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Register your department or group for Involvement Day

August 3, 2017

The Campus Activities Board has opened registration for Involvement Day, formerly known as “Club Day.”

Involvement Day is a traditional event that the Campus Activities Board sponsors during Welcome Week. We ask student organizations and departments to set up a table along the Juan Olivarez Plaza to promote their organization and department. This allows for new and returning students to engage with student leaders and departments, which, in turn, creates connections that last for a lifetime.

If you are interested in registering your department or organization, please fill out the registration form; this is different from selecting RSVP. The deadline to register is Sept. 1st.

Student Life organizing leadership conference

August 3, 2017

The office of Student Life and Conduct will be hosting a Student Leadership Institute for all GRCC students.

This conference-style institute — from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 15 in the Student Center — is open to all GRCC students who want to gain more experience in leadership and what to learn more about how to start and manage a student organization. It’s free to all students, and lunch is provided.

The theme of this Student Leadership Institute is Back to Basics. Conference-style sessions will consist of:

  • Communication within Student Organizations.
  • Using and Managing OrgSync.
  • Managing Student Organization Funds.
  • Conflict Management.
  • Programming and Advertising … and more!

The Student Leadership Institute is funded by the Campus Activities Fee and supported by the Student Life and Conduct office.

We encourage all departments to encourage their student staff members to participate. Staff and faculty are also welcomed to submit proposals to present at the conference.

For more questions, staff and faculty may contact Thalia at

Student Leadership Institute. Free and open to all GRCC students, and lunch is provided! Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. GRCC Main Campus, Student Center. Attend sessions on the basics of student leadership: Starting and managing a student organization. Communications within student organizations. Using and managing OrgSync. Managing student organization funds. Conflict management. Programming and advertising. OrgSync. Learn more and register online at The Student Leadership Institute is funded by the Campus Activities Fee and supported by the Student Life and Conduct office.

Volunteers needed for Raider Rally

August 1, 2017

The staff at New Student Orientation needs your assistance at Raider Rally. We are in need of volunteers to help greet new students, staff the registration table, distribute T-shirts, and serve food, among other tasks. Raider Rally is scheduled for Saturday, August 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you would like to join us that day, please use this form to sign up. We will follow up accordingly with a Groupwise appointment.

It is a wonderful chance for you to meet new students and help welcome them to campus. We hope you are able to participate!

Congratulations to Chris and Lindsey Remley

May 10, 2017

Congratulations to Chris Remley, from Student Life, and Lindsey Remley on the birth of their son, Bronson Thomas Remley on May 8. Bronson weighs 7 pounds and is 20 inches long. Everyone’s happy and healthy. Chris says Bronson is sleeping a lot and crying very little.

Chris Remley holds his infant son, Bronson Thomas Remley.

Volunteers needed for Finals Relaxer

April 14, 2017

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is seeking your participation in this year’s Finals Relaxer happening next Thursday, April 20, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. outside on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza. CAB needs volunteers to staff the registration tables, manage the rock wall and air jumpers, elephant ears, Double Gyro-sphere and help with setup and tear down. If you would like to participate, please add your name to the volunteer form. This event will not be possible without your help!

If you have any questions, please contact Jon Blackwell, Campus Activities Board co-advisor, by phone at 616-234-4039 or by email at

Volunteers needed for Finals Relaxer

April 4, 2017

The Campus Activities Board is seeking your participation in this year’s Finals Relaxer, happening on April 20 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. outside on the plaza. CAB needs volunteers to staff the registration table, manage the food line and help monitor and coordinate the different games and activities. If you would like to participate, please click here to your name to the volunteer form. If your schedule allows, feel free to sign up for more than one shift! Without your help, we could not pull off these events for our students!

If you have any questions, please contact Kaylee Wolff, Campus Activities Board advisor, by phone at 616-234-2477 or by email at .

Movie Night. Sponsored by Campus Activities Board. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Friday, April 14, 8:30-11 p.m., Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza. Free ice cream and popcorn. Family and guests are welcome. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair of blanket! GRCC Campus Activities Board.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April 3, 2017

Activities marking Sexual Assault Awareness Month begin next week:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Panel discussion on “Communication in Relationships, Red Flags and What to Do” April 11 from 4-5 p.m. GRCC Applied Technology Center, Auditorium, Room 168: Learn how to improve your communication in order to build healthy relationships, watch out for red flags and understand what to do in difficult situations. Come get your questions answered by our panelist or just listen in. “Audrie & Daisy” April 13 from 6-8 p.m. Wealthy Theater, 1130 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids: The Young Leaders Against Violence will screen the powerful documentary “Audrie & Daisy” to shed light on the topic of teen sexual assault, with specific attention paid to the stories of two young girls. Attendance is free, but limited. Check out Student Life’s Facebook or Orgsync pages for more information. “The Hunting Ground” April 17 from 4-6 p.m. GRCC Applied Technology Center, Auditorium, Room 168: GRCC will screen “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary on the incidence of sexual assault on college campuses in the United States and the failure of college administrators to deal with it adequately. This documentary focuses on the experiences of two former students and their journey for justice at the University of North Carolina. This event is free and guests are permitted. “Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery” April 20 at 6 p.m. GRCC Sneden Hall, Room 108: Human trafficking affects millions globally and thousands locally. Carmen Kucinich, FBI victim specialist, will provide a valuable look into the dynamics of human trafficking, including the risk factors and methods used by traffickers to enslave their victims. GRCC. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations please contact the Student Life at (616) 234-4160.

