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

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.

Raider Salute to Dewayn Faber

A Raider Salute from Stacey Herrick:

A special heart-felt thank you goes out to Dewayn Faber (Head Custodian at DeVos Campus) for his above and beyond work yesterday (and every day). Dewayn was kind enough to flag down a community member driving by to let her know that she had a flat tire. He then proceeded to change the tire and refused any compensation. The 89-year-old woman was extremely grateful and so are we that we get to work with Dewayn every day. Great job, Dewayn! We are lucky to have you.


GRCC In the News, 4-27-15

Saints have big day at Ernie Mousseau Classic

April 26, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College track & field teams hosted the annual Ernie Mousseau Classic at Houseman Field this weekend. The Saints did more than just host though, claiming 13 first-place finishes. … The Saints were led by Marissa Ingersoll (Fife Lake/Forest Area) and Tori DeSira (Dewitt/GRCC).

GRCC Christian Fellowship hosts breakfast, meditation room

GRCC Christian Fellowship would like all to know that from 7:30am-9:30am on April 27-29, members will be hosting a breakfast boost where they will be handing out FREE donuts, bagels and coffee on 4th floor of the Main Building. And in the SCC, room 20, there will space for quiet prayer and meditation from 11am-noon and 3pm-4pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Hospice project wins first place in Armen Awards

First place in Grand Rapids Community College’s Armen Awards went to a project in which students documented the lives of hospice patients.

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood’s Introduction to Journalism students worked with Hospice of Michigan on the series of stories. A video of the project may be seen here.

The other projects were:

Second place — Drew Rozema and students in his Mobile Application Development and Security course for an app they created for the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts. A video of this project may be seen here.

Third place — Katie VanderMeer and students in her Introduction to Computer Programming course for teaching Orchard View Elementary fifth-graders the fundamentals of coding. A video of the project may be seen here.

Finalist — Bob Schultz and students in his Table Service course for creating a Make-A-Wish Michigan fundraiser. A video of the project may be seen here.

Finalist — Sherry Knoppers and Community Transcultural Nursing students for helping the North End Community Ministry food pantry better promote health and disease prevention. A video of the project may be seen here.

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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).

GRCC participates in Project Win Win

Grand Rapids Community College is a participant in the second round of Project Win Win, a State of Michigan graduation initiative focused on identifying former students that may have completed enough credits to earn an Associate Degree, but never graduated. Through this project, students meeting certain predefined criteria are evaluated for an Associate of General Studies Degree, Associate of Arts Degree, or Associate of Science Degree. Students who are eligible to receive one of these degrees now will be awarded unless they respond by May 18, 2015 to decline. This project also focuses on students who are close to receiving one of these associate degrees and attempts to bring them back to earn those last few credits needed for degree completion.

Students will be or have been contacted by GRCC to inform them of this project if they have been identified as qualified participants. Please visit for more information.

Retirement celebration set 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

Student Success Stories: Eyssy Moore

Congratulations to graduate Eyssy Moore, who won a 2015 Social Sciences Leadership Award and will be transferring to GVSU this fall. Eyssy plans to major in Secondary Education, with a concentration in History and Spanish. Then she’ll earn her masters degree in Educational Leadership, with the goal of helping shape social sciences curriculum. #classof2015

Eyssy Moore