GRCC In The News, 11-01-18

Grand Rapids Community College hires chief equity and inclusion officer
10/31/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has added a chief equity and inclusion officer to its list of essential employees, according to GRCC President Bill Pink.

College hires chief equity and inclusion officer
10/31/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local college has named the person taking the new role of chief equity and inclusion officer.
Grand Rapids Community College said it hired B. Afeni McNeely Cobham for the position.

Funding roundup
10/31/18 Community College Daily
… Grand Rapids Community College, in partnership with four area school districts, received a $2.1 million grant project through ED’s Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, or GEAR UP . The funding will benefit a cohort of seventh-graders, who will have access to a variety of resources as they transition from middle school to high school and college or career training.

Xavier 2018-2019 Player Preview: Zach Hankins
10/31/18 (Xavier University sports blog)
“How did I get here? How did a guy with no division one offers out of high school, a bad foot, and the experience of playing in Charlevoix in high school end up here?” Zach Hankins must ask himself something like that all of the time. Hankins wasn’t just lightly recruited out of high school, he basically wasn’t recruited at all. He had just one division two scholarship, and that from Ferris State. Now, four years later, Hankins is one of two genuine post men that perennial contender Xavier will field in the Big East.
… You know who Hankins and Ferris State played after MSU last season? Grand Rapids Community College, then St. Thomas Aquinas, then Indiana. Not Indiana like the Hoosiers, Indiana like the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. (Which seems like a nice school, by the way). You may note that none of those teams are Villanova or, frankly, even Detroit Mercy. It’s incredibly difficult to tell how effective a guy who dropped 31 on Northern Michigan and 24 on Saginaw Valley State is going to do against Villanova and Georgetown. Maybe the reason Hankins wasn’t playing at this level already isn’t because he fell through the cracks, but because he just isn’t good enough.

Recap: German nonprofit Studentenwerk Dresden visits GRCC

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Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday hosted three guests from Studentenwerk Dresden. Studentenwerk is a German non-profit entity receiving subsidies to provide student support services for several universities in Dresden.

The service includes housing, childcare, counseling, financial aid, and international student services.

The visit is part of an ongoing exchange with Grand Valley State University, which asked GRCC leaders to show the visitors the critical roles a community college plays in its community.

The guests met with Provost Laurie Chesley, Associate Provost Tina Hoxie, Dean Michael Vargo of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dean Amy Mansfield of the School of Workforce Development, and Eric Mullen, associate dean of enrollment management and financial aid.

Stops on their tour included the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts and the Fountain Hill Brewery, the Laboratory Preschool, the Academic Advising and Transfer Center, Student Life, the Enrollment Center, and the Thompson M-TEC.

Dia de los Muertos celebration TODAY in Student Center

Poster for the 2018 Dia De Los Muertos celebration at GRCC. The text reads: “Dia De Los Muertos Celebration. November 1, 2018. 9 a.m-11 am and 2 pm-4 pm. Student Life Office. 1st Floor, Student Center building. Community Altar. Refreshments. Altar will be on display Oct. 29- Nov. 1. Open to the Public. Presented by GRCC ALAS. Assisting Latinos to Achieve and Succeed. Asistiendo a Latinos a Alcanzar y Sobresalir. For more information: Sonya Hernandez, 616-234-2561,”

Please join us in Student Life as we celebrate Dia de los Muertos today!


  • 9-11 a.m. – Coffee and Mexican sweetbread
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – the Hispanic Student Organization will be playing the movie Coco in the Raider Grille
  • 2-4 p.m. – Tamales, available in the student life office

We hope you are able to stop in and see us. If you do, please make sure you find our sign-in sheet and let us know you were there!

Free ‘Rock the Vote’ concert TONIGHT features The Crane Wives and GRCC music students

Poster for Rock the Vote concert. The poster art includes a School House Rock-style illustration of a hand dropping a paper into a ballot box. The text reads: “November 1, 6:30 p.m. Rock the Vote with The Crane Wives. WSG Ben Traverse and Kaitlyn Zittel. At GRCC.” There are logos on the bottom of the image for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the GRCC Music Department, and Lakeside House Shows and Music Sales.

WHAT: Rock the Vote – a free concert in the Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall

WHO: The Crane Wives, a Grand Rapids-based Americana band, with special guests GRCC students Ben Kolk and Kaitlyn Zittel

WHEN: Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall, room 200, in the Albert P. Smith Music Center

This free concert is presented by the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, NextGen America, Lakeside House Shows, and the GRCC Music Department.

What does FERPA mean for student introductions in class?

Student Records, General Counsel, and several faculty members teamed up to answer some commonly asked questions about FERPA.

Today’s question is: Are there any rules about how we ask students to introduce themselves?

Search “FERPA” on GRCC Today to find more videos answering common FERPA-related questions.

For more information or additional questions about GRCC’s FERPA policy (8.6), please feel free to email

Thank you to all the stars of these videos and to Klaas Kwant for your work!

Gerontology Panel today at DeVos Campus

Gerontology Panel poster. Poster features three images of older adults. An older woman listens to headphones with a younger woman; an older woman and man ride bikes; and an older man teaches four younger students in an academic setting. The text on the poster reads: "Gerontology Panel. Thursday, November 1, 2018. 4:30-6 p.m. GRCC's DeVos Campus, Sneden Hall, Room 108."

Information about this panel discussion:

  • What: Gerontology Panel
  • When: Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Where: GRCC’s DeVos Campus, Sneden Hall, Room 108
  • Who: A panel of community experts will answer questions about issues in Gerontology and share volunteer opportunities for working with older adults.
  • Why: Learn more about GRCC’s Gerontology Certificate program.

The Gerontology Panel is free and open to any students, faculty, staff, and community members who would like to attend.

Contact Kate Byerwalter, Ph.D. at or (616) 234-4405 for more information.