Phi Theta Kappa holds induction ceremony

March 31, 2017

The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at GRCC, Alpha Upsilon Kappa, held its Induction Ceremony on March 28th, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., where 21 new members were inducted in person. This year along, 96 students joined PTK, and the chapter has reached five star status again. Dr. Ender was the keynote speaker and was inducted as an honorary member of our chapter. The executive board and advisors will attend the national convention, Catalyst, next week where Dr. Ender will be awarded the Michael Bennett Lifetime Achievement award. PTK is currently seeking applications for open executive board positions. Interested students should be directed to contact Erin Busscher at

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GRCC In the News, 3-23-17

March 23, 2017

Tuition-free early college program to build talent pipeline for in-demand jobs

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As manufacturers gather in Detroit today for a summit on advancing the industry’s future, local companies are working with Kent ISD and Grand Rapids Community College to create a new pipeline of workers to meet labor demands.

GRCC welcomes its first African-American president

March 22, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College’s first African-American president says he’s humbled to fill the role.

Is the craft beer market in Grand Rapids saturated?

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Pour a cold one and consider: the number of craft breweries in Grand Rapids has tripled since 2011, the year before beer lovers voted it “Beer City, USA.”

… Professionalizing the industry is the goal of a new Grand Rapids Community College certificate program, which has 30 people enrolled in its first year of offering coursework and hands-on training at its own Fountain Hill Brewery.

Making transferring easy

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Grand Valley State University has been chosen as a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes the university’s support of community college transfers.

… “We have an advisor at Grand Rapids Community College, which is really our main feeder school for community colleges,” (Bonnie) Ulmer-DeGraves said. “We have someone there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Tuesday to meet with potential students and make sure they’re on the right path for transferring into Grand Valley.”

Monica’s Gourmet Cookies to debut on QVC

March 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A favorite Grand Rapids cookie brand will get the QVC spotlight next week.

… The former caterer (Monica Mitidieri) is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute of Culinary Education.

Words of encouragement

March 22, 2017; Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)

DANVILLE — Zachary Pangborn has attempted nearly 300 shots this season.

On Wednesday afternoon in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at the Mary Miller Gymnasium, the Grand Rapids Community College freshman missed six of his first seven field goal attempts and he was just 1-of-5 at the free-throw line.

Sí, se puede! Standing up for immigrants & farm workers in Grand Rapids

March 23, 2017;

Lupe Ramos-Montigny remembers three summers of her childhood, seasons now decades ago, like they were yesterday: the months when she would travel with her parents, Ysidro and Maria, and seven of her nine siblings from her hometown of Weslaco, Texas north to Michigan. There, Ramos-Montigny, now a Grand Rapidian who serves on the State Board of Education, would spend the 10th, 11th and 12th summers of her life harvesting beets in a town at the tip of the Mitten State’s thumb, Caseville, and picking cherries in Old Mission Peninsula, a region just north of Traverse City.

… Since then, the march has gone on to draw hundreds of people each year, with such officials as Olivarez, the Aquinas College president; Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender; Grand Valley State University Vice President Jesse Bernal; Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall-Neal; Grand Rapids Police Chief David Rahinsky, and various elected officials attending the event last week.

Experimenting with healthier ingredients at home

March 22, 2017; WZZM

Liz Weber is a Registered Dietitian at Mercy Health Saint Marys.

… Seek out local cooking classes. Downtown Market, Grand Rapids Community College, Sur La Table, The Local Epicurean, and Williams-Sonoma are all great resources available in the Grand Rapids area that provide cooking classes.

LSU to host ‘Feria de las Flores’ to welcome in the spring

March 22, 2017; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

For almost sixty years, the Feria de las Flores event in Medellin, Colombia, has been one of Latin America’s most vibrant events. Grand Valley State University’s Latino Student Union (LSU) will bring some of the events famous flair to one of its bi-annual dinner-dances taking place Friday, March 24.

… In addition, two singers will perform songs in Spanish, followed by a semi-formal dinner and then traditional Mexican and Colombian dancing. Students from the Grand Rapids Community College’s Hispanic Student Organization will also participate.

Women’s Issues Now sponsors art exhibit

March 20, 2017

The GRCC’s Women’s Issues Now student club is hosting the annual student-run art exhibit “What Does Feminism Mean to You?” in the Art Gallery in GRCC’s Main Building.

