GRCC In the News, 10-9-19

School, city and college partner on public works class

Oct. 8, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District)

While hoisting stop signs and ushering classmates through a faux work zone, East Kentwood students learned the daily duties of flaggers — the neon vest-clad road workers who help keep work zones safe.

… About 40 students are spending two afternoons per week learning about public works and related jobs. By the end of the school year, they will have had 400 hours of instruction. The pilot course involves a partnership between the after-school ARCH program, the City of Kentwood Department of Public Works and Grand Rapids Community College. Students will earn certifications — including flagger certification — along with hands-on experience in the field.

Wyoming sculptor, photographer opens expressive exhibition at GRCC’s Collins Art Gallery

Oct. 7, 2019; WKTV

Wyoming resident Jon Lopez’ early day job is managing a Bagel Beanery on Clyde Park Avenue SW, where he is often present at the crack of dawn getting ready for the morning rush of caffeine seekers and bagel lovers.

… And one of the self-titled Clay Alchemist’s favorite characters-come-to-life is a green octopus called Charlie, who will be present at the current exhibition “GRCC Alumnus: Jonathan Lopez”, at GRCC’s Collins Art Gallery. The exhibition held a soft opening Sept. 30, plans a opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 3-7 p.m., and will run through Oct. 25.

Grand Rapids Chapter of Sweet Adelines place 5th in the world in competition

Oct. 8, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — They took to the stage from all over the world. Song, Dance, Four-part harmony acapella style. Barbershop at its best.

(In the interview with team leader Diane Thompson, the partnership between the Grand Rapids chapter and GRCC’s Madrigal Ensemble is mentioned.)

More fun coming to Holland with Adventure Park announcement

Oct. 8, 2019; 95.7 FM

More fun is coming to Holland as the Holland Sentinel reported that Urban Air Adventure Park is opening a location at The Shops at Westshore.

… Mall officials told the Holland Sentinel that Urban Air Adventure Park should open May 2020 if construction goes as planned.  Once done the trampoline park will be housed in what used to be Chuck E. Cheese and just behind what was JC Penney at one point before becoming Grand Rapids Community College in the next few weeks.

Spam or phishing — how can you tell?

How can I tell if an email is Spam or Phishing?

Here at GRCC, the protection of our staff, faculty and student’s personal and financial information is one of utmost importance and it is our goal to make sure that information is always secure. One way to make sure that information stays safe is to keep our end users knowledgeable of online threats. As GRCC’s first line of defense against unwarranted phishing and malware, here are some ways to help to keep yours and the colleges information safe.

  • Do not click on links in emails unless you are certain what the link is. Malicious emails can come from a trusted person’s account if their credentials have been compromised. Just because you know the person, does not mean it is safe. Stay cautious everywhere online, especially in communication where the sender can be spoofed. To verify the validity of a link, hover over it. The full link will display in the bottom left hand corner of your email. Read through it carefully to see if the address appears correct. If you believe you may have clicked on a phishy link by mistake, please contact GRCC’s IT Customer Support immediately at (616) 234-4357.
  • Do not open unsolicited attachments in emails. If you are not expecting an invoice or document, call the sender to ensure they actually sent it to you, and it is not coming from someone impersonating them. If you believe you may have opened a suspicious attachment by mistake, please contact GRCC’s IT Customer Support immediately at (616) 234-4357.
  • Use extra caution with emails sent from other school districts. We recognize that there are many emails coming in from other districts this time of year due to student transfers.  Please be extremely cautious when opening any attachments or links found in those emails.
  • If you would like to report a phishing email you can click on the kebab (three vertical dots) in the upper right hand corner of the opened email and select Report phishing.

For more information on phishing and how to avoid it please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk.


Leadership and Engagement Fair on Oct. 15

CAP 3.2 Build an Inclusive Campus for All would like to invite you to attend our first Leadership and Engagement Fair.

The goal of this event is to increase awareness of committee work taking place on campus and provide all employees an opportunity to participate in important college-wide work.

Leadership and Engagement Fair Details:

Tuesday, October 15 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM

Spectrum Theater Lobby

The following CAPs and/or Teams will be represented at the event to highlight the purpose of the committee and answer specific questions you may have.

  • Honors Program Leadership Team

  • Service Learning Task Team

  • Study Away Review Team

  • Alumni Relations Committee focused on Employees

  • Title IX Team

  • College Accessibility Team

  • Policy Teams

  • Employee Enrichment Team

  • Employee Wellness Team

  • New Employee Orientation team.

  • Strategic Planning Overview

  • CAP 1.2 Strengthen our Systems for the Assessment of General Education

  • CAP 1.3 Expand and Improve Outcomes in Online Learning

  • CAP 3.2 Build an Inclusive Campus for All

  • CAP 3.3 Establish a Single Stop Center Connecting GRCC Students for Food, Housing, and Emergency Cash

  • CAP 4.1 Establishing a Career and Resource Center

  • CAP 4.2 Create a System to Identify and Recruit Youth

  • CAP 5.1 Improve Campus Safety and Security

For a brief overview please visit the Strategic Plan Brochure (CAPs represented) or Team Charters (Teams represented)

We hope to see you at the Leadership and Engagement Fair on October 15!

Learning opportunities for October

Check out what’s coming up for October! Times, locations, and descriptions can be found online. Register for one of these upcoming sessions:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 2 — Transgender 101
  • Friday, Oct. 4 — Headaches: Causes & Remedies
  • Monday, Oct. 7 — Title IX Training
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9 — Reimbursement Policy
  • Friday, Oct. 11 — Brain Health
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16 — Benefits 101
  • Friday, Oct. 18 — Stress & Burnout in the Workplace
  • Monday, Oct. 21 — Advanced Gmail
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22 — Workplace Bullies
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23 — Active Shooter Response Training
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23 — FMLA – What’s In It For You?
  • Tuesday, Oct. 29 — Strengths Finder.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 30 — Accessibility Basics

Sign up ONLINE to reserve your spot in a session!

Don’t forget about the Benefits Fair on Wednesday October 30 from 11am-3pm in the ATC Banquet Rooms! Also during that time employees can enjoy a Fall treat at the Caramel Apple Bar (formerly Cider & Doughnuts) just outside the banquet rooms, first floor ATC atrium between 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Questions? More information? Contact Angela Salinas at

TRIO to host summer research open house

TRIO/Student Support Services is holding an open house to showcase summer research opportunities from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Raider Grille.

Participating programs include:

  • Michigan Technological University’s Michigan College and University Partnership (MICUP).
  • the University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).
  • the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP).
  • Study Away program in the Netherlands.

See GRCC students’ projects, and learn about opportunities available to you. Snacks will be provided.

Mathematics Seminar to focus on photography

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, October 16, 3-4 PM in 102 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC mathematics instructor Andrea Hayes. For the title and abstract of her talk, please see below.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served at 2:45 PM.

The Mathematics of Photography

Have you ever wondered what makes some photographs stunning while others are forgettable? Is it a state-of-the-art camera, a well-made lens, or simply a “good eye”?  The true secret to a great photograph is mathematics.  This talk will discuss different mathematical concepts and how photographers use them to make their photographs stand out.