GRCC In the News, 4-17-17

Getting their business off the ground

April 16, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

The MWest Challenge, a student business-plan competition designed to create cross-collaboration between students in the West Michigan area, will hold its final event Friday, April 21. The event will take place in the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center.

… The competition is catered to business-minded students not only from Grand Valley State University, but from eight other West Michigan colleges and universities as well. MWest represents 75,000 students from GVSU, Grand Rapids Community College, Hope College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Aquinas College, Kendall College of Art and Design, Cornerstone University and Kuyper College.


Learning opportunities in May

Great May learning opportunities!

  • Understanding & Managing Stress, a six-week course — Gain a holistic perspective on the components of stress, and become familiar with self-compassion, vulnerability, and resilience.
  • Effective Communication Skills –Explore the impact of the many elements of communicating and how you can improve your interpersonal communication.
  • Workforce Statistics — New! Attendees will receive information about how GRCC compares census statistics to our hiring process and recruiting efforts. This course will also review how GRCC promotes equity and inclusion in hiring, the internal and external posting process for each employee group, and movement throughout the organization.
  • Strategic Planning — Learn how to create a plan that brings our mission, vision, and values to life, as well as how to bring others on board to get you where you want to go.

Register for these and many others at:

Student employees recognized

Student Employment Services sponsored the annual Student Employee of the Year contest, designed to recognize and reward students for excellent service to our institution. This year, 11 nominations were received and a team of judges scored each nomination letter based upon 5 specific criteria, which are:

  1. Reliability
  2. Quality of Work
  3. Initiative
  4. Professionalism
  5. Uniqueness of Contribution

On Friday, April 14 all nominees and their supervisors were recognized at a special ceremony/luncheon.

This year’s winner is Gino Gonzalez from Admissions. Gino was nominated by his supervisor, Sandy Gregory. Congratulations, Gino!

Also recognized for their outstanding service to GRCC were the following nominees:

  • 1st runner up – Jesus Lopez – Ford Fieldhouse (Nominated by Sue Goeman)
  • 2nd runner up – Cynthia Brown – Library (Nominated by Antoinette Harrington)

Honorable Mention:

  • Monica Rivera – Adult Education (Nominated by Lorena Aguayo-Marquez)
  • *Juan Cisneros – Adult Education (Nominated by Lorena Aguayo-Marquez)
  • *Jonathan Thompson – ATC Computer Lab (Nominated by Susan DelRaso)
  • Jamal Dawson – Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (Nominated by Maggie Lancaster)
  • Onalee Sneller – Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (Nominated by Maggie Lancaster)
  • *James Stephens – Facilities (Nominated by Jim Schultz)
  • *John Leonard – Facilities  (Nominated by Jim Schultz)
  • Imari Lamarr – Enrollment Center (Nominated by Tyler Anderson)

Congratulations to all nominees!

*Not pictured.

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Exam Cram at the GRCC library

Monday, April 17th – Sunday April 23rd

  • FREE snacks & beverages (while supplies last) everyday
  • Stress relief stations – self guided yoga, self guided mediation, and coloring
  • Quiet study
  • Group work spaces

PLUS on Saturday, April 22nd & Sunday, April 23rd

  • Extended hours from 10 am – 10 pm, both days
  • Tutors available in select subjects

No registration required.

Open house honoring President Ender on April 25

The campus community is invited to celebrate with President Ender during a retirement open house on April 25.

President Ender started at GRCC in 2009. He also has served on the board of directors for The Right Place, Spectrum Health System, Talent 2025, YMCA, WMCAT, and Economics Club. He also serves on the Michigan Community College Association Executive, Legislative and Strategic Planning committees; the Kent County Collective Impact Initiative for Children and Families Committee; and the United Way Visioning Council.

Prior to GRCC, he was president of Westmoreland Community College in Youngwood, Penn. A Richmond, Va. native, he has spent more than 40 years working in higher education holding numerous teaching, counseling and administrative positions, as well as having published extensively in refereed journals and textbooks.

The open house runs 3-5 p.m. April 25 at The Heritage.

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