GRCC In the News, 5-3-17

Crews break ground on GRPD fallen officer memorial

May 2, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Construction is underway for a memorial to fallen Grand Rapids police officers.

… The original fundraising goal was $65,000, which would have paid for the memorial and a scholarship fund. That goal was increased to $75,000 so direct more money to the scholarship fund, which pays for one year of tuition at Grand Rapids Community College for a student who hopes to work in law enforcement. (Robert) Kozminski’s parents choose the recipient of that scholarship.

NL trio signs

May 2, 2017; Argus-Press (Owosso)

(Photo caption) New Lothrop students Autumn Severn, Claudia Freed and Nicole Theodore all signed on to play collegiate sports Monday in the New Lothrop High School auditorium. Severn, second from left, will play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College. She is pictured seated with longtime New Lothrop volleyball coach Sheri Warner, who retired after last season. Freed, third from right, and Theodore, far right, will both play basketball at Mott Community College. The duo is pictured with New Lothrop girls basketball coach Jim Perry.

5 a.m. News

May 3, 2017; WWMT

The Battle Creek VA is working to address the needs of women veterans. The event, Women Veterans Expo 2017, is happening today at Grand Rapids Community College.

Nominations sought for Excellence in Education Awards

The Excellence in Education Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual Grand Rapids Community College employee for his or her contributions to the college, higher education and the community. In 2000, the award was expanded to provide recognition in the form of a staff award, and a separate full-time faculty award. In 2010, an additional award was added for an exemplary adjunct faculty member.

The nomination deadline is Monday, May 15, 2017.

Nomination information for:


GRCC Foundation thanks members of The 500 Club

The GRCC Foundation recognized and thanked faculty and staff donors who are part of The 500 Club on Tuesday, May 2.  Many members have been giving faithfully at the $500 level for many years, and we were able to recognize them for their years of generous and faithful commitment.  This year, we had 15 new members join The 500 Club:

  • Gary Burbridge
  • Cora Beute
  • Michael DeVivo
  • Lisa Gloege
  • Mark Jasonowicz
  • Christopher Johnston
  • Sheila Jones
  • Jennifer Kelly
  • Bill Pink
  • Raynard Ross
  • Andrew Rozema
  • Jim Schafer
  • Diane Smith
  • Jeff Spoelman
  • Deb Vilmont

The gifts made to the GRCC Foundation help make a lasting impact on students’ lives. We hope all faculty and staff consider making a financial commitment to the Foundation.

For more information on how you can be part of The 500 Club or a donor to the GRCC Foundation, please contact Erin (Cisler) Van Egmond at 616-234-3931 or

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