GRCC In the News, 7-11-19

Wreath-laying ceremony to mark President Ford’s 106th birthday

July 10, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – To commemorate the life of the late President Gerald R. Ford, a wreath-laying ceremony will be held next week marking the late president’s 106th birthday.

… Presenters at the ceremony will include Susan Ford Bales, the Fords’ daughter; Dr. Stephen Barton, Grand Rapids Community College director of choral activities, to sing the National Anthem; Rev. Stephen Holmgren, from Grace Episcopal Church, for invocation; and Major Glen Caddy, to offer benediction.

Salvation Army names new commander for metro Detroit

July 10, 2019; Crain’s Detroit Business

The Southfield-based Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division has named Maj. Timothy Meyer as its new general secretary and metro Detroit area commander.

… She (Maj. Lori Meyer) holds an Associate of Applied Science in early childhood education and training from Grand Rapids Community College.

Welcome to a new college department: Web and Digital Strategy

The Web and Digital Strategy Department will be driving’s online presence and evolving our web technologies to remain relevant and responsive to the needs of prospective and current students, GRCC employees and our community.

How is this department different from IT and Communications?

This department works very closely with IT and Communications, but manages the work where the two worlds meet on

IT continues to drive our infrastructure, network security, and other technologies, while the Web and Digital Strategy Department focuses on evolving’s:

  • Content
  • Design
  • User experience
  • Web accessibility
  • Web editor training
  • Web integrations

The Web and Digital Strategy Department collaborates closely with the Communications Department to develop and maintain brand strategy and messaging across all platforms.

This department reports to the College Advancement Team.

For more information, please contact Leigh Jajuga, Director of Web Content and Digital Strategy.

Feedback sought on provost finalists

Provost finalists will be on campus July 15, 16, 17 and 22.  Each candidate will hold a forum for faculty at 11:45 a.m. and campus community forum at 2:15 p.m. in the ATC auditorium.  We encourage all faculty and staff to attend as your feedback is important.  Surveys will be available and we look forward to reading your feedback.

Links to recordings of the forums will be made available late July 22. The page and survey will be available until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23.

If you have questions, please contact Misty at 234-3901 or

GRCC Retiree Biography: Jody Graves

Jody Graves began her GRCC career in March of 1985 in the non-credit Business and Technical Training Department. She spent her first two years, onsite at a local manufacturing company, developing and training their workforce on software specific to their mid-range computer system. She developed and conducted word processing, spreadsheet, and database training to local businesses and became the coordinator of our micro-computer training department.

“In 1997, when Windows and the internet arrived, I moved to the Staff Development Department and trained faculty and staff on how to use this exciting new technology!,” she said. “This even included some live television on our College Channel, which was a very interesting experience!”

In 1999, Jody was transferred to the IT department and assisted with our conversion to PeopleSoft in the areas of reporting and training. She was then moved to the Learning Academy for Faculty and Staff for a short time, conducting PC training for employees. After that, she returned to IT, in her current position of Enterprise Analyst, specializing in business process, training, reporting, and implementing PeopleSoft functionality, primarily in the student records area.

“Preparing for retirement, Ron and I have sold our home and are currently living in our fifth-wheel in an RV park in Ionia,” she said. “It is tiny house living at its finest! We have recently purchased a home in Cypress Lakes, located in Lakeland, Florida. This will be our permanent residence but we will return to Michigan and our fifth-wheel for a few months each summer. We are looking forward to warm weather, sunshine, no snow, and Tigers Spring Training! We are making plans to go to the Daytona 500 next year, something that is on Ron’s bucket list!

“I have truly enjoyed the last 34 years and I have made many forever friends along the way. It’s been an incredible journey and I will miss you GRCC and all of the people that I have had the pleasure to work with. I could not have done it without all of you! Dr. Seuss said it best, ‘Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!'”

Jody, thank you for all of your dedicated service to GRCC! We will miss you and with you and Ron safe and fun travels to Florida! We look forward to hearing about your adventures!

GRCC seismometer registers California earthquakes

On July 4, GRCC’s seismometer (GRMI) recorded a magnitude 6.4 earthquake west of the Searles Valley in Southern California (the first earthquake on July 4 is a M6.2 along the west coast of Canada). This was followed a day later by a larger M7.1 earthquake. Below, you can see the differences in the earthquake seismograms reflecting the difference in energy release between a M6.4 and a M7.1 earthquake. The USGS website has maps and more details about both events.

A seismometer readout of the Canada and California earthquakes