Partnership with Knickerbocker – New Holland brews support for scholarships

A photo of Dr. Pink and Fountain Hill Brewery members posing with a giant check written out to the GRCC Foundation.

GRCC is proud of its community partnerships! The craft brewing program of GRCC’s Secchia institute for Culinary Education teamed up with The Knickerbocker — New Holland Brewing in Grand Rapids and created a special brew – the appropriately named “Syllabus.” New Holland named the Secchia Institute the brewery’s Community Tap for November, with a portion of sales benefiting GRCC students. Last week, The Knickerbocker team presented President Bill Pink and Chef Werner Absenger, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education program director, a check for $1,000 for scholarships for students in the craft brewing program. They were joined by professors Jacob Brenner and Amanda Harper of the Fountain Hill Brewery.

GRCC retiree biography: Ron Graves

Ron Graves has worked for GRCC since January 2000 and noted that he will be just shy of 19 years at the College. Ron began in the Cashier’s Office as the Student Tuition Refund Specialist and currently works in Financial Services as one of the two Accounts Payable Support Professionals. Ron stated that “the people I have worked with at GRCC have made coming to work each day so enjoyable. In my current position, my coworkers really care about each other and their families. That is what I will miss most, the friendships we shared every day.”

Ron shared story where he and his wife were invited to their daughter’s nursing program open house a few years ago. He noted that “all the quests were asked to say their name and where they worked. After the ceremony, the instructor came up to me and asked me if I worked in the Cashier’s Office. I said yes, and she told me it was I that helped her get through college. You see, she was stressing about how she was going to pay for classes at GRCC, and she told me it was I that helped explain the FACTS program, and it allowed her to concentrate on her classes instead of her finances. When she told me that, I felt great. I didn’t think I ever made a difference in someone life here at GRCC, but in fact I did!” This is such a powerful story and only one of the many students, faculty, staff, and community members Ron helped throughout the years.

Ron has great plans for his retirement, which involves a lot of warm weather! Ron’s wife isn’t retiring until July 2019, but that hasn’t stopped them from planning. “We are going to Florida in March 2019 to look for a spot to take our fifth wheel and park it for the winter months starting Oct. of 2019. We are also planning to take my youngest granddaughter to Cancun this spring as a graduation gift. We are planning to be in Florida Oct. – April, and here in Michigan the rest of the time.”

Ron is so thankful that Jane Mohr gave him a start in the Cashier’s Office 18 plus years ago. “I love my co-workers, and I hope we can get together on occasion to rehash the good times we had here at GRCC.”

Ron, we look forward to having you return and rehash all of the wonderful memories – you have made a difference at GRCC and had a large impact on the lives of our students and campus community. We wish you the best in your retirement and hope you stop by throughout the year to share your adventures!

Please join Ron Graves at his retirement reception on Thursday, December 13, from 3-5 p.m. in the White Hall Dining Room.


Sign-up sheet available now for Winter semester Information Stations

A message from Joe Courtade, Coordinator of Student Life and Conduct:

“Dear GRCC Family,

I know it’s hard to believe we’re talking about welcoming students back when they haven’t even left yet, but I wanted to get this information out to folks earlier rather than later. January 7-9, we will once again be welcoming students to the new semester at our well-stocked Information Stations across campus. Student Life couldn’t pull this off without your help–we’re hoping you will consider volunteering some of your time again!

The Information Stations will be at Sneden, Main, Student Center, Calkins Science, and the ATC this coming semester at varying times. See our Winter 2019 Info Station Sign Up Google Sheet to sign up for a time.

Let me know if you have any questions, and as always I appreciate your commitment to assisting our students!”

Contact information: (616) 234-2543 or