What is FERPA?

Student Records, General Counsel, and several faculty members teamed up to answer some commonly asked questions about FERPA.

Today’s question is simple: What is FERPA?

For more information or additional questions about GRCC’s FERPA policy (8.6), please feel free to email registrar@grcc.edu.

Thank you to all the stars of these videos and to Klaas Kwant for your work!

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)-Week Four

The Department of Homeland Security has teamed up with the Cybersecurity industry to provide information they believe everyone across the nation should know to stay safe and more secure online. The Week Four theme is “Securing Our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure.”

The Week Three Newsletter for NCSAM is now available on the GRCC Security Awareness webpage.

GRCC Scholars Poster Presentation tomorrow in the Raider Grille

GRCC students who participated in the Summer 2018 MICUP Program at Michigan Technological University, UROP at the University of Michigan, and Study Abroad in Salamanca (Spain) will be exhibiting their research posters tomorrow, October 24, in the Raider Grill!

Support their hard work and learn more about the amazing opportunities that the MICUP, UROP, and Study Abroad have to offer!

Stop by anytime between 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Raider Grille, 2nd Floor Student Center, Rooms 205/207

Snacks will be provided.

Donuts and cider at Annual Employee Benefits Fair and Flu Shot Clinic Tomorrow

Flyer for the Annual Benefits Fair. Text reads: "Annual Benefits Fair & Flu Shot Clinic. Employees and Family members are welcomed! Join us for some Cider & Donuts! When:Wednesday, October 24th, 2018. Where: ATC Banquet Rooms (118-124). Time: 11:00am to 3:00pm. Benefit Fair Scavenger Hunt. Collect a ticket at the welcome table to be entered into the raffle drawing, Or play our benefit scavenger hunt for a chance to win the grand prize. Items will be placed on the vendors tables. To participate in the grand prize raffle drawing, you will need to visit the vendor tables and locate the items that are on your raffle scavenger hunt card. Once you have identified all the items on the card and collected a sticker from the vendor, give your card to Angie Ramirez at the entrance for a chance to win the grand prize. Good Luck! Employees who are getting a flu shot will automatically be entered into the raffle drawing. Vendors at the Fair: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan; Pine Rest; Flex Administrators; RX Optical; Lake Michigan Credit Union; Aflac; MEEMIC; GRCC Wellness/Staff Development; VALIC; i-Chiro; Legend Group; and more. Flu Shot Clinic. GRCC employees can get a flu shot at the fair. Be sure to bring your insurance card or pay $20 (cash or check payable to GRCC)."

Come join your colleagues for a fun and informational event at the Annual Employee Benefits Fair & Flu Shot Clinic. Learn more about the benefits offered to you. Employees and their family members are welcome!

  • When: TOMORROW, Wednesday, October 24, 2018
  • Where: ATC Banquet Rooms (118-124)
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Speak with GRCC Benefit vendors including:

  • BC/BS
  • Flex Administrators
  • Pine Rest
  • Madison National Life
  • Annuity Vendors

Get your Flu Shot – don’t forget to bring your insurance card, or the cost to employees is only $20 if not insured.

There will be cider and donuts in the atrium of ATC from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Get information on your health plan options for Open Enrollment, beginning October 29, 2018. HR staff will be on hand to answer your open enrollment questions.

You may also win fabulous prizes including gift cards and other great gifts donated by our vendors. See you at the Fair!

Professional Development Webinar this Wednesday: Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts Professional Development Webinar

Wednesday, October 24, 3-4 p.m.

Blackboard IM will be discontinued by the end of this semester. This session will cover how to use our new tool – Google Hangouts. Participants will learn how to sign in, establish a new conversation, and start a video call or conversation (Chat). We’ll wrap it up with some ideas on how to use Hangouts for teaching and learning.

Register for a Google Hangouts Webinar.


Future Webinar Topics:

  • 10/31 – Techsmith
  • 11/07 – Respondus Monitor
  • 11/14 – Blackboard Ally
  • 11/15 – Badges and Gamification
  • 12/05 – Accessible Powerpoints
  • 12/12 – 7 Observations Leading to Student Success

GRCC’s October Mathematics Seminar next Tuesday in Cook 102

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar next week Tuesday, October 30, 3-4 p.m. in 102 Cook.

Our speaker is Rebin Muhammad from Ohio University, presenting on the mathematical symmetries in traditional Islamic designs. The variety of symmetries found in Islamic geometric patterns contributes to beautiful works of art and a wealth of opportunities for interesting mathematical explorations.  Join us for a presentation that will appeal to a general audience – all are welcome!

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


Symmetries in the Alhambra

An Islamic geometric pattern is a two-dimensional wallpaper that is created by only using a compass and ruler. The history of Islamic geometric patterns dates back to the 8th century and can been seen in most Islamic countries, where it is used in decorating the walls of buildings and mosques. We will explore some of these patterns that are located in Alhambra (and other places) and see why they are mathematically interesting.