G2 Parking area closed!

In anticipation of the classroom table replacement install scheduled for later this summer, Facilities is going to begin removing the tables from classrooms that currently aren’t being used.

The G2 parking level is going to be used for staging the tables for sale/donation pick up.  Employees who regularly park in G2 are asked to park in the students lots in either the Lyon or Bostwick ramp.  

Gates are up. Thank you for your cooperation! 

President shares message of encouragement to students

This message from GRCC President Bill Pink is starting to arrive in mailboxes. It’s to students who recently completed the winter 2021 semester and first summer semester.

“Together, we have faced the unimaginable.

“I congratulate you for completing this semester, overcoming challenges unlike any other we have experienced. Whether you attended part time or full time, started after high school or returned after time away, I am proud of you.

“Now I encourage you to keep moving forward on your educational journey. Your GRCC faculty and staff will continue to be with you as we move forward together, every step of the way.

“Connect with us at here4you@grcc.edu and (616) 234-4111 to get ready for the fall semester.

“I thank you for allowing us to serve you.”

Highlighting staff who help our students

Valerie Butterfield smiling.

Always remember, at GRCC, you are surrounded by people who want you to be successful and are ready to walk with you on your educational pathway. We are here to help!

Meet Valerie Butterfield. As GRCC’s registrar, she and her team in the Student Records Office help with transcripts and enrollment verification, which might be needed for employment, housing, and food assistance.

Her team members are the stewards of student records and are the office that would correct student information. If you need to change their name or academic program, they are the people who helps with that.

The team also works closely with GRCC students who served in the armed forces, helping them get the benefits they are entitled to.

Valerie is a proud community college graduate, attending Henry Ford College in Dearborn before earning a bachelor of Public Affairs from Wayne State University and a Master of Public Administration from University of Michigan – Dearborn.

She has been GRCC’s registrar since 2016. Valerie worked at Henry Ford from 2012 to 2016, first as an enrollment associate and then as an enrollment administrator assisting students, prospective students, and parents with admissions, registration, records, financial aid, and student accounting.

“I was a community college student, and it is great to have a career at a great school like GRCC and be a part of the team serving our students from enrollment to graduation,” she said. “Seeing students transfer on to their next school or degree and to see them walk across the stage at commencement is what this is all about!”

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, contact the Student Records Office via email at studentrecords@grcc.edu, by phone at (616) 234-4121. The team is temporarily located on the third floor of the Student Center while its offices in Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall are being renovated.

GRCC golfer Tyler Hausserman is the only Michigan athlete earning NJCAA DII PING honors after outstanding season

Tyler Hausserman in a light blue GRCC Raiders shirt smiling.

Grand Rapids Community College golfer Tyler Hausserman was named to the NJCAA DII PING All-Region Team for the second year in a row.

Hausserman, a sophomore from Ionia, is the only Michigan athlete honored by the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division II.

He was the top golfer on a team that finished 11th in the nation during the 2021 season, averaging 74.9 strokes per round.

“Tyler isn’t just one of the best community college golfers in the state, he’s among the best in the nation,” said Dave Selmon, interim athletic director. “We’re proud of our golfers, and all of our student-athletes who overcame unprecedented challenges and still shined this season.”

Hausserman’s season included the top score at the Jackson College Invitational, shooting a 69, and finishing in the top five of all seven events prior to the national tournament.

The Raiders dominated conference competition this season, winning every regular season tournament, with five golfers earning All-Conference honors and John Forton being named Coach of the Year.

Hausserman, Logan Templeton, Davis Courtright, Dominic Luciani and Arie Jackman posted the top five scores in the conference for the season and were named to the MCCAA’s All-Conference team.

Hausserman was the team leader the prior season as well, and was named the top golfer in the MCCAA and PING All-Region Team.

“He’s a very solid player who has a winner’s mentality,” Forton said. “He’s very focused, and I could always count on him to play well.”

Language Arts Online Tutorial Lab: 4th of July weekend hours

The Language Arts Lab will be closed Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5 for the holiday weekend. Hours for the remainder of this week are:

Wednesday 6/30: 10a.m.-6p.m.
Thursday 7/1: 10a.m.-6p.m.
Friday 7/2: 10a.m.-3p.m.
Saturday-Monday 7/3-7/5: Closed

We will reopen on Tuesday, July 6 at 10 a.m. 

To get connected with the lab, all you need to do is click on our Zoom link during open hours–no appointment needed. A tutor will greet you and get you started. 

Please email or call with any questions. We look forward to working with you!

mariamckee@grcc.edu | (616) 234-4244

Did you bring your technology equipment home?

With the campus community slowly transitioning back to working onsite, many may need assistance restoring their workspace. If you took your equipment home, and you’re planning to work on campus you are asked to return your assigned equipment back to your office location and we are here to assist with the transition. 

If you would like assistance with setting up your equipment in your office, please schedule a time with our Desktop Support team using this service.

If you’ve been utilizing loaned equipment and plan to work on campus exclusively, please return your loaner equipment to the Library. If you plan to work both on campus and remotely, we prefer your assigned equipment to be brought between locations as there is a limited supply of loaner hardware.

