GRCC In the News, 10-25-13

Center for Inquiry aims to educate, support

Oct. 25, 2013;

Millions of Americans are living happily without religion.

The U.S. 131 billboard bearing these words may seem out of the ordinary for the predominantly conservative and religious bubble of West Michigan.

… CFI Michigan has chapters in West Michigan, Southeast Michigan and Southwest Michigan. A number of these chapters are located on college campuses, including Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State University.

Today is the last day to apply for the Leadership Institute!

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development, and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for individual employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus. Leadership Institute includes content pertinent to talent identification, leadership development, and addressing issues relevant to the college community. Application information is available at

Flu shot clinic scheduled for October 31

This flu season, don’t get caught without your flu vaccine. Protect yourself by getting vaccinated.

Flu shots will be provided to GRCC staff. Students are excluded. Cost to GRCC Staff will be $17 cash or check payable to GRCC. Flu shots will be administered by Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses.

Employees covered under Priority Health, WMHIP or MESSA must bring their insurance cards in order for Spectrum Health to bill on your behalf.

Flu Shot Clinic
Thursday, October 31, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(ATC) Banquet Room 118

Nitrous oxide administration course offered in December 2013

Would you like to fulfill state Board of Dentistry rules on nitrous oxide administration for dental hygienists and registered dental assistants? GRCC’s program will show you the latest equipment and methods of nitrous oxide administration.

Registered hygienists must complete both the lecture and the hands-on clinical portion of the program to fulfill the eight-hour state requirement.  Registered assistants need to complete a five-hour requirement.

The course is scheduled for December 16, 2013. To register, click here.

Advanced Manufacturing courses scheduled

GRCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Series is an introduction or update for those in manufacturing or interested in manufacturing. You may take one workshop or a combination of workshops.

Upcoming courses include:

  • Statistical Process Control – SPC I, 8 a.m. to noon on November 13, 2013. To register, click here.
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC II, 8 a.m. to noon on November 20. To register, click here.
  • ISO 13485 Internal Auditor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. February 17 to 19, 2014. To register, click here.
  • AS 9100 Internal Auditor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 10 to 12. To register, click here.


Scheduled Maintenance: PeopleSoft, Online Center, CWIS

CWIS, PeopleSoft Student, including the Online Center, will be down from 10:00 PM on Friday, October 25th, until 7:00 AM on Monday, October 28th for required maintenance.

For students and faculty using the Online Center, there will be no change in how the system looks.

FOR USERS WITH ADMINISTRATIVE (i.e. not Wxxxxxxx) ACCOUNTS ONLY, there will be a new look and feel for the menu, which will have the same items and favorites but will drop down from the top of the browser window instead of starting as a list of links at the left. The Favorites menu will also now include a “Recently Used” menu that will show the last five pages used.

If you are a user with an administrative (not Wxxxxxxx) account, you may preview the menu enhancements by pointing your browser to PSTEST and then clicking on the CSMOVE1 link under the 8.53 Tools Testing Environment heading and logging in as normal. (This is a testing database with older data so please do not worry that data you see does not look the same as in production.) You will need to click the drop-down arrows under Favorites or Main Menu at the top of the page after you are logged in to get started. Please give the new menus a test drive before October 28th.

By noon on Monday, October 28th, we will send instructions that you will need to follow before you can run any stand-alone Crystals.

If you have questions, concerns, or experience issues on Monday please contact IT Customer Support at 616-234-HELP(4357).