GRCC In the News, 4-2-20

Online video conferences are the target of ‘Zoom-bombings’ amid coronavirus crisis

April 1, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Now that most of the nation’s workforce is dialing into the office from home, more and more companies hold team meeting in online video conferencing spaces, like Zoom. Now internet trolls and hackers have figured out how to ‘zoom-bomb’ those meetings.

… Professor Andrew Rozema is the Director of Grand Rapids Community College Center for Cyber Security Studies. He says the ‘Zoom room’ is where participants are most vulnerable to ‘Zoom bombing’ attacks. He says if you’re posting a Zoom meeting ID to a public site like Facebook or Twitter, set the password requirement for participants to join.

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GRCC In the News, 4-1-20

GRCC student leaders donate $8K to classmates in need

March 31, 2020; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Student leaders at Grand Rapids Community College have donated thousands of dollars to help classmates who are struggling financially amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

For seniors, a memorable finale cut short

March 31, 2020; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

For high school seniors, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown their long-awaited end-of-K-12 plans into turmoil. Graduation ceremonies, yard parties, proms, senior trips: All are off for the moment due to the statewide school closure and stay-at-home order.

… Karla Lopez thought she was all set. She was finishing up her credits online at Grand Rapids University Preparatory Academy, and was ready to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College with a Promise Scholarship providing two years of full tuition, books and fees. She looked forward to graduating with her classmates in May and being the first in her family to attend college.

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Commencement, employee appreciation lunch postponed

GRCC’s All Employee Appreciation Luncheon & Program and Commencement 2020 Ceremony, originally scheduled for May 1, has been postponed. Although a specific date has not yet been set for commencement, we are aiming for a mid- to late-summer date.  We also are reviewing how we can honor all employees at another time as well.

Any updates regarding Commencement will be emailed to all students and posted on this webpage.

Online wellness learning opportunity

HR is providing an opportunity for GRCC employees to participate in an online professional development opportunity: Mindful Walking and Thought Surfing.

On Friday, April 10, from 12-1 p.m. a virtual training will be conducted via Google Meet by Holly Tiret from MSU Extension.

For the course description, please visit the registration website.

Please register ONLINE and wait for a calendar invite with the Google Meet link to come within 24 hours.

Hope you can join us for this opportunity!

Live online Google Training for GRCC employees is now available

Please register ONLINE and wait for a calendar appointment with the Google Meet link.

Session descriptions are available on the learning opportunities website.

 

Google Forms

Thursday, April 9 (3-5 p.m.)

Monday, April 27 (2-4 p.m.)

 

Google Drive

Thursday, April 16 (3-5 p.m.)

Monday, April 20 (9-11 a.m.)

 

Google Meet

Friday, April 10 (1-3 p.m.)

Monday, April 13 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)

 

Google Slides

Friday, April 17 (9-11 a.m.)

Thursday April 23 (10 a.m.-12 p.m.)

 

Questions? More info? Please contact angelasalinas@grcc.edu

Thanks!

Annual Compliance trainings, other online professional development resources now available  

Are you seeking a remote way to participate in a learning opportunity and earn professional development credit?

The following options are available to all employees via LinkedIn Learning (no account or sign in required, they’re FREE).

These offerings are specifically tailored to help you learn how to work from home efficiently and manage this new reality. You can add Professional Development hours in your Online Center account, via Self-Service in the Training Summary. Here are instructions.

Online courses about working remotely:

Blackboard compliance trainings are available if you have not yet reviewed them (including those from previous fiscal years). Log into your GRCC Blackboard account at bb.grcc.edu to see what is required.

Thank you for your willingness to try new things! We are working on compiling more resources and information for additional learning opportunities available in an online format. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days and weeks ahead!

Applications sought for Campus Activities Board positions

Campus Activities Board is a compensated leadership role at GRCC. They receive funding and program for students on campus. Students receive tons of experience in the position that ranges from contract negotiation, budget management, logistical planning, networking and community building.

