Honors Projects update

The Honors Program would like to thank faculty members for offering an Honors Project during the Fall 2021 semester.  As a result of your support, nearly (60) honors students completed an honors project allowing us to distribute $5,800 dollars of scholarships – and helping them to complete program requirements.

We are hoping Winter 2022 will be another successful semester with your help. For additional support, please contact the Honors Faculty Liaison, Assistant Professor Jonnathan Resendiz at jonnathanresendiz@grcc.edu or 616-234-3081.

Thank you! 

Book by GRCC History professor Robert Hendershot earns prestigious national honor

The book Culture Matters: Anglo-American Relations and the Intangibles of ‘Specialness’, co-edited by Dr. Robert Hendershot of Grand Rapids Community College and Dr. Steve Marsh of Cardiff University, has earned a prestigious honor from a national academic organization.

Their book was selected by Choice, published by the Association of College & Research Libraries, as one of the Outstanding Academic Titles reviewed during the previous year.

Choice is a major reviewing tool used widely by academic librarians, and its celebrated annual list is designed to recognize outstanding works for their excellence in presentation and scholarship, the significance of their contribution to the field, their originality and value as an essential treatment of their subject, and significance in building undergraduate collections.

Choice reviewed more than 3,600 titles during the past year, but only 440 books and digital resources were chosen by their editorial staff for this year’s list of Outstanding Academic Titles.

Culture Matters was published in late 2020 by England-based Manchester University Press. Collectively, the book’s various contributors explore how literature, movies, Beatlemania, “Downton Abbey,” political values, historical commemoration, collective memory, and other aspects of culture have impacted the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom. The book may be accessed via the GRCC Library here.

Hendershot in 2020 said he and Marsh began designing the project in 2016 during a Transatlantic Studies Association conference in Plymouth, England.

“We both felt a book like this was necessary because interest-based and neorealist analyses have long dominated the study of the Anglo-American special relationship, and the power of culture to impact important aspects of the relationship was comparatively understudied,” he said.

“The resulting book helps to open up a variety of new analytical spaces, features the work of both world-leading and emergent scholars, and breaks new ground by applying the theories and methodologies of the ‘cultural turn’ in diplomatic history to the study of Anglo-American relations.”

In addition to co-authoring the introduction and conclusion with Marsh, Hendershot contributed a chapter based on his own research. He noted that a GRCC sabbatical award he received in 2019 was of material assistance to his participation in this project.

Hendershot, who has been a professor in GRCC’s Department of Social Sciences since 2007, specializes in the historical influence of culture, identity, memory, and public opinion upon Anglo-American relations. In addition to teaching a variety of classes on world history each semester, he also offers classes on Latin American history (HS230) and the history of U.S. foreign policy (HS285).

Congratulations to Radiologic Technology student Emma Seeber, one of two Michigan students selected to take part in a national leadership program

Emma Seeber smiling.

The Michigan Society of Radiologic Technologists and the American Society of Radiologic Technologists selected Emma Seeber for the 2022 Student Leadership Development Program.

For the next three years, she will attend annual meetings of the ASRT House of Delegates and benefit from professional mentoring.

Special thanks to Nan Schichtel, the Radiologic Technology program’s library liaison, for helping Emma refine her application!

2022 Excellence in Education Awards

The GRCC family is full of amazing and outstanding people . . . people who care, people who go above and beyond, people who bring the very best of themselves to the work that they do.
True excellence is alive at GRCC. We are all fortunate to be a part of a community of educators who make GRCC shine both inside and out. There are special individuals who make learning at GRCC meaningful and impactful for our students and working at GRCC an honor and inspiration for fellow employees.

To recognize them, please take the time to nominate them for the annual GRCC Excellence in Education Award.

Recipients of the full-time faculty, adjunct and staff award each receive $1,000, and a $1,000 contribution to the GRCC Foundation is made in the recipient’s name.

Anyone can nominate! The deadline for nominations is May 13, 2022.

The application has gone online! This makes the entire process faster and easier.

Start HERE and select either Full Time Faculty, Adjunct, or Staff. 
Faculty & Adjunct: Email the Provost Office at provost@grcc.edu
Staff: Email Angela Salinas at angelasalinas@grcctoday

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a deserving member of the GRCC family for these awards.

IT Support Portal guides

Did you know IT has a self-service Support Portal where you can easily and quickly report issues, submit service requests, schedule virtual visits, and search for knowledge articles? Two major components of the Support Portal are the Service Catalog and the Knowledge Base.

The Service Catalog provides easy access to a large variety of services that the IT department offers. Placing a service request through the portal is helpful in that it guides you through questions we will need to fulfill the request, saving you time!

The Knowledge Base includes answers to common questions that we receive in the IT department as well as how-tos on common processes and procedures specific to GRCC technology.

Please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or click on the links below for helpful guides.

How to Search the IT Knowledge Base

How to Search the IT Service Catalog

How to Submit a Ticket from the Portal

View Your Submitted Tickets from the Portal

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

GRCC In the News 01/18/2022

10 projects changing the Grand Rapids area in 2022

1/17/22 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — From headquarters for high-tech medical companies to growing schools and redesigned public spaces, 2022 has plenty in store for the Grand Rapids area.

