GRCC In The News, 04-08-19

  • News at 5:30 p.m.
    • 4/5/19 WOOD TV
    • Gov. Whitmer has named several West Michigan leaders to the important Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Executive Committee. The group determines what companies get tax breaks and other economic advantages in our state. They include Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink, of Ada. Also of Ada, Krista Flynn, a president at Chemical Bank, and Kyle Caldwell of Rockford, the CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations.
  • Whitmer Appointments Reshape MEDC Executive Committee
    • 4/8/19
    • LANSING – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made appointments Friday to 11 spots on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Executive Committee, reshaping the 20-member committee.
    • … Bill Pink, of Ada, president of Grand Rapids Community College, was also appointed to represent public entities for a term expiring April 5, 2023.
  • Gov. Whitmer makes appointments to MEDC Committee
    • 3/5/19 The Macomb Daily
    • Governor Gretchen Whitmer made several appointments to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Executive Committee on Friday, April 5, 2019, including several Detroit-area residents.
    • … Bill Pink, Ph. D. of Ada, is the president of Grand Rapids Community College. Dr. Pink is appointed to represent public entities for a term expiring April 5, 2023.
  • Kalamazoo mayor appointed by governor to serve on MEDC executive committee
    • 4/5/19 WWMT
    • KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Friday the mayor of Kalamazoo is one of the 11 new members appointed to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee, per a statement released from her office.
    • … Additionally from the West Michigan community are Krista Flynn, regional president of Chemical Bank out of Ada, Michigan and Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College out of Ada, as well.
  • Gov. Whitmer appoints 11 new members to MEDC board
    • 4/5/19 Crain’s Detroit Business
    • Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Friday made sweeping changes to the executive committee of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. with the appointment of 11 new members.
    • … The 11 new members are:
    • … Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College
  • Education briefs
    • 4/7/19 The Holland Sentinel
    • … Students can save by taking GRCC summer classes
    • Students from colleges and universities can spend their summers in Grand Rapids Community College classrooms, gaining credits they can transfer to their home schools.
  • Change Ups: Colby joins Erhardt Construction to produce custom cabinetry, millwork services
    • 4/5/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
    • … Education
    • … Grand Rapids Community College provost Laurie Chesley was named president of Central Oregon Community College by its board of directors. Chesley has been GRCC’s provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs since 2014 and has been with the college since 2005. She assumes her new role July 1.
    • Grand Rapids Community College’s Main Building, which houses classes for more than 5,200 students each week, will be renamed Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, based on a resolution approved by the GRCC board of trustees. Finkelstein’s financial and business acumen helped him and his brothers grow Michigan Clothiers, the family business started by their parents. Renovations to the building are expected to start in 2021, which will reconfigure existing spaces to meet program needs and provide additional classrooms and study spaces, revitalize labs and art studios, and support technology-based learning.
  • KDL hosting Next Nexus: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Summit in May
    • 4/5/19 FOX 17
    • The Kent District Library is bringing discussions and insights of equity, diversity, and inclusion at an upcoming summit, Next Nexus: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
    • … Other presenters and panelists include Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, director of programming, outreach and collection services for Kent District Library, Sara Proano, community engagement manager for Kent District Library, Graci Harkema, diversity and inclusion director for Founders Brewing, and B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, PhD, chief equity and inclusion officer for Grand Rapids Community College.
  • MCC dance show on April 12-13 in Overbook Theater
    • 4/3/19 White Lake Beacon
    • Muskegon Dance Movement, the Muskegon Community College resident dance company under the artistic direction of Melissa Brunsting, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13, in Overbrook Theater.
    • … Guest artist Deavondre Jones has touched thousands of lives as a speaker, performer and instructor throughout the Midwest. In Michigan, he is best known for his commitment and consistency behind the weekly drop-in class: #DropInWednesdays. A Benton Harbor Promise student, he earned degrees from Grand Rapids Community College and Columbia College in Illinois.

Exam Cram at the GRCC Library starts next week Monday

What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, stress-relieving workshops, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up and stress levels down!

When is it? Monday, April 15 – Saturday, April 20

  • The event will be held during normal Library hours during the week and during the Library’s EXTENDED HOURS on Saturday (10 a.m.–10 p.m.)

