GRCC In the News, 7-13-15

Service planned for Equal Opportunity director who left a legacy in Grand Rapids

July 10, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The longtime director of the city’s Equal Opportunity Office, who was hailed as the “conscience” of Grand Rapids and feted as a “giant among giants” in the black community, died last month in California and will be memorialized here this weekend.

… Two years ago, Scott-Weekley was honored by Grand Rapids Community College with a Giants Among Giants award.

Maker Faire preps for 3D printing

July 10, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The second annual Maker Faire, being held in Grand Rapids in September, will benefit from a gift donated by an Ohio 3D printing company.

… The GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and the Grand Rapids Public Museum are organizing the Maker Faire.

Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award Winner shares her trip across the country via train

Sarah Laycock, of the College Success Center, won the 1st place award for the 2015 Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award. She traveled for roughly 45 hours aboard the Empire Builder Train and explored the beauty of the Northern US. Sarah thought this trip was a perfect way to recharge before the summer rush!

Sarah extends her many thanks to the Foundation with this personal statement and shared some fabulous photos with us:

I wanted to thank you, and the foundation for the wonderful gift of the Van and Marinus Swets Travel Award, allowing us to travel across the country. It was a truly amazing experience, and I cannot believe the beauty I saw as we crossed each state. It was also so unique to meet people on the train from all areas of the country, including several people who happened to work in Higher Ed! Attached are just a few of the many amazing photos I was able to capture from the train, and car. Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.

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GRCC accepts national award for FastTrack program

John Cowles, dean of Student Success and Retention, and Rolando Bocanegra, FastTrack success coach, traveled to Boston last week to accept a national award on GRCC’s behalf!

GRCC was one of three institutions accepting Ruffalo Noel Levitz’s Lee Noel and Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Award for the FastTrack program. The award recognizes innovative programs that have encouraged students to succeed and persist through graduation.

Cowles and Bocanegra

GRCC Employees on the Move through July 10, 2015

Please welcome our new employees and congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.


William Spicer

Head Men’s Basketball Coach


Kathleen Neumann

Child Development Community Liaison


Christopher Ambler

Custodian, 2nd Shift, Main and Cook Buildings


Kimberly Devries

Director of EEO Compliance




Antonio Aguillon-Huerta

From: IT Support Tech

To:     Technician Team Coordinator


Kathy Mullins

From: Executive Deputy to the President and Board Liaison

To:     Vice President for College Advancement


Misty McClure-Anderson

From: Executive Assistant to the President

To:     Executive Assistant to the President and Board of Trustees


Kelly Webber

From: IT Support Tech

To:     Help Desk Team Coordinator



Laura Devries

From: Support Professional, GRCC ePrint

To:     Support Professional, English


Mary Gunderson

From: Support Professional, Business Department

To:     Support Professional, M-TEC


Rachel Bower

From: Project Manager, GRCC ePrint

To:     Support Tech Level II


Deanna Witte

From: Support Professional, GRCC ePrint, Part time


Support Professional, Dental Auxiliary, Part time

To:     Support Professional, GRCC ePrint, Full time


Darwyn Anderson

From: Custodian, 3rd Shift, College Park Plaza

To:     Custodian, 2nd Shift, Applied Technology Center


Tommy Brown

From: Custodian, 3rd Shift, Calkins Science Center

To:     Custodian, 3nd Shift, Applied Technology Center


Eugene Nichols

From: Custodian, 3rd Shift, Tassell M-TEC

To:     Custodian, 2nd Shift, Applied Technology Center


Sasha Ahmed

From:   Adjunct Instructor, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

To:       Assistant Professor, Culinary Chef Instructor




Donald MacKenzie

Associate VP College Advancement/Executive Director, GRCC Foundation


Caroline Levi

Professor, Nursing


Stacey Bush

Director of Annual Giving


Raymond Gant

Support Professional, Counseling and Career Center


Justin Jones

Application Packager


Curtis Andrews

Ford Fieldhouse Coordinator


Aaron Gray

Campus Police Officer


Janice Balyeat- Hansen Professor, English 35 years of service
Mary Kay Bethune Financial Aid Customer Service Manager 10 years of service
Gail Brown Support Professional, English 13 years of service
Kay Brown Custodian III 29 years of service
Wendell Chivis Shipping and Receiving Agent 24 years of service
Lorraine Fortuna Custodian III 21 years of service
Michael Gillan Professor, Performing Arts 11 years of service
Fiona Hert Dean, School of Workforce Development 10 years of service
Joseph Hesse Professor, Physical Science 31 years of service
Elaine Kampmueller Professor, Physical Science 16 years of service
Sheryl Kuzniar Support Professional, Dental Auxiliary 13 years of service
Karen Murphy Professor/Counselor, Disability & Occupational Svc 19 years of service
James Muth Professor, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education 33 years of service
Carol Natte Support Professional, Student Records 22 years of service
Gary Natte Head Custodian II 23 years of service
Fatima Nieves Professor/Counselor 36 years of service
Paul Phifer Professor/Counselor 43 years of service
Marcia Rango Professor, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education 33 years of service
Debra Schultz Professor, Dental Auxiliary 25 years of service
Frita Thayer Support Professional, Operational Planning 21 years of service
Liz Tyrell Support Professional, Student Life 30 years of service
Nancy Vanstrien Custodian I 29 years of service
Michelle Vollema Custodian II 25 years of service
Charlie Wells Professor, Exercise Science 38 years of service

Voluntary Employee Separation Program – 6-30-15

Campus Dining’s NEW Catering Menu!

Campus Dining has added some great NEW items & buffets for all of your catering needs!

Please, visit our Catering page to download the new menu at and let us know if you have any questions about upcoming events!

We have added:

  • Exclusively serving locally roasted Schuil Coffee for catering!
  • New Sandwiches & Salads
  • Create your own Ramen Bar
  • Hummus Trio Appetizer
  • And many more!