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Golden Raider Retiree Happy Hour tomorrow afternoon

October 18, 2018

Image that says "Friday Happy Hour" in hot pink and grey, with bubbles and a cartoon, olive-garnished martini.

The GRCC Golden Raider Retirees are hosting their first happy hour! Come connect with your colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks in the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship.

When: Friday, October 19th, from 3-6 p.m.

Where: Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

What else:

  • Cash bar and food.
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant.
  • Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome.
  • Current retirees are welcome to bring friends.

Golden Raider Retiree Happy Hour next Friday afternoon

October 11, 2018

Image that says "Friday Happy Hour" in hot pink and grey, with bubbles and a cartoon, olive-garnished martini.

The GRCC Golden Raider Retirees are hosting their first happy hour! Come connect with your colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks in the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship.

When: Friday, October 19th, from 3-6 p.m.

Where: Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

What else:

  • Cash bar and food.
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant.
  • Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome.
  • Current retirees are welcome to bring friends.

Golden Raider Retiree Happy Hour: Friday, 10/19

October 4, 2018

Image that says "Friday Happy Hour" in hot pink and grey, with bubbles and a cartoon, olive-garnished martini.

The GRCC Golden Raider Retirees are hosting their first happy hour! Come connect with your colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks in the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship.

When: Friday, October 19th, from 3-6 p.m.

Where: Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

What else:

  • Cash bar and food.
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant.
  • Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome.
  • Current retirees are welcome to bring friends.

GRCC retiree biography: Bob Leunk

June 19, 2018

Bob will be retiring from GRCC at the end of July. He has worked at GRCC for eleven years in the Biologicals Sciences department as a faculty member, focusing on teaching Microbiology.

Bob Leunk in a lab classroom posing with equipment.

Bob Leunk

When asked about his favorite story about GRCC students he said he couldn’t think of just one particular story, stating, “I’ve found that every student has a story if I am willing to listen.  There are gifted students who sail through their classes and stressed students who struggle through their classes.  There are youthful students seeking their life’s work, returning students seeking a new career, and seasoned students seeking a new opportunity.  Each student comes with unique abilities, accomplishments, circumstances, and challenges.  Students juggle a lot, struggle at times, stumble occasionally, and excel frequently.  There are so many students and so many stories that I’ll remember for years to come.  I’m a better person because of my students.”

Bob also said, “coming from industry, with limited teaching experience, I was pretty new to education when I arrived at GRCC. I didn’t know what to expect in the classroom or how to get anything done in the organization.  I want to thank my colleagues in the Biology Department for answering all my questions from their wisdom and expertise, for picking me up, calming me down, and helping me find my way at GRCC.  Everyone here has been so generous in offering help and support during my entire time at GRCC.  Thanks to all of you.”

In retirement, Bob plans to spend time with his grandkids, make progress on a long list of house projects, volunteer and travel.

If you can, please stop by to celebrate with Bob on June 20th from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in room 320 of Calkins Science Center.

We wish you all the best in your retirement, Bob. Please stay in touch! Thank you for all that you did for GRCC and our students. You have really made difference in the lives of many.

GRCC retiree biography: Penny Folsom

June 19, 2018

Penny is retiring from GRCC at the beginning of July. We had asked her a few questions about her experience here at GRCC and here is what she had to say:

“I graduated with my Associate degree (Child Development) from GRCC in May of 1992. I was hired that fall for the preschool. I have worked at the Early Childhood Learning Lab for 26 years. I have both my Bachelor and Master degree in Early Childhood from WMU. During my years I have had an opportunity to work in each of the classrooms, from the infant room to the oldest classroom.

“I have always been passionate about connecting children and their families to the natural world. To this day children demonstrate their excitement for when they find “bugs” and other nature related items. Parents often share with me “new” things they have discovered as well. It brings me joy to know I have touched so many lives and have sparked their passion for learning about and protecting our world.

“Mentoring the college students in our program has provided me many opportunities to feel like I belong to GRCC. Watching them progress through the program, seeing them graduate, and then watching as they work in the field for which I helped train them brings great joy. Many come back to say “thank you” and to let me know they continue to build their confidence and professional skills because of the great start I have provided.

“I am excited to be able to spend long hours engaging with nature, whether gardening, birdwatching, hiking, or sharing my “traveling nature center” with others (www.sayyestonature.com). I will be sharing my love of nature with those who visit FMG Children’s Garden this summer, hosting six of the Science Sunday presentations.

