Archive for August 17, 2018

GRCC seismometer records four magnitude 6 earthquakes this August

August 17, 2018

GRCC’s Calkins Science Center hosts a seismometer that’s part of the MIQuakes network, a group of Michigan high schools, community colleges and universities that host seismometers recording earthquake activity worldwide.

GRCC’s seismometer — GRMI — has picked up four earthquakes so far this month that were equal to or greater than magnitude 6:

On Aug. 5 at 11:46 a.m. Coordinated Universal Time, a magnitude 6.9 earthquake was generated near Pulau Lombok, Indonesia.  Our seismometer recorded the earthquake 20 minutes later — the red arrow shows the arrival of the primary wave:

Image of the seismometer recording of the August 5 earthquake near Indonesia.

On Aug. 12, GRMI picked up two earthquakes —  a magnitude 6.4 and 6 —  both from northern Alaska. The primary waves from the Alaska earthquakes only took six minutes to arrive at the GRMI station.

Image of the seismometer recording of two earthquakes on August 12 from northern Alaska.

Finally, on Aug. 15, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake shook the Tanaga Volcano in the Aleutian Islands and was picked up by GRMI 10 minutes later.

Image of the seismometer recording of the August 15 earthquake near the Aleutian Islands.

Walking Challenge Winners!!!

August 17, 2018

The "Pink's Pedominators" team poses for a picture on steps near the library.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the “Going the Distance at GRCC” Walking Challenge! 22 teams, comprised of both students and employees, competed against one other to accumulate the most steps. All in all, 125 participants took a total of 6,722,398 steps….or 33,612 MILES!! Congratulations to the 3 teams who rose to the top, step by step:

  • 1st Place: Pink’s Pedominators of various departments with 452,107 steps / 2,261 miles
  • 2nd Place: Couch Potatoes of Student Employment Services with 448,575 steps / 2,243 miles
  • 3rd Place: Tread Shredders of IT with 423,869 steps / 2,119 miles

Fall Wellness Schedule Now Available!

August 17, 2018

Classes will soon be in session, and so will our fall wellness classes! Build a little “YOU” time into your busy days and join us. We have a class for everyone, from beginners to advanced. Check out the schedule, grab a friend, and come move your body!

As always, there’s no need to sign up in advance – just show up and see what the fun is all about. You are welcome to bring your spouse, child over 18, or friend(s) to these classes. Non-GRCC participants are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester. All are welcome!

**Please note wellness classes will not be held on September 3rd or the week of November 19-23 in observance of holidays.**

Contact Nicole Dekker (, x3848) with any questions.

DeVos Campus Parking Changes

August 17, 2018

The DeVos Campus parking project is complete and is now fully operational.  Improvements include a dedicated walkway for students from Prospect Street, stormwater capture behind Sneden, a new entrance & exit from Fulton Street, and new equipment.

The main student/public entrance is still off Fountain, but an additional entrance/exit has been added off Fulton Street. The Fulton Street gate is equipped with two readers, so that it can be used by students and employees. Guests to the campus can also use that entrance by pulling a ticket.

Please note that due to the equipment change, the green guest parking passes will no longer work on the DeVos Campus. If you host events or meetings on the DeVos campus and intend to provide parking passes, you will need to obtain new exit passes, which are white.

Also, in order to better control the surface lot north of the Administration building, that will now be a “permit required” lot. If you are a frequent visitor to the Administration Building, you will need to have your GRCC parking permit visible in your vehicle. If you no longer have your hanging tag, please contact Campus Police. We will be implementing a guest parking permit process for guests to the Administration building.   Please direct guests and community members visiting Sneden or White Hall to use the Sneden lot, entering from Fountain or Fulton Streets.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility this summer!


2018-19 Diversity Lecture Series lineup includes Political Outlooks, Civil Rights, and Feminism Today

August 17, 2018

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series XXIV. 2018-19. Celebrating 24 Years of Diverse Voices. October 24, 2018. Ana Navarro. GOP Strategist and Political Contributor to CNN, ABC News, and Telemundo. “Political Outlook.” Ana Navarro is a Republican strategist and a political analyst for CNN and CNN en Español. She also is a political contributor on ABC’s “The View.” The Miami New Times named her a “Republican power-consultant,” and the Tampa Bay Times called her “a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful.” She has served as ambassador to the United Nations’ Human Rights Commission, devoting much of her energy to condemning human rights abuses in Cuba. Navarro has also worked in the private sector, representing private and public clients on federal issues, particularly related to immigration, trade, and policy affecting Central America. February 13, 2019. Bakari Sellers. CNN Political Analyst, Lawyer, and Activist. “Education, Civil Rights, and Equality: Cornerstones for our Future.” Bakari Sellers made history in 2006 when, at the age of just 22, he defeated a 26-year incumbent to become the youngest member of the South Carolina Legislature and the youngest African-American elected official in the nation. In 2014, he was South Carolina’s Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor. In addition to serving on President Barack Obama’s South Carolina steering committee during the 2008 election, Sellers is widely considered to be a rising star within the Democratic Party and a leading voice for his generation. He has been named to Time magazine’s “40 Under 40” in 2010, 2014, and 2015; and “The Root 100” list of the nation’s most influential African-Americans. He has provided commentary and analysis to CNN and MSNBC, including in appearances on “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “Morning Joe.” He now serves on the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee’s National Council. March 20, 2019. Jessica Valenti. Renowned Feminist Author and Journalist. “Feminism Today.” Jessica Valenti has led the national conversation on modern feminism for more than a decade. A New York Times best-selling author of five books and a columnist at the Guardian US, she has also been widely credited with sparking the online wave of the women’s movement. Valenti’s “The Purity Myth” was made into a documentary by the Media Education Foundation, and “Yes Means Yes” inspired sexual assault legislation of the same name across the country and on campuses. Her most recent book, “Sex Object: A Memoir” was called “bold and unflinching” by Publishers Weekly. Valenti’s articles have topped the most-read lists at The Atlantic, the Guardian US, and The Washington Post. She has also written for The New York Times, Salon, The American Prospect, Bitch, Ms. Magazine, and The Toast. For more information, please visit or call (616) 234-3390. All lectures begin a 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Free and open to all. ASL interpreted. Book signing will follow Navarro and Valenti lectures. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Find us on Facebook. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion in Partnership with GRCC’s Social Sciences Department. Culture of inclusion Vision Statement: GRCC promotes full access and participation in all aspects of our community through policy, practice, and pedagogy that respects the inherent dignity of each individual. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations please contact the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at (616) 234-3390.

Communications welcomes Leigh Jajuga

August 17, 2018

The Communications Team is excited to welcome Leigh Jajuga back to GRCC in the role of web content manager! Leigh will be leading efforts to develop creative web content marketing strategies that support our institution’s goals for enrollment and retention. She is to eager to collaborate with our campus community and partners to develop compelling web experiences that tell the stories and successes of our college.

Welcome back, Leigh!