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Call for Student Leadership Conference presenters!

June 14, 2018

Graphic of a boarding pass ticket in black, blue, yellow, and grey on a white background. Text reads "Boarding pass, GRCC Student Leadership conference. Date: 14 Sep 2018. Time: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Location: Applied Technology Center. GRCC Student Life. studentlife@grcc.edu. 616-234-4160. RSVP by Aug 1.

Grab your boarding pass, this is a call out for presenters!

Grand Rapids Community College’s (GRCC) annual Student Leadership Conference is open for all GRCC students who want to gain experience and knowledge in leadership as it pertains to personal and professional goals. Last year, we had about 100 students attend and this year we are hoping/expecting a bigger turnout! The theme of this year’s Student Leadership Conference is titled “Adventure Awaits” to let students know the importance of making the most of their collegiate experience and allowing exploration to be part of everyone’s journey.

The following topics are suggestions you can choose to present on:

  • Inclusion & equity
  • Marketing (marketing your program or organization)
  • Mindset
  • True colors/personality tests
  • Setting Expectations
  • Passing the torch
  • Mentoring/Getting a mentor
  • Networking
  • Public Speaking
  • Budgeting
  • Goal setting
  • Time management
  • Stress Management
  • Conflict Resolution

Student Affairs professionals are encouraged to submit a proposal for presentation. Conference will take place on Sept. 14th from 8:00 AM-2:00 PM. Sessions will take place at the Applied Technology Center of GRCC. If you want to present, but don’t know on what to present on, contact Thalia for ideas and suggestions! To submit your proposal click on the following link. Deadline to submit a proposal is August 25th.

 

TODAY: GRPS, Grade School to Grad School for Girls Conference event at GRCC

May 23, 2018

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GRCC is excited to host the GRPS Grade School to Grad School for Girls event on our main campus today.  315 students and staff are scheduled to attend today’s events, including GRPS Superintendent Neal.  If you see them today, make sure to say “Hello!”

Phi Theta Kappa Represents GRCC well at Regional Conference

May 21, 2018

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This weekend, the GRCC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Upsilon Kappa – AUK) attended their Regional Conference with 18 (of the 28) chapters in the region to participate in leadership building, service opportunities, a college fair, social activities and the awards gala.  2017-2018 has been an exciting year for the chapter and this was very evident at the Regional Awards Gala.

The chapter was able to travel 10 students, an advisor for the weekend and Dr. Pink came for the awards gala.  The 2017-2018 executive board (elected student leaders) were present and recognize for all their accomplishments over the past year.  The 2018-2019 newly elected executive board were there as well to begin to learn the ropes along with an alumni and other chapter members.

 

The 2017-2018 GRCC Executive Board is:

  • President: Morgan Brown
  • Vice President: Marcus Barissi
  • Treasurer: Ernesto (“Ernie”) Farias
  • Secretary: Drewyn Talley
  • Vice President of Hallmarks: Eli Paparella

 

The 2018-2019 GRCC Executive Board is:

  • President: Tikvah Finn
  • Vice President: Stephany Mendez-Ortega
  • Treasurer: Brian Guadarrama
  • Vice President of Hallmarks: Phillip Kamp

 

The Alpha Upsilon Kappa chapter was recognized at the regional conference for all their work over the 2017-2018 year.  See below for the specific awards, scholarships, and recognition they received:

  • Morgan Brown was recognized with the other three Regional Officers for their winning submission for the National Fellowship Award.
  • Marcus Barissi was recognized with the other students in the room who were their campuses Coca-Cola All American Scholarship nominee’s.
  • Morgan Brown & Lynnae Selberg were recognized with the others who had completed the 5 Star Competitive Edge program through PTK.  This is a 5 level comprehensive soft skills/ critical thinking/ leadership development training program for students and advisors.
  • The following students and advisors were recognized for earning a “challenge coin”.  To earn a challenge coin you must exemplify the 4 pillars (scholarship, service, leadership and fellowship) of PTK over the year and be nominated by someone in the region.  There were 15 challenge coins handed out and 5 went to GRCC.
  • Bailey Cummings – Service
    • Ernie Farias – Fellowship
    • Marcus Barissi – Scholarship
    • Erin Busscher – Scholarship
    • Drewyn Talley – Leadership
  • There were 4 regional scholarships awarded and 2 went to GRCC students.  The following students received a regional scholarships based on their essay and submitted letters of recommendation:
    • Marcus Barissi won the Richard Trombley Scholarship Award
    • Morgan Brown won the Thomas Obee Scholarship Award
  • The 2017-2018 Executive Board was 1st runner up in the region for the Distinguished Chapter Officer Team Award.
  • Erin Busscher & Lynnae Selberg were recognized as one of the three recognized Distinguished Advisor Teams.
  • Erin Busscher was recognized with the Paragon Advisor Award (given to new advisors who demonstrate excellence in chapter leadership).
  • Lynnae Selberg won the 1st place in the region for the Distinguished Advisor Award.
  • The chapter was recognized for earning a 5 Star level with all of their work from 2017-2018.  This is their 4th year in a row reaching a 5 star level.  To see all that is involved in earning a 5 star level –https://www.ptk.org/Programs/FiveStarChapterPlan/FiveStarChapterPlanRequirements.aspx
  • The chapter was recognized as 2nd runner up in the region for their 2017-2018 College Project and write up regarding this work.
  • The chapter was recognized as 1st runner up in the region for their 2017-2018 Honors in Action Project and write up regarding this work.
  • The chapter was recognized as 1st runner up in the region for Most Distinguished Chapter for their combined scores from all their work in the 2017-2018.  In 2015-2016 the chapter was 3rd runner up (their best placing prior to this year).