Here are 10 projects to watch this year:

… Visitors to Grand Rapids Community College’s downtown campus can already see the colorful glass panels of Secchia Piazza’s domed skylight a full city block away, on Fulton Street.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: Events happening across West Michigan

1/17/22 WWMT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — On the third Monday of January, America celebrates the life, legacy, and birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. A civil rights icon who helped lead the fight for justice and equality for African Americans, dating back to the mid-1950s.

… Grand Valley State University, Davenport University, and Grand Rapids Community College will host the free, virtual program. Those interested can register online here to retrieve a Zoom link to the webinar.

1/17/22 – Today Marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/17/22 WCSG

Today is a federal holiday and many plan to hold MLK Day events

… GVSU, GRCC and Davenport | 36th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration | Jan. 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Details

Lady Jayhawks fall to Mid-Michigan College 86-84

1/18/22 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

Harrison Muskegon Community College Women’s basketball team traveled to Mid-Michigan College on Monday evening for a conference match-up.

… The Jayhawks drop to 9-2 overall and are 3-1 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference. MCC will be back in action on Wednesday, January 19 when they travel to Grand Rapids Community College. Game time is set to get underway at 5:30 pm.

GRCC plans Jan. 19 clinic to provide students, employees and community members COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters

GRCC plans Jan. 19 clinic to provide students, employees and community members COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters

Grand Rapids Community College is planning a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students, employees, and community members for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19 in the Raider Grill in the Student Center, 122 Lyon St. NE.

No appointment is needed for the clinic, the latest in a series conducted at the college. About 300 people have so far been assisted in campus vaccination clinics.

The clinic will offer COVID-19 vaccinations as well as booster shots. Vaccines have been determined to be the most effective tool in preventing serious illness and hospitalization due to COVID-19.

People wishing to obtain the vaccines or booster shots can save time and create an account and fill out the required vaccine form in advance: https://www.visit.covidsecureapp.com/michigan.

The clinics are part of a series of wellness protocols intended to help GRCC students, employees and community members.

The campus is requiring face-coverings indoors, and has posted face-covering dispensers near entrances in many buildings.

On-campus class sizes are limited to 75 percent capacity, and the college has replaced two-person desks with single-person desks in most classrooms.

The college also has installed new furniture for common areas that is intended to help with distancing.

Hundreds of hand sanitizing stations were added since the start of the pandemic, and changes were made to campus cooling and ventilation to increase air flow.

College leaders are monitoring developments with COVID-19 and its variants, and are communicating with state and federal health authorities for guidance as conditions change.

GRCC’s mission is to serve its community, and the campus has played a role in fighting the pandemic. GRCC Nursing students in 2021 administered shots into the arms of students, campus employees, and others in the spring as part of the Shot of Love campaign, a partnership with Urban Church Leadership Center and Spectrum Health.

In May, the college hosted a campus vaccination pop-up clinic, which was visited by first lady Jill Biden.

GRCC Athletics, Student Life team up to help fight food insecurity by offering free admission to fans donating to Food Pantry

Grand Rapids Community College Athletics is teaming up with Student Life to support students challenged by food insecurity, offering reduced price or free admission to two upcoming basketball games in exchange for food donations.

Spectators who bring three canned food items to the Saturday, Jan. 15 games against Lansing Community College or the Wednesday, Jan. 19 game against Muskegon Community College will be admitted free. Those bringing two canned items will be admitted for $1, and fans bringing one canned good will be admitted for $2.

On Saturday, the women’s basketball game starts at 1 p.m. with the men taking the court at 3 p.m. On Jan. 19, the women start at 5:30 p.m. with the men tipping off at 7:30 p.m.

All of the canned goods will be donated to the GRCC Food Pantry, which has served thousands of students since the start of the pandemic.

“The Athletics Department is part of our campus community, and it’s important for our student-athletes to be leaders on and off the court,” Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said. “This is an opportunity to support our campus food pantry, but also raise awareness of the problem of food insecurity and how it affects our students.”

GRCC’s Food Pantry and snack pantries are designed to meet the immediate food needs of its students on campus by providing a variety of non-perishable food items and basic necessities to students and their families.

GRCC’s Food Pantry is located in the Student Center, and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. Students can visit the pantry weekly. Students can register in the Student Life Office.

There are 10 snack pantries located across campus, providing grab-and-go options including granola bars and microwavable soups. They are maintained in partnership by Student Life, the English department, Psi Beta, Counseling and Career Development, Library and Learning Commons and the Tassell M-TEC. The Snack Pantries do not require registration and food is provided when available.

Information is available at grcc.edu/foodpantry.

“We’re so appreciative of GRCC Athletics, and all of the student and community groups that have supported the Food Pantry,” said Lina Blair, GRCC’s director of Student Life and Conduct. “Many of our students struggle with food insecurity, and the problem intensified during the pandemic. We’re fortunate to have a supportive community to help students overcome this obstacle.” 

Students can connect with additional campus and community resources at grcc.edu/gethelp.

The food drive is part of a conference-wide effort organized by the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.