GRCC In The News, 4-17-19

  • Grant funds will buy new mobile dental unit for Ottawa County
    • 4/16/19 MLive
    • A dental office on wheels that has been serving Ottawa County for 15 years will be replaced next year through a $200,000 grant to the Ottawa County Department of Public Health.
    • … Funding for the Miles of Smiles program is provided by state grants and foundations, local foundations, donations and county support. Dental services for children are made possible by a volunteer network of more than 100 dentists, hygienists and Grand Rapids Community College dental hygiene students.

Library and Learning Commons exam week and summer hours

Exam Cram Hours, Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21:

  • Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Sunday: CLOSED

Exam Week Hours, Monday-Friday, April 22-26:

  • Monday: 6:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 6:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Thursday: 6:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Semester Break Adjusted Hours, Monday-Friday, April 29-May 3:

  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Summer Semester Hours, beginning Monday, May 6, through August 15:

  • Monday: 7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Saturday hours resume September 7.

Monroe Ave NW partially closed next week for construction

Photo of Monroe Ave. NW outside of DeVos Place, where lanes will be closed beginning April 22.

Beginning Monday, April 22, Monroe Ave. NW in front of DeVos Place will narrow traffic flow and temporarily close lanes.

The lane closures are expected to last through Friday, April 26.

The temporary lane closures will:

  • Shift northbound and southbound traffic on Monroe Avenue to the western two lanes.
  • Close the Silver Line station in front of the City and County buildings. A temporary bus stop will be added north near Michigan Street.
  • Close the crosswalk to the main entrance of DeVos Place. The next crosswalk to the south will remain open.
  • Close the Monroe Avenue entrance to the City and County buildings during active material lifts. During these intermittent closures, visitors may enter the buildings from the Government Center Ramp or the Calder Plaza entrance off Ottawa Avenue NW.

The lane closures – planned for April 22-26 – are necessary for onsite crane mobilization as crews remove the temporary air handling units from the roof of City Hall.

For more information, please visit the City of Grand Rapids website.

Study Away kicks off 2019 summer trips with Pre-Departure Orientation

Group photo of the student, parent, staff, and faculty attendees of the 2019 Study Away Student Pre-Departure Orientation. Participants are gathered in the annex of the ATC, looking up and waving to the camera.

On Friday, April 12, nearly 100 students, parents, and faculty gathered for the Study Away Student Pre-Departure Orientation.  This orientation provides information around overall safety to those leading and participating in our 5 Study Away trips this summer.

This summer’s trips represents the 8th year GRCC has offered these travel experiences for students.  We processed over 150 applications for 5 trips – a record number.   This year, nearly 80 students will be participating in these trips (another record!).

Summer 2019 Trips:

  • Costa Rica (Sherry Knoppers/Laura Moody)
  • France (Hillery Haney/Katie Budden)
  • France/Germany (Sasha Ahmed/Audrey Heckwolf)
  • Italy (Kimberly OverdeVest/Audrey Heckwolf)
  • Spain (Sean Mackey/Megan Lockard)


  • Development of these trips began over 16 months ago, were vetted and approved 12 months ago.
  • All trips are short-term (roughly 2-weeks).
  • All trips are a part of a course and faculty-led as well as having a Support Person (an additional GRCC employee).
  • Most of these faculty have led these trips for several years (borderline veterans).
  • Students are required to apply and pass a criminal background check, a code of conduct review as well as other vetting criteria.
  • All students will have submitted all required travel paperwork and have been paid-in-full prior to departure.
  • Many students will be flying for the first time, and will have received their very first Passport.

Pre-Departure Agenda:

Information is presented in a way that allows the speakers to share from their level of expertise while also providing leeway for other speakers to interject when appropriate:

  • Welcome – Michael Schavey
  • Faculty Trip Introduction – Faculty Leaders
  • General Safety – Chief Whitman
  • Overall Conduct – Kimberly DeVries
  • Personal Health – Katie Hughes
  • Student Issues and Removal – Michael Schavey
  • Collect Forms and Conduct/Safety Agreement – Michael Schavey
  • Trip Swag – Michael Schavey
  • Group Photo – Michael Schavey

Recap: SICE Awards Ceremony honors culinary graduates

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The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Awards Ceremony is held to honor students who have completed the Culinary Arts; Restaurant Management; Baking and Pastry; Personal Chef; or Craft Brewing, Packaging, and Service Operations programs. Students must complete all requirements by the end of Summer Semester 2019 to participate in the Awards Reception.