If you know of a student who would be great in CAB, please encourage them to apply! CAB has 5 positions available for 2020-2021. Positions start on May 1st, 2020. CAB is a great opportunity for students who are creative, who take initiative, who love event planning, and those that care about their student body. They can apply online. To listen to testimonies from current CAB eboard follow GRCC Student Life on Facebook!

Applications close on April 3rd. Those who apply will receive an invitation to a virtual interview with the current CAB e-board. For questions, please feel free to contact Thalia, thaliaguerraflores@grcc.edu.

 

GRCC In the News, 3-30-20

Local schools show love, support for students during shutdown

March 29, 2020; The Holland Sentinel

Local schools, from elementaries to colleges, are doing what they can to show support and love for the students and families that they’ve been separated from, at least physically, during the extended school closures and switches to online learning amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

… Grand Rapids Community College staff and community members also created a video for students, with the message of “We love you, we miss you and we are here for you.”

Cole Hansen unfurling vision for long-awaited, uplifting Americana solo debut album

March 27, 2020; Local Spins

Cole Hansen has found a lot of mentors in Grand Rapids’ music scene – artists who’ve encouraged her to pursue songwriting and create her own music.

… After studying music at Grand Rapids Community College and performing in groups such as Shades of Blue and the Madrigal Singers, singer-songwriter J. Oscar Bittinger offered her a public performance with other songwriters during one of his “A Winter’s Tune” concerts at Wealthy Theatre

Child care centers stand in the gap

March 27, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal

In response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s March 18 executive order for child care centers to stay open for disaster relief if they are “willing and able,” some local providers are continuing to serve the children of the essential workforce despite financial hardships.

… Grand Rapids Community College’s Laboratory Preschool also is closed, and the United Methodist Community House preschool was closed the week of March 23 and planning to evaluate the situation weekly thereafter.

GRCC In the News, 3-27-20

“I’m Not Done.” Christina Arnold

March 26, 2020; West Michigan Woman

When Christina Guajardo Arnold was young, there were few Latinos in the community and only two Latino families in her elementary school. A child of divorce, less common then, Chris had friends who weren’t allowed to play with her because she had no father and was Mexican.

… Chris graduated from Ottawa Hills High School and began working at Grand Rapids Public Schools, within then-Grand Rapids Junior College, at 17. She took classes to further her career and, when GRPS moved, stayed at what’s now Grand Rapids Community College for 36 years.

Free Mental Health Resources to Make Life a Little Bit Brighter Right Now

March 27, 2020; hercampus.com

Over the last few weeks, we college students have faced a lot of upheaval due to COVID-19. Not surprisingly, this has had an impact on our mental health. According to Dr. Melanie Greenberg, a clinical psychologist and author of The Stress-Proof Brain, there are a number of emotions people are likely to feel during the COVID-19 crisis, including fear, anxiety, and worry. While these emotions are all related to each other, there are also some important differences. Fear arises from a concern over the immediate danger. Anxiety is characterized by a general sense of unease, and often features symptoms in the body, including a racing heart and fast breathing. Worry, on the other hand, is more in the mind and is reflected through “what if” questions. Students are also likely to feel a sense of sadness or loss, having left their friends and second home behind.

Ashley Kuk, a second year at Grand Rapids Community College, has gone through all of these feelings, which has had a huge impact on her mental health. “My anxiety and depression have been very high due to worrying about my friends and family members, the uncertainty of everything going on, and what could come next. It’s all been a lot mentally!” she says.

IIPD applications due Monday, March 30

The deadline to submit a grant application for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grant program is 4:30 p.m. on March 30, 2020. Information about how to apply for an IIPD grant can be found on the Grants Department web page. Please note that applications must include a Dean’s Approval Form and a Department Head Approval Form, and a budget with documentation of costs. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, director of grant development, at 234-3340 or ldopke@grcc.edu. Good luck!

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