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

Retirement celebration scheduled for April 29

It’s celebration time!

The Counseling and Career Center, Disability and Occupational Support, and Student Support Services are losing some great colleagues this spring! Come wish Jenny Keesen, Karen Murphy, Fatima Nieves, and Paul Phifer well as they embark on the next stages of their lives!

April 29, 2015

Multipurpose Room, Room 234

Student Center

1 to 3 pm