GRCC In the News, 9-7-16

Equity Drinks to feature two local candidates for office at The Meanwhile

Sept. 7, 2016;

There is no question that equity and the disparities that exist, are topics discussed in the public sphere. From the looming presidential election to the countless hashtags of citizens slain due to police brutality, issues of equity, equality and justice are at the forefront of the nations consciousness and in the hearts and minds of Grand Rapids residents, organizations and city officials.

After soliciting feedback at various community forums, the Grand Rapids police department is undergoing implicit bias training in order to improve its relationship with the entire community and rebuild the broken trust that exists. LINC Up creates a space every first Friday of the month where art is mixed with networking, empowering members of a community that may otherwise be ignored. There are equity and inclusion centers and offices at both Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. HQ has begun to tackle youth homelessness, an important unaddressed concern in the city. Recently, the City of Grand Rapids was selected as one of five cities to be involved in Racial Equity Here; a program aimed to strengthen racial equity. This, friends, is just the tip of the iceberg. Grand Rapids is a place where change is happening. You can see and hear it happening, and at times, even smell the aroma of a revolution.

GRCC Employees on the Move through September 6, 2016

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


Luke Bronkema

Head Men’s Basketball Coach (1 year appointment)

Effective 8-15-16


David Glazier

Head Women’s Basketball Coach

Effective 8-15-16


Derek Brunn

Support Professional, Ford Fieldhouse

Effective 8-23-16




Sophia Brewer

From:          Interim Director, Library and Learning Commons

To:              Assistant Professor, Library and Learning Commons

Effective 8-15-16
Brenda Cary

From:          Support Professional,

To:              Support Professional, Registrar’s Office

Effective 9-19-16


Bill Faber

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

To:              Associate Professor, Physical Science

Effective 8-15-16


David Lovell

From:           Job Developer, MCAM Grant

To:               Program Manager, MCAM Grant

Effective 9-6-16




Chris Arnold

Director, Woodrick Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Retiring after 37 years of service

Effective 9-1-16


Lilly Anderson

Associate Dean of Operations, School of Arts and Sciences

Retiring after 26 years, 8 months of service

Effective 9-1-16


GRCC seismometer picks up Oklahoma earthquake

The September 3 M5.6 earthquake in Oklahoma left a dramatic trace on GRCC’s seismometer. This station (GRMI), located in the geology lab of the Calkins Science Center, is part of the Michigan Regional Seismic Network (MIQuakes). This earthquake is similar in magnitude to one that shook Oklahoma earlier this year. More information about the earthquake and others in the region can be found on the U. S. Geological Survey’s website.

A seismometer shows an earthquake.

SSPD Grants: September 2016 Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., September 23, 2016. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available on the Grants Department web page at Please note that applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Associate Director of Grants & Resource Development at 234-3340 or  Good luck!

Celebrate National Payroll Week with us

Please join Human Resources for an open house on Friday, September 9th. We will be hosting two Open Houses from 6:00 – 7:30 AM and 2:00 – 3:30 PM, with “pay day” treats for you!

Don’t forget to complete our Payroll Survey at, for an opportunity to win Campus Dining Gift Certificates. Winners will be announced in the GRCC Today on Monday, September 12th.