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Campus Activities Board to give away vouchers at John Ball Zoo

Update: While Campus Activities Board will be handing out vouchers, the movie “Zootopia” will not be shown.

GRCC’s Campus Activities Board will be at the John Ball Zoo from 4-6 p.m. July 13!

CAB members will hand out $5 zoo vouchers to the first 50 GRCC students who arrive. GRCC students will have free admission with their RaiderCards and Go See GR pass, and we will cover the cost of up to two guests per GRCC student. Go to the Student Life office — on the Student Center’s ground floor — to pick up your Go See GR pass!

GRCC offers parking in DASH, College Avenue lots

GRCC has reserved 105 spots in the DASH Area 9 parking lot (near Seward Avenue NW and Chatham Street).  For a one-time fee of $250 — with a 10 percent discount if you register on or before Raider Rally on Aug. 25 — you get a guaranteed parking spot for the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 semesters!

Dedicated shuttles run to campus from the DASH lot about every seven or eight minutes from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays. You will enter and exit off Seward at the northern-most gate (closest to Bridge Street). It’s marked with a blue and gold “RaiderCard Access” sign, and you’ll need to swipe your RaiderCard as you enter and leave.

Make sure you load $250 on your RaiderCard before you fill out this form.

GRCC also has leased 155 spaces at Central Reformed Church at College Avenue and Fulton Street. For a one-time fee of $250 — $225 if you sign up on or before Raider Rally on Aug. 25 — you get a spot for the Fall 2018 and Winter 2019 semesters.

A dedicated shuttle connects the College Avenue lot to GRCC’s Main Campus. The shuttle runs 7 a.m. to 6:41 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, so this lot is recommended for students taking daytime classes. The College Avenue shuttle uses the Sneden shuttle route, picking up and dropping off in front of Sneden Hall, the back of the Grand Rapids Public Library and in front of Spectrum Theater.

Make sure you load $250 onto your RaiderCard before signing up for the College Avenue lot.


GRCC In the News, 5-29-18

Where college students can find emergency money, food and housing

May 26, 2018; USA Today

College students without a financial safety net are in a tough spot when unexpected costs arise.

… For example, at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich., assistance is available for students who face emergencies such as losing their job, eviction or utility shut-off. The fund has provided students with over $78,000 in grants and loans since 2014, according to Dave Murray, a school spokesperson.

Change Ups: Gill elected to airport trade associations board

May 25, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community College president Bill Pink was elected to the Higher Learning Commission board of trustees, which oversees accreditation for degree-granting colleges and universities in 19 states. Pink’s term runs from Sept. 2018 to Aug. 2022.

Grand Rapids Community College students saved more than $2 million in textbook costs this past academic year through a partnership with OpenStax, Rice University’s open educational resources program that provides free, high-quality peer-reviewed textbooks.

Mackinac Policy Conference Agenda: May 31, 2018

May 28, 2018; FOX 2

Thursday will be the busiest of the week at Mackinac Island with current Governor Rick Snyder speaking and six hopefuls to take over his seat in Lansing debating later in the evening.

… 2:45 p.m. The Future of Work in Michigan: Partnerships Pave the Way to Prosperity
… Panelists: Heidi Kaplan, Senior Community Development Analyst, Board of Governors, Federal Reserve Board, David Meador, Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer, DTE Energy Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College

Native American Student Organization shares music, culture with preschool

The Native American Student Organization recently hosted a cultural and educational event at the GRCC preschool.

NASO members set up regalia and instrument displays and helped the preschoolers build models of traditional houses. They also shared music and the Pottawatomie language.

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Basketball player Zachary Pangborn is finalist for national award

Zachary Pangborn
Zachary Pangborn

GRCC student-athlete Zachary Pangborn is a finalist for a national award.

Pangborn, a basketball player who graduates from GRCC this summer, is one of only seven finalists for the 2018 Male Scholar-Athlete Award from the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators. The winners will be announced May 7. Criteria for the award includes high academic standing along with demonstrated leadership and citizenship.

“Zach showed extraordinary leadership on and off the court,” Coach Luke Bronkema said. “It’s fitting for him to represent not just the basketball team, but GRCC as a whole.”

Pangborn, a 2016 Northview High School graduate, shot 43.3 percent from the field and 38.3 percent from behind the arc as the GRCC Raiders’ third-highest scorer this season. Averaging 15.1 points per game, he finished the 2017-18 season with 39 steals, 108 assists and 545 points. He earned All-Western Conference Third Team honors and was named the District 9 Tournament MVP. GRCC had a 26-10 overall record and finished in 8th place at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament.

Pangborn, GRCC’s Donald R. Black Male Student-Athlete of the Year, has been accepted at Davenport University, where he will major in accounting and play basketball for the Panthers.

He credits Bronkema and GRCC Athletic Director Bill Firn with creating a culture focused on academics.

“They made sure we knew that the student comes first in student-athlete,” Pangborn said. “The professors at GRCC are awesome. They always were there to help me when I needed it. Their doors were always open. They helped me get to where I am today.”

GRCC In the News, 5-3-18

News 8 at 5 p.m.

May 2, 2018; WOOD TV

Grand Rapids Community College’s work in training the next generation of cybersecurity professionals is getting national recognition. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security are the groups doling out the recognition. GRCC is one of two Michigan community colleges recently designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyberdefense. The program’s goal is to promote higher education and research in cyberdefense and train professionals with such expertise.

Tech firm adds to team

May 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A web and software development firm in Grand Rapids has added six new team members.

… (Ben) Buurstra worked as a full stack developer at a local health care organization for just under two years, specializes in C# and AngularJS and has been starting to work on mobile applications using Xamarin. He holds an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Dónde conseguir dinero y vivienda cuando eres estudiante

May 2, 2018; aldiadallas.com

Los estudiantes universitarios que no cuentan con un fondo de reserva se ven en una situación muy difícil cuando surgen gastos inesperados.

… Por ejemplo, Grand Rapids Community College en Grand Rapids, Michigan, ofrece ayuda a sus estudiantes que atraviesan por emergencias como pérdida de empleo, desalojo y corte de servicios públicos. El fondo ha otorgado ayuda por más de $78,000 en subvenciones y préstamos desde 2014, de acuerdo a Dave Murray, un vocero de la escuela.

(For example, Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, offers help to students who go through emergencies such as loss of employment, eviction and cutting of public services. The fund has awarded aid for more than $ 78,000 in grants and loans since 2014, according to Dave Murray, a school spokesperson.)

Mason Tidey brings a hockey player’s toughness to field for Sparta baseball team

May 2, 2018; MLive

SPARTA — Sparta senior Mason Tidey may not play hockey, but the Spartan catcher brings a hockey player’s mentality to the baseball diamond.

… Tidey also brings his outstanding work ethic to the classroom. He is in the top 10 for his class with a 4.14 grade-point average. Tidey will be attending Grand Rapids Community College, where he will be beginning a career in education.