GRCC In the News, 2-11-15

College Visits Show Students Opportunities

Feb. 6, 2015; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Kent City Community Schools, MI — LeKae Scarlavai is finding it just a bit easier to decide what to do with the rest of her life.

… “I was expecting to find the stereotypical community college, but instead I found they basically have everything,” said Matt, a 15-year-old sophomore of his visit to Grand Rapids Community College. “I always thought GRCC was just a typical community college but I was amazed to see all the programs they offer.”

… To that end, freshman visited Grand Valley State University, sophomores Grand Rapids Community College, juniors Ferris State University and seniors are given a choice of the three institutions.

Students offer free tax assistance for low-income families

Feb. 6, 2015; WOOD TV

Accounting students from Davenport University, Aquinas College, Cornerstone University, and Grand Rapids Community College as well as members of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) are participating.

Senior Wellness: Long term care

Feb. 10, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Mike Faber from the Older Learner Center at Grand Rapids Community College explains when it’s time to receive long-term care and how to choose the right options.

Allegan County launches program for students to earn associate’s during 5th year of high school

Feb. 9, 2015; MLive

ALLEGAN, MI — Students in the seven Allegan County school districts served by the Allegan Area Educational Service Agency can now earn an associate’s degree at no cost if they commit to a fifth year of high school, county educators announced Monday.

… Allegan County young adults face a stiffer barrier to post-secondary education compared to residents of many surrounding counties because the county does not have a community college. That means students have to pay higher, out-of-district tuition at institutions such as Kalamazoo Valley and Grand Rapids community college, and they also face a longer, more expensive commute.

Giant Among Giants honoree maintains passion for outreach after decades of leading Grand Rapids church

Feb. 8, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Sitting among those honored as part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Giants Awards, the Rev. Clifton Rhodes Jr. likely had no idea he, too, was slated for adulation.

As Autocam entrepreneur, Obamacare foe or bicyclist, John Kennedy takes his own route

Feb. 8, 2015; Crain’s Detroit Business

Plunging down a twisting French mountain road on a hot afternoon in 2006, John Kennedy was determined to catch the cyclist just ahead of him.

… In 2012, Autocam established the Advanced Manufacturing Program in collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College and other manufacturers to maintain a better pipeline of manufacturing talent. Applicants accepted into the program start at $13 an hour while they attend classes for a two-year program paid in full by the company, now called the Autocam Precision Components Group of NN.

… Kent County resident Madalyn Bueche, 21, hired in at Autocam in 2012 and simultaneously enrolled in the GRCC Advanced Manufacturing Program. She graduated in 2014 and is now enrolled at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, intent on earning a four-year degree in engineering in three years while working as a machinist full time at Autocam Precision Components. The company pays for her education.

Sophomores killed during winter break memorialized at the rock on Farm Lane

Feb. 9, 2015; State News (Michigan State University student newspaper)

“They were definitely one of a kind,” Diana Nicoletti, an advertising and professional writing sophomore, said of her friends Maura Brandi and Carolena Elowsky at their memorial at the Rock on Farm Lane Sunday night.

… Hannah Herboldsheimer, another hometown friend and student at Grand Rapids Community College, said even at their small high school, Brandi and Elowsky expressed school spirit and love for the people around them.

Hall of Fame guard already part of great fraternity

Feb. 11, 2015; Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio)

Don Williams witnessed many a statement game from his running mate, but he knew putting a microphone in front of Melvin Selmon instead of a basketball hoop would be like hitting the mute button.

… David and Melvin would start together in Malabar’s backcourt for one year, when David was a senior and Melvin a sophomore. Both of them are now coaches in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where David has won nearly 500 games at Grand Rapids Community College and Melvin is in his third year of heading a practically unbeatable freshman team at Ottawa Hills High School.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Women’s basketball surging, men’s basketball hits ‘freshman wall’

Feb. 9, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI – Following the team’s six-game winning streak earlier this year, the Muskegon Community College men’s basketball team now has dropped three of its past four games.

