GRCC In The News, 03-25-19

College renovating downtown building
3/22/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A college has received a donation to renovate its gateway building downtown.
Grand Rapids Community College is planning to renovate its Main Building and re-name it Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, after the donor.

Street Talk: A buyer’s market
3/22/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Grand Rapids Community College students saved about $3.3 million in textbook costs this past academic year through a partnership with OpenStax, Rice University’s open educational resources program that provides free peer-reviewed textbooks.

Pushing toward local health innovation
3/22/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
Just 23 years ago, the Michigan Street hill was home to nothing but Butterworth Hospital, Immanuel Lutheran Church and a bunch of old buildings.
… Medical Mile and related developments
… 2000
Grand Rapids Community College opens 150,000-square-foot Calkins Science Center near Medical Mile, at 226 Bostwick Ave. NE.

Transitions: First Female President for Colorado State U., New Provost at U. of Maryland-Eastern Shore
3/21/19 The Chronicle of Higher Education
… Laurie Chesley, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, will become president of Central Oregon Community College on July 1. She will succeed Shirley Metcalf, who plans to retire.

Ryan Brady returns home as Saginaw Valley State head football coach
3/21/19 MLive
Ryan Brady will become the first Saginaw County native to lead the Saginaw Valley State University football program, becoming the seventh head coach in SVSU football history.
… Before coaching at Ferris, Brady was the offensive coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College, the quarterbacks coach at Grand Valley State, the strength and conditioning coach at Muskegon High School, the freshman coach at Chesaning and the offensive coordinator, quarterback coach at Montrose High School and head coach at Perry High School.

G Suite Transition: Summer Learning Opportunities Added

G Suite training sessions have been added through the end of June! To register for a session visit the Going Google page.

Remember, if you’ve attended any of these sessions and still have questions, you may request an individual or team follow up meeting with one of our Guides. Simply fill out this form to request an appointment.

Begin Sexual Assault Awareness Month with ‘Healing through Advocacy’ next week

Digital poster for the Healing through Advocacy event at GRCC. The text reads: "Healing through Advocacy. Sexual Assault Awareness Month. A Discussion of the Process of Healing and Growth through Education and Activism. April 2. 1-2:30 p.m. Learning Resource Center Library, Room 2 West Side."

Did you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month?

Begin April on a mindful note with the Healing through Advocacy event at the Library.

  • WHEN: Tuesday, April 2, from 1-2:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Learning Resource Center Library, Room 2, West Side

Panelists at the event include:

  • Kimberly DeVries, GRCC Title IX Coordinator
  • Patti Haist, YWCA West Central Michigan Director of Clinical Services
  • Stacey Heisler, LPC, NCC, Counseling and Career Development, Counselor/Interim Program Director
  • Morgan McCaul, Victim Rights Activist and Survivor

Morgan McCaul is a survivor involved in the MSU Nassar case, and has been committed to advocating for sexual assault survivors and promoting legislative activism, especially among college students.

Ms. McCaul will also be the keynote speaker for the event.

A Q&A session will follow the panel. Refreshments will be provided.

Sponsored by GRCC’s Library and Learning Commons and GRCC’s Office of Student Life and Conduct.

GRCC hosts blood drive with Michigan Blood next Monday

Digital poster for blood drive at GRCC. The poster is red with white and yellow text and a white graphic of a heart with droplets raining onto it and a pulse line crossing through it. The text reads: "Blood Drive: Give the Gift of Life. April 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Student Center, Room 234. Register to become a donor with Be The Match! Your donation today can save three lives tomorrow."

GRCC’s Honors Program and the Office of Student Life are hosting Michigan Blood for a blood drive next Monday, April 1, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room (SCC 234) of the Student Center.

Walk-ins are accepted, and you may also make an appointment online.

Donors can receive a free pizza voucher for Hungry Howie’s. Direct any questions to Joe Courtade at

Logo for Michigan Blood. Logo is bright blue and red, with a stylized drop of blood on the top of the logo. The text reads: "Michigan Blood. MI blood saves lives."

GRCC Science Talks continue today with ‘Gene Modifications’

A graphic representation of gene modification, featuring colored strands of DNA with a background of gears that vaguely resembles a blueprint.

Gene Modifications: CRISPR

  • Monday, March 25, 2019, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Have you heard of CRISPR? It stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. Promises of cured disease, designer organisms, and dangerous consequences all surround this fascinating topic. The background and origin of the CRISPR technique will be presented along with a brief description of applications and potential difficulties.

Bill Faber is a GRCC chemistry professor who has researched physical and biochemical applications focused on identifying and characterizing larger bio-molecules using spectroscopy.

Grand Rapids Community College Science Talks are open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Please email with any questions.