The 2019 Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Awards Ceremony took place Tuesday, April 16.

Congratulations to all our culinary students, staff, and faculty – you did it!

Diversity Lecture (pop-up) Series highlights ‘Memphis Majic’ today in the ATC

Graphic for the Diversity Lecture Pop-Up Series presentation of MEMPHIS MAJIC. The design includes the logo for 'Memphis Majic' and a still of street dancer Lil Buck.

  • WHAT: Diversity Lecture Pop-Up Series presentation of the film MEMPHIS MAJIC, plus a Q&A with director Eddie Bailey
  • WHEN: Today (4/17) at 1 p.m.
  • WHERE: ATC Auditorium.

Reservations are sold out, however, GRCC stakeholders are invited to attend because people who reserved seats may not show up due to unforeseen circumstances.


MEMPHIS MAJIC is a documentary that weaves dance and history to portray a relevant reflection of modern culture. The brainchild of Emmy-nominated director and Memphis native, Eddie Bailey, the film looks at the city through the lens of a 30-year old Memphis-born street dance called Jookin’. Featuring street dance superstar, Lil Buck, MEMPHIS MAJIC seamlessly connects urban dance, Hip-Hop, politics, and history to reveal how one of America’s most important cities was built. It is a universal story that gets to the heart of the city’s rich culture, history, race relations, and socioeconomic barriers.

G Suite Tip – Attachments in Gmail

You can now attach files in Gmail with less restriction than GroupWise.

Have you ever not been able to send an email with a large attachment in GroupWise? Google has a better solution to make sure your attachment reaches your recipient. Gmail has a 25 MB attachment size, opposed to GroupWise which had an attachment file size limitation of 20 MB. (5 MB may not sound like a lot, but it is equivalent to 5,242,800 characters!)

The way that GRCC IT suggests sharing file sizes over 25 MB is by utilizing Google Drive. With Google Drive, there is NO LIMIT to what file size you can share with others.

While using Google Drive remember:

  • Do not include PII (Personally Identifiable Information, e.g. Student ID Numbers), credit card / financial data, etc.
  • Unless necessary, do not share Drive documents outside of the GRCC domain

Exam week hours for Campus Dining

The Quiet Café:

  • Monday-Thursday, April 22-25: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday, May 3: Closed

The Quiet Café will begin summer hours on May 6: Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

The Raider Grille:

  • Closed exam week.
  • The Raider Grille will be closed for the summer.

The Sneden Café:

  • Monday, April 22: Open Normal Hours
  • Tuesday, April 23: Open 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Closed Wednesday, April 24-Friday, April 26
  • The Sneden Café will be closed for the summer.

GRCC student leads Mathematics Seminar today in Cook 102

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its last Mathematics Seminar of 2018-2019 on Wednesday, April 17, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 102 Cook.    

Our speaker, GRCC student Luke Ellison, will be discussing Bayes’ Theorem.

Bayes’ Theorem actually is a theorem –it has a precise mathematical formulation that can be rigorously demonstrated– but its use has been controversial for more than 200 years. Luke’s presentation will emphasize historical background and applications, and thus will be accessible to a general audience. As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!


  • DATE: Wednesday, April 17
  • TIME: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Refreshments served at 2:14 p.m.)
  • PLACE: 102 Cook
  • SUBJECT: Bayes’ Theorem: Using Probability Theory to Quantify Uncertainty

Bayes’ theorem is a probabilistic equation that allows us to update our prior beliefs in the face of new evidence. This talk will explore the historical development and application of Bayes’ theorem including unique problems that it has helped solve. Specific areas of application include World War 2 codebreaking, authorship of the Federalist papers, and quantifying degrees of certainty in historical claims.