GRCC In the News, 4-23-18

Posted April 23, 2018 by grcctoday
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Workforce issues haunt West Michigan community leaders

April 20, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Leaders from business and community organizations are stepping up efforts to address West Michigan workforce issues.

… “If we aren’t focused on it now, we’re going to find ourselves in a world of hurt,” said Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College. “It’s not in 2025. It’s too late by then.”

Social justice a common thread at sew shop

April 20, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

After years in government and nonprofit roles, Janay Brower felt she was no longer cut out for safety net approaches. She wanted to address social problems, such as homelessness and poverty, on the front end.

… Brower started making connections with Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids Community College, and makers and nonprofits all over the country to find out who was doing what, how they were doing it, where they were getting the talent and what it would take to maker her business happen.

Heart surgeon writes book about his popular afternoon teas

April 20, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Getting on Dr. Luis Tomatis’ schedule for afternoon teas takes some patience.

… “I write in English but my English isn’t very good,” said Tomatis, who turned to Phil Jung, a former English professor at Grand Rapids Community College, to help him with the rewrites, and Gary Eberle, a retired Aquinas College English professor, for the editing.

Latino Student Support Team hosts graduation celebration

Posted April 23, 2018 by grcctoday
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On Friday, April 20th, GRCC hosted it’s 2nd annual Latino Graduation Celebration. Led by the Latino Student Support team, this event welcomed Latino graduates to come and celebrate with faculty, staff, and their family. Over 50 guests came together to celebrate this momentous occasion. The significance of this celebration is to bring together these students and celebrate their accomplishments; and demonstrate how important their success’ are to GRCC.

One Latino Student Support Team member had this to say: “This is a great opportunity for students from different programs, transfer institutions, and backgrounds to come together and celebrate all of their hard work. The Latino team cares deeply for these students because we have seen them grow and develop, and all of this culminates to this celebration.”

Special thanks to Dr. Pink for his opening remarks, as well as to our special guest from the community, Lupe Ramos-Montigny. Additionally, a special thank you to our faculty and staff, Dr. John Cowles, Carmela Zapata and Lorena Aguayo-Márquez for supporting our students in the event. Last but definitely not least, a special thanks to the Latino Support Team for putting this event together. This event would not be possible without their hard efforts. Our Latino team is comprised of Azusena Nevares, Vicki Vicencio, Thalia Guerra-Flores, Lydia Cruz, Marisol Blanco, Domingo Hernandez-Gomez, Francisco Ramirez, Rafael Pastrano, Bruné Garcia, Elino Cortes-Figuereo, Melissa Polanco-Nuñes, and José Mora.

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Raider Salute to Facilities, HVAC team

Posted April 23, 2018 by grcctoday
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The GRCC M-TEC team would like to salute the Facilities and HVAC team who helped us out of a bind late Friday night during the SkillsUSA tournament. Without Wes, Joe and Jim, we would have been in trouble. Thanks for responding so quickly after hours!  You are appreciated!

College Channel programming through April 27

Posted April 23, 2018 by grcctoday
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The latest schedule, through April 27, includes the Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony.

Nominations sought for Excellence in Education Awards

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Do you know of a faculty or staff member at GRCC who has gone above and beyond their role at the College, in the Community, or in higher education? If so, consider nominating them for the Excellence in Education Award! The Excellence in Education Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual Grand Rapids Community College employee. In 2000, the award was expanded to provide recognition in the form of a staff award, and a separate full-time faculty award. In 2010, an additional award was added for an exemplary adjunct faculty member.

There is a cash award of $1,000 for full-time faculty who have taught at GRCC for at least 5 years, and for adjunct faculty who have taught at least 2 years, with a $750 cash award. Staff members also receive a cash award of $1,000.

Anyone can nominate! Deadline for nominations is May 15, 2018:

Note: The criteria and form for full-time faculty and adjuncts have changed a bit in the past few years, so please be sure to read the guidelines carefully.

Questions?

Faculty & Adjunct: Call the Provost Office (234-3920) or Karen Walker (234-4236)

Staff: Call Nicole Dekker (234-3848).

