Meeting today, 10-2-14

In Athletics, Counseling and Career Center, Performing Arts, Student Life, Theater, Transferring, Volleyball on October 2, 2014 by grcctoday

GRCC groups that are scheduled to meet today include:

  • Anime Club — noon to 4 p.m. in room 403 of the Calkins Science Center.
  • Student Alliance — 2 p.m. in room 234 of the Student Center.
  • GRCC Raiders Swing — 4-7 p.m. in the Raider Grille.

Other events:




Join Honors Program at apple orchard

In Community, Experiential Learning, Honors Program on October 1, 2014 by grcctoday

GRCC’s Honors Program is partnering with Aquinas College to pick apples from 10 a.m. to about noon October 4 at Robinettes, 3142 Four Mile Road NE.

All the apples picked will be donated to Kids’ Food Basket for the sack lunches they provide to children. If you want to help, email Kaelee Macklin at by 5 p.m. October 2. The group will meet at Robinettes at 10 a.m. October 4 .


GRPS students enjoy ‘pizza garden’ harvest at Tassell M-TEC

In Community, Tassell M-TEC on October 1, 2014 by grcctoday

Students from Southwest Community Campus, in the Grand Rapids school district, planted a “pizza garden” in raised beds at GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC last spring. M-TEC staff helped the students enjoy their harvest yesterday.

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Autographed copies of President Carter’s book available

In 100th anniversary, Community, Diversity Learning Center, Diversity Lecture Series on October 1, 2014 by grcctoday

DSC_6166Autographed copies of President Carter’s most recent book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, are available for purchase for $20 each. Email or call 234-3908 to purchase them.



GRCC In the News, 10-1-14

In Alumni, Athletics, Campus Police, Criminal Justice, GRCC in the News, Police Academy, Volleyball on October 1, 2014 by grcctoday

50 Healthiest College Towns

Sept. 30, 2014;

There are lots of factors to consider when searching for the best college for you. One such factor to consider is the surrounding town(s). It’s doubtful that you’ll spend 100% of your time on campus, so you’ll probably want to think about what kind of attractions are nearby and what kinds of activities are popular with the local community. And if you’re a health nut, you’ll definitely want to consider towns that will cosign your obsession with an active lifestyle and nutritious eating.

… 45. Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Cornerstone University, Aquinas College, Everest Institute, Grand Valley State University, Hope College, Muskegon Community College, Western Michigan University

While Grand Rapids does average about 75 inches of snowfall each year, the snow doesn’t stop 79.9% of residents from staying physically active. Some may train for the Fifth Third Riverbank Run, the country’s largest 25K road race. Some may hit the trails in the Best Town for Mountain Biking, as named by Outside magazine. Some may just enjoy the walkable downtown area as they move to and from activities. Grand Rapids also has the healthy advantage of local farming, as Michigan is the third largest apple producer in the U.S. and is behind only California in agricultural diversity. This may contribute to the city’s high percentage of residents in a normal weight range (38.8%) and its low diabetes rate (9%). An interesting mix, Grand Rapids has been called one of the nation’s Most Exciting Mid-Sized Cities by Movoto but also the #2 Most Secure Large City by Farmers Insurance.

Why This Michigan Manufacturing Company Wants To Hire More Ex-Cons

Sept. 30, 2014;

When Jahaun McKinley was released from prison, he ran into a common problem: It’s extremely difficult to get a job after you have a criminal record.

… Today, Cascade (Engineering) has dozens of former prisoners on its roster. It’s not the only company in the Grand Rapids, Michigan, area to take up the cause, either. Along with a handful of other organizations, including Butterball Farms and Grand Rapids Community College, Cascade leads something called the 30-2-2 initiative, which aims to work with 30 local organizations that will each hire two individuals with criminal background and track them for two years. The goal is to prove that there is a real business case for hiring formerly incarcerated employees.

‘A dream come true': Scott Merlo named new chief of WMU Department of Public Safety

Sept. 30, 2014; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — A Western Michigan University alumnus and veteran of the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety who retired as an executive lieutenant in 2012 has been named the new chief of the WMU Department of Public Safety, school officials said Tuesday.

… Since 2012, (Scott) Merlo has worked as a lieutenant and was second in command for the police department at Grand Rapids Community College, which had a total of 13 sworn officers.

GRCC warns of scam artist claiming to be fundraising

Sept. 30, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — A man knocking on doors, claiming to be collecting cash donations for Grand Rapids Community College and the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids, is trying to scam people, according to GRCC.

NAACP offers funding to increase number of black cops in Grand Rapids

Sept. 30, 2014; Aljazeera America

In a move to help correct a deep racial disparity in the demographics of the Grand Rapids police force, a local Michigan chapter of the NAACP announced Monday that it will offer a $2,500 scholarship to assist African-American men and women cover the costs of police training.

… Students can take the courses they need at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College or Ferris State University. Becoming a GRPD officer requires at least two years of college, and courses can last 10 to 17 months, (interim NAACP President Cle) Jackson said.

College Notebook: WMU’s Beckwith keeps on winning

Sept. 30, 2014; The Battle Creek Enquirer

… The Kellogg Community College volleyball team played their seventh match in as many days on Tuesday, as the Lady Bruins looked to end an 8-match losing streak.

… After a road loss to NJCAA Division II No. 2-ranked Grand Rapids CC on Sept. 23, the Lady Bruins lost at Ancilla and then dropped four matches at the G.R.C.C. Raider Challenge on Sept. 27-28.


Nursing students help with Out of Darkness Walk

In Community, Nursing on October 1, 2014 by grcctoday

GRCC nursing students participated in the Out of Darkness Walk on September 27 in Millennium Park. The walk supports families that have lost a loved one to suicide and raises research funds for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This is the seventh year that GRCC nursing students have been involved with the event!

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Annual security report available for review

In Campus Police on October 1, 2014 by grcctoday

A copy of GRCC’s annual security report for 2014 is available for review. This report is required by federal law and contains statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain noncampus buildings or property owned or controlled by GRCC; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual misconduct, emergency procedures and other matters.  This report is available online here. You can also request a paper copy by visiting the Campus Police Department.


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