Exciting week for PTK

On March 24- 26h, 2021, GRCC hosted the second virtual Regional PTK Convention.  A huge shout out goes to IT/ Media, Dr Pink, Dr Knetl, Dr Mullen, Stacey Heisler, Ian Matthews, Victoria Powers, Robin Sterk, and Deb Dewent for presenting and assisting with making this Regional Convention a huge success.

During the three-day event, we held our political rally (including candidate speeches) and elected our new Regional Officers (student leaders for our region), had breakout educational sessions, competed in trivia night, participated in the “graduation afterglow party”, listened to our keynote speaker from Azusa Pacific University who talked to us about “thriving or surviving”, opened our time capsule from 1995 and celebrated our accomplishments during our awards ceremony.

This year was a challenge for all as it was completely virtual, but our GRCC Officers really left their mark.  Aya Ghlaim, Ethan McNeilly and Alyssa Reynolds, our student leaders, led the Alpha Upsilon Kappa chapter to continue to earn its 5 Star Chapter status for the 8th year in a row. These are the other accomplishments that our GRCC Chapter was recognized for during the awards ceremony:

  • They were again recognized again as a 5 Star Chapter (one of 18 in our region out of 31).
  • The chapter earned a REACH award (for the first time) which is based on recruiting and engaging new members.
  • The chapter came in 1st place in the region (first time ever) for our College Project- the video interviews our students did around campus resources last fall.
  • For our Honors in Action project we placed 4th for our “theme” (related to the writing), and 10th place for the “project”.
  • The Chapter Officer Team came in 5th place in the region.
  • Melanie Lequia was announced as a New Century Workforce Scholar earning a $1,250 scholarship.
  • Nicholas Cetlinski was announced as the Coca Cola Gold Scholar earning a $1,500 scholarship.
  • Ethan McNeilly won the Susan Friedrich Memorial Scholarship ($250).
  • GRCC had 4 members recognized for the All Michigan Academic Team (Michael Kelley, Melanie Lequia, Philder Okech, and Nicholas Cetlinski)
  • GRCC had 6 members recognized for being Jack Kent Cooke Semi-Finalists (this is a $40,000 scholarship for up to three years to complete their bachelor’s- winners are announced in April)-Gideon Kortenhoven, Cayden Beardslee, Nicholas Cetlinski, Deidre Mitchell, Destiny Carrera, and Paulo Zepeda.

Earlier in the day, we had three of our members win student life awards at the Student Leadership Banquet.

  • Nicholas Cetlinski received the Cedric and Sandy Ward Leadership Award.
  • Aya Ghlaim received the Brian Kloet Campus Involvement Award.
  • Ethan McNeilly received the Richard W Calkins Presidential Leadership Award.

Reminder: Registration for the Cultural Competence Institute opens on April 1

Purchase a ticket at: http://GRCCequity.eventbrite.com

The registration fee is $100

Professional development opportunities related to equity focus on the people at the very beginning of the awareness process and fail to facilitate growth for people who see themselves as potential equity leaders. The next edition of the Cultural Competence Institute focuses on a deeper understanding of access and inclusion and how to transform organizational culture.

Guest Faculty:

Dr. Paul Gorski, founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange, has published more than 70 articles and has written, co-written, or co-edited twelve books on various aspects of educational equity. Paul is the author of the Multicultural Pavilion, an online compendium of free resources for educators.

Paul earned a Ph.D. in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia and has served as a teacher-educator at several universities for 15 years.

Picture of Dr. Paul Gorski.  Starts at 8.

GRCC Tech Tips

GRCC IT is happy to introduce Tech Tips – A collaboration with all of you! 

We’re going to be sharing our favorite time-saving tips within the applications that we use every day, but we need your help! If you’ve found a technical tip or workaround that makes your job, or your team’s job easier, we need you to share that with us! We will be sharing posts and occasionally creating videos of the tip to share with our campus community.

Each week, we will be sharing via GRCC Today two to three posts, but to make these posts relevant to you, we ask that you share your ideas with techtips@grcc.edu

When you submit an idea to techtips@grcc.edu, please detail what the tip is in regards to, the process or steps to perform the function, and if possible, link any related articles that would best help us draft a post to GRCC Today. One of our team members will develop either a written post for GRCC Today or create a brief video based on the tip to share with others when applicable. We will always review our developed content with you, the content expert, prior to sharing it with the campus community. 

We look forward to sharing our knowledge with you, and sharing your tips with the campus community! You can see our first tip starting next week! 

Math Awareness Month contest

April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month and that means it is time for the Math Awareness Month Contest.

The contest is open to any GRCC student or staff member. Of all the correct entries, four will be randomly drawn to receive a prize.

