Raider Salute to those involved in the 100th Gala

A Raider Salute from the Centennial Steering Committee to everyone who helped with this week’s gala:

How to sum up the event in one word?  It was EPIC! This Raider Salute is to EVERYONE who participated in the 100th Anniversary Gala- whether you worked, volunteered or attended.  Each and everyone involved, in any way, contributed to the success of the event: $1.3 million raised for student scholarships! Kudos to the Foundation staff for orchestrating the event to perfection!

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GRCC In the News, 10-15-14

GRCC announces $1.3 million for student scholarships during 100th anniversary gala

Oct. 15, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has raised $1.3 million for student scholarships, an achievement that will make associate degrees and certificates more affordable for cash-strapped students, GRCC president Steven Ender announced Tuesday night.

GRCC holds 100th Anniversary Gala

Oct. 14, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College celebrated 100 years of education with a gala at DeVos Place Convention Center Tuesday night.

Anniversary gala to fund GRCC scholarships

The gala steering committee and the foundation staff are busy finalizing details for the 100th Anniversary Gala which will take place one week from today, Tuesday, October 14th at DeVos Place.

The campus community and our friends and donors have been extremely generous in their support of this event. Our goal is to raise $1 Million for student scholarships in celebration of our century of serving as a college of distinction. In order to help accomplish this goal, 100% of your ticket price is tax deductible and will go completely towards the “Promise for the Future” scholarship fund.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate our Great Past and look forward to our Bright Future. We only get this chance one time. Please don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate this historic milestone with your friends and colleagues.

Tickets and more detailed information about the event are available on our website.

Gala to celebrate Great Past, Bright Future

Join your colleagues and the community in celebrating 100 years of Grand Rapids Community College and 50 years of the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.

GRCC and the foundation are hosting a gala from 5:30-9 p.m. October 14 at DeVos Place. The college’s past will be celebrated before dinner, and our future will be celebrated from dinner through the rest of the evening. Hors d’oeuvres will be passed through the decades and a full sit-down dinner will be served. Tickets are $150 per person. They are available through payroll deduction and online through the “purchase ticket” link. Dress will be cocktail attire (black tie optional). All the proceeds from tickets will go to support student scholarships — which means that the cost of your ticket is tax deductible!

Steve Abid, a member of the gala steering committee, has worked out an arrangement with Afendoulis Cleaners for tuxedo rentals. Afendoulis will provide black tuxedos to GRCC employees for $100. Click here for Afendoulis locations.

100th Gala – Payroll Deduction Option for Employees

We hope your calendars are already marked for Tuesday, October 14th for the 100th Anniversary Gala! Starting July 1st, employees have the option to purchase their gala tickets through payroll deduction. Invites aren’t scheduled to go out until August, but we wanted to offer this option to employees first. Individual tickets for the gala are $150. The payroll deduction form includes several options of when to turn in the form and how much will be deducted from the corresponding paychecks. For all the details regarding the gala, visit our website. We are looking forward to celebrating with you!

100th Gala – Payroll Deduction Option for Employees

We hope your calendars are already marked for Tuesday, October 14th for the 100th Anniversary Gala! Starting July 1st, employees have the option to purchase their gala tickets through payroll deduction. Invites aren’t scheduled to go out until August, but we wanted to offer this option to employees first. Individual tickets for the gala are $150. The payroll deduction form includes several options of when to turn in the form and how much will be deducted from the corresponding paychecks. For all the details regarding the gala, visit our website. We are looking forward to celebrating with you!

Mike Flanagan Golf Outing Raffle Tickets

Don’t forget to purchase your Flanagan Raffle Tickets before the Golf Outing on Thursday, May 22nd. No need to be present to win!

Prizes include:

Steelcase Gesture Chair

McCabe Marlowe Dinner for 8

Airfare for Two

Samsung Galaxy Tablet

Weekend Rental 2014 Range Rover Evoque

Oympus Digital Camera

4 Tiger Tickets – Saturday, July 19th Game

…….and much more!!

Ticket price:

3 for $5.00

Tickets can be purchase from any one of the Flanagan members:

  • Erin Cisler – CPPB
  • David Anderson – Sneden Hall
  • Tina Hoxie – Student Center
  • Don MacKenzie – CPPB
  • Scott Martin – Facilities
  • Kurt Meinders – Sneden Hall
  • Danelle Sedore – 4th Floor Main
  • David Selmon – Sneden Hall
  • Jim VanDokkumburg – Facilities
  • Laurie Witczak – ATC Room 232

 

GRCC In the News, 5-7-14

Funeral services announced for Grandville High School teen, cousin killed in weekend crash

May 7, 2014; MLive

WYOMING, MI — Funeral arrangements have been set for Grandville High School senior Roman Aguilar-Emmons and his cousin, Michael Aguilar, who were killed in a weekend car crash.

… The Grandville High School senior planned to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College’s Police Academy in the fall. He had also applied for the one-week Grand Rapids Police Department’s High School Youth Police Academy in June.

GRPS, Community Foundation: Scholarship fund growing

May 6, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — The Grand Rapids Community Foundation and the Grand Rapids Public Schools district on Tuesday announced a $32 million campaign to support the Challenge Scholars program.

… Donors, including Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, have already helped raise more than $26 million. That money will go into an endowment to help sustain the program.

