GRCC In The News, 03-25-19

College renovating downtown building
3/22/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A college has received a donation to renovate its gateway building downtown.
Grand Rapids Community College is planning to renovate its Main Building and re-name it Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, after the donor.

Street Talk: A buyer’s market
3/22/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Grand Rapids Community College students saved about $3.3 million in textbook costs this past academic year through a partnership with OpenStax, Rice University’s open educational resources program that provides free peer-reviewed textbooks.

Pushing toward local health innovation
3/22/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Just 23 years ago, the Michigan Street hill was home to nothing but Butterworth Hospital, Immanuel Lutheran Church and a bunch of old buildings.
… Medical Mile and related developments
… 2000
Grand Rapids Community College opens 150,000-square-foot Calkins Science Center near Medical Mile, at 226 Bostwick Ave. NE.

Transitions: First Female President for Colorado State U., New Provost at U. of Maryland-Eastern Shore
3/21/19 The Chronicle of Higher Education
… Laurie Chesley, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, will become president of Central Oregon Community College on July 1. She will succeed Shirley Metcalf, who plans to retire.

Ryan Brady returns home as Saginaw Valley State head football coach
3/21/19 MLive
Ryan Brady will become the first Saginaw County native to lead the Saginaw Valley State University football program, becoming the seventh head coach in SVSU football history.
… Before coaching at Ferris, Brady was the offensive coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College, the quarterbacks coach at Grand Valley State, the strength and conditioning coach at Muskegon High School, the freshman coach at Chesaning and the offensive coordinator, quarterback coach at Montrose High School and head coach at Perry High School.

G Suite Transition: Summer Learning Opportunities Added

G Suite training sessions have been added through the end of June! To register for a session visit the Going Google page.

Remember, if you’ve attended any of these sessions and still have questions, you may request an individual or team follow up meeting with one of our Guides. Simply fill out this form to request an appointment.

Begin Sexual Assault Awareness Month with ‘Healing through Advocacy’ next week

Digital poster for the Healing through Advocacy event at GRCC. The text reads: "Healing through Advocacy. Sexual Assault Awareness Month. A Discussion of the Process of Healing and Growth through Education and Activism. April 2. 1-2:30 p.m. Learning Resource Center Library, Room 2 West Side."

Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month?

Begin April on a mindful note with the Healing through Advocacy event at the Library.

  • WHEN: Tuesday, April 2, from 1-2:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Learning Resource Center Library, Room 2, West Side

Panelists at the event include:

  • Kimberly DeVries, GRCC Title IX Coordinator
  • Patti Haist, YWCA West Central Michigan Director of Clinical Services
  • Stacey Heisler, LPC, NCC, Counseling and Career Development, Counselor/Interim Program Director
  • Morgan McCaul, Victim Rights Activist and Survivor

Morgan McCaul is a survivor involved in the MSU Nassar case, and has been committed to advocating for sexual assault survivors and promoting legislative activism, especially among college students.

Ms. McCaul will also be the keynote speaker for the event.

A Q&A session will follow the panel. Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by GRCC’s Library and Learning Commons and GRCC’s Office of Student Life and Conduct.

GRCC hosts blood drive with Michigan Blood next Monday

Digital poster for blood drive at GRCC. The poster is red with white and yellow text and a white graphic of a heart with droplets raining onto it and a pulse line crossing through it. The text reads: "Blood Drive: Give the Gift of Life. April 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Student Center, Room 234. Register to become a donor with Be The Match! Your donation today can save three lives tomorrow."

GRCC’s Honors Program and the Office of Student Life are hosting Michigan Blood for a blood drive next Monday, April 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (SCC 234) of the Student Center.

Walk-ins are accepted, and you may also make an appointment online.

Donors can receive a free pizza voucher for Hungry Howie’s. Direct any questions to Joe Courtade at

Logo for Michigan Blood. Logo is bright blue and red, with a stylized drop of blood on the top of the logo. The text reads: "Michigan Blood. MI blood saves lives."

GRCC Science Talks continue today with ‘Gene Modifications’

A graphic representation of gene modification, featuring colored strands of DNA with a background of gears that vaguely resembles a blueprint.

Gene Modifications: CRISPR

  • Monday, March 25, 2019, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Have you heard of CRISPR? It stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. Promises of cured disease, designer organisms, and dangerous consequences all surround this fascinating topic. The background and origin of the CRISPR technique will be presented along with a brief description of applications and potential difficulties.

Bill Faber is a GRCC chemistry professor who has researched physical and biochemical applications focused on identifying and characterizing larger bio-molecules using spectroscopy.

Grand Rapids Community College Science Talks are open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Please email with any questions.

GRCC In The News, 03-22-19

Unique partnership leads to tuition-free college
3/21/19 Fox47
LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Whitmer presented a budget that called for increased funding in education to help fill Michigan’s talent pipeline, with that call-to-action, the state is highlighting educational opportunities that prepare students to fill the skills gap and get a head start on their postsecondary education.
Launch U is a specialized early college program for eligible Kent ISD high school students, by extending school by one year they earn their diploma, a general associate degree or a specialty associate degree in Mechanical Design from Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Students also have the option to graduate with industry recognized certificates, without extending beyond their 12th grade.

Transitions: First Female President for Colorado State U., New Provost at U. of Maryland-Eastern Shore
3/21/19 The Chronicle of Higher Education
…Laurie Chesley, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, will become president of Central Oregon Community College on July 1. She will succeed Shirley Metcalf, who plans to retire.

