GRCC In the News, 3-14-16

GRCC lobbies lawmakers for $4.25M to renovate Ford Fieldhouse

March 9, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI- Grand Rapids Community College lobbied state lawmakers at a recent legislative lunch for $4.25 million to help address the lack of classroom space and other needs at its Ford Fieldhouse.

Newcomers lead charge in chase for national title

March 10, 2016; The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Senior Dominique Walls and junior Miles Robinson were both named to the All-Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference first team and the league’s All-Newcomer team, as well. It just goes to show what kind of impact these rookies have had on Indiana Tech’s success this season.

… The 5-foot-11 Robinson, who redshirted last season after coming from Grand Rapids Community College, is the team’s leading scorer at 19.9 points per game and averages 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The 6-5 Walls, in his first year with the program after transferring from Ashford University, leads the team in rebounds (9.1) and blocks (2.4).

LaughFest Super Saturday Kids Zone [Photos]

March 12, 2016; The River 100.5 FM

Opening weekend of LaughFest included an opportunity for kids to work off some energy at the Super Saturday Kids Zone!

Kids of all ages enjoyed inflatables, food, music, dancing and more at LaughFest’s Super Saturday Kids Zone at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse.

GRCC Employees on the Move through March 11, 2016

Please welcome our new employees and congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.


Amelita Fisher

Support Professional, Dental Clinic


Lauren Woolsey

Assistant Professor, Physics/Astronomy



Rafael Pastrano

From: Contingency employee

To:     Support Professional, Distance Learning 3-7-16


Paulo Teles

Financial Aid Functional Analyst


Staci Dever

Support Professional, Child Development/Education


“Big Red” game dinner with Chef Angus Campbell

Join Chef Angus as he prepares and illustrates an exceptional game and vintage wine dinner for the benefit of student scholarships to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. This “Big Red” gourmet meal will be complemented with a selection of California and French wines. You’ll be seated right at the chef’s working station in the college’s Culinary Kitchen Amphitheater to watch Chef Campbell create your delectable dinner courses. This entertaining evening of food and wine will take place on Wednesday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $175 per person and is limited to 16 guests. Paid reservations are due by March 31.  All proceeds from this dinner will benefit the GRCC Foundation Tasters Guild Student Scholarship Fund.

Library sets schedule for March through summer

Here are the upcoming hours adjustments for the LLC:

Mar 26 Open 10am-2pm

Mar 27 CLOSED (Easter; based on low use numbers for prior years, we will close)

Apr 23-24 Exam Cram 10am-10pm

4/29, Commencement 8-5 with limited services

Apr 30-May 1, 2016 CLOSED

May 2-6 8am-5pm with limited services

May 7-8 CLOSED

May 9, 2016 Summer hours begin: Mo-Th 8-8; Fr 8-5; Closed weekends

May 30 Campus is CLOSED

Jul 4, 2016 Campus is CLOSED

IIPD Grants: Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., March 18, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically. The IIPD application packet and IIPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at

Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!