GRCC In the News, 12-14-16

Grand Rapids Community College, faculty agree to new contract

Dec. 14, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Faculty Association and Grand Rapids Community College have agreed to new three-year contract.

Bill to expand community college districts advances to Gov. Snyder

Dec. 13, 2016; Michigan House Republicans

LANSING — Legislation to help expand community college education programs across a larger area is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk.

… HB 4265 advances to the governor’s office after being approved by the Senate Education Committee and the Senate membership last week. Rep. (Amanda) Price, R-Park Township, was joined by Dr. Steven Ender, president of Grand Rapids Community College, during testimony before the Senate committee on Nov. 29.

“Morning News”

Dec. 14, 2016; WZZM

The man charged with beating and stabbing a woman to death near the Grand Rapids Community College campus is headed to court this morning.

Western Michigan finding ‘true football players’ in 90-minute range

Dec. 14, 2016; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI – Tony Kimbrough and Marty Martens helped Western Michigan University win a Mid-American Conference football championship in 1988.

… “Football around these parts, on the west side, is top-notch. I mean, our conference alone that we play in, the OK Red, there’s a battle every week,” said Kimbrough, a Detroit native who played at Grand Rapids Community College before he transferred to WMU, where he is now in the Athletics Hall of Fame. He’s also coached at GRCC and WMU.

Charlevoix County College Sports Digest

Dec. 13, 2o16; Boyne City Gazette

A unique look at how high school graduates from around Charlevoix County are doing in their collegiate sports. This exclusive feature is produced by Chris Graber for the Boyne City Gazette.

… (Tristan) Rudolph, a junior, collected the No. 7 effort for the Saints in his most recent outing in competing at the Grand Rapids Community College Raider Invitational by finishing 32nd among 92 participants with a time of 28 minutes, 11.2 seconds on the 8,000-meter course on Sept. 23 in Grand Rapids.

Phi Theta Kappa needs volunteers for pie fundraiser

The Phi Theta Kappa student organization is going to host a Pie-In-The-Face event during Welcome Week on January 17, 2017, in the Raider Grille from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The students have been fundraising all year in order to raise enough funds to attend the national PTK conference in April 2017. The Pie-In-The-Face event is another big fundraising event, and we are looking for support from faculty and staff at GRCC.

Are you willing to volunteer to have a pie in your face?! We need faculty and staff who are willing to volunteer in this role.

Any time you can spare is appreciated, and the “pies” are simply paper plates with whipped cream on them. You do not have to be there the whole time, and even if you just want to stop by and help us rally participation we would appreciate it!

Contact Erin Busscher at if you can help!

Support our student food pantry at the Holiday Breakfast

If you’re able, please bring non-perishable food items to our Holiday Breakfast to donate to our food pantry for students. In the spirit of giving, let us do our part to ensure the shelves of our pantry are well stocked! Here is a list of needed items (* indicates high demand items):


  • Cans of tuna*
  • Cans of chicken*
  • Canned stew
  • Canned chili
  • Hash
  • Pork and beans
  • Soups
  • Spaghetti sauce*
  • Kidney beans
  • Peanut butter*


  • Boxes of cereal
  • Instant oatmeal (individual packets)*
  • Cereal bars*
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Muffin mix

Canned vegetables

  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn*
  • Instant potatoes

On the go/snacks

  • Tortilla chips
  • Salsa
  • Pringles
  • Cookies
  • Granola bars*
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Easy Mac*
  • Microwaveable nonfrozen meals


  • Canned fruits
  • Fruit cups
  • Dried fruits
  • Jelly
  • Raisins
  • Juice boxes


  • Rice*
  • Pasta*
  • Macaroni and cheese*
  • Crackers
  • Boxed meals*
  • Hamburger Helper

Basic necessities

  • Soap*
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo*
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste*
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant*
  • Feminine hygiene
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets

Students in Practical Nursing program work at health fair

Students in the Practical Nursing program prepared displays and presented valuable information last week to more than 60 senior citizens at a local health fair. Students taught residents about diabetes, hypertension, eye disorders, pneumonia, exercise, hand hygiene, osteoarthritis and much more. Students appreciated the interaction with the seniors of our community.

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