Picnic Lunch on Opening Day

Please join the GRCC Foundation for a picnic lunch on Opening Day in the Raider Grille. 


We will be serving food from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and we look forward to welcoming you all back for another awesome academic year!


Thursday, August 22, 2019 


Location: Raider Grille

Fall 2019 Employee Fitness Schedule

We all know there are tremendous benefits to moving our bodies more, but let’s just review a bit shall we?

Exercise controls weight.
Exercise combats health conditions and diseases.
Exercise improves mood.
Exercise boosts energy.
Exercise promotes better sleep.
Exercising with others is fun and builds community.

We have 6 group exercise classes for you to choose from throughout the week. All classes are held in the Balcony space of the Ford Fieldhouse.

These classes start Monday August 26 and end Thursday December 19, 2019. There will be NO classes the week of November 25-29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Days, times, and more can be found online.

Invite a friend, co-worker, neighbor, community member to come join in what we are doing here at GRCC! External participants (non-GRCC employees) only pay $20 per semester.

We are offering Gentle Yoga, Spinning, Bootcamp, Fitness Fusion, and Butts and Guts. All of these classes are great for beginners to advanced.

Join us! To learn more, click here.
Questions or more information – contact Angela Salinas (angelasalinas@grcc.edu or ext.2567)

Academic Support & Tutoring Services – Fall Tutor Training

The Academic Support and Tutoring Services department held its semi-annual Tutor Training on August 19 & 20.  Our Tutor Training is accredited by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and provides an important opportunity for our tutors to learn and refresh skills in assisting GRCC students across many different content areas.

The first day of training was for our new tutors and included such topics as Collaborative Learning Strategies, Case Studies in Campus Resources, and Common Tutoring Scenarios.  On the second day of training, we added our returning tutors to the group and provided sessions on Tutoring Adult Learners, Title IX updates, and a review of our CRLA Level 1 tutoring topics.  The afternoon concluded with content-specific training which ranges from participating in a guest speaker’s presentation on Gamification to learning how to use a new online scheduling tool.  Over the two days, tutors have an opportunity to interact with students and staff from across the College, and build relationships with their fellow tutors.

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Van Marnius Swets Travel Award Recipient Michelle Allen

We’ve heard back from Michelle Allen, one of the recipients of this year’s Van Marnius Swets Travel Award:

Thank you for making the travel award available to GRCC staff!  My solo hiking trip to the Berkshires was spectacular. Binging on vistas, nature, yoga, and scones was the perfect way to get away and start my summer!

Thank you again for recognizing the importance of R&R!

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Updating Your GRCCePRINT Profile

GRCCePRINT needs you to update your profile in the online ordering system if you are located in the Main Building to now reflect the RJF Hall. If you are not familiar where that is located, log into the system and across the top there is a “More” drop down menu. Choose the “My Profile”. Once you have updated the Site Address please click on the “Save” button.

Help Inspire Students at the Homecoming Station

On Opening Day, be sure to stop at the Homecoming Station to help with a special project!


The Homecoming Committee is engaging employees through a service project for our students. They are asking faculty and staff to give hope and inspire students by writing notes of encouragement and inspiration at the Opening Day breakfast. These notes will be distributed to students in bags with treats and resource information during Homecoming Week, October 21-24th. Stop by the table to write a note or two and learn more about Homecoming Week 2019.


Snack/resource bags with the notes will be assembled during Homecoming Week. If you’d like to volunteer to help with assembly, email Corey Turner at coreyturner@grcc.edu or Angela Salinas at angelasalinas@grcc.edu to get more information.

Information Station Volunteers

Hi Everyone!


We are looking for volunteers to help with the Information Stations that will be set up for the first three days of the new semester. Sharing in the excitement of new opportunities, easing nerves, and helping students find their way is a great way to start the semester and show our students that we support them.


As we have in the recent past, we will have stations set up Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, August 26 through August 28 in four locations. The stations on the north end of the Dr. Juan Olivarez Plaza, the first floor of Sneden Hall and the fourth floor of the Finkelstein (Main) Building will be open from 7:15 am to 6:15 pm on Monday and Tuesday and from 8 am to noon on Wednesday. The station at the second floor entrance of the ATC will be open from 6-5:15 pm.


