GRCC In the News, 1-31-17

2017 Giants Award winners to be honored as leaders in Grand Rapids

Jan. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will honor and celebrate influential leaders in the African American community at its annual Giants Awards program scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at DeVos Place’s Steelcase Ballroom, 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

GRCC Players add performances of ‘Facing Our Truth’

Because of high ticket demand, the GRCC Players have extended their production of “Facing Our Truth”! Added performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Feb 2, 3 and 4 in the lab space theater (Room 201) at Spectrum Theater.

Thursday and Friday nights will include a talk back, facilitated by Sophia Brewer, to discuss issues raised in the play. Thursday night panel members include Dr. Kate Byerwalter, Dr. Bill Pink, and Dr. Ennis Young. Friday night panel members include Dr. Andre Fields, Rebeca Velazquez-Publes, and Jeremy Moore (Equity PAC).

Seating is limited and shows are selling out! Please call our box office at 234-3946 (open Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) to purchase tickets today.

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Nominations sought for Student Leadership Banquet

Nominations are up for the Annual Student Leadership Banquet. Any member of Grand Rapids Community College (student, faculty, staff or Board of Trustee member) can nominate a qualified current GRCC student for a student leadership award. There is also the Jerry Benham Award for Staff and Faculty, which is awarded to any current GRCC staff or faculty member who has actively supported the leadership development of students. Nomination forms need to be received by the Student Life Office no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, for consideration. Nominators must complete a different form for each nominee and award.  Please visit the link below to find the nomination form:

The Student Leadership Banquet is an annual event focused on recognizing the success and accomplishments of student leaders on campus. This year’s banquet will be held on Wednesday, April 5, at the L.V. Eberhard Center located on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration for the banquet closes Friday, March 24th

Questions or concerns can be directed to Thalia Guerra at

GRCC In the News, 1-30-17

Police investigating after fall from GRCC parking ramp

Jan. 27, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Emergency personnel closed a road on the Grand Rapids Community College campus Friday afternoon after police said someone fell from the nearby parking structure.

Students named to GRCC president’s, dean’s lists

Jan. 28, 2017; Maple Valley News (Nashville, Mich.)

Grand Rapids Community College has announced the names of students who qualified for the president’s and dean’s lists.

Laker men go 2-1 on week; women go 1-2

Jan. 28, 2017;  The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

The Mid Michigan Community College mens basketball team rolled to its second-straight win on Friday night in Grand Rapids as it topped host Grand Rapids Community College 87-72.


Gregory Forbes to present lecture on Darwin

Dr. Gregory Forbes, from Biological Sciences, will be presenting a free public lecture entitled “Charles Darwin; A Retrospective and Perspective View” in honor of Darwin’s upcoming birthday.

This presentation will explore Darwin’s life, including his unlikely development into a scientist, his struggles to have his ideas taken seriously and his impact upon our present society, including how Darwin’s view of life has allowed us to understand relationships in science that otherwise would have been obscured had they not been viewed through the clarity provided by the lens of evolution.

This free lecture will be held Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 7-8 p.m. at the Women’s City Club in Grand Rapids.

Library adds Meditation and Prayer Room

The new Meditation and Prayer Room is on the first floor of the library, in the southeast section.

The room — the result of a collaboration among library faculty and staff, Student Life, and students — can comfortably accommodate six to eight people with a maximum of 15. It’s intended to be a quiet, welcoming and inclusive environment for individual meditation, reflection and prayer, respecting the beliefs, traditions and cultures of everyone.

The Office of Student Life and Conduct will provide general oversight, with library staff monitoring the space. The room can be used whenever the library is open, but it cannot be reserved and minimal seating is provided.

The library's Meditation and Prayer Room.

GRCC In the News, 1-26-17

Let’s break the ice

Jan. 25, 2017; The Torch (Ferris’ student newspaper)

With the recent freezing rain and ice-covered sidewalks, many Ferris students like Haley Robinson have wondered why the Big Rapids campus never closes.

… The decision to cancel classes at KCAD are often made after the closure of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). In those cases, the class cancellation would also apply to the FSU-GR classes held at GRCC, according to the policy.

KVCC’s stifling defense leads to 95-35 rout of GRCC

Jan. 25, 2017; MLive

Coach Maureen Brown has her 9th ranked Lady Cougars playing outstanding defense, and when you have the offensive weapons she has on her team, sometimes they make it look very easy.  Such was the case on Wednesday night in the friendly confines of Cougar Arena as the Cougars hosted league rival Grand Rapids and came away with a win that looked all too easy, 95-35.

