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