GRCC In the News, 3-15-16

Surprise! Chatham County, North Carolina, Science Teacher Nabs Milken Educator Award and Becomes $25,000 Richer

Oct. 15, 2015; Miliken Family Foundation press release

SANTA MONICA, CA — Best day ever? If you were to ask Chatham Central High (Chatham County Schools) science department chair Eric Patin that question, he would undoubtedly say yes.

(Eric Patin is a GRCC alumnus, earning an Associate of Science degree in 1996.)

Massey mashing baseballs at Sinclair

March 14, 2016; Xenia Gazette (Ohio)

XENIA — To say Nick Massey has made the transition to college baseball with relative ease would be an understatement.

… Sinclair has a scheduled road game at Danville (Ill.) Area Community College today. The Tartans next home contest at AIA’s Grady’s Field in Xenia will be at 3 p.m. Saturday against Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College. The two teams are also scheduled to play at 11 a.m. Saturday, also at Grady’s Field

Applications accepted for Great Teachers Seminar

Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 GRCC Great Teachers Seminar

Wednesday May, 4 – Friday May, 6 2016

The Center for Teaching Excellence is currently accepting applications for the 2016 Grand Rapids Community College Great Teachers Seminar. You can download the application form at, once completed, applications must be submitted to no later than March 28, 2016 for consideration.   The seminar is a three-day retreat that brings together teachers from a variety of disciplines to learn from each other, exchange ideas around teaching, and build community.  The seminar is built on the belief that practicing teachers are the experts in teaching, and that they learn best from one another.  There are no keynote speakers or outside experts–you learn from your colleagues, and do so in a relaxed environment that fosters sharing and learning. This year’s event will be held at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, MI.

Contact Deb Vilmont with any questions at or 616-234-4889.

GRCC faculty participate in FUNderwear Run

On Sunday, March 13, 2016, GRCC Faculty took to the streets wearing their favorite pair of underwear to participate in the 2016 FUNderwear Run. The FUNderwear Run is a 5k foot race that invites participants to wear their finest (and funniest) underwear over their running clothes in support of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids provides free emotional healthcare to children, adults, families, and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving the death of someone in their life due to any cause.

Overall, GRCC Faculty was able to raise $1,245 for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.  Thank you to all who supported the team of runners and for helping to bring laughter and awareness of emotional health to the streets of Grand Rapids.

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