GRCC In the News, 11-14-13

Taps bugler from EGR who broke famous note at JFK funeral to be honored at Arlington

Nov. 13, 2013; MLive

Fifty years ago this month, a U.S. Army bugler from East Grand Rapids flubbed a note during a solo rendition of taps at a funeral.

… “The sixth note is a flat note, ” said (Keith) Clark, who played band at East Grand Rapids High School and was drafted in 1946 while attending Grand Rapids Junior College (now GRCC) and working as the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra librarian.

Suspended Ferris State coach Tony Annese to return Friday: ‘I’m ready to go’

Nov. 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In 26 years as a head coach, Tony Annese never missed a game for any reason, but his Nov. 6 suspension by Ferris State administrators broke that streak.

… Annese, whose coaching past includes stops in Jenison, Muskegon and Grand Rapids Community College, was suspended Nov. 6 by the university following a locker room incident during halftime of a game Oct. 26 at Michigan Tech.

Faculty Lecture Monday Afternoon

An announcement from Jeremy Osborn, of the Center for Teaching Excellence: During this busy time of year, I wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to take a break and celebrate the excellent research of one of your colleagues. On Monday (November 18) from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in 333 Calkins, Matt Douglas, Professor of Biological Sciences will offer a presentation on the wildlife of Costa Rica, Panama, and Tanzania. The presentation is sure to be full of fascinating information and great photos of butterflies, frogs, giraffes, baboons, elephants, lions, and many other species. There’s no need to RSVP–just show up. As an added bonus, refreshments will also be provided!

Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you on Monday!

Staff, faculty email to get upgrade

The GRCC staff and faculty email (GroupWise) will be upgrading to a new version on Thursday, November 28th 2013. The GroupWise email will not be available from 10 P.M. on Thursday, November 28th until Saturday, November 30th at 12 P.M.

What this means to you:

  • All existing emails (including archived messages, calendar items, reminder notes, etc.) will be saved. You will not lose messages during this transition.

What you need to be aware of after the transition:

  • The Web version of GroupWise ( will have a new look and contain more features.
  • If you’re currently utilizing GWMC to sync email with your phone, you should not have to change any of your phone settings.
  • Automatic forwarding from GRCC GroupWise email to other email accounts ( Global forwarding) will now be available in the new version of GroupWise.
  • Your GroupWise email client (the one installed on your GRCC computer) will need to be upgraded. You will be able to update your software beginning December 1st 2013 by going to Application Explorer and running the update while on campus. (The existing version on your computer will still work until you update.)
  • Mac users do not need to upgrade to a new version of GroupWise; they are already up to date.

We appreciate your patience during this upgrade. If you have any questions regarding this, please call the IT Customer Support Help Desk at 234-HELP (4357).

Thank you for your understanding.

Changes made to college policies

A summary of recent changes to several college policies:

Closing Campus Due to Severe Weather Conditions (revised)

  • The policy used to be the “Inclement Weather” policy.  Now, it applies to campus closings due to weather or other “emergency” types of events.  (power outages, mechanical failures, etc)
    • The “weather delay” option has been removed
    • Decision making criteria has been added for inclement weather and other events
    • Information regarding facilities staff reporting has been added
    • Definition section has been expanded

11.16 Tax Sheltered Annuities (revised)

  • VIII. Contacts – Updated with new contact information
  • X. Procedures – Revision to wording concerning mailing list

14.3 Complaints Regarding Violations of Privacy and Confidentiality (HIPAA) (revised)

  • VII. Related Document – Added link to GRCC website
  • VIII. Contacts – Updated with new contact information
  • X. Procedures – Updated with new telephone number
  • XII, XIII, XIV – Added – These areas were not in previous document.

14.4 Sanctions for Violations of Confidentiality – Recommendation to eliminate this policy.

14.10  Service Animals (revised): 

  • Distinguishes between a service animal (dog) and other comfort animals.
  • Added provision regarding Miniature Horses
  • Clarified decision making authority regarding the appropriateness of a service animal.
  • Complies with Department of Justice revised regulations on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for Title II and Title III
  • Provides notice that the College must permit service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas where members of the public are allowed to go.
  • Provides guidance about the three questions employeesare permitted to ask regarding a service animal.

8.17 Academic Standing Policy (revised): 

  • From one year suspension to two semesters
  • Early return option after one semester or session suspension with required enrollment in CLS 102 or PY 97 (if required and not passed)
  • Early return student is limited to eight (8) total credits for the semester or session and a student could go back to FT status after the early return semester.
    Effective Winter 2014

The new policies have been added to the website.


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.

Students to present ‘Age of Champions’ film



Age of Champions is the inspirational story of a group of athletes–a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole-vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming brothers–all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor, and optimism.

The Gerontology Student Organization (G-Club) will present the film on NOVEMBER 21, 2013 from 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at Calkins Science Center, Auditorium Room 348. It is co-sponsored by the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Organization (S.O.T.A).

Faculty and staff who would like to register for this event may do so here.

For more information contact Delicia Wilondja at 616-234-2122 or