GRCC In the News, 12-16-13

Black graduation rates: Michigan colleges aim to reverse poor academic history

Dec. 15, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Micah Rupert had butterflies in his stomach.

It was his first day of class at Grand Rapids Community College, and Rupert, 20, was excited to be starting school, a path he hopes will lead to a career in computer networking.

Database: Search graduation rates by race, gender at Michigan colleges from 2007-2011

Dec. 15, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Graduation rates at Michigan’s colleges and universities show significant gaps remain among black men and the overall student body.

Schools throughout West Michigan, including Grand Rapids Community College, are working to reduce those gaps through programs that offer assistance to black men. And while, to some extent, those programs are helping, more work needs to be done, officials say.

Grand Rapids Community College awards certificates of completion

Dec. 13, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Students in Grand Rapids Community College’s job training programs will receive certificates of completion at GRCC’s job training winter graduation on Dec. 19.

Program to promote training for high-demand jobs

Dec. 14, 2013; East Village Magazine

Mott Community College (MCC) has announced a new partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and a network of community colleges around the state that will promote training opportunities for in-demand careers to Michigan high school students.

… The regional career liaisons will be housed at Alpena Community College, Bay de Noc Community College, Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Jackson College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Mott Community College, North Central Michigan College and The Workforce Intelligence Network.

High-End Homes: For $2,700 a month, condo lets you sample downtown’s lush life

Dec. 14, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Living in a downtown condominium puts you within walking distance of restaurants, theaters, concerts, sports events and a developing retail scene.

… This unit offers 11 6-foot-high windows that overlook Veterans Park, the Civic Theater, the downtown skyline and the backside of Fountain Street Church. Also nearby are the Grand Rapids Public Library and Grand Rapids Community College.


Screening committee training sessions have been added in January:

  • Mon Jan 10th from 9-11:30 am
  • Mon Jan 10th from 1-3:30 pm
  • Wed Jan 15th from 1-3:30 pm
  • Thu Jan 16th from 1-3:30 pm
  • Fri Jan 17th from 1-3:30 pm
  • Thu Jan 23rd from 1-3:30 pm
  • Fri Jan 31st from 1-3:30 pm

All sessions will take place in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center multi-purpose room)

Workshops facilitated by employees in the Diversity Learning Center and Human Resources Department.

Staff and Faculty, please register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Update on GroupWise

As part of the IT department’s efforts to keep our customers informed we wanted to take a moment to update you on the recent GroupWise 2012 upgrade.

IT’s Infrastructure team began preparations for the GroupWise upgrade this past June after the decision was made to not move forward with Gmail. It took several of our engineers over 20 hours to implement the upgrade over Thanksgiving weekend.

All told we…

  • Migrated over 3 MILLION GroupWise messages to new hardware
  • Upgraded GroupWise 2012 application across campus
  • Upgraded GroupWise Web Access
  • Load balanced Web Access
  • Upgraded GWMC mobile server to support Android 4.3, iOS 7, and Windows 8
  • Added 4 additional servers up from 2: Blackboard now has its own dedicated server
  • Improved background building blocks to increase security

Accomplishments aside there were several issues related to GroupWise that came up during the upgrade, but were NOT caused by it.

  • Several GroupWise accounts were compromised due to forwarding rules and easy to guess passwords.  These accounts were sending out vast amounts of spam. We rerouted it in order to ease email traffic. We also contacted those employees to have them change their passwords.
  • As a result of large amount of spam coming from we were blacklisted by many domains outside of Unfortunately, the process to be whitelisted by those service providers does not always have a quick turn around and is determined by them.

We appreciate your patience and understanding while we continue to improve the services provided across campus. If you have questions, comments, or concerns we would like to hear from you. Email us at or give us a call at 234-HELP. Or you can check out  GroupWise Tutorials.

