‘Emergency Evacuation Drill, Test, and Exercise’ on Thursday, August 17

On Thursday, Aug. 17, GRCC will be conducting its annual Emergency Evacuation Drill, Test and Exercise as required by the Clery Act. At, or shortly after, 10 a.m. Campus Police and the Communications Department will send out a notice via the Emergency Phone Alert System and RAVE system advising everyone of a TEST tornado drill.

Everyone on campus will be required to evacuate to the nearest tornado shelter location. As a reminder, the shelter locations can be found on the evacuation maps located in classrooms, public meeting spaces, and on the Campus Police website. Building Coordinators (as identified in the college’s Emergency Response Framework) will assist in directing people to the appropriate shelter locations. Once everyone is safely in the shelters, we will give the all-clear, and everyone can return to their normal activities.

If you are aware of an activity on campus that would be significantly impacted by this drill between 10-10:30 a.m., please contact Chief Whitman as soon as possible via email, with the event and room number for clarification of compliance. (We have already addressed Fast Track and Accuplacer testing in the ATC).

At 1 p.m., GRCC’s Emergency Management Team, along with local police, fire, and EMS partners, will be participating in a table top exercise to practice our response to a significant weather emergency. The scenario for the exercise is a tornado touch down and damage to a portion of the GRCC campus. Our objectives include: discussion of internal actions in response to this type of emergency, decision making in the absence of critical information, communication processes, interaction with our community partners, as well as development of recovery plans.

We will send out a debrief of the day’s events, and summary of our take aways early next week. If you have any questions or concerns about the Emergency Evacuation Drill, Test, or Table Top Exercise, please contact Vicki Janowiak at 234-3565 or Chief Rebecca Whitman at 234-4012.


Rebecca Whitman, Campus Police Chief

Grand Rapids Community College, (616) 234-4012


Volunteers Needed at Fall Semester Information Stations

Student Life is requesting volunteers to help with the Information Stations that will be set up for the first three days of the new semester. If you’ve volunteered in the past, you know that sharing in the excitement of new opportunities, easing nerves, and helping students find their way is a great way to start the semester and show our students that we support them.

As we have in the recent past, we will have stations set up Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 28 through August 31 in four locations. The stations on the north end of the Dr. Juan Olivarez Plaza, the first floor of Sneden and the fourth floor of the Main Building will be open from 7:15 am to 6:15 pm on Monday and Tuesday and from 8 am to noon on Wednesday. The station at the second floor entrance of the ATC will be open from 6-5:15 pm.

Here’s a link to the sign-up sheet: https://docs.google.com/a/grcc.edu/spreadsheets/d/1ZEZNvm10KGc-QqUJjRuPkccmQZslOcr8XSYhIfS-HXQ/edit?usp=sharing

More details to follow next week.

Konica Minolta Printer Project Update – August 16, 2017

Hardware – Konica Minolta MFPs: The last printers are being installed in the Tassell MTEC, and all three Holland locations. This will be the last day of Konica’s onsite presence at GRCC.

Software – PaperCut: 95% of the new 109 installed MFPs will have full functionality by midday today. The MFPs listed below are on the priority issues list:

  • 301 Cook (CNA Testing)
  • 104 Music (Lounge) – Awaiting wiring
  • 131 ATC (Manufacturing)
  • 113 FFH
  • 102 Lyon (Police Dispatch)
  • A109 Preschool
  • 2 Student Center (Student Life)
  • 224 Student Center (Food Services)

Tomorrow’s communication will provide status for these units.

Existing Desktop Printers: Desktop printers will be migrated to using PaperCut. Offices that currently have these units will be contacted regarding the software change process.

Printing Using Personal Devices: IT Infrastructure is currently working on universal web-based access for personal device printing. Updates will be provided.

The project team thanks you all for your great patience. Please contact Olwen Urquhart (x3054) with your questions.

GRCC In the News, 8-16-17

Street preacher battles two city ordinances, says they stifle free speech
8/15/17 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – If you’re reciting scripture on a city sidewalk and someone complains, are you breaking the law?
… Nylen is outreach and evangelism chair at New City Fellowship OPC, 700 Burton Street SE, according to his Facebook page. He studied at Grace Bible College and Grand Rapids Community College and attended Ottawa Hills High School.