Tech Tip: New layout for Google Meet

Google has introduced a new, simplified layout for Meet which gives users more room for video feeds and content. It also makes the controls easier to find. Learn more about the new control layout with the help of the images below. 

Shows what each icon means, so please see  Google’s article link at bottom of article.
Shows what each icon means, so please see  Google’s article link at bottom of article.
Images courtesy of Google.

Google also updated their Presentation tool, which now allows users to view other participants and the content that you’re presenting simultaneously. 

Tip from Google: For better presentations and to avoid mirroring, users should share content from a different tab (strongly recommended) or window than the meeting window. If you need to share your entire screen, move your presentation to a different monitor if possible.

To learn more about the changes to Google Meet, check out Google’s article.

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu 

Second dose of vaccine for those vaccinated at May 27 pop-up clinic available at Rite Aid tomorrow, June 17

First Lady Jill Biden at pop-up clinic.

The First Lady and the national media won’t be on hand, but the second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine is just as important for the people who attended GRCC’s pop-up clinic last week.

Second doses of the shot will be available at Rite Aid on 2410 Burton St. SE, in Grand Rapids from noon to 6 p.m. on June 17.

Thank you for doing your part to help the GRCC community get beyond the pandemic!

More than 1,000 seats available in seven-week classes for GRCC second summer semester, but deadline approaches

Students studying together.

More than 1,000 seats are available in classes during Grand Rapids Community College’s second summer semester, providing opportunities for students to start earning credits for a new credential or to stay on track for graduation.

The second seven-week summer semester starts on June 29, with opportunities in classes in both the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Workforce Development.“Summer classes are ideal for incoming freshmen getting a head start on college or people restarting their education after time away,” said Tina Hoxie, GRCC associate provost. “We’re offering classes in a variety of formats that make it easier for people to schedule around summer jobs and other activities.”

Summer enrollment at GRCC has increased about 9 percent from 2020, and nearly 4 percent from 2019’s pre-pandemic level.

Potential students can start the enrollment process at grcc.edu/apply and can contact the Enrollment Center by phone at 616-234-3300 and by email at enroll@grcc.edu and be connected to their personal enrollment specialist.

Classes are available in a variety of programs, including computer information systems, business administration, math, biology and psychology.

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Construction on Ottawa Avenue – from Fulton Street to Michigan Street- begins on tomorrow, June 16

Construction working moving equipment.

Contractors will begin construction on Ottawa Avenue (Fulton Street to Michigan Street) on Wednesday, June 16. The street is expected to reopen to full traffic before ArtPrize begins in September. Timing this project with the current closure of eastbound I-196 provides an opportunity to complete much of the work without added traffic exiting on Ottawa. Streetscaping and landscaping work will be completed by next spring.

Contractors will begin working on the east side of the street and then move to the west side. While work is occurring on the east side of the street, one lane of traffic will be maintained on the west half of the street along with the parking lane to be available as loading zones for businesses.

When work shifts to the west side, one lane of traffic will be maintained with the parking lane on the east side of the street available as a loading zone.

Pedestrian access to all businesses will be maintained throughout the project.

You can find more information on our webpage. As always, please pass the information along to your network.

Grand Rapids Community Engagement

Construction on Ottawa Avenue – from Fulton Street to Michigan Street- begins on Wednesday, June 16

Construction working moving equipment.

Contractors will begin construction on Ottawa Avenue (Fulton Street to Michigan Street) on Wednesday, June 16. The street is expected to reopen to full traffic before ArtPrize begins in September. Timing this project with the current closure of eastbound I-196 provides an opportunity to complete much of the work without added traffic exiting on Ottawa. Streetscaping and landscaping work will be completed by next spring.

Contractors will begin working on the east side of the street and then move to the west side. While work is occurring on the east side of the street, one lane of traffic will be maintained on the west half of the street along with the parking lane to be available as loading zones for businesses.

