Collins Art Gallery features ‘Eternity Descending into Time’

GRCC’s Collins Art Gallery is pleased to announce Eternity Descending into Time, an exhibition featuring large-scale charcoal and graphite portrait drawings by artist Franklin Delgado. The exhibition will be on view from Monday, October 30, until Tuesday, December 19. An opening reception for the public will be held on Monday, October 30 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Eternity Descending into Time is an exhibition that acknowledges love as a sublime experience by creating homages of inner immensity.  “My works praises love and the grandeur created with minute particles of matter both in life and art,” Delgado said. “My medium, charcoal and graphite powder, is a ground material of the smallest size, filled with a tremendous capability to ignite. These portraits have become that fire. Subtle details wedded with time have created form in my work. The end result is portraits of individuals who are made in the image of the Divine whom with love has gifted life.”

Eternity Descending Into Time by Franklin Delgado. Opening reception: Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Artist talk: 6:45 p.m. Exhibition Dates: October 30-December 19, 2017. Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Grand Rapids Community College, Collins Art Gallery, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI Front image: Eternity Descending Into Time, graphite on paper 65x42 inches, 2017.

GRCC In the News, 10-25-17

‘Beer & Dragons’ take over the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Beer Explorers

Oct. 24, 2017;

The Grand Rapids Public Museum is collaborating with New Holland Brewing and Grand Rapids Community College students in November for a not to miss event. The GRPM will be hosting Beer & Dragons for their monthly Beer Explorers program.

Meet the Walker mayor and city commissioner candidates for 2017

Oct. 24, 2017; MLive

WALKER, MI – When Walker residents head to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 7, they will elect the city’s mayor and three of its six city commissioners.

… City Commissioner – 2nd Ward

… Jeff Kobza

… Education:

Grand Rapids Community College, Associates of Arts


Transfer Fair is today

GRCC Transfer Fair: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 301 (Student Lounge)

Over 35 schools attending!  Start Here/Transfer There

  • Learn about transfer requirements
  • Obtain catalogs and other transfer resources
  • Meet with College/University representatives

Sponsored by:  Counseling, Advising & Retention Services

Policies updated

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

October 2017 Policy Meeting


  • Policy statement: Added a statement regarding GRCC’s compliance with the law as required.
  • Reason for the policy: Changed “afford” to “affords”. Under section C “authorized representatives” added.
    • Added section E: The right to opt out of disclosure of directory information
  • Related Documents: Two documents added: Records Management Policy and FERPA Consent Form.
  • Definitions:
    • Student: Mirrored the definition found in the Student Conduct Policy.
    • Dependent Student (IX.B): “For purposes of FERPA permitted disclosure, a dependent student meets the IRS definition of dependent; the student must be listed as a dependent on their parent’s IRS tax return.”
    • Student Record deleted.
    • Educational Record updated.
    • School Official: “Any of the following when acting in a student’s legitimate educational interest.”
      • Added individual(s) to the second statement.
      • Added volunteers to the fourth statement.
    • Legitimate educational interest updated: removed Dean of Institutional Research
  • Procedures:
    • A:
      • 4 added, reference to best practices document available on Student Records page.
      • 5 added, official communications to GRCC email.
    • C: FERPA consent form link updated.
    • F: Reference to the procedures in the Personally Identifiable Information policy. Moved to section A.6 Guidelines for Faculty and Staff.

6.2 Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy

  • Changed title: removed “employment” to reflect broader goal of policy (formerly read “Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-Discrimination Policy)
  • VIII (a): Changed Policy Owner to reflect accurate title for Director of EO Compliance
  • IX (g): Clarified Political Affiliation language to reduce confusion
  • IX (h): Clarified familial status language to include caregiving functions per EO guidance, reflecting general caregiving function to broader group of people and specifying origins of that protection
  • X (b): Flipped order of timeline paragraphs to flow better; language still the same.
  • X (c): Deleted language re: possible outcomes, as it is reflected below in “conclusion” section
  • X (c): Added “interim measures” language to provide protection throughout process
  • X (d)1: Added “corrective feedback” as possible outcome
  • X (g): Added clarification that criminal acts will be reported first to Campus Police, who will report them to appropriate law enforcement as needed.
  • X (h): Added language that we will comply with bargaining agreements in investigation process
  • XIII and XIV: Added policy history explanation, and updated next review date
  • Throughout policy: adjusting “he/she” language to “they”

For more information, visit the policy website.


Chamber’s workshop, career fair canceled

Update: Both of these events have been canceled.

GRCC is partnering with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to offer an interview skills workshops to our students and community members in preparation for a career fair.  The Interview Skills Workshop will be held on Nov. 2, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the ATC.

Presentations will include:

  • Linkedin, social media and resume critiquing.
  • Interviewing.
  • Personal branding.
  • Networking.

You can register for the workshop online.

The Networking and Career Fair will be held on Nov. 9 from 3-7 p.m. in the Grand Gallery of the DeVos Place.


Nominations sought for Giants Awards

Since 1983, thirteen African American individuals and/or organizations have been recognized annually for their exceptional contributions shaping the history and quality of life of greater Grand Rapids at the annual Giants Awards and Banquet. Each award is named after local individuals who have given excellence and is a perpetual memorial to their notable contributions. Nominate someone you know today! Completed forms are due Nov. 10, 2017 by 5 p.m.

Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair

Special thanks to the community partner agencies and campus student organizations, listed below, that attended the Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair on Oct. 23! On behalf of the SAMHSA Grant, Grand Rapids Community College appreciates your time and participation and hopes to see you all next year!

  • Safe Haven Ministries
  • Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan
  • Healthy Kent Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • Vet Center
  • YWCA-Prevention & Empowerment Program
  • Pregnancy Resource Center
  • Hope Network
  • Pine Rest
  • Arbor Circle
  • Forrest View Hospital
  • Title IX
  • Student Conduct/Drug & Alcohol
  • GRCC Veterans
  • ABO
  • PTK
  • TRIO
  • StandOut

A photo collage shows, clockwise from left: People look at information tables set up in the Student Lounge; two students sit at the TRIO table; two students staff the StandOUT table; messages on a whiteboard say, "Always be yourself," and "You have the poser to say, 'This is not how my story will end'"; students check out the information tables; students color at tables.

UW Campaign kickoff is tomorrow night

Join us Oct. 26, from 5:30-7 p.m., at GRCC’s own Fountain Hill Brewery for the our United Way campaign kickoff!

You will be treated to the brewery’s delicious appetizers. You can also purchase a craft beer and take a tour of the brewing area with a craft brewing program student. If you donate at this event using your pledge form you will be entered into a raffle to win a Meijer gift card and a visa gift card (donated by Lake Michigan Credit Union).

GRCC scholars poster presentation is today

GRCC students who participated in the summer MICUP program at Michigan Technological University, UROP at the University of Michigan, and the Study Away trip to Salamanca, Spain, will exhibit their research from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, in the Raider Grille.

Learn about their work and the amazing opportunities that might be there for you! Snacks will be provided.

Cedric Ingram stands next to his poster on "Family Dynamics Under African-American Slavery."