GRCC In the News, 1-4-18

Grand Rapids documentary shines a spotlight on community theater

Jan. 3, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

From theater assistants to co-founders of their own production company, Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler have been friends and colleagues ever since they first met at Spectrum Theatre while attending Grand Rapids Community College, then Junior College.

‘Key Fit’

Jan. 3, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — After 25 years as an officer and sergeant with the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Dennis Magirl believes he is ready to step forward as chief.

… Magirl attended Grand Rapids Community College to complete necessary courses and graduate from the police academy within two years.

Coldwater’s Jamie and Jasmine Wellet sign with Grand Rapids Community College

Jan. 3, 2018; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

COLDWATER — It is very rare for a high school athlete to excel at high school sports and then make the transition to the collegiate level.

… Well, that’s exactly what has happened with the dynamic duo of Jamie and Jasmine Wellet, a pair of Coldwater High School seniors who recently signed their letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College.

Christina Arnold: The Next Chapter

Jan. 3, 2018; Women’s LifeStyle

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

These are the words Christina Arnold, founding director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, has centered her personal and professional life around. She chooses to look at the world through an equity and inclusion lens, seizing every opportunity she can to connect and engage with people from all communities. Though her mind churns constantly, there is always one question that surfaces: “How can I continue to make a broader impact?”


Staff development opportunities

Drupal Basics: Editing Content

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 10:30-11:30 a.m. — Participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types and edit existing content.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 — Whether you’re interested in a resume makeover or starting from scratch, this session helps participants assess their strengths and create a paper sales document about themselves. we will walk through the basic steps in writing a resume and cover letter that fairly promotes your strengths and experiences.

Money Matters

Friday, January 12, 2018 — Learn how to manage money by preparing a personal spending plan and identifying ways to decrease spending and help increase income, track financial habits and build a budget, and create a plan to help achieve your financial goals.

You can register for any of these sessions online.

English Department hosts writing conference

“Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People,” a conference sponsored and hosted by the GRCC English Department, will take place Wednesday, February 7, and Thursday, February 8, in the ATC. Student writers and professionals from a wide range of disciplines, who use writing for their careers, will present over the course of two days. Scientists, historians and business professionals will discuss their uses of writing in their respective disciplines, as will poets and publishers.

For more information, contact: Jim Hayes, GRCC English professor, Ext. 4372.


Know the difference between a closing and a delay.

Winter weather is here!

Take three steps to make sure you are prepared.

  1. Get the message.

a. Notifications of closings and delayed starts will be sent to your email, via text to your cell phone and via automated message to your phone.

b. Make sure you will receive those messages by logging in to your Online Center and making sure your cell phone number is listed as “mobile,” and your preferred email address is listed.

  1. Know the difference between “GRCC – Delay,” “GRCC Closed – DAY Classes,” and “GRCC – Closed”

a. “GRCC – Delay” means:

– Campus Police and Custodial staff are to report as scheduled.

– Faculty and Staff report at 10 a.m.

– Classes or activities that begin at 11 a.m. or later will be held as scheduled.

b. “GRCC – Closed” means

– Cancellation of all GRCC day and evening classes and activities on all campuses.

c. “GRCC Closed – DAY Classes” means:

– Cancellation of all GRCC day classes and activities on all campuses

– The determination to open for the evening will be made by 2 p.m.

– Second shift Campus Police and Custodial staff report as scheduled.

– Library staff report at 5 p.m.

– Classes that begin 6 p.m. or later will be held as scheduled.

– Certain academic departments will need additional protocol to handle implications.

3. Read the GRCC Emergency Closing Procedures 

Condolences to friends, family of Gordy Hunsberger

GRCC extends its condolences to the family and friends of former Grand Rapids Junior College football coach and athletic director Gordon “Gordy” Hunsberger, who died Jan. 1.

Hunsberger , a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association Hall of Fame, led the GRJC football team to its 1968 victory in the Wool Bowl. In 1987, he received Emeritus Faculty status, and the  Gordon Hunsberger Scholarship is also named for him. In 2011, Ford Fieldhouse’s arena underwent $1.1 million in renovations, assisted by a substantial gift from the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation. The Van Andels asked that the arena be named for Hunsberger.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 5 at Second Congregational Church, 525 Cheshire Drive NE. Visitation is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. today at Reyers North Valley Chapel, 2815 Fuller Ave. NE, and from 10-11 a.m. Jan. 5 at Second Congregational Church.