When work shifts to the west side, one lane of traffic will be maintained with the parking lane on the east side of the street available as a loading zone.

Pedestrian access to all businesses will be maintained throughout the project.

You can find more information on our webpage. As always, please pass the information along to your network.

Grand Rapids Community Engagement

GRCC targeted phishing notification

It has come to our attention that a phishing email has been targeting multiple GRCC departments. The emails are appearing to be from various senders that claim the head of the department/supervisor has “shared the following document” regarding an evaluation.

The email looks similar to the following:

Subject: Evaluation01.docx01.docx or Evaluation.docx01.docx

Body Content:

Evaluation doc link - do not click.

If this has appeared in your Inbox, we ask that you report it as Phishing to Google as soon as possible.

Please be advised that if you entered in a password to the attached file/form that you must change your password immediately.

Fortunately, the link does NOT contain malware – however, if your device has any unusual activity, please report it as soon as possible via https://supportdesk.grcc.edu/.

In addition, please take the time to review the 2020-21 Data Security Annual Compliance Training in Blackboard. 

Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions regarding this to ITSecurity@grcc.edu.

Second dose of vaccine for those vaccinated at May 27 pop-up clinic available at Rite Aid June 17

First Lady Jill Biden at pop-up clinic.

The First Lady and the national media won’t be on hand, but the second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine is just as important for the people who attended GRCC’s pop-up clinic last week.

Second doses of the shot will be available at Rite Aid on 2410 Burton St. SE, in Grand Rapids from noon to 6 p.m. on June 17.

Thank you for doing your part to help the GRCC community get beyond the pandemic!

“Fill the Gap” social media campaign wins award

The GRCC Communication team’s “Fill the Gap” social media campaign was honored with a Silver PRoof Award from the West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

The campaign encouraged students considering taking a gap year due to the pandemic to instead continue their education by taking classes at GRCC.

The campaign included a series of 20 social media posts running in May and June 2020, supported by information on the GRCC website. 

The series featured portraits of GRCC students, considered reasons why a student would contemplate a gap year, and countered every one with an example of why a community college would be a better option for them. It shared the educational and financial benefits of gaining transferable credits at GRCC rather than taking a year off.

This campaign already earned a national Paragon Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations — a community college communications organization — and was recently featured in NCMPR’s Counsel magazine. 

GRCC hosting virtual event with members of Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission

GRCC parking ramp.

Grand Rapids Community College is hosting four members of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission for a virtual event on Monday, June 14.

The commission is made up of four Republicans, four Democrats, and five independent citizens and is the first group of its kind to be drawing state district lines.

The first half of the free event will be a 45-minute presentation and question and answer period about the commission and its work.

The second half will be a hands-on workshop on how to use the tool Districtr to draw maps to be submitted as public comment for consideration in the map-drawing process.

The link to attend the event is here.

The event is being coordinated by the professors Meghan VanderMale of the Math Department and Heather Richards of the Social Sciences Department.

The redistricting commission was created by an amendment to the state constitution changing the way the state determines state House and Senate and U.S. House of Representatives districts.  

The Commission also is planning a public hearing in Grand Rapids at 5 p.m. on July 1 at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. People can attend remotely or in person. Sign-up information is here.

The Zoom link, as well as a live steam can also be found on the Facebook event page

Technology Tips: Sharing Zoom recordings on Blackboard

Do you have a recording of a class that you teach virtually and need to share with your students? Take a moment to view the video below and Josh from our Support Desk will walk you through the process of uploading your zoom recording to Blackboard. 

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu 

GRCC hosts redistricting group on June 14

GRCC is hosting four members of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission for a virtual event on Monday, June 14. 

The commission is made up of four Republicans, four Democrats, and five independent citizens and is the first group of its kind to be drawing state district lines. The first half of the event will be a presentation and question and answer period. The second half will be a hands-on, mini-workshop on how to use the tool Districtr to draw maps to be submitted as public comment for consideration in the map-drawing process. The Zoom link, as well as a live steam and a list of those commissioners joining us can be found on the Facebook Event page.  

