GRCC In The News, 01-21-19

Your guide to MLK Day in West Michigan
1/18/19 Grand Rapids Magazine
Whether you’re the type to roll up your sleeves and get busy or you’d rather sit still and learn, there are lots of ways to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day across West Michigan.
… David Stovall is a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He will headline the 33rd-annual Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Celebration. Its hosted by Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.

Morning News
1/21/19 WZZM
The dream and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is being honored today. MLK Day is observed every year on the third Monday in January, which is around King’s birthday on Jan. 15. … Grand Rapids Community College professor Gertrude Croom remembers working alongside King’s team, serving and living in segregated Birmingham, Ala.

News 8 Sunday Daybreak
1/20/19 WOOD TV
Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but one group in Kalamazoo is marking the holiday this afternoon. … Several places will hold daylong events tomorrow, including Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College and Albion College.

Professional Development opportunity this Thursday

Spots are still available for this week’s GRCC Accounts and You session on Thursday, January 24, from 1-3 p.m. in 351 Main.

Here’s what you can expect from this learning opportunity:

Campus accounts can be confusing. As part of our commitment to provide world class customer support, Information Technology would like to offer a refresher course to staff and faculty. This course will provide a walk-through on the types of accounts available to our students and staff and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. We will also cover how to use the recently updated password reset tool and, of course, be available to answer other account related questions.We will go over: Online Student Center, Campus Network Login, GRCC Wireless Network, Blackboard, Student Email, Student & Employee Discounts, and printing from a personal device/cloud printing.

Sign up online HERE.

Questions? Please contact Angela Salinas: x2567 or


January 24 MI-ACE Meeting: Sexual Harassment and #MeToo

Please plan to join us for our first professional development workshop for 2019 – Sexual Harassment and #MeToo: Where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going?

  • Where:  ATC 224
  • When:  Thursday, January 24, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Sheila Jones and Kimberly DeVries will facilitate a panel discussion to the perspectives on Sexual Harassment. We’ll examine the history, how far we have (or haven’t!) come and where we’re going.

Panelists:  Sheila Jones, Kathy Keating, Chief Rebecca Whitman, and Deirdre Honner (Director of Employee Relations and Safer Spaces Coordinator at Calvin College).

Bring your questions and feedback on the issue of sexual harassment and how we can be engaged in preventing the problem.

Emeritus Faculty Award Nominations Due Feb. 15

You are invited to nominate a GRCC retired faculty or administrator for the Emeritus Faculty Award. This award was established in 1985 to honor those instructors/administrators whose dedication and creativity have left an indelible mark on the lives of students and colleagues at GRCC. During their tenure at GRCC and since their retirement, they have continued to promote GRCC’s “Commitment to Excellence” as illustrated by the GRCC values described in the narrative forms.

Nominations should be submitted to the Provost office by noon on Friday, February 15, 2019. For more information and to submit a nomination, please visit the website.

Thank You from Dan Clark

A message from Dan Clark:

“Thanks to everyone for your thoughts, prayers, emails, cards, texts, and calls upon hearing of my fall from a ladder back in mid-November and subsequent weeks of recovery. I am so grateful and appreciative for each concern and interest that was shared.

The surgeon has given the release for my return back to work this week.

Sincerely, Dan Clark”

Photos from Homecoming 2019

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That’s a wrap! Winter Homecoming 2019 was a huge hit and success. Students, faculty and staff, retirees, alumni, and community members enjoyed a week full of activities, from the rededication of the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, to food trucks on the Olivarez Plaza, topped off with a tailgate for the women’s and men’s basketball games. The success of the entire week was truly because of a cross-campus collaboration. A huge thank you to Campus Activities Board, Student Alliance, Facilities, Athletics, Student Life and Conduct, Alumni Relations, Foundation, Human Resources, Campus Police, Creative Dining, and Media. Stay tuned for next year’s homecoming dates! Enjoy the pictures from Friday night’s tailgate and basketball games!

Google Chrome Browser Policy Update

Information Technology has recently rolled out a new policy to your computers that may change the way you interact with Google Chrome. You now have the ability to sign in to your Google Chrome browser, and sync your browsing data to your GRCC Google accounts. This means that your history, bookmarks, extensions, and more can be carried across multiple devices. If you use more than one computer, or move between shared computers, the ability to sign in to the browser can help you manage your data across these devices. Please note that you can only sync your data with your accounts for security purposes.

Syncing your browsing data goes hand-in-hand with Google Chrome Profiles. With chrome profiles, you can easily create a separate browsing environment for your work and personal accounts. For more information on creating and managing Chrome profiles, please refer to this Google Support article.

You also may have noticed that with this change comes another increase in security; All non-approved browser extensions have been removed from GRCC devices. If there is a browser extension that you use and would like to be reviewed by our IT Security team, please submit a request through the GRCC IT Service Portal,