Coming soon! FSA & HSA informational lunch (take & go) and learn

Join the Benefits team on Wednesday, October 20, from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the MultiPurpose Room 234 of the Student Center for an informational overview of Flex Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts.

Get your questions answered and learn about these benefits from various representatives in the health benefit field.

A boxed lunch will be available which attendees can take “to go”.

Register for the session (and many others!) via your Online Center Professional Development tile.

For questions, please contact or

Celebration of Armen Oumedian Consecutive Giving Awards and addition of seven members to the 500 Club

The GRCC Foundation added seven members to the 500 Club and celebrated Armen Oumedian Consecutive Giving Award recipients Robert Long and Robert Cebelak during an event last week.

Long, a retired Biological Sciences faculty member, has donated to the Gayle E. Long Scholarship, which he established in his sister’s memory, for 34 years. Cebelak, a physics instructor, has supported the Physics and Engineering Scholarship for 34 years.

Those attending the celebration enjoyed food truck fare from Patty Matters – Food Truck, owned by alumna Lauren D’Angelo; Ice Box Brand, owned by alumnus Chris Morin; and El Caribe Food Truck, owned by alumna Gilma DeLaCruz.

Joining the 500 Club, for GRCC faculty and staff who donate $500 annually to the foundation, are: Amy Bennett, Audrey Heckwolf, Angela Salinas, Dana Sammons, Benjamin Smith, Kim Squiers and Rebecca Yoder.

If you work for GRCC and haven’t donated to the foundation yet, now is a great time to start! Now through Sept. 30, any new — or increased — gifts to the unrestricted fund will be doubled! You can learn more about the many ways you can donate by following this link:…/give-today/faculty-staff-giving

PeopleSoft and other systems scheduled to be down for required maintenance 

Thursday evening, September 16, all of PeopleSoft, which includes the Student and Faculty Online Centers, will be down for required maintenance.

Other systems, including ImageNow and DegreeWorks, will be taken down as well. 

System updates will start at 10:00 p.m. and finish by 2:00 a.m. The test environments (DEV, TST, STG, and UPG) will be taken down earlier on Thursday (5:00 p.m.). 

Tech Tip: Raider guest wireless access

Did you know?

GRCC has a wireless network for guests that are not affiliated with the college such as family, friends, or parents of students.

Guests can access this network by selecting Raider Guest under the Wi-Fi settings on their phones or personal computers. They will authenticate via text or email. After the user accepts the Acceptable User Agreement they will be able to access the internet for up to 12 hours. The internet is limited, so guests will not be able to access streaming sites and some social media platforms.

A Guest Event Login should still be requested for guests affiliated with the college such as visiting organizations or business partners.

For detailed instructions on how to access Raider Guest wireless network, please visit the Support Desk Knowledge Base

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

ODEI: John Leguizamo at GRCC now available on Vimeo

John Leguizamo smiling.

#GRCCequity kicked off Latino Heritage Month with Emmy and Tony Award winner John Leguizamo. Join us for a rebroadcast of the entire event, available on Vimeo with password access.
Password: odei2021

The recording is available until October 12.

Share your feedback about the presentation on social media using the following hashtags #GRCCequity #LHM #Leguizamo.

We also invite you to provide feedback on our survey:

What happened / Que Paso?
Due to a scheduling conflict and restrictions related to Covid-19, the discussion was telecast live on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

GRCC In the News, 09/15/2021

Their Old Jobs Gone, Unemployed Workers Use COVID Relief Funds to Retrain for New Positions

September 14, 2021 Voice of America

Two massive spending programs pushed through the U.S. Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic — the CARES Act (2020) and the American Rescue Plan (2021) — are being used by states and local governments to retrain workers for a post-pandemic job market.

(A photo from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Tassell M-TEC visit is used with this article.)

 Mes de la Herencia 2021, Michigan y Ohio Por: Isabel Flores, corresponsal La Prensa

September 15, 2021; La Prensa

Del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre celebramos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana o Mes de la Hispanidad. Es una celebración sumamente importante, ya que se evocan los logros, aportes y contribuciones de nuestra presencia en este país así como las primeras exploraciones de los españoles en el territorio de los Estados Unidos.

…  Eventos abiertos al público en general en Grand Rapids Community College 21 Septiembre / 1:00pm Marisel Herrera, Superpoderes de primera generación: Identidad latina y mentalidad para triunfar

(From September 15 to October 15 we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month or Hispanic Heritage Month. It is an extremely important celebration, since the achievements, contributions and contributions of our presence in this country as well as the first explorations of the Spanish in the territory of the United States are evoked.

… Events open to the general public at Grand Rapids Community College September 21 / 1:00 pm Marisel Herrera, First Generation Superpowers: Latino Identity and Mindset to Succeed)

Local Artist Competes in International ArtPrize

September 15, 2021; The St. Thomas Source (U.S. Virgin Islands)

Local artist and educator Niarus Walker yielded to her creative and impulsive nature because “I thought it would be fun.”

… Under the rules, each artist must find a venue willing to host the artist’s work. Walker chose four venues; Grand Rapids Community College will be the first to host her work.