Diversity Lecture Series Presents Maziar Bahari – Video

Earlier this week, GRCC hosted author and Iranian-Canadian journalist was arrested in Tehran on trumped-up charges of espionage in the aftermath of the contested 2009 election. Held in solitary confinement for 118 days, enduring physical and psychological torture, he chronicles his story in, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival.

Maziar Bahari Diversity Lecture at Fountain St. Church

Maziar Bahari Diversity Conversation with Shelley Irwin

GRCC in the News – 11/11/11

Recharged T.J. Carnegie looks forward to leading GRCC men’s basketball program
Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 2:30 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — At age 34, T.J. Carnegie suffered from burnout. […] So, he got off the coaching treadmill. Carnegie, 36, has returned to the sideline following a two-year hiatus as the new coach of the Grand Rapids Community College men’s program after giving himself the proper time to recharge his passion for the game.  (More)

GRCC will now offer climber certification thanks to state workplace safety grant
Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 2:00 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College will receive one of 22 grants totaling more $1 million to provide safety training for workers who make their living working at dizzying heights.  (More)

Rockford’s sweetheart, now America’s weather anchor on ‘Good Morning America’
Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 11:45 AM | Grand Rapids PRess

Rockford High School’s 1999 Homecoming Queen is about to become America’s newest sweetheart. Thirty-year-old Ginger Zee was named meteorologist for ABC News’ weekend edition of “Good Morning America.” […]  It didn’t surprise me”, said Dawn Zuidgeest Craft, professor at GRCC, nurse practitioner, and proud mom.  “She works so hard, and in the past year has spent 47 days in New York working on MSNBC, ‘The Today Show’ and other programs.”   (More)

United Way Campaign Includes New Jeans-a-Thon

Don’t forget the new way you can donate to GRCC’s United Way campaign this year – The Jeans-athon. Just add $10 for the Jeans-athon to your donation and get the privilege of wearing jeans to work during the remainder of our campaign (that is, if you don’t have  meetings with customers or meetings outside the college).  Just give the additional $10.00 to your captain and they will provide you with a sticker to put on your Raider Card ID to show that you’re participating.  So – get out your checkbook and your best jeans and let’s raise some money for the United Way!

Windows 7 – Office 2010 Upgrade Information

The Information Technology Department will begin the process of upgrading all faculty and staff computers to Windows 7, Office 2010, and Groupwise 8.2 as of January 2012. The average upgrade will take about an hour per workstation, and will be conducted one department at a time.

The successful upgrade of your computer will depend on your help with the following steps:

1. Make sure all of your GRCC work-related data is backed up to your J or S drive, because the upgrade involves erasing everything that is currently on your hard drive. If you’re not sure how to do this, we will show you how. There will also be a training video detailing how to do this after the Thanksgiving holiday.

2. Make sure any personal, non-work- related data is backed up to a flash drive or writeable DVD or CD. Although it may seem more convenient to store your personal data on our network, these files, which usually consist of music, videos, and pictures typically take up far more space than our work files. We simply do not have the space on our network to store them.

3. A list of software we currently have on record for you will be sent to you two weeks prior to your scheduled upgrade. This information is based on the software licensing and purchasing records we currently have on file for you. Please review and confirm the list of software for your computer. If it is not accurate, please contact Ian Riley at iriley@grcc.edu to set up an appointment to review your software list.

4. For those of you who will have your computer replaced, be on the look out for an e-mail containing additional information regarding the types of computers you can choose from within the next several weeks.

Please don’t feel like you have to wait to start the process of backing up your files. January is approaching fast!

More information about the upgrade will be posted each week in GRCC Today through the end of the year, and periodically throughout the upgrade until it is finished. Also, once the upgrade commences, be on the look out for direct notices sent by e-mail pertaining to your scheduled upgrade time, software list, and any other information that will make your upgrade go more smoothly.

Please contact Jeff Kissinger at jkissinger@grcc.edu or ext. 4098 if you have any questions.

Get the Status of GRCC During Severe Weather – Sign up for Text Message Alerts

Why are you waiting around in the morning watching a scrolling marquee on your TV to find out if GRCC is open or closed during inclement weather? Sign up for emergency text message alerts!

Getting notification via text messages is superior to using the local media – here’s why:

  1. Text Messages are Faster: a text message is sent,and is received, minutes after college leadership decides to cancel classes. Local media can take anywhere between 15 minutes to two hours to run a cancellation notice in their scroll.
  2. Text Messages are More Accurate: just like the child’s game “telephone” – the more people a message goes through, the more chances it has to be misheard or misinterpreted. Text messages come directly from college leadership.

Using Rave Wireless, you can opt to receive either a text message OR an email OR BOTH. (The college is also looking into providing robo-calls as yet another option).


GRCC will still notify the local media for those who don’t have Internet Access or Cell Phones – but the Emergency Planning Team wants to make sure you have access to this information as quickly as it can be provided.