Volunteers needed for Raider Rally

This year’s Raider Rally is Saturday, August 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.* This is an opportunity to welcome our new students, their friends and families as they begin on their academic journey.  We have multiple volunteer spots to fill, from check-in to wayfinders, and your help is needed! If you have volunteered in the past, we hope you will do so once again, as this is a great way to show your Raider spirit in kicking off the new academic year!  Please click here to sign up!

*Please note shift start/end times when signing up.

Two young men, wearing GRCC T-shirts and standing behind a table of giveaway plastic cups, talk to a student on the other side of the table.

GRCC In the News, 7-26-19

One Good Thing: Grand Rapids Community College

July 25, 2019; WZZM

Nick LaFave: “Going off to college can be an intimidating adventure, so a local college did everything it could to make it a bit easier for their incoming freshmen. Raider Nation Day at Grand Rapids Community College connected new students with campus resources at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. GRCC staff wanted to get them acclimated to their new surroundings and just let them know they’re not alone. Current students talked to the new ones about their own transitions from high school to college and how they prepared. There were also sessions on academic success strategies and expectations on their new college culture. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you go off to college – I know I did when I was young – GRCC Raider Nation Day did everything they could to help them in that process and it gets today’s ‘One Good Thing.’”

SLT Profile: Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Oversight Team

The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention oversight team monitors, evaluates, and makes recommendations for improvement for the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP).

The DAAPP supports student and employee awareness, education, and coordinated programming for drug and alcohol prevention. This covers training, compliance notification, policy review, and programming based on an established timeline.

Over the last year we have:

  • Completed and presented the DAAPP Biennial Review Report.
  • Conducted the prevention program evaluation, including recommendations for changes.
  • Offered programming at the fall and winter Welcome Week, and during the winter semester.
  • Emailed compliance notification to students, faculty and staff.
  • In the coming year we plan to:
  • Use feedback to improve awareness and training for employees.
  • Improve the notification open rate for students.
  • Explore how to increase the program awareness offerings for students through an online solution.
  • Leverage existing programs.

The team is comprised of Campus Police, I.T., Human Resources, Counseling and Career Development, Financial Aid, CRM Coordinator, IRP, Dean of Student Affairs Office, Student Life and Conduct, Office of General Counsel, and Faculty representatives.

GRCC’s top dogs show their college pride!

Show your GRCC pride when walking your dog(s) this summer wearing their GRCC bandanna, as a few of your fellow coworkers are already doing in the photos below. Help us promote GRCC enrollment when people stop to admire your furry friend in their fashionable scarf!

The bandannas are available by calling x3925 or emailing studentaffairs@grcc.edu.

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GRPS students visit campus

This week, about 30 students from Ottawa Hills High School visited GRCC for their orientation, greeted by GRPS Counseling Coordinator Emmanuel Armstrong and David Selmon, associate dean for K-12 Enrollment. Nearly 200 GRPS students will visit campus during the next two weeks. Students will leave with their schedule for next year and will meet with student groups and advisers to cover any questions.

David Selmon and Emmanuel Armstrong greet Ottawa Hills High School students as they get off a schoolbus.

Condolences to Nicole Dekker, Cathy Noviskey

GRCC extends condolences to Nicole Dekker, of Staff Development, and Cathy Noviskey, of Student Affairs, upon the death of their grandfather and father-in-law on Monday, Nov. 27. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service is being planned for a later date. Interment will take place at Ft. Custer National Cemetery.

Cap and gown vouchers available

Commencement celebrates the academic accomplishment of our students, and to ensure each graduate has the opportunity to participate in commencement, a cap and gown voucher is available. Through the generous donations of faculty and staff, the Sponsor-A-Grad program guarantees that each graduate who cannot afford the cost of a cap and gown, receives one.

If you know of a student who is not participating because of the cost, please contact the Student Affairs Office.  The voucher can be mailed to the student, or sent to you, if you would like to personally give it to the student.

GRCC In the News, 1-30-17

Police investigating after fall from GRCC parking ramp

Jan. 27, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Emergency personnel closed a road on the Grand Rapids Community College campus Friday afternoon after police said someone fell from the nearby parking structure.

Students named to GRCC president’s, dean’s lists

Jan. 28, 2017; Maple Valley News (Nashville, Mich.)

Grand Rapids Community College has announced the names of students who qualified for the president’s and dean’s lists.

Laker men go 2-1 on week; women go 1-2

Jan. 28, 2017;  The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

The Mid Michigan Community College mens basketball team rolled to its second-straight win on Friday night in Grand Rapids as it topped host Grand Rapids Community College 87-72.


Raider Buzz contains news, updates for students

We have a new system of communicating with current GRCC students: the Raider Buzz.

Like GRCC Today for employees, Raider Buzz is a blog that incorporates timely updates and information for students, as well as a collection of other information, including social media posts and student organization meetings and events.

