GRCC In the News, 4-30-15

West Michigan’s first Middle College students graduate

April 29, 2015; MLive

WALKER, MI — Fourteen of the Kenowa Hills High School juniors who embarked on a new journey in 2012 as the first students in the Middle College program with Davenport University have graduated with a tuition-free associate’s degree the first in the region.

Middle College is a five-year high school program in which students are dual-enrolled in high school and local colleges. Successful students graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. Grand Rapids Community College has programs with Wyoming and Cedar Springs school districts.

Why Opera Grand Rapids’ Duane Davis is departing after 31 years as chorus master

April 30, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Duane Davis, music teacher, conductor and director, has held more musical posts over a 45-year career in West Michigan than even he can easily count.

… The native of Cleveland, who came to Grand Rapids in 1969 to teach vocal music, first at Northeast Middle School, then at Creston High School, was appointed in 1982 as director of vocal and choral music at the former Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College.

NASCAR radio announcer will emcee 1st annual Construction Alliance Rally

April 29, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Jeff Striegle, a long-time NASCAR radio announcer and co-founder and president of Racing Awareness will host the first annual Construction Alliance Rally on May 7.

… The rally will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the M-TEC Center of Grand Rapids Community College, 622 Godfrey Ave SW.

Griffins 5, Marlies 2: Fiesty performance tightens playoff battle

April 29, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Grand Rapids Griffins played like a desperate team against Toronto on Wednesday as they avoided elimination and provided a lot more intrigue to the Calder Cup playoff series.

… Game Four is 7 p.m.Saturday. Why not Friday? Grand Rapids Community College has commencement.

Michigan’s Best Winery: 42 nominees and counting

April 30, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Michigan loves its wine!

… This year Michigan will be just behind California and New York for the number of entries in this weekend’s competition (International Wine Judging), which takes place at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Wellness class schedule remains same for May 4 to 8

Wellness classes for next week will be the same as they have been for the semester. Please come join us!

Then the new schedule will be out soon!


Bootcamp with Lynnae
11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Fieldhouse 106 (weight rooms)

Yoga with Julie
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Room 202 M-Tec

SPINNING with Julie
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Mind/Body room – CSC 140

Weight Lifting 101
5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Mind/Body room – CSC 140


30 Minute Express Lunch

Butts & Guts with Julie
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Mind/Body room – CSC 140


Bootcamp with Lynnae
11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Fieldhouse 106 (weight rooms)

SPINNING with Julie
4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Mind/Body room – CSC 140

SPINNING with Kelly
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Mind/Body Room CSC 140


Bootcamp with Lynnae
11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Fieldhouse 106 (weight rooms)

Yoga with Simon
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Mind/Body Rom CSC 140

Tae Kwon Do with Paul
5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
Fieldhouse balcony (304)


Total Body Sculpt
12:15 pm -1:00 pm
Fieldhouse balcony (304)

TRIO/SSS Celebrates 2015 Graduates

TRIO/SSS program faculty and staff celebrate the great achievements of their students every year at commencement.  Among those graduating this year are sisters Sara and Cyrstal Juarez who are graduating with 4.0 GPAs, and veteran Ruben Pena – all members of Delta Phi Alpha. Plus TRIO/SSS student Phuong Vu from Vietnam who overcame many challenges to live in the U.S. and study at GRCC.




Meet and Confer information sessions scheduled

Two Meet & Confer Merit Compensation System informational sessions have been scheduled:

  • Monday, May 4th from 2:30 – 4 PM in Room 124 ATC
  • Monday, May 11th from 8 – 9:30 AM in Room 124 ATC

Attached are several important documents for the Meet & Confer Merit Compensation System.

Attached you will find:

  1. Memo of “important updates” for all Meet & Confer employees. All Meet & Confer ee com 04292015_2
  1. Updated worksheet (for recommending July 1, 2015 merit compensation increases) Merit Comp worksheet 2014-2015_2
  1. Meet & Confer compensation structure, effective July 1, 2015. (See below.)

Jessica Berens (x. 3179) and Cathy Wilson (x. 3971) are here to help! Please call them for assistance during this very important process!

Registration is available at, or simply show up.

Golf Outing sold out; raffle tickets still available

We have great news to report. As of today we are SOLD OUT for the GRCC Scholarship Golf Outing! But don’t worry, there is still plenty of time to buy raffle tickets and have the chance to win some awesome prizes.

Great raffle packages including:

  • Airfare for two
  • Jaguar weekend lease & JW Marriott package
  • Dinner for eight at the McCabe-Marlowe House

And many more prizes!

Tickets: 3 for $5

Raffle will take place on May 20th from 7-9 p.m. at the Thousand Oaks Golf Club. Winners need not be present to win.

Proceeds support Student Scholarships.

Tickets are available from the following individuals:

  • Dave Anderson
  • Stacey Bush
  • Erin Cisler
  • Tina Hoxie
  • Don MacKenzie
  • Scott Martin
  • Kurt Meinders
  • Danelle Sedore
  • David Selmon
  • Jim VanDokkumburg
  • Laurie Witczak

Diversity Learning Center hosts webinar on trans, gender non-binary students

Join us for a Webinar on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., ATC Auditorium

How Campuses Are Failing Trans Students and How Your College Can Be One of the Success Stories

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | Time: 1 PM (EST) | By: Genny Beemyn

“Trans and gender non-binary students regularly face both institutional and individual discrimination on campuses. Colleges are ethically and legally obligated to be doing more to support them in both policy and practice.” Genny Beemyn, Ph.D.

