Recap: Finance & Administration March Madness Chili Cook-Off

Last Friday the Finance & Administration division hosted a Chili Cook-off competition to celebrate March Madness. There were 12 different variations of chili (all delicious), trivia games, and good fun. Congratulations to our winners of the day!

  • Best Chili: Lisa Freiburger
  • Basketball Trivia Winner: Nat Lloyd
  • Chili Trivia Winner: Matt Vryhof
  • Door Prize Winner: Maria Herrera-Belmares

Thank you to everyone who participated in the fun!

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Finance and Administration departments team up on Learning Day

GRCC’s Finance and Administration departments got together for a Learning Day on Friday, March 23. Multiple areas and shifts blended together for this exciting event, which included sharing a meal together, team-building exercises, and home improvement tips. Thank you to all who were involved in making this event a success!

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Preschoolers deliver valentines

Diane Smith’s daughter, Maddie, who is with the GRCC preschool lab this semester, surprised her mom and everyone on the second floor of the Administration Building on Wednesday with hand-delivered valentines. Maddie, who plans to transfer to MSU to major in nursing after graduation this spring, is applying practical skills learned in classroom to her work with 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds in the Dune room.


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Finance and Administration hosts cookie exchange, sweater contest

On Friday, December 15th, the Finance and Administration (Fun Team) hosted an annual Holiday Cookie Exchange and Ugly Sweater contest. Many delicious cookies were on hand to be enjoyed and a great time was had by all. The Ugly Sweater winner was Tess Dodd and the door prizes went to Scott Martin and Sally Zokoe.

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GRCC In the News, 10-24-17

GRCC expecting state funds to respond to manufacturing resurgence

Oct. 24, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI –  Grand Rapids Community College is starting to work on the schematic design for the $12.7 million renovation and expansion of the Wisner Bottrall Applied Technology (ATC).

GRCC Diversity Lectures Series is back for 2017-2018 season

Oct. 23, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

The Diversity Lecture Series is back in Grand Rapids for its 23rd year.
Sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, the event is intended to provide insight and understanding of equity and inclusion to the West Michigan community.

GRCC retiree biography: Jim Peterson

Jim Peterson has worked at GRCC since 2005 as the executive director of Financial Services. Jim had the following information to share about his experiences at GRCC and plans for retirement:

I have been at GRCC for over 12 years, serving as executive director of Financial Services. In January 2005, I was hired by then VP Bob Partridge. Prior to joining GRCC, I served in a similar role at Muskegon Community College for about 15 years, and prior to that worked for a CPA firm.

I got to know Bob, as well as Todd Hurley, Sharon Gates, Cherry Scaturro and others through the Michigan Community College Business Officers Association. They were a fun group and really seemed to enjoy working at GRCC. I felt fortunate to have the opportunity to join them.  GRCC is a much larger place than MCC, and, at first, I wondered what I had gotten myself into. I guess I realized I belonged at GRCC when I learned that many others also found PeopleSoft to be a bit frustrating!

However, GRCC challenged me and gave me the opportunity to work in areas such as labor negotiations, insurance and risk management and with the Foundation.  During it all, I had the pleasure and privilege to work, learn and laugh with a great group of colleagues, not only in Finance and Administration, but throughout the college. Deciding to retire has been difficult. I will miss much about my day to day work and interactions at GRCC

My interests outside of work include cycling (I even started bike commuting to work last summer), skiing and traveling. My wife and I have had the opportunity to participate in medical mission trips to Central America in recent years, and hope to do so again in the future. We also have a small condo in the Petoskey area, where I hope to be able to spend some more time overseeing (I’m no DIY’er!) some much needed updates.

Jim, on behalf of your GRCC community, we all wish you the very best in retirement. Thank you so much for your service to GRCC!

As a reminder, Jim’s retirement reception will be held June 21 from 3-5 p.m. on the first floor of White Hall on the Devos campus.

GRCC In the News, 2-24-17

5 takeaways from GRCC’s mid-year budget talk

Feb. 23, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed $56.3 billion state budget for next fiscal year has no recommended increase for community colleges.

Like other Michigan Community Colleges grappling with declining enrollment, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has to make difficult decisions about its spending habits and the level of tuition increase with deadlines for next year’s budget looming.

Big voice of Lalah Hathaway, big sound of Grand Rapids Symphony, sell out ‘Symphony with Soul’ in DeVos Hall

Feb. 23, 2017;

The Grand Rapids Symphony set out 15 years ago to do something it had never done before – fill the better part of DeVos Performance Hall with people who likely had never been to a symphony orchestra concert before.

… Former Grand Rapids City Commissioner Elias Lumpkins and Christina Guajardo Arnold, founding director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity & Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College, and Cherry Health, all were awarded the MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Award.

Free transportation to neighborhood summit filling up fast

Feb. 23, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Officials with Grand Rapids Public Schools, co-sponsor of the third annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit, say free transportation to and from the event Saturday, March 4, is filling up fast.

… The summit is being held at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information about the summit, visit the website.