GRCC In the News, 7-20-17

Guilty verdict in murder near GRCC parking ramp

July 19, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A jury has convicted a man guilty of stabbing and killing a woman in an apparently random attack on Grand Rapids Community College’s campus last year.

50 years after Grand Rapids riot, city officials focus on racial equity

July 19, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Some racial divides in Grand Rapids have changed little since 1967.

… This February at her second state of the city speech, (Mayor Rosalynn) Bliss announced a racial equity initiative. She is putting together a group led by her and Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink. They will start meeting this October to come up with a plan for intentional changes to address economic disparities in African American and Hispanic communities in the city.

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2017 Goes out to Lunch

July 19, 2017;

Restaurant Week GR gives diners a chance to explore local cuisine with unique and tasty choices at great prices on August 9 20. Thanks to the addition of lunch this year, you can close your kitchen and discover great food at over 70 area restaurants throughout the Greater Grand Rapids area.

… Restaurant Week GR isn’t just about feeding hungry customers. Did you know $1 from every meal sold goes toward the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College? Since the launch of Restaurant Week GR in 2010, the fund has received over $110,000 in donations that directly benefit future chefs. This means every Restaurant Week GR meal not only supports local chefs, but you also support the future of Grand Rapids’ culinary landscape.

Policies updated

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

Bullet Points for policies from May 2017 meeting:

Computer and Network Acceptable Use Agreement

  • no changes

Health & Safety Policy (NEW) to replace 14.8 Bloodborne Pathogens and 14.11 Chemical Hygiene Plan

  • Recommending replacing 14.8 (Bloodborne Pathogens Policy and Plan) and 14.11 (Chemical Hygiene Plan) with a single, over-arching Health and Safety policy that covers workplace activities and instructional programs that are covered by federal and state laws & regulations (OSHA & MIOSHA)
  • Related plans become supporting documents
  • 11 – Chemical Hygiene Plan
    • This was never actually a policy, rather a link to the plan that was put together by the Chemistry Department.
    • The plan has been updated and renamed the Lab Safety and Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • 8 – Bloodborne Pathogens Plan
    • Has been updated and renamed “Bloodborne Pathogens and Exposure Control” Plan

For more information, visit the policy website.

New IT ticketing system coming

Information Technology is eager to announce the migration to a new ticketing system to handle all service requests, incident reports, and knowledge management!

The new system features a much more intuitive, customer-centric client portal; allowing for easier self-submission of tickets. The new Service Catalog will ensure your ticket is properly assigned to the correct team in a much faster timeframe, meaning tickets may be resolved faster.

Additionally, the improved knowledge base will aid in searching for resolutions prior to filing a ticket.

The system is expected to go live in the middle of August. We will be sharing more information as the transition gets closer. This transition will not affect any current, open tickets

Any questions, please contact the IT Support Desk at or -4357!


Gold Team connects with GRCC retirees

Say hello to the Gold Team! They are an informal group of Golden Raiders who work to keep our retirees actively involved in our GRCC community. This team works hard to keep our retirees connected by publishing the quarterly Golden Raider newsletter and planning yearly recognition receptions. If you have questions about the Golden Raiders, please feel welcome to connect with Nicole Dekker, HR liaison for the Gold Team, at or x3848.

Two men and 12 women, all wearing GRCC T-shirts, sit and stand by a conference table.

From left: Jan Benham, Paul Chardoul, Liz Timmer, Ed Sosa, Penni Weninger, Sandy Andrews, Karen Holt, Diane Sparks, Jane Beld-Smith, Julie Johnson, Anita Cook, and Alice Donahue.