GRCC women’s basketball player Sally Merrill named MCCAA Western Conference Player of the Week honors

Sally Merrill smiling and holding a basketball.

Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball player Sally Merrill was named Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference Player of the Week for her recent performances against Lake Michigan College, Ancilla College and Mid Michigan College.

Merrill is a freshman from Allegan who graduated from Hamilton High School. She totaled 60 points, 23 rebounds, nine assists, two blocks and two steals in the three games.

I’m happy to see some recognition outside of our campus for the performances she has had,” Coach David Glazier said. “She works hard and continues to grow each week, always finding ways to help the team get a win.”

Merrill, who plays guard and forward, has been a key performer in the team’s six-game winning streak. She scored a game-high 26 points – just one shy of her career best – on the Saturday game against Mid Michigan.

Merrill is averaging a team-high 15.6 points per game this season. She also has a team-high 149 rebounds, averaging 8.3 per contest.  Her six double-doubles are second on the team to Grace Lodes, who has eight.

GRCC is 11-7 on the season, and all alone in second place in the conference with a 7-1 record.

The Raiders hit the hardwood again on Feb. 3 in a home matchup against Glen Oaks Community College.

Wellness champions: Plants have health benefits

Think of your houseplants as little green wellness champions!

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.

GRCC has a greenhouse on the fifth floor of the Calkins Science Center, a working lab for students in biological science classes. You can take a peek in the large windows, see students working and be inspired to have some small potted plants on your desk or windowsill.

Dr. Matt Douglas has been a member of the Biology Department since 1993, and has taught botany classes for the last eight years. He has degrees from the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and the University of Kansas. He’s a nationally known expert on butterflies, especially monarchs.

And, he likes plants. That’s good, because according to a 2020 article on the Healthline website, there are many wellness benefits to having plants in your home and office.

Indoor plants may help reduce stress levels

A study published in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology found that plants in your home or office can make you feel more comfortable, soothed, and natural.

Real plants may sharpen your attention

A study published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health indicated brain scans of the participants showed students who studied with live plants in the classroom were more attentive and better able to concentrate than students in classes with plastic plants, no plants or photos of plants.

Working with plants can be therapeutic

For people experiencing mental wellness challenges, indoor gardening can be helpful. Researchers have used horticultural therapy to increase feelings of well-being among people with depression, anxiety, dementia, and other conditions. Medical clinics in Manchester, England are now recommending potted plants to patients with depression or anxiety symptoms.

Plants may help you recover from illness faster

A 2002 study by Texas A&M University researchers revealed that people recuperating from several kinds of surgery needed less pain medication and had shorter hospital stays than people who weren’t looking at greenery during their recovery periods.

Plants may boost your productivity

Multiple studies have found that plants in the workspace increase both productivity and creativity. A 1996 study from the Journal of Environmental Horticulture found that students in a campus computer lab worked 12 percent faster and were less stressed when plants were placed nearby.

Plants may improve your whole outlook on work

A 2016 study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health interviewed over 440 employees in India and the United States. They found that those whose office environment included natural elements like indoor plants felt greater job satisfaction and more commitment to the organization than those who didn’t work around natural elements.

Plants may improve the quality of indoor air

A 1980s NASA study about phytoremediation — plants scrubbing contaminants from the air – considered ways to improve air quality in sealed spacecraft. Now, you’d need a lot of plants to match our modern biofilters, but every bit helps! 

Show us your GRCC Spirit

GRCC socks.

Gear Up Raider Nation! 

Sport your GRCC pride in celebration of Homecoming on two Fridays, February 11 and 18.

Employees, departments, families, retirees – everyone with Raider spirit is invited to put it on display.

Suit up in your best GRCC gear – apparel, socks, hats – anything blue and gold works!  Employees and retirees receive a 10% discount at the GRCC Bookstore. Just show your RaiderCard ID to receive this discount.

Snap and share photos: individual, department/team, family (kids = future Raiders) and of course photos with your furry friends!  

Submit your photos via this online form

Photos shared by Monday February 14 will be displayed in GRCC Today during Homecoming week, February 14-18, and entered into a challenge for best 2022 Homecoming GRCC spirit.

Winners will be selected from three categories: department/team, family/individual and pet.

Member Purchase Program exclusive deals

Dell is offering GRCC early access to their President’s Sale which begins February 14!

The deals highlighted below and in the attached flyer are limited in quantity at special discounts so be sure to shop early before available quantities sell out.

 GET MPP EARLY ACCESS 2/14 – 2/16; DEALS CONTINUE THROUGH 2/24.  To access the deals, visit your dedicated MPP site:


  • Alienware m15 R6 – $2199.99 – Save $750*
  • Starting 2/14 at 11am ET:  Inspiron 15 3000 – $399.99 – Save $250*
  • Starting 2/15 at 11am ET: XPS Desktop – $649.99 – Save $250*

Tech Tip: Recording video meetings

Over the past year, we have all been accustomed to meeting with our students, coworkers, and teams through video conferencing. Many of us have recorded meetings so that others can rewatch the meetings if they need to. Google has recently made a change to Google Meets and will no longer allow us to record Google meetings. But don’t worry, we can still record meetings with Zoom! 

