GRCC In The News, 9-26-18

2018 Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame inductees grateful for the community
9/25/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 2018 Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame inducted their 2018 class on Tuesday night at Van Andel Arena.
… Gene Paxton coached basketball at Grand Rapids Community College for 25 years and was surprised by many of his former players who attended on Tuesday.

GR Sports Hall of Fame Inducts 2018 class
9/25/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame inducted their 2018 class Tuesday night at Van Andel Arena.
… (Gene) Paxton coached Grand Rapids Community College basketball teams to more than 500 wins in 25 years as the head coach. He spent 25 years on the sidelines, leading GRCC to five league championships and is a member of the Basketball Association of Michigan Hall of Fame.

Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame 2018 class inducted
9/26/18 WOOD Radio
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame inducted a new class Tuesday in a ceremony at Van Andel Arena.
… The other inductees included former Tri-Unity Christian High School basketball player Chris Kaman, who also played for Central Michigan and in the NBA for 13 years; longtime Grand Rapids Community College basketball coach Gene Paxton; and former Michigan State University women’s golf coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll.

Google Curriculum, College Credit
9/26/18 Inside Higher Ed
Google made its first substantial foray into postsecondary education in January, with the creation of a new online certificate program aimed at people who are interested in working in entry-level IT support roles.
(This article doesn’t mention it, but GRCC is one of the colleges offering this program.)

WMU Opens Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Lab
9/25/18 Assembly Magazine
KALAMAZOO, MI — One year after announcing a collaborative effort with Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan manufacturers, the Advance Manufacturing Partnership lab at Western Michigan University opened its doors here last week for industry leaders to have a first look at the new 15,000-square-foot instructional facility.

WMU opens manufacturing lab in downtown Grand Rapids
9/25/18 (Engineering Society of Detroit blog)
KALAMAZOO — One year after announcing a collaborative effort with Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan manufacturers addressing talent needs in the manufacturing industry, Western Michigan University has opened a new 15,000-square-foot instructional manufacturing center.

Aquinas’ Miller named WHAC Runner of the Week for second time
9/25/18 MLive
Senior Alexis Miller (SR/Caledonia, Michigan) of the women’s cross-country team was announced as the winner of the Runner of the Week award from the WHAC conference on Monday.
Miller led the way for the Saints at the GRCC Raider XC Invitational on Saturday at Grand Rapids Community College with a second place finish due to a time of 17:29.8. Miller was just nine seconds behind Ashley Defrain of Wayne State for first place. She had a time of 17:20.0.

Cornerstone’s Joey DeBoer named WHAC Runner of Week
9/25/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – After leading his team to a third place finish and taking the overall individual crown at the Raider Invitational, senior Joey DeBoer has been named the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Runner of the Week. Joey and the Golden Eagles will have this week off before resuming action next weekend at the site of the 2018 NAIA National Championships.
Joey DeBoer won the GRCC Raider Invitational on Saturday as he and teammate Colin De Young went 1-2 in the individual race to help Cornerstone place third overall. DeBoer posted a time of 24:04 in an event that was just short of a full 8K race.

GRJC basketball coach Gene Paxton inducted into Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame

Former Grand Rapids Junior College coach Gene Paxton recalled the sacrifices that many of his student-athletes made to be able to play basketball.

Paxton, 86, was inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, joining former NFL player David Harris, NBA star Chris Kaman, Michigan State University golf coach Stacy Slobodnik-Stoll, former OK Conference Commissioner Jim Haskins, and the Paganelli family of football officials (and GRCC alumni), Carl Sr., Carl Jr., Perry and Dino.

Paxton guided GRJC teams to 517 victories over 25 seasons, winning five league championships — all without being able to offer students scholarships to play.

The students “had a lot of stuff to overcome before they even got on the floor,” he told the crowd assembled at the Van Andel Arena. “I still can’t get over how much some of those guys had to sacrifice to play a sport. So many of these players were working jobs — full-time and part-time jobs — they were going without so many things in other areas that other folks take for granted. I just can’t tell you how much I still admire people in that category.”

Paxton started coaching in 1965 and retired in 1990 as the winningest coach in school history with a 517-280 record. He’s a member of the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Hall of Fame.

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Reminder: Student Organizations Must Re-register for Fall 2018

All new and returning student organizations (both Academic Student Organizations and Non-Academic Student Organizations) must be registered or re-registered by this Friday, September 28th, at 5 p.m. If you are unsure if you have re-registered, please visit the Campus Labs website.

Organizations have to be registered on Raider Connect to be considered an ACTIVE student organization. If organizations do not register, they will not be able to receive funding for the fall semester. For more information, contact the Student Life and Conduct Office.