Nick Antonakis lends expertise to SmartArt

The finalists in Consumers Energy’s SmartArt contest get to experience the excitement of participating in a nationally known art competition. But they also get something else: valuable feedback from art instructors at Grand Rapids Community College and other area institutions.

This year’s 10 SmartArt finalists were recently announced by Grand Rapids Public Schools, Consumers Energy and ArtPrize.

Nick Antonakis, head of GRCC’s Visual Arts Department, is one of three art educators volunteering to assist with the program, which considers energy-themed work. The finalists, selected from 40 entries, will be displayed this fall during the international ArtPrize competition. The winner, who will be announced Sept. 19, receives a $1,000 college scholarship.

Nick Antonakis talks to a student about her painting.

“In the past eight years, SmartArt has provided hundreds of GRPS students the experience of being part of a nationally recognized art competition,” GRPS Superintendent Leadriane Roby said.

Antonakis, along with Patricia Constantine, illustration professor at Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art and Design, and Virginia Jenkins, a professor in Grand Valley State University’s Department of Visual and Media Arts, serves as a judge in SmartArt, which stands for Students Making Art with a Renewable Theme.

The judges said each of the artworks selected for the top 10 entries reflected unique, individual solutions toward embracing sustainable, renewable energy and materials.

“All demonstrated excellent creativity and application of the elements and principles of art and design,” they wrote in a jurors statement. “All also revealed compelling conceptualization in their artwork and statements about potential solutions to move us to a sustainable future.”

Antonakis taught at Kendall before joining GRCC’s faculty in 1990, primarily leading drawing and painting classes.

“I enjoy teaching because it affords me the opportunity to work with aspiring artists from all types of backgrounds,” he said. “I find it very enriching to see these individuals achieve high levels and to find success in the art field.”

His work as department head allows him to connect with students and help guide them as they work through GRCC’s programs. 

“Together, we try to tailor their education to apply toward their goals and aspirations,” he said. “I made a very similar journey when I was a student, and I remember the mentors I had along the way.  I find it extremely rewarding when I hear from our students that my colleagues and I have contributed to their success.”

GRCC’s Visual Arts Department, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, offers associate degrees in Fine Arts, Interior Design, and Photography and Video, and transfer programs for Pre-Art and Pre-Photography. The department runs the Collins Art Gallery and helps organize Display Magazine.

More than 1,100 students age 25 and older accepted so far to attend GRCC tuition-free through Michigan Reconnect

Two students reading books and taking notes.

More than 1,100 people have so far been accepted to attend Grand Rapids Community College tuition-free through the Michigan Reconnect program, aimed at helping residents 25 and older gain new skills as the state emerges from the pandemic.

More than 70,000 Michiganders have been accepted into the program statewide, exceeding the government’s goal of 60,000 by Memorial Day, according to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. Students can work toward an associate degree or a career skills certificate.

About a third of GRCC’s Reconnect students are already taking classes this summer. Of these, about 40 percent have restarted their education after time away – and about 10 percent are picking up where they left off 10 or more years ago.

 “Michigan Reconnect gives residents an opportunity to return to the classroom and advance in their career or gain new skills in emerging fields,” said Tina Hoxie, GRCC’s associate provost. “Take that step forward. No one needs to walk this journey on their own. We want students to be successful so our community as a whole is successful, and we will help them along the way.”

Reconnect covers resident rate tuition and mandatory fees after other state and federal scholarships and grants have been applied. GRCC students living outside of the Kent Intermediate School District will pay the difference between the resident and non-resident tuition rates not covered by Reconnect or other financial aid. 

People hoping to attend through Reconnect are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. GRCC financial aid specialists are able to help with applications. Additional information is at grcc.edu/pay-college, by phone at (616) 234-4030 and by email at financialaid@grcc.edu.

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