GRCC In the News, 4-20-15

Snyder promotes skilled trade jobs at competition

April 18, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The 2015 Skills USA state competition kicked off Saturday morning at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center and Gov. Rick Snyder was there for the event.

Area high school grads making an impact on college sports scene

April 18, 2015; MLive

The winter season has come to an end for local college athletes and the spring season is hitting its stride on the college sports scene. Following is a look at some area high school graduates who have been making their mark on the college scene:

Byron Center graduate Kurt Sprague is off to a strong start with the Grand Rapids Community College golf team. Sprague captured medalist honors by defeating teammate Zach Bialek in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff at the Grand Rapids Invitational at Egypt Valley. Sprague finished with a 74 for 18 holes and helped the Raiders win the team championship.

… Former Wyoming basketball standout Jayla Branch completed a productive first season of college basketball at Grand Rapids Community College. A freshman forward for the Raiders, Branch was second in scoring this season as she averaged 12.6 points per game. Branch earned all-conference honorable mention in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference.

Exercise Science Department earns ‘Bronze’ from national organization

Congratulations to Grand Rapids Community College, GRCC Exercise Science Department and GRCC Exercise is Medicine Team for receiving a “Bronze Recognition Award” from American College of Sports Medicine/Exercise is Medicine Organization.

Bronze Level: Focuses on physical activity promotion and awareness and opportunities to be physically active. Bronze universities/colleges aim to make physical activity a priority on campus and within the surrounding community, emphasizing the benefits that come with regular exercise.

Exercise is Medicine® on Campus (EIM-OC) is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community by:

  • Making movement a part of the daily campus culture
  • Assessing physical activity at every student health visit
  • Providing students the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that can last a lifetime
  • Connecting university health care providers with university health fitness specialists to provide a referral system for exercise prescription.

The prevalence of physical inactivity is high and there is a great need for the prevention and treatment of the chronic diseases associated with this, such as Type II Diabetes, Obesity, and Heart Disease. Providing opportunities for physical activity, creating a culture on campus that embraces movement as a daily facet of life, and providing the behavioral tools necessary to enact that change are key to facilitating lifelong physical activity habits and meeting public health goals.

Congratulations to Grand Rapids Community College, GRCC Exercise Science Department, GRCC Exercise is Medicine Team for their efforts in providing an atmosphere of learning that improves the health, wellness, and physical activity levels of our students.

The Rapid features poetry of Mursalata Muhammad


Passengers on The Rapid will have more than just West Michigan scenery to look at throughout April and May, when poetry crafted by faculty from Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University faculty will be on display during the Poetry on the Rapid program.

Six poems are featured on placards displayed on buses throughout The Rapid bus system, each designed by Vinicius Lima, assistant professor of graphic design at Grand Valley. The placards feature works by GRCC faculty member, Mursalata Muhammad, GVSU faculty members, Patricia Clark, Chris Haven, Amorak Huey and Todd Kaneko, and Calvin College and Grand Rapids Poet Laureate, L. S. Klatt.

Patricia Clark, chair of Grand Valley’s Writing Department and project coordinator, said the placards will create a sense of wonder in the minds of Rapid riders. “Let’s use our imagination a little more and see the world with a sense of fun, a sense of play, a sense of fooling around with language,” Clark said. “Let’s be children again a little bit. Go ahead and read those poems.”

Muhammad explains, “I am excited to be part of this project. Having the chance to read poetry in a public space like the bus is creative civic engagement; I’m a fan of such opportunities and invite reader comments about any of the poems on Twitter @mursalata.”

The Poetry on the Rapid program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as National Poetry Month.

Three GRCC students share their extraordinary spring break story

Three typical GRCC students chose to do something different over spring break – serve their community. Their story will inspire students and perhaps help faculty learn how this could be a great credit-bearing experience. Learn how they partnered with University of Michigan students to travel to Dallas, Texas while doing service projects along the way.

When: Tuesday, April 21st from 1:30-2:30pm

Where: Cook Room 117


Exam Cram for Spring 2015 Semester

Exam Cram has been so greatly appreciated that GRCC’s Library is offering it again! What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up!

* Faculty and staff are asked to share this news with students.

Spring 2015 Exam Cram will be held:

  • Saturday, April 25: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 26: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Exam Cram is co-sponsored by Academic Support, Library & Learning Commons and Student Alliance. There will be librarians and tutors in multiple subject areas available during Exam Cram hours. Please park in the Bostwick (Main) parking lot. No registration required. Tutoring subjects may be limited.

Campus Dining Hours of Operation, Week of April 27-May 1

Raider Grille

10:30am-3pm on April 27th

10:30am-1pm on April 28th

CLOSED – April 29, 30, May 1

The Quiet Café

Monday-Tuesday: 7am-6pm

Wednesday: 7am-1pm

Thursday: 7am-11am

Friday: CLOSED

The Sneden Café

Monday-Tuesday: 7am-6pm

Wednesday: 7am-1pm

Thursday-Friday: CLOSED


The Sneden Cafe will re-open for business Monday-Thursday from 8am-2pm beginning Monday May 11.

**Due to construction in the Student Center, the Raider Grille and Quiet Cafe will be closed during the summer semester.


Due to the renovation of the Student Center beginning after commencement, GRCC Campus Dining Services including all CATERING SERVICES will be shut down the week of May 4-8. All catering services will resume on May 11. Please book your events as early as possible throughout the summer. We look forward to serving you. Our temporary location will be in the ATC Building room 115 & 113 (SICE Library & Adjoining kitchen).