YMCA Veggie Van to visit GRCC

Student Life and CAP 1.3.6 are excited to announce the weekly visit of the YMCA Veggie Van to campus starting this Wednesday 3/28.  Please come and purchase fresh local food from the Veggie Van every Wednesday from 11am-noon in the first floor of the Student Center.  Once the weather warms up, they will be setting up on the Bostwick Commons.

All forms of payment are accepted including SNAP.  Please pass the word on to students!

Mobile Farmers Market. YMCA Veggie Van. Student Center 1st Floor Corridor or Bostwick Commons. Wednesdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. SNAP, Credit, Debit, Cash, RaiderCard all accepted.

GRCC In the News, 3-26-18

GRCC to host regional basketball tournament in 2019-20

March 26, 2018; MLive

Grand Rapids Community College will host the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XII basketball tournament in 2019 and 2020, the school announced.

Grand Rapids Community College Approves New Security System

March 24, 2018; U.S. News & World Report

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Grand Rapids Community College trustees have approved purchasing a new security system that officials say would let it start a lockdown with the press of a button.

Review: ‘Building the Wall’ starts a powerful, captivating conversation

March 24, 2018; Revue

A conversation was sparked after the first production of “Building the Wall” by playwright Robert Schenkkan premiered in Michigan last night. The 70-minute-play, directed by Carrie McNulty, has already sparked controversy and confusion in the city with its artwork of an angry Donald Trump on the poster. What’s important to be pointed out though, is that the Actors Theatre Grand Rapids production is less about Trump and more about the messages and ideologies that existed long before the last election.

… Last night, the audience talked with Michelle Urbane from Grand Rapids Community College and One World Diversity and Leslie Curry, a lawyer with Legal Aid of Western Michigan. Tonight, the audience will hear from a man from the GR Rapid Response to ICE, a group who aids immigrants who are at risk of deportation from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Saturday, the audience will hear from Edye Evans Hyde from Grand Rapids black theater group Ebony Road Players.

Sparta softball team looks to have plenty of defense, depth this spring

March 23, 2018; MLive

SPARTA — Sparta softball Nicole Hutchens likes the potential of her team this season.

… Among the key seniors is pitcher Sarina Gerke, who is in her third varsity season. She was all-conference last season. Madison Marble is a returning senior outfielder who has signed to play at Grand Rapids Community College next season.

Surplus sale set for March 30

A GRCC surplus blowout sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 in room 108 of Sneden.

You’ll find desktop and all-in-one computers substantially discounted as well as laptops and lost-and-found items. Cash, checks and credit cards (Mastercard and Visa) will be accepted. GRCC students will receive a 25 percent discount by showing their RaiderCard.

All items are sold “as is” and all sales are final. You must take your items at the time of purchase.

Registration starts today for Golf Outing and Cookout

Starting today, you can register for the GRCC Golf Outing and Cookout!

It takes place May 4 at the Alpine Country Club — see the registration form below or in your GRCC email from President Pink! Space is limited!

It’s $50 per person for golf and dinner, $20 per person for dinner only. Registration opens at 9 a.m. with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. A social hour starts at 3 p.m. with a 4 p.m. dinner buffet.

Even if you’re not a golfer, join us and have a great time with the GRCC family. Questions? Contact Misty McClure-Anderson at (616) 234-3901 or mmcclure@grcc.edu.

Registration form. Payment must accompany your registration. First come, first served basis (25 team limit/limited seating). Registration will be accepted through April 13, 2018, or until team/dinner limit has been reached. Golfers’ information. Person submitting form: ______________________________ Phone number: ___________________ Number of golfers (includes dinner) x $50 = ________________________ I/we will be attending dinner only (limited seating): 1. ______________ 2. ________________________ 3. ______________ Number of diners x $20 = _______________ Total remitted $ _____ Method of Payment: Check enclosed __ Please charge my: *American Express *Mastercard *Visa. Card number ______________ Expiration date: ________ Name: _________ Signature _____________ Contact number ______________ email____________________ Please return form in person to Amy Bennett, 2nd Floor Admin Building, DeVos Campus.

Criminal Justice Club is collecting hygiene products

An illustration of someone washing their hands.GRCC’s Criminal Justice Club is holding a hygiene product drive from April 2 to 20.

Here are some items that are needed:

  • shampoo and conditioner.
  • soap.
  • deodorant.
  • shaving cream.
  • toothbrush.
  • toothpaste.
  • dental floss.
  • toilet paper.
  • T-shirts.
  • women’s undergarments.
  • men’s undergarments.
  • socks.
  • feminine products.
  • towels.
  • lotion.
  • lip balm.

You can drop off items at the Criminal Justice Department office in White Hall or the Student Life Office in the Student Center.

For more information, email Melinacastro@email.grcc.edu, Monserratparedesgu@email.grcc.edu or Constancejohnson@email.grcc.edu.

GRCC In the News, 3-23-18

New officer joins Hastings Police Department / 3-22-18

March 22, 2018; Hastings Banner

Officer Nate Pickett is the newest member of the Hastings Police Department.

… Pickett is a 2004 graduate of Ionia High School and a 2017 graduate of the police academy program at Grand Rapids Community College.

