GRCC In the News, 5-31-19

Mackinac Policy Conference 2019 podcasts: Business, government leaders talk to Crain’s

May 29, 2019; Crain’s Detroit Business

Crain’s Detroit Business reporters Chad Livengood and Sherri Welch and Managing Editor Michael Lee talk to leaders in business in metro Detroit and around the state as well as the movers and shakers in local and state government at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island during the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference.

… Crain’s Senior Reporter Chad Livengood interviews Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink and The Education Trust-Midwest Executive Director Amber Arellano about the worsening educational performance crisis in Michigan’s K-12 schools.

Bill Pink On Michigan’s Education Problem

May 30, 2019;

“We have a problem; we have to go about fixing it,” said Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday, May 30 at the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference.

It’s yet another proposal to fix Michigan’s ‘education crisis.’ What makes this one different?

May 30, 2019; Chalkbeat (education blog)

An ambitious effort to reverse Michigan’s two-decade educational decline was pitched to Michigan’s policy elite this week with a show of broad-based political clout.

…“It’s not just an urban and rural issue,” said Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Second Chances: GR Christian rapper Steven Malcolm draws on his Jamaican roots for innovative, inspirational sound

May 24, 2019; Revue

With more than 15 million streams of his songs, it’s easy to understand why Steven Malcolm feels like making music is his calling.

… Flashback to 2010 — Malcolm was attending Grand Rapids Community College where he played basketball and began studying criminal justice. Intent on becoming a basketball player or police officer but struggling with his grades, the 18-year-old had no real musical aspirations, nor any connection to church.

GRCC In the News, 5-30-19

Howes: Michigan education crisis deepens, defies quick fixes

May 29, 2019; The Detroit News

Mackinac Island — Michigan is deep in a public education crisis every bit as threatening to its future as the epic auto and municipal bankruptcies, and remedies may prove even tougher to deliver.

… Trends going forward are no less encouraging. According to data compiled by Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan will produce more than 300,000 more high school graduates than the state economy is likely to need by 2020, but under-produce the associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees likely to be in demand.

Bragg Harvard Muhammad Smith ‘Why We Can’t Wait’ scholarship helps students in public, human services

The Bragg Harvard Muhammad Smith ‘Why We Can’t Wait’ Fund is aimed at assisting students who want to work in public and human services — especially education, healthcare and law enforcement — and can demonstrate cultural competency. Jesalyn Heard earned the scholarship, graduated from GRCC’s Criminal Justice Program and was recently hired to be the first African-American female officer in the Kentwood Police Department.

Hear her story, and from the people behind this important scholarship.

GRCC In the News, 5-29-19

Jeff Bauer named head basketball coach at GRCC

May 29, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — Grand Rapids Community College has named Jeff Bauer as it’s next men’s basketball coach.

Grand Rapids Community College names new basketball coach

May 28, 2019; MLive

Grand Rapids Community College has tapped a coach with more than 25 years of experience to lead the men’s basketball team.

GRCC names Jeff Bauer new men’s basketball head coach

May 28, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College today announced that Jeff Bauer will become the eighth head coach in the program’s history.

College raising $3M

May 28, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college has launched a public effort to raise $3 million.

Grand Rapids Community College has $3 million left to reach its $15-million capital campaign goal.

McBain Vals and Sals

May 28, 2019; Cadillac News

… Fiona Sullivan is a Senior Scholar at McBain High School. She lives in Lake City with her parents Ben and Jolene Sullivan and three younger siblings. While at McBain High School, she has participated in choir, track, National Honor Society, Art and Literature Club, and the Rambler Robotics team. She achieved a 1300 on her SATs. She has participated in the Missaukee Agricultural Youth Show for eight seasons, twice taking Market Grand Champion for her swine projects. She is active within her church family at Prosper Christian Reformed Church in Falmouth. She plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and pursue studies in literature, art and design.

GRCC seismic station records 8.0 earthquake in Peru

On May 26th , a magnitude 8.0 earthquake shook Peru. The earthquake was located in the Nazca Plate at a depth of 110 km below the surface. In this region, the Nazca Plate is being stretched as it is sucked under the South American Plate. Subduction of the Nazca Plate is the source of most of the powerful earthquakes along the Pacific coast of South America, including the largest earthquake ever recorded on Earth. This 1960 earthquake had a magnitude of 9.5 and generated Pacific-wide tsunami. The earthquake and ensuing tsunami killed thousands. In contrast, this most recent earthquake occurred entirely within the Nazca Plate at an intermediate depth with the epicenter in a remote location of Peru. There were dozens of injuries and two fatalities reported as well as significant damage to structures in the area. The images below are of the earthquakes seismogram, recorded 9 minutes after the earthquake on GRCC’s seismic station located over 5000 kilometers away!

A readout from GRCC’s seismometer shows the Peru earthquake.

A readout from GRCC’s seismometer shows the Peru earthquake.


GRCC In the News, 5-28-19

GRCC launches efforts to raise $3 million to improve buildings, boost scholarships fund

May 24, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

One in three Kent County high school graduates is connected to Grand Rapids Community College in some way, explained college representatives as they kicked off efforts to raise the final $3 million of $15 million earmarked for facility improvements and scholarships through its A Broader Vision campaign.

Mackinac Policy Conference 2019: Full schedule and agenda, speakers, how to watch

May 27, 2019; WDIV

… The Education Crisis: The Problem
Speaker: Bill Pink, President, Grand Rapids Community College

With more than 25 years of experience in education and workforce development, Bill Pink will share statewide data that articulates Michigan’s current state of education.

MSU, WMU tailor new workforce training programs to fit employers’ needs

May 26, 2019;

In response to employers’ calls for action, colleges and universities throughout the state are making a major shift in their workforce training programs.

