GRCC In the News, 1-22-15

GRCC students weigh in on President Obama’s plan for free community college

Jan. 21, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – President Barack Obama’s proposal for free community college was enticing Wednesday for students at Grand Rapids Community College, many of whom said they’ve taken on debt or extra work to cover the rising cost of their education.

Eva’s Blog: A Mothers Voice

Jan. 21, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — I had the opportunity to meet and interview Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin at this year’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Celebration at GRCC.

Study Away Training is Coming Up

10306482_669952033053409_4354491241287628616_nFacilitated through the Department of Experiential Learning Study Away involves an extensive faculty-led off-campus experience as part of a course. This training will inform faculty of how to create and lead a study away experience and offers an overview of the process and resources available.

Full-time faculty wishing to lead a study away experience during the 2015-2016 must submit their Study Away Proposal by April 1,2015.

Study Away Training

When: Friday, January 30th from 9:00am-12:00pm

Where: 347 Main Building

Must register [click here]

After completing this training, participants will be able to: 1) explain the history of the program, 2) explain the philosophy of the program, 3) identify the roles played by faculty and administrators in the program, 4) identify the program components, 5) explain the benefits the program provides to faculty, students, and the College, 6) identify who can assist with creation of the experience, 7) explain the time line and approval process, and 8) cite examples of other Study Away experiences.

Faculty unable to attend this training should contact Hillery Haney at 234-4380 or

Grad students join Enrollment Center staff

The Admissions and Enrollment Center is pleased to welcome two new graduate students to assist in recruiting activities such as high school visits, college fairs, and events on campus. Additionally, they will be working extensively on numerous communication outreach initiatives to our new students. Natalie and Dmitri each wrote a quick bio about themselves so you can get to know them a little better. Please welcome Dmitri and Natalie to campus if you see them out and about!

Dmitri Westbrook

Dmitri Westbrook

Dmitri Westbrook

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Dmitri is one of the admissions assistants at GRCC. He has also worked as one of the orientation assistants at GRCC in the summer of 2014. Dmitri is a second-year graduate student pursuing his master’s degree in higher education: student affairs at Grand Valley State University. Aside from being a full-time student and having a part-time job, Dmitri enjoys being a peer educator, giving presentations about maintaining healthy relationships and avoiding dating violence. Acting is one of his hobbies and he loves to dance and his favorite style of music is Electronic.

Natalie Nikitas

Natalie Nikitas

Natalie Nikitas

I attended Bluffton University in Ohio for my undergraduate work. There I majored in history/integrated social studies and communication. I was captain of the college’s softball team and was a member of the Honor Society (for those sports enthusiasts, I played 1st and 3rd base). I am originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and am a UK basketball fanatic.

An interesting tidbit: I have been fortunate enough to travel to 10 different countries located on 3 different continents and have lived in a remote village in Botswana, Africa.

Have new issues of magazines & journals routed directly to you!

Did you know that the GRCC Library offers routing of new magazines and journal issues, of currently subscribed to titles, as a FREE service to Faculty and Staff members?

If you are interested in a comprehensive list of titles available for routing or have any questions about this service contact Marcia Lee via email, or phone (616) 234-3879. You can also check to see if we retain print issues of your favorite periodicals by checking out our library catalog:

Learn about state’s first Hispanic college president in anniversary book

Juan Olivarez

Juan Olivarez

Did you know that the first Hispanic president of a Michigan college or university was Dr. Juan Olivarez, the eighth chief executive of Grand Rapids Community College (1999-2008)? Deeply committed to diversity, Dr. Olivarez doubled the number of minority students in the nine years of his presidency.

Read about this and much more in Open Door, the newly published 100-year history of GRJC/GRCC. The book can be purchased at the GRCC Library or by clicking here.