Salute to Women reception set for March 26, 2013

In honor of Women’s History Month please join us to celebrate Misty McClure-Anderson, Myrna Granderson, Joan Berends and Carly Misech at the 15th annual Salute to Women reception, Tuesday, March 26, 2013, 1:30 p.m. in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center Banquet Rooms. Please see attached invitation for complete details.

Add Your Input if you Would Like to see Weight Watchers at GRCC

GRCC is hoping to offer Weight Watchers for employees. We are looking for a day/time that would work well for the majority of people. Meetings are approximately 45 minutes long and will be held on the DeVos Campus. If you are thinking you may want to participate please email Julie Lenger ( which one of the three times would work best for your schedule.

  • Tuesday 12:15-1:00 pm
  • Thursday 12:00-12:45 pm
  • Thursday 5:15-6:00 pm

The Weight Watchers Monthly Pass Program offers flexible access to at work and local meetings plus free etools. The cost per person is $39.95 per month. We will need at least 20 people to sign up to hold meetings here at GRCC.

More details to come soon!

Staff Development Offers New Wellness Courses

Staff Development is proud to bring you four NEW Wellness professional development courses. Following the Seven Dimensions of Wellness, these sessions are just the beginning of a healthier life. Health and Education Professionals from the Grand Rapids area will provide training in the following areas:

Stress Reduction through Meditation
Facilitated by: Russell Pitts aka Sunim of the Grand Rapids Zen Center. Sunim married, a father of five adult children and the grandfather of six. He is a former Navel officer. attorney, as well as a college and high school teacher.

Friday September 30, 2011 9 – 10 AM
Friday November 4, 2011 2 – 3 PM

Dispelling Myths of HIV/AIDS
Facilitated by: Ruth Bell Olsson Board of Directors of the Grand Rapids Red Project. The Grand Rapids Red Project is comprised of community members who are passionate advocates and activists in the fight against HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and the harmful or risky choices that help spread these life-altering medical conditions.

Tuesday October 18, 2011 10 AM – 12 PM

Personal Self Defense
Facilitated by: Sherman McElwee from Elite Karate and Fitness In the summer of 1969 after a personal attack, Sherman decided to pursue self-defense as a means to protect himself. Elite Karate and Fitness offers kick boxing, personal training, and offers wellness coaching, It serves a clientele from very young to more seasoned adults. Sherman instills the values of respect, self-control, self-confidence, and discipline within his students. For a complete biography go to

Each session is 2 parts

Wednesday September 28 and October 5, 2011 10 – 11:30 AM
Wednesday November 9 and November 16, 2011 2 – 3:30 PM

Power of Gratitude
Facilitated by: Steve Glass PhD Grand Valley State University Associate Dean, College of Interdisciplinary Studies ( )
Interim Chair, Department of Liberal Studies ( )
ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist
Full Professor, Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University.

Thursday October 6, 2011 10 – 11:30 AM

Course descriptions and registration may be accessed at


  • Zumba
  • Yoga
  • Kickboxing
  • Stretching

Nutrition Courses including:

  • Raw Foods,
  • Smoothies Detoxing

GRCC Family Bowling Event 1/22/11

The WE Team and Employee Professional Development & Enrichment is hosting a Family Bowling Event for GRCC employees and their immediate family. The event is being held Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spectrum Lanes on Clyde Park. The cost is $6 person for unlimited bowling and an “all you can eat” pizza and pop buffet. Vouchers must be purchase prior to the event at one of the following locations:

  • ATC — Alyce Stark
  • Science Building – Janis Qualls, Biology
  • Cook Hall – Stacey Herrick, Social& Behavioral Sciences
  • DeVos Campus – Employee Professional Development & Enrichment, Administration Building
  • Tassell M-TEC – Tammy Mosley

This event is limited to the first 100 GRCC employees and their immediate family. (Sorry, no next door neighbors or your kids friend this time.) The deadline for purchasing vouchers is Wednesday, January 19. No vouchers will be sold the day of the event.

Move it or Lose it Winner: 8/31/10

The final drawing for the Move It Incentives was held today.  The winners for the August 16th drawing are Mike Faber ($25 Meijer gift card  and Sara Dorer ($25 GRCC Bookstore gift card ).  The winners for the August 30th drawing are Bruce Morrison ($25 Meijers gift card) and Frita Thayer ($25 MC Sports gift card).  Thanks to all who participated during this last year.

Photo: GRCC Fitness Team Competes in Final Race of “Triple Crown Series”

GRCC Runners Reeds Lake 2010

The GRCC Fitness Team finished in 8th place at the Reeds Lake Run, the last of the Triple Crown Series of races. Runners that scored points for the team were Mike Dopke (Lisa’s husband), Gretchen Robinson, Bill Faber, Sue Hill, and Alejandro Saldivar. Also running in the 5K were Jim Fox, Angela Faber (Bill’s wife), Mike Schavey, Lisa Dopke, and Elly Bainbridge. We also had Fitness Team Stars in the 10K: Mike Dopke, Whitney Johnson, and Lori Cook. Results can be seen at

The Triple Crown Series is a competition among local businesses that compete in three 5K races. GRCC finished 8th overall out of 39 teams in Division I (500+ employees). Scoring is based on your place in your gender and age group. Only the top five runners score points. The rest of us run or walk for fitness and fun. This year, we had 18 people who participated, including our own president, Steve “Speed” Ender. Please contact Jim Fox in Human Resources if you are interested in participating next year.

Free Fitness Training

From the Be Healthy Be Fit Program: the Downtown Alliance and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department will offer free fitness and dance classes throughout the summer at Rosa Parks Circle. The schedule is as follows:

  • Sundays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. is Ballroom/Latin Dancing
  • Mondays at 5:30 is Zumba
  • Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. is Hip-Hop

These are fun ways to get fit and the whole family is welcome to participate.

Results in for “Dump Your Plump”

The Be Healthy Be Fit Employee Wellness Program sponsored Dump Your Plump, an 8 week team based weight loss/exercise program, beginning in February and ending in April.  It was very successful and we wanted to share some facts with you:

  • There were 69 participants on 10 teams
  • 97% of the participants lost weight
  • A total of 444.8 pounds were lost in 8 weeks — this is an average of 55.6 pounds per week
  • This represents 75.89 % of the total weight loss goal set

Congratulations to all the participants of Dump Your Plump!

Opportunities to Run, Walk, Roll, or Cheer (5/14-15, 5/21)

The GRCC ESP will again be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Ah-Nab-Awen Park this weekend, May 14-15, 1pm-1pm. If you’d like to make a donation to the cause, you can do it electronically here . Please contact Tracy Payne (3673) at if you need any further information.

On May 21, Michigan Blood will host Moonlit Miles for Marrow, a 15K trail run at 7:30 p.m. at Klackle Orchards, 11466 West Carson City Road in Greenville. All the proceeds will go to help pay for tissue-type testing of prospective marrow donors for the Marrow Program at Michigan Blood.
Moonlit Miles for Marrow will also feature a 2-mile family fun run/walk and a post race party featuring live bands, food, and refreshments. Runners can register online and collect donations at For more information, please contact

Run, Walk, Roll, or Cheer is a wellness program at GRCC that encourages the participation of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and retirees in all aspects of community fitness events, including a) running, rolling, or walking in local events, b) joining local groups that support running, rolling, or walking, c) playing a supportive role in events (e.g., working at an aid station), and/or d) turning out to cheer on GRCC colleagues.