun McKinley was released from prison, he ran into a common problem: It’s extremely difficult to get a job after you have a criminal record.

… Today, Cascade (Engineering) has dozens of former prisoners on its roster. It’s not the only company in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area to take up the cause, either. Along with a handful of other organizations, including Butterball Farms and Grand Rapids Community College, Cascade leads something called the 30-2-2 initiative, which aims to work with 30 local organizations that will each hire two individuals with criminal background and track them for two years. The goal is to prove that there is a real business case for hiring formerly incarcerated employees.

‘A dream come true’: Scott Merlo named new chief of WMU Department of Public Safety

Sept. 30, 2014; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — A Western Michigan University alumnus and veteran of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety who retired as an executive lieutenant in 2012 has been named the new chief of the WMU Department of Public Safety, school officials said Tuesday.

… Since 2012, (Scott) Merlo has worked as a lieutenant and was second in command for the police department at Grand Rapids Community College, which had a total of 13 sworn officers.

GRCC warns of scam artist claiming to be fundraising

Sept. 30, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — A man knocking on doors, claiming to be collecting cash donations for Grand Rapids Community College and the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids, is trying to scam people, according to GRCC.

NAACP offers funding to increase number of black cops in Grand Rapids

Sept. 30, 2014; Aljazeera America

In a move to help correct a deep racial disparity in the demographics of the Grand Rapids police force, a local Michigan chapter of the NAACP announced Monday that it will offer a $2,500 scholarship to assist African-American men and women cover the costs of police training.

… Students can take the courses they need at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College or Ferris State University. Becoming a GRPD officer requires at least two years of college, and courses can last 10 to 17 months, (interim NAACP President Cle) Jackson said.

College Notebook: WMU’s Beckwith keeps on winning

Sept. 30, 2014; The Battle Creek Enquirer

… The Kellogg Community College volleyball team played their seventh match in as many days on Tuesday, as the Lady Bruins looked to end an 8-match losing streak.

… After a road loss to NJCAA Division II No. 2-ranked Grand Rapids CC on Sept. 23, the Lady Bruins lost at Ancilla and then dropped four matches at the G.R.C.C. Raider Challenge on Sept. 27-28.

Nursing students help with Out of Darkness Walk

GRCC community and mental health nursing students participated in the Out of Darkness Walk on September 27 in Millennium Park. The walk supports families that have lost a loved one to suicide and raises research funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This is the seventh year that GRCC nursing students have been involved with the event!

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Raider Salute to Scott Miklaszewski, culinary department

Tassell M-TEC’s “Pizza Garden Team” gives a Raider Salute to Scott Miklaszewski and the culinary staff:  He stepped up to help on the grill outside when we thought we were drowning in sixth-graders and not enough cooked pizza!  Another shout out to the Culinary Department, which made all the pizza crusts in support of our pizza garden adventure.


Notice of availability of Annual Security Report

A copy of GRCC’s 2014 Annual Security Report is available for review.  This report is required by federal law and contains statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by GRCC; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual misconduct, emergency procedures, and other matters.  This report is available online at   You can also request a paper copy by visiting the GRCC Campus Police Department.

October is National Disability Awareness Month

Did you know . . . . .

  • In the U.S. the number of people with reported disabilities is 11.9%

That’s 36,399,700 people! **

  • In Michigan the number of people with reported disabilities is 13.5%

That’s 1,316,000 people! **

  • Just over 1 in 4 of today’s 20 year olds will become disabled before they retire. *
  • We are running 1531 class sections this fall. Students with reported disabilities are enrolled in 854 sections . . . that’s 56%.

*   Council for Disability Awareness, 2012

** US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2010

Important Facts for Instructors:

  • Faculty should expect to have students with disabilities in their courses.
  • Faculty should have the same expectations of students with disabilities as other students, and maintain the same academic performance standards while providing the appropriate accommodations as given listed on the student Accommodations Agreement from the Disability Support Services Office (DSS).
  • When students with disabilities graduate, they are as successful as other graduates.

Many Shades of Disability:

Defining the various categories of disability does not have black and white clarity. Professionals in the field have their own terminology. Below are a few categories often used and some examples associated with each:

  • Psychiatric Disorders- schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, anxiety
  • Physical Disabilities- cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, amputation
  • Auditory and Visual Impairment- range from partial to total loss
  • Brain Injury- traumatic brain injury (damage from an external source) and acquired brain injury (tumors, stroke, degenerative diseases)
  • Health Impairments- lupus, epilepsy, cancer, Tourette’s syndrome
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders- has range of severity, with Asperger’s Syndrome being the mildest form.


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