Interfaith Series #1 “What is Vocation?” invitation

Greetings from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI),

ODEI would like to invite you to the Interfaith Literacy Series #1 program, “What is Vocation?”, taking place on October 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the SCC Multipurpose Room 234 (Student Center).

Lunch will be provided during this event.

Please come and join us for lunch and a deeper conversation around vocation and what it means to you.

Please RSVP for this program at

Raider Connect: Please join our ODEI organization on Raider Connect to stay connected with upcoming student programs and events. 


Lastly, please don’t forget to check out the other events that ODEI has coming up at

Breast Cancer Awareness learning opportunity open to staff, faculty and students

Wednesday, 10/19/2022
Noon-1:30 p.m.
Room 214 of the Ford Fieldhouse

October is breast cancer awareness month and this presentation is joining in the effort to raise awareness about breast cancer and the impact of breast cancer.

Not only will this show support to all that have been impacted by breast cancer but will also provide an opportunity of learning for our campus. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, and men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer.

This learning session will include what breast cancer is, signs and symptoms, risk factors, how to lower risk, screenings, lifestyle heath, exercise, treatment/care, etc.

All staff, faculty and the GRCC campus body is welcome to attend.

Registration is open through the Center for Teaching Excellence Calendar Webpage.

Homecoming – Office decorating winner

Thank you to all who participated in the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest. All entries were spirited and so creative!

The winner of this year’s Homecoming Office Decorating contest is – the College Success Center and TRIO. Stop by SCC 3rd floor to see how they celebrated student success by showing Raider spirit. The winner will receive bagels and coffee for the entire office. 

Thank you to all the participants – Student Life and Conduct, Disability Support Services and Counseling and Career Development, Campus Police, Student Financial Services, Academic Advising & Transfer Center, Adult Education, Tassell MTEC, and Lakeshore Campus. 

To check out all the events and activities happening throughout the week, please visit

GRCC Athletic Department celebrates new partnership with Nike with a ‘yard sale’

The Grand Rapids Community College Athletic Department is celebrating its new partnership with Nike for team apparel and other items with a “yard sale” for students, employees and community members.

The sale is planned for 2-4 p.m. on Thursday in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, and again on Friday prior to the homecoming volleyball game, which starts at 6 p.m.

The sale includes jerseys, backpacks, jackets, polo shirts and other items created during the prior partnership. Many of the items are unused, but others have been worn in competition and practice by GRCC student-athletes.

Proceeds will be used to support the GRCC Athletic program.

“We’re excited by our new partnership with Nike, and that collaboration created the opportunity to start updating our uniforms and team apparel,” Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said. “As we make that transition, we know there are many Raider would you like to show their spirit by owning some of the retired materials.”

GRCC works closely with Game One, a leader in sports equipment, to provide uniforms to GRCC student-athletes. The company is transitioning GRCC to Nike gear throughout this year.

“Providing high quality performance products that enable championship level competition for athletes at GRCC is at the forefront of our mission,” Game One CEO Jayme Wisel said. “We are pleased to have been selected, in joint partnership with Nike, to be the provider of leading sports apparel and equipment that is consistent with the rich history of GRCC.”

The homecoming game on Friday includes a salute to the 2012 national championship volleyball team.

GRCC In the News 10/04/2022

GRCC partners with Haworth, others for flexible new campus


Working with industrial partners, Grand Rapids Community College has transformed a vacant shopping center into a center of possibility.

First Steps Kent names new president

10/3/22 Grand Rapids Business Journal

An early childhood services nonprofit recently appointed a new president.

… (Jennifer) Headley-Nordman was chosen by a search committee led by Juan Olivarez, member of the First Steps Kent Board of Commissioners and interim president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Morning News

10/4/22 WZZM

(Former GRCC football coach Fred Julian to be inducted in the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame.)

Golden Raider Homecoming Happy Hour on October 6

In celebration of GRCC’s Fall 2022 Homecoming (October 3-7), the Gold Team is hosting another happy hour!

Join in the fun to catch up with former colleagues and reconnect with GRCC friends!

Golden Raider Happy Hour

Thursday, October 6

4-6 pm

The Commons

The Commons is a 70’s themed throwback bar/restaurant, located at 547 Cherry St SE (Suite C), Grand Rapids 49503.  For you history buffs…the building was formerly known as The Oakwood Manor, and if memory serves, is the oldest apartment building in GR. The drinks are good and the food is great – we think you will enjoy this trip down memory lane!

Please contact Steve Abid ( to RSVP and for any questions you may have.

Volunteers needed for GRCC Scholarfest 2022

GRCC Scholarfest 2022 is back on campus! This year we will be honoring Dr. Juan and Mary Olivarez on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.

