GRCC In the News, 12-6-19

GRCC national volleyball run led by Saranac’s Emma Pachulski, Ionia’s Tori Wolcott, Lakewood’s Breanna Wickerink

Dec. 5, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

GRAND RAPIDS — In high school, Emma Pachulski, Tori Wolcott and Breanna Wickerink did a lot of damage on the different volleyball courts across Ionia County.

… The former Saranac, Ionia and Lakewood stars, respectively, helped Grand Rapids Community College to fifth place at the national community college tournament last month.

18-year-old will earn computing degree at Saturday’s commencement

Dec. 5, 2019; (Grand Valley State University press release)

Alec Betancourt will participate in the fall commencement ceremony December 7 at Van Andel Arena, earning a bachelor’s degree in computing and information systems.

… By taking Advanced Placement courses, then dual-enrollment courses through Grand Rapids Community College, Betancourt earned a diploma from Forest Hills Central High School when he was 15 years old. By 16, he earned an associate’s degree from GRCC and was a first-year student at Grand Valley, living on his own.

Range of 341 residential units planned for Shops at Westshore

Dec. 6, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND TWP. — A mixed-use residential development plan to build 341 units at The Shops at Westshore was presented Tuesday to the Holland Township Planning Commission.

… The Shops at Westshore have struggled, especially in recent years with the closure of J.C. Penney in July 2017 and Younkers closing in August 2018. But there have been some new developments as well, with the announcement of Grand Rapids Community College purchasing the former J.C. Penney location, and Urban Air Park expected to open a location there next summer.

Raider Salutes for GRCCePRINT, Art Johnson

Shanda Vaughn, of the Psychology Department, has two Raider Salutes:

I would like to take the opportunity to salute the ePrint department for accommodating my short notice request for printing. I am grateful.

In addition, I would like to salute Art Johnson for the Diversity Presentation to my class at Union High School ON HIS DAY OFF!  Thank you for pouring into the students when you could have been relaxing.  

Prepare your sweaters for Dec. 13 Holiday Breakfast!

2019 GRCC Employee Holiday Breakfast. Friday, December 13. Raider Grille & 2nd floor Student Center. 7:30-10:00 a.m. Wear your ugly sweaters for a chance to be the new champion. Brink food and snacks for the student pantry. Donate new winter gear: hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens to keep our students warm this winter.

Just one week from today, everyone!

Join the GRCC Family on Friday, December 13, in the Student Center (2nd floor, Raider Grille). Breakfast served at 7:30 a.m. and program begins at 8:30 a.m.

Wear your ugly sweater, bring food and snack donations for the pantry and get ready to have some fun! This year, we’re adding the following runner up categories to the Ugly Sweater contest: “Most Creative,” “Most Flammable,” and “Rash Inducing.”

Will your sweater have the power to beat Sonya this year?

GRCC In the News, 12-5-19

Moelis Fellowship supports first cohort of black and Latinx city planning master’s students

Dec. 4, 2019; The Daily Pennsylvanian (University of Pennsylvania student newspaper)

Two students from the Stuart Weitzman School of Design were named the first scholars of the Moelis Fellowship program, an initiative which launched this fall at PennDesign.

This semester, first-year PennDesign students Eboni Hawkins and Sean Dajour Smith were named the first cohort of scholars. Housed under the Department of City and Regional Planning, the program covers tuition and provides mentorship for black and Latinx students in the Master of City Planning program.

(This article doesn’t specifically mention it, but Sean Smith is a GRCC alumnus.)

This Is What I Want to Do: Paola Mendivil

Dec. 5, 2019; West Michigan Woman

Paola Mendivil, born in Mexico City, enjoyed growing up near family—playing with cousins, participating in huge New Year’s Eve parties, having fun.

… Then came a scholarship offer. Paola decided to stay and attend Grand Rapids Community College, studying business and applying her knowledge while working 40 to 50 hours a week at the restaurant. In 2010, she graduated and married, and a second El Granjero location briefly opened. Realizing it was too much effort with too little reward, the family closed it, keeping the original Bridge Street venue on the Westside. Then, they began seeing a demand for catering services.

Where college students can find emergency money and housing

Dec. 4, 2019; South Coast Today (New Bedford, Mass.)

College students without a financial safety net are in a tough spot when unexpected costs arise.

… For example, at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, assistance is available for students who face emergencies such as losing their job, eviction or utility shut-off. The fund has provided students with over $78,000 in grants and loans since 2014, according to Dave Murray, a school spokesperson.

The Holiday Pops with the Grand Rapids Symphony

Dec. 4, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The holidays just wouldn’t be the same without the special sounds of the season.

… At every show at DeVos Performance Hall in December, you’ll be greeted by a magical “Land of Sweets,” created by pastry and baking students at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Certified pastry chef Gilles Renusson, a world-renowned sugar artist, is leading a team to create a wonderland out of sweets for the lobby of DeVos Hall.

Winter 2020 course packs due Friday, December 6

All course pack files, orders, and SKUs are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 6, to guarantee the course packs will be in the bookstore prior to classes starting. Please let the bookstore know if you are going to have a course pack for the Winter semester, and if so, let them know if it is going to be a new file or a reprint order. Please send all new files to Please state if you would like the course pack to be all 1-sided, all 2-sided, or provide a planner sheet stating the pages to be 1- or 2-sided if it varies.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to GRCCePRINT at x3960 or Nicole Dyviniak at the Bookstore.