Ryan Brady Named Head Coach of SVSU Football Program
3/21/19 Fox66
UNIVERSITY CENTER – Saginaw Valley State University Director of Athletics John Decker has announced that Ryan Brady has been named the seventh head coach of SVSU Football. Brady comes to Saginaw Valley after serving as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Ferris State University.
…Prior to Ferris State, Brady coached at Grand Rapids Community College from 2009-2011 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The Raiders posted a 30-4 overall record in the three seasons and had the highest scoring offense in the nation all three years.

G Suite Transition: viewing a co-worker’s calendar

In GroupWise, viewing a specific coworker’s calendar is helpful when scheduling meetings or staffing. This can be done easily in Google Calendar, and most importantly, Google allows for custom color coding!

The simplest way to view someone’s availability in Google Calendar is to type their name into the “Add Calendar” area in the left menu above your calendars. This will add their calendar to your list of “other calendars” and allow you to see if they are free or busy.

The level of detail for what you will see when viewing someone’s calendar depends on the settings they have set for that particular calendar. The settings for your personal/default calendar are found under Access Permissions. The “Make available to public” option would make your calendar accessible to any user of Gmail. You will most likely want to avoid this option!

When selecting “Make available for Grand Rapids Community College,” you can choose between:

  • See only free/busy (hide details)
  • See all event details
  • Make changes to events
  • Make changes and manage sharing

This is up to your own discretion, and should be decided upon by the level of detail added in your calendar events. We advise that you only share your default calendar with select individuals or groups, under “Share with specific people.”

It is important to update your personal calendar with the details of when you’ll be out. Google Calendar has an Out of Office option when creating events, which will warn others that you’re not available if they try and invite you to an event during that time. Populating your default calendar will also allow your colleagues to busy search you, so don’t forget to keep this up to date!

Please Note: The G Suite pilot account is only for testing and training purposes. Any content migrated from GroupWise to pilot will not be automatically moved to the production G Suite environment.

If you have any questions about how to do a specific task or function in G Suite, contact our Google Guides by emailing or contact one of our Google Guides directly!

If you have difficulties logging into your account, please contact the GRCC IT Support Desk at (616) 234-4357.

Nominate deserving faculty and staff colleagues for the 2019 Excellence in Education Awards

Here at GRCC, we are truly fortunate to work with staff and faculty who go above and beyond their role at the college, in the community, or in higher education. These individuals make learning at GRCC a meaningful and impactful experience for our students and working at GRCC an honor and inspiration for fellow employees.

To recognize them, please consider nominating them for the Excellence in Education Award! The Excellence in Education Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual Grand Rapids Community College employee. In 2000, the award was expanded to provide recognition in the form of a staff award, and a separate full-time faculty award. In 2010, an additional award was added for an exemplary adjunct faculty member.

There is a cash award of $1,000 for full-time faculty who have taught at GRCC for at least 5 years, a $750 cash award for adjunct faculty who have taught at least 2 years, and staff members may also be nominated to receive a cash award of $1,000.

Anyone can nominate! Deadline for nominations is May 10, 2019:


  • Faculty & Adjunct: Call or email the Provost Office at (234-3920);
  • Staff: Call or email Angela Salinas in HR/Staff Development at (234-2567);

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a deserving member of the GRCC family for these awards.

Reminder: next WW at work session begins April 4

On campus meetings begin Thursday April 4. The group meets once a week (Thursdays) from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in the FarSide Room (first floor, Student Center)

Cost is $132.60 for 12 weeks of on-campus meetings beginning Thursday, April 4. This joining fee also gives you access to the WW app which includes great resources and tools for independent tracking.

Please follow up with any questions you may have or if you need additional information.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Angela Salinas ( and join us at the first meeting on Thursday, April 4, at 12:30 p.m. in the Far Side Room (1st Floor Student Center).

Please note that should you choose to register for the program, payment is due at this session. Members can pay with cash, check, or a credit or debit card. You can also take advantage of a three-check split payment method.

Did you also know that if you take advantage of the Flex Spending Account, the cost of the program could be covered with a medical necessity doctor’s note? For more information, please contact the Benefits Office.

Don’t forget: food and fun at the Ford Fieldhouse today during March Madness

NCAA March Madness logo

Between noon-2 p.m. today, March 22, our friends at the Ford Fieldhouse are offering a tasty deal for March Madness:

  • CAMPUS COMBO: hot dog, popcorn, and large pop for only $2.00

Basketball bonus – In Room 212, there will be big screens playing live NCAA basketball games!

Come during your lunch time to enjoy this engagement opportunity for the GRCC family!

Questions? Contact Angela ( or Sue (

A photo of the interior mural walls in the new Ford Fieldhouse.

GRCC In The News, 03-21-19

VERIFY: Five myths about the spring equinox
3/20/19 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With the spring equinox, come many misconceptions about what it means and why it happens.
Lauren Woolsey, an astronomy professor at Grand Rapids Community College, helped debunk five of the most common myths about the change of season.

GRCC Tuition Increase with Dr. Bill Pink
3/20/19 WOOD Radio
President of Grad Rapids Community College, Dr. Bill Pink joined West Michigan’s Morning News to talk about how GRCC managed to keep a tuition increase under 1%. This is the second year in a row that trustees voted this way. We have the details.

Breaking Out of the Shadow College
3/21/19 Inside Higher Ed
One of the most important developments within the modern American community college is the formation of the shadow college. This term originated in the early 1990s at Macomb Community College in Michigan to describe the assortment of occupational courses sprouting up at the periphery of the institution.
… With the growth of the shadow college, community colleges also became far more likely to fashion programs that could lead to employment for adults who either had been displaced from their jobs or were entering new occupational activities. For instance, Grand Rapids Community College is implementing an online introductory information technology class developed by Google to prepare students for entry-level IT work.
(This is an opinion piece by Jim Jacobs, president emeritus of Macomb Community College.)