All Employee Appreciation to be held in the Raider Grille

Posted April 23, 2018 by grcctoday
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Please join us in the Raider Grille for this year’s All Employee Appreciation celebration on Friday, April 27th. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Campus Dining hours for Exam Week

Posted April 23, 2018 by grcctoday
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Exam Week Hours

April 23rd – 27th

The Quiet Cafe: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th

Open Normal Hours.

Wednesday 25th Open 7am-4pm (breakfast from 7am-10am)

Closed Thursday April 26th through Friday May 4th

The Quiet Café will be open through the summer starting May 7th Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm

The Raider Grille: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th

Open until 2pm. (Wok This Way Closed)

Closed Wednesday 25th- Friday 27th

Closed for the summer

The Sneden Cafe: Monday 23rd Open Normal Hours

Tuesday 24th Open 7am – 1pm

Closed Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th

Sneden will be Closed for the Summer

GRCC In the News, 4-20-18

Posted April 20, 2018 by grcctoday
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College In MI Offers Free Laptop Vending Machine

April 19, 2018; Vending Market Watch

At Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, MI, students can access laptops out of a vending machine just like they would a granola bar.

Funeral services set for well-know Grand Rapids pastor

April 19, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Funeral services have been announced for well-known Grand Rapids pastor Clifton Rhodes.

… In 2015, Rhodes was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

Holland Judge Named to State Corrections Panel

April 19, 2018; WHTC

LANSING, MI (WHTC-AM/FM) — Brad Knoll has a new state responsibility.

The Chief Justice of the Holland District Court was named on Thursday by Governor Rick Snyder to the Michigan Community Corrections Board, filling a vacancy on the 13-member panel through March 31, 2021 created by the resignation of Beth Gibson. Currently in his fourth six-year term on the 58th District Court bench, Knoll is also an adjunct professor of criminology and political science at Grand Rapids Community College and a faculty member of the Michigan Judicial Institute.

Math Awareness Month contest winners

Posted April 20, 2018 by grcctoday
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Thank you to all who participated in the Math Awareness Month Contest. Of all the correct entries, three students and three staff were randomly drawn to receive a prize. Special thanks to the GRCC Bookstore for donating prizes for students!

The student prize winners are:

  • Lauren Schulte
  • Nick Veltema
  • Samuel Johnson

The staff prize winners are:

  • Patricia Williams
  • Luke Ellison
  • Daniel Tjapkes

GRCC In the News, 4-19-18

Posted April 19, 2018 by grcctoday
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Not your average vending machine

April 18, 2018; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges)

In Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College students are preparing for exams with the help of an unusual resource: a laptop vending machine.

Curtis Davison commits to Livingstone College

April 18, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Curtis Davison has committed to play basketball at Livingstone College next season.

Davison averaged 24.4 points per game at Grand Rapids Community College this winter, which was fourth in NJCAA Division 2.

Funeral services set for celebrated pastor with 55-year career

April 18, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Funeral services are Saturday for a well-known and revered Grand Rapids pastor who had a 55-year career behind the altar.

… (The Rev. Clifton) Rhodes led Messiah Missionary Baptist Church for 45 years and in 2015 was awarded the Grand Rapids Community College’s Giant Among Giants award.

West Michigan’s Jubal Brass to appear in concert on April 29

April 18, 2018; MLive

Jubal Brass, an 18-member brass choir, will present an evening of worship through Christian music at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at Georgetown Bible Church, 4114 Baldwin St., Hudsonville.

… Jubal Brass has a long history of leaders with notable music credentials. Tuba player Paul Hoelzley, co-founder of Jubal Brass, directed the ensemble for two years until he resigned to teach at Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music in Cleveland. The other co-founder, John Scripps, then directed for two years until Charlie Buffham took over the baton. Buffham was a music teacher at Grand Rapids Community College, and served as both conductor and arranger for Jubal Brass. John Varineau then came to Michigan as a music professor at the Grand Rapids Baptist College (now Cornerstone University) and as the assistant conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He directed Jubal Brass for 15 years.

