Maintenance scheduled for PeopleSoft

We are applying required year end maintenance to PeopleSoft Student and HR on Saturday. We are also upgrading PeopleSoft Financials which will start on Thursday evening. Please see the details below for outage windows.

PeopleSoft Maintenance on Saturday

PeopleSoft Human Resources (HRPROD) will be down on Saturday, December 3rd from 8:00 AM until noon for required year end maintenance. PeopleSoft Student (CS9PROD) including the Online Center, will be down on Saturday, December 3rd from 12:30 PM until 3:30 PM for required year end maintenance. During this time employees will not be able to view their pay advice.

FSPROD Upgrade Begins Thursday, December 1st at 5 PM

IT will be upgrading the PeopleSoft Financials system – FSPROD – to version 9.2 beginning Thursday, December 1st at 5:00 PM.  FSPROD will be unavailable to its users until 8:00 AM Monday, December 5th.

GRCC Players’ ‘Somewhere In Between’ runs Dec. 1-3

The GRCC Players will present Craig Pospisil’s “Somewhere In Between” at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 to 3.

Attention GRCC Staff: Call ext. 3946 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, or Friday, Dec. 2, and get two tickets to the production. GRCC staff tickets are $10 — mention seeing this “ad” in GRCC Today and get our BOGO offer: TWO tickets for just $10. You can purchase them over the phone with Visa/MC, or you can purchase with cash or check at the door.

Somewhere In Between by Craig Pospisil. Dec. 1-3, 2016, at 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater. For tickets and information, call (616) 234-3946. GRCC.

Student Bethany Austhof to lead Mathematics Seminar

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, December 7, 3:00-4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our speaker, GRCC mathematics student Bethany Austhof, will discuss the relationship between Calculus and Statistics.  Her title and abstract are below.

While Statistics can be successfully studied and applied at a pre-Calculus level, a better understanding of many fundamental concepts and processes hinges on ideas from Calculus.  Bethany’s talk will provide some historical background that will accessible to anyone, so if you know a bit of statistics and not much Calculus, consider this to be an opportunity to learn more!  As always, everyone is welcome to our mathematics seminars.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

Probability: Curves Inspired by the Cosmos

In this seminar, we will look at the applications of Calculus in the field of Statistics. Topics of discussion will include how we can derive exact probabilities using integration techniques, how to  determine the mean of a continuous random variable using the center of mass formula, and a look at the derivation of the normal curve distribution function.

Psi Beta collects items for aid organizations

Members of the GRCC chapter of Psi Beta, a national psychology honor society for community colleges, collected hundreds of items for individuals in need. This is the third year that this group has organized the collection. This year the donations went to The Pantry, an organization that provides holistic aid to neighbors in need and GRCC’s food pantry, which is designed to meet the immediate food needs of students and their families.

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Volunteers needed for Stress Buster

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is seeking your participation in this year’s Stress Buster, happening on Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Raider Grille. CAB needs volunteers to staff the registration table, manage the food line, and help monitor and coordinate the different games and activities. If you would like to participate, please click here to your name to the volunteer form. If your schedule allows, feel free to sign up for more than one shift! Without your help, we could not pull off these events for our students!

If you have any questions, please contact Kaylee Wolff, Campus Activities Board advisor, by phone at 616-234-2477 or by email at

Have a great day, and thank you for your consideration and continued commitment to our students!

GRCC In the News, 11-29-16

“News at 11 p.m.”

Nov. 28, 2016; FOX 17

A violent day at Ohio State University … Three words we’ve been hearing all day: “Run, hide, fight.” It’s the protocol to take during an active shooter or attacker emergency.

… (Calvin College) students and staff automatically have their emails plugged into the system … Bill Corner with Calvin College public safety says Grand Valley and GRCC both use the Rave emergency notification system.

Combing through pollinator planning

Nov. 28, 2016; Morning Ag Clips

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In response to concerns about pollinator health, Michigan agencies and legislators are gearing up with big plans and programs for pollinators in our state. Given their importance to our agricultural economy and natural lands, Michigan is taking part in the nationwide movement to protect the insects that pollinate our fruits, vegetables and native plants. In this article we outline, explain and provide updates on the different pollinator plans in Michigan (as of the end of 2016), providing links for more resources and ways you can get involved and receive updates as these plans progress.

