GRCC In the News, 6-6-19

Mackinac Policy Conference 2019, Part 2: Michigan is getting serious about its education crisis – with solid plans to correct it

May 30, 2019; Saline Journal

The topic of “education” did not come up generally or gently on the first full day of programming at the Mackinac Policy Conference. In fact, it started with a 9:00am session, held before a capacity-plus audience in one of the Grand Hotel pavilion rooms, introduced by a self-described “angry” City of Detroit Arts and Culture Director Rochelle Riley. [1-3]

… In the first “Prepare Michigan” segment, “Framing the Issue,” Dr Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College, put numbers to the challenge as a way of providing both direction and measures of progress toward goals set. [14,15]

Graciousness and Commitment

June 5, 2019; West Michigan Woman

The first time I met Madison Massara she was a 16-year-old, spinning around effortlessly in a humid, crowded ballet class at Grand Rapids Ballet School.

… Connie Flachs is a West Michigan transplant who has fallen in love with the beauty and community of the Midwest. A passionate communicator, she connects with others through the mediums of dance, writing and activism. Connie is the co-founder of Better Body Image Conference, a nonprofit that advocates for valuing and respecting bodies of all sizes and shapes. She has danced professionally with Grand Rapids Ballet for eight years and performed as a part of various community projects including ArtPrize, the Rapid’s Wave commercial, Embody GR’s Dancing with the Stars, Fountain Street Church, and Eclectic String Music Ensemble. Her curiosity has pushed her to pursue an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Community Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Food Systems from UMass Amherst. She’s excited to see where her thirst for learning and wanderlust leads her next, and always up to meet new people over coffee. Contact her at

2019 Summer Walking Challenge

Lace up your walking shoes Raider Nation!!! …. Back by popular demand …..

It’s the GRCC Summer Walking Challenge!!!!!

Monday, June 24 — Friday, August 2, 2019.

2019 planning team: Brian Beecher, Nicole Nyenhuis, Kurt Meinders, David Houseman, and Angela Salinas.

Generously supported by various on campus departments.

We’ve “stepped it up” with TWO fun improvements this year:

Competition increases to SIX weeks! (Competition begins 6/24, ends 8/2.)

Location of the week: Each week (on a specific day and time) the Walking Challenge (WC) planning team will meet participants at a featured location within walking distance of Main Campus, WC participants can take a selfie at the designated location to claim their weekly prize! Can you go the distance?

Weekly locations will be announced via the Google Communities page that all WC participants will be invited to join.

As was the process last year, team members’ weekly total steps will be compiled for the entire team’s weekly average to determine who will take the lead each week. Competition is fierce!..and friendly of course!

The WC is a great way to get out and enjoy the lovely summer weather, see various parts of downtown GR, and interact and engage with your fellow members of the GRCC family!

Team Captains: Gather your fellow colleagues and form a team (minimum of 4, maximum of 6 members, students are encouraged to participate too!)

Sign your team up online at!

If you don’t have a team, but want to participate, fill out the opt in form and we’ll put you on a team with new GRCC friends! Simply go to!


Definitely let anyone on the planning team know if you have any questions or need further information.

Retirement party for Dr. Vicki Maxa, Teri Dilworth, Theresa Freiberg on June 20

Student Success and Retention is excited to announce a retirement party for Dr. Vicki Maxa, Teri Dilworth, and Theresa Freiberg! Dr. Maxa had been an academic advisor with the college for 11 years; Teri Dilworth has been with the college as a Support Professional for 33 years, and Theresa Freiberg has been with the college as a support professional for 22 years. The advising area is excited to honor our colleagues with a retirement party on June 20 from 3-5 p.m. on the 3rd floor SCC terrace. Please join us to say bon voyage!

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