GRCC In the News, 11-25-14

Timothy Kozal sworn in as Edwardsburg’s new police chief

Nov. 25, 2014; The Elkhart Truth (Ind.)

EDWARDSBURG, Mich. — Timothy Kozal is Edwardsburg’s new police chief and was sworn into the post by Ontwa Township clerk Teri McNaughton during the Ontwa Township’s board meeting Nov. 10.

… Kozal retired from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety with over 23 years of experience. He most recently worked for Spectrum Health Security Police Department and was an adjunct professor for the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy. While at the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, Kozal was the recipient of a Distinguished Service Medal, two professional excellence awards and four chiefs awards.

GRCC In the News, 11-24-14

MEA, GRCC union file unfair labor practice charge against college

Nov. 21, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A dispute between members of Grand Rapids Community College’s clerical workers union about whether to maintain ties with the Michigan Education Association has resulted in an unfair labor practice charge against the college.

‘Vice,’ Bruce Willis film from Grand Rapids director Brian Miller, to debut in January

Nov. 21, 2014; MLive

“Vice,” the new film from Grand Rapids-born director Brian Miller, has been slotted for an early 2015 release.

… Miller is a 1993 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, and an alum of GRCC and Grand Valley State University, where he studied film. He shot his first two films, “Caught in the Crossfire” (starring rapper 50 Cent) and “House of the Rising Sun,” in Grand Rapids. He currently lives in Studio City, California.

Learn about The WELL on December 5

Come learn about The WELL, a new student group created to promote excellence in female African-American students at GRCC by empowering them around leadership and learning.  Students are supported through a partnership with GRCC African-American staff and faculty who will provide leadership and guidance.

Join us for lunch and door prizes Dec. 5, 2014, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in the Sneden Hall Multipurpose Room.

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CIS faculty, staff celebrate Thanksgiving by helping students

The Faculty and Staff in the Computer Information Systems department collected $1080 for CIS students who needed help this Thanksgiving. This money was used to send 36 Meijer gift cards to our students, just in time for them to purchase a hearty Thanksgiving meal. This event was part of our 8th Annual Bits and Bytes Thanksgiving Meal baskets. Over the years, hundreds of students in the CIS department have been helped by the generosity of our faculty. Additionally, students were made aware of other resources on campus such as the student food pantry. Thinking of our students in ways that extend outside of the classroom is such a great tradition to carry on. We are honored to have had such success in our 8th year of the Bits and Bytes Thanksgiving Meal Baskets project.

#100WaysToGiveBack with 100+ mouths fed

SICE students nominated for WAVE awards

Two Secchia students received nominations and awards at the 7th annual WAVE (Way Above Visitor Expectation) awards and industry recognition event last week put on by Experience Grand Rapids, our convention and visitors bureau. Raeanne Lupo, who works at Brewery Vivant, won the Best Nightlife Service Award, and Megan Amante, working at The Mitten Brewery and two-time winner of the Restaurant Week Scholarship, was also nominated. Congratulations!

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Raider Salute for help with bake sale fundraiser

The TRiO Program, Student Support Services and Penni Weninger would like to send a Raider Salute out to Culinary Program Director Dan Gendler, Chef Mike Whitman, Support Professional Marcia Arp and especially our bakery students who provided the delectable goodies for our fundraiser last week. Despite the terrible weather, we were able to raise almost enough to sponsor a year’s tuition at the Power of Education Fund School in Haiti for our sponsored student, Mikerlange Abraham. GRCC WORKS!

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Campus Dining sets holiday schedule

Campus Dining Holiday Break Hours:


Raider Grille – CLOSED all week (11/24-11/28)

Quiet Cafe & Sneden Cafe:

  • Monday 11/24 – Normal Business Hours
  • Tuesday 11/25 – Open until 1pm
  • Wednesday 11/26 – CLOSED


Raider Grille:

  • December 8 & 9 – Open until 1pm
  • December 10 – January 11, 2015 – CLOSED

Quiet Cafe & Sneden Cafe:

  • December 8 – Normal Business Hours
  • December 9 – Open until 4pm
  • December 10 – Open until 1pm
  • December 11 – January 11, 2015 – CLOSED



GRCC In the News, 11-20-14

5 charts show how GRCC’s enrollment has changed over past decade

Nov. 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – From more minorities to a growing number of part-time students, Grand Rapids Community College’s student body continues to change, the school’s latest enrollment report shows.

Citing financial concerns, GRCC opts out of West Side tax district

Nov. 19, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College has opted out of an economic development initiative in which about $478,000 of the college’s property taxes over a 30 year period would have contributed to a corridor improvement authority on Grand Rapids’ West Side.

Cedar Springs officials ‘ecstatic’ about new college program

Nov. 17, 2014; MLive

CEDAR SPRINGS – A small group of Cedar Springs students will start their college careers while still in high school, thanks to a new collaborative effort between the school district and Grand Rapids Community College.

Public invited to watch party as local chef competes on Food Network’s ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’

Nov. 14, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The next episode of “Guy’s Grocery Games” on the Food Network will feature Steven Couch a local banquet cook from Grand Rapids. Couch will appear on the show on Sunday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and the public is invited to a watch party in downtown Grand Rapids.

(Articles doesn’t mention it, but Steven Couch is a GRCC alumnus.)

100 Ways to Give: Items for veterans


GRCC’s veterans and student records offices and mathematics department are teaming up to collect items for veterans through December.

Items needed include:

  • $10 gift cards for places such as Meijer, McDonald’s and Wendy’s.
  • cologne, body wash and deodorant for both men and women.
  • AAA, C and D batteries.
  • lap blankets for both men and women.

You can bring items for any of the 100 Ways to Give projects to drop boxes at:

  • the enrollment center.
  • the student success center in Sneden Hall.
  • at Tassell M-TEC.
  • in the student life office at the Student Center.
  • the first-floor circulation desk at the library.

To see the full list of 100 Ways to Give projects, click here. When getting involved, don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.