All Bostwick ramp gates to be open for remainder of week

For the remainder of this week, August 7th-9th, all gates on all levels of the Bostwick Ramp will be open (up) for all access. This is so the electrical work on the panel can be completed. That panel will effect power to the gate arms. Parking will be available throughout the ramp, and the contractors will rope off the area they are in.

Some of the lighting fixtures are expected to be shipped on Friday the 9th. If they have arrive and they are ready to begin installation on Monday, we will closed the student and visitor parking on levels one through five. The roof will remain available and employee parking will remain available those four days. On Friday the 16th, all levels of student parking will be available for the Raider Rally..however the employee section will be closed, and all employees who normally park in Bostwick will need to park in the Barclay or Lyon lots on Friday the 16th.

We can keep the roof level open for entry and exit until such time as the resurfacing takes place at the exit. At that time the roof level exit will need to be closed. Stay tuned for further details as we lock down the contractor’s schedule based on equipment arrival.

State fire marshal to test alarms on August 12

The State Fire Marshal will be on site to test fire alarm systems in both Cook and Main on Monday, August 12th beginning at 9:30. The test will likely last 3 – 4 hours, as they need to activate ALL alarm pulls to assure they are working properly. This means the fire horns and strobes will be sounding repeatedly throughout the morning. They do not intend to require that we evacuate the building.

We will be placing signs on entrance door ways tomorrow, alerting people that the tests are scheduled for Monday.

If you have important activities scheduled for Monday morning, please let Vicky  Janowiak know and she will be happy to try and assist you with relocation.

GRCC In the News, 8-7-13

Grand Rapids siblings survive first episode of CW’s ‘Capture,’ return tonight for reality show

Aug. 6, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — “The Hunger Games,” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson, imagines a troubled, dystopian future of scarcity and survival.

… “We literally walked right into the Purple Team,” said James (Wallington), a 2009 graduate of Grand Rapids Community College, now living in Hollywood.

How to Become a (Teen) LifeGuard in West Michigan

Aug. 6, 2013;

Teens today face a tough job market that can be made easier with a specialized skill. One option is to become a teen lifeguard in greater Grand Rapids. Start planning now for that summer job next year…

… These places offer classes for training teenagers in CPR, lifeguard duties, or other life saving skills. (Prices current as of summer of 2013)

American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse. Must be 15 years old by the last day of the course. Course typically offered monthly. Cost: $245.

Changes made to college policies

A summary of recent changes to several college policies:

FMLA Policy (revised)

  • Updated to provide more detailed information around the federal guidelines, procedures, and the process.
  • Newly added provisions related to military service
  • Measurement period changed from rolling calendar year to fiscal year effective July 1, 2013.

Open Flame policy (revised)

  • Added Sneden and White Halls

Energy Conservation (revised)

  • Revised policy statement for greater clarity
  • Changes are noted in Section XIII

Tuition Refund Policy (revised – last revised in 1995)

  • Policy re-written to:

—  Ensure consistency in administering refunds.

—  Inform students of the circumstances under which refunds may be granted.

—  Inform students of the process to seek refunds.

  • Requests for refunds outside of the withdrawal periods must be made using the refund appeal process.
  • Refund appeals will be granted for fewer extenuating circumstances (e.g. job change, relocation, loss of transportation). Extenuating circumstances for which refunds will be considered are listed on the appeal form for a student to review when considering making an appeal.
  • (process change) Data coding for refunds was changed to improve future tracking of number of students, extenuating circumstances and refund amounts.
  • (process change) Letters will be sent to each student documenting appeal outcome for tracking and improved communication
  • (process change) There is now a single point of contact for students to initiate an appeal.
  • (process change) New standardized form and access on web
  • Timelines for appeals have been added


Medical Withdrawal Policy:

  • Changes were made to ensure consistency between Tuition Refund Policy and Medical Withdrawal policy.

Criminal Background Check Policy (revised):

  • Policy Statement modified to expand the scope of the policy to address all circumstances when background checks will be used for both students and staff.
  • Included information regarding background checks for study away programs throughout the policy.

Tom Kaechele directs Circle Theatre’s ‘Boeing, Boeing’

Tom Kaechele directs Circle Theatre’s upcoming farce BOEING – BOEING. Assistant directed by our own GRCC Theater Student Kendra Jones, this show opens Thursday 8/8/13 at 7:30pm, Circle Theatre (at Aquinas College PAC). Details below…

Boeing – Boeing [Farce-Comedy]
Winner, 2008 Tony Award, Best Revival of a Play.

August 8-10, 14-17, 21-24 at 7:30pm; August 18 at 5pm

This 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has French, German and American fiancees, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers”. He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time.