The Jayhawks’ (17-6 overall, 7-4 Western Conference) most recent defeat came at the hands of Grand Rapids Community College on Friday, Feb. 6. MCC got off to a poor start offensively by missing layups and not converting scoring opportunities, ultimately falling to GRCC, 82-63.

Nominations sought for Internship Employer Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Outstanding Internship Employer Award!

Last year, Bob Schultz, professor from the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education, presented TS Restaurants with GRCC’s first Outstanding Internship Employer Award.  Please consider nominating an employer with whom you have worked to be thanked and recognized this year.  The nomination form can be found here and the deadline is February 20.

Psychology Speaker Series features Andrea Baier Petiet

Art Therapy and the Expressive Arts: Knowing Yourself Through Your Creative Side
Andrea Baier-Petiet, BS, MA, LMSW
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30

Andrea Baier Petiet is a Licensed Master Social Worker at Psychology Associates of Grand Rapids. She has provided ethical assessment and counseling services for over 25 years. In this presentation she will begin with a history of Art Therapy/Expressive Art. From this foundation, participants will be introduced to the benefits of using Art Therapy/Expressive Arts with clients that have depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other forms of mental illness. Ms. Baier Petiet will provide extensive examples of actual art work done by her clients along with the function of this experience and product in their therapy.

All sessions are free and held in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, Room 168

For additional information, contact Dr. Frank Conner at or 616.234.3612

BSU hosts one-man play featuring Muhibb Dyer

poetThe Black Student Union invites everyone to experience From Kings to Thugs to Presidents, a high-energy, thought-provoking one-man play with Muhibb Dyer. He will discuss the epidemic of violence plaguing America’s inner cities and the power we have to change our world!

The presentation starts at 6 p.m. February 12 at GRCC’s Spectrum Theatre. A reception with light refreshments starts at 7:30 p.m.


Move more; sit less

Grab a pedometer or step counter or download an app on your phone and start tracking your activity. It’s surprising how few steps we actually get each day. Keep track and adjust accordingly. Incorporate more movement into your life and see how much better you start to feel!

If you need a pedometer, contact Julie Otte in Staff Development or at x3490.

What mandatory reporters need to do

Mandatory reporters of sexual misconduct cannot promise confidentiality (click here to see the policy).  If you are speaking with a potential victim, assure him or her that you will help in any way that you can, offer to assist in filling a formal complaint, and connect him or her to an Title IX coordinator. Listen and sympathize, or connect them with a licensed personal counselor in our Counseling and Career Center who can provide confidentiality.

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) services are available and free to all employees (except student employees), their spouses and children living in their household 24 hours a day, seven days a week through these numbers: (800) 442-0809 or (616) 455-6210.

Excellence in Ed nomination deadline approaching

The Excellence in Education award nomination deadline is March 15, 2015. Recipients of the full-time faculty award and staff award each receive $1,000, and a $1,000 contribution to the GRCC Foundation is made in the recipient’s name. The recipient of the adjunct award receives $750.  Click here to learn more.

Calling for emeritus faculty nominations

You are invited to submit a nomination for the GRCC Emeritus Faculty Award. This award was established in 1985 to honor those whose dedication and creativity have left an indelible mark on the lives of students and colleagues at GRCC. The deadline for nominations is February 1, 2013.

To access the nomination form, click here.

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Are YOU Willing to Share Your G.I.F.T.S.?

Are you a GRCC faculty member who is doing something great in your classes to impact student learning? Are you willing to share those G.I.F.T.S.–Great Ideas For Teaching Students–with your colleagues? If so, the Center for Teaching Excellence and Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies invite you to submit a proposal to host a table at the 9th Annual Teaching and Learning Showcase.

The Showcase will take place on Thursday, April 9 from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Sneden 108. If you are interested in hosting a table, we just need you to fill out a short form that can be accessed at . You will need a title, description of what you are doing, and brief explanation of how it is positively impacts student learning. Proposals are due no later than Friday, March 13, 2015, but early submissions are encouraged. For more information, visit .