GRCC In the News, 7-26-17

Posted July 26, 2017 by grcctoday
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GR race initiative’s goals: Education, jobs

July 24, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Several months after the July 1967 race riot devastated parts of Grand Rapids, a report listed a dozen challenges the city’s blacks faced.

… Fifty years later, Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink is struck by how much of that list still applies.

Curious Kids’ living roof to get its own sign

July 25, 2017; The Herald-Palladium (St. Joseph)

ST. JOSEPH — When you have an attraction as unique as the living green roof at the Curious Kids Discovery Zone, a lot of questions are bound to crop up.

… “We are in very select company to have a green roof on a commercial building,” said Lori Marciniak, executive director of Curious Kids Museum. It is one of only five in Michigan, with other locations including a Ford truck assembly plant in Dearborn, Grand Rapids Community College and businesses in Traverse City and Holland, she said.

 

Course pack orders due August 7

Posted July 26, 2017 by grcctoday
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All course pack orders, SKUs, files, and planners must be to GRCCePRINT no later than Monday, August 7, to guarantee the course packs will be in the bookstore prior to classes starting. Instructors must notify the bookstore ahead of time if they are going to be having a course pack and let them know if it will be a reprint or if it has been updated for the Fall 2017 semester. All files for new course packs should be e-mailed to grcceprint@grcc.edu.

Survey seeks feedback on bus stops

Posted July 26, 2017 by grcctoday
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The city of Grand Rapids, The Rapids and Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. want to know what you think of downtown bus stops.

Screening committee training

Posted July 26, 2017 by grcctoday
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If you’re interested in becoming part of a screening committee, please join us on Friday, August 18, 2017, for training! The session will be held in ATC 122 from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Please register online.

 

GRCC In the News, 7-24-17

Posted July 24, 2017 by grcctoday
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Change Ups: Willi selected for Blackboard MVP program

July 21, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College instructional technologist and designer Meegan Willi was selected to participate in the Blackboard MVP program. She will receive access to professional development and share her insights and expertise. Blackboard is the course-management system GRCC faculty uses. To be selected for the MVP program, applicants must prove themselves to be not only leaders in the education technology community but also experts in Blackboard itself and skilled in helping others use it.

See the new tuition rates for West Michigan colleges

July 20, 2017; MLive

The cost of attending college every year gets higher every year. Colleges and universities across the state usually raise tuition prior to the new academic year, often there is also an increase in financial aid to help offset the impact.

… The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees voted to raise tuition 1.8 percent or $2 more per contact hour for the 2017-18 academic year.

‘I wanted to fight back’: Reflections on the 1967 Grand Rapids riot

July 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fifty years ago, racial tensions in Grand Rapids erupted for three days of civil unrest on the city’s Southeast Side. The riot ran from July 25-27 in 1967.

… (Eli) Lumpkins, who later served as dean of students and alumni services at Grand Rapids Community College, was teaching summer school that July.

Delay in new copier-printers

Posted July 24, 2017 by grcctoday
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The implementation of new campus copier/printers will be delayed until Wednesday, July 26. Stay tuned to GRCC Today for an updated schedule of building deliveries.

GRCC In the News, 7-21-17

Posted July 21, 2017 by grcctoday
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United Way names board of directors

July 20, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Heart of West Michigan United Way has appointed its 2017-2018 board of directors.

… First-term board members

Bill Pink, president, Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC seismometer records Montana earthquake

Posted July 21, 2017 by grcctoday
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On July 6, 2017 GRMI, the seismometer in the geology lab of Calkins, recorded a magnitude 5.8 earthquake near Helena in western Montana. Buried in the seismic trace of the larger earthquake were two aftershocks, one measuring 4.9 and the other 4.5 in magnitude. In the seismogram, we can see many aftershocks associated with the magnitude 5.8 earthquake. This swarm of earthquakes occurred as the result of strike-slip (horizontal) faulting along the Lewis and Clark line, a broad zone of faulting about 400 km in length, and up to 80 km wide that extends from Helena, Montana southwest into eastern Idaho. Other notable events from the Lewis and Clark line include the August 1959, magnitude 7.2 Hebgen Lake earthquake, the largest historic earthquake in this region. The Hebgen Lake earthquake triggered a massive landslide that resulted in more than 28 fatalities, mostly in campgrounds around the lake. Fortunately, this most recent quake caused only minor damage and no reported injuries. For more information about the earthquake visit the U.S. Geological Survey’s website.