Founders Brewing gets $500,000 through state program to train 85 new workers

May 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Founders Brewing Company is getting a little help training new workers thanks to a state program.

The Grand Rapids brewing company, in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, is getting $500,000 over the next six years through the Michigan New Jobs Training Program to train 85 new workers.

KentuckyOne Health names chief operating officer

May 6, 2014; lanereport.com

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 6, 2014) — KentuckyOne Health has named Lisa A. Shannon as chief operating officer. Shannon will begin her new role July 21.

… Long active in community organizations, Shannon is a member of the boards of Heart of West Michigan United Way and Grand Rapids Community College Foundation. She and her husband have four children. The family plans to relocate to Louisville this summer.

Delta College baseball flourishing behind local talent

May 5, 2014; The Morning Sun (Dearborn)

Baseball for many in mid-Michigan is not only a passion but a way of life.

… “We came in as the No. 8 seed and knocked off the No. 1 seed in the first game. We then knocked off the No. 3 seed in the second and then beat Kellogg Community College in the winners bracket championship. We ended up losing twice to Grand Rapids Community College, but to finish 30-20 overall in only our second year and to make that kind of a tournament run bolted us into the national limelight,” (Dan) Smith said. “In just a couple of short years, people have taken notice that we’re here to compete and we’re a viable option for guys who have the ability to play competitive baseball and who want to continue their careers at the next level.”

Congratulations to the Van & Marinus Swets 2014 Travel Award Winners

The Foundation received 18 creative travel plans from employees. Due to the excellent response, we decided to award 6 employees again this year.

The winning essays were interesting, creative — just as Marinus would have liked.

Congratulations to:

  • 1st Place: Tony Dykema-VanderArk- $400
  • 2nd Place: Martha Sieting- $300
  • 3rd Place: Katie Budden- $200

Honorable Mention

  • Lilly Anderson- $100
  • Nora Neill- $100
  • Mary Beth Beighley- $100

Thank you to all who submitted essays. We hope you all enjoy your vacations you have planned. We look forward to hearing from the winners and seeing pictures from their travels.

Safe travels! We hope to see even more entries next year.

Golf outing supports student scholarships

The Foundation Office is excited to announce the 31st Annual Flanagan Golf Outing taking place Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Boulder Creek Golf Club. The committee has been hard at work to ensure that our sponsors, players, and guests have an incredible afternoon and evening as they support GRCC and student scholarships.

Some changes have been made to the day’s format and participation levels in order to increase dollars for student scholarships. Our ability to provide scholarship dollars for our students help us serve as a college of distinction throughout the region. For the first time, this year we are offering a reduced rate for alumni of GRCC!

Please join us as a foursome or individual golfer for this great outing. Delicious food, fabulous prizes, and fun fellowship as we celebrate GRCC with old and new friends. We promise the weather will be better than last year! For registration forms and more information, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Erin Cisler at ecisler@grcc.edu or x3931.

Flanagan Golf Outing supports scholarships

The 31st Michael Flanagan Golf Outing

Thursday, May 22nd

1:00 p.m. – Shot-Gun Start

The Flanagan Golf Outing is less than 4 weeks away. If you haven’t gotten your foursome together yet, don’t wait! We don’t want you to miss out on this opportunity to have fun and play some golf, but most importantly, support student scholarships. Visit our website for the registration form and more information, or please contact Erin Cisler at x3931 or ecisler@grcc.edu.

Flanagan raffle tickets are also now for sale from the following individuals:

  • David Anderson
  • Erin Cisler
  • Tina Hoxie
  • Don MacKenzie
  • Scott Martin
  • Kurt Meinders
  • Danelle Sedore
  • David Selmon
  • Jim VanDokkumburg
  • Laurie Witczak

Raffle Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: Airfare for 2
  • 2nd Prize: Office Chair
  • 3rd Prize: Dinner for 8 @ McCabe Marlowe

Much More!

Tickets: 3 for $5

The raffle will take place on May 22nd at approximately 7:00 p.m. at Boulder Creek Golf Club. You do not have to be present to win. All proceeds from the event will go to support student scholarships.

Van and Marinus Swets Travel Award Opportunity for GRCC Employees

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds. A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.

Requirements:

  •  Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation. The more unusual, the better!
  •  Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar.
  • Essays may be hand-written or typed. Do not put your name on the essay. Attach to the essay a sealed envelope containing your name and phone number. Write the last four numbers of your Social Security number in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the essay and on the outside of the envelope. Send the essay and envelope to Mary Reed, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Office. All essays must be received by Friday, April 18, 2014
  •  All award winners will be notified by May 2, 2014.

For more information you may contact Mary Reed: (616)234-3930 or mreed@grcc.edu

Van and Marinus Swets Travel Award Opportunity for GRCC Employees

DEADLINE: Friday, April 18, 2014

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds. A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.

Requirements:

  •  Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation. The more unusual, the better!
  •  Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar.
  • Essays may be hand-written or typed. Do not put your name on the essay. Attach to the essay a sealed envelope containing your name and phone number. Write the last four numbers of your Social Security number in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the essay and on the outside of the envelope. Send the essay and envelope to Mary Reed, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Office. All essays must be received by Friday, April 18, 2014
  •  All award winners will be notified by May 2, 2014.

For more information you may contact Mary Reed: (616)234-3930 or mreed@grcc.edu