GRCC In the News, 11-11-15

Barbara Fuller running to represent western Washtenaw County in state House

Nov. 10, 2015; MLive

Barbara Fuller, vice chairwoman of the Washtenaw County Road Commission, is running for the 52nd District state House seat.

… Fuller and her husband of 41 years have two adult children. She holds an associate’s degree in dental hygiene from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in occupational teacher education from the University of Michigan.

There’s still time to join 500 Club

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Anne Meilof

Thank you, Anne Meilof, Research Analyst in Institutional Research and Planning, for your recent gift to the GRCC Foundation. Anne is also one of the newest members of The 500 Club! Thank you, Anne, for you gift to the Foundation and, most importantly, our students.

Here is a message from one of our scholarship recipients, Cassie McAlister. Cassie received the GRCC Foundation Scholarship:

“Receiving this scholarship showed me that someone was gracious enough and unselfish enough to sow into my life to help me in achieving my career as a registered nurse. As a mother to two young children and a full-time worker as a certified nursing assistant, my daily life consists of caring for and catering to others. It means so much to me that someone else thought to ‘care for me’ without even knowing me. Thank you so much for this great opportunity!”

How can you “care” for our students?

You still have time to turn in your commitment for the 2015-2016 Faculty and Staff Giving Campaign. For just $20 a pay-period, you can also become a member of The 500 Club. Thank you to those who have already turned in your commitment. We are so grateful for that. The dollar amount isn’t as important as the commitment – the commitment to our students that shows our support of them. For more information about the campaign and The 500 Club, visit our website.

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Cassie McAlister and family

Condolences to friends, family of Marianne Pierson

We extend our condolences to the friends and family of Marianne Pierson, who passed November 9.

Marianne began at GRCC in 1977 as a support professional to the associate provost and dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. In 2002, she transferred to support the dean of Student Affairs and then retired in 2010. She was honored for her commitment to service and her ability to handle all levels of challenging situations with both a Raider Salute and an Excellence in Education Award.

A tribute from Ann Sandberg:

Marianne loved this institution, and she gave every student and colleague her undivided attention. You felt valued when you were talking with Marianne. When I first started here at GRCC, Marianne took me under her wings and was so patient and kind in showing me the ropes. She believed in me and my capabilities at a stressful time in my life.
Even though she experienced many health challenges Marianne lived life to the fullest each and every day. She will be missed by many! Rest in peace, Marianne. You deserve it!

Visitation for Marianne will be 4-7:30 p.m. November 12 at Cook Funeral Home (West building), 4235 Prairie St. SW, Grandville, with Rosary at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. November 13 at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2750 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids.

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