GRCC In the News, 11-2-16

Barnstormers Re-Sign Defensive Lineman

Nov. 1, 2016; publicnow.com

DES MOINES – The Iowa Barnstormers have re-signed defensive lineman Phil Lewis, Head Coach Dixie Wooten announced.

… Collegiately, Lewis attended Grand Rapids Community College where he was a multi-sport athlete earning First Team All-League and League Defensive MVP Honors in football and All-Region Honors in track and field for shot put and discus. Lewis transferred to the University of Toledo in 2010. Throughout his career with the Rockets, Lewis appeared in 18 games and recorded 33 total tackles.

Franklin, Trailblazers headed for Nationals

Nov. 1, 2016; Greene County Daily World (Ind.)

Former Linton-Stockton and current Vincennes University cross country runner Janzen Franklin set a new personal record Saturday – by a full minute.

… The Trailblazers tallied a team score of 38, nine clear of second-place Lansing Community College. Grand Rapids Community College finished third with 55. Muskegon was a distant fourth at 111.

TV 5 Wake-Up

Nov. 2, 2016; WNEM

Steve Schmidt is entering season No. 26 at Mott College, as his Bears opened the season against Grand Rapids Community College.

Dia de los Muertos celebration runs through 4:30 p.m. today

The Latino Student Support Team invites you to celebrate and learn about “Dia de los Muertos”! Please join us today at the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Our Day of the Dead celebration will be from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. We will have refreshments- tamales, horchata, and pan dulce (sweet bread).

“Dia de los Muertos” is a holiday celebrated in Mexico (and many other countries) that honors family and friends who have passed on. This is a time of celebration and remembrance in which altars are built to commemorate the life of departed loved ones.

The altar will be on display through Nov. 4. Open to all student, staff, and faculty. We look forward to seeing you there!

A "Dia de los Muertos" altar is decorated with Mexican flags, skull figures and cards.

Preschool faculty organize fundraiser for CASA Thanksgiving meal

GRCC Preschool faculty are raising money to support CASA’s annual Thanksgiving meal for children in Kent County who are in the court system because of abuse and neglect. These children are often taken from their homes and placed in temporary foster homes, and this event provides an opportunity for siblings to reconnect.

Please help us at this time of giving thanks! Penny Folsom will collect monetary donations through Nov. 19 – a receipt will be provided, as needed. The Thanksgiving meal will be served Nov. 21 at a local church.

CASA of Kent County is a nonprofit program that’s primary focus is to serve children in child protective proceedings by appointing screened, trained community volunteers to advocate in the best interest of children who are temporary or permanent wards of the court. CASA volunteers serve to present information to the court, reduce the time a child spends in out-of-home care, and provide continuity for the child by having at least one person who is involved with the case from the beginning until the end.

Policies updated

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

6.2 Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination (revised):

  • Section VII (D): changed ESP to APSS and added Transgender EO Policy as a related document.
  • Section X(A)(III): Added a statement that external investigators will be retained if allegations involve executive level employees, or those in HR or General Counsel offices.
  • Section X(D): Separated employee sanctions from student sanctions.

6.25 Utilizing the Freedom of Information Act on Behalf of the College (revised):

  • Updated next review date to 2020.
  • No other changes.

6.23 Misconduct (revised):

  • Removed “Student Handbook” under related documents, as we no longer have one.
  • Added “Drug and Alcohol Policy” as a related document. Clarified that this policy applies to student employees as well.
  • Removed the Director of Student Life & Conduct as a contact for this policy (since it relates to employees).
  • Changed the title of the position in the General Counsel’s Office who remains a contact.
  • Clarified that medical marijuana is prohibited on campus.

For more information, see the policy website.