GRCC In the News, 5-6-15

Kentwood student musicians selected for Michigan Youth Arts Festival

May 5, 2015; MLive

Three East Kentwood High School music students were recently chosen to perform at the Michigan Youth Arts Festival, to be held May 7-9 at Western Michigan University.

… He (Peter Cripps) plays tuba in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and Marching Band at East Kentwood and The Grand Rapids Youth Symphony. Peter’s hobbies are playing and writing music. He will be attending Grand Rapids Community College in the fall to study music.

Lone Skipper represents well at MCCAA Championship

May 5, 2015; The Times Herald (Port Huron)

St. Clair County Community College sophomore Matt Fernandez was the lone Skipper out on the course.

… Among the nine full teams that came out, Grand Rapids Community College took the first place prize by beating Oakland Community College by just two strokes.

Campus Police share summer safety tips

Reminder From Campus Police:

Now that we are moving into the summer semester and we have fewer students, and employees in our buildings it is very important to keep our facilities and belongings secure. We have already had a couple of larcenies from offices, as well as finding homeless, intoxicated individuals in our buildings after hours. You can help by following a few simple tips:

  • Do not prop doors open
  • Make sure doors close securely behind you as you enter or exit buildings. (Report any doors that malfunction.)
  • Secure all valuables such as purses, wallets, backpacks, etc. (locked up and out of sight in both office and vehicle.
  • Lock your office when you leave it, even if only for a short time. It doesn’t take long for someone to walk in and out with your possessions in hand.
  • Always lock your vehicle.

Most importantly, please report any suspicious people or activity immediately to Campus Police at 234-4910. We do not allow panhandling or other intrusive behavior on our campus. If you come across someone that has no official GRCC business, please let us know so we can assist them, or direct them to a more appropriate location. If you are able to keep an eye on the person until police arrive that would also be helpful. If not, a good description and last known direction of travel will aid us in locating the individual.

Golfers Win MCCAA State Championship

The 8th ranked Raider Golf Team added the MCCAA State Championship by defeating Oakland CC by two strokes and nine other teams in the 54 hole tournament.  The Raiders had rounds of 301/286/293 to win the tourney by two. This is the 5th consecutive tourney victory for the Raiders this spring.  Earning All-State honors were Zach Bialik who finished 3rd in the tourney and Kurt Sprague who finished 5th.  Coach Bruce VandenBeldt was named the MCCAA Coach of the Year.  The Raiders return to action this weekend at the Region XII tourney at Bedford Valley.

Older Learner Center book for sale starting today

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

Mental health training offered

GRCC is very excited to announce that we have an opportunity to receive a free Mental Health First Aid training here at GRCC. This training can be very beneficial in developing best practices as front line staff at the college. Information about this training is at

We have a unique opportunity to complete this training on campus, and you will earn professional development hours when you complete the full day. This training will be all day, May 28th. Because of space limitations, please notify Sarah Laycock if you are interested in attending as soon as possible. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Laycock via email or phone at 616-234-2186.

If there is a member of your staff who is interested in this training, please connect them with Sarah Laycock. Please note again that this is an all day training. Also, if you have an extensive background in the mental health field, this training will be largely review for you.