Photos from the 2018 GRCC Employee Appreciation Event

It was a beautiful day on Friday to celebrate our employees’ wonderful accomplishments!
Special thanks to the following folks whose hard work & dedication made this incredible event possible:
     – Media Technologies: Noah DeSmit, Klaas Kwant, Todd Torrey, Taylor Bouwens, & team
     – Creative Dining: Keaton Krupa, Destiny Swanson, Hillary Fisk, & team
     – Facilities: Jim Schultz, Dale Young, & team
     – Human Resources: Christine Coon, Laura Caulk, & Lydia Cruz
     – Communications: Matt Coullard & team
     – Our Presenters: Bill Pink, Bill Faber, John Cowles, Amy Koning, Mike Vargo, Judith Larsen, Lina Blair, Jessica Berens, and Cathy Kubiak.
Congratulations again to our honorees and thank you to those who came out to celebrate with us!

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GRCC In the News, 3-5-15

1 adjunct, 3 colleges and a look inside the life of part-time professors

March 5, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – For Michael Miller, every minute counts.

… He’s teaching seven courses this semester – three at Grand Rapids Community College, two at Aquinas and two at Kendall College of Art and Design. Between the classwork, there’s lesson plans to craft, meetings to attend and lots of papers to grade.

10 events at LaughFest 2015 you don’t want to miss

March 4, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first-ever, community-wide festival of laughter opens Thursday for 10 days of mirth and merriment in West Michigan.

… FUNderwear Run – Victoria’s Secrets are secrets no longer at LaughFest’s FUNderwear Run through the streets of downtown wearing your underwear as outerwear over your running clothes. The 3.1 mile trek, at 10 a.m. March 8, is a fundraiser for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and ends with LaughFest’s “People and Pets” at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse.

Aquinas indoor track & field ready for Nationals

March 4, 2015; MLive

Geneva, OH- The Aquinas College indoor track & field team’s are ready to compete at this weekend’s NAIA Indoor National Championships, held in Geneva, Ohio. Coach Dave Wood will lead a group of 28 student-athletes down to the Spire Institute. The Saints will look for strong performances and personal bests in a variety of events.

… On the women’s side, Erika Heston (Haslett/Haslett) and Tori DeSira (Dewitt/GRCC) will compete in the 60 Meter Hurdles.

GRCC Staff Prayer Meeting

Harry Lew and Paul Phifer, advisors of the GRCC Christian Fellowship, invites all administrators, faculty, and staff to an interdenominational prayer meeting this Monday, February 9, from 12:00 to 12:50 PM in Student Center Room 336.

We will pray for the well-being of the college and all its staff and students.
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TRiO/Student Support Services program launches Cafe Connect

The TRIO/Student Support Services Program will be starting a new initiative this Winter 2015 and is inviting GRCC faculty to join!

Our Café Connect Program is designed to provide our TRIO students with an opportunity to engage with faculty in a cordial atmosphere outside the classroom. Our students will have access to a gift card that will cover the cost of coffee (or your preferred drink) and a bagel/pastry at the Quiet Café, the Sneden Café, or the Raider Grill – for themselves and for you. The students will come prepared with questions around career, professional, and educational paths!

We’re excited about the opportunity to extend this invitation to faculty to become active partners in sharing their journey with our TRIO/Student Support Services students.



Food Drive Thank you!

On behalf of the Office of Student Life and Conduct, we want to thank all staff and faculty who donated to the GRCC Student Food Pantry at last week’s holiday breakfast (including the large, special donation from John Cowles and Art Johnson). The number of students utilizing the pantry continues to grow, so it can be challenging to keep it well-stocked and provide a variety of items. The donations that came in last week were overwhelming! It took an army to sort and stock all of the food. We are truly grateful and we are positive the donations will be well-received by the students right before the holidays.

Here’s a personal quote that shows you how much your support impacts our students:

Thank you so much! This (food pantry) was such a big help for me and my children. God bless you and your family this holiday! You sure blessed mine! You guys are so awesome and if it were not for GRCC’s food pantry I would have been starving this year. You have been such a big light in my life! Thank you so much! My tears are full of joy!

