GRCC In the News, 10-13-15

Honors & Awards

Oct. 8, 2015; Community College Week

Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) recently honored three employees for their service both on and off campus. The Excellence in Education Awards were established in 1989 to honor GRCC employees all of whom are nominated by their peers for their contributions to the college, higher education and the community. Nikki Banks, an associate professor in the Criminal Justice Department, is the winner of this year’s Faculty Award, and Lyn Jansen, an instructor with the occupational therapy assistant program, received the Adjunct Faculty Award. Amy Bennett, office manager with the Exercise Science Department, won the Staff Award. Banks, who is also chair woman of the Criminal Justice Department, started at GRCC as an adjunct instructor in 2003. She joined the faculty full-time in 2006. She is known for developing case studies for her students to discuss in class and for sharing the latest research, resources and best practices. Nominators noted that Banks’ strong ties to community organizations often bring students to her attention even before they get to GRCC.

Aquinas men’s soccer shuts-out UMD 3-0

Oct. 11, 2015; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College men’s soccer team picked up a second straight WHAC shutout with 3-0 home victory against the Wolves of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. With the win, the Saints record improves to 7-3-1 and 2-2-1 in the WHAC.

… Aquinas moved the ball well all game long, and had assists from Jacob Bedi (West Bloomfield/Detroit Catholic), Reamon, and Cam Vela (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Northern). The Saints’ midfield play was notably strong. Captain Rico Padilla (Grand Rapids/Northview), along with Juan Torres (Grand Rapids/Northview) and Matt Lazzar (Grand Rapids/East Kentwood), controlled the pitch all night. On the back end, defender Matt Jackson (Kalamazoo/GRCC) limited open runs to UMD’s forwards, while Ty VanderPoel’s (Holland/Holland) play in net was steady all game, saving all five shots on goal to seal the shutout.

Blood pressure screenings set for October 15, 19

Free blood pressure screenings will take place on October 15 and 19.

3:30-4:30 p.m. October 15 at:

  • first floor of Calkins.
  • fourth floor of Main.
  • G2 corridor by Winchester Alley in Main.
  • in the Raider Grille.

1:15-2:15 p.m. October 19 at:

  • first floor of Calkins.
  • near Art & Bev’s in the ATC.
  • first floor, near the Enrollment Center, in Main.
  • G2 corridor by Winchester Alley in Main.

Softball team selling ‘Team Pink’ shirts

GRCC Softball still has plenty of “Team Pink” shirts still available for purchase. Each shirt cost $10. All $10 you use to purchase the shirt will go towards a donation from to breast cancer research from Grand Rapids, Muskegon, and Jackson Softball Programs. Feel Free to interoffice your order to Jennifer Bourbina in Athletics and she will interoffice the shirt(s) back to you. Thank you for your help in supporting such a great cause.

Deadline for Armen Awards proposals is November 1

Reminder – the deadline to participate in the Armen Awards-Excellence in Service Learning for the Winter semester is November 1. Simply submit your proposal! [click here]

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