GRCC In the News, 3-12-18

Helping communities thrive

March 9, 2018; Community College Daily

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) plays a vital role in developing talent by working with community partners to provide students of all ages with strong pathways to careers or continued education, GRCC President Bill Pink told state lawmakers on Friday.

News at 11 p.m.

March 10, 2018; FOX 17

And what a fun year it’s been for Grand Rapids Community College! The men’s basketball team knocked off second-ranked Ancilla today in the district final — their second win over Ancilla over three weeks — to advance to the national junior college Division II National Tournament in Danville, Ill. Zach Pangborn was the MVP of the district tournament, and Curtis Davison and Anthony McIntosh were First Team All Tournament. Head coach Luke Bronkema, Ferris coach Andy Bronkema’s brother, was the District 9 Coach of the Year. Congrats to them!

Street Talk: West Side Meijer taking shape

March 9, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… One for all

… The event (Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit) included 30 workshops, as well as a keynote address, an exhibition hall with booths staffed by neighborhood organizations and social service providers, and closing remarks by Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Kietzman to become GRCC Raider

March 11, 2018; The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Another talented Lakewood volleyball player will be playing at the next level. Katelyn Kietzman, a defensive specialist for the Vikings, has signed to play for Grand Rapids Community College coach Chip Will and his Raiders.

Human Resources professional development opportunities

QPR-Question. Persuade. Refer. Training

Monday, March 12, 2018 (11:00 am-12:00 pm)

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.


ADA for Supervisors

Thursday, March 15, 2018 (3:00 – 4:00 pm)

This course will review basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act, including college responsibilities that are relevant to supervisors, how to recognize an accommodations request, and the process GRCC follows. Key objectives to the workshop:- Become more familiar with ADA requirements for the college – Identify accommodations requests- Recognize concerns that need to be elevated to HR- Identify concerns that may arise when dealing with disability as related to job role, performance, etc.


Family Together & Connectedness

Friday, March 16. 2018 (10:00 – 11:00 am)

It is hard to be active as a family if we aren’t even connected, or together. In this workshop, learn some strategies on how to spend more quality time with your children, have stronger conversations with your children and have rituals that are sacred and vital to the health of your family. Learn the different personality types of parenting and how you can use those strengths to foster more meaningful relationships at home. This is a relevant topic no matter the make-up of your family!


Screening Committee Training

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (1:30 – 4:00 pm)

This learning session is designed to brief all screening committee team members regarding their roles and responsibilities in the search process. Topics that will be covered include: A) Overview of Search Process; B) Position Approval Process; C) Recruitment/ SAAR Notebook Review Including: 1. Screening Committee & Leadership Roles; 2. Candidate Screening/ Recruitment Solutions Training; 3. Interview Questions, Presentations/Demonstrations; 4. Diversity Considerations and Goals; 5. Effective Evaluation Tools and Consensus Decision-Making; 6. Human Resources Responsibilities. Learning Objectives: Participants will understand their role in the selection of excellent candidates for staff and faculty positions and the hiring objectives and legal parameters for assessing and recommending future staff and faculty members.

Nominations sought for Excellence in Education

Do you know of a faculty or staff member at GRCC who has gone above and beyond their role at the College, in the Community, or in higher education? If so, consider nominating them for the Excellence in Education Award! The Excellence in Education Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual Grand Rapids Community College employee. In 2000, the award was expanded to provide recognition in the form of a staff award, and a separate full-time faculty award. In 2010, an additional award was added for an exemplary adjunct faculty member.

There is a cash award of $1,000 for full-time faculty who have taught at GRCC for at least 5 years, and for adjunct faculty who have taught at least 2 years, with a $750 cash award. Staff members also receive a cash award of $1,000.

Anyone can nominate! Deadline for nominations is May 15, 2018:

Note: the criteria and form for full-time faculty and adjuncts have changed a bit in the past few years, so please be sure to read the guidelines carefully.


Faculty & Adjunct: Call the Provost Office (234-3920) or Karen Walker (234-4236)

Staff: Call Nicole Dekker (234-3848).

TRIO collecting supplies for Puerto Rico

A quick update on TRIO’s ongoing Love Puerto Rico Campaign: We were able to ship successfully 6 small boxes with supplies. We have attached a picture of two of our students getting the boxes ready! We have kept in touch with our colleagues there — we have one student who is visiting Puerto Rico right now and will be meeting with the director of the SSS Program, and we are hoping to have a student-to-student Skype session.

