GRCC In The News, 02-18-19

37th Annual Giants Award winners to be honored as leaders in Grand Rapids
2/17/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Ten African-American individuals will be honored by Grand Rapids Community College at this years 37th annual Giants Awards and banquet, to be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at DeVos Place’s Steelcase Ballroom, 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

Advocacy runs deep in ELNC founder
2/18/19 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nkechy Ezeh has always had a passion for advocacy.
… She moved here in January and once the snow melted and signs of springs started to sprout, she started to walk and familiarize herself with her new neighborhood.
“At that time I was pregnant. As I was walking around I ran into Grand Rapids Community College Library, that was a new concept for me,” said Dr. Ezeh.

Hope College hosts fourth annual ‘Fall in Love with STEM’
2/16/19 WZZM
GVSU and GRCC will host STEM activities for middle school students February 23.

Whitmer touts a path for everyone to prosperity in GRCC visit
2/15/19 (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
There’s an opportunity for everyone to be prosperous in Michigan. So said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during a visit to Grand Rapids Community College.

Upgraded digital signs are a new way to tell the GRCC story

The digital signs in buildings across the GRCC campuses have a new look, bringing more information about people and events.

The new presentations go into effect on Monday, Feb. 18, and Tuesday, Feb. 19, and are the result of a collaboration between the Communications and IT departments.

New software allows us to display dynamic, branded content in line with our mission to provide relevant information to our students in innovative ways. You can expect to see institutional events, information, and videos reinforcing to students and employees that GRCC is a welcoming place for our community and beyond.

Events, with some exceptions, that require design from our Graphics department will automatically have a digital sign created for them.

Strategic Leadership Team meeting recap

SLT Meeting Recaps from Feb. 15, 2019:

The GRCC Strategic Leadership Team held its most recent meeting last Friday, February 15.  We spent our time reviewing progress reports from five of our 15 College Action Projects.   The team also discussed potential additional College Action Projects as we moved into the second year of the plan.  A copy of the Agenda is attached.

You can find a link to GRCC’s Strategic Plan on the Institutional Research and Planning page of the website.

A list of the SLT team members is also available online.

TRIO/SSS Students Present at the MI-CAPP Student Leadership Summit

TRIO students Connie, Monica, Amina, and Nhung posing for a photo after their presentation at the MI-CAPP Student Leadership Summit.

TRIO Student Support Services Students Connie Dock, Amina Elamin, Nhung Pham, and Monica Rivera presented at the MI-CAPP Student Leadership Summit this past Saturday, 2/16/19 in Ann Arbor, MI. Their topic, “Study Abroad – A World Waiting to be Explored” focused on identifying, planning and financing this type of experiential learning opportunity and why students should try to fit this into their time in college.

Nhung Pham shared her personal motivation for applying to a program in the Netherlands for this upcoming Summer: “I came to the United States 4 years ago, and I was not prepared. I felt very overwhelmed by the people, language, and strange rules. Nothing felt familiar. I never would have dreamed that 4 years later I would be excited to study in another country but I am! I’m ready and prepared this time and I can’t wait!”

To learn more about TRIO/SSS please visit our webpage.

G Suite Tip – Configuring Chrome Profiles

If you use multiple Google accounts (such as a personal account and a work account), it is recommended that you set up Chrome profiles in your Google Chrome browser to switch between them quickly. This is especially useful, as it will help separate your pilot account from your GRCC production account during both the training and months leading up to the go-live date.

You may also view our Knowledge Base resources about creating a work Chrome profile and other helpful Google topics.

  1. Open your Google Chrome browser.
  2. At the top right, click the button with your Initial or User Icon.
  3. Click Manage people.
  4. Click Add person.
  5. Choose a name and a photo (optional).
  6. Click Save. A new window will open and ask you to sign in
  7. Enter your username and password:
    1. Username:
    2. Password: Your GRCC Network Password
      Same one you’d use to login to a computer, your GroupWise, or Blackboard
  8. (Optional) Turn sync on in Chrome with a Google Account for the new profile. Their bookmarks, history, passwords, and other settings will automatically sync.

For technical assistance, please contact the IT Support Desk at -4357 or submit a service request at

Do you need your teeth cleaned?

Did you know you can do it right here?

Come down to the GRCC dental clinic and get your teeth cleaned today!
GRCC Student $15, Normal Price $30. The appointment includes cleaning, fluoride treatment, x-rays, and a FREE parking pass. No dentist or insurance needed!

Call the GRCC Dental clinic at (616) 234-4237 or come into the clinic located in room 308 of the Cook Academic Hall and ask for a First Year Dental Hygiene Student to do your appointment on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. or on Friday from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Please note appointments are 3 hours due to the learning environment.

Enjoy ‘Winter Warm Up’ in the Fieldhouse this Wednesday

Stock photo of two bowls of tomato soup with herbs on top

Winter Warm Up

  • This Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Room 212 — Ford Fieldhouse

Come join your colleagues for a comforting cup of soup and grilled cheese along with warm conversation and connection! This is a new event replacing the February Sweets & Treats/Flowers & Cupcakes.

Use this as an opportunity to see the upgraded Fieldhouse space if you haven’t already.

Drop by and cozy up!

‘Quiet Woman’ performs at the Library and Learning Commons this Thursday

This Thursday night, GRCC English professor Katrina “Katie” Kalisz will read from her recently-published volume of poetry, Quiet Woman, and you are invited!

  • This Thursday, February 21
  • GRCC Library, 2nd Floor
  • 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

The cover of the poetry book 'Quiet Woman' by author Katie Kalisz. The cover depicts a black background. There is a small wooden bowl with a blue base sitting on a wooden surface in the foreground. Around the bowl's base is a loosely-coiled pile of rough thick twine. The text reads: "Quiet Woman. Poems by Katie Kalisz."

Kalisz teaches composition, women’s literature, and creative writing. She earned degrees from the University of Michigan, Loyola University of Chicago, and Queens University of Charlotte.

The English Department and Library & Learning Commons are sponsors of this poetry reading and book signing. You’ll enjoy a display of her poetic career, and have an opportunity to purchase a copy of Quiet Woman signed by Katie. Refreshments will be served.