Interfaith Series #1 “What is Vocation?” invitation

Greetings from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI),

ODEI would like to invite you to the Interfaith Literacy Series #1 program, “What is Vocation?”, taking place on October 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the SCC Multipurpose Room 234 (Student Center).

Lunch will be provided during this event.

Please come and join us for lunch and a deeper conversation around vocation and what it means to you.

Please RSVP for this program at

Raider Connect: Please join our ODEI organization on Raider Connect to stay connected with upcoming student programs and events. 


Lastly, please don’t forget to check out the other events that ODEI has coming up at

Breast Cancer Awareness learning opportunity open to staff, faculty and students

Breast Cancer Awareness Presentation

Wednesday, 10/19/2022
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Room 214 of the Ford Fieldhouse

October is breast cancer awareness month and this presentation is joining in the effort to raise awareness about breast cancer and the impact of breast cancer.

Not only will this show support to all that have been impacted by breast cancer but will also provide an opportunity of learning for our campus.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer.

This learning session will include what breast cancer is, signs and symptoms, risk factors, how to lower risk, screenings, lifestyle heath, exercise, treatment/care, etc. All staff, faculty and the GRCC campus body are welcome to attend.

Faculty and staff may register through their online center under professional development. Students and campus community members do not need to register to attend.

Homecoming – Office decorating winner

Thank you to all who participated in the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest. All entries were spirited and so creative!

The winner of this year’s Homecoming Office Decorating contest is – the College Success Center and TRIO. Stop by SCC 3rd floor to see how they celebrated student success by showing Raider spirit. The winner will receive bagels and coffee for the entire office. 

Thank you to all the participants – Student Life and Conduct, Disability Support Services and Counseling and Career Development, Campus Police, Student Financial Services, Academic Advising & Transfer Center, Adult Education, Tassell MTEC, and Lakeshore Campus. 

To check out all the events and activities happening throughout the week, please visit

GRCC Athletic Department celebrates new partnership with Nike with a ‘yard sale’

The Grand Rapids Community College Athletic Department is celebrating its new partnership with Nike for team apparel and other items with a “yard sale” for students, employees and community members.

The sale is planned for 2-4 p.m. on Thursday in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, and again on Friday prior to the homecoming volleyball game, which starts at 6 p.m.

The sale includes jerseys, backpacks, jackets, polo shirts and other items created during the prior partnership. Many of the items are unused, but others have been worn in competition and practice by GRCC student-athletes.

Proceeds will be used to support the GRCC Athletic program.

“We’re excited by our new partnership with Nike, and that collaboration created the opportunity to start updating our uniforms and team apparel,” Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said. “As we make that transition, we know there are many Raider would you like to show their spirit by owning some of the retired materials.”

GRCC works closely with Game One, a leader in sports equipment, to provide uniforms to GRCC student-athletes. The company is transitioning GRCC to Nike gear throughout this year.

“Providing high quality performance products that enable championship level competition for athletes at GRCC is at the forefront of our mission,” Game One CEO Jayme Wisel said. “We are pleased to have been selected, in joint partnership with Nike, to be the provider of leading sports apparel and equipment that is consistent with the rich history of GRCC.”

The homecoming game on Friday includes a salute to the 2012 national championship volleyball team.

GRCC In the News 10/04/2022

GRCC partners with Haworth, others for flexible new campus


Working with industrial partners, Grand Rapids Community College has transformed a vacant shopping center into a center of possibility.

First Steps Kent names new president

10/3/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal

An early childhood services nonprofit recently appointed a new president.

… (Jennifer) Headley-Nordman was chosen by a search committee led by Juan Olivarez, member of the First Steps Kent Board of Commissioners and interim president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Morning News

10/4/22 WZZM

(Former GRCC football coach Fred Julian to be inducted in the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame.)

Golden Raider Homecoming Happy Hour on October 6

In celebration of GRCC’s Fall 2022 Homecoming (October 3-7), the Gold Team is hosting another happy hour!

Join in the fun to catch up with former colleagues and reconnect with GRCC friends!

Golden Raider Happy Hour

Thursday, October 6

4-6 pm

The Commons

The Commons is a 70’s themed throwback bar/restaurant, located at 547 Cherry St SE (Suite C), Grand Rapids 49503.  For you history buffs…the building was formerly known as The Oakwood Manor, and if memory serves, is the oldest apartment building in GR. The drinks are good and the food is great – we think you will enjoy this trip down memory lane!

Please contact Steve Abid ( to RSVP and for any questions you may have.

Volunteers needed for GRCC Scholarfest 2022

GRCC Scholarfest 2022 is back on campus! This year we will be honoring Dr. Juan and Mary Olivarez on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

Are you available during the evening of Tuesday, November 1 from 5 – 9 p.m.? Would you like to assist in making this year’s Scholarfest another success? Yes? Then volunteer! 

What we need:

  • Parking Help
  • Greeters
  • Coat Check
  • Registration

We need at least 15 dedicated volunteers. All volunteer positions will be assigned.  

Contact Mary Reed at 3930 or to sign up. 

Health Care Careers Panel and a Recruiting Event, October 4

Spectrum Health and GRCC’s Occupational Support Program offer you a 

Health Care Careers Panel and a Recruiting Event, October 4 on GRCC’s Campus.

Spectrum Health is interested in sharing about careers and positions that are clinical & non-clinical.

There are more possibilities than you might think!

Recruiting Table

12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Right outside the Raider Grille

Health Care Careers Panel (learn about the wide variety of jobs that exist in the hospital environment)

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor Student Center

Registration encouraged but drop-in’s welcome!  

Register at: Spectrum Health Recruitment Event in Partnership with GRCC’s Occupational Support

GRCC hosting MACRAO College and Transfer Fair October 13

Faculty and Staff: Please pass this information on to your students.

Grand Rapids Community College will host West Michigan’s biggest college and transfer fair Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022 in the Ford Fieldhouse!

Explore your options and connect with more than 50 colleges and universities nationwide.

Morning: 9 a.m. -11 a.m.
College Fair
High schools will be bused in to see our campus and visit with reps

Afternoon: 1 p.m. -3 p.m.
Transfer fair
Open to GRCC students looking to transfer

Night: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
College Fair
High school students and families but open to anyone. If GRCC students cannot make the afternoon fair we encourage them to attend the evening

For further details and a list of colleges attending, go to our MACRAO College and Transfer Fair at GRCC webpage.