Student Organization advisors still needed for The Film Club, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, StandOUT!, and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)

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

Think of it as a mentorship role, one where you can be as involved as you choose and act as a resource guide on campus to help the group achieve their goals.

The following clubs are looking for a new advisor to be considered active in the winter semester. Think about it! 🙂 Reach out to Ashley at to talk more, express interest, or fill out the Student Organization Advisor Interest form on Raider Connect.

The Film Club

The Film Club aims to expose students to a diversity of cinema. Students will view, discuss, analyze, and debate films from various genres, cultures, and time periods. The Film Club’s activities include events and meetings.

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

InterVarsity is a group of students who care about others, fill their lives with Jesus Christ, and invite others to do the same. We study the Bible together, pray for one another, and love to have fun.

IV is part of a larger organization with thousands of chapters on campuses across the world. IV provides students with opportunities to grow as leaders and experience many other cultures. All of our gatherings center back to Jesus Christ and the Bible. Although we are a Christian-based organization, we welcome students and faculty from all walks of life, whether you are religious or not. 


The mission of StandOUT is to create a community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and straight/cisgender ally students that is inclusive of our many diversities, open to the many opinions of our membership, and safe for all members of the community.

The purpose of StandOUT is:

1. To support LGBTQ+ students at GRCC. 

2. To educate ourselves and others in the GRCC and West Michigan communities on issues concerning LGBTQ+ individuals. 

3. To advocate for the well-being of LGBTQ+ persons through local political processes. 

4. To engage in outreach activities on issues regarding LGBTQ+ individuals. 

5. To provide programs and weekly meetings that empower LGBTQ+ individuals and unify them with the GRCC and West Michigan communities.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)

Phi Theta Kappa is an International Honors Society that focuses on giving students at two-year colleges’ opportunities to develop leadership skills, volunteer in service learning projects, and create a network of student leaders striving for academic excellence and success.

Through participation in honors and rigorous academic regime, students in Phi Theta Kappa are prepared to be the leaders of the future. GRCC is proud to have its own local chapter, Alpha Upsilon Kappa, a group of dedicated students who strive to grow in developing leadership skills and reaching out to the community.

One of the nation’s best: GRCC student-athlete Audrey Torres named an All-American by national volleyball publication

Grand Rapids Community College volleyball player Audrey Torres was named All-American by on Tuesday after helping the team to a fifth-place finish at the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Tournament two weeks ago.

Torres is the 13th All-American in GRCC volleyball history.  A member of the volleyball team has earned All-American honors in six of the last seven seasons. She’s the third GRCC student-athlete to earn All-American honors this semester.

Coach Chip Will said the honor was well-deserved “for a great person on and off the court.”

“Audrey has been a key attacker for us the past two seasons,” Will said. “She has grown into a true competitor who can heavily be relied on to consistently make big plays in high-pressure situations. It is exciting to see that her hard work and consistent high level of play has allowed her to be recognized by other junior college coaches as a All-American.”

Torres was one of 11 NJCAA DII players honored by, a publication that for nearly 40 years has covered the sport from the professional level to high school competition.

Jim Dietz, a Hall of Fame coach from Lincoln Land College in Illinois, selects the All-Americans for based on game videos, coach comments, and how the player finished in voting in their conference and region, and overall statistics.

A sophomore from Caledonia, Torres earlier was named All-Region, All-MCCAA and First Team All-Conference for the second year, and also named to the All-Tournament team at the national tournament.

The team this season enjoyed an 18-match winning streak spanning 59 days, an 11th conference title and a Michigan Community College Athletic Association Championship — the team’s sixth in the last seven years. The team then went on to go 3-1 at the national tournament finishing in fifth place – tied for their second-best finish ever.

Torres was first on the team in kills with 393 and service aces with 52. She also ranked in the top-five of the MCCAA in kills, kills per set and points per set.

She is the third GRCC student-athlete to earn All-American honors this year. Cross country runners Kaylee Scott and Audrey Meyering were selected after their performances in the NJCAA DII National Championships in November.

GRCC women’s basketball team falls to Aquinas College junior varsity despite big nights from Grace Lodes, Allison Kellogg

The Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team snapped a three-game winning streak on Monday with a 70-59 loss to the Aquinas College junior varsity team despite big nights from Grace Lodes and Allison Kellogg.

No team led by more than four points in the opening half, which finished tied at 35. But a huge 22-point third quarter by Aquinas created an insurmountable lead.

“We had some really nice stretches where we played team basketball, but we didn’t play a complete game to deserve the win tonight,” head coach David Glazier said.

Aquinas shot 52 percent from the field compared to 26 percent for GRCC.  The team also out-scored the Raiders 46-24 in the paint.  GRCC only had 11 turnovers and out-rebounded Aquinas by one.

Lodes scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for her third straight double-double of the season, while Kellogg picked up her second double-double with a team-high 14 points and 10 rebounds. Sally Merrill scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds.

The team returns to the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse for its next game, facing the Hope College junior varsity team on Dec. 8. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.    

College Success Center sticker design contest

College Success Center students were invited to design a motivational sticker to inspire and encourage other students.

We need your help to select the winners! The top three designs will be printed and available for students to enjoy at future College Success Center events. 

December 6-9: GRCC students, staff, and faculty have the opportunity to vote for their top two designs. Please submit your vote using the College Success Center Sticker Design Contest

form or in-person at the College Success Center (3rd floor, Student Center). Only one vote per person.

December 12: Winners will be announced! 

The design with the most votes will also receive a $50 Amazon e-gift card. 

Please contact Sondra Davis at if you have any questions.

RSVP for the Student Leadership Awards Ceremony in March

The Student Leadership Awards ceremony is an annual event that recognizes students for outstanding leadership and contributions through a variety of awards that are presented. 

All students, student organizations, advisors, faculty, staff, those who work closely with involved students, and award nominees are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP below.

March 23, 2023 from 3-7 p.m.

RSVP on Raider Connect under “Forms”.

Student Life would also like to encourage staff, faculty, and students to nominate students for these awards. More details to come on the nomination process in January! 

Contact Ashley Fox at if you have any questions.

GRCC in the News 12/06/2022

GRCC professor addresses region’s ‘dire’ need for ASL interpreters

12/5/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local sign language educator is hoping to encourage students to pursue interpretation as a career by creating a streamlined path to state certification.

Justine Bryant, a Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) affiliate assistant professor of sign language, knows that while finding qualified, trained interpreters for those who are deaf or hard of hearing is vital, the road to a complete education in the field often is complicated for students.

HR Notification: Personal & Emergency Contact information

Did you know you can review and update your personal and emergency contact information that is currently on file with Human Resources? 

To do so, visit the Online Center and select the Personal Details tile. Navigate to Addresses, Contact Details (for phone numbers), and/or Emergency Contacts from the left side menu to review and update the information. 

If you need assistance with updating your information, please contact Nicole Dekker at

HR Notification: Recent changes to reporting conference attendance

Beginning this year, employees will be asked to self-report conferences they’ve attended since July 1, 2022, as this information will no longer be loaded into training summaries. 

Self-reporting professional development is quick, easy, and can be done through the Online Center.

Visit the Professional Development/Training Summary webpage for step-by-step instructions or contact Nicole Dekker at for assistance.

Please note: A Leave of Absence form will still need to be completed, as needed.