By Carson McCready – The Collegiate Staff
The Grand Rapids Community College Campus Activities Board (CAB) will be hosting a four-day Homecoming Week for students in October. This week is full of opportunities to get free buttons, t-shirts, water bottles and other GRCC items.
Homecoming will start on Oct. 16 and last through Oct. 19.
“This event is to get new traditions started,” said Brianna Castillo, CAB president. “We’re just trying to have more school pride.”
On Monday, Oct. 16, there will be the A MAIZE’N Breakfast held in the Calkins Science Building from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Donuts, cider, and coffee will be served to the first 150 students who present their Raider Card at entry.
On Tuesday, Oct. 17 is for Raiders with a Heart of Gold. It is a collaboration with Children’s Food Basket and an opportunity for students to pack lunches for children in need. Also, lunch for the first 250 students who attend and present their Raider Card at entry will be provided. Participants can meet on the fourth floor of the Main Building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A Raider Run 5k is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 18. at 6 p.m. It will be held at the Ford Fieldhouse and the first 100 people to arrive “will receive a racers bib, water bottle, and long sleeve shirt,” according to the homecoming website. Registration for the event is from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
“This is a way to advance students,” Castillo emphasized. “These welcome week events are to get the semester started, get students involved, create a support system, inform kids of student discounts, and to make sure they know who they can talk to.
The week of events will conclude on Thursday, Oct. 19, with the Shiver-me-Timbers, it’s a Tailgate! party. It will be from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the Raider Grille Patio. There will be yard games, a photo background for pictures and a Raider Pride station with poster making, face painting, GR tattoos, and noisemaker crafts. The first 25 people to attend will receive a free homecoming shirt. Kids are also welcome at this event
The Tailgate party will end right before the volleyball game in which new students will be inaugurated into the student section of the crowd.
Thalia Guerra-Flores, Assistant Director of Student Life and Conduct, said her department is looking for volunteers for Raiders with a Heart of Gold as well as the set up and planning of the other events. To get involved, visit the Student Life office on the first floor of the Student Center Building.
For more information about Student Life and events going on near you, visit and like the GRCC Student Life Facebook page. To be in the know about dates and times of events to explore Grand Rapids, check out www.grcccollegeweek.com.