GRCC In the News, 8-20-21

‘A historic day’: Grand Rapids Community College opens Lakeshore Campus in Holland

8/19/21 The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND TWP. — Thursday marked a momentous and celebratory day for the Ottawa County community. Grand Rapids Community College held a ribbon cutting and celebration for its new, consolidated Lakeshore Campus in Holland Township.

Inside GRCC’s new Lakeshore Campus in Holland

8/19/21 The Holland Sentinel

(Photos from the ribbon-cutting.)

GRCC showcases Lakeshore Campus’ $12M transformation

8/19/21 WOOD TV

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A former JCPenney store near Holland has been reborn as hub for higher education.

Leaders from Grand Rapids Community College and Ottawa County celebrated the opening of the new GRCC Lakeshore Campus with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.

Morning Buzz: August 19

8/19/21 FOX 17

1.       With the snip of a ribbon, Grand Rapids Community College celebrated the opening of its new Lakeshore Campus.

List: West Michigan schools’ mask policies

8/19/21 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As parents get ready to send their kids back to school, most are wondering whether they will have to wear masks.

… Colleges and universities

… Grand Rapids Community College: Masks required indoors. Vaccine not required, incentive program | Details

Sports Connection

8/18/21 WKTV

(Interview with men’s basketball coach Joe Fox.)

Raider Rally, Involvement Day signups due

We are excited to be hosting Raider Rally and Involvement Day in person again this year! These two events are awesome opportunities to welcome new and returning students back to campus and to recruit them to your organizations:

If you have questions, please let us know by calling 616-234-4160, emailing or stopping by our office; first floor of the Student Center! We’re excited to see you.

GRCC seismometer tracks Alaska, Haiti earthquakes

GRMI, GRCC’s seismometer, housed in the geology lab in Calkins Science Center, has been busy in the past month.

GRMI recorded the July 29th magnitude 8.2 earthquake outside of Perryville, Alaska. The primary waves (body waves that travel through the Earth) arrived at our station 10 minutes after the quake. The L-waves (wave that travel across the surface of the Earth) arrived at GRMI 27 minutes later! The earthquake took place where the Pacific Plate is being shoved (subducted) under the North American Plate. These types of quakes can generate tsunami. A tsunami warning was issued but later cancelled. Click here to learn more about this earthquake.

On August 14th, GRMI recorded the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Haiti. The earthquake was located 78 miles (125 km) west of the capital city of Port-au-Prince at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). The primary waves arrived in Grand Rapids within 5 minutes! The L-waves arrived at our station less than 15 minutes later. The earthquake took place along the Enriquillo-Plantain Garden fault zone. This fault zone is the result of the sliding and converging of the Caribbean and North America tectonic plates. The earthquake was similar in magnitude to the devastating 2010 earthquake which is ranked as one of the deadliest earthquakes in history. Click here and here to learn more about this most recent earthquake in Haiti.

Visible in the image of the Haiti seismogram, is the trace of a magnitude 6.9 aftershock from the July 29th Alaska earthquake, 3 weeks after the main shock! It is important to note that earthquakes commonly occur in swarms. The largest earthquake in a swarm is the main earthquake and those that occur before and after are called the foreshocks and aftershocks, respectively. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake is still a very large earthquake and can cause significant damage in inhabited areas; however, the main shock was a magnitude 8.2 earthquake, which means it released well over 30 times the energy of the 6.9 aftershock!

A seismograph shows the Haitian earthquake.
GRMI record showing the July 29th Alaska earthquake (M8.2)
The seimogram shows both the Haitian quake and the Alaska aftershock.
GRMI record showing the Haiti earthquake (M7.2). The small earthquake ~ 30 minutes prior to the Haiti earthquake was a M6.9 aftershock of the July 29th M8.2 in Alaska.

Announcement about GRCC MI-ACE

On behalf of the Michigan ACE (MI-ACE) Network, we want to welcome you to the new academic year and another year of great GRCC MI-ACE programming!

As part of our welcome, we wanted to share the following information with you:

  • The Michigan American Council on Education (MI-ACE) is the professional network for Michigan women in higher education. As the GRCC branch of this group, we work in concert with the state and national ACE Women’s Network to identify, develop, encourage, advance, link, and support (IDEALS) women in higher education.
  • Angela Salinas, who serves as the College’s Employee Events, Engagement, and On-boarding Coordinator, is joining Sheila Jones as one of our two MI-ACE Institutional Representatives.  Please welcome Angela to this new role — and get excited for the great ideas she’s bringing to GRCC MI-ACE!!
  • We’d love to hear from you!  Please complete this form by August 30th to provide feedback about GRCC MI-ACE programming this year.
  • To read more about MI-ACE, please visit this site.
  • We’ll be sending calendar appointments for this year’s meetings very soon.  Please keep an eye on your inbox for more details.

We look forward to joining you at a GRCC MI-ACE event this fall!

Tech Tip: Bookmarks bar

The bookmarks bar is at the top of your Chrome menu. The bookmark bar allows you to save important websites for later and will allow easier navigation to sites so you don’t have to search for websites on Google or

To bookmark a page:

  • Navigate to the website you would like to bookmark 
  • Press the Star on the top of the browser, next to the address bar.  
A gold star is in the top righthand corner of the Google screenof

  • Name the bookmark. For additional organization, you can save the bookmark into a folder.
A pop-up says "Bookmark added" and has options for a name and a folder.
A list of folders for the Bookmarks bar: Work from Home, Helpful KB, Helpful Links, Website Project, Other bookmarks.
  • Select the More option on the the bottom of the Bookmark Added menu.
  • Select the Bookmark bar folder
  1. Select the New Folder at the bottom.
  2. Name the folder.
  3. Select Save.

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