100 Ways to Give: Items for veterans


GRCC’s veterans and student records offices and mathematics department are teaming up to collect items for veterans through December.

Items needed include:

  • $10 gift cards for places such as Meijer, McDonald’s and Wendy’s.
  • cologne, body wash and deodorant for both men and women.
  • AAA, C and D batteries.
  • lap blankets for both men and women.

You can bring items for any of the 100 Ways to Give projects to drop boxes at:

  • the enrollment center.
  • the student success center in Sneden Hall.
  • at Tassell M-TEC.
  • in the student life office at the Student Center.
  • the first-floor circulation desk at the library.

To see the full list of 100 Ways to Give projects, click here. When getting involved, don’t forget to share it on social media by using #GRCC100years and #100waystogive on Twitter and Instagram, and “Grand Rapids Community College” on Facebook.


GRCC In the News, 11-12-14

Trees lit, flags displayed to honor veterans at GRCC

Nov. 11, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Community College’s Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday included lighting the Veterans Trees and placing 100 flags honoring American veterans.

Veterans Day in West Michigan

Nov. 11, 2014; WZZM

(This photo gallery includes GRCC’s Veterans Day ceremony.)

Vanessa Williams comes to DeVos Hall for Grand Rapids Symphony’s ‘Symphony with Soul’

Nov. 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Vanessa Williams, the Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-nominated singer and actress, is special guest for the Grand Rapids Symphony’s “Symphony with Soul” concert in February.

… The program in DeVos Performance Hall will include Adolphus Hailstork’s “Overture” and the Grand Rapids Community Chorus directed by Duane Shields Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 11-11-14

GRCC partnering with school district to launch West Michigan’s third Middle College program

Nov. 10, 2014; MLive

CEDAR SPRINGS, MI — Cedar Springs Public Schools will be the third Kent County district to offer high school students the opportunity to graduate with both a diploma and a college degree through a new Middle College partnership with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

Free meals, events in honor of Veterans Day

Nov. 10, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several restaurants are celebrating Veterans Day by offering a free meal to all veterans and active-duty military members on Tuesday.

… Grand Rapids Community College will be holding their first Veterans Day ceremony complete with a tree-lighting and the planting of 100 flags.

GRCC President Dr. Steven C. Ender will deliver a short speech during the ceremony, set for 10:30 a.m. Tuesday on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza.

“This is the first time for this event at GRCC,” Ender said. “I’m proud and humbled to be a part of this new tribute to both the veterans who have been part of our 100 years in West Michigan and to the more than 300 veterans who are part of our campus community today.”

Why wear purple on April 15?

The U.S. Armed Services recognizes April as the month of the military child. Often military children are admired for their resilience and ability to deal with life-changing events. Janice Holten, our veterans representative in the Registrar’s office, encourages students and employees to wear purple on  April 15 to recognize sacrifices made by military families and their children.

GRCC In the News, 10-4-13

Thompson M-Tech offers courses for veterans under GI Bill

Oct. 3, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Holland — The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District’s Thompson M-TEC, 6364 136th Ave., is now an approved Veterans Administration GI Bill facility, meaning veterans who qualify for the GI funding can use their benefit to take classes at Thompson M-TEC.

… Thompson M-TEC is a collaborative venture of Grand Rapids Community College and the OAISD. It offers a variety of college and non-college credit adult programming.

Yavapai College names new vice president

Oct. 3, 2013; Prescott Valley Tribune (Ariz.)

Yavapai College has hired Stuart Blacklaw, Ph.D., as its new vice president of instruction and student services.

… After 12 years as a full-time faculty member, Blacklaw became the associate dean for curriculum and assessment at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, NY, and later served a similar role as a dean at Monroe Community College in Rochester. Blacklaw also served as an assistant dean in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Grand Rapids Community College.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

Oct. 1, 2013; cadillacnews.com

… Grand Rapids Community College freshman Katlyn Agren (Cadillac H.S.) was part of the Raiders’ 3-0 win over Ancilla on Tuesday in Grand Rapids. Agren recorded two kills, an ace and eight digs against the Chargers.

GRCC In the News, 9-25-13

Man who masturbated in public at GRCC sentenced to prison for one day to life

Sept. 24, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — How long Grand Rapids Community College public masturbator Joseph Bryant spends in prison will be, to some degree, up to him.

Business Briefs Newsletter

Sept. 23, 2013; Business Update Publication

… Grand Rapids – Grand Rapids Community College was awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools designation from Victory Media, an honors’ list of top 20% of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and their spouses as students, and to ensure their success on campus.

GRCC In the News, 9-6-13

GRCC chef to attempt 200-plus-foot sugar ribbon pull

Sept. 5, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — Chef Gilles Renusson, a professor with Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, will do his annual 200-plus-foot pulled sugar ribbon up the Fountain Street hill at 7 p.m. on Sept. 6.

