Homecoming – GRCC Pride Photo Contest winners

Raider Nation showed their GRCC Spirit for Homecoming week, please help us congratulate our GRCC Pride Photo Contest winners from the following categories: GRCC Department/Office/Team, Family/Pet, and Alumni! 

GRCC Department/Office/Team Winner: GRCC Communications Department

Family/Pet: Jenna Vande Kamp’s dog Watson

Alumni, Melody Sheridan, ’16

Congratulations!  Thanks for bringing the spirit to Homecoming week! 

For more information about homecoming activities happening throughout the week, please visit grcc.edu/homecoming

2022 Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award 1st Place Winner shares his travel experience

Jason Hansen, of the IT Department, won the 1st place award for the 2022 Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award. 

Jason and his wife celebrated their 50th birthdays and the 25th anniversary of their first date. 

They took a cruise of the San Juan islands off the coast of Seattle on a small on an old research vessel that was converted into a small cruise ship. It held 15 people total. In fact, for his honeymoon they went on this very same ship for a week-long cruise in Alaska.

Jason extends his many thanks for the Foundation with this personal statement and shared some fabulous photos with us:

I was able to unplug and didn’t have much contact with the outside world. A dream for someone like me where all I ever do is work on computer issues. We had a great trip. No airline issues, weather was great, and we made it back in one piece! Thank you! 

“Go Beyond” program recognizes student employees

Student Employment Services sponsors the “Go Beyond” recognition program for student employees.

This program recognizes student employees who go beyond their normal job responsibilities to provide extraordinary service while working at GRCC. 

Nominated student employees receive a special GRCC T-shirt and a gift card.

Congratulations to our “Go Beyond” recipients for September 2022!

Blake Waibel – Athletics
Carol Schutt-Sepanik – High School Partnerships
Donvan Grear – Music
Latoya Seymour – Student Life & Conduct

Sung In Park – Information Technology

GRCC’s Mason Kolhoff earned MCCAA Cross Country Runner of the Week honors after stellar race

Mason Kolhoff matched his personal best time and was second in a field of 101 runners in a recent race, earning the Grand Rapids Community College freshman Michigan Community College Athletic Association men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week honors.

Kolhoff, a Martin resident who graduated from Otsego High, helped the GRCC men’s cross country team to a first-place finish at the Oakland Raider Invitational last week.

“Mason earning athlete of the week, I couldn’t be prouder,” coach Rob Hyde said. “He works so hard in training, on race day, in classes — and he even works a job every night. Truly a driven and determined teammate who is a great leader in word and in deed.”

Kolhoff at the Oakland Invitational tied his personal record of 26:38, finishing in second place.

The men’s team is ranked No. 13 in the first U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll of the season.

It is the second straight week a GRCC runner received  Runner of the Week honors. 

Last week, Kaylee Scott, of the No. 6 ranked women’s team was named MCCAA Runner of the Week.

GRSS is next scheduled to compete in the Muskegon Community College Invitational on Oct. 15. Competition is set to begin at 1 p.m. for the women and 1:45 p.m. for the men.  

GRCC In the News 10/05/2022

GRCC raising funds for program that allows adults with special needs to be forever learners

10/4/22 WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A program at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) gives special needs adults the opportunity to have a college experience. 

GR Sports Hall of Fame inducts 2022 class of honorees

10/4/22 FOX 17

Laura Heyboer is the first soccer player, man or woman to be inducted. A standout player at Unity Christian, set scoring records for the Saders, and was a three time all American at Michigan State.

… The late Fred Julian had his spot etched into history tonight after a 34-year span as a coach all over the Grand Rapids area, first at West Catholic High School, then at GRCC.

Manufacturing Laboratory to Address a “Critical Lack of Skill” in Michigan’s Industrial Workforce

10/5/22 thomasnet.com

A university manufacturing laboratory hopes to prepare high school students in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the area’s industrial workforce under a newly announced program.

… The program stemmed from field trips taken by Grand Rapids students to the AMP Lab, according to Kimmy Beuchler, the director of Early College Programs at WMU’s Merze Tate College and a former science teacher in the district. She said the certificate would enable participants to either join the workforce above entry-level or get a head-start on a degree from Western Michigan or Grand Rapids Community College. Either way, Beuchler said, it is “an absolute game-changer for students.”

Student Life seeking Student Organization advisors

Looking to get more involved on campus? Ever considered advising a student organization? 

The Office of Student Life and Conduct values and promotes student engagement opportunities, and we believe student involvement increases the chance of completion, persistence and the number of students transferring from our college to a four-year university.

We are looking to collect a list of potential candidates for student organization leaders in need of an advisor!

Curious? Let us know by submitting your interest on Raider Connect. 

Go to Raider Connect , login using your GRCC credentials, go to forms and click Student Organization Advisor Interest.

Library and Learning Commons: Hotspot alternative

The GRCC Library and Learning Commons is currently out of hotspots to checkout to students for the semester.

If you know of a student in need of assistance getting internet, one program you can let them know about is the Affordable Connectivity Program.

This program provides a discount of up to $30 dollars toward internet service for eligible households.

There is more information about how the program works and eligibility requirements at this FAQ page.