GRCC In The News, 10-24-18

Seismic lessons from this rock star teacher
10/23/18 (KISD newsletter)
In geology professor Tari Mattox’s classroom, a pen etches a pattern that shows what’s going on inside the Earth, deep beneath your feet. Usually it’s a slow and steady scribe, in constant motion, but sometimes it jumps with excitement.
… Mattox is a volcano expert who joined the Grand Rapids Community College staff in 2002 after a career that traversed the rocky world, from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, where she monitored the Kilauea volcano, to Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, where she dug deep for 3-billion-year-old nickel deposits.

Hernández named among top 50 Latinas in Michigan
10/22/18 White Lake Beacon
MUSKEGON — Reeths-Puffer school board member and Montague High School graduate Sonya Hernández was named as one of the top 50 latinas in Michigan for 2018.
… Hernández is an educator, model, and community volunteer who lives in Muskegon. She works as an adjunct professor and a full time Assisting Latinos to Achieve and Succeed (ALAS) coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College.

Panther volleyball goes 2-2 in Illinois tourney
10/22/18 The Chanute Tribune (Ill.)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Neosho County Lady Panthers volleyball team claimed a pair of victories over ranked teams at the Lincoln Land Community College invitational.
Grand Rapids Community College brought a 21-4 record into the first match of the tournament.

Restaurant hosting Hispanic awards gala
10/23/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local Hispanic group will honor several leaders at an awards gala this week.
… The collaborative includes representation from numerous organizations: Aquinas College, Central Michigan University, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Public Schools and Grand Valley State University.

Course planner embeds new search tool
10/23/18 University Business
Responding to student demand for ways to reduce the cost of college, student success leader Civitas Learning today announced the launch of new search technology specifically designed to help students find courses that offer open educational resources (OER). This would allow students to reduce costs for required course materials while still accessing a complete educational experience.
… Prior to its wider launch, the OER search technology has been successfully piloted at institutions within the California State University system and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Reeths-Puffer football coach resigns, citing need for more family time
10/22/18 MLive
MUSKEGON, MI – When Kyle Jewett assembled his team for a high school football playoff selection-show watch party Sunday, deep down he was hoping that Reeths-Puffer could sneak into the postseason.
… Prior to becoming the head coach at Reeths-Puffer, Kyle Jewett served as an assistant at three different stops: Northview (2007), R-P (2008-2010) and Grand Rapids Community College (2011).

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 at!/. 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 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.

Grab a free lunch and connect with TRIO students today

GRCC Scholars Poster Presentation today in the Raider Grille

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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 today, October 24, in the Raider Grill! Representatives from the University of Michigan will also be in attendance.

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

The event begins at 11 a.m.

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

Food will be provided.

What are student rights and protections under FERPA?

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

Today’s question is: What are student rights and protections under FERPA?

Search “FERPA” on GRCC Today to find more videos answering common FERPA-related questions.

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

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

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.