Readings from GRCC's seismometer on July 6 show a lot of activity on the 40-minute mark.

GRCC In the News, 7-20-17

Posted July 20, 2017 by grcctoday
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Guilty verdict in murder near GRCC parking ramp

July 19, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A jury has convicted a man guilty of stabbing and killing a woman in an apparently random attack on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus last year.

50 years after Grand Rapids riot, city officials focus on racial equity

July 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Some racial divides in Grand Rapids have changed little since 1967.

… This February at her second state of the city speech, (Mayor Rosalynn) Bliss announced a racial equity initiative. She is putting together a group led by her and Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink. They will start meeting this October to come up with a plan for intentional changes to address economic disparities in African American and Hispanic communities in the city.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2017 Goes out to Lunch

July 19, 2017; experiencegr.com

Restaurant Week GR gives diners a chance to explore local cuisine with unique and tasty choices at great prices on August 9 20. Thanks to the addition of lunch this year, you can close your kitchen and discover great food at over 70 area restaurants throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area.

… Restaurant Week GR isn’t just about feeding hungry customers. Did you know $1 from every meal sold goes toward the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College? Since the launch of Restaurant Week GR in 2010, the fund has received over $110,000 in donations that directly benefit future chefs. This means every Restaurant Week GR meal not only supports local chefs, but you also support the future of Grand Rapids’ culinary landscape.

Policies updated

Posted July 20, 2017 by grcctoday
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The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

Bullet Points for policies from May 2017 meeting:

Computer and Network Acceptable Use Agreement

  • no changes

Health & Safety Policy (NEW) to replace 14.8 Bloodborne Pathogens and 14.11 Chemical Hygiene Plan

  • Recommending replacing 14.8 (Bloodborne Pathogens Policy and Plan) and 14.11 (Chemical Hygiene Plan) with a single, over-arching Health and Safety policy that covers workplace activities and instructional programs that are covered by federal and state laws & regulations (OSHA & MIOSHA)
  • Related plans become supporting documents
  • 11 – Chemical Hygiene Plan
    • This was never actually a policy, rather a link to the plan that was put together by the Chemistry Department.
    • The plan has been updated and renamed the Lab Safety and Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • 8 – Bloodborne Pathogens Plan
    • Has been updated and renamed “Bloodborne Pathogens and Exposure Control” Plan

For more information, visit the policy website.

New IT ticketing system coming

Posted July 20, 2017 by grcctoday
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Information Technology is eager to announce the migration to a new ticketing system to handle all service requests, incident reports, and knowledge management!

The new system features a much more intuitive, customer-centric client portal; allowing for easier self-submission of tickets. The new Service Catalog will ensure your ticket is properly assigned to the correct team in a much faster timeframe, meaning tickets may be resolved faster.

Additionally, the improved knowledge base will aid in searching for resolutions prior to filing a ticket.

The system is expected to go live in the middle of August. We will be sharing more information as the transition gets closer. This transition will not affect any current, open tickets

Any questions, please contact the IT Support Desk at ITSupport@grcc.edu or -4357!

 

Gold Team connects with GRCC retirees

Posted July 20, 2017 by grcctoday
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Say hello to the Gold Team! They are an informal group of Golden Raiders who work to keep our retirees actively involved in our GRCC community. This team works hard to keep our retirees connected by publishing the quarterly Golden Raider newsletter and planning yearly recognition receptions. If you have questions about the Golden Raiders, please feel welcome to connect with Nicole Dekker, HR liaison for the Gold Team, at nicoledekker2@grcc.edu or x3848.

Two men and 12 women, all wearing GRCC T-shirts, sit and stand by a conference table.

From left: Jan Benham, Paul Chardoul, Liz Timmer, Ed Sosa, Penni Weninger, Sandy Andrews, Karen Holt, Diane Sparks, Jane Beld-Smith, Julie Johnson, Anita Cook, and Alice Donahue.

