TRiO, ABO, Honors Program student visit UM

TRiO Student Support Services and students in the program as well as students from the ABO-Alpha Beta Omega Organization, and Honors Program participated in a campus visit to University of Michigan this past Friday October 24, 2014.

A tour of the campus was provided as well as a visit with specific departments representatives such as the Admissions, Financial Aid, Architecture, Engineering, Kinesiology, and Pharmacy.

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Honors Program student wins Albion College scholarship

Clare Kolenda

Clare Kolenda

Congratulations to GRCC alumna Clare Kolenda, who received the Distinguished Albion College-Community College Transfer Scholarship.

The scholarship, given to one student from six local community colleges, covers 75 percent of tuition. Kolenda had to meet grade-point average requirements and undergo an interview with a selection committee.

Kolenda graduated from GRCC this spring with an associate in arts degree with the MACRAO stamp and completed the Honors Program. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in professional communications, with a minor in Spanish, at Albion.

“I am beyond thrilled to be transferring to Albion this fall, and cannot thank GRCC and its  Honors Program enough for preparing me not only to be able to receive this scholarship, but giving me the confidence as a student to achieve my goals,” she said.

Honors Program Information Session

Faculty and Staff are encouraged to invite current GRCC Students to participate in the Honors Program. If your students are engaged learners looking for an exciting opportunity, please encourage them to participate.

Current GRCC students must have earned a 3.3 Cumulative GPA and earned 12 GRCC credits to apply.

We are hosting an Information Session on Monday, March 31 in Sneden 108 at 6:00 pm. Students may RSVP at our website; The session will include a program overview and an opportunity to speak with program staff and students.

Honors Program Open House

A GRCC Honors Program open house for prospective students will be held 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

Honors Program overview sessions will be held every half-hour from 6-7:30 p.m. in room 103 of Sneden Hall.  Honors Program faculty presentations will begin every 10 minutes, beginning at 6:15 p.m., in room 304 of Sneden.  In these sessions, Honors Program faculty will share information about what makes their course unique and their expectations for students.

A resource fair, with refreshments, will be held from 6-8 p.m. in room 108 of Sneden and will feature:

  • financial aid and scholarships information.
  • faculty.
  • Phi Theta Kappa student organization.
  • academic advising.
  • additional information about GRCC’s Honors Program.

Please join us — click here to RSVP — for refreshments and an opportunity to ask  faculty and students questions about campus resources. Financial aid and scholarships staff will also be accepting completed GRCC Foundation Scholarship Application – click here for that application.

Honors biology students visit brewery

GRCC Honors Biology 101 Students with Professor Laurie Foster visited Founder’s Brewing recently. Students had an amazing experience there meeting with the Brewmaster and Microbiologist and explored every aspect of the craft of beer making.

Some of the highlights were:

  • Reviewing the students knowledge of cell respiration and fermentation.
  • Examining hops, yeast varieties and types of grains.
  • Exploring the impact that temperature has on the brewing process.
  • Identifying their many “greening” efforts of the grain waste, purification of water, C02 recapture, etc.
  • Appreciating the role of a brew master in fine tuning the production.
  • Learning of the historical significance of beer making in America.
  • Watching the product move into storage, bottling and packaging.
  • Discussing the economic ups and downs of the industry.

For more information about the GRCC Honors Program see

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To better inform the campus, Wellness Department faculty member Melanie Schiele-Gady in collaboration with the Department of Experiential Learning is now hosting a blog to increase awareness of the great work being done by faculty and students, as well as announcing future events, examples of student success and faculty professional development offerings. You can access the blog by visiting

Should you have news to share please email Leah Kicinski, Experiential Learning Coordinator, at

Department of Experiential Learning Contacts:

Faculty Scholars – Service Learning


Faculty Scholars – Study Away


Faculty Scholars – Honors Program


Photos from Honors Program open house

On Thursday, March 14th, the Department of Experiential Learning along with Honors faculty, students and members from Enrollment/Admissions, Counseling, and Financial Aid facilitated a successful Honors Program Open House. Incoming students and their families attended multiple presentations showcasing honors courses and the overall benefits of the Honors Program.

Thank you to Leah Kicinski for her amazing coordination and for those who helped to make this a special event.

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Albion College Distinguished Community College Transfer Scholarship

GRCC Honors Program invites Students, Faculty and Staff to learn about Albion College’s Distinguished Community College Transfer Student Scholarship. Representatives will be on campus February 21 from 11-1 in 336 Student Center. High achieving students looking to transfer from GRCC to Albion College can apply for this $50,000 scholarship over a 2 year period.

Representatives from Albion Institutes will include:

  • Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management
  • Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development
  • Prentiss M. Brown Honors Institute

Refreshments will be provided, please RSVP

NPR Counterterrorism Correspondent Honored at GRCC Social Sciences Reception

Dina Temple-Raston Speaks at GRCC Social Sciences Reception.

Dina Temple-Raston Speaks at GRCC Social Sciences Reception.

On February 4, 2013, GRCC Geography Honors Students are seen listening to NPR Counterterrorism Correspondent Dina Temple-Raston deliver comments about transnational crime and terrorism at a reception sponsored by the Social Sciences Department.

Members of the GRCC faculty and staff, as well as representatives from Michigan Public Radio, regional universities, and local corporations also took part in this event. Dina Temple-Raston served as the inaugural speaker of the Great Decisions Lecture Series of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan held annually at Aquinas College. Many GRCC students attend the lectures. The GRCC Social Sciences Department has been actively involved in this initiative for many years.

Photos: Honors Program students volunteer with the Salvation Army

Honors Program students spruce up the walls of the Salvation Army Community Center.

Honors Program students volunteered at the Salvation Army Corps Community Center on Saturday, November 10, 2012. They painted a portion of the community center used for after-school programs and other events.

The Department of Experiential Learning would like to thank all the students who participated, especially Katie Feikema and Jessica Lewis, who coordinated and planned the event. We appreciate their leadership!

More photos can be found at the GRCC Honors Program Facebook page.

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Honors Program Fall 2012 Open House

Students and employees are invited to attend the Honors Program Fall Open House on Tuesday, October 9th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. or 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Department of Experiential Learning, G2 Main Building Room 55. There you’ll find information about Winter 2013 honors courses and experiential learning programs and activities. Refreshments will be provided.