Collegiate wins 6 awards at MPA gala

May 18, 2018

The Collegiate won six awards at the 2018 Michigan Press Association Convention and Gala last week.

The following GRCC students were recognized for their work:

The full Collegiate article about the awards winners can be read here: http://thecollegiatelive.com/2018/05/collegiate-wins-journalism-awards-annual-michigan-press-association-convention-gala/

Full MPA award results can be viewed here: https://michiganpress.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/2017-MPA-College-Better-Newspaper-Contest-Press-Release.pdf

 

TRIO Student Support Services sends 8 GRCC students to MTU for Summer Research

May 15, 2018

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TRIO/SSS has partnered with Michigan Technical University (MTU), for the 14th year in a row, to provide GRCC students a first-hand research experience.  Karl Jovinge, Breianna Bertossi, Alannah Elliott, Benjamin Craig, Anthoni Phonxana, Breana Gallarzo, Joseph Day, and Nick Lopez are participating in the 7-week intensive learning opportunity.  They will be paired with faculty and assist with current research that ranges from engineering to human resources.

They will experience life at a four-year institution by living on campus, attending a seminar course, and working alongside research faculty.  For most students, this opportunity would not be possible without the financial support they also receive.  MTU gives each student a $2,500 stipend for their participation.  The financial support means students can focus on their learning and clarifying what their academic goals will be moving forward.

They will present their research to fellow classmates, faculty, and staff on June 22nd at MTU.  To learn more about this partnership program, please contact TRIO/SSS at 616-234-4150.

Native American Student Organization (NASO) preschool event recap

May 14, 2018

The Native American Student Organization hosted a cultural/educational event at the GRCC preschool Thursday, May 10th.

Activities included:

Music in motion, regalia and instrument displays, hands on building of traditional houses, bracelet making, and Pottawatomie language coloring sheets.

A special thank you (Miigwech) to Lesley Bos and Rachel Beecher for coordinating this event and the preschool for providing a welcoming space.

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GRCC student wins national scholarship

May 2, 2018

Congratulations to Juan Cisneros Sr, GRCC student and Adult Education ESL Program student worker, the recipient of the national MS Scholarship Foundation scholarship.

Juan Sr will receive $1,000 for college tuition and a beautiful engraved plaque.

Rick Szczepanski, Adult Education ESL Program Professional Tutor, finished his 18th year of offering scholarships through the Mary J. Szczepanski “Never Give Up” MS Scholarship Foundation.

 

GRCC Orientations for GRPS Classes of 2018

May 1, 2018

University Prep Academy, Ottawa Hills High School, Innovation Central High School, and Union High School seniors came to campus last month for group orientations! Check out our new GRCC students below:

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GRCC Student Wins GVSU hackGVSU 2018

April 30, 2018

Congratulations to GRCC student Chris Bell and his team on winning first place in the API category of hackGVSU 2018 with their “Echo4Education” Alexa app that helps teachers manage the Blackboard Learn Application!

1st Place API Team winners - Echo4Education Alexa app.

Here is the link to the full article: https://gvsuelearn.wordpress.com/2018/04/14/first-ever-hackgvsu-hackathon-brings-innovative-ideas-to-enhance-blackboard-at-gvsu/

Drewyn Talley wins Outstanding Adult Learner Award

April 24, 2018

GRCC is one of the 12 participating schools in the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network.  Last week, GRAHEN held its annual Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL) awards ceremony.  GRCC student and employee Drewyn Talley won this year’s OAL award.  Drewyn could not attend the event, but our colleague and his nominator, Myriah Williams (Business Department) accepted the award on his behalf.

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GRCC In the News, 4-12-18

April 12, 2018

Due to Popular Demand, Michigan College Announces Drone Courses

April 11, 2018; Unmanned Aerial

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan says it is responding to local demand for courses on how to pilot a drone.

