GRCC In the News, 4-28-15

President Obama turns down invitation to speak at GRCC graduation ceremony

April 28, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Administrators at Grand Rapids Community College aimed big for the school’s spring commencement ceremony when they asked President Barack Obama to deliver the keynote address.

Caring for a loved one? You’re not alone.

April 24, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — You never know when you might have to become a loved one’s primary caregiver. It can happen gradually over the years, or with a single diagnosis or accident.

… “Its sort of a win-win-win,” explains Mike Faber of the GRCC Older Learner Center. “It was a win for the providers who have resources, for the caregivers in need, and for the community as a whole.”

Glen Oaks softball team drops weekend doubleheaders

April 27, 2015; Three Rivers Commercial-News

CENTREVILLE — The Glen Oaks Community College women’s softball team dropped two doubleheaders over the weekend.
Tom Muckel’s Lady Vikings were swept at home on Saturday by Jackson Community College 10-4 in eight innings and 18-5 and dropped two games on Friday at Grand Rapids Community College 10-1 and 10-2.

Muskegon Community College recap: Kyle Lawson ups pitching record to 8-1

April 27, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Kyle Lawson is showing no signs of slowing down.

The sophomore right-hander for the Muskegon Community College baseball team raised his record to 8-1 on the season with last week’s 7-0 shutout against Grand Rapids Community College.

Volleyball adds two student-athletes for 2015

April 27, 2015; The Official Website of Indy Athletics

INDIANAPOLIS — Head Coach Jason Reed and the UIndy volleyball staff has added a pair of student-athletes for the upcoming season. Shelby Ruffner (Chesterton, Ind./Grand Rapids Community College) and Lauren Koopman (Floyds Knobs, Ind./Floyd Central) will be Greyhounds for the 2015 campaign.

IT explains laptop battery recall

IT Notification:

Lenovo has recently expanded their recall of batteries to include models Thinkpad T410, T420, and X220 which are currently utilized on campus. Batteries are being recalled due to overheating.

The IT department has investigated our affected systems and noted that most batteries are not included in this recall.

If you have one of the aforementioned systems and would like to see if your individual battery is included in the recall please visit:

Instructions are provided within the webpage on how to request a replacement battery if yours has been recalled.

Golf team wins Western Conference Championship

For the seventh consecutive year, the 8th-ranked GRCC Raider golf team won the Western Conference Championship, outlasting second-place Muskegon CC by 33 strokes after the four rounds of competition. The Raiders shot rounds of 292/292/301/296.  Zach Bialik, from Manistee Catholic Central, came back from five strokes on the last round to win Medalists honors by one stroke.  Also making All-Conference honors were Kurt Sprague, Logan Sochacki, Drew Pennington, and Aaron McCoy.  The Raiders return to action next Monday at the MCCAA State Championship.

One opening remains for retreat

ONE SPOT REMAINING: Continuing Formation Retreat:

Begins at 5:00 PM Sunday May 10, 2015 and ends with lunch on Tuesday May 12, 2015

Location: The Gilchrist Retreat Center near Three Rivers, MI

This retreat is for any Faculty or Staff member who HAS PARTICIPATED in a previous Formation Retreat, and would like to revisit the experience.

You can register for the retreat at or call Staff Development at 616.234.4285. If you have questions about the retreat, feel free to email Frank Conner at, call him at 616.234.3612, or contact Judy Jankowski at or call her at 616.234.4409.

Participation is open to all GRCC employees who have participated in an introductory retreat. However, we can only accommodate 10 participants. Given this, out of fairness, priority will be given to those faculty and staff who have not participated in previous continuing retreats. If you are interested and have participated in previous continuing retreats, please sign-up. You will be notified as soon as possible if there is an opening. Participants must commit to all three days of the series.

Advanced Manufacturing courses start in fall

GRCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Series is an introduction or update for those in manufacturing or interested in manufacturing. You may take one workshop or a combination of workshops.

Upcoming courses include:

  • Lean Manufacturing Overview (CORE).
  • Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing 1 (CORE).
  • Basic Metrology and Measurement System Error (CORE).
  • Problem Solving – 8 Steps and 5 Whys Overview (CORE).
  • Manufacturing Terminology, Processes, and Practices (elective).
  • Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing 2 (elective).
  • Working Better in Teams (elective).
  • Quality Products and Quality Management Systems (elective).
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC 1 (elective).
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC 2 (elective).

For details or to register, click here.