GRCC Raider Rally This Friday (8/13/10) – Volunteers Still Needed

Volunteers are still needed for the second annual Raider Rally to be held this upcoming Friday, August 13. There will be 2 volunteer shifts; one from 10am – 12pm and another from 12pm – 2pm.  Student Life is in greater need for the first shift but would greatly appreciate any time you would be willing to give. There is also a training session Tuesday, August 10 from 9:30am – 10am and another from Wednesday, August 11 from 4:30pm – 5 pm in Student Life. To sign up to volunteer please e-mail

The second annual Raider Rally aims to acclimate our new students with all the great programs and services at Grand Rapids Community College. Employees are invited to attend the GRCC Raider Rally on Friday, August 13th from 10am-2pm on the 2nd floor of the Student Center (Please note that this location is different from previous announcements).

The GRCC Raider Rally will allow new students and their guests to visit booths dedicated to campus services, departments, and clubs. GRCC Student Life sees this as an opportunity to engage students before the start of the Fall 2010 term and to better utilize the services that GRCC offers its students. Last year’s Raider Rally drew approximately 1,300 students and guests to the campus for a day of information, prizes, and giveaways.

Energy Saving Program Yields Cool Savings for GRCC

Enrollment numbers aren’t the only stats that are way up at Grand Rapids Community College this summer. The college’s energy savings are climbing to over a million dollars after two years with the national Energy Education program.

Here are the numbers:

Cost without Energy Management
(what GRCC would have spent before instituting energy savings practices)
Actual Cost with Energy Management $4,407,428
Cost Avoidance    17.2% $913,358
Special savings from rebates through local utilities $395,792
Total Savings $1,309,150

And the trend continues as statistics are compiled for May, 2010, the first month of year three in the program:

Cost Without Energy Management $200,648
Actual Cost With Energy Management $153,926
Cost Avoidance  23.3% $46,722
Special savings from rebates through local utilities $31,108
Total Savings $77,830

Print Solutions Now Doing Two Mail Pickups/Deliveries at East Campus

To better serve some of the departments at the East Campus, Print Solutions will be picking up and delivering mail twice daily to the Administrative Building. The first delivery will be between 11:00 and 11:30 with the second between 2:00 and 2:30.  All mail will be delivered to room 110 in convenient bundles for each department. It will be each department’s responsibility to pick up their mail from there. Please feel free to contact Rachel Bower @ x3963 with any questions.

College Channel Special Programming Schedule: 8/9/10-8/22/10

GRCC’s College Channel special programming listing is now avaiable.  Of interest are the presentations from the Criminal Justice department including a Mock Trial, a presentation by Vicki Seidl, Senior Attorney for the Juvenile Division of Kent County and Michigan Murders: The Cases That Haunt Us” by True Crime author Mardi Link. Most of our programming can be found online at or on our Youtube channel located at

IT Network Maintenance Today (8/10/10)

IT Infrastructure is scheduled to perform network maintenance in the Data Center Server room today, Tuesday, August 10th, at 10 p.m.

A large amount of servers will be effected during this maintenance. Environments such as: Advistortrac, Dentrix, Mac Labs, PeopleSoft, R25, Self Service, VM environments and Zen Assest Management will all be unavailable during this time period.

Some services could be unavailable for up to 30 minutes. The majority of these server outages will be out for less than a minute as they are restarted.  If you experience any issues after this event, please contact the Help Desk.

GRCC DLIT Staff Featured in Webinar on NBC Learn Video Content

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GRCC was recently highlighted in it’s pilot and use of NBC Learn video content in Blackboard.  In a July 27th WebEx webinar, sponsored by eSchool News and Cisco, GRCC’s pilot program of the NBC Learn video content was shared as well as how streaming video has been used by GRCC faculty to enliven instruction, spark discussion, provide real-world relevant video content, and engage students.  There were nearly 1,000 registrations for the Webinar. You can view video archive of the presentation here.

GRCC in the News: 8/10/10

Local football standouts cast in the upcoming Kurt Russell movie ‘Touchback’
Steve Patterson  Amy Fox |  Updated:8/10/2010 5:58:24 AM

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) — The casting is over, and the results are in.  After two days of grueling tryouts on top of waiting, football players looking to make or break tackles in the upcoming movie “Touchback” are learning this week if they made the cut. […] ? Michael Simon from Kentwood, MI and played at Grand Rapids Community College.  […] ? Philepae Phillips from Grand Rapids, MI, played at Grand Rapids Community College.   (More)

Delta College to receive $250,000 grant for alternative energy programs
Posted: Sunday, August 8, 2010 12:53 am |  By Erich T. Doerr

UNIVERSITY CENTER- The move toward providing more alternative energy studies at Delta College got a huge boost this week with the announcement of a $250,000 Congressional appropriation.  […] Other school funding in the bill includes $150,000 to the Lawrence Technological University and $100,000 to both Jackson Community College and Grand Rapids Community College.   (More)

Rosa Parks celebrations in September
August 9, 2010 | WLEO TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WLEO) Let’s Talk West Michigan premiered this morning with Maurice Preston and Mitchell McCoy. The morning talk show first highlighted the breaking news of the morning, traffic, and then brought on Maurice’s featured guest to speak on the Rosa Parks celebrations next month. […] Ellen James, member of the Delta Sigma Theta’ sorority & board member of The Grand Rapids Community College for over 20 years discussed after Robinson, the events to take place during that whole month of September leading up to the Rosa Parks main event.  (More)