GRCC In The News, 10-03-18

Campus Ministry Sparks Lifelong Leadership
10/3/18 The Banner (publication by the Christian Reformed Church in North America)
“Individuals with disabilities are often included somewhere — and then they’re left behind,” said Peter Gordon, a campus minister at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). “I’m always trying to propel the students forward. What next?”

Kent County appoints first female sheriff
9/27/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kent County has named its new sheriff.
Undersheriff Michelle LaJoye-Young will take over as head of the sheriff’s department starting November 1 to fill the term of Sheriff Larry Stelma, who is retiring. Stelma announced his retirement in August.
(This article doesn’t mention it, but Michelle LaJoye-Young is a GRCC alumna.)

Former teachers now elementary leaders for GRPS
10/2/18 (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
… Meet Your Principal: Julie Fogg Reyers
… Other positions you have held in education: Adolescent Montessori guide and International Baccalaureate English instructor at the Montessori High School at University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio. Middle and high school English teacher at Grand Rapids Montessori High School. Grand Rapids Community College adjunct faculty and professional tutor in the ATC open computer lab.

World Peace Day survey request

To anyone who participated in this year’s World Peace Day event, the English department needs your help! Please take a moment to fill out this survey about the event. The survey will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, October 5.

Please contact Professor Muhammad in the English Department with any questions: (616) 234-4950 or

Interested in attending the Grand Showcase? Talk to the English Department

As one of the event sponsors of the Grand Showcase, the English Department has 20 free tickets to the event, available to anyone at GRCC. For more information, reach out to Laura in the English Department, 400 College Park Plaza.

The Grand Showcase is billed as the the biggest community poetry event of the year. It takes place on October 6, 2018, at Fountain Street Church.

Open Forum for Equity and Inclusion Officer Post Continues Today

Jessica Cruz, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Northern Michigan University,  will be interviewed today, 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 forum will run from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in the same location.

The other finalists for the position of Equity and Inclusion Officer include:

  • B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, a visiting associate professor at Salem State University, who 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.