Parking update

The G-1, G-2, and College Park Plaza parking ramps will be returned to GRCC employee parking effective this evening. All the gates will be down and access will only be granted via RaiderCard. Employees won’t actually be able to get in until approximately 7 a.m. Thursday as we need to change their access manually, but we need to wait until they are gone tonight or they won’t be able to exit their current location. There is still some construction related items/storage in some areas of the parking lots, please be mindful of those items as you move around the ramps. Items are stacked in corners and along walls so we do not believe it will have an impact on parking access.

If you were previously assigned to G1 or G2, you will again have access to those lots. Employees with access to the College Park Plaza lot will be specifically notified, or have been already.

All other parking areas on campus will be restored to normal operations this evening as well. All automation is complete and the lighting project inside the ramp will also be done this afternoon. If you have any questions about your assigned parking location please contact Connie Crumpton-Armjo directly. Again, thank you to everyone for your patience during this process.

Faculty members sought for new committee

GRCC recently revised the Tuition and Fee Refund Appeal process. We are currently creating a new “Tuition and Fee Refund Appeal Committee” to review all incoming requests and are looking for faculty representation. This committee will meet on a regular basis though out the Fall/Winter/Summer semesters. If you are interested in serving in this capacity, please contact Jane Mohr in the Cashier’s Office.

GRCC In the News, 8-21-13

Twisted Rooster chef Mark Noseda passes away unexpectedly of a heart attack

Aug. 20, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Chef Mark Noseda, of popular Grand Rapids-area restaurants Twisted Rooster and Crooked Goose, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. He was 35.

… His family and significant other, Heather Halligan, are starting the Chef Mark Noseda Scholarship fund, to help students attend GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, according to a press release.

Woman: Man with gun said he was hit man

Aug. 21, 2013; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A woman told police that a man claiming to be a hit man and fired a gun in a Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp.

CW’s ‘Capture’ is brutal, dirty, tough say Grand Rapids team returning tonight

Aug. 20, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The film “The Hunger Games” depicts a tough, survival-of-the-fittest contest in a troubled future.

… James (Wallington), a 2009 graduate of Grand Rapids Community College, and Rebecca, a student at Michigan State University, have managed to avoid capture through the second and third episode.

Tiger volleyball team ranked No. 1

Aug. 21, 2013; The Winfield Courier

Winner of 76 of the past 79 matches and a participant in each of the last two National Junior College Athletic Association Division II national title games, the Cowley College volleyball team is ranked No. 1 in the 2013 national preseason poll.

… After capturing the programs first national championship during the 2011 season, Cowley ran its winning streak to 60 straight matches before losing its only match of the 2012 season against Grand Rapids Community College in the national title game. Grand Rapids is ranked second in the national preseason poll.

Baylor football: Baylor tight ends contribute in ways fans may not notice

Aug. 20, 2013; The Waco Tribune (Texas)

Baylor tight ends Jordan Najvar, Jerod Monk and Gus Penning aren’t the flashy guys who can burn defenses with an 80-yard touchdown catch.

… After playing high school football in Jenison, Mich., (Gus) Penning redshirted at Grand Rapids Community College in 2011 before the program disbanded. He transferred to Riverside Community College where he caught 31 passes for 425 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Volunteers Are Still Needed For Bostwick Commons Roaming Zone

Hello everyone!

Many of you have volunteered in the past to help at Information Stations during the first week of classes. Once again, we are seeking your help. However, we’re changing things up a bit this year!

In a document written by Terry O’ Banion (published in 2013) titled, Access, Success, and Completion: A Primer for Community College Faculty, Administrators, Staff, and Trustees, he provides the following charge, “Colleges committed to the Completion Agenda should involve all faculty, administrators, support staff, and returning students to help new students make connections in their first encounters with the college” (p.18.)

This is your chance to be a part of that charge! Instead of sitting at tables and waiting for questions, this year we’ll be assigning our volunteers Roaming Zones. You will wear GRCC identifiers (provided by Student Life for your shift) and will be carrying a tablet computer with the resources/info you might need. You will then wander, mingle and roam, engaging with the students as they come into our buildings and walk around campus. You will welcome them, ask if they need help, and if time allows, engage in conversation about how they are doing, what are experiencing, etc.!

This should be a fun experience for us and a welcoming experience for our new students. We encourage you to bring your business cards, so if you make a connection or a referral, the student can use you as a contact person if necessary.

Please sign up to help! We need a LOT of volunteers to make this work. The link to sign up is listed below (if you experience any issues with the sign up process, please contact Liz Tyrell at

Bostwick Commons Roaming Zone Sign Up: click here.


Policy highlights

Purchasing Policy (revised)

  • Reorganized sections for ease of accessing information.
  • Added provision prohibiting use of college resources  for charitable donations or sponsorships unless approved in advance by the President or designee.
  • Added requirement that all products and services must be universally accessible
  • Updated link to  City of Grand Rapids – Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Revised language for  Personal Gifts (section L).
  • Revised language for Purchase of Gifts (section O)
  • Revised language and order for Procurement/Travel Cards (section M)
  • Revised language in Section VI Who should read this policy to include All GRCC staff that influence, authorize and/or execute purchases.
  • Included section addressing Accessible Electronic Information Technology
  • Added Purchasing Policy Attachment B – MLBE Guidelines

Hazard Communication (revised)

  • Revised the policy statement for clarification regarding the expectation that employees are to be aware of the hazardous chemicals they may encounter in the normal course of their employment and procedures established for appropriate response to these hazards.
  • Simplified references to the GRCC Right to Know Program Document


Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing course begins in September

Industry uses Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing to specify contractual requirements. Unfortunately, many people within industry have a flawed or incomplete understanding of the subject.

The Basic Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing course builds competence to correctly apply and interpret the rules, definitions, principles and symbols per the American National Standard, ASME Y14.5 – 2009, in only two days! This course provides a common language to improve communication, so set-up requirements and tolerance zones are clearly understood by all.

Topics include:

  • the rules, definitions, and symbols of ASME Y14.5-2009.
  • specified feature control frames.
  • specified datum reference frames.
  • the shape, size, and location of tolerance zones.
  • features size requirements given specified tolerances.

The course runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 24 and 25, 2013, at Tassell M-TEC. The registration fee is $585. For more information, click here.

Motorcycle safety courses scheduled

Motorcycling can be quite a challenge, not just in learning the controls and acquiring maneuvering skills, but also in finding a safe way through real-world traffic. Your experience and participation in GRCC’s Advanced Rider and Returning Rider courses will lead to a better understanding of the riding maneuvers and mental skills necessary to enjoy motorcycling to the fullest.

For more information, click here.