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Veggie Van canceled for today

April 25, 2018

The Veggie Van had mechanical issues this week and will not be able to come today.  Please stop by next Wednesday for more delicious fruits and veggies.

‘Black Panther’ movie showing – Thursday, April 26th

April 17, 2018

Hey Raiders!

GRCC Campus Activities Board is EXCITED to announce the showing of Black Panther on Thursday, April 26th at the ATC Auditorium. Students with a GRCC ID will get in FREE, non-students will have to pay $2*. Doors open at 6:00 pm, movie starts at 7:00 pm.

FREE refreshments will be provided, and only 150 people will be allowed in to watch the film.

*Cash and RaiderCard only. — ATM located by the entrance of the ATC.

GRCC In the News, 4-10-18

April 10, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College offering two spring drone courses

April 9, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Realtors, farmers and the construction industry are among dozens of groups with an interest in drones.

Colleges have noted this interest, and Grand Rapids Community College is among a growing number responding to area demands for drone classes.

News 8

April 9, 2018; WOOD TV

Some college students are struggling with basic needs, according to a new study … more than a third of college students are struggling to find food and housing.

We reached out to Grand Rapids Community College this afternoon. They tell us the college operates a food pantry to help students in need. The number of students using that resource has declined in recent years.

College Honors

April 9, 2018; White Lake Beacon

The following local students were among 25 Muskegon Community College students who were inducted into the college’s Beta Xi Xi chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society during its 26th ceremony at MCC held March 14 in the Blue and Gold Room on campus.

… Assisting with the 2018 ceremony was Morgan Brown, the PTK Regional President from Grand Rapids Community College.

Grand Rapids poet David Cope releases latest anthology

April 9, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

David Cope’s poems are derived from the experiences hes cultivated over the years. They are snippets of inner monologues, conversations and moments in time that capture soulful characters through thoughtfully painted portraits and expressive accounts of real situations.

… Cope will be reading excerpts from “The Invisible Keys: New and Selected Poems” at two local poetry readings this week:

… Thursday, April 12 at the Grand Rapids Community College Library from 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

YMCA Veggie Van to visit GRCC

March 27, 2018

Student Life and CAP 1.3.6 are excited to announce the weekly visit of the YMCA Veggie Van to campus starting this Wednesday 3/28.  Please come and purchase fresh local food from the Veggie Van every Wednesday from 11am-noon in the first floor of the Student Center.  Once the weather warms up, they will be setting up on the Bostwick Commons.

All forms of payment are accepted including SNAP.  Please pass the word on to students!

Mobile Farmers Market. YMCA Veggie Van. Student Center 1st Floor Corridor or Bostwick Commons. Wednesdays 11 a.m.-12 p.m. SNAP, Credit, Debit, Cash, RaiderCard all accepted.

GRCC In the News, 3-1-18

March 1, 2018

Hispanic chamber names nominees for awards gala

Feb. 28, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is hosting an awards gala soon downtown.

Hispanic Businessperson of the Year

… Manuel Barajas, Coldwell Banker

Young Professional of the Year

… Adrian Sotelo, Farandula Magazine

… Brune Garcia, GRCC

… Javier Cervantes, LINC

… Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, GRCC

… Marisol Blanco, GRCC

Building Bridges

… Bill Pink, GRCC.

Nonprofit Champion

… Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, GRCC

(Nominees Manuel Barajas, Adrian Sotelo and Javier Cervantes are GRCC alumni.)

GRCC alum to give keynote speech at Latino Youth Conference

March 1, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Local middle school students will have the opportunity to hear from Grand Rapids Community College alumnus Sammy Publes about dream-following, diversity and inclusion at the Latino Youth Conference. The GRCC-sponsored event is set to occur Tuesday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in GRCC’s Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.

Nominations for Student Leadership awards due by Feb. 23

February 14, 2018

Nominations for the GRCC Student Leadership Awards are now open! Any member of Grand Rapids Community College (student, faculty, staff, or Board of Trustee member) can nominate a qualified current GRCC student for a student leadership award. These awards will be presented at the annual Student Leadership Banquet, March 29th. Please note that the Jerry Benham Award is the only award that is awarded to a faculty member or staff member for Advisor of the Year.

Nomination forms need to be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 23rd for consideration. Please complete this form for each nominee per award. In order to be considered as a strong nominee, please include as much detail as you can in the nomination description.

Please note: Self nominations are acceptable. For questions please email Thalia at

GRCC Student Leadership Awards. Benham Service and Civic Engagement Award: Student must have been enrolled during the 17-18 academic school year. Have been active, involved, and shown leadership in service and civic engagement initiatives. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Brian Kloet Campus Involvement Award: Student must have been enrolled during the 17-18 academic school year. Have been active and involved in Student Activities. Have established a cross-college interest in campus life and has been helpful in promoting the overall college experience through outstanding citizenship. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award: Student must have been enrolled during the 17-18 academic school year. Exemplify the spirit of Martin Luther King through community involvement and campus life. Seek to bring about change by promoting the philosophy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Cedric and Sandy Ward Leadership Award: Student must have been enrolled during the 17-18 academic school year. Demonstrate outstanding leadership skills throughout the community or college. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50. Jerry Benham Award for Staff or Faculty: Be a current GRCC staff or faculty member. Actively support students and act as a mento and role model for leadership development. Be willing to give time and human resources selflessly and be and advocate for students. Project a positive attitude and image toward student and other GRCC community members. Develop and encourage students’ thoughts and ideas. Not have involvement in student activities as a part of the person’s job description. New Student Organization of the Year: This award recognizes an outstanding new student organization that has created and sustained an inclusive and creative group. This group will have set goals and achieved them successfully. Must be newly formed during the current academic year or renewed after being dorman for two years or more. Student Organization of the Year: This award recognizes an outstanding student organization that has demonstrated unity within the group and has benefitted the GRCC community in a significant way through programming, service and/or inclusion of all students. Must currently be a recognized student organization. Project, Event or Program of the Year: This award recognizes an organization (or multiple organizations) that worked together to plan, implement and promote a single project or event, or series of events during the year. Must currently be a recognized student organization. Any member of the Grand Rapids Community College can nominate a qualified current GRCC student, staff or faculty member for a student leadership award. These awards will be presented at the annual Student Leadership Banquet on Thursday, March 29th. Please review the award criteria on OrgSync to nominate a worthy candidate. Nomination forms need to be received by Student Life no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 23rd, 2018 for consideration. Please use one application for each nominee and award. Candidates can be nominated for more than one award.