Are you available during the evening of Tuesday, November 1 from 5 – 9 p.m.? Would you like to assist in making this year’s Scholarfest another success? Yes? Then volunteer! 

What we need:

  • Parking Help
  • Greeters
  • Coat Check
  • Registration

We need at least 15 dedicated volunteers. All volunteer positions will be assigned.  

Contact Mary Reed at 3930 or to sign up. 

Health Care Careers Panel and a Recruiting Event, October 4

Spectrum Health and GRCC’s Occupational Support Program offer you a 

Health Care Careers Panel and a Recruiting Event, October 4 on GRCC’s Campus.

Spectrum Health is interested in sharing about careers and positions that are clinical & non-clinical.

There are more possibilities than you might think!

Recruiting Table

12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Right outside the Raider Grille

Health Care Careers Panel (learn about the wide variety of jobs that exist in the hospital environment)

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Multipurpose Room, 2nd Floor Student Center

Registration encouraged but drop-in’s welcome!  

Register at: Spectrum Health Recruitment Event in Partnership with GRCC’s Occupational Support

GRCC hosting MACRAO College and Transfer Fair October 13

Faculty and Staff: Please pass this information on to your students.

Grand Rapids Community College will host West Michigan’s biggest college and transfer fair Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022 in the Ford Fieldhouse!

Explore your options and connect with more than 50 colleges and universities nationwide.

Morning: 9 a.m. -11 a.m.
College Fair
High schools will be bused in to see our campus and visit with reps

Afternoon: 1 p.m. -3 p.m.
Transfer fair
Open to GRCC students looking to transfer

Night: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
College Fair
High school students and families but open to anyone. If GRCC students cannot make the afternoon fair we encourage them to attend the evening

For further details and a list of colleges attending, go to our MACRAO College and Transfer Fair at GRCC webpage.

Teaching, Learning, and Distance Education (TLDE) News

New Process for Distance Course Development Requests

TLDE has implemented a new process in Curriculog for requesting approval to develop an online or hybrid course. To launch a new proposal, visit Curriculog and select the Distance Learning Course Development Request form. For more information, visit the Online/Hybrid Course Development Process webpage or email

Featured Upcoming Workshops/Events and Reminders:

  1. Portfolio Training – Wednesday, 10/5, 3-4 p.m., In Person
  2. Curriculog Training – Thursday, 10/6, 2-3 p.m., Hyflex
  3. Portfolio Training – Friday, 10/7, 10-11 a.m., In Person
  4. Alignment A-Z – Tuesday, 10/11, 10:30-11:30a.m., HyFlex
  5. Reminder: ETOM Fall 2022 Conference Proposals due on October 4th and Conference @ GVSU on November 4th.  See for more information.
  6. Reminder: Community of Practice ImpACT Grant applications due on October 21, 2022.  As previously announced during the latest Read to Act Collective, this opportunity is still available.  See the attached document for all of the details.

Please visit the CTE Calendar and Programming webpage for the current listing of all Fall 2022 Professional Development opportunities being offered by TLDE!

Bishop Dennis McMurray honored for his leadership in the church and community as GIANT Among Giants

Bishop Dennis J. McMurray was honored for his leadership in the church and in the community, and named 2022 GIANT Among Giants during a ceremony on Saturday.

McMurray is the senior pastor at Renaissance Church of God in Christ of Grand Rapids, saluted as a spiritual visionary who brings an array of theological, business, management and financial expertise to his ministry.

“Bishop McMurray’s intellectual depth, unwavering love of family, pastoral service, and advocacy for justice exemplifies the core ethos of servant-leadership,” said Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Grand Rapids Community College’s chief equity and inclusion officer. “His contributions to the Grand Rapids community are immeasurable.”

The 39th Annual GIANT Awards and Banquet returned after a two-year hiatus, commemorating the stellar contributions of Grand Rapids leaders and organizations.

GRCC since 1983 has hosted the awards recognizing exceptional leaders who shape the history, quality of life, and culture of the Grand Rapids community. Each award is named after a historical local “giant” whose dedicated service, advocacy, and activism are memorialized through honorees.

Now in its 30th year, Renaissance is a progressive 21st century ministry that influences humanity globally through local church ministries and national/international television, radio programs and virtual platforms.

As a social activist, McMurray has provided leadership and has been a catalyst for many social change movements and organizations. He was appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the Clergy Task Force for the State of Michigan, and is a member of the Community Board of Directors for Spectrum Health.

McMurray served on the state Community Corrections Board, the National Board of Bethany Christian Services, Kent County Community Mental Health and Spectrum Health Executive Patient & Advisory Board.

