Keeping GRCC Safe: Wash — and sing!

GRCC is focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. But we’re going to need your help.

The CDC says washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease. It recommends washing for 20 seconds — about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.

Now, GRCC Music students and faculty: The pressure is on you because “Happy Birthday” is not going to cut it. This is your chance to shine! Harmony is OK, as long as it is socially distant. Acapella only, please. This is probably as close any of us are going to get to a concert for a while.

We’re placed stickers in the lavatories to remind you to wash and sing.

These stickers are part of a series of protocols, screenings, equipment, and notifications added to help our GRCC family. We’re trying to create the safest possible environment for students to gain an affordable, accessible, quality education.

A sign on a restroom mirror says, "Thank you for practicing healthy guidelines. Keep us all safe. Wash your hands.": "Keeping GRCC safe."

Keeping GRCC Safe: Changes to cleaning procedures

GRCC is focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.

Glenn Fox cleans a door: "Keeping GRCC safe."Meet Glenn Fox. He’s part of the team that goes into action to give campus a deep cleaning.

Special attention is given to the areas people are most likely to touch, such as doors, light switches, and handrails. But if it’s within reach, it’s getting sanitized.

Glenn said there are elaborate protocols in place to protect people on campus, including him. Single-use paper towels are replacing cleaning rags, for example.

His work is part of a series of protocols, screenings, equipment, and notifications added to help our GRCC family. We’re trying to create the safest possible environment for students to gain an affordable, accessible, quality education.

GRCC In the News, 7-29-20

GRCC changes parking fees to save students money during pandemic

July 28, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Effective Aug. 31, Grand Rapids Community College is making changes to parking fees at its three ramps to save students money and making it easier to get to classes and services.

Manistee’s Fink to run cross country at next level

July 28, 2020; News-Advocate (Manistee)

As a decorated harrier throughout her prep career at Manistee, Noelle Fink certainly has a knack for finishing.

But the 2020 graduate is far from done running. Fink will continue competing this fall, this time at the next level, for Grand Rapids Community College.

See Who’s Dazzling! Brilliance Awards 2020 Finalists

July 28, 2020; West Michigan Woman

The world is a changed place since West Michigan Woman gathered hundreds of nominations for the fourth annual Brilliance Awards. What hasn’t changed is how many outstanding women—and men—lift up our community.

(This article does not include educational background, but Ellie Wilcox, Faten Baydoun, Zoraida Sanchez and Theresa Mosley are GRCC alums, and Jenn Fillenworth is an alum and adjunct instructor.)

Keeping GRCC Safe: New HVAC filters

GRCC is focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. We’ve made some changes that you can easily see. Others are working quietly and effectively in the background.

GRCC’s Facilities team installed new MERV 13 filters in the heating and air-conditioning systems. MERV 13 filters capture airborne viruses and bacteria from coughs and sneezes.

Also, the team is running air systems longer, and bringing in increased amounts of fresh air into our buildings.

This new equipment is part of a series of protocols, screenings, equipment, and notifications added to help our GRCC family. We’re trying to create the safest possible environment for students to gain an affordable, accessible, quality education.

GRCC In the News, 7-28-20

Her welding skills opened doors. Now she’s helping other Latinas break into the industry.

July 22, 2020; Indianapolis Star

Consuelo Poland was the only woman and the only woman of color in her class when she got a welding certificate seven years ago in Michigan.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Consuelo Poland is a GRCC alum.)

e-Headlines

July 27, 2020; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

… Students at Grand Rapids Community College have an extra week to pay tuition this year. The move recognizes the financial challenges students face because of the pandemic.

West Michigan’s Morning News

July 27, 2020; WOOD Radio

Dr. Bill Pink, President Grand Rapids Community College, joined West Michigan’s Morning News to talk about pushing back the fall tuition date so that students can sign up for classes with no money down.

Morning News

July 28, 2020; FOX 17

Anchor Mike Avery: “Grand Rapids Community College is changing its parking fees. Students now only need to pay once per day for unlimited access to parking lots on both downtown campuses. GRCC was previously charging students $3.50 each time they entered a lot. The school says the new structure will make it less expensive for students to come and go during the day.”

Raider Salute from Student Life

A Raider Salute from Student Life:

A huge, heartfelt thank you to all of the amazing volunteers from all over campus who have helped prepare food packages and serve on site for food distribution!! We are grateful for the hard work and commitment to the wellbeing of so many of our students. To date, we have served 417 individuals – that’s 967 food packages! Thank you all — couldn’t do it without you!

Love, Sandy, Lina & Ashley

Keeping GRCC Safe: Face coverings required on campus

Brian Knetl and Bill Pink, both wearing face masks, stand in Pink's office.GRCC is focused on the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Everyone can play a role as we work to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Note that GRCC Provost Brian Knetl and President Bill Pink are properly social distancing and wearing face coverings.

They’re smiling in the photo, but serious about keeping our GRCC family safe and well during these challenging times.

GRCC’s safety protocols call for students and employees to wear face coverings whenever they are in public places on campus.

This new equipment is part of a series of protocols, screenings, equipment, and notifications added to help our GRCC family. We’re trying to create the safest possible environment for students to gain an affordable, accessible, quality education.

GRCC In the News, 7-27-20

GRCC delays tuition due date to help students during coronavirus crisis

July 24, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is giving its students a bit more time to pay their fall tuition payments amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Beekeeper, GVSU faculty member face off in primary for Kent County Commission’s 11th District

July 24, 2020; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI — An adjunct Grand Valley State University faculty member and a beekeeper will square off in the Aug. 4 Democratic primary for the Kent County Board of Commissioners 11th District seat.

… (August) Treu, 71, is retired and works as a beekeeper while also volunteering at the Kent County Animal Shelter. Treu is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War and has previously worked as a machine builder, wedding and portrait photographer and chef. He holds a degree from Grand Valley State University, and an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College’s culinary program.

Incumbent faces newcomer in Republican primary for Kent County Commission’s 6th District

July 24, 2020; MLive

WALKER, MI — A longtime incumbent will square off against a political newcomer in the Aug. 4 Republican primary for the Kent County Commission’s 6th District seat.

… (Timothy) Walenga, 50, says he has 32 years business experience. He is also a precinct delegate for Walker. The sales engineer is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College.

Virtual Summer Teaching Institute starts Wednesday — register now!

There’s still time to register for this week’s Summer Teaching Institute!  Join the CTE and DLIT for our first virtual professional development event!  Please find the schedule here.  Participants can sign up using the registration page.  Early registrants and participants will also be eligible to win a variety of engagement prizes.  The first prize winners will be announced at the opening session.

Join your GRCC colleagues for a virtual Summer Teaching Institute. July 29-31. With keynote speaker Norm Vaughan, an expert on Blended Learning. Sessions will include: Best Practices in Online/Remote Education. Enhancing your Zoom Skills (and other tools). GRCC students are #RealCollege Students. Mental Health and Wellness. And much more! Mark your calendar, more details coming soon! GRCC.