Women’s combat boots on display at GRCC, ArtPrize

Sept. 5, 2013; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — A group of female service members are sharing their war stories through boots.

An exhibit titled, “Her Boots: Step Up for the Stand Down” was unveiled at Grand Rapids Community College Thursday.

Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition showcase is Sunday

Sept. 5, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Holland — The top 10 finalists and winners of the 2013 Nicholas Loren Vocal Competition will perform a showcase concert of operatic arias Sunday in an intimate gallery setting of the Holland Area Arts Council.

… Accompanist Dr. Ken Bos from Grand Rapids Community College will be paired with each soloist.

10 emerging female leaders nominated for young professional Athena Award in Grand Rapids

Sept. 5, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Women in local law, construction, marketing, banking and business incubation are part of the 2013 class of finalists for the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Athena Young Professional Award.

… Jenny Luth, Clark Communications

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Jenny Luth attended GRCC.)

Meijer Gardens Curates Glass-Based Exhibition Coinciding With ArtPrize

Sept. 5, 2013; Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.)

Coinciding with the fifth annual ArtPrize competition, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park will host 25 artists from across North America, Europe and Asia in, “Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass.” This group exhibition explores the creative, conceptual and formal aspects of contemporary glass sculpture.

… The exhibition “Shattered: Contemporary Sculpture in Glass” is made possible by: The Meijer Foundation, The Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation, William Padnos, the Daniel & Pamella DeVos Foundation, Habatat Gallery, Grand Rapids Sister-City InternationalPerugia Committee, Grand Rapids Community College and Botanic and Sculpture Societies of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Photos of combat boot exhibit

Grand Rapids Community College hosted a display of combat boots that women veterans have decorated to share their stories of military service. The Volunteers of America Michigan exhibit, “Her Boots: Step Up for the Stand Down,” is traveling around the state to raise awareness of the unique issues that female veterans face.

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GRCC In the News, 9-5-13

Exhibit of military combat boots, decorated by female veterans, on its way to ArtPrize 2013

Sept. 4, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — ArtPrize 2013 opens two weeks from today, and work is beginning to arrive.

An exhibition of military combat boots, decorated by women who are veterans, goes on temporary display Thursday at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC Pays Tribute To Female Veterans

Sept. 4,2013; WOOD Radio

Grand Rapids Community College this week will display a collection of combat boots decorated by female veterans.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow explains why federal job training proposal will help GRCC, West Michigan

Sept. 4, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Pumping federal dollars into a community college job training program would give West Michigan’s economy a boost and help fill a skills gap that has left some employers unable to find qualified workers, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow said Wednesday.

Stabenow, speaking at Grand Rapids Community College, said she wants to create a federal program that would double the number of businesses and workers eligible to participate in the Michigan New Jobs Training Program.

U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow unveils plan to double number of workers in high-skilled job-training programs

Sept. 4, 2013; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM/AP) — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow has unveiled a plan designed to boost states’ high-skilled job-training programs.

… She shared details of the proposal Wednesday at Grand Rapids Community College.

Mary Ellen McNaughton exhibits at DCM

Sept. 2, 2013; therapidian.org

Enjoy seeing a retrospective of artwork by artist Mary Ellen McNaughton. A lifetime of creative expression, this show features lively, colorful and often whimsical drawings, paintings, mosaics and sculptures. Inspired by mythology, nature, folk art, and other artists through time, Mary Ellen lives here in Grand Rapids. When not doing art, she enjoys her organic garden, reading and walking her dog, Lorca. Art, Spirituality and Nature these are her passions. Find them in this exhibit! Most of the 34 works are available for purchase through the Dominican Center front desk.

… She continued to paint, mostly images that pertained to the nebulous, to spiritual visions, only to become the collector of her own works. Diverging from painting, she felt drawn to creating in three dimensions in clay and so signed up for an adult ceramics class. She flourished under the instruction of June Gorman, becoming her assistant to load the kiln. Even though her first work exploded (again!), she eagerly learned from her mistakes and successes. Those first creations found their way to the John Ball Park Art Fair and sold (but not the paintings). Soon she borrowed a glass blower’s kiln and set up a studio in her home. More classes followed, an adult pottery class and one at GRCC, but her true direction was handbuilding: coil, slab and pinchpot!

NDSU’s opponent seeing turnaround start to take shape

Sept. 4, 2013; inforum.com (N.D.)

FARGO — Ferris State was 1-10 in the first year tight end Jace Heneveld spent on campus, a time when football was nowhere near the popularity of hockey at the school located in Big Rapids, Mich.

… One of the transfers, senior offensive lineman Carlin Landingham, began his career at North Dakota State as part of the 2008 recruiting class. He made the NDSU two-deep chart for the 2009 season opener but later transferred to Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.).

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; macreportonline.com (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.”

… MLive.com: 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.

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 jholton@grcc.edu.  If interested in attending the webinar, please contact Matthew Novakoski (mnovakoski@grcc.edu) by Friday, June 7.