GRCC In the News, 10-31-19

Funding roundup

Oct. 30, 2019; Community College Daily

Michigan’s Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) plans to create a more personalized advising system for students, using a five-year, $2.1 million Strengthening Institutions grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

GRCC to host adjunct faculty recruitment event

Oct. 30, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Rapids Community College will be holding an adjunct recruiting day for people interested in joining the faculty at the college.

International travel requirements

While working at GRCC, you may have the opportunity to travel for your position to many great places, some of which may be internationally. Make sure you’re fully prepared for your international travel by working with IT to ensure your data is safe.

To ensure the safety of your data and the colleges, here are some practices to follow when you are traveling outside of the country.

  1. Staff traveling out of the country should not use their assigned college equipment. Instead they should get a loaner computer from IT.

  2. All laptops traveling out of the country will need to be encrypted.

  3. If there are special software needs, those exceptions need to be addressed by Information Security and the Director of IT Customer Support.

Please know when traveling outside of the U.S., some foreign Internet Service Providers (ISP’s), block U.S. based websites, making it difficult to access certain resources. If you would like to know if you may run into issues you can submit an International Travel Security Check and we will review if any of the GRCC resources you plan to access will be unavailable from your destination(s).

If you have any other questions about the international travel requirements please feel free to reach out to IT Customer Support with your questions.

Dr. Brian Burt featured in STEMulating Diversity Praxis today

Dr. Brian A. Burt will be the featured speaker at STEMulating Diversity Praxis at 3 p.m. today in the Calkins Science Center auditorium.

Burt, a native of Grand Rapids, is Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Research Scientist for Wisconsin’s Equity & Inclusion Laboratory. Cited as an Emerging Scholar by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, Brian is a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, and National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award recipient. Dr. Burt examines the experiences of underrepresented students of color in engineering. The goal of his research is to understand what factors promote or turn students away from science pathways.

Oct. 30. STEMulating Diversity Praxis. Calkins Science Center auditorium. 3 p.m. GRCC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

GRCC In the News, 10-30-19

Services held for Barry County couple killed in hit-and-run

Oct. 26, 2019; Hastings Reminder

Memorial services were held Friday for a couple originally from Barry County who were killed in a hit-and-run crash in Grand Rapids last weekend. … Tracy Curtiss Fuhr was a 1981 Thornapple Kellogg High School graduate who later attended Grand Rapids Community College.

‘It’s a nightmare:’ Professor’s arrest in death of son with severe autism rocks family

Oct. 29, 2019; MLive

OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – Samuel Koets, 16, had severe autism – he couldn’t talk or care for himself. To his parents, he was just their precious son.

… Last week, after nearly seven months of investigation by Ottawa County sheriff’s detectives, the father, a professor at Grand Rapids Community College, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, a 15-year felony.

College launching vehicle safety program

Oct. 28, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Several municipalities are partnering with a local college on a safety training program for commercial vehicle operators.

Grand Rapids Community College’s Public Works Academy in launching the program in collaboration with the cities of Grand Rapids, Kentwood and Grand Haven and the road commissions in Kent and Van Buren counties.

See all the career-focused academies in Grand Rapids Public Schools

Oct. 28, 2019; MLive

Grand Rapids Public Schools offers six career-focused academies on two campuses – five at Innovation Central High School and one at Ottawa Hills High School that opened this school year.

… Academy of Design & Construction

… Partnerships include:

… Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University’s Construction, Design, and Management Program, Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design and Construction.

… Ottawa Hills’ first career academy only launched this school year. However, the graduation rates have been on the rise. Last school year, an early middle college program started at the school, allowing students to earn both their diploma and an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Super Chefs! Shannon and Sophie do Scotland proud

Oct. 29, 2019; North Edinburgh News

HNC Hospitality students eighteen-year-old Shannon McNeil and twenty-one-year-old Sophie Taylor won two gold, three silver, and two bronze medals at the Nations Cup held at the prestigious Secchia Institute for Culinary Education in the Grand Rapids, Michigan.

News at 11

Oct. 29, 2019; WWTV

Ferris State has a new addition to its coaching staff for men’s hoops, and it’s a northern Michigan native. … And he already has a strong connection with the head coach, Andy Bronkema. His brother, Luke Bronkema, will join the staff as an advanced scout. Luke is also a McBain native and he coached at Grand Rapids Community College for three seasons.

Magic, Michael, LeBron … Emoni Bates? Meet the 15-Year-Old Next in Line

Oct. 29, 2019; Sports Illustrated

He should not be on the cover of Sports Illustrated. You should not be reading about him. He is slipping out of his bi-level house in a Ypsilanti, Mich., subdivision in the morning darkness, wearing a hoodie and holding a fork and a plate of waffles and eggs, just a teenager who snagged a few extra minutes of sleep. He climbs into the passenger seat of his father’s Ford Expedition, because he isn’t old enough to drive himself to school yet. It’s another mundane day in the life of a sophomore high school basketball player, except this one has a goal: “To try to be the best player—ever.”

… This is why E.J. keeps his hands on every beaker and set of tongs. The Bateses chose Lincoln High largely because E.J. has known coach Jesse Davis since they were teammates at Grand Rapids Community College almost 30 years ago. Darryl Hudson, Emoni’s skill-development coach, has tutored him for 10 years. Ryan Sidney, who has also worked with Emoni, babysat him when he was one. They aced the auditions before they even knew they were trying out. Anybody who shows up now has to earn E.J.’s trust.

