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Nominations sought for Excellence in Education

March 12, 2018

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! Deadline for nominations is May 15, 2018:

Note: the criteria and form for full-time faculty and adjuncts have changed a bit in the past few years, so please be sure to read the guidelines carefully.


Faculty & Adjunct: Call the Provost Office (234-3920) or Karen Walker (234-4236)

Staff: Call Nicole Dekker (234-3848).

Sabbatical applications due March 8, 2018

March 2, 2018

All full-time faculty members with at least six years of service are eligible to apply for a Sabbatical leave for 2018-2019. More information is available online.

GRCC In the News, 10-2-17

October 2, 2017

New GRCC president pledges to be relevant and responsive

Sept. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will be relevant and responsive to its students and the community, President Bill Pink stressed Friday, Sept. 29, in his investiture address.

Spotlight on Sally Brown

Oct. 1, 2017; OR Today Magazine

Medical surgical nurse Sally Brown got her start in the field as a teen, working as an aide at the Beacon Light nursing home in Marne, Michigan. Although she later held office and factory jobs, a love of caring for those in need returned her to Beacon Light as an adult. When her supervisor there inspired her to pursue her associates degree, Brown attended Grand Rapids Community College en route to becoming an RN. She had married and welcomed her first daughter, Tricia, by then, and ended up having her second, Kelly, while still in school.

Dominga Lucas-Pérez: Raising up indigenous voices of persistence on Grandville Avenue

Sept. 28, 2017;

When asked how to spell her name correctly, Dominga Lucas-Pérez proudly pulls out her Grand Rapids Public School Volunteer badge from her knitted purse. She carries the badge with pride. She explains she has earned the badge after Liliana’s first day in Kindergarten. To her, this badge is a sign that she belongs to the Grandville Avenue community.

… Domingo Hernández-Gómez, the Director of the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College, explains that there is perceived negativity around speaking an indigenous language. Hernández-Gómez’s primary language is Tzeltal, a Mayan language spoken in five countries of Central America. Hernández-Gómez spoke Tzeltal until he was eleven years old when he was exposed to Spanish in school.

News briefs 10/2/17

Oct. 1, 2017; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University’s student newspaper)

… Health forum series to focus on health care jobs

The monthly Health Forum of West Michigan series will host its first event of the year, “The Health Care Talent Pipeline,” with a panel discussion focusing on the supply and demand of health care jobs, as well as how higher education institutions are moving to accommodate industry employees and employers.

… The panelists include Laurie Chelsey, provost of Grand Rapids Community College, and Maria Cimitile, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Valley State University. Jean Nagelkerk, GVSU vice provost for health, will serve as moderator.

Harbin joins women’s basketball staff

Sept. 30, 2017; (Niagara University Athletics website)

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. — Niagara University women’s basketball head coach Jada Pierce announced the hiring of Lester Harbin as an assistant coach. Harbin brings over 10 years of NCAA coaching experience on the men’s and women’s sides.

… Harbin played at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich. from 1997-99, where he led the team in blocked shots, rebounds and field goal percentage. He then played one season (1999-2000) at the University of North Alabama and played his final year (2003-04) at Lees-McRae College.

Jayhawks volleyball squad improves to 9-1 in league play, defeats Lansing Community College

Sept. 29, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball squad defeated Lansing Community College 3-0 on Thursday.

… MCC is now 11-13 on the season and 9-1 in league play, good for second place behind unbeaten Grand Rapids Community College.

Photo from state budget signing

July 17, 2017

Amy Koning, dean of the School of Workforce Development, and Provost Laurie Chesley represented GRCC when Gov. Rick Snyder signed the 2017-18 budget Friday at the Kent Career Technical Center.

The budget includes funding to update and expand the ATC.

Ten people, including Provost Laurie Chesley and School of Workforce Development dean Amy Koning, watch Gov. Rick Snyder sign the 2017-18 state budget.

GRCC team shows off ‘ginger’ knowledge in WorldQuest 2017

May 19, 2017

The annual WorldQuest Competition sponsored by the West Michigan World Affairs Council was held Thursday, May 18, at Aquinas College.  This “almost famous” world trivia competition features teams from local educational institutions, businesses and nonprofit organizations.  Questions focus on foreign policy, international relations, geography, economics, history, art, literature, pop culture and this year featured a 10-question category devoted entirely to beer.  The GRCC team was comprised of:  Provost Laurie Chesley, Dean Mike Vargo, Social Science Department members Yan Bai, Heather Richards, Gordan Vurusic, Dillon Carr and “Captain” Steve Abid.  Although GRCC didn’t place in the top three this year, a strong showing was made in the “Ginger” category involving questions pertaining to the color red – most of which focused on history-making redheads.  The Aquinas College team was this year’s winner.

Steve Abid sits in a chair. Standing behind him are Yan Bai, Heather Richards, Laurie Chesley, Gordan Vurusic, Mike Vargo and Dillon Carr. A sign that Abid holds says: "GRCC Raiders."

Diane Smith joins Executive Offices staff

May 25, 2016
Diane Smith

Diane Smith

We would like to welcome our new Administrative Assistant Diane Smith. She will be supporting the Executive Offices (President, Provost & Financial Services).  Diane can be reached at 234-3908 and

Provost joins exercise science department in Ride for Refuge

October 5, 2015

Exercise Science professor Laura Kennett, writes on her blog about this past Saturday’s Ride for Refuge event including GRCC Exercise Science, Feeding America West Michigan, and Provost Chesley. Read her blog to see how Provost Chesley leads by example.

Athletic Oversight Team is looking for faculty membership

September 22, 2015

The Athletic Oversight Team is looking for faculty members. The time commitment is four 1-hour meetings during the academic year. The purpose of the team is:

  • To act in an oversight and advisory capacity with attention to academic progress and welfare of student athletes.
  • To review policies and guidelines related to the athletic program.
  • Monitor, access and promote interventions to achieve high standards in academics in student athletes.
  • Suggest strategies to promote campus wide support for intercollegiate athletics.

If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Tina Hoxie at x3926 or


GRCC In the News, 6-25-15

June 25, 2015

GRCC grad rate up from 6-year low; how it compares to other Michigan community colleges

June 24, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College’s federal graduation rate — a measure that administrators say is misleading because it only includes full-time, first-year students — has increased slightly to 13 percent after hitting a six-year low, according to a new report.

Promise college scholarship programs in Michigan

June 25, 2015; MLive

Michigan has more Promise scholarship programs than any other state.

… Grand Rapids: Challenge Scholars offers college scholarships to high school graduates who attended Harrison Park or Westwood middle schools. The scholarships can be used at any Michigan public university, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College and Davenport University.