News 8 Daybreak

April 11, 2018; WOOD TV

A seven-week training program between Grand Rapids Community College and the Public Works Academy starts today. It’s funded by a grant and gives trainees some skills for in-demand jobs. You must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma. We checked this morning and there’s still one seat left for this program, so check it out if you’re interested.

Grace announces hiring of new bowling coach

April 11, 2018; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI – The Grace Bible College Tigers men’s and women’s bowling program officially has its leader.  After an extensive search, Amber Belmont has been named the head coach of the Grace bowling team by athletic director Gary Bailey.  Amber is currently an academic advisor for the adult education program at Grace.  Amber’s husband Hector, who will be her assistant coach, is also employed by Grace in the traditional enrollment department.  Amber and Hector have been married for six years now and they reside in Wyoming, Michigan, with their three daughters Faith (7), Lily (5), and Hannah (1).

Amber was a four-year bowler at Wyoming Lee High School, earning All-Conference honors as a senior.  She was also the Drum Major in Lee’s marching band.  She currently is taking classes at GRCC and Grace.

Graham receives Saranac Outstanding Student award

April 11, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Jarrod Graham was honored as the Saranac Outstanding Student Award for the month of March.

… Jarrod’s plans after high school are to attend Grand Rapids Community College and then transfer to Ferris State University. What Jarrod likes best about Saranac is the positive environment within the school.

GRCC In the News, 3-21-18

March 21, 2018

GRCC’s tuition increase is the lowest in nearly 20 years

March 20, 2018; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College trustees approved the lowest tuition increase in nearly two decades. For the 2018-2019 school year, there will be a 0.88 percent increase.

Ferris State tops Barry, moves to DII Final 4

March 20, 2018; WOOD TV

The Ferris State men’s basketball team is in the NCAA Division II Final Four.

… In other college action, Grand Rapids Community College fell to Danville in the National Junior College round of Sweet 16. GRCC lost to Danville 78-70.

Invitan a participar en Segunda Ceremonia Anual para Latinos Graduados de Colegios (Invitation to participate in second annual ceremony for Latino graduates)

March 20, 2018; La Prensa

LANSING, MI: La Comisión Hispana de Michigan (HLCOM, por sus siglas en inglés) invita a todos los estudiantes latinos de Michigan a participar en la Segunda Ceremonia Anual para Latinos Graduados de Colegios que se llevará a cabo el próximo 6 de abril [2018] de 6:00 a 9:00pm, en Lansing Center, número 333 avenida E Michigan, de esta ciudad. Estudiantes interesados en participar, favor de registrarse a más tardar el 31 de marzo en el siguiente link:

… Entre los registrados se encuentran graduados de licenciaturas y maestrías de las siguientes escuelas: Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Lake Michigan College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Siena  Heights University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University y Western Michigan University.

(LANSING, MI: The Hispanic Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) invites all Latino students in Michigan to participate in the Second Annual Graduate Ceremony for Colleges that will be held on April 6 [2018] ] from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Lansing Center, 333 E Michigan Ave., of this city. Students interested in participating, please register by March 31 at the following link:

… Among those registered are graduates of bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the following schools: Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Lake Michigan College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.)

Surprise proposal for former heroin user

March 20, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kelly Galbraith thought marriage just wasn’t in the cards for her. She was wrong.

… Brandon Gerth had enlisted the station’s help to surprise Galbraith, a student at GRCC and peer support specialist at a rehab facility.

GRCC Homecoming 2017 is THIS WEEK!

October 18, 2017

Homecoming 2017 is taking place RIGHT NOW! There are activities that you can take part in throughout the week. On Thursday, October 19th, faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all invited to a Raider Tailgate. The tailgate will take place in the Raider Grille from 5-6:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and there will be family-friendly activities. Then head on over to the Fold Fieldhouse to cheer on our GRCC Volleyball team as they take on the Lake Michigan Red Hawks.

For more information about all of the Homecoming activities, please visit grcc.edu/homecoming.

GRCC Homecoming 2017 flier

Mental Health & Wellness Resource Fair on October 23

October 12, 2017

The goals of this event is to raise awareness among students about mental
health resources and to encourage them to seek help when they hit
roadblocks or have a life crisis that is creating barriers to their success.

Mental Health & Wellness Resource Fair: October 23, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

A flier for the GRCC Mental Health & Wellness Resource Fair

GRCC Homecoming 2017

October 12, 2017

“GRCC has not had a homecoming in a long time. That changes now!”

Homecoming 2017 will take place the week of October 16th. There are activities that you can take part in throughout the week. On Thursday, October 19th, faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all invited to a Raider Tailgate. The tailgate will take place in the Raider Grille from 5-6:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and there will be family-friendly activities. Then head on over to the Fold Fieldhouse to cheer on our GRCC Volleyball team as they take on the Lake Michigan Red Hawks.

For more information about all of the Homecoming activities, please visit grcc.edu/homecoming.

GRCC Homecoming 2017 flier