… MDNR, along with numerous partners, hosted a Monarch and Wild Pollinator Summit in September 2016. The goals of the summit were to gather key conservation partners from across the state to initiate development of a statewide strategy to conserve habitat for the Monarch butterfly and wild pollinators, and develop a collaborative initiative to attract people and resources to help conserve habitat for monarchs and wild pollinators. A steering committee was created to help develop and organize this Summit that included the following organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, USDANatural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Bureau, National Wildlife Federation, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State University Extension, MSU Entomology Department, Michigan Pollinator Initiative and Grand Rapids Community College. The steering committee invited a diverse group of organizations to attend the summit, which included 32 different organizations.

SLT discusses college action projects at November meeting

The Strategic Leadership Team held its November meeting on Nov. 18. The purpose of this team is to guide the development and ongoing implementation of the GRCC Strategic Plan, review benchmarking data, study budget realities and offer recommendations to the president. Our team is 80 members strong!  Membership on the SLT team is by president or provost appointment, but any GRCC faculty or staff member is invited to attend a meeting as a guest.  If you would like to attend our Jan.20 meeting, please contact Donna Kragt at

On Nov. 18, we heard exciting progress reports from three college action projects: Implement the Women Empowering Leadership and Learning (WELL) program (CAP 1.3.5), Increase the readiness of students taking on-line courses (CAP 1.2.3), and Implement the First Scholars Project (CAP 1.2.5)

In addition, the Team discussed four articles regarding innovative practices in the community college recently published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The agenda and supporting documents from Friday’s meeting can be found at:

Donations for student food pantry at Holiday Breakfast

If you’re able, please bring non-perishable food items to our Holiday Breakfast to donate to our food pantry for students. In the spirit of giving, let us do our part to ensure the shelves of our pantry are well stocked! Here is a list of needed items (* indicates high demand items):


  • Cans of tuna*
  • Cans of chicken*
  • Canned stew
  • Canned chili
  • Hash
  • Pork and beans
  • Soups
  • Spaghetti sauce*
  • Kidney beans
  • Peanut butter*


  • Boxes of cereal
  • Instant oatmeal (individual packets)*
  • Cereal bars*
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Muffin mix

Canned vegetables

  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn*
  • Instant potatoes

On the go/snacks

  • Tortilla chips
  • Salsa
  • Pringles
  • Cookies
  • Granola bars*
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Easy Mac*
  • Microwaveable nonfrozen meals


  • Canned fruits
  • Fruit cups
  • Dried fruits
  • Jelly
  • Raisins
  • Juice boxes


  • Rice*
  • Pasta*
  • Macaroni and cheese*
  • Crackers
  • Boxed meals*
  • Hamburger Helper

Basic necessities

  • Soap*
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo*
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste*
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant*
  • Feminine hygiene
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets

Learning Center hosts open house on Dec. 6

All students, faculty and staff are invited to the Learning Center Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  Please visit us at food and beverage stations throughout the Learning Center building.

  • Library & Learning Commons – 1st floor
  • Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion – 1st floor
  • Media Technologies – 1st floor
  • Academic Support and Tutoring Services – 2nd floor

Learning Center Open House. Tuesday, December 6, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Faculty, staff and students welcome. Food and beverages served. Visit Media Technologies, Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, Academic Support and Tutoring Services, Library and Learning Commons. GRCC.

What do Gary Sinise, Brian Williams and Michelle Obama have in common?

They each actively support our veterans and active service men and women. Help improve the quality of life for our local veterans by joining the APSS employee group and Campus Police in donating to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Items needed:

  • Gift cards or certificates to fast-food restaurants.
  • Small lap blankets.
  • 100-piece puzzles.
  • Stationery sets.
  • Personal toiletries, such as toothbrushes, soap, body wash, mouthwash, deodorant, cologne for men or women.

