GRCC employees: get your Holiday Breakfast on this Friday morning at the Student Center!

The 2018 GRCC Holiday Breakfast – Friday, December 14


– Doors open to serve breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the 2nd floor of the Student Center!

Program begins in the Raider Grille at 8:30 a.m.

– Wear your ugly sweater for the 2nd annual competition!

– Bring a donation of either 1. food for the Food or Snack Pantry, or 2. new winter gear for students (hats, scarves, gloves, & mittens).


Can’t wait to see you there!

Blood Drive TODAY in the Student Center

GRCC’s Office of Student Life is hosting Michigan Blood for a blood drive today, October 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (SCC 234) of the Student Center. Walk-ins are accepted, and you may also make an appointment online. Donors can receive a free pizza voucher for Hungry Howie’s. Direct any questions to Joe Courtade at

Blood Drive tomorrow in the Student Center

GRCC’s Office of Student Life is hosting Michigan Blood for a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 11, in the Multipurpose Room (SCC 234) of the Student Center. Walk-ins will be accepted, but you may also make an appointment online. Donors can receive a free pizza voucher for Hungry Howie’s. Direct any questions to Joe Courtade at

October Mind-Body Wellness Events from Counseling & Career Development

Counseling & Career Development’s Mind-Body Wellness Series continues this October with several more free events. All GRCC students, faculty, and staff are welcome. Staff can receive professional development credit for their participation. Questions? Email

October Classes:

Mindfulness Meditation

  • Mondays in October, 12-12:30 p.m., Meditation and Prayer Room, Main Floor Library and Learning Commons

Did you know that regular practice of mindfulness meditation can reduce stress, improve attention and concentration, increase feelings of connectedness, and may strengthen the immune system and improve stress-related physical and mental health conditions? Want to check it out for yourself? Join us for any of our weekly mindfulness meditation sessions to learn how to meditate or build on any previous meditation experience you may have. GRCC counselor, Emily Nisley, will facilitate sessions using a variety of common mindfulness meditation exercises. Our practice will be secular; no particular religious or spiritual beliefs are required. Chairs and floor seating are available; you’re welcome to bring a mat, cushion, towel, and/or blanket for more comfortable floor seating if desired.

Tai Chi & Tea

  • Tuesdays in October, 12-1 p.m., Student Center, Room 336

Originally developed in ancient China, tai chi is an exercise with benefits for the mind and body. Regular practice of tai chi’s slow, continuous movements with coordinated breathing and mental focus can decrease feelings of stress, improve mood, and increase strength, flexibility, and balance. The tai chi style we’ll practice was designed to be safe and gentle; it can even be done seated if needed. GRCC counselor, Emily Nisley, will lead the sessions, with about 45 minutes of tai chi, followed by time to enjoy a cup of tea together if you’d like. No experience necessary. Clothes you can move in and flat-soled shoes are recommended. Those with a health condition should consult their health care provider before beginning tai chi.

How to Feel Happier

  • Wednesday, October 10, 1:30-2 p.m., Calkins Science Center, Room 201
  • Thursday, October 25, 2-2:30 p.m., Cook Hall, Room 511

Some may think that happiness depends on life circumstances or on being born with a cheerful disposition, but decades of scientific research has shown that we can boost our own happiness. Using simple practices, we can increase our positive experiences and emotions, and even “rewire” our brains for greater happiness. In this 30-minute workshop, we’ll identify several of these happiness habits and share tips for practice. Light refreshments will be served.


All GRCC students, faculty, & staff are welcome at these FREE events. Questions? (616) 234-4130 Those in need of accommodations, please contact DSS in advance at (616) 234-4140.

Recap: Belding High School juniors’ visit to GRCC

The Admissions Office hosted an on campus group visit for the Junior Class from Belding High School on May 30th.  Students were able to learn about our Physical and Biological Science departments, Job Training options in the MTEC mobile lab and general college information during a fun Kahoot game session.  They ended their visit by enjoying lunch together in the Student Center.
A special thanks to the following staff who were part of the activities that day:  Jennifer Batten, Tim Hoving, Tim Periard, Leigh Kleinert, Lauren Woolsey and Cody Giba as well as our folks who provided a delicious lunch – Keaton Krupa and Destiny Swanson.

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Inclusion Advisor Information Session Next Week

Join Human Resources and The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion for lunch to learn more about “Inclusion Advisors.”

The Inclusion Advisor role is a pilot program for interested GRCC full-time tenured faculty or staff to serve on screening committees. The purpose of the Inclusion Advisor role is to support our committees in exercising equitable and inclusive practices in screening, hiring and advancement for all individuals.

Over the last year, the Human Resources and Woodrick Center teams have worked in developing this new role, and we plan to cover the following information on June 5th:

  • Our proposal document….that explains the purpose, benefits, objectives, roles, and responsibilities.
  • Our “commitment estimate” for the Inclusion Advisor role on a screening committee.
  • An overview of the workshops/training for the role.
  • The application form and process.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 5th, at noon (Student Success Center….336 in the Student Center Building). We will be providing lunch, so please indicate any dietary restrictions.

To sign up, please visit the registration page.


GRCC Public Safety Advisory

GRCC Police are investigating a report of a larceny of a wallet, stolen out of a purse in the area of the Quiet Cafe,  in the Student Center. This occurred on April 3, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. While investigating this incident, it was discovered that a different wallet was found by custodians on April 2.

Please be aware of your surroundings, and keep your valuables in a secure (zipped) purse or backpack and do not leave items unattended. It is also helpful to keep purses in front of you versus on the back of a chair out of your line of sight.

If you know anything about this incident or see something suspicious, please call Campus Police at 234-4911.