GRCC In the News, 3-1-19

Bank gives GRCC $50K

Feb. 28, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A bank, college and school district are working together to give high school students another opportunity for career exploration.

Huntington bank is providing a $50,000 grant, its largest in West Michigan, to establish the Connections to College and Careers program at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC recognizes the giants of our community

Feb. 27, 2019; WKTV

Grand Rapids Community College hosted its 37th Annual Giants Awards and Banquet at DeVos Place, over the weekend. Dr. Bill Pink, President of GRCC, opened the ceremony with a message of hope and encouragement. He began by quoting lyrics from the famous civil rights song, Ball of Confusion by the Temptations.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Names Murphy to Leaders in the Law Class of 2019

Feb. 19, 2019; (press release from Varnum LLP)

Michigan Lawyers Weekly has announced that Lawrence J. Murphy has been named to Leaders in the Law Class of 2019.

… Murphy currently serves on the following community and nonprofit boards:

… Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Board, chair

Seats available for GRCC Accounts & You session

There are several spots still open in next week’s staff development session: GRCC Accounts & You.

Calling all employees interested in learning more about and getting the most out of GRCC Technology! If you need valuable tips and tricks for the various student and staff college accounts, please consider attending this informative session.

The session 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.

Your account-related questions will be answered!

GRCC Accounts & You

Thursday March 7, 2019


Room 351 Main

Sign up online.

Policies updated

The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

February 2019

Policy Meeting


10.1 Tuition and Fees (revision)

  • Residency changes listed under X. Procedures: Rates 2. – updated Veterans requirement due to regulatory requirement – Public Law 115-251 (effective March 1, 2019)

11.6 Use of College Equipment off College Property

  • No changes

11.15 Purchasing (revision)

  • Added s. Debarment under “Procedures”

14.14 Building Access (Key/Raider Card)

  • Reason for the policy was updated to read “…to enhance personal safety for all members of the college community; to protect moveable physical assets of the college and to facilitate timely access in case of emergency.” While removing unnecessary language.
  • Removed the definitions of standard hours of operation, extended hours for employees, and normal business hours
  • Added definitions of General Employee Access, Administrative and operational Access, Emergency Response team Access, and Extended Access
  • The following sections under Procedures were changed, or added:
    • added…”and approving electronic access based on role and responsibility. Credentialing of electronic access is assigned primarily using the Peoplesoft system with additional permissions granted using the request/extended access request forms.”
    • Removed Standard Employee Access language
    • Removed Extended Access Language
    • added… “Access to academic and office buildings for students and the general public is limited to the standard hours in each building. Standard hours are outlined in the GRCC Campus Buildings Schedule and may change by semester.
    • added…” Disabling or propping open electronically secured doors provides a threat to personal safety and a risk to property and is against college policy.
    • Removed Exceptions…
    • Changes under Section D: Keys and/or RaiderCard Access will be allocated on the following basis include items in red:
  • (1) No change
  • (2) When a change in access or additional access is necessary after initial on boarding Department Heads, Program Directors or Immediate Supervisors will be responsible for initiating the access process for their employees as the “Requesting Party” on the Building Access Request Form.
  • (3) Fulltime faculty and staff will be granted access based on role and responsibility and have keys to their internal work areas (offices).
  • (4) Adjunct faculty will be granted access by semester based on active instructional assignment
  • (5) Students may be granted electronic access based on enrollment or with approval of their department head or supervisor. Student employees may also check keys out from Campus Police as needed, with approval of their supervisors. Students will not be assigned physical keys to any College door.
  • (6) All employees, vendors, and contractors must clear a criminal background check prior to receiving access.
  • (7) Grand master keys and 24/7 electronic access will be granted only with the approval of the President or his/her designee.
  • (8) Campus Police must receive a signed access request form authorized by the Executive Director or Associate Dean, before access is granted.
  • (9) no change
  • (10) RaiderCards and Key are non-transferrable. It is the responsibility of each card/key holder to report a lost or stolen card/key directly to the Campus Police Department. Individuals may be subject to costs associated with replacement as per the key agreement or RaiderCard policy.
  • (11) Key and electronic access transfers from one person to another are prohibited. Anyone possessing or using a RaiderCard without authorization will be subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal charges where appropriate.
  • (12) no change
  • (13) no change
  • changed wording to: “Facilities staff, along with Campus Police Officers, are responsible for confirming all buildings are secure based on building schedules and when the campus is closed.”

For more information, visit the policy website.

Help plan Homecoming!

Homecoming – Fall 2019

Save the date and help us plan!

Mark your calendars for GRCC Homecoming — fall edition — which will be celebrated the week of October 21, 2019.  We are looking for faculty, staff and retirees who want to help plan the activities that will take place throughout the week. If you are interested in helping, please contact Erin Van Egmond ( or x3931) or Lina Blair ( or x3924). Go Raiders!

GRCC Geology students picked for University of Texas research trip

This summer, GRCC geology students Maegan Bouwens and Madison Jones are heading to Texas to conduct field research in geology! They were two of only seven students nationwide invited to participate in a fully-funded research experience at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

UTEP collaborates with El Paso Community College and the National Science Foundation to bring two-year college students interested in pursuing a career in geology to study 34 to 56-million-year-old igneous rocks exposed in the El Paso area.

Maegan and Madison will spend 4 weeks conducting field work from UTEP, after which they will continue their research back home in Michigan. In addition to learning skills and methods employed by professional geologists, our students will work with peer and faculty mentors who will assist them with their research. Maegan and Madison will also participate in activities with members of their cohort that include weekend field trips, practicing their science communication skills, and attending professional meetings, workshops, and seminars with geoscience professionals. Upon completion of their research projects, Maegan and Madison will have the opportunity to present their research to both the local community and at a professional meeting for geoscientists.

We congratulate both students and look forward to hearing about their experience!

Final day for Emeritus Faculty nominations

Reminder: Today is the final day to submit any nominations for the 2019 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.”