Category Archives: Student Life

Know your parking, transportation options

Parking is a big concern for GRCC students. The parking ramps on Bostwick Avenue and Lyon Street are easy to find, but they fill up quickly. You might want to check out some less-obvious options: The DeVos ramp (behind Sneden Hall) is usually the last one to run out of spots, and you can take the free shuttle to the Main Campus. You can also sign up for the College Avenue lot and DASH parking.

If you’re new to campus, you might want to do a “test run” of your commute and see all of your options.

Motorcycle parking is available only in the Bostwick ramp; bicycle racks can be found all over campus. Secured bike storage is available in the Bostwick ramp, but you must fill out a form ahead of time.

If you plan to take the bus, you can purchase discounted passes for The Rapid in the Student Life office (on the first floor of the Student Center). The Student Life office will be open during Raider Rally: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 26.

Lauren Helsen, Peyton Helsen, Hannah Stearns named volleyball team captains

Lauren Helsen
Lauren Helsen

GRCC’s 2017 volleyball season is already underway  and sophomores Lauren Helsen, Peyton Helsen and Hannah Stearns will lead the Raiders as team captains.

Setter Lauren Helsen, the team’s vocal leader, will be the “quarterback” — ensuring that her teammates are in the correct positions and firing on all cylinders.

Peyton Helsen, who saw limited action as a freshman, put in a ton of hard work during the off-season and will be the team’s defensive specialist.

Peyton Helsen
Peyton Helsen

Stearns will be a physical presence on the right side and can also play middle. She is expected to be the team’s go-to hitter.
The 2017 team scrimmaged today with Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Ariz.  The Raiders will face Scottsdale Community and Glendale Community colleges the following two days before commencing conference play on August 22 at Glen Oaks Community College.


Hannah Stearns
Hannah Stearns

Student Life hosts Leadership Institute on September 15

The Student Life Office is hosting a Leadership Institute for all GRCC students.

This free institute — from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 15 in the Student Center — is open to all students who want to learn about leadership and about how to start and manage a student organization. Lunch is provided.

Session topics include:

  • “Communication within Student Organizations.”
  • “Using and Managing OrgSync.”
  • “Managing Student Organization Funds.”
  • “Conflict Management.”
  • “Programming and Advertising.”

You can register online. Questions? Contact Thalia at

Find a student group that interests you

You will find all kinds of active student organizations at GRCC. Some are tied to majors, like the Criminal Justice Club; others are focused on extracurricular or cultural interests, like Food for Thought or the Asian Student Union.

Create an OrgSync account for yourself — it’s free — to keep up with the activities of the groups that interest you. You can meet the members of different organizations at Raider Rally — 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 26 on the Main Campus — and during Welcome Week’s Involvement Day: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 6 on the Student Plaza.

Sign up your group for Involvement Day

The Campus Activities Board has opened registration for Welcome Week’s Involvement Day (formerly known as Club Day).

Student groups can promote themselves during Involvement Day, which will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. September 6 on the Student Plaza. If you are interested in registering your organization, please fill out the registration form; this is different from selecting RSVP. The deadline to register is September 1.

Your RaiderCard has many uses

All GRCC students get a RaiderCard — and it’s more than just your college ID!

You can use your RaiderCard to:

If you haven’t gotten your RaiderCard yet, you need to bring a photo ID and your student number to the Student Life office (room 02 in the Student Center) or the Tassell or Thompson M-TECs. The first card is free; replacements cost $10. You can also get your RaiderCard during Raider Rally: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 26 in the Student Life office.

You can put money on your RaiderCard through your eAccounts website or the RaiderCard mobile app. You can also use one of the RaiderCard machines on campus.