Alumni Events

2018-19 Diversity Lecture Series

Alumni welcome! Join GRCC's Woodrick Institute for Equity and Inclusion as they host the next installments of the Diversity Lecture Series, featuring CNN political commentator, Bakari Sellers and writer Jessica Valenti.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019: Jessica Valenti "Feminism Today"

Jessica Valenti has led the national conversation on modern feminism for more than a decade. A New York Times best-selling author of five books and a columnist at the Guardian US, she has also been widely credited with sparking the online wave of the women’s movement. Valenti’s “The Purity Myth” was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation, and “Yes Means Yes” inspired sexual assault legislation of the same name across the country and on campuses.

Her most recent book, “Sex Object: A Memoir” was called “bold and unflinching” by Publishers Weekly. Valenti’s articles have topped the most-read lists at The Atlantic, the Guardian US, and The Washington Post. She has also written for The New York Times, Salon, The American Prospect, Bitch, Ms. Magazine, and The Toast.

Both events will take place at the Fountain Street Church (24 Fountain St, NE) at 7 pm and are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 pm.


2019 Winter Culinary Speaker Series

Alumni welcome! Join other culinary alumni, students, and community members back on campus for two great professional development opportunities through the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Join us for the 2019 Winter Culinary Speaker Series for networking and great conversations about excellence in the hospitality industry. 

Monday, March 11, 2019: Zingerman’s Building a Culture of Great Service

5:30 p.m. Reception, sponsored by Way Point
6:15 p.m. Guest Speaker, Tabitha Mason
7:30–8 p.m. Q & A

Tabitha Mason has served as Service Steward for the entire Zingerman’s organization. In this role, she was responsible for overseeing and implementing Zingerman’s nationally renowned approach to customer service for its ten businesses. She did this by analyzing and leveraging companywide service data, managing internal customer service training, and chairing a committee of service champions to execute companywide service improvements. Tabitha has continued her role as a trainer with ZingTrain, in which she shares the renowned Zingerman’s approach to giving great service with businesses throughout the country.

Monday, April 1, 2019: Creating Magic-Creating Outstanding Experiences and Positive Change

5:30 p.m. Reception, sponsored by Hormel and Fontanini
6:15 p.m. Guest Speaker, Ken Wasco
7:30–8 p.m. Q & A

Ken Wasco is the Customer Effectiveness Manager at Gordon Food Service. He conducts hundreds of seminars and workshops on ways to achieve higher levels of personal effectiveness through an emphasis on communication skills across the foodservice industry.

The events are held at GRCC’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC) at 151 Fountain St. NE. For more information or if you are in need of accommodations, please contact the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at (616) 234-3690, or email culinary@grcc.eduAll participants are welcome - no registration needed.


GRCC Music Alumni Spring Jazz Event

All that jazz! On Thursday, April 4th, the GRCC Music department is performing their Spring Jazz Night. Join the GRCC Alumni Association as we host a pre-concert reception and tour of the newly renovated Albert P. Smith Music Center.

Thursday, April 4, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. | REGISTER NOW

Each alumnus registered will receive a complimentary ticket to the jazz concert, drinks and snacks at the reception, and a guided tour by GRCC Music Director Kevin Dobreff. The concert includes performances by the GRCC Shades of Blue vocal jazz ensemble, jazz combos, and the jazz orchestra. Contact Corey Turner, Development Manager of Alumni Relations, at or at (616) 234-3025. There is a guest capacity - registration is required.