Raider Salute for Dewayn Faber

A Raider Salute for Dewayn Faber at the DeVos Campus:

Dewayn is such an amazing man who always goes above and beyond all that he needs to do to assist those at DeVos Campus with their needs. Dewayn, you are so much appreciated by all of us here. Thank you so much for all you do and the amazing things that you for us that we can’t even imagine. Thank you!!  From – Stacey & Rachel

GRCC In the News, 12-4-19

Class, meet Josh

Dec. 3, 2019;

Josh is in the building. More specifically, in art teacher Tonya Woods’ classroom.

… The independent study will coincide with Kaylyn’s (Beard’s) dual enrollment classes at Grand Rapids Community College.

Grand Rapids Symphony celebrates Christmas with new sights and sounds, unexpected surprises at Holiday Pops

Dec. 3, 2019;

December is the time of year for decorating, baking, shopping and spending time with friends and family. It’s also one of the best times of the year for celebrating with the gift of music. Enjoy the holidays with timeless music and much more with your Grand Rapids Pops to make the season bright with the sublime sounds of the season.

… For all shows in DeVos Performance Hall in December, including  Grand Rapids Ballet’s performances of The Nutcracker, featuring the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 10th annual Old National Bank Cirque de Noëlguests will be greeted by a magical “Land of Sweets,” an elaborate display of pastry and sugar art created by culinary students at Grand Rapids Community College.

Ottawa County courts roundup for December

Dec. 3, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

OTTAWA COUNTY — As the holidays approach, Ottawa County courts will be busy this month with several high-profile sentencings, including the resolutions of two Ottawa County murder cases.

… Timothy Koets, the Grand Rapids Community College professor charged with manslaughter and child abuse in his 16-year-old son’s drowning death, has a preliminary examination hearing Dec. 6 in Hudsonville District Court. During preliminary examinations, a judge determines if there is enough evidence to bind the charges over to circuit court.

Some tickets remain for Breakfast with Santa

GRCC alums: We are just days away from the 2nd annual Alumni Breakfast with Santa event! Register now at and join us this Saturday, Dec. 7th, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Young ones and family will enjoy a breakfast buffet, crafts, games, and photos with Santa.

GRCC employees who aren’t alumni: There are 12 spots left, so hurry! Register at and choose the Employee and Family link. Thanks go to Human Resources for collaborating on the event!

Photos from Saturday's Breakfast with Santa event. Santa greets two adults and talks with a young child held up at eye level.

GRCC Alumni Enews Submissions

Do you have exciting news about what is going on in your department or with your students? Or do you know of an alumni who is doing cool things? We’d love to share this with the GRCC Alumni Association! The GRCC Alumni Enews goes out to nearly 9,000 subscribers each month and allows alums to keep connected with the college.

Please email any stories you have to Corey Turner, Development Manager, Alumni and Planned Giving, at to be included in the next Enews.

Exam Week hours for Raider Grill, Sneden Cafe, Quiet Cafe

Exam Week December 9 – December 13

Raider Grill and Sneden Closed all week

Monday 9th Quiet Café Normal Hours

Tuesday 10th Quiet Café 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wednesday 11th Quiet Café 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Limited menu option)

Thursday 12th Quiet Café 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (No breakfast limited menu option)

 Friday 13th All Retail operations Closed.

All Locations closed December 16th – January 10th 2020

GRCC In the News, 12-3-19

New Presidents or Provosts: Castleton U, Grand Rapids CC, Ivy Tech CC-South Bend, MacMurray College, Nash CC, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Rush U, Tyler Junior College, U of Akron, U of Leicester, West Virginia Northern CC

Dec. 3, 2019; Inside Higher Ed

… Brian Knetl, interim provost at Harper College, in Illinois, has been named provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan.

The Grand Rapids Ballet Welcomes Audiences to the Magic of The Nutcracker

Dec. 2, 2019; Women’s Lifestyle

From the ethereal notes of the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” to the symphonic rush of the “March of the Toy Soldiers,” the music of The Nutcracker is synonymous with a season that arguably holds more magic than any other. For more than 50 years, American ballet audiences have been captivated by this story of a little girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve to battle an evil mouse king.

This year, the Grand Rapids Ballet returns to DeVos Performance Hall on Dec. 12-15 and Dec. 20-22 to treat audiences to a resplendent rendition of this adored tale with production design by beloved children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg in collaboration with Tony-award winning set designer Eugene Lee, choreography by internationally sought-after choreographer Val Caniparoli and music performed by the Grand Rapid Symphony. Attendees are drawn into the story’s magical world before they even take their seats: The lobby of DeVos Hall will be transformed into a Land of Sweets by Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, featuring dancers in stained-glass sugar, bells made from blown sugar and more.

Sign up for 2nd cohort of Intergroup Dialogue

The Campus Climate Team, CAP 3.2, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is initiating the second cohort of Intergroup Dialogue here at GRCC. Intergroup Dialogue is a dialogue process that blends theory, and experiential learning, to facilitate awareness of social identity, social inequity and intergroup relations. Might you may be interested in taking advantage of this rewarding opportunity to positively impact our campus? This initiative is designed after the University of Michigan’s evidence-based Intergroup Dialogue model, which is widely used at other colleges and universities.

Participants will have an opportunity to explore social identities and apply the resulting understanding and cultural competencies to the goal of fostering a more inclusive environment at Grand Rapids Community College. By going through this process, we hope to see GRCC employees gain increased awareness and confidence in working with diverse identities in our thriving and ever evolving environment. We want to build strong relationships with each other as colleagues and confidence to work across differences when serving, teaching and mentoring our student population.

The two-day workshop scheduled for January 16th and 17th, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be followed by subsequent meetings and opportunities to continue the dialogue. We do ask for a commitment for the two full days. Employees can use this opportunity for professional development credit but will not have to use professional development funds to participate.

Please consider participating! To register or if you have additional questions, please contact Sophia Brewer at or Mansfield Matthewson at .