GRCC celebration raises $1.3 million for scholarships

As GRCC celebrates 100 years of meeting the educational needs of West Michigan during the 2014-15 academic year, the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation is celebrating 50 years of supporting GRCC students through scholarships. These milestones were celebrated at GRCC’s 100th Anniversary Gala on October 14.

The evening began as guests strolled through a living timeline depicting the people, images and events that defined each decade of the college’s history.

The program began with GRCC alumnus and spoken-word artist Azizi Jasper, whose performance of “Tomorrow, Today” welcomed guests to celebrate what GRCC will be for the next 100 years. Judge Sara Smolenski, another alumna, hosted the event and welcomed to the stage John Kennedy, Gov. Rick Snyder, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, and GRCC Foundation Board Chairman Dave Custer. Each shared his or her perspective of the powerful impact the college has on West Michigan.

Mayor George Heartwell lead an invocation before dinner, which was prepared and served with the assistance of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education students and faculty. Throughout the evening, guests were entertained by GRCC Music Department students from the Madrigal Singers, Wind Ensemble and Concert Choir.

During his keynote speech, President Dr. Steven C. Ender emphasized the role the college plays in allowing students from all walks of life access to a high-quality education — whether they earn credentials and begin a career, or transfer to a four-year college or university. Dr. Ender went on to say that sometimes a scholarship means the difference between a student attending college or not, and announced that $1.3 million had been raised over the past 18 months for the newly established “Promise for the Future” scholarship fund in honor of GRCC’s 100th anniversary. This total includes contributions from 84 gala sponsors, who when combined with individual ticket sales, were represented by more than 960 guests at the gala.

The GRCC Foundation awards approximately 800 student scholarships annually, which equates to more than $600,000 in scholarship awards each year. The “Promise for the Future” scholarship will allow the foundation to grant more scholarships each year.

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GRCC In the News, 10-21-14

GRCC to offer faculty, staff buyouts; savings estimated at $5 million over next decade

Oct. 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In an effort to trim expenses because of declining enrollment, Grand Rapids Community College will offer buyouts to qualified faculty and staff, a move that would generate significant savings and may reduce the likelihood or severity of further cuts, administrators say.

Have a hilarious time at LaughFest

Oct. 20, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The nation’s only festival of laughter returns to Grand Rapids March 5 through 15, 2015, for the fifth annual LaughFest! LaughFest is a comedy festival that raises money for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

One highly anticipated event that will make its return is the FUNderwear Run, a 5K race that highly encourages participants to wear their funniest underwear over their running clothes. The race will take place March 8 at 10 a.m. on the Grand Rapids Community College Campus.

NMU’s Mantha in sixth after first day at Kohler Classic

Oct. 20, 2014;

KOHLER, WIS. — Northern Michigan University senior golfer Ayrton Mantha finished the first round in a tie for sixth place after shooting two-over par (74) as the Wildcats men’s golf team stand in sixth place of 17 teams after the opening round of competition Monday at the Kohler Classic at Whistling Straits Golf Course.

NMU shot a team score of 307 trailing leader Texas Wesleyan by 12 strokes. Grand View is second at 299 and Grand Rapids Community College is third at 301.

Armen Awards proposals due November 1

Apply to the Armen Awards – Excellence in Service Learning! To learn more about the awards, click here.

Participants must submit their proposal by November 1st. The proposal includes a short description of how your course learning outcomes are met through your service learning project.

Click here to begin your proposal.

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Students to exhibit research projects

GRCC students who participated in the Summer 2014 MICUP Program at Michigan Technological University, UROP at the University of Michigan, and Study Abroad in Salamanca (Spain) and Morocco, will be exhibiting their research posters! Learn about their work and about amazing opportunities that might be there for students. The event is Open House style and will take place on Wednesday, October 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room (2nd Floor Student Center).

Learn more about Study Away

Angiola Gabriel, a current grad student from GVSU, will be facilitating sessions designed to provide general information around study away opportunities at GRCC and how students can participate.  Nursing AD 248/258 will be heading to Costa Rica again, and HU 219 classes will travel to Germany, Italy, France and Belgium this summer. Find out more:

  • Thursday, October 23rd 1-2pm, Cook Building/Room 220
  • Thursday, October 30th 1-2pm, Cook Building/Room 220
Students at the Study Away booth during Welcome Week.

Students at the Study Away booth during Welcome Week.