GRCC In the News, 2-18-22

$1 million donation to help students attend college tuition-free received by West Michigan foundation

2/17/22 MLive

HOLLAND, MI – The Holland/Zeeland Promise program has received a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor that will establish an endowment to help local students attend college tuition-free for years to come.

(A GRCC commencement photo is used with this article.)

Kent Philharmonic Orchestra Winter Concert

2/17/22 Pure Michigan

The concert program, conducted by Libor Ondras, Professor of Strings at GRCC will begin at 7:30 pm. 

Mission Critical: Interweaving Equity into the Strategic Plan

Registration for the 2022 Cultural Competence Institute is open NOW

The guest faculty is Dr. J. Luke Wood, Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education at San Diego State University and Vice President of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity at San Diego State University.

Dr. Wood also serves as Co-Director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL), a national research and practice center. CCEAL has developed rigorously validated tools for assessing institutional efforts and outcomes through the Institutional Assessment Package (IAP). The IAP is the only community college-centered instrument in the nation that focuses on equity-centered institutional effectiveness.  

Dr. Wood is an infectious scholar and author of 160 publications, including more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles and 15 books. 

The following video offers a glimpse into Luke’s methodology for moving equity practices forward through acceptable language.

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Homecoming winners

Winter 2022 Homecoming GRCC Spirit Award

We are excited to announce that Maria McKee (employee) and Penni Weninger (retiree) are the 2022 GRCC Spirit Award recipients!  Maria and Penni were selected based on meeting the Award criteria symbolized by the letters GRCC – G-Genuine, R-Radiant, C-Captivating and C-Caring.  

Maria McKee is the Language Arts Tutorial Lab Coordinator.  Her nominators shared that “Maria is as authentic as they come—she runs the lab in a way that reflects her values while being open and accepting of all others! “ “Everything Maria does in the Language Lab has the interest of the students in mind.” “Because of Maria, all tutors are aware of services that GRCC can provide if a student has financial, safety, or academic concerns.”  “She has been a fearless leader during the pandemic and strictly enforced the campus Covid policies in order to keep both staff and students safe.  Everything she does is in the best interest of students and staff, and we are all so very lucky to have her!”  

Penni Weninger retired from the Human Resources department.  To quote her nominator, Penni “has a big personality and is true to her nature”.   Her “…personality carries over to exuberance about the College and love for all things GRCC”.  “While employed she always went the extra mile for students and as a retiree she continues to engage in activities focused on students” and the greater community.  “Penni would give anyone in need the shirt off her back.  She has a big heart and she’s always there for those who need her.  Her circles are many and she shares her compassion with all.  She is a devoted spouse and mother.  She has a large group of GRCC friends, some still in the workforce, others who are retired.” Penni has earned this award.

Congratulations, Maria and Penni, you are truly deserving of the 2022 GRCC Spirit Award! 

Employee Spirit Award Honorable Mention: Rafael Pastrano Espinoza

GRCC 2022 Spirit Photo Contest Winners

  • Seven members of the softball team stand in a row.
  • Melody Sheridan stands in front of a GRCC apparel display in the bookstore.
  • A gallery of five photos showing Students Record staff holding up pennants.
  • A dog, wearing a GRCC bandana, lays on the floor.