Student’s prestigious summer fellowship shared through artwork in GRCC’s Paul Collins Art Gallery

Artwork in Collins Art Gallery.

A Grand Rapids Community College student is sharing what she learned during a prestigious summer fellowship through an exhibit in the Paul Collins Art Gallery.

Through the Gordon Art Fellowship, Kristina Katerberg spent two months studying various aspects of nature at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, a nature and environmental education center and biological field station in Hastings.

The fellowship is intended to bring together a love of nature and art through funding a student-mentor team’s work in creating a two-dimensional visual arts project.

“The fellowship is open to all the schools around the state,” said GRCC professor Filippo Tagliati, who served as the project’s mentor. “This speaks loudly about Kristina’s achievement since she was competing against well-established art programs from four-year institutions.”

Katerberg was inspired to study the changes in nature during the COVID-19 shutdown.

“In the absence of people, I found that I could experience the world in a way that I had not before,” she said in a report to the institute.

Katerberg worked with still photography, video and sound. The results can be seen in the exhibit.

“I typically work in more controlled environments, so the notion of letting that go was concerning, but I kept coming back to the idea that nature has learned how to adapt to all kinds of upheaval, loss and uncertainty,” she said in her report. “After more than a year of navigating the tensions and unknowns of pandemic life, I was ready for a different kind of teacher.”

The Paul Collins Art Gallery is located on the fourth floor of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE. The gallery reopens on Jan. 10 and Katerberg’s exhibit runs through Jan. 21. The gallery’s hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. 

January learning opportunities

Gift yourself some intellectual wellness this month!

In person and virtual opportunities are available.

Hybrid/Hyflex options coming soon. 

Register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account.

Friday, January 7

Building Blocks to Social Equity – Learning Social Equity Through Play

Wednesday, January 12

Incorporating Mind Body Practices

Thursday, January 13

25Live Pro Training

Tuesday, January 18

Active Shooter Response Training

Wednesday, January 19


Thursday, January 20

Google Collaboration Tools

Friday, January 21

Mindfulness Made Simple


GRCC Accounts Explained

Tuesday, January 25

Resumes & Cover Letters

Thursday, January 27

Food as Medicine

Monday January 31

Evidence Based Selection Process

Here to Help: Isabel Vargas helps students save time, money by transferring credits

Isabel Vargas smiling.

Always remember, at GRCC, you are surrounded by people who want you to be successful and are ready to walk with you on your educational pathway. We are here to help!

Isabel Vargas is here to help you save time and save money by awarding you GRCC credits for your prior learning. Isabel works in the Student Records Office as the credit evaluator. She awards transfer credits to students who have completed coursework from other colleges and universities, and from recognized tests outside of GRCC.

Isabel knows this is an important step for students to take who are going to start, or complete, their education with a certificate or degree from GRCC.

“When I was in high school I took AP classes and sent my AP scores to GRCC,” Isabel said. “I got college credit for several classes, even before officially starting college! It was a relief to know that I didn’t have to take those classes! I encourage all perspectives and current students to transfer credits because it’s one step closer to meeting graduation requirements!”

Isabel enjoys lending a hand to students who have been looking for a career change. “What gets me excited about my work is seeing the huge excitement in the student’s eyes and voice when I tell them the credits that they were awarded,” she said.  

Isabel is a proud community college student. She graduated from GRCC in 2017 and transferred to Grand Valley State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in 2020.

“It is truly an honor to serve as a resource for students and impact their life, the way mine was impacted when I was a student here,” she said.

GRCC men’s basketball team pulls out a late win against Mid Michigan College, women’s team dominates

Basketball players on the court.

Grand Rapids Community College’s basketball teams swept Mid Michigan College on Monday, with Sally Merrill and Marlene Bussler leading the women’s team and Brockton Kohler driving the offense for the men’s team.

The women’s team, now 5-6 on the season, led wire-to-wire and picked up its first conference win in a 61-48 victory over the Lakers.

GRCC connected on four of its five total three-point baskets in the first quarter, jumping out to a 19-7 lead. Mid Michigan gained momentum in the third quarter, but GRCC responded to hold the visitors to just seven points in the final period to pick up the 13-point win.

Merrill, a freshman from Allegan, and Bussler, a freshman from Battle Creek, each scored 16 points, including making all of the Raiders’ three-point baskets. Merrill added 10 rebounds, giving her a double-double while Bussler fell just one board short of one.

Karissa Ferry, starting for the first time this season, scored eight points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. The two-sport athlete from Chesaning also is a member of the volleyball team.

Grace Lodes, from Comstock Park, added 14 points and six rebounds.

The men’s game was closer, with six lead changes, including a few late in the game.

