GRCC In the News, 8-28-15

GRCC names buildings in honor of faculty members

Aug. 27, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Community College is recognizing the contributions of two pioneering faculty members by naming buildings in their honor.

GRCC hosts groundbreaking for $7.3M preschool building

Aug. 27, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College broke ground Thursday on a new building for its laboratory preschool program, a $7.3 million project that will provide a modern space to serve more children and families.

Grand Rapids raises its barbecue profile

Aug. 21, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Kansas City, Memphis … and Grand Rapids?

… (Adam) Watts, a Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts graduate, returned to Grand Rapids three years ago from Colorado to help open Grand Rapids Brewing Co. Most recently he was at Reds on the River, and has really embraced the region’s beer.

Referee Jerry Hendrickson starts 53rd (and final) season with sons by his side

Aug. 26; 2015; MLive

WYOMING, MI — Forgive the Hendrickson family if they let down their officiating guard for just a moment Friday.

… Over the years, (Jerry) Hendrickson, who later spent nearly 47 years as an educator at Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College, has kept intact a crew with his sons Dan and Steve along with Debbaudt, Benedict and Stone, who will step aside Friday so Jon can work with family members.

Fall Tutor Training – Meeting the needs of our changing population

Academic Support & Tutoring Services held Fall tutor training sessions this week in preparation for the start of the semester. Over 100 tutors participated in team building activities and workshops that included topics on Time Management, Role of the Tutor, Working with today’s students in difficult situations, and a Title IX overview. The two days of training culminated with an award presentation for those tutors who have achieved Level 1 CRLA Tutor Certification.

Our tutoring staff is ready to meet the needs of our changing student population and is proud to continue in the long history of commitment to student success through tutoring and academic support.

If you have questions about our services, we encourage you to contact us at:

(616) 234-4145

Room 232 Learning Center

Student Life welcomes new employees

With a lot of transition in the Office of Student Life and Conduct, we wanted to introduce the new employees you will see around campus. Please take time to stop and introduce yourself!

Ashleigh Begres

Ashleigh Begres

Ashleigh Begres has been working in the Office of Student Life since January 2015. She serves as graduate assistant for campus programming and is the advisor for Campus Activities Board. Ashleigh completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and is currently completing her Master’s degree in Higher Education Student Affairs at GVSU. During her free time, she enjoys hiking and playing sports.

Brune Garcia

Brune Garcia

Bruné Garcia will serve as the new Service and Technology Coordinator, with responsibility for the RaiderCard system and front desk service management/oversight. Brune has been working at GRCC since September 2004 as student employee, contingency for a year in 2008 and full time since 2009. During his free time he enjoys spending time with him family and friends. Bruné was born in the Dominican Republic and has lived in Grand Rapids for the majority of his adult life. He attended GRCC and earned his Associates in Arts. After he attended Ferris State University and graduated with his Bachelors in Business Administration, Cum Laude.

Ginger Randall

Ginger Randall

Dr. Ginger Randall is going to be working part-time to help manage student conduct concerns. Ginger worked in Student Services at Grand Valley State University for 27 years. Initially, she worked in an office providing services to international students, minority students and students with disabilities as well as coordinating the student discipline system. Later, as Associate Dean of Students, she focused on discipline and coordinated recruitment and training for graduate assistants in a Master’s of Education program. Since retiring in 2013, she has enjoyed her volunteer work with the Women’s Resource Center, AARP/IRS income tax program for seniors and with Senior Leadership Grand Rapids.

Kaylee Wolff

Kaylee Wolff

Kaylee Wolff is a new graduate assistant for service initiatives. She will have oversight of the food pantry, in addition to supporting front desk operations, working on student education initiatives and the gown recycling program. She is in her first year in the Master’s of Education program in Higher Education with an emphasis in College Student Affairs Leadership at Grand Valley State University. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in political science in 2015 from Grand Valley. Kaylee comes from the beautiful city of Muskegon on West Michigan’s lakeshore. She enjoys reading, being outdoors and spending time with friends and family.

In addition to the new staff, several office functions have shifted based on staff transitions. Some examples include:

  • Molly Maczka is the new contact for Stall Street Journal, the daily management of club/organizations, and is providing support to do conduct background checks and appointment scheduling.
  • Evan Macklin is advising Student Alliance and has oversight of OrgSync.

Until a new Director is hired, some of the work of our office is being managed in other areas, such as:

  • John Cowles is chairing the student Behavioral Intervention Team
  • Tina Hoxie/Cathy Noviskey have oversight of the Student Feedback Management Team

If you have questions about something not outlined above, please feel free to call us at x4160 and we’ll connect you to the correct person.

GRCC hosts online sale starting August 31

Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting an Online Sale on August 31 at 7 am through September 3 at 7 pm. This sale, running from 7 am to 7 pm, will feature retired College technology and resources including laptops, desktops, monitors, electronics, lost & found items, and many others! A specific inventory listing will be available the day of the sale.

The online sale may be accessed by visiting GRCC’s Online Store Please keep in mind that no inventory will be displayed until July 23 at 7 am. For more information please visit GRCC’s Purchasing Department website

Disclaimer: Grand Rapids Community College does not guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Inventory must be picked up the following day of the sale. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appt).

Profession development opportunities now grouped into series

Looking for professional development opportunities? Human Resources/Staff Development has several offerings available for the 2015/2016 fiscal year. This years trainings are grouped into four series to help employees better identify how a training can benefit their professional growth. Including: Enhance Work Productivity Series, Success Series, Supervisor Series, and Seven Dimensions of Wellness Series. If you are interested in seeing the catalog of offerings go to our learning opportunities page: or see attached flier.

GRCC Foundation brings back 500 Club

On everyone’s seats at Thursday’s opening day assembly, were brochures outlining the 2015-2016 Faculty/Staff Giving Campaign and highlighting the return of the 500 Club. This campaign is another great chance for each one of us to positively impact the success of our students.

We know the barriers that our students face when it comes to trying to complete their education. We have an amazing opportunity to remove the financial barrier that the panel of students spoke of on Thursday. Your donation to the foundation could mean the difference between a student dropping out and completing.

Together, we can make a HUGE difference in the success of students. To learn more about the campaign, click here.