GRCC In the News, 5-07-18

News at 5 p.m.
5/4/18 WOOD TV
Andrew Rozema, head of the Computer Information Systems Department, appeared on the broadcast to talk about GRCC being designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.

What’s happening inside Hawaii’s Kilauea, the world’s longest-erupting volcano
5/4/18 The Washington Post
On Monday, a lava lake vanished from the top of Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii. The flow of liquid rock that normally fills Puu Oo crater, on the volcano’s eastern flank, had been abruptly turned off.
… Shield volcanoes “are really voluminous, the largest volcanoes on Earth, but because they have those long, low-angle slopes, they’re not very dramatic,” said Tari Mattox, a geologist who worked at the Hawaii Volcano Observatory for six years. “People are surprised when they go to Hawaii and they say, ‘Where’s the volcano?’ And I tell them, ‘You’re standing on it!'”
(This article doesn’t mention it, but Tari Mattox is a geology professor at GRCC.)

Change Ups: Green Well rebranded as Rockford Riverside Grille
5/4/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Mildred “Jane” (Baessler) Doyle is Grand Rapids Community College’s 2018 Distinguished Alumna; Fátima Nieves is GRCC’s 2018 Faculty Emeritus; and Noorthoek Academy students Katie Aubert, Leetrice Souza and David Wolven were awarded honorary Associate of Arts degrees.

FIRST Robotics World Championship Showcases Michigan’s Future STEM Talent
5/4/18 (Detroit Regional Chamber)
When it comes to the future of autonomous and connected vehicles, talent is a major component of Michigan’s next-generation mobility leadership. With more than 150,000 engineers and world-class colleges and universities, the Detroit region is already a prime spot for companies in the mobility industry. Last week, Michigan put the future of its engineering talent pool on full display in downtown Detroit.
… (Alexandra) Holt is currently dual enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College and GHHS, taking high school and college classes by day and interning by night. She added that this experience is invaluable to her future career.

Group marches in Grand Rapids to commemorate 1963 Children’s Crusade for civil rights
5/5/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A group of children and adults marched Saturday in downtown Grand Rapids to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham — an important moment in the civil rights movement.
… Gertrude Croom, a retired Grand Rapids Community College professor, took part in the peaceful protests as a 16-year-old and was with throngs of teens following Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jackson celebrates college graduation with Timberwolves in season opener
5/5/18 The Monroe News
Saturday is a big day for Kenny Jackson.
… He went to Grand Rapids Community College after leaving high school.

Ottawa Hills celebrates fun, vibrant 2018 prom
5/6/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Ottawa Hills High School students celebrated their prom Saturday, May 5, at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center.

WMHIP/Mid-Year Open Enrollment Informational Meetings

We have scheduled informational meetings with our Gallagher representative to be on-site to go over our WMHIP health plans and answer health insurance questions. It is important that you attend one of the scheduled meetings listed below so that you can learn about health plan coverage options and make an informed decision on your health care.


Date: Monday, May 7, 2018

Location: ATC Auditorium Room 168

Time: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.


Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Location: SCIE Auditorium Room 348 *Please note change of location*

Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.

If you have questions, please contact Vicki Vicencio (ext. 4175) or Maria Belmares Herrera (ext. 4052) for assistance.


FREE Blackboard Users Conference May 18th

GRCC Faculty and Staff – You are invited to attend the FREE Michigan Blackboard Users Group (miBUG) Spring Conference on Friday, May 18th.

Registration for the MiBUG Spring Conference closes Friday, May 11th, so register today!  There are currently over 85 people registered, including staff from GRCC.

Why should you register for the MiBUG Spring Conference? 

  • It’s a FREE opportunity for you to network with and learn from other Blackboard users from across the state.
  • You’ll have the opportunity check out all of the cool products and services that our sponsors have to offer (Sharp, Cengage, Kaltura, Qwickly, Respondus)
  • We have an awesome keynote presentation, as well as ten breakout sessions being offered.  See the full session descriptions on their website (link below).
  • Have your questions answered by a panel of Blackboard representatives, including Chad Kainz, Principal Strategist; Tim Atkin, Chief Client Officer; Emmah Schramke, Customer Programs Manager; and Mark Burris, Customer Success Advocate.
  • See the first annual MiBUG Distinguished Member Award presentation.
  •     and still be home early on a Friday!

Register today: