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Recap: First Raider Nation Day helps incoming students prepare for success

August 9, 2018

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New Grand Rapids Community College students from Grand Rapids Public Schools and East Kentwood High School came to GRCC yesterday to learn how they can connect with campus resources and successfully launch their college experiences during our first Raider Nation Day.

Throughout both morning and evening sessions, students who are enrolled for GRCC’s fall semester and their parents participated in workshops to help them transition from high school to college.

A huge ‘thank you’ to all of the people who made this possible – great job representing GRCC and helping our incoming students prepare for success!

GRCC Student Involvement Portal launches August 17

August 9, 2018

Student Life and Conduct are ecstatic to announce the new GRCC Student Involvement Portal- Raider Connect!

Raider Connect will officially launch next Friday, August 17th! OrgSync will officially be offline as of August 16th. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work through some kinks. Trainings for the new portal will take place throughout the months of August and September. Locations are still to be determined. If you are unable to make it to these trainings in person, you will need to set up an appointment with the office of Student Life and Conduct. For questions, please contact Thalía or Brune in Student Life.

Schedule of dates/times, leaders, and audiences for portal training classes:

  • Thursday, August 22, 10:00 a.m., with Thalía – Departments/Advisors
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2:00 p.m., with Thalia and Joe – Students
  • Thursday, August 30, 2:00 p.m., with Joe – Students
  • Wednesday, September 5, 9:30 a.m., with Bruné – Departments/Advisors
  • Thursday, September 6, time TBA, with Chris – Students
  • Friday, September 14, Conference, with Joe and/or Chris – Students
  • Tuesday, September 18, time TBA, with Chris – Students
  • Thursday, September 20, 10:30 a.m., with Bruné – Students
  • Monday, September 24, 2:00 p.m., with Thalía – Students
  • Tuesday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. with Joe – Departments/Advisors


Security Awareness Newsletter

August 8, 2018

Every month the Information Security Team will be releasing a newsletter containing information for GRCC students, staff, and faculty regarding Information Security Awareness. Content may include: updates in data security on campus, best practices for keeping information secure, and other important topics on information security.

The August 2018 Security Awareness newsletter is now available.

GRCC Alumni Association to host specialty yoga class in September

August 7, 2018

Get zen with Zzzen Yoga! Join the GRCC Alumni Association for an evening of outdoor yoga. GRCC alumna Melissa Andreychuk of Zzzen Yoga will be guiding fellow GRCC Raiders through a 45-minute yoga practice on the outdoor deck of the College Park Plaza building. Snacks and drinks provided. Registration is $5, which will be donated to the GRCC Alumni Scholarship Fund. Current GRCC students, faculty, and staff (along with friends!) are welcome to attend.


  • Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time and Location:

  • Yoga 6:00-7:0.0. pm at GRCC College Park Plaza
  • Snacks and Socializing 7:00-7:30 p.m.


  • $5 donation to GRCC Alumni Scholarship Fund

Contact Corey Turner, Development Manager, Alumni and Planned Giving at (616) 234-3025 or for more information.

To learn more about GRCC Alumni Events, see the Alumni webpage:


CAB Searching for Faculty/Staff Volunteers for August 7 event

July 25, 2018

Campus Activities Board (CAB) is looking for a few volunteers to help out with their campus event on Tuesday, August 7th.  CAB will be hosting a Summer BBQ on the Lyon Plaza from 12-2 p.m.  CAB will need 2 – 4 volunteers to help monitor our giant inflatable games (Twister and Darts).  Ideally CAB is looking for 2 volunteers to help out in 2 hour shifts.  Here are all of the available shifts:


  • 12 – 1 p.m.
  • 1 – 2 p.m.


  • 12 – 1 p.m.
  • 1 – 2 p.m.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering:


GRCC study away student makes presentation in Spain

July 23, 2018

Alana Muelenberg is taking part in a GRCC Study Away trip to Salamanca, Spain. She made a presentation to other international students as part of her Spanish Immersion course.

Recap: Boys and Girls Club career workshop with GRCC Nursing

July 20, 2018

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Through a partnership between Grand Rapids Community College’s Nursing faculty and Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, several students recently toured GRCC’s Health labs to experience multiple skill areas within the nursing field. GRCC Nursing faculty and students were on hand for demonstrations and to chat about training and careers.

Congratulations to the Nursing department on making this such an amazing experience for all the Boys and Girls Club members who attended!

Raider Rally: Volunteers Needed

July 16, 2018

The staff at New Student Orientation and Student Life need 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 similar tasks. Raider Rally is scheduled for Saturday, August 25th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., although we many need some volunteers until 2 p.m.

If you would like to join us as a Raider Rally volunteer, please use this form to sign up:

We will follow up accordingly with a GroupWise appointment.

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


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. 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 –
  • 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:

Full MPA award results can be viewed here:


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.