A rapidly growing number of students are coming out as Trans and gender non-binary before and when they enter college, but many cisgender (non-transgender) faculty and staff lack even a basic understanding of the lives of Trans individuals and how to meet their needs through creating a more gender-inclusive campus.

This webinar by expert speaker Genny Beemyn, Ph.D., will discuss the complex ways that students understand and express their gender identity today and will talk about the best practices and policies to support Trans and gender non-binary students. The session will cover areas such as housing, facilities, health services, admissions, and the classroom. You will learn concrete steps that you can take to make your campuses more Trans inclusive.

The session will also help you understand the:

  • Appropriate terminology
  • The expectations for preventing discrimination against trans students under Title IX
  • The best practices to support trans students
  • Trans-inclusive policy language

Session Highlights:

  • Become familiar with the latest terminology being used by non-binary gender students.
  • Gain greater knowledge of the diverse experiences of trans and other gender-nonconforming college students.
  • Learn how trans college students face discrimination in campus housing, facilities, health services, admissions, and the classroom.
  • Learn the best practices to meet the needs of trans and other gender-nonconforming college students to address institutional discrimination and comply with federal laws.
  • Receive information about new research on the experiences and needs of non-binary gender college students.

Sponsored by the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center

Jodi Richhart to participate in Police Unity Tour

Jodi Richhart, of GRCC’s Police Academy, will be part of the West Michigan Team for the 2015 Police Unity Tour. Team members will leave May 8 for New Jersey to ride their bikes to the National Police Memorial in Washington. They are riding on behalf of their agencies and for officers who have died in the line of duty.

Join West Michigan Team members from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 at Rosa Park Circle to wish them well on their trip! Donations are not required (but much appreciated).


GRCC In the News, 4-29-15

Stranger gives first aid to man stabbed in fight

April 28, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — A man stabbed in the throat and back during a fight early Saturday morning is still in critical condition, but is expected to survive.

And part of the credit must go Jennifer Zobel. She was driving home from work at GR Hopper when she saw a small group of people near the intersection of Leonard Street NW and Plainfield Avenue. Suddenly one of them, 24-year-old Justin Woods, collapsed on the sidewalk.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Jennifer Zobel is a GRCC student.)

Ancilla Softball Splits

April 28, 2015; Kokomo Perspective (Ind.)

BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN — In the opening double header of their final road trip of the season, the Ancilla softball team split a double header with Lake Michigan College losing the first game 6-2 and winning the second game 7-6.

… Ancilla (17-22, 10-16 MCCAA) travels to Jackson College (13-30, 10-20 MCCAA) tomorrow for their final road game of the season. They return home to take on Grand Rapids Community College (12-26, 11-17 MCCAA) on Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Earn state continuing education hours with online courses

Grand Rapids Community College offers Michigan teachers and educational professionals the opportunity to earn state continuing education clock hours online through a partnership with Cengage Learning’s Ed2Go.

Sharpen your skills, or learn new ones any time of the day or night. You can complete any course entirely from your home or office. Earn state continuing education clock hours online with our instructor-facilitated online courses specifically designed for teachers!

To register, click here.

Raider Salutes from Exercise Science Department

Raider Salute #1: The Exercise Science Department would like to take this time to thank our amazing Adjunct Instructors. You are awesome and because of this you make our Department awesome. You have truly made a difference! Thank you!

Raider Salute #2: The Exercise Science Department wants to thank and congratulate Laura Kennett, our new Faculty member, who has done amazing job this year. Welcome to the team and know we are honored to have you. Congrats!

Older Learner Center publishes 100-year memoir

Then and nowThis is no ordinary book. It is a collection of personal stories spanning the one hundred-year period between 1914 and 2014, and containing the collective memories of a small but committed number of participants in the Life History Club sponsored by the Grand Rapids Community College Older
Learner Center.

This book project began in 2013 as an effort of the group to combine their love of life story (memoir) writing with the desire to recognize the one hundred-year anniversary of Grand Rapids Community College. This book contains twenty-seven stories written by twelve different authors spanning a wide variety of topics including their memories of childhood, family times, significant historical events, educational and work experiences, as well as the everyday experiences that make life so interesting. This collection of stories paints a very personal picture of life in Grand Rapids and the greater United States over the last century and touches on themes of patriotism, racism, discrimination, and what it was
like to live during some of the most trying times of American history including World War II and the 1960s. In the pages of this book you will find the wit, wisdom, humor, and common “horse” sense of generations past. Lessons learned through lives well lived.

Copies of this book will be available starting on May 6th, for $5 each, by contacting Mike Faber in the Older Learner Center at 616-234-3483 or

Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award application due April 30

The GRCC Foundation announces the VAN & MARINUS SWETS TRAVEL AWARD OPPORTUNITY FOR GRCC EMPLOYEES (nonstudent employees).

DEADLINE: Thursday, April 30, 2015

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds. A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full- or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.


  1. Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation. The more unusual, the better!
  2. Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar.
  3. Essays may be hand-written or typed. Do not put your name on the essay. Attach to the essay a sealed envelope containing your name and phone number. Write the last four numbers of your Social Security number in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the essay and on the outside of the envelope. Send the essay and envelope to Mary Reed, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Office. All essays must be received by Thursday, April 30, 2015
  4. All award winners will be notified by May 8, 2015.

For more information you may contact Mary Reed: (616)234-3930 or