Hispanic Student Organization selling valentine roses

February 12, 2018

The Hispanic Student Organization is selling roses for Valentines Day. They will be in the Raider Grill from 12:30-2:30 pm on February 13th. Roses come in an assortment of colors and will be neatly wrapped to take home to your significant other. Prices of the flowers are as followed: 1-$2, 6-$10, Dozen-$20. If there are leftovers, the remaining flowers will be sold in the Student Center in front of the Student Life Office from 11-2 pm or until inventory runs out. Cash, and Raider card will be accepted.

For questions please contact Thalia at

Hispanic Student Organization. Come support our Valentine’s Day flower sale! Get your last minute flowers for your special someone! Roses for sale: 1 single rose -- $2, half-dozen -- $10, dozen -- $10. Tuesday, February 13th, Raider Grille, 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Volunteers needed for Cupid’s Workshop

February 7, 2018

Volunteers are needed for Campus Activities Board’s event, Cupid’s Workshop!

Volunteers will be encouraged (not required) to dress up and assist stuff-a-plush making for the students. The event is Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 12:00-2:30 p.m. in the Raider Grille. You can sign up online: Cupid’s Workshop Volunteer (must log in with GRCC email account).

For questions, please contact Thalia at

GRCC students invited to GVSU Non-Profit Volunteer & Internship Fair

January 12, 2018

GVSU’s Student Life and Career Center invites GRCC students to attend their Non-Profit, Volunteer & Internship Fair on January 31st from 1-3 pm at the GVSU Pew Campus. If GRCC students would like to attend, they will have to register online to receive a parking pass for the day at GVSU.

For questions please contact Thalia at

Winter Welcome Week includes Involvement Day on Jan. 16

January 10, 2018

As part of Winter Welcome Week 2018, Campus Activities Board is having an Involvement Day on Tuesday, January 16, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Raider Grille. Officers and student organizations may have a table at the event but must sign up through OrgSync. To log into OrgSync, one must sign in with their GRCC user name and password. For questions please contact Thalia in Student Life at

Ferris’ Grand Rapids campus donates to food, snack pantries

January 10, 2018

The Student Food Pantry wants to send a big thank you to Ferris State at Grand Rapids!  During the month of December, they collected items for the food and snack pantries on campus. They collected 142.4 pounds for the Student Food Pantry, 27.2 pounds for the snack pantries, and a $90 cash donation. Thank you so much for your support!

Student Life, Campus Activities Board sponsor ‘Show Me Democracy’

January 8, 2018

GRCC Student Life and Conduct, in collaboration with the Campus Activities Board, will be hosting a screening and Q&A of the film “Show Me Democracy” on MLK Day (January 15th) in 108 and 103 of Sneden Hall. Screening will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. and Q&A will proceed. Free parking will be provided to students who need it following the event. If you would like to bring a group of students of over 10, please RSVP for seating at For questions please contact Thalia at the Student Life Office.

Amidst the uprising in Ferguson, seven St. Louis college students evolve into advocates and activists as they demand change through policy and protest and test the validity of the Margaret Mead quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

More volunteers needed for Information Stations

January 3, 2018

To those of you who have volunteered to staff next week’s Information Stations, thank you so much for helping to welcome students to a new semester at GRCC!

We are still looking for a few more volunteers to staff the Information Stations next week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. If you haven’t had a chance to volunteer or are able to sign up for more, please take a look at the volunteer sign-up sheet.

The information table will have different materials for your reference, including campus maps, building layouts, class schedules by course and by building, shuttle times, etc. There will also be resources available to hand out to students (campus maps, student services, etc.).

If you are the first shift, the materials will be under the table and the binder should be on the chair. Likewise, if you are the last person scheduled or if there is not someone scheduled immediately following your shift, (there will be a list of volunteers in each binder), please put the materials beneath the table with the binder on the chair and push the chairs in.

Bring water to keep hydrated and feel to walk about to help students. Lina Blair, director of Student Life and Conduct, will be stopping by throughout the day to check in and see if you might need any additional materials.

If you have any other questions, please let Lina Blair know as soon as possible.

Thank you all so much for your help!

Student service departments can sign up for Involvement Day

December 14, 2017

GRCC student service departments are now able to sign up for Involvement Day 2018! Involvement Day will take place on January 16 from 12-2 p.m. in the Raider Grille. Registration ends January 12.. There are limited spaces — first-come, first-served. For more information contact Thalia at

To register, log into OrgSync using your GRCC user name and password.


Applications being accepted for new student organizations

December 13, 2017

Students who want to start up a student organization for the Winter 2018 semester can apply as of today! Please go ahead and fill out the application. Submissions are due January 26 by midnight. For questions, please review the Student Organization Manual or contact Thalia in Student Life at