GRCC In the News, 11-23-15

College Football

Nov. 21, 2015; FOX Sports

Gus Penning, a senior junior college transfer from Grand Rapids Community College and Riverside Community College.

(Live broadcast of Baylor football game.)

Fab Five: For the week of Nov. 22

Nov. 22, 2015; The Holland Sentinel


… (Alicia Stegink) Eppinga and (Leslie) Van Becker are principal cellist and violist of the Grand Rapids Symphony where (Melissa Chung) Hamlen is a member. (Mary) Scanlan retired from Grand Rapids Community College. All are active performers and teachers, and Eppinga presently teaches cello at Hope College.

Mid Michigan Community College womens basketball tops 14th-ranked Macomb to improve to 6-1

Nov. 21, 2015; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

The Mid Michigan Community College women’s basketball team knocked off 14th-ranked team in the country Saturday as it topped Macomb Community College 71-49 at Morey Courts.

… MMCC hosts Grand Rapids CC at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday from Morey Courts.


Nov. 21, 2015; Hillsdale Daily News

Hillsdale College class competes in Tae Kwon Do tourney

Senior Master Brian Anderson and his Hillsdale College Tae Kwon Do class traveled to Grand Rapids Community College on Nov. 6-7 to compete in the World Class Tae Kwon Do Championship Tournament.

GRCC to celebrate #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday celebrates the act of giving – on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On December 1, 2015, the Grand Rapids Community College family and community will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It is the opportunity to join more than 10,000 partners around the world in encouraging giving on #GivingTuesday. Just as the retail world has benefitted from coordinating national shopping days across many brands and platforms, #GivingTuesday does the same for organizations dedicated to serving our communities through philanthropy.

Why should you give to the GRCC Foundation on #GivingTuesday?
•Your donation celebrates and encourages support for the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.
•A dedicated day of giving has tremendous power to positively impact the lives of our students and the vitality of our community.
•You can be part of a national movement that not only raises funds but increases awareness about the impact giving can make.
•Giving to the GRCC Foundation online is an easy way to support what matters to you from the comfort of your own home.
•You can use the growing popularity of #GivingTuesday to remind family, friends and neighbors of the GRCC Foundation mission and how generosity can change the lives of others.
•Your donation shows that the mission of the GRCC Foundation matters!

What does my gift on #GivingTuesday do for GRCC students?
Your #GivingTuesday gift directly impacts the lives of students by providing unrestricted dollars that go directly to support student scholarships. Your donation today helps to remove financial barriers for our students and moves us one step closer toward our goal of one day providing scholarships to all GRCC students in need. Your support of a student today is critical to the creation of our community leaders of tomorrow!

Save the Date. #GivingTuesday. December 1

Employees should be especially careful, alert this time of year

It is that time of year when GRCC experiences a rise in non-student, non-GRCC business related visitors in our buildings. In many cases these individuals are just looking to find a warm place to spend time and do not pose any risk to our campus. However, we also tend to see a rise in larcenies, and other nuisance type of incidents, especially in our parking ramps and restrooms. We had one of these situations last Friday in College Park Plaza. An employee had an expensive coat stolen from a coat rack, and a smelly old coat was left in the nearby trash can. Unfortunately, earlier in the day, a co-worker had actually seen what appeared to be a homeless man, with personal hygiene issues, walk into a men’s room on one of the upper floors. Campus police was not contacted, but about 30 minutes later the employee thought about it and asked to have someone on the floor look around for him. The person was gone by that time, but so too was the coat. This is not the first time employees have had items stolen from their office spaces. Please remember to keep all valuables secured and out of sight.

Please be aware of the people you see, and if you see something suspicious or someone that does not appear to belong on campus, either talk to the person or contact campus police right away. Many times, just asking the person, “Can I help you find something” or “What can I help you with,” will be enough to move that person along if they don’t belong. If you are not comfortable doing that, or they didn’t take the hint, just keep an eye on them and call campus police. We can be on scene within a minute or two and will assist them. If you have any questions please call Chief Whitman at X-4910.

Holiday Breakfast to include food pantry collection


Once again, at the Holiday Breakfast we are asking Employees to bring food to donate to the Food Pantry. We’d love to restock the pantry before Holiday Shutdown. Here is a list of most needed items:


  •  Cans of Tuna*
  • Cans of Chicken*
  • Canned Stew
  • Canned Chili
  • Hash
  • Pork and Beans
  • Soups
  • Spaghetti Sauce*
  • Kidney Beans
  • Peanut Butter*

Canned Vegetables

  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Instant Potatoes


  • Canned Fruits
  • Fruit Cups
  • Dried Fruits
  • Jelly
  • Raisins
  • Juice Boxes


  • Rice*
  • Pasta*
  • Macaroni and Cheese*
  • Crackers
  • Cans of Ravioli/SpaghettiO’s*
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Boxed Meals*


  • Boxes of Cereal*
  • Instant Oatmeal (individual packets) *
  • Cereal Bars
  • Pancake Mix
  • Syrup
  • Pop Tarts
  • Muffin Mix

On the Go/Snacks

  • Tortilla Chips
  • Salsa
  • Pringles
  • Cookies
  • Granola Bars*
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Easy Mac*
  • Microwaveable Non-Frozen Meals*

Basic Necessities

  • Soap
  • Toilet Paper
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant
  • Feminine Hygiene
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Dryer Sheets


*Indicates high demand items

GRCC to test emergency notification system on November 24

Grand Rapids Community College’s Emergency Closing Procedures for 2015-16 have been updated. Please familiarize yourself with these procedures should, for any reason, the college need to delay opening, close early, or cancel services because of unforeseen circumstances such as winter weather, power outages, etc.

The college will test its emergency communications systems — including email, phone, text messaging and digital sign alerts — at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 24. These emergency communications systems are one way in which you may be notified of an emergency closing by the college. Please note that Tuesday’s communications are only a test.


Fall Open House draws 425

Maeve T.

Maeve T.

The annual Fall Open House was held on Saturday October 31st. Despite the rainy weather, we saw a record number of students (143), parents and friends. About 425 people in total attended. Admissions/Financial Aid, Academic Advising and Exercise Science presentations, Campus Tours, Accuplacer Testing and a Resource Fair were all available for prospective students. Our Health and culinary programs met students in their classroom labs. We had almost 30 departments represented at the Resource Fair and students were very happy to talk to those staff. About 200 people went on tours of campus, 15 new students completed the admissions application and 10 students took the Accuplacer to complete their admissions process.

The Foundation Office generously donated a $500 scholarship that was awarded to one of the prospective students who attended the Open House. Through random selection, Maeve T. from Sparta High School was chosen.

Mark your calendars. We will be hosting the Spring Open House on Saturday March 12, 2016.