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GRCC Foundation thanks members of The 500 Club

May 3, 2017

The GRCC Foundation recognized and thanked faculty and staff donors who are part of The 500 Club on Tuesday, May 2.  Many members have been giving faithfully at the $500 level for many years, and we were able to recognize them for their years of generous and faithful commitment.  This year, we had 15 new members join The 500 Club:

  • Gary Burbridge
  • Cora Beute
  • Michael DeVivo
  • Lisa Gloege
  • Mark Jasonowicz
  • Christopher Johnston
  • Sheila Jones
  • Jennifer Kelly
  • Bill Pink
  • Raynard Ross
  • Andrew Rozema
  • Jim Schafer
  • Diane Smith
  • Jeff Spoelman
  • Deb Vilmont

The gifts made to the GRCC Foundation help make a lasting impact on students’ lives. We hope all faculty and staff consider making a financial commitment to the Foundation.

For more information on how you can be part of The 500 Club or a donor to the GRCC Foundation, please contact Erin (Cisler) Van Egmond at 616-234-3931 or erinvanegmond@grcc.edu.

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Congratulations to the Van and Marinus Swets 2017 Travel Award winners

April 27, 2017

The Foundation received 26 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: Kenneth Henderson- $400
  • 2nd Place: Catherine Dreher- $300
  • 3rd Place: Sandra Lancaster – $200

Honorable Mentions:

  • Diane Smith- $100
  • Danelle Nyland- $100
  • Tess Dodd $100
  • Meegan Willi- $100
  • Jason Hansen- $100
  • Cheryl Floyd- $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!  We hope to see even more entries next year.

Applications for Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award due April 19

April 18, 2017

The Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award Opportunity for GRCC Employees (nonstudent employees

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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.
  • 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 Wednesday, April 19th.
  • All award winners will be notified by Thursday, April 27th

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

Applications for travel award due April 19

April 12, 2017

The Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award Opportunity for GRCC Employees (nonstudent employees

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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.
  • 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 Wednesday, April 19th.
  • All award winners will be notified by Thursday, April 27th

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

Photos from GRADfest

April 5, 2017

On Tuesday,  we got to celebrate with over 300 students who will be participating in commencement. GRADfest is a one-stop shop event where graduates can get everything they need for commencement in one place, at one location. Next up – celebrating with them at commencement!

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Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award applications due April 19

April 4, 2017

The Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award Opportunity for GRCC Employees (nonstudent employees

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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.
  • 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 Wednesday, April 19th.
  • All award winners will be notified by Thursday, April 27th

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

Sponsor a grad!

April 3, 2017

For the past few years, we have asked for your help in meeting a couple of goals that were put in place for commencement. We wanted to increase the number of students that participated in the commencement ceremony, and we wanted to have faculty and staff sponsor 100 graduates by providing them a cap and gown. Thanks to many of you, we achieved both of those goals and we actually had a record number of graduates process last year at commencement.

Once again, this year, we want to make sure that every graduate that wants to participate is able to.  We know that many students have told us that they are not able to participate in the commencement ceremony due to the cost of the cap and gown. As an institution committed to the success of our students, commencement is our time to celebrate the greatest success of all with our students – COMPLETION! And, I can think of no better way to celebrate the individual success of our graduates than by removing this one final financial barrier for our students – $31 to purchase their cap and gown.

Know that our students are overwhelmed when they hear that a GRCC faculty or staff member’s donation made it possible for them to participate in this important life event, an event that for many of these students, is the first such event in the history of their family!

To follow is a student quote highlighting the impact of this gift for her last year:

I would like to first say thank you all for making graduation a blessing and fun! I would not have been able to walk with pride and joy on graduation day! I was actually hit by a car the week before graduation and all of the GRCC staff made me glad I came, they never once made me feel like a burden. I was only working part-time and did not have enough money for my cap and gown. The staff at GRCC helped me out with a cap and gown and I was able to return the gown for the next person. I felt truly blessed attending GRCC. Keep on doing an awesome job! Continue to let your staff keep blessing others like me! Thank you from the heart!” Earnette Wrancher, class of 2016.

And, here is a quote from a GRCC staff member highlighting why he gave to the Sponsor a Grad program last year:

I remembered how I felt when I walked across the stage when graduating from Thames Valley State Technical College with my A.S. many moons ago and it felt natural to help ensure graduates aren’t denied the same experience for want of enough money to obtain their cap and gown.Michael Passer, IT Enterprise Director

Please help us reward our students who have reached their graduation goals and participate in the Sponsor a Grad program today.

If you are interested in helping us, I ask that you commit to our Sponsor a Grad program – through your sponsorship, you agree to purchase a cap and gown for a graduate at the cost of $31 per set.

Know that there is no limit to the number of graduates you sponsor. You can make your donation by simply going online to make your payment. Or if you prefer, and would like to make a donation using a different payment method, you are welcome to contact the Foundation Office directly at x3939.