“GRCC has been my home for over 30 years. I have enjoyed my many college “family” connections. I will miss them.”

We wish you all the best in your retirement, Penny. Please stay in touch! Thank you for all that you did for GRCC, the ECLL families, and our students; you’ve made an amazing difference in the lives of many.

GRCC retiree biography: Karen Walker

June 19, 2018

Karen Walker will be retiring from GRCC at the end of June. Karen joined the Grand Rapids Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program in January 1987 as faculty and academic fieldwork coordinator. She developed fieldwork sites throughout West Michigan where a Certified Occupational Therapist (COTA) was not employed. Many of these facilities identified the benefit of a COTA and created this position after supervising a student. She developed several courses and unit topics in the OTA curriculum such as therapeutic relationships, adult development, and mental health.

Karen was appointed program director in August 2000. She serves as program director and faculty in the program. She facilitated and supported the OTA faculty (Matthew Mekkes, Lynda Jansen, and Sarah Ryder) to develop learning activities for the students throughout the college and community. These activities help the students to develop awareness and empathy for people with disabilities to be able to treat and advocate for them. The faculty partnered with facilities and programs such as; Lincoln School, Huntington Woods pre-primary impaired program, Martindill Wellness Center, Pilgrim Manor, Oak Ridge Retirement, Brookcrest Rehab, Adam Park apartments, GRCC dental clinic, GRCC preschool, and Michigan Works First.

Karen created unique hands-on learning experiences such as a wheelchair scavenger hunt. This hunt involves teams of students in wheelchairs ranging from sports wheelchairs, scooters, and standard wheelchairs to travel around the campus in search of clues while practicing their mobility skills and identifying campus accessibility.

Karen identified a need for a student conference so she developed and co-chaired the West Michigan Educational Consortium 2001-2015 which focuses on Occupational Therapy specialty practice areas. This was an annual conference for students in West Michigan Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant educational programs.

To keep current with OT practice she created externships for herself under the supervision of OT practitioners, many of whom were OTA program graduates. It was a pleasure being mentored by former students in areas of physical disabilities, home and community health, work hardening, and mental health.

Presently Karen volunteers in community and church activities. She has always been an outdoor enthusiast enjoying snowshoeing, rowing, kayaking, and backpacking. She enjoys traveling with family and friends. She plans to continue these activities in retirement and to explore new ones.

We wish you all the best in your retirement, Karen. Please stay in touch! Thank you for all that you did for GRCC and our students; you’ve made such a difference in the lives of many.

Celebrate Retirees at GRCC Preschool Open House TOMORROW, 6/15

June 14, 2018

Join us for a punch and cookie reception to say happy retirement to Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom — are all retiring this semester from the Laboratory Preschool. Combined they have worked at GRCC for 99 years!

Friday, June 15, from 4-5:30 p.m.

Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

Celebrate Retirees at GRCC Preschool Open House on Friday, 6/15

June 7, 2018

Join us for a punch and cookie reception to say happy retirement to Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom — are all retiring this semester from the Laboratory Preschool. Combined they have worked at GRCC for 99 years!

Friday June 15 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

Golden Raiders reception photos

May 11, 2018

GRCC welcomed home our retirees for the annual Golden Raider Retiree Celebration held Thursday, May 10th. We were able to celebrate our new retirees and award recipients, all while connecting with past colleagues and friends. Thank you to everyone who attended.

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Connect with past colleagues at the Golden Raider Reception this evening!

May 10, 2018
Please stop by and reconnect with friends and colleagues at the annual GRCC Golden Raider Retiree Reception being held on this evening, May 10th, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Heritage Restaurant and Terrace.
Our program will begin at 5:00 p.m.
All are welcome!

Connect with past colleagues at the Golden Raider Reception this Thursday

May 8, 2018
Please stop by and reconnect with friends and colleagues at the annual GRCC Golden Raider Retiree Reception being held on Thursday, May 10th, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Heritage Restaurant and Terrace. Our program will begin at 5:00 p.m.
All are welcome!

Connect with past colleagues at the Golden Raider Reception, May 10th

May 1, 2018
Please stop by and reconnect with friends and colleagues at the annual GRCC Golden Raider Retiree Reception being held on Thursday, May 10th, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the Heritage Restaurant and Terrace. Our program will begin at 5:00 p.m.
All are welcome!