Professors Roger DeVries and Beth Foster inspired generations of students

GRCC extends its condolences to the families of Roger DeVries and Elizabeth “Beth” Foster, highly respected faculty members who shared their expertise and love of lifelong learning with generations of students.

DeVries, who passed away on Aug. 16, was honored with Professor Emeritus status in 2018, and the Excellence in Education Award in 1995.

He started teaching at Grand Rapids Junior College is 1965, and is remembered for a practical approach to teaching – taking students outside the classroom to learn about environmental issues in their community.

DeVries, who was chairman of the Physical Science Department, helped initiate and plan the Calkins Science Center. There is a GRCC scholarship honoring DeVries and his friend and colleague, Albertus Elve.

Foster, who also passed away on Aug. 16, taught Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology for more than 40 years. She was received GRCC’s Salute to Women honors in 2014.

She is remembered for her influence on students and colleagues, especially inspiring young women students. She also is known for writing her own individual lab exercises – saying those available commercially didn’t meet her expectations.

GRCC In the News, 8-21-20

Metallica Teams Up With Wolverine Boots To Benefit Trade Schools

Aug. 20, 2020;

World-famous rock band Metallica has decided to team up with Wolverine, a prominent shoe and boot company, for a project meant to benefit trade schools through the Metallica Scholars program. To achieve these ends, Wolverine Boots has designed two different pairs of Metallica-themed boots, which are currently up for preorder right now! The two pairs of work boots will officially launch on August 26th of this year.

… If that’s not enough, the two forces of rock and footwear have awarded a joint grant benefit of $100,000 to each of three schools’ trade programs: Wichita State’s Technology school in Kansas, Lone Star Community College in Texas, and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Raider Grill, Quiet Cafe open this fall

Both the Raider Grill and Quiet Cafe will be open this fall semester. The Sneden Cafe will not be open due to the minimal foot traffic on the DeVos Campus.

Hours and services:

  • Raider Grill — 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursday, serving “grab-and-go” items and a full grill menu.
  • Quiet Cafe — 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, serving a hot breakfast menu, baked goods, specialty drinks and a “grab-and-go” items.