The exhibit runs:

  • Monday 1-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday 3-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday 1-7 p.m.
  • Thursday 12:15-2:15 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

RaiderCard reminders

March 16, 2017

Employee RaiderCard reminders:

  • If you have changed departments, roles, or your name, you can get a replacement RaiderCard free of charge at Student Life!* Changes must be on record with Human Resources.
  • You can check your balance and add funds online at the RaiderCard eAccounts website.
  • If your card is damaged, it will be replaced free of charge.*
  • If you have lost your card, there is a $10.00 replacement fee.

*Must bring in current RaiderCard to get a free replacement.


$1,000 for charity raised at ‘GRCC Night’

March 2, 2017

More than 4,000 fans attended “GRCC Night” at the Grand Rapids Drive and helped raise over $1,000 for charity through raffles and the sale of GRCC-branded jerseys!

The Buzz: A digital resource for you and your students

March 1, 2017

For years, USA TODAY has partnered with higher education to bring the latest headlines into the hands of students and faculty. In today’s digital age, reaching the most connected and tech-savvy generation can be a real challenge. GRCC has partnered with USA TODAY to provide a reliable news resource that will connect your students to the world around them.

The Buzz: Grand Rapids Community College is a first-of-its-kind news app that gives students access to the latest national, world, local, and campus news they care about in one app.

Students are able to:

  • Examine multiple opinions and perspectives.
  • Create conversations and promote a sharing of ideas within their community and beyond.
  • Access the latest campus headlines from The Collegiate.
  • Receive the latest career advice for use in their prospective field.
  • See their lives in a global context and relate major stories to specific course-work.

Download The Buzz: Grand Rapids Community College and share it with your students to receive the most up to date news from USA TODAY national, USA TODAY College, and GRCC News.

Available in iTunes or Google Play stores now.

GRCC In the News, 2-27-17

February 27, 2017

GRCC offers class to help increased demand for Certified Nursing Assistants

Feb. 24, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is launching its first training program from a $6 million federal grant to ensure the healthcare industry has access to a pipeline of skilled workers to meet the region’s demand.

Literacy program cultivates hidden talent in employees

Feb. 24, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Literacy Center of West Michigan realized 16 years ago that the workforce was full of employees with untapped leadership potential: those who struggle with literacy.

… Similarly, last summer, CWE launched a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and the Hispanic Center of West Michigan to recruit and teach Spanish-speaking community members who wanted to participate in GRCCs machine computer numerical control (CNC) degree.

Trophy cases from Grand Rapids colleges tell unique history of sports

Feb. 26, 2017; MLive

The thrill of victory often includes a nice payoff: hardware. Trophies, plaques and ribbons adorn college athletic departments across the Grand Rapids area. There are all kinds of display cases, from modest to opulent, housed in various locations and each with a history lesson. They are old nets, old photos and trophies of all ages, shapes and sizes. Here is a look at some of them from around West Michigan.

… Grand Rapids Community College

Steps inside the Ford Fieldhouse entrance, and just outside the gym, is a long corridor that is home to the rich history of Raiders athletics. A portrait of former President Gerald R. Ford standing guard over the hardware just adds to the atmosphere.

KVCC women earn 23rd win – and at least a share of title, 68-54

Feb. 25, 2017; MLive

As Grand Rapids Coach, David Glazier said after the contest, “If you don’t shoot in this gym every day, it can be a hard place to play.” He was talking about the ‘wide open spaces’ of GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse, and it has taken its effect on many a visiting team’s shooting prowess. Even solid teams like KVCC’s sixth-ranked Cougars.

McCallum Returns To The Drive

Feb. 25, 2017; Our Sports Central

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH -The Grand Rapids Drive, the NBA D-League Affiliate of the Detroit Pistons announced today that Ray McCallum has returned to the team’s roster after receiving a GATORADE Call-Up totaling 20 days from the Charlotte Hornets.

… McCallum returns to the Grand Rapids Drive for tonight’s game when the team hosts the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 PM at the DeltaPlex Arena. Tonight’s game is the Drive’s Metro Health Family Night (All Saturday Games) which features 4 tickets, 4 hotdogs, 4 sodas for $44 and is a Jersey Takeover Night sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College. Players will wear custom Navy and White jerseys for the game. The custom jerseys will be able to be bid on throughout the game and the winner of the jersey will be able to meet the player and have their photo taken with them post-game and receive a signed jersey.

Spirit Week ends with basketball, dance

February 24, 2017

GRCC’s Spirit Week wraps up with basketball and a dance:

Feb. 24

  • Pep Rallies — Pep rallies will be held during both the women’s and men’s basketball games, which start at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, in the fieldhouse. Free admission!
  • Homecoming dance — This will start following the basketball games (about 9:30-11:30 p.m.) in the Raider Grille. Doors will be locked at 10 p.m., so students should arrive before that time.

Feb. 25

  • GRCC Night at the Grand Rapids Drive — The Grand Rapids Drive will face off against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 p.m. in the DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW. GRCC students, faculty and staff can purchase discounted tickets online, and parking is $5.