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GRCC In the News 01/04/2022

 Winners named in Mastercam’s Wildest Parts Competition

1/3/22 Cutting Tool Engineering

TOLLAND, Conn. – Mastercam announced the winners of its 2021 Wildest Parts Competition, and the winners ranged from unique wood products to sophisticated metalworking projects.

… In the Teams Division, Wrindy Hauser’s team from Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan submitted Thor’s hammer. The team members belong to a machinist apprenticeship program at GRCC. In making Thor’s hammer, they said they wanted to make something that gets people excited about machining. When anyone looks at their project, they are going to think it’s awesome and want to learn how to make it. Jiao-Hao Wun’s teammates from Vanung University, Taiwan, placed 2nd with their modern museum. Ming-Yang Chen’s team from Vanung University placed 3rd with their robot.

In the Professional Division, Andy Beach from Grand Rapids Community College submitted Ironman, which was created to test out a brand new UMC 500 Haas Mill where Beach works. The machine was the first 5- axis machine installed at Grand Rapids Community College. Beach wanted to give the machine a thorough test by machining a multiaxis part that would push the size constraints of the machine. David Berry from Southwestern Illinois College placed 2nd with a dodecahedron of Mastercam toolpaths, and PUTEN PLUS came in 3rd with a wireless charging disc.

Employers, meet your future workforce

1/3/22 (Kent Intermediate School District)

Wyoming — In their new problem-solving class, students considered two dilemmas. One: many of their peers weren’t aware of all options available that don’t require college degrees. Two: many area businesses are in need of skilled workers and can offer good pay and growth opportunities.

… “This is so students can have more options than going to college,” said junior Kenan Tokic, who plans to go to Grand Rapids Community College, but is now also interested in auto mechanics or real estate. “Most kids after high school are lost and don’t know what to do. Trade options are good options.”

Spectrum Health Announces Transition for System Board of Directors

1/3/22 Spectrum Health press release

Grand Rapids, Mich., Jan. 3, 2022 – Spectrum Health is pleased to welcome one new incoming board member to the Spectrum Health System Board of Directors as three board members wrap up their terms of service. This transition occurred with the new year.

Those ending their terms include Steven C. Ender, PhD, emeritus president, Grand Rapids Community College, a board member since 2012; Daniel F. Hopp, JD, former SVP, corporate affairs and general counsel, Whirlpool Corporation, a board member since 2018; and M. Ashraf Mansour, MD, former vice president and academic chair, department of surgery, Michigan State University and Division Chief, Vascular Surgery, Spectrum Health, a board member since 2012.

Winter 2022 employee exercise class schedule

After holiday break, we’re all going to want and need to move more! During the winter months, lift your spirits, increase your energy, and release stress with these employee exercise classes. 

Please register via this form ahead of time and calendar appointments will be sent and links will be included for the virtual options.


RaiderStrong with Lannie


Room 212 FFH


Fitness Fusion with Beth


214 FFH

Virtual option also available


RaiderStrong with Lannie


Room 212 FFH


Strength Blast with Lannie


212 FFH

Virtual option also available


Express Yoga with Heather


Room 212 FFH

*Please bring your own yoga mat*

Virtual option also available

Please direct any questions to

Winter 2022 semester HR Learning Opportunities now open for enrollment

HR sponsored employee learning opportunities during the upcoming Winter semester are now open for registration. Navigate to the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account. Make sure you’re on the “Staff” tab.

For your convenience there is a variety of in person, virtual, as well as hyflex sessions planned. Hyflex refers to a session that is in person and virtual simultaneously, and those will be announced soon.

To encourage and ensure attendance, calendar appointments will be sent. Please pay close attention to the format (in person, virtual or hyflex) of the session you plan to attend.

Please be aware that last minute cancellations and no shows do interfere with the facilitation. Please register only for opportunities you can attend as your participation is important to the success of the sessions.

Please reach out for questions or further information.

Winter Semester Information Stations

Looking ahead, we’re excited to welcome our students back to campus for Winter 2022 and want to alleviate any challenges our students may be facing. At this time, we’re looking for volunteers to help with the Information Stations that will be set up for the first three days of the new semester (January 10, 11, 12). Sharing in the excitement of new opportunities, easing nerves, and helping students find their way is a great way to start the semester and show our students that we support them! 

A few things about info stations if you’re not familiar: 

1. There will be multiple stations: Sneden, ATC and RJF. 
2. Shifts are 2 hours long and there will be a table and chairs to accommodate 2 volunteers/station.

3. A Google document has been prepared for the occasion and has relevant information to campus services, hours, locations, even classroom schedules to help students find their way. 

If you see information from your area that is outdated, you are welcome to make changes to the document.

4. Please plan on using your GRCC-issued laptop or tablet to access the Google doc of information.

5. Hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes will be available at each station. Please wipe the table down in between volunteer shifts to keep our campus community .
Sign Up Here 

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