A heartfelt thanks from former Board of Trustees member Cynthia Bristol

Dear Friends:

Your cards and emails sent to me after Bob’s passing demonstrate a strong, supportive connection you have to each other.  As I read the poetry and personal messages, I thought about each of you and how you take time to encourage one another during a busy work day.  This is a beautiful gift of grace that truly makes GRCC a family college.

In thanking you, it does not adequately express my gratitude for your thinking of me at this time. 

You are fondly in my thoughts!

Cynthia Bristol

Dr. Patricia Oldt remembered as an advocate for equity and social justice in education

Picture of Dr. Patricia Oldt smiling.

Dr. Patricia Oldt will be remembered for a strong belief in equity and social justice, advocating for women to advance to leadership.

Dr. Oldt, a lifelong educator, was Grand Rapids Community College’s former assistant dean for community education. She passed away this week at age 84.  

“Dr. Oldt’s impact is felt not just in the students she helped educate at the K-12 level and higher education, but in women she inspired and mentored to follow in her footsteps as a leader,” GRCC President Bill Pink said. “That’s a tremendous legacy. We at GRCC extend our condolences to her family and friends, and hope they are comforted with the knowledge that her work and advocacy has made West Michigan a better place.”

In addition to her leadership role at GRCC, Dr. Oldt was assistant superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools, superintendent of Northview Public Schools, and both the distinguished professor of education and vice president for Planning and Equity at Grand Valley State University. She was instrumental in developing GVSU’s charter schools program.

She earned many awards and honors, including election to the Michigan Association of School Administrators Hall of Fame in 2009.

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Appreciation Lunch for CEBA team

They keep us safe and make sure our facilities are ready to serve our students and community. The Employee Appreciation Committee this week recognized the hard work by our CEBA team, which includes maintenance, facilities, and GRCC Police. These teams were on campus during the pandemic and worked tirelessly.

With lots of projects still moving forward and working in positions that do not make it possible to work from home, they have stayed the course, making sure GRCC remained open and safe!

Several offices are closed for in-person student service visits for 3 days due to moving

Several offices on campus will be closed for on campus services only on March 3, 4, and 5 due to the move from RJFH first floor to the third floor Student Center.   

The offices affected are the following:  Admissions and Enrollment Center, Financial Aid, Cashier’s Office, Records Office, and Veteran Services.   

They will only be open for virtual appointments and phone calls those three days.