GRCC In the News, 4-17-15

College notes: Grandville’s Brendan Bender blossoms into power hitter at Davenport

April 16, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Brendan Bender never considered himself a power hitter. But his eight home runs this season at Davenport University suggest otherwise.

… What about during his two years at Grand Rapids Community College? Was he the Raiders’ Mark McGwire?

Seats available for ‘Thriving Organization’ workshop

Seats are still available, and all staff and faculty are welcome to attend “The Thriving Organization” workshop on Tues. April 21st from 1-2:30 PM in Room 103 Sneden Hall.


Do your employees leave work at the end of the day more excited, more engaged and more inspired than when they arrived? Are people able to do their best thinking and make their best, most authentic contributions to the organization? Or are you all just getting through it all, grateful to survive another day? Even the best organizations can get stuck, losing momentum and energy. In this workshop you will learn: How to identify the ways in which your organization/team is failing to thrive; How brain research reveals some surprising ways you can help your employees to be more fully engaged and inspired, and strategies for moving your organization from surviving to thriving. Facilitated by Greg Mutch, Professional Co-Active Coach, Thought-Design Learning Studio.

Please register online at or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Armen Awards R.S.V.P. due April 20

The Armen Awards Celebration on April 24 will begin with networking and Light hors d’oeuvres.  The afternoon continues as the work of each Armen Awards team is featured through participant interviews, compelling video of each team’s project, and an awards presentation.  The awards are held at the Kendall College of Art and Design.  RSVP is required by this Monday, April 20; click here. GRCC parking ramp passes will be provided.

2015 Armen Awards

GRCC Filmmakers group to use parking ramp for project

The GRCC Filmmakers will be on campus Saturday, April 18th, filming a portion of one of their projects in the NW corner of the Bostwick parking ramp (level 5). Their filming will include the use of a 3-foot Nerf type gun (bright red and orange in color). They will have signs posted about their filming, Campus Police have been involved in the approval process and will be on site that day to verify everything is set up well prior to filming. We simply wanted to make the campus community aware of this activity.

Deadline for travel award applications is 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