GRCC In the News, 8-29-13

Award-winning GRCC faculty member explains her teaching philosophy

Aug. 28, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Judy Jankowski likens teaching to mission work.

The longtime Grand Rapids Community College psychology instructor wants all of her students to benefit from her class, whether it’s through new bonds formed with classmates or learning a new concept that helps them see the world in a new way.

GRCC hosts combat boot exhibit by Volunteers of America Michigan

Aug. 28, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Community College will host a display of combat boots that women veterans have decorated to share their stories of military service on Sept. 5.

Nine MAC programs return starting QBs

Aug. 28, 2013; (Mid- American Conference blog)

Consistency at the quarterback position will be a key storyline among MAC programs this fall. Nine programs will enter the season with returning starting quarterbacks: Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), KeithWenning (Ball State), Tyler Tettleton (Ohio), Terrance Owens (Toledo), Matt Schilz (Bowling Green), Tyler Benz (Eastern Michigan), Mike Wegzyn (UMass), Tyler Van Tubbergen (Western Michigan) and Joe Licata (Buffalo).

… Only four programs will see a new starter under center — Akron, Central Michigan, Kent State and Miami.

… Central Michigan: Junior Cody Kater won the starting duties during training camp as CMU lost three-year starter Ryan Radcliff to graduation. Kater transferred from Grand Rapids Community College with two years of eligibility remaining.

What they’re saying: Central Michigan’s Zurlon Tipton on Doak Walker, Maxwell watch lists

Aug. 28, 2013; MLive

“He’s not going to run out of bounds.”

… In case you missed the story on our website, new QB Cody Kater has completed his journey from Montague to Cincinnati to GRCC and now Central Michigan. Kater is looking forward to his first career start Saturday at Michigan.

GRCC offices offer extended hours

Extended Service Hours!

Offices open until 6:30 p.m.
August 19-22 & August 26-29, 2013 (Monday through Thursday)

The Cashier’s Office, Counseling and Career Center, Enrollment Center, Financial Aid, Occupational and Disability Support, Student Life and Conduct and Student Records will be open until 6:30 p.m. to serve you!

GRCC offices offer extended hours

Extended Service Hours!

Offices open until 6:30 p.m.
August 19-22 & August 26-29, 2013 (Monday through Thursday)

The Cashier’s Office, Counseling and Career Center, Enrollment Center, Financial Aid, Occupational and Disability Support, Student Life and Conduct and Student Records will be open until 6:30 p.m. to serve you!

Opportunity to learn strategies that may assist our Student Veterans

On Tuesday, June 11, the Veteran’s Benefits Office, along with Student Records, is hosting a webinar presented by HigherEd Hero of Pennsylvania.  Entitled, “Veterans on Campus: Support & Service Strategies to Retain Student Vets,” the webinar seeks to offer and discuss strategies that “provide returning student veterans with campus-wide support and services” in an effort to further the student veteran experience and ensure their success.

With this goal in mind, the presenter—Dr. Jose E. Coll, Director of Veteran Student Services at Saint Leo University—will examine and discuss techniques relating to

  • Understanding the military student culture
  • Successful veteran reintegration into college life
  • Veteran-centered academic advising
  • Retention and academic success for vets
  • Meeting academic and social challenges of vets in the classroom

The webinar takes place from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Tuesday, June 11.  Light snacks will be provided.  For more information, please contact Veterans Coordinator, Janice Holton at  If interested in attending the webinar, please contact Matthew Novakoski ( by Friday, June 7.

Bryan Vliem welcomes son

Henry Arthur Vliem - born 5-5-2013The family of Associate Registrar Bryan Vliem got a little bigger this month! Henry Arthur Vliem was born May 5, 2013. He was 17 inches long and 4 pounds, 5 ounces. Because he arrived eight weeks early, he is expected to spend three to four weeks in the NICU, but Bryan says he was born breathing just fine and there have been no major complications.

Congratulations, Bryan and Vliem family!

Welcome Lakisha Beck

Lakisha BeckGRCC ESPs would like to welcome Lakisha Beck to the college.  Lakisha Danielle Beck is the new Graduation Audit Specialist in the Student Records Office. From 2004-2007 Lakisha was a student worker in the Student Records Office and then she returned in 2010 as contingency employee. She has four children, three boys and one girl, and in her spare time she enjoys singing and dancing with her family. Lakisha plans to continue her education at Ferris State University with a degree in Business Administration (BA).  Please welcome Lakisha!

Student Records Office Moving to G2 Main Temporarily

The Student Records/Registrar’s Office will temporarily be moving to G2, Room 76 Main (AKA Happy Room), for approximately two weeks beginning Monday, October 24, for office renovations. Our main phone line (4121) will be forwarded and answered from that location from 8AM – 4:45 PM Monday – Friday and staff will be available from 8AM-5PM Monday through Friday at that location.

Photos – Reverse Transfer Agreement Signing


Yesterday, surrounded by employers, elected officials, students and staff, the presidents of four area universities and Grand Rapids Community College signed a Reverse Transfer Associate Degree Initiative consortia agreement, further enhancing the “transfer and articulation” partnership that exists between these educational institutions.

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Under the partnership agreement, students from Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University could be granted an earned Associate Degree by combining credits from their transfer school with the credits they have previously earned from GRCC.  Read more here.

Photos – First Grad Fest a Success


The 1st ever Grad Fest was a hit; in one day, we serviced nearly 360 students that will be participating in our commencement ceremonies. There was a constant line all day!

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Students were able to receive all the information they needed about commencement, all in one place. A big thank you to Student Life, Student Records, Follett Bookstore, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Call Photography, GRCC Media Services, The Dean of Students Office, Alumni Relations, IT, Jostens, Creative Dining, and Jim Schultz from Facilities. This day would not have been possible without all of their help. This was a great way to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates, and get them ready for commencement next Friday!

Retirement Party for Howard Shanken (7/27/10)

Howard Shanken

Please join the Student Records office in wishing America’s Favorite Registrar (and former Moped Cowboy) Howard Shanken a fond farewell as he retires from GRCC. The merriment will happen Tuesday, July 27, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in Rooms 118, 120, and 122 ATC. Sundae bar, cake, coffee, and punch will be served, and there will be a slide show featuring hippie Howard!

Also, please feel free to stop in either 148 Main or Admissions in 113 Sneden Hall and sign a retirement card and/or make a donation toward his retirement gift.