GRCC In The News, 9-11-18

Grand Rapids designer makes his debut at New York Fashion Week
9/10/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids designer RC Caylan made his New York Fashion Week debut Powered By Art Hearts Fashion NYFW.
RC finally achieved what hes been dreaming of all his life to finish a fashion designing degree at the GRCC School of Fashion And Interior Design.

Grand Rapids welcomes college students during GR College Week
9/10/18 The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)
Grand Rapids welcomes college students to explore the city during the annual GR College Week. From Monday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 16, the city will open its arms to all college students within the area as a week designed to get students out and about in the city of Grand Rapids.
GR College Week is not just for GVSU students; it is a joint effort between the city and all of the different colleges that are located nearby. Students from Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, Ferris State University and other surrounding communities are welcome to participate in the events as well.

Petoskey grads Lewis, Hoffman help collegiate teams to wins
9/11/18 Petoskey News-Review
… Aquinas (cross country team) finished eighth out of 23 teams and will next take part in the Grand Rapids Community College Raider Invite on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Fall series of Weight Watchers at Work needs 2 more members!

We are two members away from our 15 member minimum to continue with Weight Watchers at Work, so if you’ve been thinking about joining, now is the perfect time! Our current members have collectively lost over 500 pounds since January!

Cost for the program is $156 for 12 weeks of on-campus meetings (on Thursdays) beginning September 13th and online e-tool access. Did you also know that if you take advantage of the Flex Spending Account, the cost of the program could be covered with a medical necessity doctor’s note? For more information, please contact the Benefits Office. If you’d like to join, please attend our next meeting on Thursday, September 13th, at 12:30 p.m. in room 144 Main to register and submit payment. Payment can be made via credit/debit card or check.

Questions? Please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848,

Upcoming Mind-Body Wellness Events from Counseling & Career Development

Counseling & Career Development is presenting a series of Mind-Body Wellness events this Fall. These events are intended to promote student wellness, particularly their mental and emotional health and resiliency. We’re trying out some new offerings and formats this semester, including weekly mindfulness meditation and tai chi activities, as well as brief talks with nutritious snacks. These will be held at a variety of locations across campus. The September flyer is below; the events are also listed on the Raider Connect platform, where students can RSVP (not required, but helpful!).

All GRCC students, faculty, & staff are welcome. Questions? Call (616) 234-4130, email, or check out Those in need of accommodations, please contact DSS in advance at (616) 234-4140.

Flier for the Mind-Body Wellness Series. Text reads: "GRCC Counseling & Career Development’s Mind-Body Wellness Series: September 2018 Events. (1.) Mindfulness Meditation: Mondays, starting September 10, 12-12:30 p.m., Meditation and Prayer Room, Main Floor Library and Learning Commons. Did you know that regular practice of mindfulness meditation can reduce stress, improve attention and concentration, increase feelings of connectedness, and may strengthen the immune system and improve stress-related physical and mental health conditions? Want to check it out for yourself? Join us for any of our weekly mindfulness meditation sessions to learn how to meditate or build on any previous meditation experience you may have. GRCC counselor, Emily Nisley, will facilitate sessions using a variety of common mindfulness meditation exercises. Our practice will be secular; no particular religious or spiritual beliefs are required. Chairs and floor seating are available; you’re welcome to bring a mat, cushion, towel, and/or blanket for more comfortable floor seating if desired. (2.) Tai Chi & Tea: Tuesdays, starting September 11, 12-1 p.m., Student Center Room 336. Originally developed in ancient China, tai chi is an exercise with benefits for the mind and body. Regular practice of tai chi’s slow, continuous movements with coordinated breathing and mental focus can decrease feelings of stress, improve mood, and increase strength, flexibility, and balance. The tai chi style we’ll practice was designed to be safe and gentle; it can even be done seated if needed. GRCC counselor Emily Nisley will lead the sessions, with about 45 minutes of tai chi, followed by time to enjoy a cup of tea together if you’d like. No experience necessary. Clothes you can move in and flat-soled shoes are recommended. Those with a health condition should consult their health care provider before beginning tai chi. (3.) Zzz’s Get Degrees!: Thursday, September 20, 1:30-2 p.m., Sneden Hall Room 103; Wednesday, September 26, 11-11:30 a.m., Cook Hall Room 213. Getting enough good-quality sleep lays a foundation for physical and emotional wellness, and is vital for maximizing the power of your attention and memory to achieve academic success. Despite this, there’s practically an epidemic of sleep deprivation amongst college students! Join us to learn how sleep (or lack thereof) impacts academic performance and health. Assess your own sleep quality and leave with 10 strategies for improving your sleep right away! Light refreshments will be served (while they last). All GRCC students, faculty, & staff are welcome. Questions? (616) 234-4130 Those in need of accommodations, please contact DSS in advance at (616) 234-4140."