Homecoming games — special premium court-side seats still available

There are a few seats still available for the men’s and women’s basketball games this Friday, January 18. See below for details on how to enter. Seats will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis.

On Friday, January 18, we will host a tailgate and cheer on our women’s and men’s basketball teams as they play Lake Michigan College.

A family-friendly tailgate begins at 5 p.m. inside the Hunsberger Arena, and will continue throughout both basketball games. There will be free food (while it lasts) and activities for kids and adults. The women’s basketball game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s basketball game begins at 7:30 p.m.

We want to provide a few lucky employees with a chance to have premium court-side seating. For each game, we have designated premium seats for our GRCC employees to sit along the baseline of the court. A total of 12 spots per game are available. Please email Erin Van Egmond (erinvanegmond@grcc.edu) with the game you would like to sit court-side at (women’s or men’s), and how many people are in your party.

We hope to see you all there to cheer on our Raiders and celebrate Homecoming, GRCC style! Don’t forget to show your Raider pride and wear your blue and gold!

Homecoming is planned and sponsored by Campus Activities Board, Alumni Relations, Athletics, Student Life and Conduct, and Human Resources.

Photos from rededication of Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse

It was a full house for the rededication of the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse on Monday. Mike Ford, son of President Ford and first lady Betty Ford, was joined by community leaders, students and GRCC staff in celebrating the transformation of the fieldhouse to enhance learning, support student-athletes’ performance, and create a more comfortable environment for spectators and community events.

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GRCC In the News, 1-14-19

Jan. 12, 2019; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College has funding to train 60 people for an initiative to help increase the diversity of the health care workforce, according to Julie Parks, executive director of GRCC Workforce Training.
Jan. 11, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local college has created a new program to prepare students for supply chain management.
Grand Rapids Community College said last month it is now offering the 30-week program Supply Chain Operations Management Certificate to prepare people to manage the transport and storage of raw materials, inventory and finished goods from where they are made to where they are used.
Jan. 11, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Mike Ford, son of former President Gerald R. Ford and first lady Betty Ford, will speak during a rededication of the renovated Grand Rapids Community College building named for his father.
News 8 Daybreak
Jan. 14, 2019; WOOD TV

A former first son will be in West Michigan today for a rededication ceremony. Grand Rapids Community College will celebrate the renovations at the Ford Fieldhouse. Mike Ford, President Gerald R. Ford’s son, will speak at the ceremony for the building named after his father. It will start at 3:30 today. GRCC spent $8 million on upgrades and new facilities for their student-athletes.
Jan. 11, 2019; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
Days before the start of second semester, volleyball players Dani Johnston, Jamie Wellet and Jasmine Wellet, stopped in to see the newly renovated Ford Fieldhouse, which hosts the teams home games and other athletic events.
… Grand Rapids Community College officials say upgrading the fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, provides a state-of-the-art facility for athletes and students.
Jan. 12, 2019; The Arab American News
DEARBORN — Late last year, former Gov.  Snyder appointed Henry Ford College President Russell Kavalhuna to a two-year term on the state’s 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee.
… In addition to Kavalhuna, Snyder appointed Grand Rapids Community College President Dr. Bill Pink; Alpena Public Schools Supt. Dr. John VanWagoner; Dr. Joseph Lubig, associate dean of the School of Education at Northern Michigan University; Megan Schrauben, executive director of the MiSTEM Network for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget; Alycia Meriweather, deputy superintendent of external partnerships, enrollment & specialty programming at the Detroit Public Schools Community District and Dr. Mark Pogliano, principal at the Jackson Area Career Center.

Recap: Breakfast with Santa at the ATC

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On Saturday, December 1, GRCC Foundation’s Alumni Association hosted a Breakfast with Santa event with the help of Student and Alumni Philanthropy Club.

GRCC students, employees, and alumni brought their families to campus to enjoy festive food, games, and crafts. The highlight was having Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive to welcome the children and take photos. Thank you to all that attended and helped to make the day special!

Today is #GivingTuesday at GRCC!

An image of GRCC faculty and staff spelling out the letters "GRCC" in the student plaza.  Underneath the image is text that reads, "Support GRCC Foundation on #GivingTuesday."

As you already know, today is Giving Tuesday, and we hope that you will join us in supporting the GRCC Foundation on this important day of national philanthropy.

You have many opportunities to give today, and you have probably received several emails already this morning asking you to give to various non-profits in our community. But, today, we hope that you consider giving right here at home, at GRCC, where 100% of your donation will be designated for student scholarships.

Scholarships are critical to the success of so many students on our campus. Scholarships remove barriers for students and they increase a student’s ability to persist, transfer, and complete. Students have told us that the scholarship they received meant that they didn’t have to work two or more jobs to pay for their tuition. The scholarship afforded them the opportunity to successfully balance work, family, and school. Scholarships offer hope for our students.

