25th Annual Wege Speaker Series

The 25th Annual Wege Speaker Series will take place on Thursday, May 26 at 4 p.m.  

This year’s lecturer will be Dr. Beverly Wright, award-winning environmental justice scholar, advocate, author, civic leader, and professor.

She is the founder and executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in New Orleans.

Please register by May 25, 2022, at: wegespeaker2022.eventbrite.com

Wellness Champions: Your socks made a difference

Your old socks made a difference! Wellness Champions Monica Bliss and Leigh Kleinert partnered with Smartwool’s Second Cut Project to create a more circular economy and give every sock a second chance at life.

Sustainability is an increasingly important part of wellness. GRCC family members provided baskets of socks that can be reused to ease the demand for raw materials and help the environment.

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.

Socks, believe it or not, are the most thrown-away piece of apparel.

Professors Kleinert and Bliss placed nine collection bins around campus starting on Earth Day.

Smartwool has partnered with Material Return circularity platform to deconstruct socks and upcycle them into new products.

The idea is to keep materials from finding forever homes in landfills, where they take up space. Plus, creating new materials creates 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases that are released into the atmosphere each year, according to the organization.

The circular economy happens when you take something that’s been produced and use it for something else rather than throwing it away. That gives extra life to raw materials and creates a new sourcing stream for other products.

Thank you for bringing those old socks without partners. You helped make the world a better place!

Quiet Cafe Summer Menu & Construction entrance

Panini’s & Naan Pizza’s are back!

We are open Monday- Thursday 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. for all of your Morning Pastries, Specialty Beverage, Coffee & Grab and Go needs!

We will be rotating new Deli Salads including our Superfood Salad all summer long!

Due to construction please access the Cafe using the 2nd floor sidewalk entrance off Lyon street.

Grand Rapids Community College, 122 Lyon St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI. 49503
810-877-8186 Direct
616-234-4169 Office

GEAR UP Wyoming students attend Latino Youth Conference

Joining students from around the state, fifty Godfrey Lee sophomores traveled to Grand Valley State University on Friday, May 6, 2022, to participate in the ALSAME Latino Youth Conference.

Keynote speaker Ovidilio Vasquez told students how he migrated with his family to seek a better life in the United States. Vasquez told his grandmother he wanted to learn English and, at age 17, he was placed into the 11th grade with just a sixth-grade education from Guatemala.

Vasquez told students he worked from 7 p.m. until 2 a.m. unloading trucks and even had to break up with a girlfriend who wanted to cut classes to go drinking. He urged students to “show people what you’re made of and make your family proud” by getting an education.

Lee sophomores also learned about career pathways in medicine from five Latin American students enrolled at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine. The med students previewed careers in medicine requiring different levels of training and invited the sophomores to think like doctors to pose diagnostic questions in several case studies.

The GEAR UP Wyoming cohort students also toured GVSU’s Allendale Campus. They visited the library, the rec center, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and inspected a dorm room.

The GRCC GEAR UP Wyoming federal grant provides the Class of 2024 at Godfrey Lee, Godwin Heights, Wyoming, and Kelloggsville with career exploration and college visit opportunities. 

GRCC baseball team ends regular season winning 14 in a row, finishes second in conference

Grand Rapids Community College baseball team.

The Grand Rapids Community College baseball team used two come-from-behind-victories to finish a four-game series sweep against Ancilla College on Saturday, winning 14 in a row.

The team won the first game 9-3, and the nightcap 4-3 to finish alone in second place in the MCCAA Western Conference.

A two-out, two-run single by Ancilla in the bottom of the second inning put Ancilla on the board first in game one.

GRCC wasted no time to tie the game up, sending eight batters to the plate in the next inning plating two runs of their own on back-to-back base on balls.

Zacarias Salinas broke the tie with a two-run double in the fifth inning and the team never looked back. A four-run seventh inning for GRCC kept starter Caleb Engelsman on the mound and he finished off his second straight complete game with his sixth strikeout.

Seven different Raiders had at least one hit, with cleanup hitter Dylan Chargo going two-for-three with an RBI.

Just as the first game, Ancilla got on board first with a two-out, two-run single. GRCC responded to tie it up in the next inning after a double by Max Varon and a Peyton Young single.

Down 3-2, Ancilla used a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game up again.

Engelsman drove home the go-ahead run in the sixth and GRCC hung on despite Ancilla stranding a man on third after putting the first two batters on.

Eliott Traver earned his ninth save by getting the final six outs of the ball game.

GRCC totaled 12 hits including two each from five different players.

GRCC has won 14 games in a row since a 3-3 tie against Calvin University on April 19 at LMCU Ballpark.

The team finished second in the conference and will prepare for the regional tournament on Thursday, May 12.  

My Story Started at GRCC: Former culinary student Jon Liddell gets to cook in the ‘most beautiful kitchens’

Jon Liddell smiling.

As an alumnus of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, Jon Liddell is an expert in preparing food for people. His career, however, is built on also being able to cook in front of people.

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.

Liddell headed for a restaurant job on the island of St. Thomas after graduating from GRCC in 2004. He then built a catering business that went on to operate three restaurants. 

“We did it all – yachts, airplanes, cruise ships, regattas, breakfast, lunch and dinner!” he said.