We understand that transitioning back to the office may create obstacles. It is our goal to make this transition as smooth as possible for you. If you are transitioning completely to on campus and no longer require your borrowed equipment, please return it to the Library (monitors, laptops, keyboards, hotspots, etc.)  or Media Services (webcams, microphones, etc.). Please contact the Support Desk at (616)234-4357 with any additional questions or concerns.

GRCC In the News, 06-29-2021

GRCC freezes tuition rates for 2021-22

June 27, 2021; secondwavemedia.com

Grand Rapids Community College is taking steps to hold the line on costs in an effort to keep education accessible and affordable for residents as West Michigan emerges from the pandemic.


June 27, 2021; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

… Lauren Ferullo will be Grand Rapids Community College’s new athletics director, the first woman to hold that post at the Michigan college. Ferullo has been Davenport University’s assistant athletic director for compliance since 2010, and held a similar role at Lake Erie College in Ohio.

President Joe Biden set to visit Traverse City on Saturday

June 28, 2021; The Detroit News

Washington — President Joe Biden will visit Traverse City on Saturday to “celebrate our country’s progress against the virus,” the White House announced Monday. 

… First lady Jill Biden also traveled to Michigan this month, speaking at a pop-up vaccine clinic at Grand Rapids Community College’s DeVos campus.

When We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know: Exploring the Impact of Prerequisite Developmental Education Requirements

June 28, 2021Michigan Center for Student Success

Community college faculty and administrators have imagined for a long time that education can be like a factory system. Students come in with academic deficiencies and colleges “fix” them by way of prerequisite developmental education (DE) courses. Presto! They come out the other side college-ready. What an efficient and productive assembly line we’ve created!

… Similar to Jackson’s experience with DE prerequisites, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) implemented a policy for mandatory placement. This policy was based on available data at the time and was approved by the College’s Academic Governing Council with the best of intentions to support student success. Following the policy’s approval, several courses were revised to add DE prerequisites. This revision process included endorsement by GRCC’s Curriculum Approval Team and an implementation process that required updating registration systems so that students would enroll in the appropriate DE prerequisite courses based on their placement level. 

(This article, published on Linkedin, was co-authored by Sheila Jones, dean of Instructional Support.)

Community leaders shine a spotlight on Minority Mental Health Month, with i understand

June 28, 2021; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Join i understand and local leaders to help shine a spotlight on the need for better mental/brain health resources in our minority and underserved communities in West Michigan. By working together, we can create change that will provide a better system of support. Let’s embrace our differences, celebrate our diversity and recognize that mental/brain health illnesses do not discriminate. By building stigma-free communities and connecting individuals to culturally relevant mental wellness services – real change can occur.

(The video accompanying this report features President Pink.)

Tech Tip: What to do if your J: or S: Drives are Missing

Occasionally you may notice that the J: or S: drives are missing when you are on campus and signed into a campus computer. This can typically be remedied by signing out and then back into the computer. 

Campus resources such as the J: or S: Drive can be viewed when you are off campus by utilizing VMware. 

Please view the knowledge base articles below with instructions on both topics.

Network Drive Missing or not Showing

Using VMware for Staff Remote Access

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu 

Celebration of life services for former GRCC professor Mike Franz

Former GRCC professor Mike Franz taught at GRCC in Language Arts and Film departments and passed away in late September 2020 of complications of pneumonia (Condolences).

A celebration of life service is planned to be at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 Fulton E. in Grand Rapids. The entrance is from the west side and service is in Centennial Hall, on Friday, July 9 at 11 a.m.

Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to service.  Lunch will follow.  Please RSVP to Mari Franz at mari49546@gmail.com so she can plan for the luncheon.

All are welcome and invited to celebrate this very deserving man.

Mike in 1980, and a recent portrait of him with Marianne, his wife of 40 years.
Mike in 1980, and a recent portrait of him with Marianne, his wife of 40 years.

Summer retirees

Aaron Brooks — Facilities  

Kathy Kolehouse — Music Department

Gloria Thomas — Academic Testing Center

Mark Vogel — Media Technology

Stacey Heisler — Counseling and Career Development

Cathy Noviskey — Student Affairs

Paul Coulson — Campus Police

John Dersch — Mathematics

Your GRCC family wishes you all a retirement filled with relaxation and adventure.

Thank you for all you did for GRCC!

Ransom street closure

Beginning Tuesday, July 6, Ransom Street between Lyon and Fountain will be closed to through traffic for a steam leak repair. 

Students/guests will still be able to access and exit the top of the Bostwick Ramp from the north end or Ransom. Access to the ATC parking facility will also remain open.  The project is expected to be completed within 3 weeks.

Don’t forget to pick up a NEW Go See GR pass!

Visit the friendly staff in Student Life to pick up a new Go See GR pass!

The Go See GR pass gets you (the employee) the following:

FREE Admission to:

Children’s Museum (with two guests)

John Ball Zoo

GR Public Museum

GR Art Museum

Gerald Ford Presidential Museum

Note: Please check on the Covid-19 restrictions at each establishment before visiting. 

UICA are no longer partners because they are now free to the general public. 

Be sure to show the Go See GR pass with your RaiderCard!

Enjoy! =)