grcc.edu becomes mobile-responsive website

The communications, enrollment center and information technology departments have been collaborating on an overhaul of grcc.edu. This work is centered on providing a better experience for people using the website.

We are about to hit one of the first milestones of this multi-year project. Beginning Friday, July 22, grcc.edu will be mobile responsive. That means the website will be responsive to the user’s platform – specifically, it will be easier for users on a mobile phone or other mobile device to navigate.

This is an exciting milestone for the team — the first of many in the coming months. Stay tuned to GRCC Today as we share more information and updates on the development team’s work.

Questions may be directed to Leah Nixon, director of communications, at lnixon@grcc.edu or extension 4213.

Online sale is today

Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting an Online Sale on July 21. This sale, running from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., will feature retired College technology and resources including laptops, desktops, monitors, electronics, lost & found items, and many others! A specific inventory listing will be available the day of the sale.

The online sale may be accessed by visiting GRCC’s Online Store http://grcconlinestore.pixafyhosting.com/index.php. Please keep in mind that no inventory will be displayed until 7 am. For more information please visit GRCC’s Purchasing Department website http://www.grcc.edu/purchasing/onlinestore.

Disclaimer: Grand Rapids Community College does not guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Inventory must be picked up the following day of the sale. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appt).

Register now for the 11th Annual Summer Teaching Institute!

Attention GRCC Faculty: Registration is now open for GRCC’s 11th Annual Summer Teaching Institute! Although you are welcome to attend every session, you may also pick and choose to register for individual sessions. Plus, one lucky attendee will win a GoPro HERO Session camera! 

Here is the agenda for this year. For the full session descriptions, please visit the Summer Teaching Institute website (www.grcc.edu/summerinstitute).

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

  • Morning Session, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Blackboard Basics & Beyond
    • Co-facilitators: Chad Sytsma & Tony Dykema-VanderArk
  • Afternoon Session, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • Advanced Teaching Online
    • Facilitator: Garry Brand

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

  • Morning Session, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Introduction to Camtasia Studio & SnagIt
    • Co-facilitators: Tony Dykema-VanderArk & Chad Sytsma
  • Afternoon Session, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    • The 2016 Summer “Rock Star” Tour
    • Co-facilitators: Media Technologies, DLIT, & CTE

Thursday, August 12, 2016

  • Morning Session I, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Getting Off to a Good Start
    • Co-facilitators: Deb Vilmont & Bill Faber

Please visit http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg to register for these sessions. For assistance with registration, please contact Toy McNeal in the CTE at 234-2278 or cte@grcc.edu.

Mark your calendar for the 11th annual Summer Teaching Institute. August 9, 10 and 11. Five sessions. 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4 p.m. in 351 and 347 Main. Free lunch for participants on Tuesday and Wednesday, plus a chance to win a fabulous giveaway! Visit grcc.edu/summerinstitute for more info.

GRCC In the News, 7-20-16

Restaurant Week starts in 3 weeks, make reservations now

July 19, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – The 7th Annual Restaurants Week GR is just three weeks away! The event will run from August 10 through 21.

… Each restaurant that participates in RWGR donates $1 from every Restaurant Week meal sold during the event to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund.

AMBA Awards Scholarships to Students Entering the Industry

July 20, 2016; moldmakingtechnology.com

The National office of the American Mold Builders Association (AMBA), Indianapolis, Indiana, recently announced the recipients of its 2016 Scholarship Awards Program. To date, more than $263,000 has been awarded nationally since the programs inception in 1991, demonstrating the AMBA’s commitment to the industry, education and offering valuable member benefits.

… The 2016 AMBA National Scholarship Program awarded $1,000 to the following recipients (including their respective AMBA member companies): Paxton Corey, attending University of Iowa (M.S.I. Mold Builders); Peter Fritz, attending Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (Pro Mold & Die); Allen Johanson, attending Elgin Community College (Elba Tool Company, Inc.); Cody Smits, attending Ferris State University (CS Tool & Engineering, Inc.) and James Worst, attending Grand Rapids Community College (Paragon D&E). The AMBA congratulates each of these deserving students and wishes them the best in their endeavors. For more information on the AMBA Scholarship Program, visit amba.org or call 317-436-3102.

Two Grand Rapids school board members won’t seek reelection

July 19, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Two of three Grand Rapids school board members up for reelection say they won’t seek second terms because of the time commitment – Dr. Monica Randles and Pastor Nathaniel Moody.

… Besides (Jennifer) Schottke and (Raynard) Ross, an associate dean at Grand Rapids Community College, the other two people who have filed for the four vacant seats are: Jacob Walls, senior financial analyst with Amway Corporation and a finalist for LaGrand’s seat; and Thurston Willoughby, a minister with New Life Church of God In Christ and manufacturing technician with Amway Global.

Jumping on faith: The rise of 5-foot-5 pro dunking sensation Porter Maberry

July 19, 2016; FOX Sports

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Porter Maberry just keeps going up.

… But the work was unfulfilling and the classes bored him, and when the coach of the Grand Rapids Community College basketball team invited him to try out for the team, he quit his job and sprang at the opportunity. Maberry made the roster and, finally, figured he had a chance get noticed and begin a path to professional ball.

