GRCC In the News, 1-12-22

GRCC plans virtual ‘Service Saturday’ to help students apply, enroll, and prepare for Monday’s Winter 2022 semester start

1/8/22 La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, Jan. 8, 2022: New and returning students can get last-minute help applying, registering, and preparing for the start of winter classes at Grand Rapids Community College with a special virtual GRCC Service Saturday.

List: MLK Day events in West Michigan to honor civil rights leader

1/11/22 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — America will celebrate the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 17.

… GVSU, GRCC and Davenport | 36th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration | Jan. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Details

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2022 events planned for the Grand Rapids area

1/12/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – To honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., local groups, colleges and cities have organized events that begin this week and continue beyond Monday’s federal holiday celebrating the slain civil rights leader.

… Grand Valley State University, Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College will host the program on Jan. 17. The free event was initially scheduled to be in-person but will now be virtual due to the COVID-19 concerns, officials say.

Growlers Return Entire Coaching Staff from 2021


Kalamazoo, MI – The Kalamazoo Growlers will return all four coaches for the 2022 season. As previously announced, Field Manager Cody Piechocki returns at the helm for his 6th season. Piechocki will officially be joined by his same staff from the 2021 season.

… Finally, assistant coach Fred Brown rounds out the staff. Brown also enters his se cond season with the team. Brown also has ties to KVCC where played baseball there from 1995-1997. Brown has previously coached baseball at Mid Michigan College in 2018 and 2019 before taking an assistant job at Grand Rapids Community College in 2020.

Wellness Champions: Walk like a penguin!

Be a champion! GRCC is helping students and employees focus on all areas of health and wellness as we emerge together from the pandemic.

Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual health. That includes physical health, but so much more. During the next year we’re also looking at emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and occupational health, and how we all can work to help ourselves and each other.

There are many resources at GRCC to help all of these types of wellness. Each week, we’ll introduce you to people and places here on campus ready to support you on your wellness journey.

We sure got a blast of winter in the last week. Lots of snow and plenty of ice. Be careful out there.

You know who is good at walking safely on ice? Penguins – and people from South Dakota.

“Walk like a Penguin” is advice we hear from experts on how to keep safe while walking during our long winters. Spectrum Health has some neat signs in the area reminding us.

According to experts at Munson Healthcare, the penguin waddle is all about balance and the center of gravity.

You should bend slightly and walk flat-footed, point your feet out slightly, keep your center of gravity over your feet as much as possible, watch where you are stepping, take shorter, shuffle-like steps, keep your arms at your sides — not in your pockets! – and concentrate on keeping your balance.

Jenna VandeKamp is GRCC’s development manager for alumni relations and annual giving. She knows all about snow and ice, growing up in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Here at GRCC, Jenna works with alumni across the country, keeping them connected with the campus and the work we do. She helps tell the inspiring stories of how attending GRCC changed their lives.

Now, if you like walking, but prefer to do it indoors and un-penguin-like, The Wellness Champion Get on Track program starts this month. It’s for employees to get steps on the Hunsberger Arena’s indoor track in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.

There will be an open timeslot every week for employees to drop by the area’s indoor FFH indoor track and a Wellness Champion will be there to walk with them to encourage, motivate, and just get to know them.

Champions pledging to walk and talk include Provost Brian Knetl, Dean Eric Mullen, Interim Dean Bill Faber, and others.

The track is also available for walking during other times. It’s open from 6 – 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 – 1:45 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 6 – 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. on Fridays.

Jenna VandeKamp walks like a penguin.

Nominations being sought for 2022 Emeritus Faculty Award

You are invited to nominate a GRCC retired faculty or administrator for the Emeritus Faculty Award.

This award was established in 1985 to honor those instructors and administrators whose dedication and creativity have left an indelible mark on the lives of students and colleagues at GRCC. 

During their tenure at GRCC and since their retirement, they have continued to promote GRCC’s “Commitment to Excellence.”

Please submit online nominations by noon on Friday, February 11, 2022.  For more information, please visit the website.

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