Encourage students to read the Raider Buzz:

  • We will be sending students weekly or biweekly digests of new content in the Raider Buzz to their emails.
  • If you are a faculty member, please share this new resource with students. Make a class announcement, post an announcement in your Blackboard course, etc.
  • Students can also find a link to the Raider Buzz on their Blackboard home page in the announcement section.

How can you submit information to the Raider Buzz? Click on the tab “Share News or an Event” and fill out the simple form to publish information to this site.

On a final note, the Stall Street Journal will still be published on occasion. We will be developing an initial version for the start of each fall and winter semester, and include campus wide information that is relevant to most students. If you’d like information to be considered for this semesterly version, please contact Molly Maczka, mmaczka@grcc.edu 30 days prior to the start of the semester.

Volunteers needed for All-USA/Coca-Cola nomination committee

Faculty volunteers are needed to serve on the All-USA/Coca-Cola Community College Nomination Committee for Fall 2016.  The deadline for students to apply is Dec. 1.  The committee will convene no later than Dec. 6 to review applicants and select two students to represent GRCC, and move forward in the national scholarship competition.  If you are interested or would like more information, please email studentaffairs@grcc.edu

GRCC In the News, 9-12-16

Hookah lounge shooting victim identified as a 22-year-old Muskegon man

Sept. 11, 2016; MLive

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI — The 22-year-old man found dead in a parking lot Sunday morning has been identified by police as Muskegon resident Anthony Lamb.

… Police arrived to find Lamb lying in the parking lot outside the Hookah Lounge, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Lamb graduated from Holland High School in 2012 and went on to attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Help available for students of shuttered ITT Tech

Sept. 9, 2016; WOOD TV

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The phones are ringing at college admissions offices all over West Michigan.

… Grand Rapids Community College is also looking for ways to help ITT Tech students.

Rees Scholarship Foundation awards $63,000

Sept. 11, 2016; mechanical-hub.com

Arlington, Va. — The Clifford H. Ted Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced scholarship awards totaling $63,000 to 37 students, including four veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

… HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:

… Pragnesh Patel, Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

What’s Cooking: Flourless chocolate torte recipe

Sept. 9, 2016; WZZM

Pastry Chef Abby Metz came to the WZZM 13 Studio from Red Water Restaurants, with a recipe for flourless chocolate torte.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Abby Metz is a SICE alumna.)

2 Young Black Educators. 100 Students of Color: From Worst-to-First

Sept. 6, 2016; Huffington Post

Even in 2016, it is still rare to see two men of color who do what they do, working in higher education. Although the two couldn’t be more different, there are many things Chris & Dre have in common. For instance, they both come from humble beginnings. They both graduated from Ottawa Hills High School, located in Grand Rapids, Mich. and they both have humble, laid back personalities. Nearly ten years apart in age, they are two professionals who have become more like brothers due to a shared focus and passion for helping students achieve.

… In 2012, after data indicated that African American males attending Grand Rapids Community College were statistical leaders in every category of failure, Alpha Beta Omega (ABO) was birthed as a response to the stark reality. ABO, a leadership development program was spearheaded by Dr. Andre Fields, Eric Williams and Chris Sain Jr.

Five local leaders to host joint mayors’ coffee

Sept. 9, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Five local leaders are hosting a joint mayors’ coffee for residents on Sept. 22 with public transit the topic of discussion.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley, Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga and Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll will lead the mayors’ coffee, set for 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids Community College, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE.

Student Affairs staff additions

Valerie Butterfield smiles.

Valerie Butterfield

Lina Blair smiles.

Lina Blair

Please stop by to introduce yourself and welcome the new members of SA team. All bring excellent student services and support experiences that will benefit our students, faculty, and staff.

Valerie Butterfield, Registrar: Valerie holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and comes to GRCC from Henry Ford College where she has worked as an enrollment administrator.  Valerie has experience working with students, staff, and faculty by serving in several roles in higher education including: Educational Site Coordinator, Enrollment Specialist and Registrar.  Valerie enjoys kayaking and hiking with her husband, Matt, and dog, Indy.

Lina Blair, Director of Student Life and Conduct: Lina holds a Master’s of Science in training and development from Northern Michigan University, and has spent her career at Northern Michigan University.  While at NMU, she was a resident director, Academic and Career Advisement Center Coordinator, and Director of Orientation. Most recently, Lina served as the assistant dean of students.  Lina is originally from Quincy, Illinois and enjoys spending time with her family, fly fishing and photography.

Retirement reception honoring Diane Patrick is tomorrow

Please join us tomorrow,  June 7, for an open-house reception celebrating Diane Patrick, associate dean of Student Affairs/Registrar and former director of admissions. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Place: Multi-Purpose Room of the Student Center, Room 234.