… One of the results at WMU is the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory (AMP Lab) at the university’s campus in downtown Grand Rapids. WMU operates the AMP Lab in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and local industry. Students who are interested in going into industrial engineering and advanced manufacturing jobs can earn accreditation at GRCC and WMU while working at a partnering employer. These employers have committed to helping pay for their employees’ tuition.

Precision Machining program at Kent Career Tech Center preparing teens for future

May 24, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) – Students from high schools around Kent County are experiencing high school in a unique way. They are learning in state-of-art labs at GRCC’s Applied Technology Center through the Precision Machining Kent Career Tech Center Satellite Program.

Grand Rapids school holds special graduation ceremony for student in the hospital

May 24, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A 17-year-old Grand Rapids high school student wound up in the hospital receiving emergency surgery just weeks before his high school graduation.

… Hassel will remain in the hospital as he continues to heal, but he has plans of attending Grand Rapids Community College in the fall.

Ionia’s Hausserman to tee it up at GRCC

May 24, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

With just weeks to go in his final season at Ionia High School, Tyler Hausserman secured his golf future with a commitment to Grand Rapids Community College next year.

Young actor headed to Big Apple stage

May 24, 2019;

In this spring’s school musical, “Crazy for You,” Eric Liu played the lead role of Bobby Child. A banker who aspires to be a dancer, the character is “at heart just a big goofball who wants nothing more than to be onstage and have fun with his life,” Eric says.

… Eric hopes the contacts he makes at The Jimmy Awards lands him some auditions and gets him on his way. If not, he plans to study theater beginning at Grand Rapids Community College, and to start auditioning for local productions. Either way, he has his sights set on a career of performing in the kinds of plays that have entranced him.

Choose from six classes for summer fitness

A drawing of a strawberry with a face working out with dumbbells.Now that the weather has finally turned around and summer is upon us…

Join in on the workout bliss on campus with 6 different group fitness classes to choose from!

Sweat it out, wind down, tone up, lose the stress, clear your mind, energize yourself, and HAVE FUN!

See the full schedule HERE

Summer Walking Challenge — coming soon – stay tuned!

Change your Gmail Inbox Layout

Gmail offers a variety of ways to display your inbox, try viewing different layouts using the following instructions.

  1. Open Gmail

  2. Hover over Inbox on the left-hand side under the Compose button.

  3. Click the arrow that appears on the right-hand side of the Inbox button.

  4. You will now see five options from the Inbox Type drop-down menu.

The Gmail inbox: Menu options on the left are Inbox, Starred, Snoozed, Sent, Drafts, Google Guides, IT Customer Support, and More. Under the Inbox display menu options are Default (which has been selected), Important First, Unread First, Starred First, and Priority Inbox.  On the right it says: “Try them all, keep what fits. Try out all of the new inbox styles to see what fits you best. You can always switch back if you change your mind.”


If you choose “Default,” your inbox will be split up into different tabs, like “Primary,” “Social,” “Promotions,” and “Updates.” When you have the “Default” inbox, your messages are automatically sorted into tabs, but you can move messages among categories if you want.

Important first:

If you choose “Important first,” your inbox will be separated into two sections: “Important” at the top, and “Everything else” at the bottom.

You can decide how many emails to show in each section, and where your unread messages go.

Unread first:

If you choose “Unread first,” your inbox will be separated into two sections: “Unread” at the top and “Everything else” at the bottom.

You can decide how many emails to show in each section, and where your unread messages go.

Starred first:

If you choose “Starred first,” your inbox will be separated into two sections: “Starred” at the top, and “Everything else” at the bottom.

You can decide how many emails to show in each section, and where your unread messages go.

Priority Inbox:

If you choose “Priority Inbox” your inbox will be separated into multiple sections. You can choose which sections you want to show, including “Important and unread,” “Starred,” and “Everything else.”

You can decide how many emails to show in each section, and where your unread messages go.

GRCC In the News, 5-24-19

GRCC’s summer guest student enrollment increasing

May 22, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Be our guest!

That’s the message Grand Rapids Community College has been sending to students at other universities and colleges and it’s resulted in an increase in guest student summer enrollment.

PR industry hands out PRoof awards

May 23, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The region’s public relations industry has recognized the best work over this past year.

… Corporate Social Responsibility Campaigns

Silver – Grand Rapids Community College, “Raising Awareness of New Laptop Vending Machines” campaign

… Reputation/Brand Management

Gold – Grand Rapids Community College for its Ford Fieldhouse Legacy Murals campaign

Consumers Energy, Grand Rapids Public Schools Name Finalists for Seventh Annual Student Art Competition

May 22, 2019; Arizona Republic

Ten Grand Rapids Public Schools students have been selected from a record number of entries in an annual art competition focused on energy-related subjects. The artwork will be on display this fall during Project 1 by ArtPrize through collaboration with the district and Consumers Energy.

… The 10 finalists were judged by a panel of art professionals from Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University. The top winner and the winner of a “people’s choice” online contest will be announced Sept. 7 during the opening ceremony of Project 1 by ArtPrize, sponsored by Consumers Energy.

Google Calendar tip: Viewing calendars side-by-side

Google Calendar makes scheduling easy!

View a coworker’s calendar with your own so you can instantly coordinate meetings.

Note: A coworker has to share their calendar with you for you to see it.

  1. Open Calendar, and click Settings settings > Settings.
  2. Scroll to View options.
  3. Check the View calendars side by side in Day View box.
  4. Go back to your calendar grid and at the top, in the view switcher, select Day.
  5. On the left, click a coworkers name to see their calendar.

You’ll see everyone’s calendars side-by-side next to yours so you can view everyone’s agenda.

You may also view our Knowledge Base resources about helpful Google Calendar topics.