GRCC in the News – 7/28/11

Travelers pitcher Portice strikes out 20 in no-hitter
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News | Posted Jul 27, 2011 @ 11:57 AM

Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. — Ending his career on the most emphatic note possible, EUP Travelers pitcher McKinley Portice struck out 20 of a possible 21 batters in a 3-0 no-hitter win ofter the Sault (Ont.) Black Sox. […] The Grand Rapids Community College pitcher also allowed three walks, and the Travelers committed three errors.  (More)

GRCC in the News – 7/27/11

Harvard expert on closing the achievement gap to speak at Grand Rapids Community College
Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 9:04 AM | Monica Scott | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – An expert in closing the academic achievement gap will speak Monday night at Grand Rapids Community College about “Excellence with equity: a social movement for the 21st century.”  (More)

New bakery’s location is perfect fit for couples planning weddings
Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 7:00 AM | Myron Kukla | The Grand Rapids Press

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP — Katy Jo Bopp thinks she’s picked the perfect location for her new bakery, The Cakery ‘n’ Sweets. […] “It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to own my own bakery,” said Bopp, 30, who learned her trade in the bakery and pastry program at Grand Rapids Community College, where she was valedictorian of her class and Junior Chef of the Year in 2001.  (More)

Debt crisis political battle reminds parents of bickering children: ‘They don’t get their way, they throw a temper tantrum’
Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 9:30 AM | Ted Roelofs | The Grand Rapids Press

As a parent, Guizzippi Darin realizes small children can be stubborn, prone to fits of temper and stuck on getting their way. […] For 20-year-old Grand Rapids Community College student and musician Jordan Tolliver, the lack of accord is dismaying.  (More)

Raider Salute to Susan Lichtenberg

This salute came from Kristin Seevers at the Tassell M-TEC:

“Susan deserves a salute for planning, organizing, and executing a four day training session for 50 people. The training session was facilitated by The Pacific Institute and was called Investment in Excellence. The first two days of the training session were held last week and the next two days will be held in October. In attendance at last weeks session were staff, faculty, students, and community members.”

Raider Rally Volunteers Needed – Email Corrected

[Email Corrected] The 2011 Raider Rally is still looking for volunteers to help with checking in students, directing traffic, and passing out t-shirts on August 12, 2011 from 10:30am- 2:30pm. If you are interested in participating in this event, please sign-up for a shift (or two) by clicking here no later than Monday, August 1st.

All volunteers must attend a brief training on either Wednesday, August 10 at 10:00am or Thursday, August 11 at 3:00pm in Student Life. If you have any questions please contact Meghan Hughey

Contactless RaiderCards Are Here – Get Yours Now

Contactless RaiderCard SymbolThey are here! The new contactless RaiderCards have arrived on the GRCC campus. No more need for “swiping”…just tap and go. Some of you may already have this new technology.

However, if you don’t, please visit Student Life before Friday, August 12 to get your very own contactless RaiderCard. Not to worry, your picture will still look good, and not having to swipe your RaiderCard will be…priceless.

So, get your new contactless RaiderCard now, and look for the symbol above starting August 1, and say good-bye to swiping on the GRCC campus. Tap and go…easier, more secure and way cooler.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What if I can’t get a new RaiderCard before August 12?

  • No worries, new contactless employee parking readers will still allow you to swipe in and out of the ramp until October 31, 2011. But we highly recommend that you get your contactless card before the fall student rush begins in late August.

Can I keep my existing RaiderCard photo?

  • Yes.

Where do I tap my new RaiderCard?

Will I be able to exit the parking ramp after getting a new card?

  • Yes.

How do I know if I already have a new contactless RaiderCard?

  • New contactless RaiderCards have the symbol above on their back.

SafeZone Learning Opportunity for Employees

The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that includes all individuals in a personal journey toward greater understanding and inclusion (regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam-era veteran, and disability, as a reflection of the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals will be treated and respected as human beings. Further, the program emphasizes that ignorance, bigotry, and harassment will not be tolerated in an environment of learning.

The next session will be held on Thursday, August 18, 8:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. (breakfast and lunch provided) please register for either session at

GRCC in the News – 7/26/11

Western Michigan University spends $2 million to buy rival bookstore; other nations going digital
Published: Monday, July 25, 2011, 6:03 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

Western Michigan University is spending $2 million to buy one of its biggest competitors in the textbook market. […] Grand Rapids Community College contracts with Follets to run its campus store, but the college gets a cut of the profits.  (More)

A Recap of GRCC’s Involvement in BbWorld 2011

Eric Kunnen put together this recap of GRCC’s participation in the most recent Blackboard World Conference at which the college was well-represented and frequently referenced as a leader in the development and use of the online course management system:

BbWorld11 was an epic event, made up of our GRCC team, but also more than 2,300 attendees from over 750 institutions. There was much to learn, new product announcements, new Bb partnerships such as Quality Matters and nearly 98% of the digital content publisher market, several engaging keynotes and much more!

I would like to sincerely thank you for dedicating the time to attend this year’s Blackboard conference! In addition, I would like to extend my personal appreciation to the GRCC leadership for providing the opportunity for our group to attend.

I posted an overview to our GRCC BbWorld blog here.

And one more huge thank you to the GRCC Team for contributing to creating more than 420 tweets and 46 blog posts to capture the event.

GRCC in the News – 7/25/11

MyGR6 contest becomes a six-word language lesson
Published: Monday, July 25, 2011, 6:45 AM | By Laura Michels | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Inside an English as a Second Language classroom at Grand Rapids Community College’s West Side Learning Corner, six words drawn in large print on poster board cover the walls: comfortable, quiet, small, friendly, artistic, interesting.  (More)

GRCC Gets New EnergyHub™
Consumers Energy Streetwise Blog | July 22, 2011

Consumers Energy, Honeywell and Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) have collaborated to install an EnergyHub™ energy management system on a model sustainable home at GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC construction lab in Grand Rapids.  (More)

On the Move – 7/22/11

Hold The Phone
It won’t affect our phone service in the slightest, but the Information Office is moving to the 4th floor, CPPB with Communications. Moving the Info staff will create a little more much-needed space in the Enrollment Center.
The move is in progress, but will be official Tuesday, July 26.

Raider Salute to Maria Herrera-Belmares

I always appreciate Maria Herrera-Belmares, in Benefits, for her good work and friendly attitude. Maria is always ready to help and always follows through, whether it is to answer a question or get involved with communications between a GRCC employee and a benefits supplier. She is the epitome of excellent customer service!
Vicki Hudson