Energy Conservation Reminder for the Holiday Break

Our faculty and staff members did a great job pitching in to save energy for our Thanksgiving break. Thank you! Here’s your reminder that the Winter Break is almost upon us and this period is one of the most important of the year for saving energy. As you prepare for longer break, take a few minutes to ready your area for this vital shutdown:


  • Rrefrigerators should be unplugged, cleaned out with its doors propped open. We recommend that this be completed at least one day prior to staff leaving for the shutdown so the unit can be monitored for excessive melting of built up ice in the freezer area:
    • Unplug the unit
    • Empty the appliance of all food
    • Block the door open so air can circulate and discourage mildew
  • Power down all copiers/printers /scanners
  • Unplug equipment such as computers/monitors/speakers, radios, televisions, mobile phone chargers, and power supplies for laptops, cell phones, etc. (These devices continue to consume power when plugged in even when they are not connected to the device)
  • Turn off classroom equipment including Smartboards, projectors, etc.
  • Check to make sure all equipment is switched off in meeting rooms
  • Please be aware that personally owned space heaters are prohibited. If you have a personally owned space heater on campus it is recommended that you take it with you when you leave for the holiday break.


  • Power off/unplug all unnecessary lab equipment
  • Ensure all fume-hood sashes are closed, and all fume-hood lights are turned off

NOTE: Unplugging equipment is preferable to turning it off as most electronic equipment continues to use power even when turned off. If, however, your equipment is plugged into a switched power strip, please shut off the power switch on the power strip.

Raider Salute to dental program students

Evan Macklin, of Student Life, is sending a Raider Salute to first-year Dental Program students:

They chipped in their own money to provide a fellow student with a better holiday. The Dental Program wanted to adopt a family for the holidays, so they asked a student to provide wish lists for themselves and their dependents (if they had any).

The student was in complete shock. The day before I called her, she had told her kids that the gifts were going to be very limited this year due to a financial set back in her life recently. When I gave her a call, she was in disbelief. She indicated the phone call couldn’t have came at a better time for her and her family.

The student indicated that she hopes to be in a better financial situation later in life, so that she can give back as well.


Raider Salute to Tom Hornack

The GRCC Social Sciences Department would like to send a Raider Salute to Tom Hornack from Facilities. Tom recovered two chairs in the basement of Mable Engle Hall that matched the desk and bureau in the White Hall lobby and Reading Room. He went to great lengths to restore the chairs and refinish them, including hand crafting the ornate detail on the backs and arms and recovering the seats. We wish to thank him for his painstaking attention to detail, his craftsmanship and his commitment to making sure that White Hall reflects historical accuracy as well as functionality. Tom also reflects GRCC’s value of Sustainability in undertaking the project. We truly appreciate his talents and this contribution.

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ESP Collecting Items for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

The ESP employee group is collecting much needed items for the Grand Rapids Home for Veteran’s, from 10/28 – 12/19/13, for the holiday season.

Items needed include:

  • Gift cards or certificates to fast food restaurants (such as McDonald’s)
  • Lap blankets
  • New or gently used clothing – size 2x or larger
  • 100 piece puzzles
  • Personal toiletries:  body wash, mouthwash, deodorant, or cologne (for men or women)
  • Pencils and letter writing pads/kits
  • Postage Stamps

Donations will gladly be accepted at any of the following locations around campus:

  • Colleen Copus (x2103) – Math Tutorial Lab – Rm 105 Cook Bldg.
  • Tracy Payne (x3673) – Rm 101- Sneden Hall
  • Janis Qualls (x4248) –  Rm 318 – Science Bldg.
  • Francisco Ramirez (x3181) – Enrollment Center – 1st Floor Main Bldg.
  • Kathy Kolehouse (x3940) – Rm 100 – Music Bldg.
  • Kim Musser (x4253) – College Park Plaza – 2nd Floor Lobby

Items will be collected every Thursday, then dropped off at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Friday, December 20th.   We would appreciate your support.  Please help us, to help them. Thank you.