Raider Salute from the Gold Team

The Gold Team is an advisory team supported by the college to keep GRCC retirees engaged with GRCC.  Our liaison for the past 3 years has been Angela Salinas from HR. 

Not only has she been stellar at dealing with retirees, but she has also had to navigate keeping things going during the pandemic and her own personal challenges.  Angela, we SALUTE YOU and thank you for your continued support!

My Story Started at GRCC: Parker Wonser creates device helping musicians capture ideas

GRCC alumnus Parker Wonser smiling.

Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful.

GRCC alumnus Parker Wonser loves music. But his passion goes beyond listening – he works to help musicians create it.

“My first experience messing around with the revolutionary OP-1 Swedish synthesizer blew my mind,” he said. “The OP-1 broke every rule I had preconceived about music composition and taught me to think outside the box.”

That epiphany inspired him to create the uRiff Magnet, a device targeted to intermediate-level musicians that helps them break down the musical expression process into two steps: finding pitch and adding rhythm.

“It enables musicians to express and capture musical ideas in their own way – anytime, anywhere,” Wonser said. “Bone-conductive technology makes the entire process entirely silent to bystanders, making it great for mobile brainstorming.”

Creating the uRiff Magnet took him a year of designing and processing feedback from more than 200 musicians.

“Exploring and creating countless prototypes was a fun challenge,” he said. “Initial concepts ranged from mimicking a conductor with an electric wand all the way to telepathic devices.”

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Paella available at 12:30 today at Art & Bev’s

Chefs making 510 ham and cheese sandwiches.

Chefs from around the area are learning how to set up kitchens and prepare meals as part of a relief effort during a crisis.

After making 510 ham and cheese sandwiches in under an hour on Monday, the chefs today are learning how to make large bins of paella – and are sharing their work with GRCC students and employees. Paella is a Spanish dish that includes rice and a wide variety of other ingredients mixed in.

The paella will be shared with the first 75 people at Art & Bev’s in the Wisner- Bottrall Applied Technology Center starting at 12:30 p.m.

The training is the result of a partnership with The City of Grand Rapids and the World Central Kitchen, which trains chefs around the world to prepare meals for responders and those affected by disasters.

GRCC In the News 11/23/2021

New scholarship available for front-liners ineligible for federal aid


A new scholarship will create a tuition-free pathway for essential workers not eligible for federal financial aid.

… At Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), the scholarship can be used as early as the Winter 2022 semester, and registration for classes is now open.

Local chefs train to run disaster relief kitchens

11/22/21; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A sandwich assembly line is not the kind of place you would normally find chef Jennifer Fillenworth.

Fillenworth is an executive chef at Root Farmacy in Grand Rapids and an adjunct instructor at Grand Rapid Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. She, as well as a few dozen other local chefs, joined the sandwich line Monday to learn the ins and outs of helping people when they need it most.

Food relief organization holds training on preparing food in disaster events

11/22/21; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — To help prepare people for disaster events, World Central Kitchen (WCK) is holding training for those interested in learning how to cook large amounts of food for many people.

… In Grand Rapids, WCK scheduled two training opportunities that cover a variety of skills, including volunteer management, sandwich-making, mass production and distribution logistics. One program was held on Monday in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education kitchen.

Chefs training for disaster relief kitchens

11/23/21; WOOD Radio

A group of local chefs are learning the ins and outs of running a disaster relief kitchen.

Grand Rapids Community College held a two day disaster training with World Central Kitchen, an international relief agency that gets disaster victims food across the globe.

Payroll Thanksgiving reminder

As we prepare to enjoy some time away from work next week for the Thanksgiving campus closure starting on Wednesday, 11/24/21, the Payroll Team has a reminder about your timesheets for the 12/10/21 pay date (for the pay period of 11/15-11/28/21). We don’t want the due dates to sneak up on you post-break!

While timesheets are still due by Monday, 11/29/21, many employees (students, especially!) are in the habit of submitting them at the end of the pay period. Since we will all be out on Friday, 11/26/21, you might want to submit your timesheet by Tuesday, 11/23/21 (or today if you’re out all of next week). Please take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the most accurate version of your timesheet is submitted by Monday, 11/29/21.

And, supervisors, if you’re out for any additional time around this shutdown, please ensure you have a backup approver in place to review and approve timesheets by the deadline of Tuesday, 11/30/21. More information on setting up a backup approver can be found here.