Lori Cook, Michael Michewicz and Michelle Richter receive Excellence in Education Awards for helping students during pandemic

Grand Rapids Community College honored three employees for their efforts in helping students stay on track in reaching their goals during the uncertainty of COVID-19.

Lori Cook, Michael Michewicz and Michelle Richter received GRCC’s 2021 Excellence in Education Awards during opening day activities Thursday. The awards, established in 1989, honor employees for their contributions to GRCC, higher education and the community.

Cook, director of Admissions and Enrollment, was recognized with the staff award. She was praised for initiatives, such as mandatory orientation, “Service Saturdays” and open houses, that provide students with the best possible start to their college career — and then for successfully reworking them during the pandemic. 

“Lori is an exemplary employee because she is able to take the broader mission and vision of our college and translate that into processes and procedures that truly support student success as they onboard and as they continue as GRCC students,” President Dr. Bill Pink said.

Michewicz, an instructor in the Music Department, received the adjunct award. He usually teaches applied saxophone lessons, but the 2020-21 academic year presented him with two new challenges: COVID-19 and an assignment as GRCC’s interim director of bands.

“This past year was particularly challenging for all music faculty, but even more so for Mike,” said Kevin Dobreff, program director and head of the department. “He met every challenge — including staying ahead of all CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and local health department updates that impacted the ability of ensembles to rehearse together.”

Michelle Richter, director of the Nursing program, received the faculty award. Her colleagues noted that while her responsibilities mostly lie outside the classroom, she still makes connections with students, through the ADN 240 leadership course she created and teaches, visits to the Health Sciences and Resources Tutorial Lab, and her open-door policy. 

“Under Shelly’s leadership, the program has had a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX licensing exam for both Associate Degree Nursing and Practical Nursing students,” Pink said. “Graduates have achieved a nearly consistent 100% job placement rate after graduation in recent years.”

The awards were presented on Thursday during opening day activities for faculty and staff. GRCC’s fall semester starts Aug. 30.

ODEI is hosting three PRIDE OUTside the Box events this fall

PRIDE OUTside the Box illuminate’s scholar-practitioners, artists, and initiatives that critically examine socio-political, economic, and identity issues from an intersectional framework (Crenshaw, 1989). The desired outcome is to challenge the campus community and our partners to pivot from binary thinking that may be perceived as narrow, unimaginative and lacks empathy.

This fall ODEI is thrilled to host three POTB events:

𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟭𝟭 @ 𝗡𝗼𝗼𝗻
Latino Heritage Month
Bri Sérráno
“LatinX: Unpacking the experiences of transgender and non-binary communities.”

Bri Sérráno smiling

𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟳 @ 𝗡𝗼𝗼𝗻
Da’Shaun Harrison
“The politics of Anti-Fatness as Anti-Blackness.” 

Da'Shaun Harrison smiling.

𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗡𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟵 @ 𝗡𝗼𝗼𝗻
𝑁𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝐴𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝐹𝑖𝑙𝑚 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝐴𝑟𝑡 𝐹𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑎𝑙
A film screening & talkback with 𝐵𝑒𝑛-𝐴𝑙𝑒𝑥 𝐷𝑢𝑝𝑟𝑖𝑠, director of 𝗦𝘄𝗲𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗿𝘀

Native American Sweetheart Dancers.

RSVP at tinyurl.com/GRCCequity  
For more information contact ODEI@grcc.edu

Technology checkouts for students for Fall 2021

GRCC’s Library will continue to check out technology (laptops, hotspots, webcam, headsets) to students for the Fall semester.  Technology will be due back December 17.  Laptops are on a timer which will lock out/shut down at the close of the Fall semester, when IT will reimage and update them for Winter checkouts. 

There is no reservation system for the technology – first come, first served.  A user agreement must be completed upon checkout.

 Technology checked out for Summer classes was due August 18 and is now overdue.  It should be returned immediately in person to the Library Circulation Desk so it can be re-imaged for other users.

