Homecoming games — special premium court-side seats still available

There are a few seats still available for the men’s and women’s basketball games this Friday, January 18. See below for details on how to enter. Seats will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis.

On Friday, January 18, we will host a tailgate and cheer on our women’s and men’s basketball teams as they play Lake Michigan College.

A family-friendly tailgate begins at 5 p.m. inside the Hunsberger Arena, and will continue throughout both basketball games. There will be free food (while it lasts) and activities for kids and adults. The women’s basketball game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s basketball game begins at 7:30 p.m.

We want to provide a few lucky employees with a chance to have premium court-side seating. For each game, we have designated premium seats for our GRCC employees to sit along the baseline of the court. A total of 12 spots per game are available. Please email Erin Van Egmond (erinvanegmond@grcc.edu) with the game you would like to sit court-side at (women’s or men’s), and how many people are in your party.

We hope to see you all there to cheer on our Raiders and celebrate Homecoming, GRCC style! Don’t forget to show your Raider pride and wear your blue and gold!

Homecoming is planned and sponsored by Campus Activities Board, Alumni Relations, Athletics, Student Life and Conduct, and Human Resources.

Raider salute for 488 lbs of Holiday Food Pantry donations!

The Office of Student Life and Conduct would like to sincerely thank all of you for an AMAZING Holiday Food Pantry Drive. In the last week, we received 488 pounds of food, personal hygiene products, and clothing items for our Food and Snack Pantries across campus, as well as a monetary donation from Ferris faculty and staff.

We will be going into the Winter 2019 well-stocked with great food and personal items available for our students, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Special thanks to the Dental Clinic for a sizable donation of dental products, organizers, and donors at the Holiday Breakfast, and our friends over at Ferris that ran a successful donation drive as well.

Again, we appreciate you all immensely, and we hope you all have a fantastic holiday season!

Native American Student Organization to present ‘More Than a Word’

GRCC’s Native American Student Organization is hosting a free showing of the documentary “More Than a Word” from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 15 in the ATC auditorium. A panel discussion will follow the film.

“More Than a Word” was directed by Kenneth Little and John Little:

“More Than A Word analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than A Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation.”

Recap: German nonprofit Studentenwerk Dresden visits GRCC

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Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday hosted three guests from Studentenwerk Dresden. Studentenwerk is a German non-profit entity receiving subsidies to provide student support services for several universities in Dresden.

The service includes housing, childcare, counseling, financial aid, and international student services.

The visit is part of an ongoing exchange with Grand Valley State University, which asked GRCC leaders to show the visitors the critical roles a community college plays in its community.

The guests met with Provost Laurie Chesley, Associate Provost Tina Hoxie, Dean Michael Vargo of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dean Amy Mansfield of the School of Workforce Development, and Eric Mullen, associate dean of enrollment management and financial aid.

Stops on their tour included the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts and the Fountain Hill Brewery, the Laboratory Preschool, the Academic Advising and Transfer Center, Student Life, the Enrollment Center, and the Thompson M-TEC.

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 josephcourtade@grcc.edu.

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 josephcourtade@grcc.edu.

Reminder: Student Organizations Must Re-register for Fall 2018

All new and returning student organizations (both Academic Student Organizations and Non-Academic Student Organizations) must be registered or re-registered by this Friday, September 28th, at 5 p.m. If you are unsure if you have re-registered, please visit the Campus Labs website.

Organizations have to be registered on Raider Connect to be considered an ACTIVE student organization. If organizations do not register, they will not be able to receive funding for the fall semester. For more information, contact the Student Life and Conduct Office.

Civic Engagement Week to include discussion of marijuana ballot proposal

A panel of experts will lead a discussion of the marijuana legalization ballot proposal on Sept. 19 as part of GRCC’s Civic Engagement Week.

The presentation, from 3-4:30 p.m. on the Student Center’s second-floor multipurpose room, will include time for students’ questions. The discussion will be of special interest to Social Sciences and Criminal Justice students.

State voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to legalize recreational marijuana. The Sept. 19 discussion, presented by the Student Life Office, will center on drug education and civic engagement.

Panel members are:

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

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

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

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

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

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 thaliaguerraflores@grcc.edu.

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

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 thaliaguerraflores@grcc.edu

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.