Phone Phishing (Vishing) reaches GRCC Campus

Recently a GRCC employee was contacted by a person who claimed to be from Microsoft and asked questions about their local computer setup.

This employee was also asked to let the caller take control of the computer remotely.  Please be aware that this is a scam!

This scam can at first glance appear legitimate because you are contacted via phone from a fake extension (e.g. 92152) by people who claim to be from Microsoft.

They may attempt any of the following tactics to deceive you:

  • Ask you if your computer is running slowly or claim that your internet service provider has reported virus problems from your computer.
  • Claim that your computer is infected and sending spam.
  • Threaten to remove your internet access and may also ask for your credit card number or personal information.
  • Ask for your passwords or permission to gain access to your computer remotely.
  • Their plan is to compromise your computer or steal your money or identity.

Please note that Microsoft will never make unsolicited phone calls to help you with your computer. If you receive a phone call like this, hang up immediately and report the incident to

We would like to take this time to remind you that you should never give your password to anyone, not even our own IT staff, for any reason. You should also never allow anyone but our IT Customer Support Department here at GRCC to access your computer remotely.

Please remember to always go with your gut. If something seems fishy it probably is.  There is nothing wrong with asking questions. When in doubt contact the GRCC IT Security Department.

Jennifer Kuyt Named Anchor Award Winner for March 2012

Jennifer Kuyt Anchor Award for March 2012

Student Employment Services sponsors The Anchor Award, which is a monthly award that recognizes Student Employees for contributions to their department and to the college based on a different trait/skill each month. The nomination quality for March is Responsiveness/Accountability.

The Anchor Award Winner for March is Jennifer Kuyt. Jennifer is an Office Assistant in the Center for Teaching Excellence and was nominated by Penni Weninger who described Jennifer as a “unique person who meets all of the demands of the office and can be unconditionally counted upon to provide top-notch performance and service to our faculty and guests.”

Congratulations Jennifer!

GRCC in the News – 3/2/12

Minister Louis Farrakhan speaks in Grand Rapids
10:55 PM, Mar 1, 2012 | WZZM

[This story incorrectly identified the GRCC Black Student Union as the sponsor of the event]  GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – He’s been called a hater, a racist and an anti-Semite, But Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan said he is “none” of those things during a speech Thursday night. He was invited to speak at the Fountain Street Church by the [the Nation of Islam’s Grand Rapids Study Group].  (More)

Fashion and design panel planned at Grand Rapids Community College
Published: Thursday, March 01, 2012, 8:00 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Students at Grand Rapids Community College want to start a conversation about fashion. The college’s Fashion and Design club is hosting an event on March 14 where students will present an overview of colors, textures and styles that they expect to be popular in 2012.  (More)

Putting Input into Action – Human Resources Needs Your Feedback

Human Resources is offering focus group opportunities for employees to come and review data from the SOS and PACE surveys and offer input around ‘what improvement looks like’. This year, we are holding combined sessions including both PACE and Staff Opinion Survey results. The results from these focus group sessions will be shared with cabinet and all BCO’s so that specific department action plans can be developed to address opportunities for improvement. Please take advantage of these sessions. We need your input.

Four sessions, “Putting Input Into Action”, have been scheduled for March:

  • Tuesday, March 6 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Thursday, March 15 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 21 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
  • Monday, March 26 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

If you are interested in learning more about the SOS and PACE survey results and/or providing suggestions for improvement opportunities, please go to Staff Development’s web page to register for one of these focus group sessions.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Jessica Berens X3179