Entry forms must be returned to Nancy Forrest at nforrest@grcc.edu in the Math Department via your GRCC email by Friday, April 16, 2021.

NEW link:


April 2021 CTE Newsletter

April 2021 CTE Newsletter

Please view the full April 2021 Center for Teaching Excellence Newsletter online. Highlights include:

Upcoming Events

Also included:

  • New technology in classrooms on campus  Video Link
  • Technology Tip: How to link tutoring services within your Blackboard course
  • Faculty Feature: Michael Sikkema
  • Thank you to our Feeding America volunteers

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Hip-hop legend Rakim to discuss his life, craft at GRCC Diversity Lecture Series

Rakim singing into a microphone.

Famously known by the moniker the “God MC,” Rakim, will discuss his critically acclaimed book, “Sweat the Technique: Revelations on Creativity from the Lyrical Genius” as part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.

The free virtual event is planned for 6:15 p.m. on April 6. The event is open to the community, and registration is available at tinyurl.com/rsvp-Rakim.

The New York native is one half of the golden era of hip-hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential and most skilled MCs. The duo’s 1987 release “Paid in Full” was listed in Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 500 Albums of All Time.

Part memoir, part writing guide, the book offers insight into how Rakim thinks about words, music, writing, and rhyming as it teaches writers of all levels how to hone their craft. It is also a glimpse into Rakim’s private life, full of entertaining personal stories that celebrate the influences that shaped his development.

“The Diversity Lecture Series provides a broad platform to unpack current events,” said Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, GRCC’s chief equity and inclusion officer. “There is a concept in hip hop culture known as ‘freestyling,’ which is the ability to improvise a rhyme (rap), dance, or DJ set. For the last year, most of us had to pivot and improvise (or freestyle) our way through day-to-day interactions to make it work. Hearing from an artist who is the pantheon of rap lyricism and ad-lib artistic expression is the perfect crescendo to the lecture series.”

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Road Closure Notice – Ransom Ave NE

This is work that will occur in front of the SICE loading area at the ATC.

WHEREFountain St NE to Lyon St NE
DESCRIPTION OF WORKUrgent utility repair for a GRCC building on the east side of Ransom Ave.
CLOSURE TYPENorthbound lane shift into the center turn lane.  Maintain both traffic directions and pedestrian detour to the west side sidewalk.
STARTTuesday, March 30, 2021 – 8:00 AM
ENDFriday, April 9, 2021 – 4:00 PM
CONTACT NAMEBrad Waayenberg
CONTACT COMPANYVelting Contractors, Inc.
CONTACT NUMBER OR EMAILbradw@velting.com

A new agreement will give Grand Rapids Community College students a seamless transfer to a Ferris State University bachelor’s degree in music and entertainment business.

Student with a t-shirt which says, "GRCC Music".

Under the “3+1” program, students can attend GRCC for three years, earning an Associate of Arts in Pre-Music and Entertainment and fulfilling most of the requirements for a Digital Audio Specialist certificate. They will then enter Ferris as seniors to complete work for the bachelor’s degree.

Students with this degree will be prepared for jobs in promotion and production, sales, marketing and management, as well as advertising and public relations, said professor Kevin Dobreff, head of GRCC’s Music Department. 

“The constantly changing landscape of the music and entertainment business has been profoundly impacted by the restrictions of this last year,” he said. “Now, more than ever, our students must learn how to navigate the different ramifications of performing and marketing a product in a virtual world. It is my hope that this new, articulated pre-major program will create a pathway for many of our music and business students who have been uncertain about pursuing a degree that would support that career interest.”     

Students in the program, which launches this fall, will take courses in accounting, statistics and business management, in addition to classes on world music and music theory.

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IT Notification – Feature Update to Google Chat

Google is rolling out an update to the Chat application. Both the web based app and devices running the stand-alone desktop app will receive this update over the next 15 days. The update includes:

  • A new shared file tab along the top of a Chat room, allowing members of the room to quickly access files that have been shared in Chat.
  • A quick access side panel along the right side, allowing you to quickly swap between other Google apps like Calendar, Tasks, Drive, and more.
  • The search bar has been relocated to the left-hand side of the app, under the “+” button. This tool allows you to search for content across all your chat rooms and direct messages.
  • A new toggle to switch between a full-screen view and a pop-up view.
  • Improved Google Meet quick access tool that allows you to join or start a Meet call directly from Chat.

If you use the web app for Chat, there will be no additional steps necessary for this update. If you’re using the desktop Chat app you will begin seeing prompts asking you to update to the latest version. If you would like to learn more about the update, we recommend reading Google’s article.

For more information on installing Google Chat on your computer click here.