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GRCC hosts YogaFit for Warriors workshop in January

September 6, 2017

GRCC is hosting a YogaFit for Warriors training workshop on January 27 and 28 in room 140 of the Calkins Science Center.

This YogaFit for Warriors workshop zeros in on Post-­Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma Brain Injury (TBI), the long-term effects each one has on the mind, body, and spirit, and how yoga can bring relief. Anyone suffering from trauma—military men and women, and their families; first responders; victims of violence or abuse—as well as the mental health professionals working with them will benefit from this two-day intensive workshop.

All are welcome to register for this certification: faculty staff, students and the community.


Exercise Science, Athletic departments organize collection for University of Houston

August 31, 2017

The Athletic Department and the Exercise Science Department are teaming up to donate shirts, uniforms and anything we can to the University of Houston — they have nothing.

If you have any T-shirts or clothes that you would like to donate, please bring them to Athletic Director Billy Firn’s office in Ford Fieldhouse, Room 211. All items must be collected by Wednesday, September 6.  We will ship everything we gather to the University of Houston on Thursday, September 7.  Thanks in advance for your support!

Exercise Science professor partners with GRPD Police Youth Academy

June 29, 2017

Exercise Science professor Melanie Schiele-Gady provided a workshop for Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) June Youth Police Academy. Topics included health, fitness, stress, quality of life and then mobility and flexibility training.

The GRPD June Youth Police Academy consisted of 19 first-time students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades and six high school mentors who have already went completed the GRPD Youth Police Academy and came back to be mentors to the newbies.

Professor Schiele-Gady will be teaching the July Youth Police Academy as well.

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GRCC recognized for Exercise is Medicine program

June 12, 2017

On May 31, Exercise is Medicine® officially recognized GRCC among the 61 colleges and universities from around the world that participated in the EIM on Campus program. The initiative is meant to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health to campus communities. The awards were given as part of the 2017 Exercise is Medicine® World Congress, held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

“Each of these campuses has made a difference at their school by making physical activity a priority,” said Dr. Carena Winters, chair of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus program. “These college and university leaders are making movement a part of the daily campus culture and providing students the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that will benefit them throughout their life.”

Exercise Science sets Advising Day for March 15

February 23, 2017

Exercise Science and Academic and Transfer Center are working together to plan Advising Day on Wednesday, March 15, 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

There will be an informational advising presentation held at 10:15 a.m. and repeated at 11:30 a.m. in Calkins Science Room 348 Auditorium that is for all students, regardless of major. This presentation will be given by Counseling and Transfer Center staff covering information pertaining to earning an associate degree, earning the MTA designation, scheduling and choosing classes, online tools, graduation, transfer, and more.  Everyone is welcome.

Drop-in, individual advising is also available from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Calkins Science Building 125/127.

For those who cannot make these events and would like to arrange an advising appointment with an Exercise Science faculty member, contact the department at

Advising appointments can include (but are not limited to):

  • Reviewing the 2 + 2 articulation agreements that are available
  • Understanding the Michigan Transfer Agreement and Associate Degree requirements
  • Developing a class schedule, determining a sequence of classes that works for you and registering for classes
  • Discussing potential career opportunities that are available with an Exercise Science degree
  • Discussing professional certifications such as personal training, group fitness instruction, health coaching and more!

GRCC In the News, 11-21-16

November 21, 2016

$6 million grant aims to create worker pipeline for senior living, other employers

Nov. 20, 2016; McKnight’s Senior Living

Four Michigan senior living communities are partners in a $6 million grant awarded to Grand Rapids Community College and designed to address healthcare workforce needs in the western part of the state.

Science Day brings hands-on learning to Grand Rapids community

Nov. 18, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The second annual Community Science Day, hosted by Grand Rapids Community College, is taking over campus on Nov. 19.

Inside Track: Changing people’s lives

Nov. 18, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Dennis Van Kampen remembers journeying with a friend to Juarez, Mexico, in 1988 for what would prove to be far from the typical touristy experience.

… When he was younger, Van Kampen felt destined for a career in law enforcement. After graduating in 1988 from Grand Rapids Community College with a degree in criminal justice, Van Kampen worked as a reserve officer for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

First Lady Michelle Obama presents WMCAT with national award

Nov. 17, 2016;

There is big news.

… (Keloni) Seawood-Walton became a part of WMCAT while attending Grand Rapids Montessori School and graduated in spring 2016. She now is working part time as an apprentice at WMCAT’s Ambrose Print Shop while attending Grand Rapids Community College.

Keeping Jeanna Huntoon’s memory alive

Nov. 21, 2016; WZZM

MUSKEGON, MICH. – It’s been a little over six months since the murder of Jeanne Huntoon.

The 34-year-old was stabbed to death near Grand Rapids Community College in April. Authorities have charged Marcus Bivens with her murder.

