GRCC In The News, 10-31-18

Holy hot course, Batman!
10/30/18 (KISD newsletter)
Senior Amber Ching has two folders filled with drawings of colorful, expressive, Anime-style people and animals. They could make perfect characters in a graphic novel.
… Graphic books are not necessarily easy reads, said (Kevin) Mulvihill, who also teaches English 101 at Grand Rapids Community College. Many of them, like the required reads, present heavy themes. Many include lots of text. Plus, superheroes and their adversaries are advanced in all ways. These villains have a big vocabulary, Mulvihill said.

TRIO Power of Education fundraiser selling donuts and apples through Friday

Poster for Donut and apple sale. Poster text reads: “Power pf Education Foundation Fundraiser. Donuts and Apples Sale. 10/29/2018-11/2/2018. Locations from: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. October 29th: Main Building, Winchester Alley; Main Building, 4th Floor; Student Community Building, 1st Floor. October 30th: Main Building, 4th Floor; Student Community Building, 1st Floor; Science Building, 1st Floor. October 31st: Main Building, 4th Floor; Student Community Building, 1st Floor; Science Building, 1st Floor. November 1st: Main Building, Winchester Alley; Main Building, 4th Floor; Student Community Building, 1st Floor. November 2nd: Science Building, 1st Floor (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.). Help us reach our $600 goal. Help GRCC Trio students sponsor another year of tuition for a student through the Power of Education Foundation school in Fontamara, Haiti. 100% of proceeds will be used directly for sponsorship. Education: workbooks, textbooks, a uniform and other necessary supplies will be included. Meals: Nutritious daily meals while will be provided while at school. Future: It will create opportunities beyond the classroom by helping a child in need.”

TRIO SSS is picking up 30 dozen fresh donuts today, October 31, for our annual Power of Education Fundraiser.

Please help GRCC/TRIO students reach their goal of $600 for tuition to sponsor Samuel Duroseau, 6 years old, through the Power of Education Foundation school in Fontamara, Haiti.  100 % of Proceeds will be used directly for sponsorship.

We are accepting Pre-Orders for Wednesday, 10/31, for deliveries for an order of 1 dozen or more donuts or apples.  Call (616) 234-4150 to place your order.  Make sure you provide the contact name of the person who is making the purchase and the location of delivery.  Cash or check made out to the “Power of Education.”  You may also send your order via email to

Dia de Los Muertos celebration Nov. 1 in the Student Center

Poster for the 2018 Dia De Los Muertos celebration at GRCC. The text reads: “Dia De Los Muertos Celebration. November 1, 2018. 9 a.m-11 am and 2 pm-4 pm. Student Life Office. 1st Floor, Student Center building. Community Altar. Refreshments. Altar will be on display Oct. 29- Nov. 1. Open to the Public. Presented by GRCC ALAS. Assisting Latinos to Achieve and Succeed. Asistiendo a Latinos a Alcanzar y Sobresalir. For more information: Sonya Hernandez, 616-234-2561,”

Please join us in Student Life as we celebrate Dia de los Muertos tomorrow, November 1. We will have coffee and Mexican sweetbread available from 9-11a.m. From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., our Hispanic Student Organization will be hosting an event in Raider Grille and showing the movie “CoCo.” From 2-4 p.m., we will have tamales available in the student life office.

We hope you are able to stop in and see us. If you do, please make sure you find our sign-in sheet and let us know you were there!

Techsmith webinar this afternoon

Techsmith webinar: Today, October 31, 3-4 p.m.

Currently, G.R.C.C. licenses three Techsmith products – Relay, Camtasia, and SnagIt. This webinar will explain when you would use these products (for video or images) and how they are being used to improve student learning. There will be a short demonstration, as well as time for Q&A.

To register, go to


Future Webinar Topics:

  • 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

Do we have a GRCC specific FERPA answer to give parents?

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

Today’s question is: Do we have a standard “GRCC specific” answer to give parents?

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!

Free ‘Rock the Vote’ concert tomorrow in the Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall

Poster for Rock the Vote concert. The poster art includes a School House Rock-style illustration of a hand dropping a paper into a ballot box. The text reads: “November 1, 6:30 p.m. Rock the Vote with The Crane Wives. WSG Ben Traverse and Kaitlyn Zittel. At GRCC.” There are logos on the bottom of the image for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the GRCC Music Department, and Lakeside House Shows and Music Sales.

WHAT: Rock the Vote – a free concert in the Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall

WHO: The Crane Wives, a Grand Rapids-based Americana band, with special guests GRCC students Ben Kolk and Kaitlyn Zittel

WHEN: Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall, room 200, in the Albert P. Smith Music Center

This free concert is presented by the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, NextGen America, Lakeside House Shows, and the GRCC Music Department.

Free employee fraud protection program informational sessions today and Thursday

GRCC Employees are eligible to receive a full year of Aflac Fraud Protection, powered by EZShield, at no cost.

Learn more and sign up on the following dates:

  • Today, October 31, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Sneden 115
  • Thursday, November 1, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Leslie E Tassell M-Tech Room 202

Questions? Contact Aflac Agent Bill Johnson: or call (616) 350-5555