Questions? Call Library Circulation at 616-234-3872.  

Ford Fieldhouse Fall semester hours

Dear Ford Fieldhouse Members, 

We can’t believe the start of the fall semester is already a week away! As the school year ramps up, we have some updates coming your way. Beginning August 30, our hours will be extended to allow some more early mornings and some later times in the evening. 

NEW Fitness Center Hours 

  • Monday-Thursday: 6:00am-7:00pm 
  • Friday: 6:00am-5:00pm 
  • Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

NEW Weight Room Hours 

  • Monday-Thursday: 8:00am-5:00pm 
  • Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm 
  • Saturday/Sunday: CLOSED

NEW Open Swim Hours 

  • Monday-Thursday: 6:00am-8:00am and 10:00am-2:00pm
  • Friday-Sunday: CLOSED

Please stay tuned to your email for updates on the opening of the arena. 

*NEW* Policy Changes

  • $3 daily user pass available for pool users 

Policies Still in Effect

  • Check-in Process for the Fitness Center
    • Present RaiderCard to staff member at desk outside of fitness center 
    • Once granted access, user can tap their card to enter the fitness center
  • Check-in process for the Pool 
    • Present RaiderCard to lifeguard staff at table
    • Once granted access user can proceed to swim
  • Arena/track are still closed to everyone 
  • Masks required at all times in the Ford Fieldhouse including the fitness center and on the pool deck
    • Masks should not be removed unless actively swimming in the pool
  • Fitness Center Equipment will still be socially distanced
  • Pool users are encouraged to social distance when possible as well
  • Valid RaiderCards are mandatory for entry. Your RaiderCards will be activated to allow you access to the locker rooms.  Please feel free to use either locker room.
  • The locker rooms and showers will be available; however, towels will NOT be provided at this time

Important Links: 

For Ford Fieldhouse Membership Application – Click Here 

As always thank you for your continued patience and support and feel free to reach out with any questions.

-Ford Fieldhouse Operations Team

Involvement Day signup due

We are excited to be hosting Involvement Day in person again this year! This event is an awesome opportunity to welcome new and returning students back to campus and to recruit them to your organizations:

  • Involvement Day will be hosted Wednesday, September 8, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on the Olivarez Plaza. Sign up for a table online.

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

GRCC Student Records announces the launch of Academic Advisement for evaluating graduation requirements

Here are some of the changes to the process of evaluating graduation requirements:

  • My Degree Path goes away for students on 8/30/21 to coincide with the start of the Fall 2021 semester.
  • Students now have access to an “Academic Progress” tile in their online center/student self-service
  • Faculty will continue to have access to My Degree Path until October 31, 2021 in their online center/faculty self-service
  • We are working on creating an option for faculty that may want to assist students in reviewing outstanding graduation requirements to view student academic advisement reports in the online center and will announce once this is available. We encourage you to ask the student to share the information in their academic progress tile with you when advising students on graduation.
  • Academic Advisement is not a course planning tool, students should use Navigate for course planning.
  • We are planning to provide some additional training for staff and faculty. A recorded training is available through CTE.
  • This is the video that we have created for students

Thank you!!!!

Student Organization renewal/activation window is open

All new and returning student organizations must be registered or re-registered to benefit from being a student organization. Any students looking to renew a student organization or form a new one can look up the requirements on the Student Life webpage.

To renew or create a new student organization, you can log in to Raider Connect, then navigate to the student organization registration page. There is no longer a deadline to renew/create a student organization, but all student organization related activity requires annual renewal/activation. Your student organization must renew in order to take advantage of the benefits of being a registered student organization!

Perks of being a registered student organization:

  • Reserve space on campus for meetings and events
  • Table to recruit students to your organization
  • Post flyers up of your student organization
  • Travel as a student organization
  • Ask for funding for meetings, events, and conferences
  • Fundraise on campus (use of cash box, and RaiderCard readers)
  • Use of storage space

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