Leadership Institute is back

Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for the 2022 cohort.

Consider joining this 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a deeper understanding of the campus community as well as accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills.

The Leadership Institute is designed for employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on campus. The 2022 application deadline is Friday December 3, 2021.

For more information and the application, please visit the Leadership Institute webpage or contact angelasalinas@grcc.edu or lcaulk@grcc.edu

GRCC planning second COVID-19 vaccination clinic with boosters after providing shots to 76 students, employees and community members last month

Student getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Grand Rapids Community College is planning a second walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students, employees, and community members that includes booster shots for all three vaccines after a larger-than-expected turnout at last month’s clinic.

The event is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 11 at Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center auditorium, 151 Fountain St. NE.  A parking pass will be provided for individuals getting the vaccine. Walk-ins are welcome.

GRCC’s Oct. 27 clinic saw 76 people getting the shots through Visit Cares, the organization partnering with GRCC and the state of Michigan to administer vaccines.

The clinics are part of an effort to help students, employees and community members have access to an effective COVID-fighting tool. All three COVID-19 vaccine options will be available, as well as booster shots for those who are eligible. Information about booster shots and eligibility is available here.

It is recommended that people bring their vaccine card if they are getting a second vaccine dose or a booster vaccine.

Additional vaccination location information is available at vaccinatewestmi.com.

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If you would like to fill out the required online paperwork in advance – to speed up the process – please scan this QR code and follow the instructions.

QR code for scanning.

GRCC runner Coleman Clark named NJCAA DII National Athlete of the Week after impressive performance in championship race

Coleman Clark smiling.

Grand Rapids Community College runner Coleman Clark was named NJCAA DII National Athlete of the Week after winning the MCCAA-NJCAA Region XII cross country championships on Saturday.

Clark also was named MCCAA Conference Runner of the Week, joined by Kaylee Scott of the GRCC women’s team.

Clark, a freshman, earned national honors from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association after winning the MCCAA-Region XII Championships on Saturday in a time of 25:56.5 for the 8,000 meter course.

“I’m really happy to have been selected as the NJCAA D2 National Runner of the Week<” Clark said. “I think the season has gone really well so far and I’m really looking forward to Nationals. I attribute my success this season to supportive friends and family and an awesome team that really pushes me to be the best that I can be.”

Clark is from Carson City, a community east of Greenville that also is the hometown of men’s team coach Garrett Lacy – and he even broke Lacy’s school record in the 3200-meter race during his senior year.

“I’m very happy for Coleman to have received this honor,” Lacy said. “He’s worked so hard all season long, and has led us as our No. 1 runner in every single competition thus far. He’s been as much a leader in practice as he has been in competition as well. Breaking the 26:00 barrier for 8k last meet for the first time at the MCCAA/NJCAA Region 12 championships is no small feat, and he is just scratching the surface at what he is capable of.”

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Wellness Wednesday

Lina Blair holding a Go See GR card.

Be a champion! GRCC is helping students and employees focus on all areas of health and wellness as we emerge together from the pandemic.

Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual health. That includes physical health, but so much more. During the next year we’re also looking at emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and occupational health, and how we all can work to help ourselves and each other.

There are many resources at GRCC to help all of these types of wellness. Each week, we’ll introduce you to people and places here on campus ready to support you on your wellness journey.

The intellectual wellness encourages creative, stimulating mental activities. Our minds need to be continually inspired and exercised just as our bodies do.

People who possess a high level of intellectual wellness have an active mind and continue to learn. An intellectually well person uses the resources available to expand one’s knowledge and improve skills. Keeping up-to-date on current events and participating in activities that arouse our minds are also important.

And what can be more informative, stimulating, and challenging than a museum? Grand Rapids has a number of fantastic ones, and GRCC employees can get in many of them for free through the Go See GR program.

Current students and employees can head to the Student Life office in the Student Center, show their RaiderCard and get their Go See GR card.

The card, displayed here by Wellness Champion and Student Life Director Lina Blair, allows for free general admission to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, the Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, the Grand Rapids Public Museum, and the John Ball Zoo.

There are some other perks, too, and you can learn more at grcc.edu/goseegr.

How can I tell if an email is Spam or Phishing?

Here at GRCC, the protection of our staff, faculty and student’s personal and financial information is one of utmost importance and it is our goal to make sure that information is always secure.

One way to make sure that information stays safe is to keep our end users knowledgeable of online threats. As GRCC’s first line of defense against unwarranted phishing and malware, here are some ways to help to keep yours and the college’s information safe.

  • Do not click on links in emails unless you are certain what the link is. Malicious emails can come from a trusted person’s account if their credentials have been compromised. Just because you know the person, does not mean it is safe. Stay cautious everywhere online, especially in communications where the sender can be spoofed. To verify the validity of a link, hover over it. The full link will display in the bottom left hand corner of your email. Read through it carefully to see if the address appears correct. If you believe you may have clicked on a phishy link by mistake, please contact GRCC’s IT Customer Support immediately at (616) 234-4357.
  • Do not open unsolicited attachments in emails. If you are not expecting an invoice or document, call the sender to ensure they actually sent it to you, and it is not coming from someone impersonating them. If you believe you may have opened a suspicious attachment by mistake, please contact GRCC’s IT Customer Support immediately at (616) 234-4357.
  • Use extra caution with emails sent from other school districts. We recognize that there are many emails coming in from other districts this time of year due to student transfers. Please be extremely cautious when opening any attachments or links found in those emails.
  • If you would like to report a phishing email you can click on the kabob (three vertical dots) in the upper right-hand corner of the opened email and select Report phishing.

For more information on phishing and how to avoid it please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk.

Laptops available again

Last week, we asked students to return laptops that weren’t being used – because we had none to check out to those who needed one. THANKS to all who returned them early; this week, we have just over 100 laptops available to check out!

Stop by the Library Circulation Desk – with your RaiderCard – and check out a laptop or other technology you might need to be successful.

Remember, all technology is due back December 17. The Library Circulation Desk will be open on Saturday, December 18 from 8 AM-3 PM to accept technology returns.

Laptops will cease to work at the end of the Fall Semester, when IT will reimage and update them for Winter checkouts.

Technology for check-out:

Wireless / mobile hotspots

Home Buying Guidance session

A virtual session on Home Buying Guidance will be led by our partners at Lake Michigan Credit Union on Wednesday, December 1 at 10 a.m. 

Whether you’re buying a home for the first time, refinancing, or planning for the future — this learning opportunity will identify and explore the financial components of the home mortgage process.

Bring your questions as you will have a mortgage expert on hand to answer them!

Register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account.

GRCC In the News 11/03/2021

GRCC freshman named National Athlete of the Week

11/2/21 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — One Grand Rapids Community College Runner has been named NJCAA DII National Athlete of the Week after winning the MCCAA-NJCAA Region XII cross country championships.

Coleman Clark, an 18-year-old man, received the award on Saturday and was also named MCCAA Conference Runner of the Week, joined by Kaylee Scott of the GRCC women’s team.