GRCC In The News, 9-17-18

AMP Lab offers options for students
9/14/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
On Sept. 19, an amazing collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College, Western Michigan University, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Talent2025 will begin to take place in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. A kickoff celebration and grand opening of the AMP (Advanced Manufacturing Partnership) Lab is being held at Western Michigan University’s downtown regional location.

LeDuc & Effa join architectural contingent at Abonmarche of Benton Harbor
One of the original architects of the Benton Harbor Arts District and a key player in the early renaissance of the city’s central business district has returned to the center of the action in a new role with Abonmarche Consultants in downtown Benton Harbor.
… Zach Effa, meanwhile, studied Pre-Architecture at Grand Rapids Community College and recently obtained his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.

College Rewind: Almas Kennedy Hilley records first collegiate hole-in-one
9/15/18 Ionia Sentinel-Standard
… Volleyball
… Grand Rapids Community College freshman Katelynn Kietzman, a 2018 Lakewood graduate, has played in two matches for the Raiders. She has two assists and 26 digs in eight sets. Fellow 2018 Lakewood graduate has started in one match and played in another, encompassing four sets played. She has seven kills and two digs. Emma Pachulski, a 2018 Saranac graduate has played in five sets (two matches) and recorded five kills and two digs. The three have helped GRCC to an 8-1 record.

Law firm hires attorney
9/14/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A law firm in town has added a new attorney to its team.
… While studying in law school, (Danielle) Dawson worked at Grand Rapids Community College in the General Counsel’s Office as a paralegal, focusing on internal ethics investigations.

Manufacturing Justice with Public Thread
9/15/18 Women’s Lifestyle magazine
At 906 Division Ave SE, a vibrant kaleidoscope of fabric and materials spill from shelves, splash across tabletops and drip from walls. Industrial sewing machines sit, taut with thread and poised to create. Whiteboards bearing patterns, charts and encouragement line the room. In the corner, a sewing machine taps a steady Morse code as a woman makes a prototype of a bag made out of upcycled billboard material.
… (Janay) Brower works with the Fashion Studies Department at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) and Grand Rapids Community Colleges Workforce Development program to provide a low-threshold to burgeoning designers and help them launch their lines and careers right here in Grand Rapids.

Put a ring on it
9/15/18 Torch (Ferris State University’s student newspaper)
Across sports, a team’s accomplishments with a conference championship or a national championship are often solidified with a ring being placed upon your finger.
… The team will open up at home in an exhibition match-up against Grand Rapids Community College in Jim Wink Arena 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, followed by the teams annual Alumni Game 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21.

IIPD Grant Applications: Due on October 12 by 4:30 p.m.

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grant program is 4:30 p.m. on October 12, 2018. 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 a Dean’s and Department Head’s Approval forms, a budget form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Director of Grant Development, at 234-3340 or Good luck!

Do you have questions about your SSPD application?

This year, we are piloting something new. Stop by during open office hours to talk through any questions you might have about the SSPD process, your application, or anything else we can help with. Lisa Dopke will be available in M4 of the CPP Mezzanine on Thursday, September 20, from 10-11 a.m. or 3-4 p.m. to answer your questions. And of course, we always welcome your call or email if that is what works for you!

Event today: GRCC Science Talks “Unlocking the Sun”

An image of the sun using Spectroscopy. The sun is depicted in shades of green, brown, and blue.

Unlocking the Sun: Spectroscopy in the 1800s

  • TODAY, September 17, 2018, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Have you ever wondered how we know what the sun is made of, even though it’s too hot to visit?

The story of how we discovered the chemical makeup of our own star combines chemistry, physics, and astronomy in a tale of mystery, far-flung expeditions, and unexpected discoveries. After an overview of spectroscopy, assistant professor Lauren Woolsey will take us through the secrets of the sun from this turning point in science history.

Dr. Woolsey is a Harvard-trained expert in astronomy, solar physics, and exoplanets.

Future GRCC Science Talks will include:

  • 11/05/2018: “Species Conservation: How we got here and what can still be done” – 3:45 p.m., Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348
  • 02/21/2019: “Epigenetics and Colon Cancer: A tale of mice, microbes, and methyl groups” – 4 p.m., Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348
  • 03/25/2019: “Gene Modifications: CRISPR” – 3:45 p.m., Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Grand Rapids Community College Science Talks are open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Please email with any questions.

GRCC Tech Day tomorrow in the Student Center

Tech Day poster. The text reads: "TECH day. Tuesday, September 18, 2018. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Student Center, Room 203, Raider Grille. Bring your electronic devices for FREE technical assistance!"

What: GRCC Tech Day

When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Student Center, Room 203, Raider Grille

Bring your electronic devices for FREE technical assistance!

Technicians will be on hand to assist with:

  • Free computer diagnostics.
  • Free and discounted software recommendations (Microsoft Office 365, Avast AVG, Malwarebytes, etc.).
  • Hardware recommendations (RAM, SSD, etc.).
  • Browser recommendations (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.).
  • Assist with virus, Malware, adware, and spyware scans.
  • New laptop recommendations.
  • Software training.

Assistance will also be offered for Blackboard, campus login, campus wifi, Online Student Center, and student email.

Free popcorn while it lasts!