Nominations sought for GRAHEN Outstanding Adult Learner award

Here at GRCC, we are fortunate to have many remarkable students. Here’s your chance to help one outstanding adult student from the college with the annual GRAHEN Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL) award. This important award recognizes and celebrates the academic achievements, leadership and community contributions of local adult students.

For nearly 20 years, the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network (GRAHEN), of which GRCC is a member school, honors an outstanding adult learner from every one of its 13 member institutions every year.

GRCC faculty and staff can nominate individuals (adult and nontraditional students) from the 2016-2017 school year using the nomination form below.  The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2017.

If you have questions, contact Angela Salinas at (616) 234-3420 or .


Phi Theta Kappa chapter nominated for 7 awards at national conference

GRCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter is up for seven awards at the National Nerd Nation Conference in April:

  • Distinguished Chapter Officer Team — Nominees are Morgan Brown, Gino Gonzalez, Caleb Graveldinger, Alexander Brown and Marcus Barissi.
  • Michael Bennet Lifetime Achievement Award — Nominee is President Ender.
  • Honors in Action Chapter Project Award.
  • College Project Award.
  • Top 100 Chapters Award.
  • Distinguished Chapter Award.
  • Distinguished Chapter Advisor Team Award — Nominees are Erin Busscher and Lynnae Selberg.

The chapter earned 5-Star status again this year.

GRCC is also one of two Michigan community colleges that had members accepted to present at the conference this year. The two presentations are:

  • “Can You See Me?” — How understanding your perspective and personal assumptions can improve your ability to be a successful team member and communicate effectively.
  • “Do You Know Your Numbers? What College Students Need to Know about Financial Aid, Credits Scores, Loans, Default Management and Budgeting” — This was the chapter’s “Honors in Action” project this year.

Phi Theta Kappa members have been fundraising for their expenses to attend the conference. They’re holding a pie-in-the-face benefit during the home basketball games on Jan. 27. For only $1, you can throw a pie in the face of PTK members — or anyone else who volunteers. The women’s game starts at 5:30 p.m., and the men’s team takes the court at 7:30 p.m. You will find Phi Theta Kappa near the concession stands at the fieldhouse.

GRCC In the News, 1-25-17

Grand Rapids Public Schools partner with GRCC for Early Middle College Program

Jan. 25, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Imagine what it would feel like to walk across the stage at your high school graduation and leave with not one, but two diplomas. That will, soon, be the reality for dozens of students at Ottawa Hills, in Grand Rapids.

… “I think that is a wonderful opportunity for any kid attending Ottawa Hills to be enrolled in that program,” said Chris Sain, with Grand Rapids Community College.

Lutheran Northwest grad to lead new USPBL club

Jan. 24, 2017; C&G News

ROCHESTER — Earlier this January, the United Shore Professional Baseball League unveiled its newest franchise, the Westside Woolly Mammoths. The club joins the league’s three previously established teams, beginning play at Jimmy Johns Field in Utica on May 11.

… Following his standout prep career, (Shane) McCatty spent two years at Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to Oakland University. He worked his way up to becoming the No. 1 starter for the Golden Grizzlies before being drafted by the Washington Nationals in 2009.

GRCC retiree biography: Hayden Butcher

Human Resources will be starting a new communication for our retirees. This idea was submitted via the PACE feedback meetings or the Community Luncheon sessions — so we thank you for your feedback on this opportunity to improve communications about our retirees.

Hayden Butcher will be retiring on Friday, January 27th. With Hayden’s permission and input, here is a little more detail about his GRCC experience and dedicated service.

Hayden has worked at GRCC for 25 years and has been in the Facilities Department working with the HVAC team for all of his 25 years. He has provided great leadership to his colleagues and also has served in leadership positions for the CEBA Bargaining Group.

Hayden stated, “I have always felt like I belonged at GRCC and I still do. Don’t think for a minute you have seen the last of me. In the 25 years I have been here, I have seen the college change in many ways, for better, and worse, and witnessed the deaths of team members along with the births of their children. I have made friends, memories — so many that it is impossible to recall them all. I know that I belonged at GRCC because it helped to shape my life, and in many ways, I have helped shape it, as many of my ideas and designs will live on in the buildings I maintained for years after I am gone.”

Hayden has a lot planned for his retirement: He plans to enjoy time with his wife, and they plan to travel together. They are already planning a trip to England for the summer to spend time with his family and friends where he grew up.

Hayden, on behalf of your GRCC community, we are happy to hear you’ll remain in contact and we all wish you many happy, healthy years enjoying retirement!

As a reminder, his retirement party will be held in the Multipurpose Room from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. today, January 25th.