When you record Zoom meetings to the cloud, they are automatically transferred to your Panopto account and stored in the meeting recordings folder. To access your Panopto account, login to MyGRCC and click on the Panopto tile. 

Zoom/Panopto Integration

Sharing a Panopto Video

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 

GRCC In the News 02/02/2022

More older students are starting — or restarting — their education


More older students are starting — or restarting — their education at Grand Rapids Community College, with enrollment for ages 30 and older 14% above pre-pandemic levels, as adult learners take advantage of state tuition-free programs.

U-M transfer program receives $3.4 million grant to provide in-state transfer students with resources, opportunities

2/1/22 The Michigan Daily (University of Michigan student newspaper)

The Transfer Bridges to the Humanities @ Michigan Program will receive a $3.4 million grant from the Mellon Foundation to support transfer students as they transition from in-state community colleges to the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus, according to a press release Monday morning from the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. 

… The new funding will also allow the program — which is currently a partnership between only the University and Henry Ford College — to expand and include two additional community colleges: Schoolcraft College and Grand Rapids Community College.

The best is all right here

2/1/22 Grand Rapids Magazine

Each year, Grand Rapids Magazine readers get to declare the Best Of Grand Rapids winners. Readers then get to add a long directory of people, places, and things to eat and drink to their see-and-do list, courtesy of suggestions from people with similar interests.

… Dentist Practice

Thomas Lambert

Runner up: Stonecastle Dentistry

Dr. Thomas Lambert provides patients with safe, high-quality dental care, focusing on cosmetic and implant dentistry. Lambert has served as adjunct professor at the Grand Rapids Community College of Dental Hygiene for over 10 years and chair of the Michigan Dental Association’s Committee on Continuing Education for four years.

EDsmart Releases 2022’s Most Affordable Web Developer Associate Degree Online Ranking

2/1/22 FOX 26 (EDsmart press release)

EDsmart’s ranking of the most affordable web developer associate degree online is the most comprehensive and well-rounded to date. The ranking includes only fully accredited schools. Rankings are based on affordability, academic quality, student satisfaction, and student outcome according to data gathered from the U.S. Department of Education.

… The complete rankings are as follows:

… Grand Rapids Community College

Reinstating mandatory orientation

Throughout the pandemic, the college suspended our mandatory orientation policy.

We will be reinstating this policy for the summer 2022 semester and moving forward. Degree seeking students who are admitted for this summer and fall will be required to complete a new student orientation session before they are eligible to enroll in classes (note: year long registration begins March 21).

Our mandatory orientation policy states that students who have an entering high school GPA of 3.0 or higher can elect to participate in orientation in person or online. Although we had an asynchronous orientation course in Blackboard for this purpose, it was not as strong as our in person orientation program.

As we modified and adapted our in person orientation to meet the needs of students during the pandemic, we developed a virtual option that closely replicates the in person experience.  We will continue to offer both synchronous in person and virtual orientation options moving forward. As the pandemic continues to shape how we interact (masks, social distancing, physical space capacity limits, etc.) we plan to offer a balanced offering of in person and virtual orientation for summer and fall start students.

We recognize that our virtual orientation is a superior online engagement compared to our previous Blackboard orientation and we plan to continue to offer this option for students seeking a flexible option to complete their orientation requirement.

Coincidentally, this policy is currently in the review process with our Academic Governing Council (AGC). If this review process yields any change to our mandatory orientation process we will be in communication with details.

Offices on the Move – 3rd Floor Student Center

Due to construction on the 3rd floor of the Student Center, all offices in this area are being relocated until the conclusion of the winter semester.  

Please see below to locate these offices during construction,

  • Academic Testing, ATC 219
  • Associate Dean Office, Student Success & Retention
    • Raynard Ross, SCC 22 (Inside Student Life)
    • Denise Jones, RJF 186
    • David Lovell, RJF Bay 115
  • Counseling and Career Development, RJF 1st Floor, Student Services and Remote Delivery of Services
  • College Success Center, LRC 236
  • Dean Office, RJF 180
  • Disability Support Services
    • Advisor Offices, Calkins Science Center 137
    • DSS Testing, Calkins Science Center 140
  • TRIO, ATC 231

GRCC plans job fair to connect people with rewarding facilities careers, maintaining campus to help students learn

Student walking in the snow.

Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a job fair to connect people with jobs in its Facilities Department, offering rewarding careers maintaining and supporting the college

The event is planned for 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 3 in room 214 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St NE.

The event will cover open positions, highlight the benefits of working at GRCC, and walk participants through the application process.

The college has openings on its custodial, grounds and maintenance teams.

“Our custodial positions are a perfect opportunity for people to start a good and essential career, and take advantage of the college’s tuition benefit to gain in-demand skills to advance at GRCC or elsewhere,” said Cathy Kubiak, GRCC’s executive director of Human Resources. “We have outstanding benefits, and it’s rewarding to be part of a team that helps our college transform lives.”

Patrick Baldridge started at GRCC as a custodian in December 2000, gained experience and skills and now is associate director of operations.

“I absolutely love my job,” he said. “I work with good people, and the things I am able to do can help people and make them happy. We have good salaries, great benefits, and opportunities to move up.”

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