GRCC In the News, 4-30-20

Gilda’s Club co-founder, GRCC board member dies

April, 29, 2020; The Holland Sentinel

GRAND RAPIDS — Former Steelcase executive, Grand Rapids Community College trustee and Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids co-founder Debra Bailey has died.

News 8 at 11

April 29, 2020; WOOD TV

Anchor Brian Sterling: “Today, Gov. Whitmer announced the Future for Frontliners education program. It’s a path to free college education for essential employees like healthcare workers, first responders and grocery store employees. Here in West Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College says they’re ready to help those workers – and all others – pursue their dreams of higher education.”

Upcoming virtual learning opportunities in May

Register online — a calendar appointment with either a Google Meet link or Zoom registration link will be sent within 24 hours.

May Learning Opportunities:

  • Wednesday, May 6 — Google Meet
  • Thursday, May 7 — 25Live Pro Training
  • Monday, May 11 — Google Forms
  • Tuesday, May 12 — Increase Your Creativity
  • Tuesday, May 12 — Google Slides
  • Wednesday, May 13 — Google Meet
  • Friday, May 15 — Getting Started with Zoom Web Conferencing
  • Friday, May 15 — All Natural Cleaning
  • Monday, May 18 — Google Meet
  • Tuesday, May 19 — Getting Started with Zoom Web Conferencing
  • Wednesday, May 20 — Google Forms
  • Tuesday, May 26 — Google Slides

Essays due Friday for Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award

The coronavirus has transformed life as we know it, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have fun! The GRCC Foundation is happy to once again offer the Van & Marinus Swets Travel award for 2020 — with a twist.  Employees may submit essays telling us how they intend to relax, enjoy and still have fun during or after quarantine.

Please view the following for rules and deadlines:

VAN & MARINUS SWETS TRAVEL AWARD OPPORTUNITY FOR GRCC EMPLOYEES

(non-student employees)

WITH A QUARANTINE TWIST

 

Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty or staff professional development travel funds.  A cash award of up to $400 will be given to a full- or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has their essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun during or after quarantine.

Requirements:

  • Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the cash award for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation during or after quarantine. The more imaginative or unusual, the better!
  • Essays will be blind judged and will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar. They will be judged on CREATIVITY.
  • Submit your essay electronically to Art Johnson at ajohnson@grcc.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020.
  • All award winners will be notified by Monday, May 11, 2020.  (Multiple awards will be given)

For more information, you may contact Mary Reed at mreed@grcc.edu

GRCC In the News, 4-29-20

Gilda’s Club co-founder, GRCC board member dies

4/27/20 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Former Steelcase executive, Grand Rapids Community College trustee, Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids co-founder Debra Bailey has died.

‘I have to push myself’

April 28, 2020; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

Rodrigo Lopez-Ruiz is spending his last few weeks of high school finishing work for his classes, including three dual-enrollment courses, while school buildings remain closed.

… (Counselor Anne) Harig helped Rodrigo realize the opportunity available to him by signing up for Wyoming Middle College, a dual enrollment program with Grand Rapids Community College, through which students can earn a free associate’s degree while still in high school. Students spend a fifth year as Wyoming High School students, but with all classes on the GRCC campus.

Senior Spotlight: April 27, 2020

April 27, 2020; FOX 17

Your senior year in high school is something many will remember for the rest of their lives, especially those last couple months. But, for the graduating class of 2020, these times of course, will be remembered much differently.

… DA’MARRIONNA MCKINNEY – 54TH STREET ACADEMY

Her mom says she is actually a junior who worked very hard and is now walking with the senior class. She says her family has been through a lot and she is so proud of her. She’ll be attending Grand Rapids community college and hopes to join the army.

… TRENISE FIELDS – EAST KENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL

She is going to GRCC and then transferring to Ferris to be a nurse. Her mom says the couldn’t be more proud of her!

EVAN WINQUEST- LA PONSIE – GRANDVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

He is very active in choir and music. His mom says, he is the youngest of 4 siblings that were adopted and he has worked very hard to succeed in school. She said he is caring and kind and plans to attend GRCC and wants to teach music.

