GRCC In the News, 8-26-16

Grand Rapids Students Learn Beer Making

Aug. 25, 2016;

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Sheldon Korcal, a Grand Rapids Community College student, says hes been hooked on craft beer since downing one of Founder’s Brewing Company’s flagship beers — the Dirty Bastard scotch-style ale.

Grand Rapids Community College AD resigns after one year

Aug. 25, 2016; MLive

Orletta Caldwell, who served just over a year as athletic director at Grand Rapids Community College, resigned just ahead of the start of a new school year.

U.P. schools receive ‘gold’ rating from Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Aug. 25, 2016; WJMN

LANSING, Mich. — World-class athletes weren’t the only ones going for the gold this past month. Sixty-five colleges and universities recently earned bronze-, silver- or gold-level status based on their commitment to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to student veterans.

… The 2016-17 rankings are as follows:


… Grand Rapids Community College

Rape survivor preaches compassion, education and ‘everyday activism’

Aug. 25, 2016; The Chicago Tribune

I believe you. It’s not your fault. You’re not alone.

… Tessa Dearth, a 22-year-old student at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan who attended Wednesday’s screening with her mother, said she reported a male student who was sexually harassing her at school last year before anything got physical.

… Dearth said she felt campus police believed her and responded appropriately to her complaint, but that it was disconcerting how, according to the film, that rarely happens.

Opening Day features presentation by Terrell Strayhorn

This year’s Opening Day featured a presentation by Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, of Ohio State University’s Center for Higher Education Enterprise.

Congratulations to the 2016 Excellence in Education recipients:

  • Faculty — Mike Klawitter, reference librarian and archivist.
  • Staff — Laura DeVries, from the English department.
  • Adjunct — Yelena Wells, from the music department.

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Tuition discount, scholarship available to GRCC employees

Two great opportunities available to current GRCC Employees:
  • A GRCC Employee Scholarship through Davenport University which covers tuition for one class per academic year.
  • A 20% discount off tuition for select business and nursing programs through Olivet Nazarene University.
For more details go to the Tuition Benefit web page and refer to the Discount and Scholarship menu on the right hand side.

Raider Salute to tutor trainers, Creative Dining

Academic Support & Tutoring Services would like to send out a Raider Salute to Barb Bouthillier, Tamber Bustance, Hilda Martinez-Gutierrez, Erendida Eduvina Erazo Alas, Cedric Ingram and Soyla Lange, Deb Perkins, Toni Garcia, Kelly Kozloski, Grace Blanchard and Eddie Blanchard for presenting at the August Tutor Training, which was held last Monday and Tuesday at the Calkins Science Center.  Additional Raider Salutes go out to Keaton Krupa, Cierra Conley and Iesa Gonzales for catering our event and being so flexible with a last-minute change of schedule. Thank you to all!

GRCC In the News, 8-25-16


Aug. 23, 2016; Community College Daily

… A statewide coalition of community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, is vying for federal grant dollars that would provide free tuition for students in key advanced manufacturing programs.

Grand Rapids CC ranked 20th in NJCAA Division II pre-season volleyball poll

Aug. 16, 2016;

The Grand Rapids Community College women’s volleyball team is ranked 20th in the NJCAA Division II Pre-Season Women’s Volleyball Poll. The Raiders who finished last season with a 19-11 overall record and a 11-3 record in the MCCAA Western Conference to finish second. They went 1-2 at the MCCAA/NJCAA District E Volleyball Tournament last year.  Grand Rapids will open their season on Monday, August 22 when the travel to Hagerstown, MD to face Hagerstown Community College.


Academic Support provides tutor training

On August 22 and 23, Academic Support & Tutoring Services offered its semiannual Tutor Training to over 70 tutors.

On the first day of the event, new tutors experienced a “Role of the Tutor” session presented by Don VanOeveren, a session exploring the 12 Steps of Tutoring presented by Dan Sullivan, a scavenger hunt of the different tutoring centers on campus, and an interactive tutoring scenarios session facilitated by Holly Christopher and Colleen Copus.

On the second day, all tutors participated in an “Unintentional Bias” session presented by Tamber Bustance, Hilda Martinez-Gutierrez, Erendida Eduvina Erazo Alas, Cedric Ingram and Soyla Lange; a “Working with Nontraditional Students” presentation by Dan Sullivan; and a “Mindsets” presentation by Barb Bouthillier.

Tutors achieve certification

A total of 13 tutors fulfilled the training, experience and other requirements for College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) Level I certification.  CRLA is a national organization of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level. The Academic Support & Tutoring Services would like to recognize the following tutors for completing College Reading & Learning Association Level I certification during the Winter 2016 and Summer 2016 semesters.

ATC Tutorial and Open Computer Lab:

  • Brian Haugen
  • Ryan Heintzleman
  • Julie Reyers

Appointment Based Tutoring/The P.L.A.C.E.:

  • Kelly Burrows
  • Allison DeGraaf
  • Tristan Dicesare
  • Winter Selley
  • Arvinder Singh

Biology Learning Center:

  • Mona Riswadkar
  • Amber Westfield

Business Tutorial & Computer Lab:

  • Grady Thiesen

Mathematics Tutorial Lab:

  • Margaret Minnema
  • Katrina Teunis

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GRCC In the News, 8-24-16

Enjoy Polish food, music, dancing, and culture at the Polish Festival this weekend

Aug. 23, 2016; FOX 17

A weekend of Polish food, music, and dancing is taking over Grand Rapids this weekend at the Polish Festival.

… All money made from the festival will go back into the community to keep the Polish culture alive in Grand Rapids. They will also be giving back by making scholarships to GVSU, GRCC, and Aquinas.

Michigan This Morning

Aug. 24, 2016; WWTV

It’s clear there are plenty of Irish roots here in northern Michigan. This week Charlie Tinker takes you inside the kitchen at the Doherty Hotel for some authentic food that will keep you coming back for more. … Dean Doherty’s family heirloom opened its doors in 1924. … You can see him following in his father’s footsteps at Grand Rapids Community College.

Technology notification

We’re pleased to announce that Techsmith Snagit Version 13.0.1 is now available in the Software Center.  The previous version that was available in the Software Center was Techsmith Snagit 12.4.1.  Release notes for the new version can be found at  Information on how to access the Software Center can be found at

The Techsmith Snagit installer in the Software Center is only available to GRCC issued computers running Windows.  GRCC issued computers running Windows will automatically be updated with the newer version September 22nd at 8:00 am.  If you have GRCC issued Mac or you have a personal device that you would like the software installed on, please contact IT Customer Support for assistance.

To schedule a one-on-one training session, please email Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies at

Open houses for Center for Teaching Excellence, Distance Learning start August 25

The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Distance Learning & Instructional Support Department will be hosting an open house August 25th, 26th, and 29th.  We encourage all faculty members to come in with any questions, comments, or concerns about their classes, online teaching, instructional technologies, and anything else relating to distance learning. The open house will take place during the following hours:

  • 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. — Thursday, August 25th
  • 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. – Friday, August 26th
  • 3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. – Monday, August 29th

We are Located on the third floor of the main building, rooms 316 for DLIT and room 308 for the CTE.

DLIT & CTE Fall Open House. Thursday, August 25th, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, August 26th, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.; Monday, August 29th, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.