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Walter Lockwood to sign copies of ‘Open Door’ at holiday breakfast

Walter Lockwood will be at the holiday breakfast on December 12 to sign copies of his book Open Door: Grand Rapids Community College 1914-2014  that are purchased that morning. The 100th anniversary commemorative book costs $40.

The breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m. in Ford Fieldhouse. Once again this year, faculty and staff are asked to bring nonperishable food items as well as basic health and beauty items for to the Student Food Pantry. A list of needed items needed can be found here.

Pantry donations sought at Holiday Breakfast on December 12

The Holiday Breakfast is THIS Friday at 7:30 a.m. in Ford Fieldhouse.

Once again this year, we are asking for faculty and staff to bring nonperishable food items as well as basic health and beauty items for donation to the Student Food Pantry. A listing of items needed can be found at:

We will also be selling copies of 100th anniversary commemorative book that details the history of GRJC/GRCC through the stories and pictures of students and employees. Open Door: Grand Rapids Community College 1914-2014 is written by Walter Lockwood. The book cost is $40. GET YOURS IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

GRCC In the News, 11-24-14

MEA, GRCC union file unfair labor practice charge against college

Nov. 21, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A dispute between members of Grand Rapids Community College’s clerical workers union about whether to maintain ties with the Michigan Education Association has resulted in an unfair labor practice charge against the college.

‘Vice,’ Bruce Willis film from Grand Rapids director Brian Miller, to debut in January

Nov. 21, 2014; MLive

“Vice,” the new film from Grand Rapids-born director Brian Miller, has been slotted for an early 2015 release.

… Miller is a 1993 graduate of East Grand Rapids High School, and an alum of GRCC and Grand Valley State University, where he studied film. He shot his first two films, “Caught in the Crossfire” (starring rapper 50 Cent) and “House of the Rising Sun,” in Grand Rapids. He currently lives in Studio City, California.

Winners announced for United Way incentive drawings

Congratulations to our winners!

  • GRCC centennial sweatshirt —  Steevigh Cwayna
  • GRCC Open Door tickets — Fatima Nieves, Paula Sullivan, Noah DeSmit, Tracy Payne
  • $100 Meijer gift card —  Davis Morris

To date 26.5 percent of you have contributed to raise $36,043.18 — and donations are still rolling in!  Any employees who met the qualifications for the Driven to Give incentive  are still in the running for that sweepstakes through March 31 — so there’s still time to make a pledge and qualify! The winner of that incentive will be announced at the United Way celebration event on May 4.

United Way’s People Helping People Campaign

The needs in Kent County are complex, but helping people is not. Supporting United Way through financial gifts, speaking out on important issues and lending your time and talent are simple yet powerful ways to help better our community. In 2013, United Way invested $10 million in Kent County through 60 agency providers, community collaborations and United Way programs: 2-1-1, Schools of Hope, Kent County Tax Credit Coalition and the Volunteer Center.

Our United Way campaign runs through November 3 — and don’t forget about our campaign incentives:

  • Employees who return their United Way pledge form by November 3 will be entered to win a GRCC centennial sweatshirt. There is no donation required to be part of this raffle.
  • However, employees who donate $100 or more to this year’s campaign are eligible for two more prizes! The first four winners will receive two tickets to the GRCC’s 100th anniversary performance, “Open Door,” on November 7 and 8. The fifth winner will receive a $100 Meijer gift card.
  • If you are thinking it may be time for a new car, any Heart of West Michigan United Way donor who makes a new undesignated gift of $50 or more, or increases his or her total 2013 gift by $50 or more will be automatically entered for a chance to win a new car from Fox Honda!


Benefit Fair includes flu shot clinic


FLU SHOT CLINIC TODAY- 11 AM TO 1:30 PM- (ATC) Banquet Room 118

Flu shots will be administered during the benefit fair, there is no cost for employees who have insurance through Priority Health, WMHIP or MESSA but you must bring your insurance card with you in order for Spectrum Health to bill on your behalf.

For employees who do not have insurance, they may purchase a flu shot for $17.