GRCC In the News, 1-19-15

Trayvon Martin’s mother to speak at West Michigan colleges in honor of MLK Day

Jan. 16, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The mother of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen whose death in 2012 sparked protests nationwide about race relations, will speak Monday at two Grand Rapids-area colleges in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Sybrina Fulton will speak at 1:30 p.m. at Grand Valley State University’s Fieldhouse on the Allendale campus, as well as 6:30 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse. Fulton will also speak at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Davenport University’s Sneden Center Auditorium.

March to honor the legacy of Dr. King

Jan. 16, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Monday, January 19 is a day set aside to honor the work and memory of Martin Luther King, Jr. A tradition each year on the date is the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Grand Rapids Community College.

MLK Day events planned in West Michigan

Jan. 19, 2015; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — January 19 is Martin Luther Kind Jr. Day; a day our nation remembers the late civil rights leader and his quest against racial discrimination.

… Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and CNN correspondent Marc Lamont Hill will be in West Michigan for a few speaking engagements. Fulton’s first event will be at 1:30 pm at Grand Valley State University. The second is planned for 6:30 pm at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus.

100 Ways to Give: food donations for Bethany Christian Services


For the college’s 100-year celebration, Business Department faculty and students collected food for Bethany Christian Services. Learn more about this project in the video below:

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.

Academic Support Center hosts tutor training

On January 6, 2015, the Academic Support Center offered its semiannual tutor training to 29 new tutors.

During the event, new tutors experienced a “Role of the Tutor” session presented by Don VanOeveren; a session exploring the “12 Steps of Tutoring” presented by Jeff Stone; a scavenger hunt of the different tutoring centers on campus; an interactive activity helping new tutors identify diverse learning styles and improve communication skills; the “Run, Hide, Fight” presentation by Officer Tony Myers; and a session of interactive tutoring scenarios facilitated by Holly Hoare and Colleen Copus.

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Open Door book includes all full-time employees

Did you know that if you have worked as a full-time employee for GRJC/GRCC at any time in the last 100 years, your name is in Open Door, the newly published 100-year history of the college written by retired English professor Walter Lockwood? This book tells the story and names the names of the people who in the early years fought for the college’s existence, and those who over its 100 year history have had the vision to build a thriving institution.

Enthusiastically reviewed, this 192-page history is a treasure chest of information on the college and its people, enriched by several hundred historical photos, an extensive timeline, and multiple appendices. It can be purchased at the GRCC Library or by clicking here.

OD book intro spread

SSPD Grant application due 4:30 p.m. Friday

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., January 23, 2015. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants 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 SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Grants Coordinator at 234-3340 or   Good luck!