GRCC hosts meeting of West Michigan Presidents Compact Committee

GRCC hosted the West Michigan Presidents Compact Committee this morning. After opening remarks by Khayree O. Williams, of Calvin College, and President Pink, Thomas J. Haas, who retires next month after leading Grand Valley State University for XX years, delivered the keynote address. Participants then discussed diversity and inclusion efforts at their colleges and universities.

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Please welcome our eighth-grade attendees of today’s Latino Youth Conference

Area eighth-graders be on campus today to hear from first-generation college student Gabe Salazar during the Latino Youth Conference. This year’s conference theme is “El Poder De Soñar” (the Power of Dreams).

The conference is a community initiative hosted by GRCC’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion; along with the keynote speaker, it also includes workshops and presentations designed to encourage West Michigan eighth-graders to continue their education beyond high school.

So if you see any guests on campus today, please make them feel welcome!

GRCC In the News, 3-1-19

Bank gives GRCC $50K

Feb. 28, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A bank, college and school district are working together to give high school students another opportunity for career exploration.

Huntington bank is providing a $50,000 grant, its largest in West Michigan, to establish the Connections to College and Careers program at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC recognizes the giants of our community

Feb. 27, 2019; WKTV

Grand Rapids Community College hosted its 37th Annual Giants Awards and Banquet at DeVos Place, over the weekend. Dr. Bill Pink, President of GRCC, opened the ceremony with a message of hope and encouragement. He began by quoting lyrics from the famous civil rights song, Ball of Confusion by the Temptations.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Names Murphy to Leaders in the Law Class of 2019

Feb. 19, 2019; varnumlaw.com (press release from Varnum LLP)

Michigan Lawyers Weekly has announced that Lawrence J. Murphy has been named to Leaders in the Law Class of 2019.

… Murphy currently serves on the following community and nonprofit boards:

… Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Board, chair

GRCC In the News, 1-17-19

Grand Rapids area holiday events celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 16, 2019; MLive

The federal holiday honoring the life of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is Monday, Jan. 21.

… Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University will host the 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration featuring speaker, David Stovall.

Teen charged with murder in EK student’s death

Jan. 16, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old boy is charged with murder in the shooting death of East Kentwood High School senior James King.

… King’s mother said he planned to go to Grand Rapids Community College and become an architect.

Cheryl Edwards Cannon joins the Afternoon Throwdown

Jan. 16, 2019; 104.9 FM

Today I will talk with Cheryl Edwards-Cannon, Author of “Taking Care of Miss Bee Bee.”

Cheryl Edwards-Cannon is the CEO of President of Clear Path Choices, LLC, a consulting company that helps families to make informed end-of-life decisions. She holds a Master of Management degree from Aquinas College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and a Certificate in Gerontology from Grand Rapids Community College. She is an adjunct faculty member at Grand Rapids Community College in the Social Sciences Department. ~ Lee Stephens

GRCC In the News, 1-16-19

Speaker Announced for 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week

Jan. 15, 2019; businesswire.com

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University will host the 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Celebration featuring renowned speaker, Dr. David Stovall. Dr. Stovall is a professor of African-American Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Grand Valley State closes all campuses due to inclement weather

Jan. 15, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – All Grand Valley State University campuses closed at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 because of inclement weather, officials announced.

… Grand Rapids Community College canceled all evening classes and activities, Aquinas College canceled all classes that begin after 4 p.m., and Grand Rapids Public Schools canceled all evening activities. Davenport University’s Holland campus was closed Tuesday.

Open house TODAY for new Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director

The image is a flyer for the welcome party for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham. It features their picture in the center. The text reads: “You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. 4-6 p.m. Heritage Restaurant. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.” At the bottom of the flyer is the logo for GRCC’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

TODAY, Dec. 13, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at the Heritage Restaurant.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.

 

Welcome party tomorrow for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham

The image is a flyer for the welcome party for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham. It features their picture in the center. The text reads: “You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. 4-6 p.m. Heritage Restaurant. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.” At the bottom of the flyer is the logo for GRCC’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Tomorrow, Dec. 13, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at the Heritage Restaurant.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.

 

Meet the new Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director this Thursday

The image is a flyer for the welcome party for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham. It features their picture in the center. The text reads: “You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. 4-6 p.m. Heritage Restaurant. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.” At the bottom of the flyer is the logo for GRCC’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at the Heritage Restaurant.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.

 

Welcome party next Thursday for new Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director

The image is a flyer for the welcome party for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham. It features their picture in the center. The text reads: “You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. 4-6 p.m. Heritage Restaurant. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.” At the bottom of the flyer is the logo for GRCC’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at the Heritage Restaurant.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.

 

Open house welcome party for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham next week

The image is a flyer for the welcome party for Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham. It features their picture in the center. The text reads: “You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. 4-6 p.m. Heritage Restaurant. Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.” At the bottom of the flyer is the logo for GRCC’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

You are cordially invited to an open house to welcome Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer Executive Director of the GRCC Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at the Heritage Restaurant.

Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Please RSVP by Dec. 6, 2018, to Jennifer Smith at (616) 234-3390 or jesmith@grcc.edu.

 

Recap: Learning Center Open House a Success

The Learning Center’s Third Annual Open House was a tremendous success on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. During the event, students, faculty, and staff visited the various departments in the building and enjoyed food, treats, and refreshments. Stations were provided in the Library & Learning Commons, Academic Support & Tutoring Services, Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, and Media Technologies. Special thanks go to Brian Morris and the GRCC Guitar Ensemble for providing a music concert during the event. Thanks also go out to all of the staff who made this wonderful event possible.

Our gracious sponsors donated many prizes for the event. Our sponsors included: GRCC Bookstore, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Art & Bevs (Culinary Arts Program), Raider Grill & Quiet Cafe, Subway, & Patatas. Our prize winners may pick up their prizes from the Library Circulation Desk:

  • Katherine Cussimanio
  • Yaylin Lopez
  • Olivia Kunnen
  • Elizabeth Hamilton
  • Ray Nielson
  • Yahntea Weaver
  • Sylvia Parham
  • Maria Hurtado
  • Olive Uwahoro
  • Jonah Craker
  • Chandler Michalsky
  • Ben Ferrell
  • Asadullah Ali

Two GRCC Staff Members Recognized in the 2018 Top 50 Latinas of Michigan

Congratulations to Marisol Blanco of the College Success Center and Sonya Hernandez of the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion who are being recognized as two of the 2018 Top 50 Latinas of Michigan!

The Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) is celebrating the Top 50 Latinas of Michigan today in Saginaw, Michigan. The purpose of this award, as explained in this week’s State of Michigan press release, is to recognize women who have “demonstrated commitment to their community by sharing of their time and talent in ways that benefit the community. These women have also had a commitment to life-long learning and expansion of their own personal and professional resources.” Nominations came from across the state.

Recording of Salvador Lopez forum for Equity and Inclusion officer position

For those who missed yesterday’s faculty and community forums for Equity and Inclusion Officer finalist Salvador Lopez, a video recording is available here.

Once you have watched the video, GRCC’s Institute of Research and Planning requests that you fill out a digital feedback form with your evaluation of this candidate.