GRCC In the News, 11-6-19

Restaurant Week GR provides 10 scholarships to GRCC culinary students

Nov. 5, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 10th annual Restaurant Week GR was not just a success for the restaurants involved and the food-lovers who partook — it was a worthwhile learning experience for local culinary students that ended with scholarships to continue their educations.

Experience Grand Rapids announced Tuesday 10 culinary students enrolled in Grand Rapids Community College’s culinary program benefited from the contributions from Restaurant Week GR, including a promotion that took a $1 from every meal sold during the event.

‘They loved their son’ | Man charged in autistic teen’s drowning is innocent, attorney says

Nov. 5, 2019; WZZM

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. — The attorney representing Timothy Koets, the man charged for the drowning death of his son, said his client is a loving father who went the extra mile to help the severely autistic teen.

… The associate Grand Rapids Community College professor made a brief appearance at Hudsonville District Court Tuesday for a probable cause conference. He is out on bond after being arrested on Oct. 24 at the college.

Grand Rapids commissioner wins re-election in tight race

Nov. 5, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids’ First Ward residents and business owners will have a familiar face representing them for the next four years.

… (Allison) Lutz, 22, is a customer service representative at a local marketing agency who attended Grand Rapids Community College and later studied biopyschology at Grand Valley State University. She previously worked at a small home-care business and a preschool.

WMU-Cooley panel reflects on new Michigan redistricting process

Nov. 6, 2019;

The WMU-Cooley Law Review annual  symposium held Oct. 22 focused on a hot topic: redistricting in general, and the Citizens Redistricting Commission (CRC) approved overwhelmingly (61%-39%) by Michigan voters last November in particular.

… In accordance with Matt Levin’s comments, the online application (which must be printed off and mailed in or dropped off at an SOS? and is due June 1, 2020) includes information about finding a notary (by visiting There will be workshops held around the state to help people apply; one is d at 6:00 p.m. on Nov. 13 at the Grand Rapids Community College Sneden Building, Room 108, 435 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids.  For more, see

Admissions Fall Open House draws nearly 750 people

Thank you to all staff from the 40 academic and 28 service departments who represented their area at the Admissions Fall Open House last Saturday, October 26th. We saw 245 students and their families at the event — close to 750 people in total!  Prospective students appreciated the opportunity to meet with staff from different areas and gather information which will help guide their decision making process as they prepare for college.

Students were asked to complete a survey after the event. When asked about their favorite part of the Open House, here are some of the responses we received:

  • “Talking with faculty directly.”
  • “Meeting one on one about programs.”
  • “… how nice the breakout leaders were in explaining the program.”
  • “I got all of my questions answered and was really pleasantly surprised by a lot of the information I got as well.”
  • “Asking questions at the Resource Fair”
  • “The breakout sessions for people considering potential majors.”
  • “My favorite part of the Open House was meeting with people who taught the classes I am interested in and learning a little more what they will cover.”

As always, a huge thank you goes out to Bayard Brooks and Luba Petrash for their help in set-up and refreshments.

Mark your calendars now for the Spring Open House, which will be held on Saturday, March 14th. Information will be sent before campus shutdown.

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Is it really ‘Fair Use’? Librarians can help you with copyright questions

With the upcoming Course Pack deadline, faculty may have copyright questions. There are legal ways to avoid having to create expensive-for-students-to-print course packs. Contact your assigned library liaison for assistance with questions about using copyrighted materials in Blackboard, class handouts, or in course packs.

Librarians can help you use RightFind Academic – Copyright Clearance Center‘s annual academic license. CCC requires you to create a logon if you intend to use this service from off-campus. Librarians can help: verify citations; determine a copyright owner; set up a Course Reserve;  or permalink licensed library resources into Blackboard. Please take a look at the Copyright Subject Guide.

Personnel changes for Student Affairs

We want to make you aware of a few important personnel changes in Student Affairs.

On October 28, Ann Isackson assumed the role of Associate Dean of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid in the Student Affairs division.

Prior to coming to GRCC, Ann worked in student services for eight years at Delta College. During the past six years, Ann has led and managed Financial Aid programs and services for GRCC. Ann has also been engaged with divisional and college-wide strategic initiatives that impact student access, enrollment, and success. Ann possesses a Master of Arts in Administrative Science with a specialization in Student Affairs Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.

As we search for a new Executive Director of Financial Aid, Andrew Masters will serve as Interim Executive Director. Andy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Western Michigan University and possesses nearly 12 years of financial aid experience. Andy joined GRCC in 2011 and has served as the Associate Director of Financial Aid Operations for the last five years.

Congratulations to Ann and Andy as they assume these new leadership responsibilities at GRCC.