GRCC In the News, 10-30-15

Lake Michigan College to Offer Courses, Degrees in Allegan Co.

Oct. 29, 2015; WTVB

BENTON HARBOR, MI (WHTC) – In an effort to address the lack of community college studies along the Lakeshore, Lake Michigan College will start in January offering full associate degree programs in arts and applied science in business through classes to be held at the Allegan Area Technical and Education Center. Credits earned there can also be transferred to LMC’s campuses in South Haven, Benton Harbor and Niles. Grand Rapids Community College currently holds classes at the Midtown Center in Holland. Efforts in the past to create a two-year college system in Allegan and Ottawa counties have failed.

Newcomers already bringing it for Indiana Tech

Oct. 29, 2015; News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

There are a number of telling statistics that one could point to when determining why Indiana Tech lost 19 of its 30 men’s basketball games last season, one of which is that the Warriors turned the ball over 25 more times than its opponents did.

… (Miles) Robinson also spent time at a junior college (Grand Rapids Community College) before landing in Fort Wayne. Though he is just 5-foot-9, (coach John) Peckinpaugh believes he can contribute some physicality to his team.

Upcoming 25Live Follow up Trainings

Did you attend a 25Live User Training but still have questions, this session is for you!

This session is intended to be a follow-up to the previous 25Live User training. Participants should have already attended the initial 25Live training and should have taken the opportunity to use the program enough to generate specific questions regarding its use. Facilitator will not present, but will be available for informal question and answer specific to participant’s needs.

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Thursday, November 5th from 10:00 – 11:30 AM in 351 Main
  • Tuesday, November 10th from 10:00 – 11:30 AM in 351 Main

If you are interested please register at

SCHOLARfest 2015

As you probably have heard by now, SCHOLARfest 2015 was a tremendous success. We raised nearly $110,000 for student scholarships and doubled our attendance from past SCHOLARfest events. Everyone had a great evening, as seen by a few pictures we’ve included here. Thank you for helping us to make this event so successful!

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New Employee – New Gift to the Foundation

We want to extend a warm welcome to our newest member of the Foundation Office staff — and the newest member of The 500 Club — Lisa Brown. Lisa joined our staff on October 19 as the database coordinator. She comes to us with a lot of previous experience in development work. She also just generously committed to donating to the Foundation and joined The 500 Club. Thank you, Lisa!

Don’t forget, you still have time to turn in your commitment for the 2015-16 Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign. For just $20 a pay-period, you also can become a member of The 500 Club. Thank you to those who have already turned in your commitment. We are so grateful for that. For more information about the campaign and The 500 Club, visit our website.

A woman stands next to a sign that says: Grand Rapids Community College Foundation

Lisa Brown

Radiologic technology students organize ‘Teddy Bear Clinic’

The Rad Tech Department held its annual Teddy Bear Clinic on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Students from the Preschool Lab brought their Teddy Bears to the Radiology Lab for check ups and X-rays. Each preschooler was presented with a Good Health Certificate along with an X-ray of their Teddy Bear. While the preschoolers waited for X-rays, the Radiology students entertained them with games and activities. A few of these activities included Pin the mouth on the Skeleton, matching the bone to the correct anatomy and X-ray activity books. This event provides the Radiology students with Pediatric patient experience and also allows the preschooler to experience Radiology in a fun and friendly environment.

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GRCC In the News, 10-29-15

Obituaries Today: Molly Blakely, 87, influential Latina leader in Grand Rapids

Oct. 28, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — When asked if Maurilia “Molly” Blakely had any hobbies she enjoyed, her son was at a loss.

… In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions toward the Maurilia Blakely Scholarship at the Grand Rapids Community College.

Library hours through winter break

Library and Learning Commons Adjusted Hours November through Winter Break

  • Nov 24, 2015 8am-5pm with limited services
  • Nov 25-29 CLOSED
  • Dec 12 10a-10p Exam Cram
  • Dec 13 10a-10p Exam Cram
  • Dec 14-18 Regular Hours – Exam Week
  • Dec 19-Jan 10 CLOSED over weekends
  • Dec 21-23 8a-5p with limited services
  • Dec 24-Jan 3 CLOSED
  • Jan 4-8, 2016 8am-5pm with limited services

Raider Salute to human resources staff

A big THANK YOU to Maria Belmares Herrera and Amy Robinson in Human Resources. They’ve been doing great work to assist all employees through their decisions with the current open enrollment benefits period. The open houses have been well attended (and employees appreciate the opportunity to see them around campus!). The benefits fair yesterday was well organized and well attended.

Thank you to all of the other Human Resources employees who volunteered to help staff the Benefits Fair. You all do such great work to serve our employees here at GRCC!

Deadline for Armen Awards proposals is November 1

Final Reminder – deadline to participate in the Armen Awards – Excellence in Service Learning for the Winter semester is November 1st.

Simply submit your proposal! [click here]

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

Visual arts department to hold Portfolio Day

GRCC’s visual arts majors will participate in the third annual Portfolio Day on October 30. Representatives from Aquinas College, the College for Creative Studies, Kendall College of Art and Design, the University of Michigan and Michigan State, Grand Valley State and Western Michigan universities will review the work of more than 80 GRCC students!

Students have received great feedback during past Portfolio Days. Some have even been offered scholarships while others were told they would be accepted to colleges with potential scholarships as soon as they formally applied.

Two women lean over a portfolio of drawings. The older woman, an MSU representative, points to one of the drawings.

Radiologic technology department holds retreat

The Rad Tech Department held its annual Clinical Instructor Retreat on Friday, October 16, 2015. Representatives from all of our Clinical sites were in attendance. GRCC faculty and Clinical Instructors worked on a variety of tasks. Those tasks included the development of a Social Media Policy for the Rad Tech Handbook, a Digital equipment student safety form, evaluation of current clinical competency exams, and revision of our current Student Handbook. In addition, our online documentation system was reviewed and evaluated. In the afternoon, everyone was treated to a pastry demonstration by Chef Gilles and his student helpers, Marcel Morris and Jesse Ortiz. The demonstration included a poached pear puff pastry with Almond and Chantilly cream. The group came away with many baking techniques and even a bar trick! Thank you, Chef Gilles and your assistants. Everything was delicious!

A man in a chef hat stands next to nine women in aprons in a kitchen.

Celebrate Dia de lost Muertos with Latino Student Support Team

The Latino Student Support Team invites you to celebrate and learn about “Dia de los Muertos”! Horchata, coffee, tamales, and pan dulce (sweet bread) will be served!

“Día de los Muertos” is a holiday celebrated in Mexico (and many other countries) that honors family and friends who have passed on. This is a time of celebration and remembrance in which altars are built to commemorate the life of departed loved ones.

When/where: Monday, November 2nd from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm at the College Success Center, (room 113 Sneden)

We look forwards to seeing you!

Banners made from different colors of paper that have been cut into shapes of cacti, sombreros and suns hang from the ceiling. Four tables – two rectangular and two circular – are decorated with phots, candles and figurines.