CASE honors GRCC Foundation for annual report telling the stories of inspiring students and the people who support them

Grand Rapids Community College’s efforts to share the stories of students overcoming obstacles and the people who support them was honored by a national organization that supports college advancement efforts.

The 2019-2020 GRCC Foundation Annual Report earned a Best of CASE District V Award in the Fundraising: Annual Reports category from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

CASE is a nonprofit association based in Washington, D.C. dedicated to educational advancement professionals—in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services—who share the goal of championing education to transform lives and society.

The organization includes both two- and four-year programs.

The Annual Report was created by GRCC’s College Advancement team, which includes members of the GRCC Foundation and Communications team, and is led by Dr. Kathryn Mullins, vice president for College Advancement and executive director of the GRCC Foundation.

The 2019-2020 Annual Report focused on the stories of the people the GRCC Foundation has helped and the lives it has transformed – shared by the people themselves, often telling their stories in their own words.

The edition includes inspiring stories about students and alumni including trailblazing Super Bowl Chef Dayanny De La Cruz, and Amanda Constant, who used the support from a Spectrum Health Care Professionals Education Scholarship to rise above a series of setbacks and complete her Medical Assistant program.

It also highlights alumni and philanthropists Dave and Karen Custer, and 41 years of giving from former college employees Jerry and Jan Benham.

The 2019-2020 Annual Report earlier in the year earned a Gold Paragon and Best in Show Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, an organization that supports and advocates for community colleges.

Chef Angus Campbell returns to GRCC’s Heritage restaurant for two days of a special menu of Scottish and Italian cuisine

For two days next week, lunching at Grand Rapids Community College’s Heritage restaurant will give you a taste of international travel – with some familiar faces.

The Heritage, a fine dining restaurant operated by GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, will feature a special prix fixe menu celebrating Scottish and Italian cuisine on Oct. 26 and 27.

Chef Angus Campbell, who was GRCC faculty member for 25 years before retiring in 2016, teamed up with his friend and fellow chef Nicola Conte on the special event.

Conte has planned an Italian appetizer of tartar of tuna with braised borlotti bean salad and an entree of poached halibut, citrus sauce and asparagus with prosciutto.

Campbell has contributed a roasted crab soup with Scottish sausage fritters and Cranachan Briosgaid Ime, a traditional dessert with raspberry, oatmeal, whiskey and butter shortbread Students in the CA 114 International Food Production and CA 115 Table Service courses will work under their direction.

Campbell was the star of “Cooking with Angus,” where he shared lessons about cooking and life for more than 100 episodes. GRCC’s Media Technologies Department produced the series through a grant from Peter Secchia and Jay Smith.

Campbell and Conte, who met in 1979, reunited for the final episode of the series, which earned the second of two Emmy Awards from the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

GRCC’s Heritage restaurant is located in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE. Parking is off of Ransom Avenue. Those wishing to make reservations for the Oct. 26 and 27 lunch must call 616-234-3700. Online reservations will not be accepted on those days.

GRCC In the News 10/20/2022

Kent County commissioner faces challenger in race for 16th District

10/19/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Kent County commissioner will defend her seat against a challenger Nov. 8 in a race to represent the county board’s 16th District.

… (John Brooks) Twist, 34, is the owner of an accounting services business. He’s earned an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University.

Benefits Fair on October 26: Retirement Readiness learning opportunity and Open Enrollment session included

The Benefits Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, at the ATC banquet rooms from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

As part of this event, there will be two informational sessions for employees, held in the ATC auditorium (ATC-168).

The sessions will be offered in a hyflex format — both in person and virtual.

Retirement Readiness – Wednesday October 26 from 11:.00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

HR & Payroll are partnering with LMCU to bring a financial bootcamp learning opportunity entitled “Retirement Readiness”.

Join us either in person (ATC 168) or virtually (via Zoom) for a discussion of retirement savings options and resources available to achieve financial freedom in retirement.

During this session, LMCU will provide an overview for individuals just starting to explore retirement savings and those that need reassurance that they’re on track with their retirement goals, as well as those individuals nearing the retirement finish line.

Registration for this employee learning opportunity is open. Log into your  Online Center account and select the Professional Development tile.

Open Enrollment Informational Session-Wednesday October 26 from 1:00 pm-2:30pm

Join GRCC Benefits staff and representatives to learn more about the 2023 updates and changes to GRCC health plans. The six health plans will be reviewed and details on coverage and monthly cost will be shared.

Join us either in person (ATC 168) or virtually (via Zoom). Log into your  Online Center account and select the Professional Development tile.

Open Enrollment begins, Monday October 24, and runs through Friday, November 4.

Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for you to make changes to your benefits and to add or drop eligible dependents from coverage. Changes made at open enrollment are effective January 1, 2023.