Michigan Association for Latinx in Higher Education Conference: Unidos 2022

Join Michigan Association for Latinx in Higher Education for their Unidos 2022 Conference.

The conference is Saturday, October 1st, 2022 in the Eberhard Center located at 301 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

Registration is free and meals will be provided.

For further information, please contact:

Dr. John Bender, benderj@gvsu.edu, MALHE Treasurer or

Dr. Susan Pozo, susan.pozo@wmu.edu, MALHE Secretary

Top GRCC basketball player Andrew Moore headed to Calumet College of St. Joseph

Andrew Moore in uniform and smiling.

Andrew Moore, one of the top players of the 2021-2022 Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team, is taking his talents to Calumet College of St. Joseph this fall.

Teammate Isaac Slomp also is committed to playing at a four-year school in Indiana, attending Franklin College.

Moore was one of GRCC’s top players in 2022, and was named to the Michigan Community College Athletic Association’s All-Conference team.

“I am so excited for Andrew to have the opportunity to continue his career at Calumet,” GRCC head coach Joe Fox said. “Calumet is getting an experienced player and scorer who was in the top 20 in NJCAA DII in both points and minutes played last season. Andrew pushed himself both on the court and in the classroom, and will have a great opportunity to finish his degree at Calumet while making a huge impact with the basketball team as well. I can’t wait to follow his successes for the next two years.”

Calumet College of St. Joseph, located in Whiting, Ind., is a private, four-year school that competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Moore is a 6-foot, 4-inch forward and guard from Grand Rapids who attended Forest Hills Northern High School. Last year he led GRCC in scoring, with 584 points, averaging 20.1 per game. He also led the team with 43 steals and in free throw shooting, at just over 80 percent.

He scored 20 or more points in 13 games, including a season-high 32 points against Schoolcraft College and 31 points against Lansing Community College.

Slomp also is headed to the Hoosier State to continue his education. The 6-foot, 10-inch forward from Big Rapids graduated from Crossroads Charter Academy. He played in 22 games last season, scoring 19 points.

Franklin College is a four-year private college located in Franklin, Ind., just south of Indianapolis.

Haworth highlights GRCC Lakeshore Campus as an ‘inspired design,’ and example of successful community collaboration

The GRCC Lakeshore Campus is being highlighted by Haworth, the Holland-based office furniture manufacturer, as an “inspired design” and example of a public-private partnership strengthening a community.

Haworth was a partner in creating the 52,000-square-foot-campus, providing furnishings and equipment used throughout the building. The GRCC Lakeshore Campus opened a year ago as a consolidated location for Grand Rapids Community College’s Ottawa County programs, and about 1,000 students are so far enrolled to take classes there this semester.

The company highlighted GRCC in its blog“Spark – Workplace insights that ignite ideas,” looking at the how the building went from a shuttered JCPenney department store into a vibrant learning space.

The post, “Transforming vacant mall space into a place for higher education. See how a strategic real estate choice creates the perfect environment for students, faculty, and the community” includes a case study and video with interviews with several GRCC leaders.

“What was a blighted mall and felt like something that was a failure in the community has been transformed into something that will help students succeed, and it will raise the vitality and the economic prosperity of the whole region,” said Dr. Kathryn Mullins, GRCC’s vice president for College Advancement and executive director of the GRCC Foundation.

The campus opened in August 2021 in the Shops at Westshore Mall, 12335 James St. in Holland. The facility has nine classrooms, four computer labs and five unique labs for biology, chemistry, electronics, automation, welding and machine tooling, housing programs for students working toward an associate degree or a career-focused certificate.

The building also has spaces for advising and counseling and other student support services and a satellite library, as well as areas for use by community groups.

The GRCC Facilities team, directed by Jim Van Dokkumburg, oversaw the transformation. GMB Architecture + Engineering designed the project, and construction was directed by The Christman Co.

Haworth highlighted the collaborative culture that helped the project take flight and be successful.

“The new GRCC Lakeshore Campus represents the value a community college provides in helping students fulfill their dreams,” the article reads. “A spirit of collaboration carries through the space itself, with central gathering spaces for pairs and small groups, as well as large gatherings. The vitality of the new campus has energized the surrounding area, too, bringing in new restaurants and shops. A large open area is used to host campus and community events. Plus, faculty and staff now experience the benefits of working together face-to-face and report an increase in collaboration and communication.” 

The story notes opportunities for local employers to collaborate on training at the campus, noting the specialized rooms “provide spaces where students gain the skills they’ll use to drive innovation in future jobs as well as entrepreneurial ventures. Many manufacturers, including Haworth, benefit from GRCC’s state-of-the-art technical training programs, while students learn valuable skills close to home that will help them earn more and advance in their careers.”

Other community donors include the Brooks family, the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, Gentex Corporation, GMB, Herman Miller, Hudsonville Ice Cream Company, and Patrick A. Thompson and family.

The project earlier in the year was highlighted in Architect, the journal of the American Institute for Architects, and named an “Outstanding Project” in the Community College Renovation/Adaptive Reuse/Restoration category by Learning by Design magazine.

The Washington-based AIA is the leading professional organization for architects and design professionals. Learning by Design showcases the best in the education design and construction market, recognizing innovative pre-K to 12 schools and cutting-edge colleges and universities.

Dell offers faculty, staff, and students access to Semi Annual Sale

Our exclusive twice-a-year event is almost here! Members can access Dell’s Semi Annual Sale for powerful tech at exceptional prices.

Sale runs 9/8 – 9/20, accessible on your exclusive member page:   www.Dell.com/DellU/GRCC

     Sale Highlights:

  • Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop – Starting at $449.99
  • Inspiron Desktop – Starting at $439.99
  • Alienware Aurora Ryzen R14 Desktop – Starting at $1249 


GRCC In the News 09/02/2022

Reading, writing and balancing a budget: Financial literacy coming to Michigan school curriculum

9/1/22 Western Michigan University press release

Paying bills, saving money and learning how to stick to a budget are just a few of the skills that everyone needs to be financially responsible. However, those skills have not typically been taught in school. This will change in Michigan in coming years.

… “I see this bill as a great opportunity for WMU Haworth to use our expertise and knowledge to help schools develop and implement this curriculum,” he (Jim DeMello) says. “The Sanford Center for Financial Planning and Wellness has already branched out to Grand Rapids, offering a financial literacy camp in collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College. We hope to have many more opportunities to  do the same with other local school districts.”

Payroll: Labor Day reminder

As we prepare for the long holiday weekend, the Payroll Team has a reminder about your timesheets for the 9/16/22 pay date (for the pay period of 8/22 – 9/4/22). We don’t want the due dates to sneak up on you!

Because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, 9/5/22, timesheets will be due one day later than normal, on Tuesday, 9/6/22. We know some of you may be taking some extra time off. Please take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the most accurate version of your timesheet is submitted on or before Tuesday, 9/6/22.

And, supervisors, if you’re out for any additional time around the holiday, please ensure you have a backup approver in place to review and approve timesheets by the deadline of Wednesday, 9/7/22 (also one day later, as approvals are usually due by the Tuesday following a pay date). More information on setting up a backup approver can be found here.

As always, please reach out to us with questions at hrpayroll@grcc.edu.