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.


Stella Mayo awarded GRCC’s 2019 Outstanding Adult Learner

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Congratulations to Stella Mayo, GRCC’s 2019 Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL)!

The Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network (GRAHEN) looks for outstanding adult learners whose accomplishments in higher education and contributions in the community merit recognition. GRAHEN defines an adult learner as a college age student in their mid to late 20’s and older. The student should be currently enrolled. Stella was awarded her prize at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Summer semester employee fitness schedule

Photo of GRCC students in a Yoga class, mimicking the teacher in 'Virabhadrasana II' or the 'Warrior 2' pose

Summer classes begin Monday, April 29 and run through Friday, August 23*.

* NO employee fitness classes the week of July 1-5.

Check out the schedule details online.


  • Spin & Sculpt with Kelly
    • 5:15-6 p.m.
    • Room 213, Ford Fieldhouse


  • AM Gentle Yoga with Danielle
    • 6:45-7:30 a.m.
    • Room 304 (FFH Balcony)
    • Please bring your own yoga mat and props (block & strap)
  • Boot Camp with Lannie
    • Noon-12:45 p.m.
    • Meet at Ford Fieldhouse entrance (FFH Balcony is backup in event of rain or extreme heat)


  • Fitness Infusion (Cardio, Strength & Core) with Beth
    • Noon-12:45 p.m.
    • Room 304 (FFH Balcony)


  • Boot Camp with Lannie
    • Noon-12:45 p.m.
    • Meet at Ford Fieldhouse entrance (FFH Balcony is backup in event of rain or extreme heat)

We have a class for everyone, from beginners to advanced. Relax and unwind or sweat it out and tone up with the variety of classes available!

As always, there’s no need to sign up in advance – just show up and see what the fun is all about. You are welcome to bring your spouse, child over 18, or friend(s) to these classes. Non-GRCC participants are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester. All are welcome!

Make time for you and your wellness. You are worth it!

Contact Angela Salinas ( or ext. 2567) with any questions.




Construction notice: Winchester Alley closed next week

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

Crews will start preparation work today, and a crane will be set in place on Monday to haul materials to the roof and upper levels of the building. Work is expected to last about a week.

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

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

G Suite Transition – Copying your GroupWise Contacts to Google

If you have personal contact groups in GroupWise that you’d like to transfer to Gmail, you can do so by exporting as a vCard and then import to Google Contacts.

Google Contacts is currently available in the live environment, so If you’d like to import your contacts ahead of the go-live date, feel free to do so at your convenience.

You can find the instructions to do so by viewing our Knowledge Base article at or by following the steps below.

  1. Login into Groupwise.
  2. Navigate to your address book. (On the desktop client, click the Address Book button.)
  3. Right-click the name of the book you would like to export and click ‘Export Book.’ (Note: Groups within Groups do not export well, so if necessary, export each sub-group individually.)
  4. Navigate and select the destination that you would like this file to be saved.
  5. Name the file accordingly and select VCard (*.vcf) file type from the Save as type: drop-down menu.

Importing the vCard to Google Contacts:

  1. Log into Google Contacts
    1. Username is your current GroupWise email address (E.g.
    2. Password is your current Campus Network Password
  2. Click ‘More’ in the left menu in a menu does not prompt you immediately to import contacts.
  3. Click ‘Import.’
  4. Click ‘Select File.’
  5. Locate the save VCard file in the previous section and click ‘Open.’
  6. Click ‘Import.’

Keep in mind:

Google will display the group you imported, with an option to find and merge any duplicates. It is recommended to do so. You may need to manually clean up your group from this point, as it typically will import a blank contact with the group’s name, which can be deleted.

You will also want to rename the label (Google uses Labels as opposed to folders) by clicking the ‘Edit’ icon next to the new label, typically titled “Imported on [Date]”

For additional assistance, reach out to our Google Guides or email