GRCC sponsors Study Away trip to Spain

Posted July 19, 2017 by grcctoday
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Encourage your students to participate in this Study Away opportunity:

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018. Grcc.edu/studyaway grcc.edu/studentaway facebook.com/grccstudyaway

Eligibility: All degree-seeking students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and no money owed to the institution. Date: June 29-July 15, 2018 (17 days). Course: HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel (three credits). Housing: Program participants will be housed with host families. Excursions and Highlights: Two-week Spanish language classes at student proficiency level. Host family stay. Daily afternoon excursions. Guided visit to Segovia and Avila. Excursion to Aveiro Beach (Portugal) – weather permitting. 800-year celebration of the University of Salamanca. Service learning project with Puente Ladrillo. Ruta de Tapas (exploring Tapas’ restaurants). Castanet lesson. 4th of July celebration—Spanish style. City tour of Madrid. Contact: Department of Experiential Learning, Main Building, Level G2, Room 59. traceylacy@grcc.edu. (616) 234-4162 grcc.edu/studyaway. Costs* Program fee (paid to GRCC): $3,850. What is included: Round trip airfare. Accommodations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in country. Field trips, excursions and entrance fees. Criminal background check. Travel insurance. Deposit – Due upon acceptance into program: $500. Tuition [plus fees (in-district) paid to GRCC]: $339. What is included: Three (3) credits (based on residential rate) and fees. Potential Additional Expenses: Items listed below may or may not apply to all participants: Passport. Personal expenses. Additional meals beyond what is offered. Travel provider phone (in country use only). How to pay for study abroad? Students are encouraged to pursue financial aid, scholarships and grants to fund Study Abroad. In addition, they may consider personal funds and alternative loans to fund Study Abroad. For more information on funding, visit grcc.edu/studyaway. Contact program directors for more information: Carmela Zapata, Department of Language and Thought, czapata@grcc.edu (616) 234-4666. Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services, aclark@grcc.edu, (616)234-4131. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. Apply through February 1, 2018 at grcc.edu/studyaway. *All program information, including courses, duration of program, dates and other logistics are subject to change. Fee subject to adjustment based on actual exchange rates and international airfare. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. GRCC Grand Rapids Community College. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning at (616) 234-4162. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

GRCC In the News, 7-19-17

Posted July 19, 2017 by grcctoday
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GRCC gets state support for $12.7M building renovation, expansion

July 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is getting help from the state to expand and renovate a building to provide the capacity to meet the demands of the growing information technology and manufacturing sectors.

Prosecutor asks jury to find Marcus Bivins guilty of first-degree murder

July 19, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Opening statements got underway this morning in the trial of Marcus Bivins.

He’s charged with killing a homeless woman outside Grand Rapids Community College more than a year ago.

Grand Rapids 1967 riot: When anger, oppression erupted into ‘chaos’

July 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – When the 1967 riot broke, Nathaniel Moody, just 12, saw the grocery store and pharmacy where his mother shopped burn down on South Division Avenue.

…  Ellen James, a former Grand Rapids Community College trustee, said many whites did not appreciate the challenges facing the black community.

 

New copier-printers to be installed

Posted July 19, 2017 by grcctoday
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Update: Buildings have been added to the calendar.

The new copier/printers will be arriving starting next week. Building implementation is as follows:

  • July 24-25 — DeVos Campus, starting with Sneden Hall, Administration Building and Mabel Engle.
  • July 26 — Cook.
  • July 27 — College Park.
  • July 28-Aug 1 — Main, starting on the 5th floor.
  • August 2-3 — ATC and Learning Center.
  • August 4 — Calkins Science Building and Ford Fieldhouse.
  • August 7 — Preschool, Music Center, Spectrum Theater, Facilities and Campus Police.
  • August 8 — Student Center.
  • August 9 — Thompson and Tassell M-TEC, starting at Thompson.

Emails will be sent to all staff and students explaining the new equipment and URLs that will show how to use the new devices. Training schedules for staff have been set and communication on when and where will be coming out next week, so watch GRCC Today and the Post it board for that information.

Below is an overview video: