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.

Campus Dining holiday break hours

Thanksgiving Week

The Raider Grill

  • Closed all week (11/23-11/27)

The Quiet Cafe

  • Monday 11/23 – Open 7AM-6PM
  • Tuesday 11/24 – Open 7AM-11AM
  • Wednesday – Friday CLOSED

The Sneden Cafe

  • Monday 11/23 – Open 7AM-6PM
  • Tuesday – Friday CLOSED

Christmas & New Year’s break

The Raider Grille

  • December 14TH & 15TH (MONDAY & TUESDAY)– 10:30AM – 2PM
  • December 16TH (WEDNESDAY) — Closed

The Quiet Cafe

  • December 14TH & 15TH (MONDAY & TUESDAY) — 7AM-5PM
  • December 16TH (WEDNESDAY) — 7 AM-1 PM

Sneden Cafe

  • December 14TH & 15TH (MONDAY & TUESDAY) — 7AM-5PM
  • December 16TH (WEDNESDAY) — 7 AM-1 PM

DECEMBER 17TH – JANUARY 10TH, 2016 — All locations closed.

GRCC In the News, 11-20-15

Greenville’s Forton accepts GRCC golf coaching job

Nov. 19, 2015;  The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — Plenty of people have a passion. John Forton’s passion is golf.

… Forton, a longtime PGA teaching professional, recently accepted the men’s golf head coaching position at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). It’s been a lifelong dream to coach at the collegiate level.

Chefs share some recipes for your Thanksgiving dinner

Nov. 19, 2015; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — It’s time to talk turkey about your Thanksgiving dinner. Traditional menus go something like this: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, fruit salad and dessert. If your menu needs a little ramping up, local chefs have shared some of their recipes to add to your table.

… (Terry) Tucker grew up in Hamilton and has a degree in culinary arts from Grand Rapids Community College. Even while in college, he kept his fingers in the food business. “I worked my way through college decorating cakes for Family Fare.”

Showing Respect for Community’s Veterans

Nov. 13, 2015; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

School districts across Kent ISD marked Veterans Day in ways big and small on Wednesday. Here’s a sample of how a few schools honored those who have served and are serving in the U.S. armed forces.

… She (Jane Baessler Doyle) became interested in flying in 1940 while a student at Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College, when she learned of a flight program being offered by the Civilian Training Program.

Feutz Honored by Mechanical Service Contractors Association for Work with Students

Nov. 16, 2015; ferris.edu

A Ferris State University Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration associate professor has received an award from the Mechanical Service Contractors of America, for his work with students in the program.

… (Mike) Feutz earned his associates degree in HVACR from Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College; a Bachelor of Science degree in HVACR Engineering Technology and a Master of Science in Career and Technical Education, from Ferris; and his Ph.D in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University.

Grand Rapids’ oldest black Baptist church celebrates 125th anniversary

Nov. 19, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Messiah Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids was the realization of one pioneering woman’s dream.

… Today, some 800 people are members of the church that has flourished because of “God’s grace, good leadership and strong membership,” according to the Rev. Eric Williams, associate pastor.

… “He (the Rev. Clifton Rhodes Jr.) was one of the first African Americans to graduate from the school there and went on to become a part of the board of trustees,” said Williams, who is executive director for equity affairs at Grand Rapids Community College.

Raider Salute to ADN Club

Student Life extends a Raider Salute to the Associate Degree Nursing Club — and to the generosity of the GRCC campus — for the food drive this month to benefit the Student Food Pantry.

By the end of the food drive, we received:

  •  177.4 lbs of non-expired donations received throughout campus.
  • 108 lbs of feminine products donated by Athletics
  •  69 lbs of food donations from the English Department!


New Gift – New 500 Club Member!

A woman stands in a sunlit field

Lorena Aguayo-Marquez

Thank you, Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, Adult Education Program Assistant, for your recent gift to the GRCC Foundation. Lorena is also one of the newest members of The 500 Club! Thank you, Lorena, for your gift to the Foundation and most importantly our students.

Here is a message from one of our scholarship recipients, Molly Camille-Janusz. Molly received the GRCC Distinguished Scholarship.

“Receiving a scholarship is more than just a piece of paper that means you received money towards your education; it means that someone took the courage to believe in you to do the right thing with this money…they trust you to do wonders in whatever your endeavor is.”

How can you “believe” in 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. It’s the commitment to our students that shows our support of them. For more information about the campaign and The 500 Club, visit our website. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Cisler at x3931 or ecisler@grcc.edu.

Thank You!

UW is how you can help.

The needs in our community are complex, but helping people is not. Supporting United Way through financial gifts, speaking out on important issues and lending your time and talent are simple yet powerful ways to help better our community. Learn more today.

Pledge forms are due today – contact your United Way Captain or email Kristen Doneth at kristendoneth@grcc.edu to get a pledge form.

Bakeoff benefits United Way

The competition was fierce — but ultimately sweet — at the United Way Bakeoff on Thursday.

A collage of photos shows cookies, cupcakes and cakes.

Congratulations to our bakeoff winner Laura Caulk!  The voters agreed that her cupcakes looked and tasted amazing.
The gift card drawing goes to the person who holds ticket number 471337!  Contact Julie Otte if you are the lucky winner.
This very successful event raised $423.00 and would not have been possible without support from across campus. First, the amazing bakers of GRCC who shared their treats with us, and those who made time in their busy day to vote and bid on the many delicious creations. Thank you also to the efficient and ever helpful team from creative dinning services who set the stage for the event and provided invaluable support. Last but not least, thank you to Julie Otte and her bakeoff support team Bethany Tuffelmire, Kristen Doneth and Malinda Powers for holding the event.

Condolences to Paula Naujalis, family

We extend condolences to Paula Naujalis and her family upon the death Tuesday of her husband, Tony. Paula retired at the end of last year after more than 30 years of service to GRCC. She and her family will meet friends from 2-7 p.m. November 20 at Westview Christian Reformed Church, 2929 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504. A memorial Mass will be said in honor of Tony at 2 p.m. November 30 at Sts. Peter and Paul Church, 520 Myrtle NW.

Collegiate publishes November issue

Click here to see the November issue of The Collegiate, the student newspaper at GRCC.

Page through to hear about the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, the approved graduation requirement changes and domestic partnership benefits, a former GRCC student making it big in the music industry, and the latest on GRCC’s basketball teams.

Also inside you can find fun holiday reads – from enjoying holidays with friends, volunteering around West Michigan, to making DIY gifts for friends and family.

Happy Holidays and have a good rest of the semester. Stay tuned as our Fall Magazine will be published next month.

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