GRCC One Book One College Author to Speak Wednesday

See Wes Moore, One Book One College Author, live at Davenport University this Wednesday October 17, at 7PM.  Catch the LIVE Video Streaming at GRCC at the Calkins Science Center Auditorium, Room 348, or the Applied Technology Center Banquet Rooms, 118 and 120.

Finding its center in the First Year Experience course, College Learning Studies 100 (CLS 100), One Book, One College – part of a nationwide common read initiative colleges have undertaken – promotes shared intellectual reading among students and helps connect students, faculty and staff within the GRCC community.  GRCC has chosen “The Other Wes Moore” for its One Book, One College read this year.  In the book, author Wes Moore compares the lives of himself and his namesake, and how different their lives are as a result of society and expectations.

GRCC In The News

FoodCircles holds Dollar Lunch Day at Rosa Parks Circles today
RAPIDS, MI — Rosa Parks Circles will feel a bit like a kitchen today
from 11 a.m. To 2 p.m. when Grand Rapids Community College culinary students gather to prepare 250 meals similar to the ones Kids Food Basket provides to thousands of Grand Rapids children. “Dollar Lunch Day” is organized by FoodCircles, free mobile application that tells diners where to eat, gives them a deal, and helps them feed the poor.

How GRCC’s student success rate compares with the statewide average
Mlive October 12, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College lags behind the statewide average for students who graduated or earned a certificate within a six-year period, but administrators are hopeful recent academic changes will boost the college’s performance.

Stock in the market Downtown GR project gives developers confidence to invest
MiBiz 10-13-12
GRAND RAPIDS — Downtown Grand Rapids seems to have burst at the seams and spilled a few streets south, the result, some say, of confidence that an anchor project — the $30 million Downtown Market — has brought to a neglected part of the city.
…Much of the housing demand can be traced to the influx of students locating downtown. Schulz pointed to the fact that a number of colleges and universities now have a significant presence downtown: the MSU medical school, Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University and its Kendall College of Art and Design.

Basics of MS Office – Workshops Presented by the ATC Open Computer Lab

This week’s hands-on workshop will focus on the basics of MS WORD 2010.  Open to all students, but limited to the first 24 participants per session.

Sessions are held in room 219 ATC:

  • Tuesday, October 16, from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
  • Wednesday, October 17,  12:00 PM to 1:30 PM and 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Friday, October 19, 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM

Disability Support Services National Disabiltiy Awareness Month Update

Who is served by the Disability Support Services (DSS) office?

*Students with documented disabilities that register with the DSS office

What happens when a student registers with the DSS office?

*The student meets with a counselor/advisor who determines appropriate accommodations based on documentation the student provides. The student is given an Accommodation Agreement that explains what they are eligible for. Students are responsible for showing this agreement to their instructors if they plan to use the accommodations they are eligible for.

When should students register with DSS?

*Ideally students should register before they begin classes at the college.  DSS takes instructor referrals and new students throughout the year.

Where is the DSS office?

*The DSS office is located on the 3rd floor of the Student Center in room 368.

Why should a student register with DSS?

*To maximize their potential by exploring the accommodation and services available to them

Body Composition Clinic – Sponsored by the Wellness Department

Mark your calendars for October 16th, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Wellness Department will be hosting a Body Composition Clinic.  This is a free event for all faculty, staff, and students.  No appointments necessary, just drop in between 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. to the cage in the Ford Fieldhouse to get your test done.  Come hydrated for accurate results.  Contact Jodi Kuyt with any questions,

What is Body Composition?
Body composition is a key indicator of a person’s health and physical fitness level. Too much or too little body fat can lead to cardiovascular/metabolic diseases and a normal amount of body fat is needed for healthy psychological, physiological and physical function.

Benefits of Knowing Your Body Composition
• The test will give you a good baseline measurement of where you currently stand
• Understand your body’s signals
• Know your responsibility in taking care of your body
• Lessen the risk you may face by making simple lifestyle changes

Final ORS Retirement Reform Sessions Held This Week

The final two “ORS Retirement Reform” sessions will be presented next week on Monday and Tuesday. Staff Development has moved the location to a larger venue for both sessions, so that all who wish to attend will have a seat. If you have not participated in this informational session, please come. No appointment is necessary.

Monday, October 15, 2012

3:30-4:30 PM

Room 168 ATC (Auditorium)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

3:00-4:00 PM

Room 168 ATC (Auditorium)

Reminders From Print Solutions

Mailing Address

Please remember that if you are located at another building in the downtown area, the 143 Bostwick mailing address is the official campus mailing address.  Mail with incorrect mailing addresses will only delay  mail. Check out the delivery schedules at

Printing Charges

Last fiscal year the College spent $16,189.88 in extra expenses between the desktop printers and the Canon mfps due to large amounts of prints and copies.  The College spends 6.5 cents on every copy and print on the Canon mfps to the vendor –  but staff is only charged 5 cents – and the desktop printers cost the College 11.9 cents a print.   If you were to print 100 copies of 1 sheet, double sided on your office copier/printer it would cost $10.00 But if you were to send it to Print Solutions your 100 copies of 1 sheet double sided would cost $ 8.36 ?

Campus Dining Pumpkin Carving Contest

Campus Dining is holding its first annual staff & faculty pumpkin carving contest.  The contest will run today through October 31st.  The contest is open to any GRCC staff, faculty, or adjunct faculty.  Each person is entitled to one entry.  Entries can be turned into the Raider Grille between the hours of 7 a.m. & 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday.  The carvings will be judged on creativity, detail & originality.  The winner will receive a buffet lunch for up to 12 people for their department.  The winning pumpkin will be announced on 10/31/12 at 3pm.  All entries must include the individuals name and department.

Flu Shot Clinic

Flu injections will be provided to GRCC staff (excluding students) on Monday, October 29, 2012, between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM in the Bookstore (1st floor – Student Community Center).  The cost to staff will be $17 cash or check payable to “GRCC.”  Flu shots will be administered by Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses.

Staff who receive flu shots may register for a chance to win one of two $50 gift cards for the GRCC Bookstore.  Priority Health participants must bring their Priority Health cards in order for Spectrum Health to bill on their behalf.  WMHIP and MESSA do not provide reimbursement for flu shots administered at GRCC.  If you have any questions about the clinic, please contact Jan Benham at 234-3905 or  Specific questions about insurance coverage are to be directed to Maria Herrera-Belmares at 234-4052 or