Donations will be accepted until Dec. 15 by:

  • Lt. Robert Decker, ext. 3579 or at the Campus Police office.
  • Kim Zinger, ext. 4253 or in the Math Department on the second floor of College Park Plaza.
  • Colleen Copus, ext. 3119, or in the Math Tutorial Lab (room 105 in Cook).
  • Tracy Payne, ext. 3673, or in room 313 of the Student Center.
  • Janice Holton, ext. 4129, or in room 153 of the Main Building.
  • Janis Qualls, ext. 4248, or in room 320 of Calkins.

Items will be delivered to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Dec. 16.

GRCC Foundation seeks support on #GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday! Join the Grand Rapids Community College family and community as we come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. The GRCC Foundation’s Student, Alumni & Philanthropy Club (SAP) has organized a #GivingTuesday Hot Chocolate Giveaway. Get a cup of hot chocolate by visiting the SAP table from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today on G2 in the Main Building. The beverage is free, but we ask that you consider making a donation to the GRCC Foundation at that time, in support of #GivingTuesday.

See why GRCC Foundation donor Armen Oumedian says giving is important.

Show your support for #GivingTuesday and the GRCC Foundation!

#GivingTuesday. Nov. 29, 2016

United Way stories of impact: Tax credit coalition

GRCC employees do a great job of supporting our community through their annual commitment to the West Michigan Heart of United Way. Each month we are sharing a story that demonstrates the outcomes of your commitment.

The Kent County Tax Credit Coalition offers free tax services and financial literacy courses to combat tax refunds and credits going unclaimed by working individuals and families.

GRCC In the News, 11-28-16

GRCC’s next college president talks about making an impact

Nov. 22, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The next president of Grand Rapids Community College says he confident about assuming the responsibility because his life’s journey has strategically shaped him into the leader he is today.

It’s time for West Michigan to fix itself

Nov. 25, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal editorial

This cannot be overstated.

… For example, Grand Rapids Community College this month received a $6 million grant to maintain its medical assistant apprenticeship program. Last year at this time, there were 90 openings for qualified medical assistants in West Michigan. The first apprenticeship class is almost done with its studies and will be joining the full-time workforce in January. But with a class of just about 20, it will come nowhere near filling the employment needs of health care providers in the area.

Explore GRCC’s Dental Program

Nov. 22, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — Maranda was joined in studio by some Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist students from Grand Rapids Community College. Learn about the three year Hygienist program and the 10-month Assistant program. These students get to do hands on work out in the West Michigan community. They teach people to “ReThink your Drink.” Check out the video above to see how much sugar you’re consuming in your favorite drinks.

Photo Flash: Opera Grand Rapids Hosts 13th Annual Collegiate Vocal Competition

Nov. 22, 2016; Broadway World

Opera Grand Rapids’ 13th annual Collegiate Vocal Competition held this past weekend included winners from Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Grand Rapids Community College. The competition, which provides West Michigan’s finest budding vocal artists the opportunity to compete in a professionally-judged competition for cash prizes, received 26 applicants, named eight finalists and selected five winners. Scroll down for photos from the competition!

… Alexandra Galla, mezzo-soprano from Western Michigan University, and Grace VanHoven, soprano from Grand Rapids Community College, won second and third prizes in Division I, respectively. Opera Grand Rapids named two winners in its Division II-Natalie Saigh, mezzo-soprano, and Jared Montgomery, baritone, of Western Michigan University.

MSU to help increase student success in Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2016; FOX 47

Michigan State University has joined a Grand Rapids-area community initiative to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups entering and graduating from Michigan colleges.

… In addition to MSU, other higher education institutions partnering with TCTC are: Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Northwood University and Western Michigan University.


GRCC’s online sale now runs around the clock

Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a 24-hour online sale. This sale may feature retired college technology and resources, including laptops, desktops, monitors, electronics, lost-and-found items, and many others!

The online sale may be accessed by visiting GRCC’s Online Store.

Disclaimer: Grand Rapids Community College does not guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Inventory may be picked up on the second and fourth Fridays of every month. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appointment).