GRCC seismometer records four magnitude 6 earthquakes this August

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!!!

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!

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

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!


Communications welcomes Leigh Jajuga

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!