GRCC In The News, 04-30-19

Raider Salute for Commencement 2019

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Student Affairs sends a Raider Salute to all involved in the 2019 commencement ceremony held April 26, which saw 451 graduates cross the stage to be recognized for their academic achievement. We want to thank the following:

  • The over 65 amazing volunteers
  • Campus Police
  • Communications Office and Graphics
  • Creative Dining
  • Facilities staff
  • Fieldhouse staff
  • Foundation Office
  • GRCC Band under the direction of Jared Staub
  • GRCC Choir under the direction of Dr. Barton
  • GRCC ePrint
  • Grounds Crew
  • Media Technologies
  • President’s Office
  • Student Life and Conduct
  • The Commencement Core Team

With the support and dedication of this amazing team we were able to provide our graduates, their family, and friends a commencement celebration they will remember for a lifetime.


Construction notice: Nightly lane closures through Thursday, NB/SB US-131 at I-196

Map showing the nightly lane closure pattern for April 30-May 3, 9 p.m.-5 a.m.

Nightly double lane closures will be in place on northbound US-131 from Franklin Street to I-196, Tuesday-Thursday, April 30-May 3, from 9 p.m.-5 a.m.

The Pearl Street ramp to NB US-131 will be closed during these nights as well.

In addition, there will be nightly double lane closures on southbound US-131 from Ann Street to I-196, Wednesday-Thursday of this week.

Link to MDOT Lane Closure Map can be found on the MiDrive website.

Today’s ‘Bootcamp with Lynnae’ is canceled

Boot Camp with Lannie is canceled for Tuesday, April 30.

Please plan on joining in this Thursday, May 2, from noon-12:45 p.m., for the next session.

Wondering what other fun fitness activities are available this summer at GRCC? The new summer employee fitness schedule begins THIS WEEK – see details on the Group Exercise page!

G Suite Transition – Configuring Proxy Access in Gmail

At times it may be helpful to allow others to read or send emails on your behalf. In GroupWise this was known as Proxy access. Gmail allows you to grant someone access to do this by adding a Delegate User.

  • Open Gmail
    • You can’t add delegates from the Gmail app
  • In the top right, click Settings
  • Click the Accounts and Import or Accounts tab
  • In the Grant access to your account section, click Add another account
  • Enter the email address of the person you want to add
  • Click Next Step > Send email to grant access
  • The person you added will get an email asking them to confirm.
    • It may take up to 24 hours for you to see them as a delegate after they confirm.

GRCC In The News, 04-29-19

  • Convicted killer’s appeal for new trial denied
    • 4/26/19 FOX 17
    • GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man convicted of killing a woman near Grand Rapids Community College in 2016 has had his appeal for a new trial denied.
  • Returning Citizens – More Than a Workforce
    • 4/28/19
    • It’s no secret: West Michigan companies need to find a deeper pool of talent.
    • … Butterball Farms, along with Cascade Engineering, has been committed to the 30-2-2 initiative, a program launched in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College in 2012 with a simple concept to get 30 companies to hire two workers leaving jail or prison and track their progress for two years.
  • GVSU announces Hall of Fame class of 2019
    • 4/26/19 The Holland Sentinel
    • Grand Valley State Director of Athletics, Keri Becker, announced the 2019 GVSU Athletics Hall of Fame class. The 2019 class will be the 34th inducted into the Hall of Fame.
    • New members will include: Lucius (Hawkins) Anthony (Inkster, Mich.), football 2001-04; Shannon Carrier (Plainwell, Mich.) women’s soccer (2003-06); Kevin Kremer (Kalamazoo, Mich./Central), men’s golf (2001-2004); Rebecca Rapin (Saginaw, Mich./Nouvel Catholic), volleyball (2007-10); Kelly VanDyke (Wyoming, Mich./Rogers), swimming (2003-06); Doug Woods (Ottawa, Ohio), softball coach/athletic trainer 1976, 1991-2014; Ennis Young (Grand Rapids, Mich./Ottawa Hills), men’s basketball 1996-99.
    • (This article doesn’t mention it, but Ennis Young is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department.)
  • Hankins gains postseason recognition, Sobczak earns two saves for Alma baseball
    • 4/28/19 Petoskey News-Review
    • … Stephanie Kruskie continued her consistent play for Grand Rapids Community College’s softball team last week.
  • Muskegon Community College golf team takes second in its home tournament
    • 4/28/19 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)
    • The Muskegon Community College golf team fared well in its own tournament, the Jayhawk Invitational, on Thursday and Friday.
    • MCC finished second in the team standings with 342 points, behind first-place Grand Rapids Community College (305).

Golden Raider Retirees enjoy volunteering

There are a number of Golden Raiders who still enjoy participating in student events. As you do your yearly planning, keep them in mind when you can use their assistance. Contact Penni Weninger at or Julie Johnson at with whatever information you currently have (events, approximate dates), and they will take it from there!

GRCC Retirees Karen Holt, Penni Weninger, Ann Sandberg, Julie Johnson, Deb Nordman, Fiona Hert, and Alice Donahue at Commencement 2019.

Photo: GRCC Retirees Karen Holt, Penni Weninger, Ann Sandberg, Julie Johnson, Deb Nordman, Fiona Hert, and Alice Donahue at Commencement 2019.