What to know about serving on Michigan’s redistricting commission

Oct. 29, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The state is now accepting applications for voters who want to serve on the new Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, which was created by the passing of Proposal 2.

… On Tuesday, Benson held a press conference at Grand Rapids Community College to educate the public about the application process. She was joined by a leader of the group Voters Not Politicians, which championed the effort to get Proposal 2 on the 2018 ballot.

Learning opportunities for November

November is a time to be thankful  — thank goodness there are LOTS of Learning Opportunities coming up for employees to participate in and enjoy.

You can register — and get times, locations and session descriptions — online.


Friday November 1

Money Matters


Monday November 4

Screening Committee Training


Tuesday November 5

Under the Influence: Working Through Blindspots


Wednesday November 6 and Thursday November 7

MHFA – Mental Health First Aid


Friday November 8

Managing Workplace Stress and Anxiety


Monday November 11

Sexual Harrassment – How to Identify It and how to respond


Tuesday November 12

Performance Evaluation Feedback


Thursday November 14

GRCC Accounts & You


Friday November 15

25Live Pro Training

Nutrition 101


Tuesday November 19

G Suite for Education


Friday November 22

CPR/AED/First Aid Training

TRIO hosts fundraiser to help Haitian student

TRIO Student Support Services and the Power of Education are hosting their annual Donuts and Apples fundraiser!  This is our 9th year supporting the Power of Education and the amazing work they do in Haiti.  Our fundraiser is for Samuel and will cover the cost of his tuition, uniforms, books, supplies and medical/dental costs.  Our goal is to raise $600!  We will be selling donuts and apples 11 am to 2 pm today through Thursday, October 31st in the following locations:

  • 1st floor Student Community Center
  • 4th floor RJF
  • 1st floor Calkins Science Building

We accept cash and Raider card.  $1 for either a donut OR an apple.  $1.50 for donut and an apple.

Thank you for your support!  Samuel says thank you too!

Fall fun for GRCC employees

The annual fall employee engagement event is joining the Benefits Fair once again this year. This year we’re trying something new and different and having a ..

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Stop by to make your own tasty treat with apple quarters to dip in various toppings!

Bring a coworker and enjoy coffee or a chai latte together and mingle with friends from around the college!

Wednesday October 30 from 11:30am-1:30pm in ATC (1st floor Atrium)

Looking forward to seeing you there!

GRCC In the News, 10-25-19

Georgetown man arrested in son’s drowning case

Oct. 24, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

GEORGETOWN TWP. — A Georgetown Township man has been arrested in connection to the drowning death of his special needs son in March.

… On Thursday, Oct. 24, Koets was arrested on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College, where he is employed as a professor. David Murray, a GRCC spokesman, told WOOD TV-8 that the situation is under review by the college and he is unsure when they will be making a statement.

Work underway on GRCC’s $12.7M building renovation, expansion

Oct. 24, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Work is underway on Grand Rapids Community College’s $12.7 million renovation and expansion of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC).

Northeast Michigan Juried Art Exhibit opening Saturday

Oct. 25, 2019; The Alpena News

ALPENA — The Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan is hosting a public reception for the opening of the Northeast Michigan Juried Art Exhibit from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday. First, second and third place winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

… More of her (Noel Skiba) awards include: 2019 First Place and Best of Show in Painting Representation of Schooner’s Wharf, Key West; four-time winner of Mackinac Island Lilac Poster contest (2016, 2015, 2013, and 2010); poster winner of Grand Rapids’ Celebration on The Grand; Florida Seminole Casino’s Balloons over Paradise, Pigeon Keys (2011, 2013); Islamorada Island Fest 2015; Alpena Brown Trout Art in the Park; Charlevoix Art; Harbor Springs Art; Addy Awards Brooks Shoes, Silver Quill Award; Grand Rapids, On The Town Magazine; Strathmore Paper Regional Award; Grand Rapids Community College Catalogue; Bay Harbor Art Show program cover; Keys Cultural Magazine cover; and Keys Weekly Cover art three times. Her artwork is also featured on Murdick’s Fudge Boxes.

Photos from Golden Raider Retiree Celebration

Yesterday’s evening’s Golden Raider Retiree Celebration was a smashing success! We mingled & laughed with, appreciated & recognized, and celebrated the valuable retirees of GRCC.

Thanks to the Gold Team, John & Noah in Media, Executive Office staff, Chef Luba & Secchia Catering, Bayard Brooks, Graphics  and Printing, and all other members of the GRCC family who contributed to making this event so special.

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Learn about flexible spending, health savings accounts on Oct. 28

FSA /H.S.A. Lunch and Learn- Monday, October 28, 2019 from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at SCC-Multi-Purpose Room-234

Learn more about your Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts benefit options. To help employees better understand how Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Saving Accounts work, we will be holding an FSA & HSA Lunch and Learn Session to include:

  • Audra Holloman from Flex Administrators Inc.: presenting on Flexible Spending Accounts, including yearly limits, carry over, claim submission, and eligible FSA expenses.
  • Kerry Simmons: presenting on H.S.A. Health Plan and Health Equity HSA
  • Lake Michigan Credit Union representative: presenting on Health Savings Account.

Please RSVP online.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Debra Davis at ext-4175 or Maria Belmares Herrera at ext-4052.