He was the recipient of the Religious Life GIANT Award and the Who’s Who Award in Black Grand Rapids by the Black Chamber of Commerce of Detroit Michigan.

Professionally, McMurray has had a successful corporate career in the areas of sales, marketing, finance and management. His secular career has been in the areas of aerospace and industrial sales, finance and management and entrepreneurship.

Additional 2022 honorees are:

  • Floyd Skinner Justice Award: Adam C. Sturdivant, partner, Drew Cooper & Anding.
  • Walter Coe Public Service Award: Shellie Cole-Mickens, founder and executive director, Our House of Blessings.
  • W.W. Plummer Humanitarian Award: Nikeidra Battle-DeBarge, CEO and co-founder, New Destiny Pathways, Inc.
  • Ethel Coe Humanities Award: Henry Sapp, CEO, Better, Wiser, Stronger Inc.
  • Milo Brown Business Award: Daryl D. Reece, owner, Stock Da Bar & Stock Da Bar Vodka.
  • Phyllis Scott Activist Award: Grand C.I.T.Y. Sports, Inc., Chris Sain, Jr., co-founder and CEO, and Preston Sain, co-founder and executive director.
  • Raymond Tardy Community Service Award: Raynard Ross, president, Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education, and associate dean of student success at GRCC.
  • H.C. Toliver Religious Life Award: Julian S. Newman, CEO and founder, The FutureCast Foundation.
  • Hattie Beverly Education Award: Lorenzo Bradshaw, principal, Brookwood Elementary.
  • Martha Reynolds Labor Award: Kevin L. Clemens, president, Kent County Court’s union, an affiliate of the Technical, Professional, and Office Workers Association of Michigan.
  • William Glenn Trailblazer Award: Jermale Eddie, co-owner and CEO, Malamiah Juice Bar & Malamazing Juice Co.

The 2021 and 2022 Junior GIANT scholarship recipients are:

  • Ashyah Patterson, Georgetown University
  • Christian Baty, Michigan State University
  • James M. Baker, Grand Rapids Christian High School
  • Alexandria Vaughn-Earvin, Prairie View A&M University
  • Zhaniya Robinson, Michigan State University
  • Summer R. Brown, Howard University

Each year, the GIANT Awards selection committee undertakes the task of selecting honorees based on the merit of their nomination and stellar achievements. Committee members are: Larry Johnson, Tempy Mann, Darius Quinn, Faye Richardson-Green, and Shannon Wilson.

The GIANT Awards committee, made up of former GIANT honorees, is soliciting help to plan and facilitate the 40th celebration.

Please send inquiries regarding the nomination process, sponsorship support, and volunteer opportunities to:

Back and better than ever: The GRCC Leadership Institute

The GRCC Leadership Institute has been transformed, updated, redeveloped and re-energized!

Human Resources has partnered with the leadership development consultants of Insight Action Learning Group to establish a program committed to strengthening new and emerging leaders from across the GRCC campus. 

Please apply to be one of the first participants in this new and improved seven month cohort experience. Meetings will take place monthly beginning in January through July. 

The GRCC Leadership Institute program seeks a diverse pool of candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • exemplifies GRCC’s values
  • Commitment to attending the program in its entirety
  • Continuing employment at GRCC for one year after completion of the L.I. program

Please visit the updated Leadership Institute webpage to review more details and information about the program as well as the Leadership Institute application.

The deadline to apply to be a part of the 2023 cohort is Friday November 4.

Questions? More information? Contact Laura Caulk or Angela Salinas.

Spirit Award winners

To kick off Homecoming week, please help us congratulate our two new Spirit Award winners!

Employee Spirit Award Winner – Kristi Welling

Kristi Welling is the associate director of Enrollment Center Services. Kristi has spent the last 34 years dedicating her time and talents to ensure students have everything they need to reach their goals of a college education.

Her nominator shared, “Kristi’s daily energy and positiveness she brings to the job every day is contagious and genuine. She truly cares about not only the folks in her department, but everyone who works in the area, and most importantly, the students we serve. She has genuine empathy when she is talking and working with others.” 

Retiree Spirit Award winner – Alice Donahue

Alice Donahue was a faculty member in the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and retired in 2000. Alice spent her time at GRCC going the extra mile to assure the success of all students.

Her nominator shared, “To know Alice, is to know a true GRCC advocate. She loves, loves, loves GRCC and never misses an opportunity to share her love of the institution. Even after retiring, Alice volunteered to serve on the Gold Team, the advisory team for GRCC retirees. Alice is an example of what being a Raider is — it doesn’t stop after retirement.”

Congratulations Kristi and Alice! You embody what it means to have GRCC spirit!

For more information about homecoming activities happening throughout the week, please visit