Grand Rapids wins battle of the Raiders

Nov. 18, 2016; KTIC

The Central Community College Raiders saw their season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to the Grand Rapids Community College Raiders in the consolation bracket of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Registration slots available in Grand Rapids Turkey Trot

November 7, 2016

Come and join the biggest and best holiday race in the Grand Rapids area with over 2,000 runners in the 24th annual Thanksgiving Day Run for Grand Rapids Public Schools.  The Exercise Science Department will be sponsoring the event and has a few free registration slots available, so if anyone is interested in using them, contact Laura Kennett at

The continued focus for this event is to engage the entire community in a higher level of awareness around physical fitness, movement and nutrition in a fun-filled way. Get an early start on your fitness goals for the New Year. Proceeds from this event go to support the athletic programs in the school district. There will be a free Mini-Trot for kids ages 12 and under. There will finisher prizes for the Mini-Trot and medals for the top 3 place finishers for each age division in the 5K race.


Exercise Science students participate in Make A Difference Day

October 31, 2016

Students and faculty from the Exercise Science Department participated in service learning on Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 22nd.  The group learned about their community partner’s mission and those that they serve. Time was spent packaging food that will be shipped out to local pantries for families in West Michigan and beyond.

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Exercise Science hosts TRX workshop

October 25, 2016

The Exercise Science department hosted a TRX credentialing workshop on Saturday, October 22. Professionals from around the state of Michigan received continuing education and credentials here on the GRCC campus. Two Exercise Science students were able to participate at no cost as a result of hosting.

Photos from exercise science’s Advising Day

October 13, 2016

The Exercise Science department partnered with Counseling Center to deliver presentations and one-on-one advising appointments for advising day.  Students were able to learn about tools available for them in choosing classes, programs, completing the MTA, graduation, and transfer.

A second Exercise Science advising day with drop-in appointments will be held on Thursday, November 10th, from 1-4 p.m. in Calkins 125.

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Fall 2016 Exercise Science Advising Days

September 28, 2016

Students are welcome to drop in during Exercise Science Advising Days with no appointment necessary to find out more about classes, programs, graduation, transfer, careers and more!

Wednesday, October 12th drop-in from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Calkins Science Building 125/127

There will be an informational advising presentation held at 10:15 a.m. and repeated at 11:30am in Calkins 406 that is for all students, regardless of major. This presentation will be given by Counseling and Transfer Center staff  and cover information pertaining to earning an associate degree, earning the MTA designation, scheduling and choosing classes, online tools, graduation, transfer, and MORE. Everyone is welcome.

An additional drop-in advising day event will be held Thursday, November 10th drop-in from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. in Calkins Science Building 125/127


Explore ArtPrize with scavenger hunt

September 22, 2016

Grab a co-worker, friend, family member, and get moving while exploring ArtPrize! The Exercise Science Department has created the 8th annual ArtPrize Fitness Scavenger Hunt that is approximately a two-mile trek right through the heart of ArtPrize 8! If you’re feeling stressed, this is a great opportunity for you to take a break and enjoy the outdoors.  Exercise controls the emotional and physical feelings of stress, and it also works at the cellular level to rebuild neurons. Brain cells and their connections degenerate as we age; aerobic exercise sparks new growth to optimize brain function.

For the answer key, contact Derek Brunn.

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Fit Friday sessions focus on tips for healthy kids, heart attack prevention

March 16, 2016

Fit Fridays! Presented by the GRCC Exercise is Medicine Team

March 18: 11:15-12:15 Fit Friday: “Healthier Kids Grow Into Healthier Adults” with Sherry Knoppers

Location: Calkins Science Room 125/127

Class Description: This course will go over the importance of healthy eating, adequate sleep, and physical activity for overall health from the Pediatric level to Adulthood. Understanding the importance of maintaining health and good habits through all years of life.

April 1: 10:00-11:00 AM Fit Friday: “Heart Attack, Stroke and Cardiac Arrest Care and Prevention” with Lannie Collard and Melanie Schiele Gady

Location: Calkins Science Room 122

Class Description: Prevention as well as how to respond and care for a victim that is having a heart attack, stroke, or is in cardiac arrest. Learn how to save a life!

Exercise Science Department volunteers at Feeding America West Michigan

February 22, 2016

GRCC’s Exercise Science Department participated in service learning at Feeding America West Michigan this past Saturday.

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Exercise Science, Biology departments participate in Engaged Department Initiative

February 10, 2016

Congratulations to the Exercise Science and Biology Departments for their outstanding efforts in creating community-based experiences for their students. Both departments are part of the Engaged Department Initiative, a grant funded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to advance the institutionalization of community engaged teaching and learning into the departments curricula.

Each department received $5,000 dollars to plan, establish, implement, and evaluate strategic initiatives that will advance the integration of community-based teaching and learning into departmental curriculum and culture.

During the Fall semester, the Biology Department had nearly (250) students participate in community-based learning activities including (5) sections offering service learning and featured the Community Science Day serving over (400) community members.   The Exercise Science Department had 90 students participate in community-based learning activities including (7) sections offering service learning in addition to (50) participants at the Feeding America Make A Difference Day event and the (13) participants at the Ride for Refuge fundraising event.

Both departments are excited for the new ways they are connecting students to the community. If you are interested in learning more about the Engaged Department Initiative please visit or contact Michael Schavey, Director of Experiential Learning at 616-234-4180.

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