Partners establish fund for undocumented families

April 24, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Eight community organizations established a fund that will grant emergency aid to undocumented and mixed-status families in Kent County in response to COVID-19.

… “The lucha is all of us working together to support people who systems are leaving behind. This is just the beginning of not only fighting COVID-19 but also for dignity and respect,” said Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, volunteer organizer of Movimiento Cosecha GR and the Grand Rapids Area Mutual Aid Network.

(Lorena Aguayo-Márquez is GRCC’s Kellogg community recruitment specialist.)

Presenting the 5 greatest athletes from St. Clair Shores Lake Shore since 2000

April 29, 2020; MLive

The fan base for St. Clair Shores Lake Shore High School is a good one, as was evident from the fact the school won last week’s poll that sought out the top five athletes from Metro Detroit area schools. Also, the fan base showed its support with many great athlete nominations as well.

… Marcus Cribbs

… Cribbs went the JUCO route for two years after high school, playing football for Grand Rapids Community College. While there, he became a JUCO All-American in 2011. After making a name for himself, he transferred to Ferris State in Division II and was part of the first undefeated regular season in Bulldogs history in 2014.

Nomination process goes online for Excellence in Education Awards

The deadline for the Excellence in Education Awards is quickly approaching! Anyone can nominate!

This year, all nomination forms and signatures have gone online.The process will be easier, faster and more convenient. Even from home!

Visit the Excellence in Education website to get started!

Please submit nomination documentation and signatures of support by May 15, 2020.

Questions? More information?

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a deserving member of the GRCC family for these awards.

GRCC In the News, 4-27-20

Will students show up for college in fall 2020? Community colleges offer a hint. It isn’t pretty.

April 27, 2020; USA Today

Ask a community college president about what school will look like in the fall and be prepared for an eye roll, lots of shrugging and even a baffled look or two.

… Washtenaw is far from alone. Michigan’s Grand Rapids Community College is also looking at a steep decline for the summer, said Bill Pink, its president. The school is waiving fees and pushing workforce-oriented classes into the second seven-week summer session at the end of summer. The fall schedule is up in the air.

Chix golfer Davis Courtright ready for next step

April 24, 2020; The Holland Sentinel

ZEELAND — Zeeland East senior Davis Courtright was looking forward to his senior season.

… Though he won’t get to show the golf world what he had this year, he will get the opportunity in college. Courtright plans to play golf at Grand Rapids Community College next spring.

From childhood struggles in Georgia to student leader at Comstock Park

April 24, 2020; schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

To say that Abbie Glass has overcome obstacles and adversity might be a huge understatement.

… Not one to take it easy her senior year, Abbie is enrolled in three Advanced Placement classes – chemistry, psychology, and language and composition, which she continues to take online. She plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College to become a dental hygienist.

Business Matters: Spotlight on The Cellular Connection

April 26, 2020; Midland Daily News

Mike Thurston, 54, owns The Cellular Connection (TCC), which has two locations in Midland and one in Shields. … He earned two associate degrees from Grand Rapids Community College in culinary arts-hotel/restaurant management and in business management.

Register for 2020 Walking & Wellness Challenge

Join this 8-week personal challenge for a fun way to work on your health and wellness this spring and summer with your GRCC Family!

Each week beginning Monday, May 11th, we’ll be hosting a themed challenge that gets you setting and crushing your personal wellness goals.

Fill out the simple form to sign up.

This year’s challenge is a little bit different. No need to find a team this year, because we are all in this together … separately. We are all on Team GRCC!

We’ll share our progress, engage with fellow challenge participants, post photos, and give encouragement using the private GRCC Walking and Wellness Challenge Google Community.

Wellness isn’t cancelled! Get moving with the GRCC Family!