Reeths-Puffer appoints board member to fill vacancy

March 23, 2018; MLive

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, MI – Reeths-Puffer Public Schools Board of Education gained a new member this month.

… (Sonya) Hernandez is an adjunct instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, a commissioner on the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan, and the director of the Y Achievers program and Youth in Government at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids.

Unarmed black youths held at gunpoint distrust police a year later

March 22, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Just 13, Kaleil Harris has already decided he doesn’t like police. He doubts that will change.

… A public-safety task force — chaired by City Attorney Anita Hitchcock with Deputy Police Chief Eric Payne and Grand Rapids Community College Associate Dean Raynard Ross as leading members – is to unveil a police “youth policy” on March 27.

25 Grand Rapids Staycation Ideas

March 22, 2018; grkids.com

Your kids are on break from school, so you want to plan some fun activities that don’t break the bank or require serious travel. We get it and we are here to help!

… 17. Enjoy fine dining (at a lower cost) at The Heritage Restaurant, GRCC’s acclaimed culinary school restaurant.

 

 

 

Photos from basketball challenge

Yesterday, our employees took to the courts to face off against Dr. Pink in a variety of basketball challenges to benefit the United Way. Our president defeated all contenders but one: Angie Ramirez! Thanks to everyone who came to play, spectate, and support the United Way.
And don’t forget: There is still time to get in on the fun! Next week is the final week to participate in jeans and jerseys:
  • For a donation of $10, you will have the opportunity to wear the jersey or shirt of your favorite team, when that team plays.
  • 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.

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GRCC In the News, 3-22-18

Witnesses say mutual fight led to man’s death; mother in doubt

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After almost a year of investigation, police and prosecutors found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the April 2017 death of a 25-year-old Grand Rapids man.

… (Julius Melvin) Vinson’s family described the 25-year-old as a “jokester” who was well-loved by his family and others. He studied business at Grand Rapids Community College, and wanted to be a real estate agent.

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $1

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students will see their tuition increase by $1 this fall – the lowest hike in nearly two decades, officials say.

‘He’s a fighter’ 2-year-old diagnosed with rare Vanishing Bone disease

March 21, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An Ottawa County boy is battling a disease so rare, less than 300 cases have been reported in the entire world.

… Antonio (Aguillon) has been at the hospital nonstop, getting a lot of help from friends and family.  A coworker of his at Grand Rapids Community College started a GoFundMe page to help with the family’s medical expenses.

Collegiate Men’s Basketball: SUNY Ulster eliminated from national tourney with loss to Grand Rapids

March 21, 2018; Daily Freeman (Kingston, N.Y.)

DANVILLE, ILL. — SUNY Ulster was eliminated from the NJCAA Division 2 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday as Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) held off the Senators 98-88.

Battle Creek’s Best Bracket – Today’s Boys Elite Eight Region

March 21, 2018; Battle Creek Enquirer

So your bracket is busted and you don’t have any reason to pay attention to March Madness any longer. Well, you are in luck.

… No. 3 Jeremiah Davis vs. No. 6: Khylen Watkins

No. 3: Jeremiah Davis Harper Creek Class of 2017: As a senior, Davis led Harper Creek in scoring with 18.9 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds a contest in his final year on a 15-9 team. He finished his career as a two-time All-City player and an honorable mention All-State selection. Davis played his freshman year at Grand Rapids Community College.

UIX: Offstage engineering makes a big difference in local music

March 22, 2018; rapidgrowthmedia.com

Making music takes talent. Making a record takes commitment. But making it all sound good, takes experience.

… A sound engineer of 25 years, and currently Associate Professor of Recording Technology at Grand Rapids Community College, (Tim) Heldt was working with cutting edge equipment that few outside of his profession could afford, or understand.

Southwest Michigan slates 2018 Chávez awards dinner

March 21, 2018; La Prensa

KALAMAZOO: Southwest Michigan will celebrate the life and work of civil rights leader César E. Chávez on Saturday, March 24, 2018 during an annual scholarship fundraising dinner that includes the presentation of regional awards and scholarships.

… He (Juan Olivarez) served as the seventh president of Aquinas College from 2011 to 2017 and eighth president of Grand Rapids Community College from 1999 to 2008. In addition, he was a GRCC dean for 20 years; president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation for three years; and a teacher, school psychologist and administrator with the Grand Rapids Public Schools system for many years.

Kent County considers early childhood tax for November ballot

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Early childhood education advocates in Kent County are once again working to place a county tax millage request on the ballot.

… There are also additional millages levied by the Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids Community College, Kent District Library and the Inter Urban Transit Partnership — better known as The Rapid — and by local school districts and local units of government.

United Way basketball challenge is today; treats available for $1 donation

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. TODAY  in the Fieldhouse.

Candy, sports drinks and popcorn will be available for a $1 donation to the United Way.

Surplus blowout sale will be held March 30

A GRCC surplus blowout sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 in room 108 of Sneden.

You’ll find desktop and all-in-one computers substantially discounted as well as laptops and lost-and-found items. Cash, checks and credit cards (Mastercard and Visa) will be accepted. GRCC students will receive a 25 percent discount by showing their RaiderCard.

All items are sold “as is” and all sales are final. You must take your items at the time of purchase.