GRCC In the News, 1-15-18

Change Ups: Winkelman promoted to principal

Jan. 12, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College freshman and volleyball team member Kendra DeJonge was named to the 2017 Two-Year College Third Team All-American team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The honor comes less than two weeks after she was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II All-American Second Team. DeJonge is a Rockford High School graduate.

‘We’re living his dream’

Jan. 12, 2018; (KISD newsletter)

At a rehearsal of the Martin Luther King Jr. student choir, second-grader Markese McNairy took the microphone and auditioned for a solo part  — singing in that pure treble that is celebrated and nurtured in church choirs. The Kentwood Glenwood Elementary student, who sings in the choir of New Hope Baptist Church where the students were rehearsing, put his heart into the gospel song “I’m Looking For A Miracle.”

… At rehearsal’s end, (Sheri) Gilreath-Watt’s son, Ike, a 2016 Grandville graduate and Grand Rapids Community College student, hoped the celebration will be an inspiring testament to King’s message.

Staff development opportunities

Diffusing Rude Behavior — Tuesday, January 16, 2018

It can be difficult to know how to react when you are confronted with rude behavior. This course examines a number of cases of rude behavior and provides participants with effective tactics to responding in these situations.

QPR-Question. Persuade. Refer. — Tuesday, January 16, 2018

QPR is used to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. It is believed that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

Drupal Basics: Editing Content —  Thursday, January 18, 2018

In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.

10-Minute Workouts — Friday, January 19, 2018

The number one reason not to be more active is a lack of time. Yes, we are busier than ever, but what if you could carve out 10 minutes every other day and achieve great results? What should you be doing and what can you cut out? 10-minute workouts can be efficient and help you develop a lean body and strong core. Learn how to make the most out of those 10 minutes with simple program design rules.


GRCC Employees on the Move through January 5, 2018

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.



 *Delicia Wilondja

From:    Support Professional, Workforce Development

To:        Support Professional, Human Resources

Effective 12-11-17

*Correction from last month’s submission which incorrectly stated that Delicia Wilondja transferred from a Contingency position.



Erik Taylor

From:   Contingency, Preschool

To:       Assistant to Preschool Instructor, Preschool

Effective 1-8-18


Kelsee Mullins

From:    Support Professional, Computer Information Systems

To:        Support Professional, Registrar’s Office

Effective 1-15-18


Max Spencer

From:    Contingency

To:        Lab Coordinator, Academic Support & Tutoring Services

Effective 12-18-17



Dawn Mumford

Adjunct Faculty, Business Department

Effective 12-30-17


Kali Anderson

Assistant to Preschool Instructor, Preschool

Effective 12-19-17



TRIO hosts Summer Research Fair on Jan. 24

TRIO/Student Support Services is holding a Summer Research Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 24 in room 336 of the Student Center.

Participating programs include:

  • University of Michigan UROP Community College Summer Fellowship.
  • Michigan Technological University MICUP
  • University of Michigan School of Information
  • Van Andel Institute
  • Summer Health Professions Education Program
  • PTK/Office of Experiential Learning

Information on a variety of opportunities will be available. Stop by, learn, get involved and make a difference! Snacks will be provided.

Chantal Garcia points to something on her poster for "Influence of Funding on Technological Innovation and Commercialization." A man stands next to her, looking at the poster.