GRCC In The News, 03-13-19

College, careers and their dreams — focus of Latino Youth Conference
3/12/19 (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
Even though he’s got four years of high school ahead of him, Alan Ramos, an eighth-grader at Wyoming Junior High School, says college is already part of his plan for the future.
… Ramos was among several hundred eighth-graders who braved slippery roads and blustery winds recently to attend the 20th Annual Latino Youth Conference at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College.

Dr. Laurie Chesley hired as COCC’s new president
3/12/19 KTVZ
BEND, Ore. – Dr. Laurie Chesley has been named the new president of Central Oregon Community College. The COCC board of directors voted 6-0 Tuesday evening to hire Chesley as only the sixth president in the college’s 70-year history.
… Chesley is the provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids (Michigan) Community College. She taught English at a variety of higher education institutions for 14 years, including five years of full-time teaching at Northwestern Michigan College.

Lakeshore hub honoring Innovator of the Year finalists
3/12/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
The Lakeshore Innovator of the Year will be named this week.
… John Bilsky, certified master water specialist
(This article doesn’t mention it, but John Bilsky is a GRCC alumnus.)

DIGARC Welcomes 160 Colleges and Universities to Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Orlando
3/12/19 KQCW
More than 160 higher education institutions from coast-to-coast gather in Orlando from March 17 – 20, 2019, for the 6th Annual DigarcU User Conference. Over 270 DIGARC software users will obtain certifications, enjoy thought leadership sessions and connect with fellow education professionals at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, Orlando.
… “This is my sixth DigarcU and each conference has gotten better,” says Deb Dewent, Assistant Director of Instructional Support for Grand Rapids Community College. “I look forward to connecting with my colleagues and hearing about best practices for DIGARC software. Plus, I love coming to sunny Florida in March.”

Bear Lakes May to play softball at GRCC
3/12/19 Manistee News Advocate
With spring around the corner, Hayley May is about to embark on her senior season of softball.
It won’t be her last, though, because the Bear Lake Laker recently signed a letter of intent to continue her career at the next level for Grand Rapids Community College.

Ionia County ISD super appointed to community foundation board
3/12/19 The Sentinel Standard (Ionia)
IONIA — An Ionia County schools leader has been named to the advisory board of a community foundation that allocates grant money to local organizations.
… (Ethan) Ebenstein has a bachelor of arts degree from Aquinas College and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University. Ebenstein and his wife, Julie, have two sons: Trevor, a high school junior, and Logan, a sophomore at Grand Rapids Community College.

Open Educational Resources (OER) meeting in the Library today

Wouldn’t you know it? Open Education Week was last week! The good news is, we’re still celebrating this week! Drop-in to LRC 123 to hear from Sophia Brewer of the Library and Learning Commons and Meegan Willi of DLIT on how to get started with OER.

Open Educational Resources (OER) at GRCC – Who, What, When, Why, and How to get started!

Wednesday, March 13, from 10-11 a.m.

G Suite Transition: 1-to-1 GroupWise to G Suite Guide

The G Suite transition team has compiled a collection of top functions and terms from GroupWise and built a comprehensive guide on how to do the same function in G Suite. Follow each link to a Knowledge Base article with specific instructions to walk you through the new process.

You can test out these new functions using your G Suite pilot account. To log in,

  1. From any web browser navigate to
  2. Enter your Campus Network username and password:
    1. Username: (e.g.
    2. Password: Your GRCC Campus Network password (Same one you’d use to login to a computer, Groupwise, or Blackboard.)

1-to-1 Guide:

What I did in GroupWise: What I do now:
Send an email Compose an Email Article
Reply to an email Reply to a Gmail Message
Send an appointment Request Create an Event
Busy Search Find a Time for Events
View Multiple Calendars View a Coworker’s Calendar

View Calendars Side by Side

Notes Create Notes In Google Keep
Retract/Resend Appointment Retracting/Deleting an Event

Restoring a Deleted Event

Create Rules Creating Filters for Incoming Mail
Task List Create a List of Tasks in G Suite


Groupwise Google
Appointment Event
Busy Search Find a Time
Folders Labels
Rules Filters

Please Note:  The G Suite pilot account is only for testing and training purposes. Any content migrated from GroupWise to pilot will not be moved to the production G Suite environment.

If you have any questions about how to do a specific task or function in G Suite, contact our Google Guides by emailing or contact one of our Google Guides directly!

If you have difficulties logging into your account, please contact the GRCC IT Support Desk at (616) 234-4357.

Social Sciences Department Lecture Series next week

Image advertising a lecture series. There is a photo of feminist political geographer Lindsay Naylor standing in front of a map of the Americas. The text reads: "GRCC Social Sciences Department Lecture Series on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity. Fair Rebels? Fair Trade in Movement and the Possibilities of Being in Common. Tuesday, March 19, 2019. 6:30-7:30 p.m. DeVos Campus, Sneden Hall, Room 108. Free and open to the public."

Fair Rebels? Fair Trade in Movement and the Possibilities of Being in Common

  • WHEN: Tuesday, March 19, 2019, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: DeVos Campus, Sneden Hall, Room 108
  • WHO: Dr. Lindsay Naylor, Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Delaware

A feminist political geographer, Lindsay Naylor is an assistant professor in the University of Delaware’s Department of Geography. She also holds a joint appointment with the Department of Women and Gender Studies and serves as an affiliate faculty member in Latin American and Iberian Studies.

Using food and agricultural production as a lens to explore human-environment interactions and geopolitical spaces, Dr. Naylor has examined a number of issues, such as GMOs in food sovereignty, alternative food networks, consumer motivations for purchasing fair trade coffee, urban agriculture, and indigenous rights in southern Mexico. Her extensive fieldwork in Chiapas has provided a foundation for her book, Fair Trade Rebels: Coffee Production and Struggles for Autonomy in Chiapas, which will be published by the University of Minnesota Press later this year. Dr. Naylor is one of 45 distinguished geographers listed as part of the Visiting Geographical Scientist program funded by the International Geographical Honor Society and administered by the American Association of Geographers.

For more information, please call (616) 234-4283.

This event is free and open to the public.