Please take a minute to watch the student testimonial videos below, and you will see and hear from our students how important this gift of education is, and specifically how GRCC transformed their lives and the lives of their families forever.

YouTube Links:
https://youtu.be/alOWMr3pXa4
https://youtu.be/H8ZnrkiBcTA
https://youtu.be/77x7B7t_7GA

No other institution of higher education in our community does this important work the way WE do it, so thank you for all you do for our students!

Please join us TODAY in transforming the lives of our students. Donating is easy – simply click Donate Now. And remember, 100% of your donation goes directly to student scholarships!

Photos from Spectrum Health scholarship event

On Monday, November 12, the GRCC Foundation celebrated with recipients of the Spectrum Health Care Professionals Education Scholarship.  We also celebrated the second year of the partnership between GRCC and Spectrum Health, which made these scholarships possible.  In just two years of this program, over $700,000 will have been awarded to sophomores in our Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Medical Assisting programs.   We are so thankful to Spectrum Health for providing this opportunity for our students.

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Recap: Making Friends and Food at GRCC’s First ‘Seasonal Cooking’ Event

The GRCC Foundation and Secchia Institute for Culinary Education hosted a new seasonal cooking experience last Thursday – “Seasonal Cooking: A physician, a farmer, and a chef walk into a kitchen…”

Image of the Seasonal Cooking advertisement. The image features a variety of garden vegetables above the words, "Seasonal Cooking. "A physician, a farmer, and a chef walk into a kitchen..." Learn about the importance of local, seasonal produce to your overall health and well-being through this hands-on cooking class, presented by the GRCC Foundation. Come cook with us!"

This GRCC Foundation friend-raiser gave guests time to experience GRCC as they never have before, beginning the evening in the Pietro and Regina Amphitheater, followed by time spent cooking together in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education kitchens, and ending with dinner and discussion.

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Thanks to everyone who helped make this Seasonal Cooking event such a wonderful experience!

Recap: The 500 Club Mug Club celebrates at College Park Plaza

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New and existing members of The 500 Club enjoyed lunch on the rooftop parking lot of College Park Plaza on Friday, September 7. Members also became part of The 500 Club Mug Club and received a personalized mug to be used at Fountain Hill Brewery.

GRCC In the News, 6-27-18

Spectrum Theater becomes accessible to hearing impaired

June 26, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

In celebration of its newly installed hearing loop system, Spectrum Theater at Grand Rapids Community College is offering a free performance of “Snow White, the Queen’s Fair Daughter” for deaf and hard-of-hearing children and their parents, teachers and friends.

GRCC nursing faculty exposing Boys & Girls Clubs teens to career

June 27, 2018; MLive

As Baby Boomers age and the overall need for health care continues to grow, the demand for nurses and other in-demand health care careers will continue increases, officials say.

GRCC’s nursing instructors and students will lead three summer workshops for high schoolers in the club’s Career Pathways Program.

Google IT training coming to GRCC

June 26, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Just one more course at Grand Rapids Community College and Ryan Linak will be out in the real world.

Two alumni credit Laker Connections for their academic success

June 26, 2018; gvsu.edu

Juan Mascorro-Guerrero and Gloire Rubambiza found their way to Grand Valley from Mexico and Uganda, respectively.

… Mascorro-Guerrero graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School and then enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. At one point, he was working three jobs to pay off his college debt.

GRPD to hold first two ‘Speed of Trust’ events Wednesday

June 27, 2018;  WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Police Department will hold the first sessions of a community trust building initiative Wednesday, June 27.

“Speed of Trust” will be at Grand Rapids Community College from 8 a.m. to noon. There is an alternate session from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Congratulations to Van & Marinus Swets 2018 Travel Award recipients

Congratulations to the Van & Marinus Swets 2018 Travel Award Winners!

The Foundation received 21 creative travel plans from employees. Due to the excellent response, we were able to award 9 employees this year.

The winning essays were interesting and creative — just as Marinus would have liked.

Congratulations to:

  • 1st Place: Jody Graves- $400
  • 2nd Place: Sandra Lancaster- $300
  • 3rd Place: Michelle Allen – $200

Honorable Mentions

  • Diane Smith- $100
  • Amy Bennett- $100
  • Erica Brown- $100
  • Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood- $100
  • Tari Mattox- $100
  • Lynn Lauchie- $100

Thank you to all who submitted essays.  We hope you all enjoy the vacations you have planned. We look forward to hearing from the winners and seeing pictures from their travels.

Safe travels!

Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award essays due April 19

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.

 

Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award applications due this week

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.

 

Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award meant for fun, relaxation

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.

 

Essays for Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award due by April 19

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.