GRCC In the News, 8-31-15

GRCC establishes partnership with WMU

Aug. 28, 2015;

Grand Rapids Community College has partnered with Western Michigan University to create a seamless path for its students to transfer into the university’s programs, according to a statement.

GRCC to name two buildings after faculty members

Aug. 30, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Two buildings at Grand Rapids Community College will be renamed after two faculty members.

Aquinas volleyball splits to finish Cardinal Stritch Invitational

Aug. 30, 2015; MLive

Milwaukee, WI- The Aquinas College volleyball team split a pair of matches on the second day of the Cardinal Stritch Wolves Invitational to finish the tournament 3-1.

… Aquinas dropped the opening match of the day against College of St. Mary 3-0 (25-14, 28-26, 26-24). Sophomore Camille Means (Kentwood/East Kentwood) led the Saints with 12 kills, while Micaela Hazen (North Branch/GRCC) added 11. Means also led the Saints with 20 digs.

SSPD Grants: September 2015 Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., September 18, 2015. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Department website at Please note that applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Associate Director of Grants & Resource Development at 234-3340 or   Good luck!

Armen Awards expands to add fall participation

All faculty are invited to participate in this years Armen Awards – Excellence in Service Learning.

Now in its sixth year, the Armen Awards is a competition where faculty and community partners form teams to create service learning projects for shared impact.

Service learning makes a difference in the lives of our students as part of their educational processes, their development as a professional and as a responsible citizen.

See a video of last years winner! [click here]

New this year is the chance to participate in the Fall semester!

By participating in the Armen Awards, the College will produce a professional video highlighting your service learning project, a celebration event honoring your teams efforts, a chance to win up to $3,000 and an opportunity to share your hard work on a local network morning show.

Simply submit your proposal [click here] The proposal describes how your course learning outcomes are met through your service learning project.

*Deadline for Fall Semester: Friday, September 11, 2015

*Deadline for Winter Semester: Friday, November 6, 2015

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Online sale starts today

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).

Photos from preschool groundbreaking

GRCC preschoolers helped break ground on their new state-of-the-art facility on Thursday. President Dr. Steven C. Ender also announced at the ceremony that the new preschool would be named for Phyllis Fratzke, who created the program in the 1970s. He also announced that the Music Center will be renamed for music professor Albert P. Smith, who was chairman of the fine arts and foreign language division.

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Congratulations to Excellence in Education winners

Congratulations to this year’s Excellence in Education winners:

  • Faculty — Nikki Banks, from the criminal justice department.
  • Staff — Amy Bennett, from exercise science.
  • Adjunct — Lyn Jansen, from the occupational therapy assistant program.

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