GRCC In the News, 8-10-16

Heartside Ministry’s GED program awarded $90K grant

Aug. 8, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Sixteen-year-old Seth Reynolds says he went to a few different high schools before finally landing at Heartside Ministry’s “Bridging the Gap” GED and literacy program this spring.

… “My advice to others is don’t stop trying,” said Reynolds, who said the traditional high school was not a good fit for him but people must keep trying to find a situation that works. “I’m going to enroll in GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College) now. I have an interest in theology and music.”

Young Chefs Camp, Through the Eyes of High School Journalists

Aug. 8, 2016; (KISD newsletter)

This week’s edition is dedicated to the work of high school students from public schools across West Michigan, who attended SNN’s inaugural journalism camp in July, thanks to a grant from Gannett Foundation.

… Chef Ryan Marklevitz a retired navy member that used to cook on a submarine, now a culinary teacher. He went to Grand Rapids Community College for an associate’s degree in culinary arts, then went on to Ferris State University for a teaching degree, and finally on to Central Michigan University in educational technology.

Taste the City during 7th annual Restaurant Week GR

Aug. 10, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — More than 60 restaurants want you to taste the city of Grand Rapids during Restaurant Week by offering special meal deals.

… One dollar of every meal sold during Restaurant Week will be donated to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’s Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College. Since 2010, more than $110,000 has been raised for the scholarship fund.

Giannone’s arrival heralds new day at De La Salle

Aug. 8, 2016; The Detroit News

Warren — For many football players, coaches and fans, the first day of a football season is comparable to Christmas morning.

… For (Michael) Watson, starting a new athletic director job with a new football coach is nothing new. After Ferris State football coach Tony Annese left Muskegon for Grand Rapids Community College following the 2007 season, Watson and Matt Koziak spent their first season at Muskegon going 14-0, and beating De La Salle in the D2 finals.

GRCC Employees on the Move through August 5, 2016

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


Christopher Johnston

Associate Dean, Faculty Evaluation and Hiring, School of Arts & Sciences

Effective 7-5-16


Lisa Swinehart

Support Professional, Financial Aid

Effective 7-5-16


Sheila Jones

Dean of Instructional Support

Effective 7-11-16


Stephanie Smith

Storeroom Manager, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

Effective 7-11-16


Valerie Butterfield


Effective 7-18-16


Karen Coen

Support Professional, Campus Police

Effective 7-25-16


Brian Skudre

Head Softball Coach

Effective 8-8-16


New Faculty this fall

Brian Hadley, Assistant Professor, Math

Jared Staub, Assistant Professor, Music

Jeff Winkle, Assistant Professor, Humanities

Kelli Fedder, Assistant Professor, Dental Auxiliaries

Lauren Woolsey, Assistant Professor, Physics/Astronomy

Nathan Haney, Assistant Professor, Welding/Job Training  (started 7-6-16)

Renae Potts, Assistant Professor, Nursing

Samantha Wolfe, Assistant Professor, Psychology

Svetsolav (Slava) Pavlov, Assistant Professor, Computer Information Systems

Tim Periard, Assistant Professor, Biology

Werner Absenger, Assistant Professor/Program Director, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education


Erica Brown

From:           Program Manager, MCAM Grant

To:               Director of the Cashier’s Office

Effective 6-13-16


Amy Bennett

From:          Support Professional, Ford Fieldhouse

To:              Support Professional to Vice President/Dean Workforce Development

Effective 7-1-16


Brandon McBride

From:          Student Success Lead Coach, Contingency

To:              Student Success Lead Coach, Meet & Confer

Effective 7-1-16


Denise Jones

From:          Student Success Lead Coach, Contingency

To:              Student Success Lead Coach, Meet & Confer

Effective 7-1-16


Kelly Kozloski

From:         Program Coordinator, Student Success Center, Contingency

To:             Program Coordinator, Student Success Center, Meet & Confer

Effective 7-1-16


Marisol Blanco

From:          Student Success Lead Coach, Contingency

To:              Student Success Lead Coach, Meet & Confer

Effective 7-1-16

From:          Student Success Lead Coach

To:              Associate Director, College Success Center

Effective 8-8-16


Roland Bocanegra

From:          Student Success Lead Coach, Contingency

To:              Student Success Lead Coach, Meet & Confer

Effective 7-1-16


Jeffrey VanderVeen

From:          IT Customer Support Technician

To:              IT Asset Tracking and Procurement Specialist

Effective    7-5-16


Tess Alliston

From:          Support Professional, Library and Learning Commons

To:              Support Professional, Student Employment Services

Effective 7-5-16


Brian Moore

From:        IT Customer Support Tech I – Contingency

To:            IT Customer Support Tech I – Meet & Confer

Effective 7-8-16


Matthew Novakoski

From:         Support Professional, Student Records

To:             Transfer and Articulation Coordinator

Effective 7-11-16

Domingo Hernandez-Gomez

From:          Associate Director, College Success Center

To:              Director, Woodrick Center for Inclusion and Equity

Effective 8-1-16
Evan Macklin

From:         Assistant Director of Student Life & Conduct

To:             Coordinator of New Student Orientation

Effective 8-1-16


Steve List

From:         Head Custodian II, Applied Technology Center

To:             Head Custodian II, Tassell M-TEC

Effective 7-18-16


Sarah VanDeWege

From:        Preschool Coop, Contingency

To:            Assistant to Preschool Instructors – temp, fall semester

Effective 7-25-16



Charles Purvis

From:         Custodian II, Main Building

To:             Custodian II, Calkins Science Center

Effective    8-8- 16


Glenn Fox

From:         Custodian I, Main Building

To:             Custodian I, Cook Academic Hall

Effective     8-8- 16


Sam Douglas

From:         Custodian II, Main Building

To:             Custodian II, Applied Technology Center

Effective     8-8-16



Anna Rose

Transfer and Articulation Coordinator

Effective 7-2-16


Heather Bustraan

Assistant to Preschool Instructors

Effective 7-2-16


Billy (Joe) Perez

M-CAM Educational Training Specialist

Effective  7/16/16


Luther Davis

Custodian I

Effective 8-4-16


Keith Ferguson

Assistant Professor, Job Training/Construction

Effective 8-12-16

Changes in Advising and Counseling Services

Effective fall semester, the Counseling and Career Center will change to two different offices: Academic Advising & Transfer Center and Counseling and Career Development.  All offices will continue to have a combined check-in area in 327 Student Center.  Students needing assistance with academic advising, identifying classes or transfer questions should be directed to meet with an advisor in the Academic Advising and Transfer Center, or call 234-3900 for an appointment.  Students needing to meet with a counselor for personal or career issues should be directed to Counseling and Career Development, or call 234-4130 for an appointment.  When referring a student for immediate personal counseling needs, please identify this when you contact Counseling & Career Development at 234-4130 starting this fall (continue to call 234-3900 until fall semester begins).