After meeting the woman who would become his wife on the island, Liddell relocated to her native Chicago, becoming the sous chef for Sub-Zero and Wolf Appliances. The appliance industry became his new focus and after three years, he became executive chef for Monogram Appliances.

“I have spent the last eight years entertaining, creating, training and building my culinary skills in some of the most beautiful kitchens imaginable,” Liddell said. 

He credits GRCC with giving him the confidence to pursue opportunities in a competitive industry.

“The depth of education, hands-on training and connections I made could not be replaced,” he said.

If Liddell needs a reminder of his GRCC days, he has a tangible one close at hand.

“One of my favorite memories from GRCC was learning how to bake bread and pastries,” he said. “Baking and pastries still require the utmost of unbroken concentration for me – it does not come naturally!

“On the first day, our instructor asked us to write down what culinary arts means to us. My word was ‘determination.’ She had this printed for each of us on a metal keychain at the end of the class. I still have it today, and every time I bake bread, I think about that moment and the fact that even more than ever, determination is the necessary component in my business.”

Let GRCC help you start your story. The first chapter starts at grcc.edu/apply.

Cornhole Tournament was a success

16 teams played in the first ever (and hopefully annual) GRCC employee Cornhole Tournament on Thursday, May 5. 

Players and spectators enjoyed cinco de mayo snacks, inspiring music, and fun camaraderie. Whether you won…or didn’t win….a great time was had by all.

Congratulations to our champion team: Lack Attack [Julie & Kyle Lackscheide] 

Many thanks to the Wellness Champions Team, Campus Dining, Fieldhouse staff, and everyone who loaned boards & bags.

Tech Tip: Resetting your MyGRCC Password

The MyGRCC password expires every 120 days. To avoid any potential login issues, we recommend resetting your password at the beginning of every semester.

To change your password: 

  • Login to the MyGRCC Portal
  • Select USERNAME in the upper righthand corner  
  • Select Edit Profile
  • Lastly, select Change your password now.

Please Note:

  • Once your password is reset, it will sync with all of your accounts immediately except for email which can take an additional 15 minutes.  
  • The password expiration date reflected in MyGRCC will not be accurate until you have changed your password from within the new portal which went live March 2, 2022. 
  • To avoid syncing errors, make sure to follow the requirements for a new password:
    • 10 characters long
    • at least one capital letter
    • one number 

Resetting Your Password

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu 

How to get your department webpages ready for Summer 

As we’re wrapping up our winter 2022 semester, take a look at your department’s webpages to make sure everything is up-to-date for our start of summer 2022.

  • Are there any deadlines or date-oriented information on your webpages that have passed or need to be updated?
  • Is your bio/contact information still correct? If you want to make changes to your bio, simply log in at grcc.edu/user, navigate to your bio and submit the form for changes.
  • Are there any outdated events that need to be hidden or new events that need to be promoted?
  • Are your department’s office hours and contact information updated for holiday break and beyond?

Need help making these updates? If you’re a web editor, visit our Drupal User Manual or email webhelp@grcc.edu and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Thank you for helping us keep grcc.edu up to date for students and our community!

Complimentary tickets to Kinky Boots & Networking

The LGBTQIA Think Tank has complimentary tickets to the OutPro Happy Hour & Theater event.

For tickets please submit your name, preferred pronouns, and email address to ODEI@grcc.edu by Monday, May 16.

OutPro is a professional group within the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce that promotes a welcoming culture in the West Michigan Community for LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies. OutPro offers opportunities for education and networking, with an emphasis on policy impact, and assisting businesses in creating a more inclusive and welcoming work environment for LGBTQIA+ individuals.

We’re excited to team up with the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for our May OutPro event. We will gather for a happy hour at Lambert & Co’s rooftop patio to network and then head to the Civic Theatre for a showing of the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots”.
We will be joined during the happy hour by Bill Anderson Jr., the director of Kinky Boots. This is a Chamber event you won’t want to miss!

About the Musical
Charlie, a straight-laced business owner, and Lola, an ambitious drag performer overcome their differences and discover that if you change your mind, you can change the world. Charlie Price reluctantly inherits his family’s failing shoe factory. Uninspired by the work but desperate to succeed, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola. Together, they produce a line of custom high-heeled boots to save the business. In the process, Charlie and Lola discover that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots, winner of six 2013 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) features a joyous score by Cyndi Lauper and a hilarious, inspiring book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein.

Community Screening & Discussion: Warrior Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred Justice

Warrior Lawyers (2021) is a one-hour PBS documentary that is particularly timely and relevant given our country’s current reckoning with racial inequity, institutional racism, and social injustice.

The program focuses on the stories of Michigan Native American Lawyers, Tribal Judges, and their colleagues who work with Native Nations and their citizens to achieve Sacred Justice. These unseen role models strive daily to address and resolve unique and complicated historical, governmental, legal, judicial, and social welfare issues, most often rooted in discrimination, historical trauma, and cultural destruction.

Take a journey into past and present-day Indian Country to learn of untold stories that shine a light on Native Americans rising up to create a new path for today and the next seven generations.

Thursday, May 19 at Noon
RSVP: tinyurl.com/grccequity

**Access to the film will be granted to registered attendees on May 16.