GRCC Family Nursing course seeks pregnant volunteers for simulated prenatal visit

Photo of a nurse taking the blood pressure of a pregnant individual.

The faculty of the Grand Rapids Community College Family Nursing Course are looking for pregnant volunteers for a simulated prenatal visit.  This is not to replace a regular visit with your provider but an opportunity for our LPN students to simulate an office visit with willing participants.

We will hold our simulations on May 6 and May 8 between 10 a.m. and noon.  Lunch will be provided.

If you are interested and available please contact us by email ( and let us know which date works best for you. Directions and more detail to follow after sign up.

THANK you so much for your help!


G Suite Tip – Granting read access to your calendar

Allow your team or other members on campus to view your schedule and edit events by sharing your Google Calendar.

  • Open Google Calendar
    • Note: You can’t share calendars from the Google Calendar app
  • On the left, find the My Calendars section. You might need to click it to expand it
  • Hover over the calendar you want to share, click More
  • Click Settings and sharing
  • Under Share with specific people, add the person or the email address of the person you want to share with.
  • Under Permissions, select Make changes and manage sharing, or Make Changes to events
  • Click Send

If you share your calendar with an individual, they will see your calendar in their “Other Calendars” list. When sharing your calendar with an email group, they will see it in their “Other Calendars” list after they click on the link in the email invitation from Google Calendar.

Photos from the 2019 GRCC Employee Appreciation Event

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It was a perfect warm up for the celebration of our graduates on Friday to spend the lunch hour celebrating our employees’ wonderful accomplishments!

Special thanks to everyone whose hard work & dedication made this incredible event possible:

  • Creative Dining
  • Facilities Department
  • Media Technologies
  • Human Resources
  • Communications Department
  • Our Presenters

Congratulations again to our honorees and thank you to those who came out to celebrate with us!

Final day to RSVP for Thursday’s Faculty Sharing and Learning Event

  • Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
  • Time: 8:30-10 a.m.
  • Place: Sneden Hall, Room 103

GRCC Faculty are invited to our Faculty Sharing and Learning Event. This event is specifically designed to bring together faculty to share and learn best practices around creating unique community engagement experiences as well as learning activities that deepen students learning of course outcomes.

We can all learn from each other, and we will be working through the following session learning objectives:

  • Gain a better understanding of processes and procedures
  • Identify, develop, and improve experiential learning experiences
  • Enjoy each other’s company and professional expertise
  • Enjoy a free breakfast

An RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Tracey Lacy ( or x4162) TODAY, April 29, 2019.

Construction reminder: Winchester Alley closed for sign installation

Winchester Alley between Lyon and Fountain streets will be closed starting TODAY as crews begin installing the sign transforming the Main Building into Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall.

Parking: G1, Cook Hall parking will be closed. Lyon ramp staff parking gates will be opened.

Crews began preparation work Friday, and a crane is being set in place to haul materials to the roof and upper levels of the building. Work is expected to last about a week.

Rendering of the sign for Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall as it will appear from Pearl Street.

GRCC In The News, 04-26-19

  • Westside project team wins Laker Effect Challenge
    • 4/25/19 Grand Valley State University press release
    • A team of Kirkhof College of Nursing students and faculty and The Other Way Ministries staff members won $5,000 during the Laker Effect Challenge to implement their idea of promoting disaster preparedness through a Halloween fun house.
    • … The Laker Effect Challenge asks teams of campus and community members to pitch an idea that will make lasting change in the community. Other teams that competed are listed below:
    • … Mobilizing Community Action for Inclusive Growth: Johnson Center for Philanthropy with Grand Rapids Community College
  • GR Residents show overwhelming support for Human Rights Ordinance
    • 4/25/19 WGVU
    • “Anyone who has actually experienced being called and you have police officers coming to you or interacting in a way that is surprising because you’ve been doing nothing – seeing some accountability measures and seeing some legislation to try and take steps to help put protections in place for people who are experiencing that is crucial.”
    • … But some of the residents who spoke in favor of the ordinance questioned publicly whether Grand Rapids Police Department officers would be held accountable by the ordinance. Here is Neal Walton, a student at Grand Rapids Community College.
    • “How are we going to enforce this ordinance and not just have it to appease people of color or any people of any protected class?”

Congratulations to the Van & Marinus Swets 2019 Travel Award Winners

Congratulations to the Van & Marinus Swets 2019 Travel Award Winners! The Foundation was able to award 9 travel award to employees this year.

The winning essays were interesting and creative, just as Marinus would have liked.

Congratulations to:

  • 1st Michelle Allen- $400
  • 2nd Ell Simpson- $300
  • 3rd Elizabeth Van Portfliet – $200
  • Honorable Mentions:
    • Karen TenBroeke- $100
    • Meegan Willi- $100
    • Mary Johnson $100
    • Stacia Barczak- $100
    • Kevin Perrin $100
    • Sue Goeman- $100

Thank you to all who submitted essays.  We hope you all enjoy your vacations you have planned.  We look forward to hearing from the winners and seeing pictures from their travels.

Safe travels!  We hope to see even more entries next year.