We are coming to you to seek your support one more time and create a rainbow for Puerto Rico. We will be collecting supplies on Tuesday, March 13, during our TRIO/Palooza event from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Room 122 ATC! Or we can pick up your donations from your offices – or you can drop them by our offices located on the 3rd Floor of the Student Center (Room 332) by March 14th!

Contact Anna Maria Clark at if you have any questions!

Thank you for all your support and contributions!

  • Help students at the Universidad del Turabo by donating:
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Solar-powered bulb lights
  • Portable battery-operated fans
  • Pen drives
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Filler paper with lines
  • Highlighters
  • Small staples
  • Scientific calculators
  • White glue
  • Manila folders
  • Sheet protectors
  • Correction paper or Liquid Paper
  • Rulers
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Backpack
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil case
  • Lunch box
  • Tablet Notebooks, printers, and iPads

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GRCC United Way March Madness begins tomorrow

GRCC United Way Heart of West Michigan March Madness: March 13 to April 2

There are three ways to play!

  1. Think you can best Dr. Pink at basketball? Donate $5 and square off against our president in a variety of short competitions — most consecutive free throws, most consecutive layups or P-I-G. The competition will be held 12:30-1:30 p.m. March 22 in the fieldhouse. You can sign up online.
  2. For a donation of $10, you will have the opportunity to wear the jersey or shirt of your favorite team, when that team plays.
  3. For a donation of $10 per week, CEBA employees can wear a GRCC logo top. Campus Police can wear a hat of their favorite team for $5 per week. All other employees can wear jeans for a week for a donation of $10. Purchase as many weeks as you’d like!

Donation locations:

  • Travis Steffens in 423 Main.
  • Cathy Noviskey in 106 Main.
  • Tracy Payne in 313 SCC.
  • Rachel Bower in 130 Sneden.
  • Nicole Dekker in 210 Admin.
  • Mandy Vanderhill in 101 GRMTEC.

Men’s basketball team wins District 9 Championship

Back-to-Back, GRCC men’s basketball team (24-8) earned its second consecutive berth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament by defeating No. 1 seed Ancilla College on Saturday, March 10th, 85-72.

The Raiders topped the Chargers in the District 9 Championship game for the second straight year behind the strong performances of Curtis Davison, 29 points and six rebounds, Zachary Pangborn 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists, and Anthony McIntosh 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks. But it was the incredible defensive effort by the Raiders that secured the Championship as GRCC held Ancilla to 72 points, 18 points off of their season average (90.4 ppg).

Ancilla led for a good portion of the first half and led 36-35 at the half. The lead changed hands several times early in the second half, but when Pangborn hit a jumper to make the score 64-62 with 7:09 left in the game, Ancilla would never lead again. GRCC outscored the Chargers 50 to 35 in the second stanza, holding Ancilla to 33% shooting from the field and only 11% from three point range. GRCC’s suffocating defense held the Chargers to 3 of 27 shooting from behind the arc while the Raiders knocked down 11 of 30 (37%), seven of which came in the second half as the Raiders pulled away from the Chargers.

Ancilla (29-3) was led by Tyler Chisom with 16 points and four rebounds, while Teyon Scanlan had 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks. D.K. Fox added 11 points and eight rebounds, while Erick Shepherd (FR/Indianapolis, IN) came off the bench to score 11 points and grab eight rebounds.

Curtis Davison, Anthony McIntosh, Tyler Chisom and Teyon Scanlan along with Sergio Diaz of Muskegon Community College were named to the All-Tournament Team. Zach Pangborn was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 26.6 ppg over the three game tournament. For the second consecutive year, head coach Luke Bronkema was named District 9 Coach of the Year.

GRCC advances to the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Nationals hosted by Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL on March 20-24. The Raiders will find out who they play in the Sweet 16 during the NJCAA Division II selection show on Tuesday, March 14th.

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IIPD Grant Applications are due on March 16, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., March 16, 2018. Information about how to apply for an IIPD grant can be found on the Grants Department webpage. Please note that applications must include a Dean’s and Department Head/Program Director Approval Form, a Budget Form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director of Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!