Thank you for all you do in support of our students and their success.

Applications for Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award due April 19

March 30, 2017

 

The Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award Opportunity for GRCC Employees (nonstudent employees

 

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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.
  • 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 Wednesday, April 19th.
  • All award winners will be notified by Thursday, April 27th

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

SCHOLARfest raises record total

March 28, 2017

On Thursday, March 23, the GRCC Foundation held SCHOLARfest at DeVos Place, honoring Dr. Steven Ender and his wife, Karen.  The event was a tremendous success, with the largest guest attendance and the largest amount raised for a SCHOLARfest event to date! Total revenue brought in was $313,500!  Proceeds from this event will support student scholarships – with a portion of these proceeds permanently endowing a scholarship in the names of Dr. Steven and Karen Ender, ensuring that their legacy of student success will forever be part of GRCC!  If you would like to view the video from the event, here’s the video link, https://youtu.be/NPRthLJyRJ0

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Photos from Creating Connections

February 17, 2017

The GRCC Foundation held its 9th annual Creating Connections breakfast on Thursday, Feb. 16. This wonderful morning was spent with scholarship “owners” connecting with their scholarship recipients. Guests were treated to a hot breakfast, warm welcome by Dr. Mullins and Dr. Ender, as well as two GRCC student speakers, Dawyne Johnston and April Shirey.  We spotlighted the James D. And Sally A. Skidmore Business Scholarship.

Scholarship support is critical in helping students pursue a college degree. We cannot thank our faithful scholarship donors enough for their continued support of our students.

A special thank you to Facilities, Bayard Brooks, Jared Staub, Luba Petrash and her team, and Media for their hard work in making this event spectacular for our donors and students! On behalf of the GRCC Foundation, Thank you!

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Volunteers needed for SCHOLARfest

February 6, 2017

Are you available the evening of Thursday, March 23?  We are looking for 10 to 15 volunteers to help at SCHOLARfest, honoring Dr. and Mrs. Ender!

What we need:

  • Parking Help
  • Greeters
  • Registration

All volunteer positions will be assigned.

If you would like to help, please contact Lisa Brown at (616) 234-3739 or lisabrown@grcc.edu.

GRCC SCHOLARfest 2017. Honoring Dr. Steven C. and Karen G. Ender.

SCHOLARfest to honor the Enders

February 3, 2017

SCHOLARfest 2017 will honor President Dr. Steven C. Ender and his wife, Karen!

President Ender, who retires after this year’s commencement, has left a legacy that will have an impact on students and the community for generations to come. Share this special occasion with us!

SCHOLARfest will take place 6-9 p.m. March 23 at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. The program, which includes performances by Music Department faculty and students, begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $150 per person; proceeds benefit the Dr. Steven C. and Karen G. Ender Scholarship fund.

RSVP by March 6.

GRCC SCHOLARfest 2017. Honoring Dr. Steven C. and Karen G. Ender.

 

Photos from Holiday Open House

December 14, 2016

The President and Foundation Holiday Open Houses were a combined event this year.

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GRCC Foundation’s holiday dinner fundraiser set for December 6

November 28, 2016

Proceeds from this special dinner will benefit SICE scholarships and the BHMS Why We Can’t Wait Civic Engagement Scholarship Fund.

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Get ready for #GivingTuesday

November 22, 2016

#GivingTuesday  – on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday — celebrates the act of giving.

On Tuesday, November 29, the Grand Rapids Community College family and community will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It is the opportunity to join more than 10,000 partners around the world in encouraging giving on #GivingTuesday. Just as the retail world has benefited from coordinating national shopping days across many brands and platforms, #GivingTuesday does the same for organizations dedicated to serving our communities through philanthropy.

Why should you give to the GRCC Foundation on #GivingTuesday?

  • Your donation celebrates and encourages support for the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation.
  • A dedicated day of giving has tremendous power to positively impact the lives of our students and the vitality of our community.
  • You can be part of a national movement that not only raises funds but increases awareness about the impact giving can make.
  • Giving to the GRCC Foundation online is an easy way to support what matters to you from the comfort of your own home.
  • You can use the growing popularity of #GivingTuesday to remind family, friends and neighbors of the GRCC Foundation mission and how generosity can change the lives of others.
  • Your donation shows that the mission of the GRCC Foundation matters!

What does my gift on #GivingTuesday do for GRCC students?

Your #GivingTuesday gift directly impacts the lives of students by providing unrestricted dollars that go directly to support student scholarships. Scholarships remove barriers for our students that may otherwise impede their ability to complete a certificate or degree.

Your donation today helps to move us one step closer towards our goal of one day providing scholarships to ALL GRCC students in need. Your support of a student today is critical to the creation of our community leaders of tomorrow!

Save the date! November 29. #GivingTuesday