GRCC In the News, 4-15-16

News 8 at Noon

April 14, 2016; WOOD TV

Starting today, college students are helping low-income families make sure their taxes get done. Accounting students from Davenport University, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College and Cornerstone University are providing free tax prep services.

Ceremony, 5K run/walk will honor slain Kalamazoo police officer Eric Zapata

April 15, 2016; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — It’s been almost five years since Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Eric Zapata was killed in the line of duty.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Eric Zapata was a Police Academy alumnus.)

Muskegon Community College baseball team continues to struggle, drops two to GRCC

April 14, 2016; Local Sports Journal

MUSKEGON — The Muskegon Community College baseball team is still trying to find its groove this spring.

The Jayhawks, who returned 15 players from a 29-win team last season, have lost five of their last six games, including a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Grand Rapids Community College on their home field on Thursday, 3-0 and 19-8.

April Faculty Spotlight – 2016 Retirees

“No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.” This quote (author unknown) easily describes the wonderful faculty at GRCC and their dedication to our students. In addition to lightening the burdens of students, GRCC faculty members are also committed to upholding our vision – as a college of distinction that inspires students to meet the needs of the community and the world.

Faculty members serve this college in many other areas, including college, student, and community service; professional development, and a variety of additional projects, committees, and innovative best practices. GRCC prides itself on the values of excellence, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, accountability, sustainability, respect, and integrity. All of these values can be seen in this year’s retirees.

Combined, our retirees have a total of over 250 years of service to Grand Rapids Community College, and each one has left a unique imprint on the faculty, staff, students, and college as a whole. Retiree David Dye says, “I will miss the enthusiastic students and the hard working, thoughtful, and witty colleagues of our college.” We too will miss the enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, drive and wit of all of our retirees.

The Faculty Association thanks you for your years of service and dedication to our wonderful institution.

2016 Retirees

Aleta Anderson

John Heredia

Judy Jankowski

Carol VanRandwyk

Jill Woller-Sullivan

Angus Campbell

Wayne Rodgers

Jeffery Stone

Laurie Foster

Marie Burns

David Dye

Michael Kiss

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Benefit Reminder

Feeling stressed? Coping with personal situations or life changes? Relationship, parenting or financial concerns? Employee Assistance Program is available. Grand Rapids Community College has contracted with Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services to provide professional counseling services to Full-time, Part-time, Contingency and Adjunct Employees, their spouses and children living in their household.

EAPs are intended to help employees deal with personal problems that might adversely impact their health and well-being. All EAP consultations and referrals are confidential and up to three (3) face-to-face visits per issue are provided at no cost for each individual in your household.

You can access EAP services 24-hours, 7 day-a-week the hotline number is (800) 422-0809 or (616) 455-6210.

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