GRCC to hold online sale on July 21

Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting an Online Sale on July 21. This sale, running from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., will feature retired College technology and resources including laptops, desktops, monitors, electronics, lost & found items, and many others! A specific inventory listing will be available the day of the sale.

The online sale may be accessed by visiting GRCC’s Online Store http://grcconlinestore.pixafyhosting.com/index.php. Please keep in mind that no inventory will be displayed until 7 am. For more information please visit GRCC’s Purchasing Department website http://www.grcc.edu/purchasing/onlinestore.

Disclaimer: Grand Rapids Community College does not guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Inventory must be picked up the following day of the sale. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appt).

GRCC In the News, 7-18-16

Change Ups: JR Automation to build $5.6-million facility

July 15, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

Spectrum Health and Grand Rapids Community College announced the creation of the GRCC Health Care Professionals Education Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in health sciences or health care careers. The GRCC Foundation will begin making scholarship awards from the fund in the 2017-18 academic year. The amount of each scholarship award will be based on financial need.

Protest draws diverse crowd, teens talk cooperation with police as means to change

July 17, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Sixteen-year-old Danielle McMillon doesn’t want to be misunderstood.

… Sara Brooks, who works at Grand Rapids Community College and the Grand Rapids Urban League, tried to explain the Black Lives Matter movement.

Ivy Tech regional chancellor moves to statewide COO role

July 18, 2016; Herald Bulletin (Anderson, Ind.)

ANDERSON — The changes at Ivy Tech Community College continue as the chancellor over the region that includes the Anderson campus will move up to a statewide position.

… (Andrew) Bowne’s experience includes serving as the associate vice president for College Advancement at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. Prior to that, he served as the executive director for Workforce Training and Economic Development.

Pokémon GO: “Gotta catch ’em all” in Grand Rapids

July 15, 2016; experiencegr.com

If you’ve seen countless people in the last week wandering the streets of Grand Rapids, or anywhere for that matter, looking down at their phones, you can bet they aren’t checking their emails.

… If you’re on the hunt for Pokémon GO bragging rights, some other gyms in the Grand Rapids area include: The Blue Bridge, Douglas Park, Fish Ladder Park, Frederik Meijer Gardens, the 6th Street Bridge, the Belknap mural, and multiple area college campuses, such as Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, and Aquinas College.

GRCC In the News, 7-15-16

Diana Gameros sings of immigrant experience

July 14, 2016; The San Francisco Chronicle

When Diana Gameros first immigrated to the United States, she didn’t expect to stay for long.

… Gameros, now 34, studied classical piano and recording technology at Grand Rapids Community College after a brief spell back in Mexico. It wasn’t until she moved to San Francisco in 2008, however, that she felt as though she had found a place to put down roots.

Local girl meets Hollywood star

July 14, 2016; The Cedar Springs Post

A Cedar Springs grad had an exciting spring break this year when she met Hollywood star Robert DeNiro on the set of a film he was making in Florida.

… Katie (Schumann) said she has one more year at Grand Rapids Community College, and then plans to go to Grand Valley State University.

Memories made here

July 15, 2016; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Elissa Mutschler of Saranac was named the Ionia Free Fair queen Thursday.

… Ryleigh Nurenberg of Saranac was the first runner up. She also plans to attend MSU after her basic courses at Grand Rapids Community College are completed. Abigail Read of Ionia was second runner up for the crown. Read plans to attend Central Michigan University in the fall.

Fall 2016 Refund Policy Reminder

Earlier this year, the refund policy was changed.  Below are a couple of sections that we want to highlight and make sure you understand before the Fall 2016 semester begins.  Click here for the entire Student Refund policy.

1. Process to initiate refund:

A student must initiate a refund by dropping a class via the online student center or by going to the Enrollment Center to obtain assistance with the online process. The percentage of tuition refunded to the students who drop classes will be calculated for each class based on (1) the number of calendar days (including weekends) between the class start date and the end date (regardless of the number of days the class has met and/or the student has attended and (2) the date the drop is initiated by the student. Exceptions shall be made when the College cancels a class.

  • Withdraw before 5% of calendar days………..100% refund
  • Withdraw before 10% of calendar days………50 % refund
  • Withdraw after 10% of calendar days…………0% refund

The following College fees will be refunded based on the same percentage as the tuition refund schedule: Technology Fee, Facility Maintenance Fee, Campus Activity Fee and Course Fees.

The Student Records fee is non-refundable.

2. Refund Appeals

To be considered for refunds for unusual circumstances, a student must complete the Tuition and Fee Refund Appeal Application. Refer to the Tuition and Fees Refund Appeal Application for appeal guidelines, requirements and the appeal review process. Appeals will be accepted for review for 30 days after the end of each semester.  Appeals submitted after this time period will not be accepted.

Contact the Cashier’s Office (x4020) if you have any questions.

Ice cream socials start next week

It’s that time of year again — for GRCC Ice Cream Socials:

  • Tuesday, July 19th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m., Main Campus South Plaza.
  • Wednesday, July 20th, from 2:00-3:30 p.m., Tassell M-TEC.
  • Thursday, July 21st, from 2:00-3:30 p.m., DeVos Campus behind Sneden Hall.

Come to one or all of them!  We’d love to see you and feed you!

Any questions or dietary restrictions? Connect with Julie Otte at x3490.