Policies updated

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

September 2018 Policy Meeting

10.1 Tuition and Fees

  • Definitions – updated legal residence and resident status definitions
  • Rates – updated Veterans information and residency review
  • Acceptable Documentation – updated documentation required for proof of residency
  • Forms – Added Residency Review Form

15.1 Personally Identifiable Information

  • IX. Definitions, A. Protected PII – removed 8. “date & place of birth”, in order to better correlate with the FERPA compliance offices PII policy and current laws/regulations.

14.17 Emergency Communication Policy (NEW), along with Emergency Communication Procedures document (NEW)

  • Clery Act requires GRCC to abide by certain criteria in each required notice, so policy was written to encompass all emergency communication.


For more information, visit the policy website.

Honors Program still accepting fall students

There is still time for students to join the Honors Program this fall! Students begin the program every fall by taking Honors 101, a 1-credit course offered in a 7-week format. The next section starts Wednesday, October 17th.

The Honors Program at Grand Rapids Community College helps students achieve their academic and personal goals. Our honors program is a small community of highly motivated students who want more out of their college experience. Success in this program is not only measured by academic performance, degree completion, or transfer; it includes building collaborative relationships with faculty and peers.

Program Benefits

  • Unique opportunities to learn alongside influential college and community leaders.
  • The opportunity to create a collaborative research project.
  • A dedicated advisor to help each student develop a clear pathway to degree completion and/or a successful transfer to a four-year institution.
  • A competitive edge for transfer and employment applications upon completion.
  • Scholarship award for program completion (up to $750).

Application Process

Interested students must complete and submit the online program application. Upon submission of the application, the student will meet with one of our staff to discuess what it means to be a student in the Honors Program in terms of participation and completion.

Learn More

If this is an experience any students you know are looking for, encourage them to apply today! Students can visit our web page to learn more about the unique courses and experiences offered as part of participating in the Honors Program.

GRCC Mathematics Seminar Today in 114 Cook

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first 2018-2019 Mathematics Seminar TODAY, September 26, from 3-4 p.m. in 114 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC Mathematics Instructor John Dersch.

The study of mathematics has the potential to delight participants with beauty and surprising relationships. This talk will attempt to capture a small piece of mathematical wonder by connecting two ideas that appear to have nothing in common. Some knowledge of algebra will be useful, but, as always, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Refreshments will be served at 2:45 p.m.


Series and Probability DO Mix

Suppose you start adding 1 +     +      +    +  ¼  and you just keep going. As you add more and more terms, your answers will approach a unique number. It’s easy to approximate this number, but finding its exact value is a historically famous and fascinating problem.  This talk has two parts. In Part 1 we will show how Leonhard Euler first solved this famous problem in the 1730s. Part 2 reveals an unexpected appearance of Euler’s solution in our search for the answer to a question involving probability and relatively prime numbers.

TechSmith Relay Replacement

As of January 1, 2019, TechSmith Relay Recorder and Relay Server will no longer be available as their parent company, TechSmith, has discontinued both products.

If you have used TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past to create videos, SnagIt and Camtasia are more robust versions of TechSmith Relay Recorder that allow you to screen capture and edit your videos. Both SnagIt and Camtasia are available for download in the Software Center. If you have uploaded videos to RaiderCast using the TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past, those videos will still be available and you can upload to that location through December 31, 2018.

Starting January 1, 2019, videos can no longer be uploaded to RaiderCast. They can be uploaded to Google Drive or YouTube using the Share option in SnagIt and Camtasia. The video captioning process will stay the same. As a reminder, per the audiovisual captioning policy, compliance with federal law requires captioning of all created, purchased or continually used audiovisual media production shown at GRCC.

Tutorials for SnagIt and Camtasia are listed below.

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at or call 234-3205.

Blackboard Instant Messenger Going Away

Blackboard Instant Messenger will no longer be available for use as of January 1, 2019. This solution has been discontinued by its parent company, Blackboard.

Information Technology understands that many faculty and staff rely on the use of an instant messaging tool to communicate with students. With this, GRCC will officially support the use of Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts allows you to send chat messages, make video calls, and screen share. Whether you are new to Google Hangouts or are currently using it or have used it in the past, more information can be found in Google Hangouts. This resource includes information on all three platforms of Google Hangouts including Google Chat and Google Meet.

We encourage faculty and staff members to begin using Google Hangouts prior to January 1, 2019, to familiarize themselves with the product suite and to determine how to best use the new tool in your day-to-day operations. Faculty and staff can use the Hangouts suite by visiting the Hangouts webpage and entering their GRCC email address and GRCC network password.  To switch between Hangouts, Chat, and Meet simply click the Google Apps menu in the upper right corner of your browser.

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at or call 234-3205.