GRCC In the News, 1-8-18

Longtime GRCC coach and AD Gordon Hunsberger dies

Jan. 5, 2018; MLive

Gordon Hunsberger, one of the most distinguished athletic figures at Grand Rapids Community College, has died at age 93.

At family-owned Micron Manufacturing, workers create their own schedules

Jan. 7, 2018;

WALKER — One West Michigan manufacturer has embraced a Wild West approach to running its shop floor.

… To accompany its apprenticeship program, Micron has partnered with Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University to offer internships.

Cedar Springs Library debuts first artists of new year in rotating exhibit

Jan. 6, 2018; MLive

The Cedar Springs Public Library is welcoming its first artists of 2018 to have their artwork displayed as part of their “Artists, Authors & YOU!” program.

… (Lori) Hough studied art at Grand Rapids Junior College, now known as Grand Rapids Community College, and received a degree in zoology from MSU.

GVSU receives $1M grant for STEM initiative

Jan. 8, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

For many incoming freshmen, the shock of a college workload can add stress and strain to their lives. This can be especially true for those pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Often perceived as some of the most difficult college disciplines, Grand Valley State University’s STEM programs have a freshman dropout rate of nearly 60 percent within students’ first two years at school. Last year, department officials decided it was time to take action in a new way.

… The incoming freshmen in this program will largely be recruited from nearby community colleges, such as Grand Rapids Community College, Northwestern Michigan College and Muskegon Community College. Johnson plans to conduct research on students throughout the entirety of their time in the program and hopes to be able to use the information to help other universities struggling with the same issues in their STEM fields.



SSPD Grants: January 2018 funding opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is January 26, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available on the Grants Department webpage. Please note that applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Associate Director of Grants & Resource Development at 234-3340 or Good luck!

Time change for Jan. 15 Board of Trustees meeting

The January 15, 2018, GRCC Board of Trustees meeting will begin one hour earlier than previously scheduled. The meeting will begin at 3:15 p.m. This will allow time for board members and meeting attendees to also attend the 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, which will be held at Fountain Street Church at 6 p.m., in partnership with Opera Grand Rapids, GVSU and Davenport University.

Also, earlier that day, the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with media activist, attorney and writer April Reign, who will present “Social Media: Pursuing Justice in the Digital Age” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the 168 ATC.

Student Life, Campus Activities Board sponsor ‘Show Me Democracy’

GRCC Student Life and Conduct, in collaboration with the Campus Activities Board, will be hosting a screening and Q&A of the film “Show Me Democracy” on MLK Day (January 15th) in 108 and 103 of Sneden Hall. Screening will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. and Q&A will proceed. Free parking will be provided to students who need it following the event. If you would like to bring a group of students of over 10, please RSVP for seating at For questions please contact Thalia at the Student Life Office.

Amidst the uprising in Ferguson, seven St. Louis college students evolve into advocates and activists as they demand change through policy and protest and test the validity of the Margaret Mead quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”