GRCC In the News, 9-23-16

Beer School: Is Getting A Degree In Brewing A Good Investment?

Sept. 23;2016; Forbes

Kurt Lown didn’t know what to do with his life. After high school, he floated between jobs in construction and window cleaning. In 2014, the Michigan man signed up to earn an associates degree in English. Then he saw an article about a new program at another Michigan institution, and had the “aha” moment that could drastically alter his future.

This summer, the 25-year-old enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) to join its first class of Craft Brewing, Packaging and Service Operations students.

66 vie to become GRCC’s next president

Sept. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Sixty-six applicants are vying to become the next president of Grand Rapid Community College, officials say.

Transgender policy discussed by Grand Rapids Community College board

Sept. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College wants to send a clear message to transgender students that they are safe, protected and welcome, officials say.

Morning News

Sept. 23, 2016; FOX 17

FOX 17 is teaming up with Grand Rapids Community College to bring you another “Classroom of the Week.”


An introduction to the new Collegiate cartoonist

Cienna Thorndill, the Collegiate’s new cartoonist, is new to Grand Rapids Community College. Cienna just moved back to Grand Rapids from Chicago, her home of three years, where she studied fashion design at Columbia College Chicago. She is currently working toward a pre-arts associate degree and is thinking of studying illustration. Her recent work, strangers on public transit, can be viewed on

2016-17 library liaisons named

Librarian Liaisons for 2016-17 have been assigned. Every academic department and many college initiatives and service departments are assigned a librarian.  The liaison librarian is designated to be an information specialist for your department.   Work of the liaison librarian may include:

  • attending academic department meetings to better understand your curriculum needs
  • creating and sustaining Subject Guides supporting your department
  • handling collection development (selection & weeding) of the print, audiovisual media, and e-formatted materials making up the library collections supporting your department
  • working on outside accreditation efforts (please contact your librarian one year prior to accreditors’ visits)
  • one-on-one and/or department information literacy sessions for faculty
  • advising on copyright issues
  • assistance with OER materials
  • creating information literacy materials for classes taught within the library’s instructional program
  • assisting departmental committees with research-related needs

If your department does not have a liaison librarian and wants one, please contact Nan Schichtel at 616-234-3082.