Here’s a link to the sign-up sheet:



Picnic Lunch on Opening Day

Please join the GRCC Foundation for a picnic lunch on Opening Day in the Raider Grille. 


We will be serving food from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and we look forward to welcoming you all back for another awesome academic year!


Thursday, August 22, 2019 


Location: Raider Grille

Main continues transformation into Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall

Main Building has made the transition to Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, the first step toward transforming our campus’s historic building into a 21st century learning space.

But there are going to be many little steps along the way. Finkelstein Hall was called Main Building for a long time, and we’ll need your help in finding all references to the old name.

Here’s what we’ve done so far, or are projects in the works:

  • Added the Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall sign on the roof facing west, along with the college name. This sign dramatically increases GRCC’s visibility downtown. We’re loud and proud!
  • Replaced the sign on the exterior of the skywalk on the Bostwick Ramp.
  • Adding a temporary sign inside the skywalk.
  • Replaced the light-up sign on the building’s south side.
  • Added a temporary exterior sign above an entrance on the southeast side.
  • We’ve replaced the interior wayfinding signs in the building.
  • Adding temporary signs to the wayfinding signs around campus.
  • We’re working with Google to make sure the proper building and address shows up on searches and maps.
  • We’ve made changes on the website, Blackboard and PeopleSoft.
  • We’ll have temporary signs on sandwich boards on Olivarez Plaza during the first weeks of class.

We’re making many changes, but we’re sure we’ll find more as we move forward. If you see a reference to Main Building that needs to be updated to Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, please tell Victoria Janowiak, executive director of Operational Planning, at vjanowia@grcc.edu, (616) 234-3565.

We’re honored Mr. Finkelstein is investing in GRCC and its students. His support will not only allow our iconic building to continue serving our faculty, staff and students long into its next 100 years, but it will allow us to serve them better.

GRCC In the News, 8-19-19

First GRCC Students to Receive Metallica Scholarship Graduate

Aug. 18, 2019; WGRD

More than a dozen students got recently graduated from Grand Rapids Community College, and it’s thanks in part to Metallica.

Greta Van Fleet to join Metallica on South American tour

8/17/19 WZZM

Michigan rock band Greta Van Fleet are joining a legendary metal band on a South American tour.

… GRCC was one of 10 colleges selected nationwide for the Metallica Scholars grant. The first class to benefit from the grant graduated on Monday.

1,000 expected to gather Sunday for annual Blessing of the Students

Aug. 17, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than a thousand people are expected to attend the annual Blessing of the Students on Sunday, Aug. 18, at Grand Rapids Christian High School Eagles Stadium.

… Event speakers include: Interim Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Ronald Gorman, Grand Rapids Christians Schools Superintendent Tom DeJonge, Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne, Catholic Schools Superintendent David Faber, Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink, and Kuyper College President Patricia Harris.

Bay College announces nine Men’s Basketball recruits

Aug. 16, 2019; uppermichiganssource.com

ESCANABA, Mi. — Bay College has announced a nine-player recruiting class for the 2019-2020 Men’s Basketball Team. Six of the nine players are from the U.P. or surrounding area.

… The Norse return 5 letter winners from last season’s roster and open the 2019-20 regular season at Grand Rapids Community College on Friday, November 1, while their first home contest will be on Monday, November 18 when they host UW-Marinette at 8pm.

Volunteers needed for Raider Rally

Raider Rally is Saturday, August 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.* We are in need of volunteers, especially for the shift from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an opportunity to welcome new students, their friends and families as they begin on their academic journey.  We anticipate 500-600 students will be attending, along with family and friends. We have multiple volunteer spots to fill from check-in to wayfinders, and your help is needed! If you have volunteered in the past, we hope you will do so once again as this is a great way to show your Raider spirit in kicking off the new academic year!  Please click here to sign up!

*Please note shift start/end times when signing up.


Two young men, wearing GRCC T-shirts and standing behind a table of giveaway plastic cups, talk to a student on the other side of the table.