GRCC retiree biography: Jamie Hitchings

Jamie Hitchings has worked at GRCC in the IT department since 2010 as an IT enterprise analyst supporting PeopleSoft applications. Jamie shared that he was close to retiring a few years ago, but GRCC colleagues were able to convince him to stay through June of this year. Jamie shared that one of the reasons for continuing at GRCC is because he feels his clients/customers/users and fellow IT staff here at GRCC appreciate his efforts and talents. He went on to say that “knowing that, makes me feel more like I’m lending a helping hand, rather than just doing my job.”

Jamie will be staying busy during retirement. He shared that he has a home here in the Grand Rapids area and a lake cottage he spent nearly 20 years renovating into a retirement home. Both places are completely furnished, so consolidating into one home will be a lengthy process. Jamie also plans to take some road trips to see some of the natural beauty of our country, and spend more time on the golf course, when weather permits.

Jamie, on behalf of your GRCC community, we all wish you the very best in retirement. Thank you so much for your service to GRCC!

As a reminder, Jamie’s retirement reception will be held today, June 29, from 2-4 p.m. in the IT lobby, room 130 in Sneden Hall. Weather permitting, the reception may be on the garden of the Sneden patio, which is just down the hall from the IT office.

Exercise Science professor partners with GRPD Police Youth Academy

Exercise Science professor Melanie Schiele-Gady provided a workshop for Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) June Youth Police Academy. Topics included health, fitness, stress, quality of life and then mobility and flexibility training.

The GRPD June Youth Police Academy consisted of 19 first-time students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades and six high school mentors who have already went completed the GRPD Youth Police Academy and came back to be mentors to the newbies.

Professor Schiele-Gady will be teaching the July Youth Police Academy as well.

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Second session summer wellness schedule now available

Classes run July 10 – August 25.


  • 11:45-12:30 — Bootcamp with Lynnae – Meet at FFH
  • 5:15-6:00 — Spin/Sculpt with Kelly – CSC 140


  • 12:00-12:30 — Butts & Guts with Cheryl – FFH Balcony
  • 5:15-6:00 — 25-10-10 with Danielle – FFH Balcony


  • 11:45-12:30 — Bootcamp with Lynnae – Meet at FFH
  • 5:15-6:00 — Urban EcoTrek with Beth – Meet at FFH

How it works

Show up to any class, breathe, move your body and have fun! Classes are open to faculty, staff, adjuncts, contingency employees, and student employees at no cost!

You are always welcome to bring your spouse, a child over 18 or friend(s) to these classes.

Non-GRCC employees participating are asked to pay a small $20.00 fee per semester for unlimited access to all employee wellness classes. All are welcome!

No need to sign up – just join us!  It’s a lot of fun!

Questions? Contact Nicole Dekker in Staff Development: (616) 234-3848 or

Jamie Hitchings’ retirement reception is today

The retirement reception for IT analyst Jamie Hitchings will be held on Thursday, June 29, from 2- 4 p.m. in the IT lobby, room 130 in Sneden Hall.  Weather permitting, we might also celebrate on the garden of the Sneden patio, which is just down the hall from the IT office.  Please join us in saying “thank you” and “happy retirement” to Jamie.