Questions? Need more info? Contact angelasalinas@grcc.edu

2020 GRCC Walking & Wellness Challenge.  Lace up and take the challenge. 1. Family & Pets Week. We are family! Show us how your family helps you to get fit! Walk with your animal friend. Have your family help plan healthy meals. Have a dance party with your family. 2. Adventure Week. Adventure awaits. Show us how you find adventure in your wellness program. Try a new workout. Run or walk to a new route. 3. Self-care Week. Make sure to take care of you. Show us how your practice self-care. Try out a meditation app. Treat yourself to a spa day. Relax with yoga routine. 4. Kindness Week. Spread love like sunshine. Show us how you show kindness. Surprise someone with a random act of kindness. Cheer on other challenge members. 5. Wacky Week. Let’s get a little kooky. Show us your wacky side. Work out in a fun costume. Belt out your favorite tune as you work out. Share your wildest smoothie recipe. 6. Water Week. Water, water everywhere. Show us how your work out with water. Hit your water intake goal. Take a stroll to a river or pond. Incorporate water into your workout. 7. Pure Michigan Week. We’re smitten with the Mitten. Show us how you share your MI pride. Add local artists to your playlist. Incorporate Michigan produce into your meals. Work out in your favorite Michigan gear. 8. Buddy Week. Fitness is more fun with a friend. Show us who you work out with. Bring a friend along on a walk. Check in on a friend. Attend a virtual workout together. Excited and ready to go? Join the Walking & Wellness Challenge Google community for a full experience and participation details.

Essays due this week for Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award

The coronavirus has transformed life as we know it, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have fun! The GRCC Foundation is happy to once again offer the Van & Marinus Swets Travel award for 2020 — with a twist.  Employees may submit essays telling us how they intend to relax, enjoy and still have fun during or after quarantine.

Please view the following for rules and deadlines:

VAN & MARINUS SWETS TRAVEL AWARD OPPORTUNITY FOR GRCC EMPLOYEES

(non-student employees)

WITH A QUARANTINE TWIST

 

Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty or staff professional development travel funds.  A cash award of up to $400 will be given to a full- or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has their essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun during or after quarantine.

Requirements:

  • Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the cash award for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation during or after quarantine. The more imaginative or unusual, the better!
  • Essays will be blind judged and will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar. They will be judged on CREATIVITY.
  • Submit your essay electronically to Art Johnson at ajohnson@grcc.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020.
  • All award winners will be notified by Monday, May 11, 2020.  (Multiple awards will be given)

For more information, you may contact Mary Reed at mreed@grcc.edu

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Faculty laptop loaners for summer

Teaching a course this summer?

Are you a faculty member who is teaching in the Winter semester as well as the upcoming Summer terms, who also currently has a laptop loaned out through IT?

If so, you will be contacted soon about extending your loaner laptop return date arrangement. If you are teaching but do not have a computer capable for online instruction, loaner laptops are still available to request.

Not teaching a course this summer?

For those who have a laptop loaned out through IT and will not be teaching this summer, we ask that you return the laptop to us the week of May 4th. IT will be in contact with you regarding the details to return this to us.

For any other staff member who currently has a laptop loaned out through IT, we will automatically be extending your loaner agreement until we get the clear to return to campus.

Take care and stay healthy!

 

Lake Michigan Credit Union to close Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall branch; service continues through on-campus ATMs, nearby branches

Lake Michigan Credit Union and GRCC announce a modification to a long-standing partnership that will allow the credit union to continue serving students, faculty and staff while at the same time freeing up much-needed space for the college to accommodate continued growth.

The credit union will close its branch office in the Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall. This will allow the college to add classroom space, while LMCU continues to provide service through two ATMs located on campus, as well as through online, mobile banking and over 30 other branch locations in West Michigan.

“We’re proud of our long standing partnership with GRCC, and we look forward to working with students and employees for years to come,” said Sara Kemperman, LMCU senior vice president of Retail Services. “This change will help provide much needed space for GRCC and allow LMCU to still serve GRCC staff and students.”

The GRCC-based branch has experienced reduced foot traffic in recent years as customers rely more on ATMs and digital banking. LMCU also has two full-service branches near GRCC: one branch located at 342 Michigan St. NE, a half-mile from campus, and one in Mercy/St. Mary’s Hospital at 260 Jefferson Ave. SE.

