GRCC In The News, 10-02-18

The Big List (Oct. 1-7): Thomas Rhett, Lettuce, Pokey LaFarge, The Motet, Zhu, Buddy Guy, Luke Winslow King, The Verve Pipe
10/1/18 Local Spins
THE BIG LIST: Oct. 1-7
For an expanded list of upcoming shows at West Michigan venues, check out The REALLY Big List at Local Spins. Have concert listings you think deserve to be spotlighted? Email date, time, ticket prices, location and details to
Folias Duo playing the GRCC International Guitar Series at Albert P. Smith Music Center at 142 Ransom Ave. NE in Grand Rapids, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, $15 adults, $10 students/seniors, $5 GRCC students The International Guitar Series gets rolling with the Folias Duo, aka guitarist Andrew Bergeron and flautist Carmen Maret. They’ll premiere Concerto Garia, a piece they wrote during a residency in Colorado in July, with special guests Kyle Thompson and Marissa Peak. Get details and directions.

Leadership Institute 2019 – Now Accepting Applications

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus.

Testimonials from past Leadership Institute Alumni:

I was a member of the 2015 Leadership Institute team, and what an experience I had! Going into the start of the Leadership Institute I had reservations. Will this help me? Will I fit in? Do I want to put the time in that is required? The answer was yes! The Leadership Institute provided me with many opportunities to better myself professionally here at GRCC. Through the Leadership Institute I became comfortable with public speaking, where today I am comfortable interacting with anyone in any format. I was taught to express my thoughts and ideas, but probably the most gratifying aspect was to work on our project with my teammates. To be able to feel the accomplishment at the end, the bond we had formed, and most importantly the friends that I made along the way. I would encourage anyone that has any interest in the Leadership Institute to take the next step, and join as you will not be disappointed. – Thomas Vos

As a member of the 2014-2015 Leadership Institute cohort, I was given the opportunity to meet many new people from multiple departments of the college. It also increased my awareness and appreciation for the work other GRCC employees do. Regardless of whether we work in Facilities, Information Technology, or the President’s Office; we all perform specific and valuable tasks. Our work can positively impact our students, faculty, and staff at GRCC, as well as the community around us. More importantly, the Leadership Institute allowed me to better understand the entire hierarchy of the organization; to see the big picture, and to comprehend how every one of us fits into this amazing GRCC family.
Professionally, the Leadership Institute enabled me to take the next step in my career. It gave me the extra knowledge and confidence to lead my very own team. Shortly after I finished the Leadership Institute in 2015, I accepted the Information Technology Desktop Support Team Coordinator position. If I had the opportunity to go through the Leadership Institute again, I would do it without hesitation. – Antonio Aguillon

For anyone considering participating in GRCC’s Leadership Institute, stop considering and just apply. For those eager to learn and grow professionally, it is very difficult to find a better program!

Being a member of the 2016 Leadership Institute cohort allowed me the time to learn and incorporate leadership skills into my day to day practices. Having exposure to the inter-workings of the college including multi-departmental advisory boards gave a deeper level of perspective and understanding of the operations of GRCC Leadership and how decisions are made within the college.

The Leadership Institute experience is great for developing relationships with peers in other departments that I traditionally would not have the privilege to work with. Everything learned throughout the cohort, I knew I was capable of, but going through the process I developed the confidence and skills to tactfully implement the changes into my day-to-day routine.

The culmination of this experience has directly resulted in an increased confidence to lead, build collaborative relationships with others outside my team, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader and a resource for others.

For those interested and applying, the amount of energy and interest you put into the program is exactly what you will take away from it. Go in with an open mind and a willingness to learn! – Kelly Webber

The Leadership Institute 2019 application deadline is October 26, 2018. For more information visit the Leadership Institute webpage or please contact Jessica Berens in Human Resources at



Recording of B. Afeni McNeely Cobham interview for Equity and Inclusion Officer position at GRCC

For those who missed yesterday’s faculty and community forums for Equity and Inclusion Officer finalist B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, a video recording is available here.

Once you have watched the video, GRCC’s Institute of Research and Planning requests that you fill out a digital feedback form with your evaluation of this candidate.

GRCC Scholars Poster Presentation October 24 in the Raider Grille

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GRCC students who participated in the Summer 2018 MICUP Program at Michigan Technological University, UROP at the University of Michigan, and Study Abroad in Salamanca (Spain) will be exhibiting their research posters on Wednesday, October 24, in the Raider Grill!

Support their hard work and learn more about the amazing opportunities that the MICUP, UROP, and Study Abroad have to offer!

Stop by anytime between 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Raider Grille, 2nd Floor Student Center, Rooms 205/207

Snacks will be provided.

Reminder from ePrint: Boxes must be delivered to Shipping and Receiving

Beginning Monday, October 15th, Amazon Business is an approved marketplace for non-contracted items and all Amazon purchases for GRCC should be made under GRCC’s centralized account. It is required that you register using your @grcc email address if you plan to purchase from Amazon.

When placing Amazon orders, please note that Shipping and Receiving is where boxes need to be delivered to and not the Mail Room.

The address that should be used to have boxes delivered to GRCC is:

[Your Name/Department]
Grand Rapids Community College
151 Fountain Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Forums for Equity and Inclusion Officer Continue Tomorrow

Grand Rapids Community College is holding a series of faculty and community forums this week and next to meet the four finalists for the position of equity and inclusion officer.

Jessica Cruz, the chief diversity and inclusion officer at Northern Michigan University, will be interviewed tomorrow, October 3, in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC), 151 Fountain St. NE.

The faculty forum will run from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. at the ATC.

The community forums will run from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in the same location.


The other finalists for the position include:

  • B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, a visiting associate professor at Salem State University, was interviewed October 1, in room 168 of the ATC.
  • Salvador Lopez, associate director of diversity recruitment at Grand Valley State University, who will be interviewed October 10 in room 124 of the ATC.


The person selected for the position will work with stakeholders – students, faculty, staff and community members – to ensure that GRCC is a leader in equity and inclusion.

This position also will oversee the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, which has worked for 12 years on educating and honoring the dignity of all people through community celebrations such as the Giants Awards and through educational opportunities like student workshops, the Latino Youth Conference, and the Institute for Healing Racism.


Note:  Dwight Hamilton, chief diversity officer at Rosalind Franklin University, withdrew his candidacy.