Raider Salute from Instructional Support to Facilities & IT

The Instructional Support department extends a huge thank you and raider salute to the following folks for all of your help, support, and assistance with our recent office space update: Abbot Kastanek, Sam Kirkey, Bob Greene, and Vicki Janowiak – Facilities; Saibo Williams and Antonio Aguillon-Herta – IT. We love the space and welcome everyone to stop in for a visit! We’ll have the coffee pot running.

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Nominations sought for Excellence in Education Awards

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!




*Please note that the form for and criteria for full-time and adjuncts have changed a bit in the past few years, so be sure to read the guidelines carefully


Faculty & Adjunct: Call Deb Dewent (234-3921) or Kate Byerwalter (234-4405).

Staff: Call Nicole Dekker (234-3848).

Nominations for Emeritus Faculty due by Feb. 17

Nominations for 2017 Emeritus Faculty are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 17.

This award was established in 1985 to honor those instructors/ administrators whose dedication and creativity have left an indelible mark on the lives of students and colleagues at GRCC. During their tenure at GRCC and since their retirement, they have continued to promote GRCC’s “Commitment to Excellence.”

GRCC In the News, 5-27-16

Michigan man who bit off piece of mom’s nose to stand trial

May 24, 2016; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. — A man who was pepper-sprayed by Grand Rapids police to release his bite on his mother’s nose will stand trial on several charges stemming from the May 2 melee on the city’s southwest side.

… He’d (Travis Kyle Herndon) been taking classes at Grand Rapids Community College and occasionally stayed with his mother on Watson Street SW, court records show.

Financial literacy contest pays off for student

May 26, 2016; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges publication)

Learning about financial literacy has added $10,000 to a Grand Rapids Community College student’s tuition fund thanks to a sweepstakes sponsored by American Student Assistance’s SALT financial literacy program.

Local man receives National Endowment for the Humanities award

May 26, 2016; MLive 

Mike D. Miller, of Wayland, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities stipend for a summer institute teaching “Beowulf” in the context of Old Norse-Icelandic literature at Western Michigan University.

… Miller works at Mythopoeia Games Publications, Grand Rapids Community College and Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

2016 award recipients

May 26, 2016; (press release)

The Michigan ACE Women’s Network will present its Distinguished Woman Leadership Awards to two people during the annual conference, June 6-7 in Lansing.

… 2016 recipients are Margaret Crouch, professor of history and philosophy at Eastern Michigan University; and Patti Trepkowski, associate provost and dean of instruction support and interdisciplinary studies at Grand Rapids Community College.

Mona Shores standout selected Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame female athlete winner

May 26, 2016; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Kennedy Potts knew it was coming.

… For athletics, Potts was at her best of the volleyball court. She was an all-region selection as a libero and also made academic all-state. She was all-conference three times playing in the OK Black, played AAU in the winter and has received a scholarship to play at Grand Rapids Community College.