Raider Salute from Purchasing for “Build With Us” Volunteers

The Purchasing Department extends a HUGE THANK YOU and Raider Salute to the following individuals for your invaluable assistance the “Build with Us” event on August 23rd:

  • Abbot Kastanek – Facilities
  • Joe Milito – Facilities
  • Dorothy Paradis – Facilities
  • Dewayn Faber – Facilities
  • Jeffery Vanderveen – Information Technology
  • Danelle Sedore – ePrint
  • Lorena Aguayo-Marquez – Workforce Training
  • David Murray – Communications
  • Jared Anderson – Online Store

Our partnership with the City of Grand Rapids for supplier and Micro-Local Business Enterprise recruitment is an important one for our community. We could not do this work as effectively without all of you.

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CAB Searching for Faculty/Staff Volunteers for August 7 event

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:


Nugent Builders Volunteers Work On Preschool Playground

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The Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory’s playground is shaping up to be a true community project, with expert builders sharing their time and expertise to make it a special place.

A team from Nugent Builders was the latest to spend a day on the playground, volunteering to design and build mud tables, fences, and other features. Nugent Builders is a local, family-owned business.

“It’s all about helping kids,” said Mike Miner, the company’s director of commercial construction.

Miner said CEOs Rick and Carol Nugent believe in the importance of community service, and the company has strong ties to Grand Rapids Community College.  Residential Construction Administrator Karen McCambridge and Commercial Superintendent Ben Nugent are GRCC grads – and Karen also is an adjunct professor.

Recap: camaraderie and community at Kids Food Basket volunteer event

The GRCC Alumni Association hosted a volunteer event at Kids Food Basket on Tuesday, July 17th.  Alumni got to connect with fellow Raiders while preparing sack lunches, and then they reconvened for a social hour at Vander Mill. It was a great chance to catch up with former students, hear what they’ve been doing since leaving GRCC, and give back to our community at the same time.

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Faculty, staff, and current students are always welcome to participate in GRCC Alumni Association events. Mark your calendars for the next one – Yoga on the Plaza – on Thursday, September 13th, from 6-7:30 p.m.! Visit the Alumni Association Events page for more information:


Raider Rally: Volunteers Needed

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!


Local companies help build preschool playground

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A big thank you to volunteers from Elevator Service Inc. and Rockford Construction who helped GRCC staff in building the Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory’s Outdoor Learning Environment on Thursday. Elevator Service President Nate McFadden said Grand Rapids has been wonderful to him and his company, and looks for ways to give back. GRCC Senior Project manager Scott Martin said other companies contributing to the project in recent months include Nugent Builders, Circuit Electric, and JBK Construction. The center on June 15 will celebrate the careers of three retiring lab instructors and add finishing touches to the learning environment’s Michigan map by allowing guests to bring a favorite stone and place it in the map’s slow-curing concrete.