ALSO! Be sure to take advantage of the fun and relaxing (and free!) workshop that will be held next week:

Embroidery Workshop:

  • Wednesday, April 17, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Feeling stressed about final exams? Relax and treat yourself to a free make & take embroidery workshop with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, host of the CraftSanity Podcast and GRCC adjunct journalism professor. Embroidery samplers and all supplies will be provided. No experience necessary. See you there!

A digital poster advertising Exam Cram at the GRCC Library.

Reception for Annual Student Art Exhibition tonight in the Collins Art Gallery


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  • Location: Paul Collins Gallery
  • Duration: April 8-19, 2019
  • Opening Reception: Monday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. in the Paul Collins Art Gallery

The exhibition displays the best artwork GRCC students have created over the last year. The artworks are from all areas of the visual arts department.  Join us to support the the creativity and imagination of our talented artists at GRCC!


G Suite Tip – Accessing your archived emails after the transition to G Suite

Wouldn’t it be great if you had access to all of your emails, all of the time? How about if they didn’t automatically delete after 6 months? If you’re thinking “YES!” then you’re going to love Gmail.

After the switch to Gmail, you will no longer need to navigate away from your inbox to find old mail. Unless deleted, your mail will remain in Gmail indefinitely. As a best practice, we recommend labeling the mail you want to hang on to, and using the “archive” button. Once archived, your mail will always be available from the “All Mail” folder, or by simply using the search box at the top of your Gmail inbox.

To test this feature out, try logging in to the “pilot” environment to familiarize yourself with the features and layout of Gmail.

“What’s going to happen to our old email in Retain?”

Retain will be available after we migrate to G Suite. This means that up to the day Gmail officially goes live, emails and calendar items will be backed up in Retain and held in the archival system for you to access, if necessary.

For more tips on managing your inbox, see the G Suite Learning Center’s guide on organizing your inbox.

The IT Support Desk has also compiled a handful of tips regarding the transition to Gmail. If you ever feel stuck, take a look in our knowledge base over at the online Support Desk – we have a section dedicated to G Suite related topics.

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


The G Suite Pilot accounts are only for testing and training purposes. Any content migrated from GroupWise to pilot for testing and training purposes will not be moved to the production G Suite environment.

Construction reminder: Ionia Ave north of Michigan St closed through July

A new westbound I-196 on-ramp is coming to Division Avenue downtown. Construction on the on-ramp begins Monday and is expected to end in July.

Starting TODAY, April 8, Ionia Avenue north of Michigan Street and the eastbound I-196 on-ramp will be closed. Ionia Avenue through traffic will be detoured to Michigan Street to Monroe Avenue to Mason Street.

Starting in June, Division Avenue will be closed between Michigan Street and the westbound I-196 on-ramp. Northbound Division Avenue traffic will be detoured to Crescent Street to Ionia Avenue to Michigan Street to Monroe Avenue to Mason Street. Southbound Division Avenue traffic will be detoured to Mason Street to Monroe Avenue to Lyon Street.

During the entire project, the pedestrian detour will use Michigan Street, Ottawa Avenue, and Fairbanks Street.

More information is available on the  City of Grand Rapids website.

Last week to register for the GRCC Golf Scramble and Cookout

Sign for the GRCC golf outing. Image shows a pink golf ball with the dark blue GRCC label in the crook of a tree. The text reads: "GRCC Scramble & Cookout. May 3, 2019. Alpine Golf Course, 6320 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI. Come join your coworkers for a fun day of golf and dinner! $55.00 per person for golf and dinner. $20.00 per person for dinner only. 10:00 a.m. Registration. 11:00 a.m. Shotgun Start. 4:00 p.m. Social Hour. 5:00 p.m. Dinner Buffet."

The GRCC Golf Scramble and Cookout returns!

For those of you participated last year, and for those of you who missed out on the fun, mark your calendar for Friday, May 3, 2019.

Don’t miss out on a great time with lots of golf, food, and prizes!

The registration form is available on Google Drive.

REGISTRATION FORM: Payment must accompany your registration. First come, first served basis (25 team limit/limited seating). Registration will be accepted through April 12, 2019, or until team/dinner limit has been reached.