GRCC In the News, 11-9-17

Public phase of $4.5M campaign for youth homeless shelter underway

Nov. 8, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Covenant House Michigan launched the public phase of its $4.5 million campaign Wednesday, Nov. 8, for the area’s first homeless shelter for young adults.

… More than 200 students have graduated since the school started, including Ermano Msafiri, a student at Grand Rapids Community College. The native of the Congo, who grew up in a Tanzania refugee camp told the audience about his journey to the U.S. and the support and encouragement received to complete his diploma.

Upcoming adjusted library hours

Here are the Upcoming Adjusted Library Hours through the Holiday Shutdown:

  • Nov 20, 2017 — 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Nov 21, 2017 — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with limited services.
  • Nov 22-26 — CLOSED.
  • Dec 9 — 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Exam Cram.
  • Dec 10 — 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Exam Cram.
  • Dec 11-15 — Regular Hours – Exam Week.
  • Dec 16-Jan 7 — CLOSED over weekends.
  • Dec 18-22 — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with limited services.
  • Dec 23, 2017-Jan 2, 2018 — Campus is CLOSED.
  • Jan 3-5, 2018 — 8 a.m.-5 p.m. with limited service.

GRCC retiree biography: Neal McGladdery

Neal McGladdery will be retiring from GRCC at the end of November. Neal has worked in maintenance as a carpenter for the entire 25 years that he has been employed by the college. Recently, Neal has also served as the president of the CEBA union.

When we asked him to share his favorite story about GRCC or our students, he said that they all would involve helping students with other things they needed while on campus, such as helping change their car tires or helping when their cars were stuck in the snow. He said, “It has always been a blessing to help these awesome young adults.” We’re confident that they are thankful for this extra support they were given on campus!

In retirement, Neal plans to winter in Arizona at his second home and spend lots of time at Lake Michigan on his boat in the summer months. He also plans to continue remodeling work that challenges him and gives him personal satisfaction.

Lastly, he stated, “I truly have been blessed in so many ways to have worked with so many great people. I will also remember the fun and hard work that others have brought to this college in my 25 years that went by in the blink of an eye.”

Neal, congratulations on your retirement. The work you have done for the college is so very appreciated. We hope you will stay in touch. Best of luck in all that you do in retirement!

Please join us to celebrate Neal at his retirement reception Thursday, November 9, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the ATC banquet rooms 118 and 120.

UW Campaign ends Friday, Who will win the treat?

Thank you to the 103 donors who have contributed $26,512 to our GRCC Heart of West Michigan United Way Campaign!

There is still time to get your pledge form in — the campaign ends Friday!


Is your department “hungry” for a treat?

Winners choose their from the list below, and you still have time to enter! Let Nicole Dekker know you are collecting, then tell her your total on Monday, Nov. 13.
The department who collects the highest dollar value will select the Executive Leader of their choice, and their corresponding yummy treat, which will be brought in on a mutually agreed upon date.

Dr. Bill Pink – will bring your department donuts from your favorite bakery.
Lisa Freiburger – will bring your department some homemade chocolate chip cookies
Dr. Laurie Chesley – will bring your department veggie/dip trays and fruit trays.
Dr. Kathy Mullins – will bring your department her favorite cake and pie treats.
Dave Anderson – will bring your department bagels from Big Apple Bagels.

Are you a small department? No worries…’re quite welcome to combine forces and make a larger group.

Criminal Justice students learn about Alternative Directions organization

The Criminal Justice Department invited Alternative Directions to campus to speak with students about job opportunities that are available right now at this organization. They work very closely with Probation and Parole along with Correctional agencies.

We are working even closer with our industry providers to help our students secure good jobs in the field and to give our industry partners immediate access to our students to hire and place in internships.

A man representing Alternative Directions sits behind an information table in Sneden’s lobby. Criminal Justice students stand on the other side of the table.


Radiologic technology students host Teddy Bear Clinic for preschool

On October 31, the Rad Tech Program hosted our annual Teddy Bear Clinic with the GRCC Preschool. The preschoolers received a tour of the lab and equipment, and were provided rides on stretchers and radiography tables to become familiar with the large equipment. They also participated in many activities within the classroom to teach them about bones, x-rays, and the human body. The Rad Tech students triage their toy, and then proceed to take an x-ray that the preschoolers get to take home. Each toy is given a certificate of “good health” for them to “resume normal activities” once they leave.

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