GRCC In the News, 9-28-17

GRCC will host conversation on opioid addiction

Sept. 27, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is encouraging people to take part in a conversation on the “Opioid Addiction: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities to Create a Safer, Healthier Community” Thursday, Oct. 5.

Disability Awareness Month Schedule Features Poetry Slam Champion, Highlights Accommodation and Action

Sept. 27, 2017;

A schedule of six events will be offered on the Ferris State University campus, this October, during Disability Awareness Month, with the goal of fostering acceptance and understanding.

… Final events on the Disability Awareness Month schedule include a presentation and discussion on the Paws With a Cause program, to be held in Room 217B of the University Center Building at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 26. At halftime of the Ferris men’s basketball game against Grand Rapids Community College, Saturday, Oct. 28, the Grand Rapids Pacers wheelchair basketball team will exhibit its skills. The Pacers compete, nationally, with a high-energy, entertaining style that challenges the notions of what disabled really is. On Tuesday, Oct. 31, a Forum for Inclusion and Understanding, disABILITY, DEBUNKED! will begin at 11 a.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Ferris faculty, staff and students will offer presentations on their experiences with disabilities, with the goal of ending those assumptions that limit movement toward a more inclusive future, and society.

Seeking Volunteers for United Way Campaign

We are looking for employees to serve as captains for the 2017 United Way Campaign at GRCC. The captains help keep their team informed about events and send reminders to return pledge forms to Human Resources. Captains attend one training lunch where they learn about the campaign and some of the great work that happens though the United Way.

If you would like to volunteer, please email Christine Coon (

United Way Campaign Coordinators

Disability Support Services offers Video Relay Service

Disability Support Services has installed a Video Relay Service phone so students or employees who are deaf or hard of hearing and use American Sign Language can place phone calls during office hours.  This tool allows an individual who uses Sign Language to quickly have access to an interpreter for outgoing on- or off-campus calls. The interpreter can both voice for the individual and interpret information back to the individual during the phone call.

If your office receives a call from someone using this type of service, the interpreter will tell you that they are assisting another person with communication through a Video Relay Service; they will then begin to speak the caller’s exact words. In this case, you would talk directly to the individual calling — just as you would with any phone call. (In other words: Don’t say to the interpreter, “they would need to do this”; instead say, “you will need to do this.”)

The interpreters have to follow a strict ethical code that requires all information that they interpret to remain confidential. In other words: The interpreter is simply the conduit through which phone communication can occur. This method of communication is approved and funded by the Federal Communications Commission.  We have been excited to see how the Video Relay Service has already improved communication for our students since it was installed in August!

A huge thanks to Donovan Wallace in IT as well as Jilian Rakow, a GRCC Sign Language interpreter, for helping to implement this!

Spread the word to students and employees that it is available in the DSS lobby, Student Center room 368, during our hours — no appointments needed!

IIPD Grant Applications are due on October 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., October 11, 2017. Information about how to apply for an IIPD grant can be found at this website: IIPD Application and Guidelines. Please note that applications must include Dean’s and Department Head Approval forms, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!