Learn From the Best: GRCC professor changes lives with voluntary dental care

Teri Herdon smiling.

Teri Herdon, a Grand Rapids Community College  dental Instructor, has seen first hand how dental care can change lives. 

She vividly recalls one patient she encountered while volunteering at a Mission of Mercy event, which provided dental care for patients in need in Grand Rapids. 

After completing treatment, the patient began crying and hugging Herdon. The patient had never been able to afford dental care, and by getting the help she needed, could now be put on a kidney transplant list.

“We both began crying with joy. She thanked me for saving her life, and I’ll never forget the impact she had on me. We still keep in touch and she’s doing well,” Herdon said. 

Herdon enrolled in GRCC’s Dental Hygiene program in 1990. She worked in private practice for a while and came back to GRCC to teach in 2003. She still maintains a busy schedule of teaching, working in private practices, administering board exams, and volunteering. 

“I love working with the students. We work hard and build strong relationships. I get to take what I have learned in the world and bring it into a hands-on classroom,” Herdon said.  

The program involves hands-on learning in the GRCC Dental Clinic. The Dental Clinic is open to the public and offers preventative services to the public such as cleanings, x-rays, and more for affordable rates. 

Herdon says the dental faculty have created a collaborative environment. The program has a strong reputation for knowledgeable staff, state-of-the-art technology, and hardworking students.

“I’ve been to many other colleges to administer exams,” Herdon said. “I am always proud to come home to GRCC. Our dental program has a strong reputation, it makes me proud to work here”. 

The dental hygiene program has a competitive waitlist, more information can be found here

The Dental Clinic is currently accepting new patients, more information can be found here.

Upcoming Professional Development opportunity: Technology

IT and Human Resources are offering a new course this academic year as part of Professional Development. This training is designed for supervisors and leaders of the college to learn more about the technology and tools offered by IT to help make your job easier. The course will cover: 

  • IT Service Portal
  • Network Account Provisioning forms
  • Equipment procurement and replacement processes.
  • Approving/denying timesheets and delegating access 
  • Overview of performance reviews
  • How to handle when an employee leaves or transfers
  • Google Resources
  • And more

The next session is Thursday, February 2. To sign up, please register via the Online Center.

GRCC women’s basketball team tops Lansing Community College, earning coach David Glazier’s 100 career victory

Grand Rapids Community College women's basketball team holding up signs with100 written on them.

Head coach David Glazier of the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team earned his 100th career win after his team’s convincing, 27-point victory over Lansing Community College on Wednesday.

In the later game, GRCC’s men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a 22-point first half deficit and fell to the Stars 93-81, only the team’s second loss of the season.

The women’s team held Lansing to just 26 percent from the field, 50 percent from the free throw line and just 40 total points, while scoring 67 of their own on a season-high 42.1 percent from the field.

“Proud of these kids tonight in a complete team bounce back after a disappointing outing this past Saturday,” Glazier said. “Tonight was a showcase of what this team really is when we play team basketball.”

Allison Kellogg scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-8 from the floor while adding seven rebounds.

Grace Lodes finished with her seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.  Marlene Bussler filled the stat sheet with 14 points, six assists, six rebounds, a block and a steal.

Glazier, in his seventh season as head coach of the Raiders, is now 100-77.  His team is coming off a 20-win season that included a runner-up performance in the NJCAA regional tournament.  Two years ago, he led the team to its first trip to the NJCAA national tournament.

“Humbled by the milestone because it isn’t possible without the sacrifices, hours of hard work, and dedication that so many players have given to the program,” Glazier said.

The men’s team, after winning its first 11 games, has now lost two in a row.

Rico Wade led a total of 10 Raiders that scored, with 14 points on 6-of-9 from the floor.

Brockton Kohler, who recently signed to play with Cleary University, was 4-of-8 from three point range and finished with 13 points.

Danyel Bibbs chipped in with 13 points and a team-high five assists and Chris Coleman nearly had a double-double with nine points and nine rebounds.

Both teams will be back in action on Jan. 14 as they play host to Bay College at home in their conference openers. The women’s game will tip-off first at 1 p.m. with the men to follow. 

GRCC In the News 01/12/2023

‘I love to be able to help people’: GRCC, MDHHS team up to meet students’ basic needs

1/11/23 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Marjri Weller returned to her alma mater, Grand Rapids Community College, in October 2022. Her daily goal since then has been to help as many students as possible succeed.

Deputy awarded for inspiring trust with migrant workers

1/11/23 secondwavemedia.com

Growing up, Ramon Soto-Lopez dreamed of becoming a police officer and changing the perspective the public has of law enforcement.

… In 2012, he graduated with outstanding academic achievement awards and enrolled in GRCC.

How to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2023 in Grand Rapids area

1/11/23 MLive

WEST MICHIGAN — If you’re looking for a meaningful way to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the Grand Rapids area, there is no shortage of opportunities.

… A collaboration among Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University will host a keynote speaker on the evening of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Loyalty over everything

1/11/23 The Ferris State Torch (Ferris State University’s student newspaper)

Ferris football coaches Ryan Hodges and Tony Annese have shared four national championships and over 100 wins as a coaching duo at the collegiate level, but the two have a history far beyond that.

… After his stint with the Big Reds, Hodges was once again asked by Annese to join another coaching staff, this time at the next level at Grand Rapids Community College. For three years he coached the defensive backs for the Raiders, gaining two national championships in three years for the team in 2009 and 2011.

Lakewood basketball’s Jayce Cusak showing star power

1/10/23 Ionia Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA – Jayce Cusack drove to the lane, faked right, cut left and then Eurostepped to the basket and scored past three defenders.

… The 6-foot-4, 175-pound guard has caught the eye of a lot of college coaches, too. He has eight offers: Alma College, Aquinas College, Calvin University, Cleary University, Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson College, Olivet College and Trine University.

Retirement Celebration for Kathy Schoen

There will be an open house retirement celebration for the Library and Learning Common’s Interlibrary Loan Specialist, Kathy Schoen, on Wednesday, January 18,  from 1 – 3 p.m. in the foyer of the Library and Learning Commons.

Everyone is invited to stop by and wish Kathy the best in retirement as we celebrate her 33 years of service at GRCC!  

Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) Grant

The GRCC Grants Department is accepting applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) grant program. The purpose of the award is to encourage support staff to improve their professional skills related to their GRCC assignments.

Awards are for amounts up to $2,500 and the deadline is January 20, 2023 at 5 p.m.

The SSPD Application packet and Guidelines are available on the Grants Department SSPD Application & Guidelines webpage.

Please note applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation.

If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Julie Blaszak at extension 3928 or julieblaszak@grcc.edu. Good luck!

Change to employee exercise classes week of January 16

Person holding a hand weight, smiling.

For next week only, a few modifications have been made to the schedule:

Monday, January 16


Room 212 FFH

exercise with Lannie

Wednesday, January 18

employee exercise class CANCELLED

Thursday, January 19


Room 212 FFH

Fitness Fusion

Danielle Terpstra subbing for Lannie

This does not affect the Monday, January 16 Spin & Sculpt class (5:15-6:00pm) nor the Tuesday January 17 Strength Blast class (12-12:45pm).

After that, schedule is back to normal 🙂

Join us!