Summer wellness schedule now available

Posted April 19, 2018 by grcctoday
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Summer is coming! It may not feel like it now, but it is, and so are our summer wellness classes! Enjoy a week off to help our students celebrate all their hard work this year, then jump right into summer wellness starting April 30th! We have something for everyone. So please, check out the schedule, grab a friend, and come sweat!

As always, there’s no need to sign up – just show up and see what the fun is all about. You are welcome to bring your spouse, child over 18, or friend(s) to these classes. Non-GRCC participants are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester. All are welcome!

**Please note wellness classes will not be held on May 28th or the week of July 2-6 in observance of holidays.**

Contact Nicole Dekker (nicoledekker2@grcc.edu, x3848) with any questions.

GRCC In the News, 4-18-18

Posted April 18, 2018 by grcctoday
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Grand Rapids Community College offers free laptop vending machine

April 18, 2018; University Business

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among higher education institutions providing free laptop vending machines to give students greater access to technology and more flexibility.

Captain promoted to lead Wyoming Department of Public Safety

April 18, 2018; MLive

WYOMING, MI — The Wyoming Department of Public Safety has found its next police and fire chief.

… (Kimberly) Koster graduated from the FBI National Academy. She received her associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Junior College, her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University, and her master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Ferris State University.

Grand Rapids man gets 48 months, ordered to pay $18,746 on student loan fraud conviction

April 17, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney sentenced Brandon Kenon Rogers, 31, of Grand Rapids, to 48 months in prison and ordered him to pay $128,746 in restitution for committing student loan, grant and tax fraud.

… Investigators determined that Rogers enrolled online in local community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, using those same identities. Rogers used the loans and grant funds for his own purposes without actually attending the classes. Rogers also used the stolen identities to obtain fraudulent income tax refunds.

Wellet Senior Student Athlete Award winner

April 18, 2018; WTVB

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – Coldwater High Schools Jamie Wellet has been selected as a 2017-18 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Outstanding Senior Student Athlete Award winner.

… Wellet, along with her twin sister Jasmine, will be attending Grand Rapids Community College in the fall, where they will both be members of the volleyball program.

Celebrate on Thursday with Sandra Lancaster

Posted April 18, 2018 by grcctoday
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Please stop by and say “Happy Retirement!” to Dr. Sandra Lancaster on Thursday, April 26th, from 2-4 p.m. in the White Hall Reading Room! Cake, punch, coffee and good times await!

Exam Week hours for Campus Dining

Posted April 18, 2018 by grcctoday
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Exam Week Hours

April 23rd – 27th

The Quiet Cafe: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th

Open Normal Hours.

Wednesday 25th Open 7am-4pm (breakfast from 7am-10am)

Closed Thursday April 26th through Friday May 4th

The Quiet Café will be open through the summer starting May 7th Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm

The Raider Grille: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th

Open until 2pm. (Wok This Way Closed)

Closed Wednesday 25th- Friday 27th

Closed for the summer

The Sneden Cafe: Monday 23rd Open Normal Hours

Tuesday 24th Open 7am – 1pm

Closed Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th

Sneden will be Closed for the Summer

Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award essays due April 19

Posted April 18, 2018 by grcctoday
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VAN & MARINUS SWETS TRAVEL AWARD OPPORTUNITY FOR GRCC EMPLOYEES (non student employees)

DEADLINE: Thursday, April 19, 2018

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation.  It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds.  A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.

Requirements:

  • Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the
  • cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation.  The more unusual, the better!
  • Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar. They will be judged on creativity.
  • Steps for turning in your application for the Van Marinus Swets Travel Award
  1. Do not put your name on the essay.
  2. Write your GRCC employee ID number in the upper right corner of the first page of your essay.
  3. Attach an envelope to your essay containing the following:
  4. On the outside of the envelope, write your GRCC employee ID number.
  5. Inside the sealed envelope, place your business card or contact information.
  6. Send you application to Mary Reed in the GRCC Foundation Office.
  7. Submit your application by 5:00pm on Thursday, April 19th.

All award winners will be notified by Wednesday, April 25th

For more information you may contact Mary Reed at (616)234-3930 or mreed@grcc.edu.