“Lake Michigan Credit Union has been a strong partner with GRCC for years, and we look forward to continuing that relationship in new ways that will remain convenient for GRCC students and employees,” said Lisa Freiburger, GRCC vice president for Finance and Administration.

GRCC In the News, 4-24-20

Hacking of the NFL’s digital draft is unlikely, professor says

April 23, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan — Lifelong Detroit Lions fans who think they can hack the NFL Draft and get their team the first couple of picks, can think again.

Grand Rapids Community College Computer Science Professor Andrew Rozema, who is a Lions fan himself has looked into the possibility, only to confirm that strong security measures are in place.

Morning News

April 24, 2020; FOX 17

Deanna Falzone: “… Aiden Rodenhouse, Calvin Christian High School. His mom says his personality is as big as his smile. His positive outlook and his sense of humor have helped him get through the disappointments of a shortened senior year. He plans to attend GRCC and later Davenport. He plans to study IT and Internet security. His family is so proud of him, loves him so much and is looking forward to his bright future.”

(This is the “Senior Spotlight” segment.)

GRCC In the News, 4-23-20

Some Michigan Community Colleges See Big Declines in Summer Enrollments

April 21, 2020; Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Michigan’s Washtenaw Community College and Grand Rapids Community College are seeing steep declines in summer enrollments due to the coronavirus pandemic, reported the Detroit Free Press.

MSU Filmetry Festival blends poetry and film to meet the pandemic quarantine online

April 22, 2020;  City Pulse (Lansing)

WEDNESDAY, April 22 — It wasn’t the plan, but as the coronavirus and the resulting quarantine canceled public gatherings and events, we’ve seen everything from symphonies to homebound guitarists turn to the Web to deliver virtual reality performances.

… Aileen Dwyer, a senior in the Media Information Program at MSU’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences, chose the poem “River Rouge,” by David Cope. Cope worked as a school custodian while pursuing his degree from the University of Michigan where he studied under the famous poet Robert Hayden. He has been called a post-beat poet who collaborated with Allen Ginsberg. He also received advanced degrees from Western Michigan University and is one of the former Grand Rapids poet laureates where he taught full-time at Grand Rapids Community College.

Album Reviews: Political Lizard, Further Closer, Stormo, Vagabonds, Sharpnyko

April 22, 2020; Local Spins

A stay-at-home pandemic doesn’t mean West Michigan artists have been idle when it comes to churning out new material.

… Stormo
“Stormo”

What Stands Out: Stormo’s self-titled debut is an enjoyable, albeit brief collection of guitar-driven, slowcore indie. The group is the result of a creative partnership between college friends Jonah Craker and Ben Ferrell, who met at Grand Rapids Community College in 2018. On their debut EP, released April 10, the duo highlights a knack for creating short, hook-laden bouts of lilting guitar rock. The instrumentation is clean and well-mixed, and although a few of the tracks feel like a teaser rather than a finished product, that’s completely understandable: “Stormo” is just the tip of the iceberg, as Craker and Ferrell are currently working on what will undoubtedly be a captivating full-length album.

GRCC Foundation offers Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award

The coronavirus has transformed life as we know it, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have fun! The GRCC Foundation is happy to once again offer the Van & Marinus Swets Travel award for 2020 — with a twist.  Employees may submit essays telling us how they intend to relax, enjoy and still have fun during or after quarantine.

Please view the following for rules and deadlines:

VAN & MARINUS SWETS TRAVEL AWARD OPPORTUNITY FOR GRCC EMPLOYEES

(non-student employees)

WITH A QUARANTINE TWIST

 

Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty or staff professional development travel funds.  A cash award of up to $400 will be given to a full- or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has their essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun during or after quarantine.

Requirements:

  • Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the cash award for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation during or after quarantine. The more imaginative or unusual, the better!
  • Essays will be blind judged and will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar. They will be judged on CREATIVITY.
  • Submit your essay electronically to Art Johnson at ajohnson@grcc.edu by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020.
  • All award winners will be notified by Monday, May 11, 2020.  (Multiple awards will be given)

For more information, you may contact Mary Reed at mreed@grcc.edu