GRCC plans Feb. 15 clinic to provide students, employees and community members COVID-19 vaccinations, boosters

Student getting a vaccine.

Grand Rapids Community College is planning a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students, employees, and community members for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15 on the fourth floor of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE.

No appointment is needed for the clinic, the latest in a series conducted at the college. About 350 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: (or QR Code below)

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.

Retirement bio of Nan Schichtel

Nan Schichtel smiling.

Nan has worked at GRCC since Feb 2007 – 15 years.

She was hired into the Library as the Information Literacy & Outreach Librarian, and soon after also took on the responsibilities of Off-Campus Library Services Coordinator. In addition, she works the Reference Desk, teaches infolit classes, and is liaison librarian to: Careers; CEGH (Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician; Phlebotomy; Sterile Processing); College Learning Studies / Counselors; Craft Brewing; Culinary Arts; Dental Programs; Exercise Science; General Health; Nursing Programs; Occupational Therapy Assistant; Off-Campus Library Service; Political Science; Radiologic Technology, and TRiO.

Nan shared one of her favorite GRCC stories.

One of my favorite memories of working at GRCC was accepting a huge donation of @6000 cookbooks from the estate of a long-time Michigan culinary educator. While it was a heck of a lot of work for everyone at the Library, and especially me as the Culinary Arts librarian, it was great fun to work with the throngs of culinary students, faculty, and campus foodies who happily left the library with boxes filled with cookbooks for their own collections.

Nan’s sense of belonging at GRCC transpired as her career brought her back to the place she started her education. She came to GRCC because a former library director kept asking her to consider the opportunity. Then, a couple of Nan’s favorite former GRJC professors started calling her to encourage her to apply.  While she was happy and tenured at GVSU, she had always wanted to work at her own alma mater, so she finally said “Yes.”  Nan really felt a part of the College when she was asked to work on the 100th Anniversary committee, specifically assisting with the Open Door history of the College by Walter Lockwood. Her MPA graduate work in Public Administration with a Nonprofit Leadership emphasis was an in-depth study of Jesse Buttrick Davis, the first president of the College and his work which developed into the international Junior Chamber of Commerce movement. (Incidentally, right here on the property where the GRCC Library & Learning Commons stands today!) Nan felt she really belonged on that committee where she could provide a unique blend of knowledge of JBD’s background combined with local Grand Rapids history.

Nan has several exciting plans in place for her retirement.  When Covid subsides, she hopes to travel in the US, Canada, and Europe – mostly for fun, but for genealogical research, too.   Until then, she is pulling out several local history research and writing projects that were shelved due to lack of time, and will continue her work on the Grand Rapids Historical Society Board of Trustees and the History Detectives Grand Rapids committee. Nan was also selected to be a volunteer photo researcher on “Team Photo” at the Grand Rapids Public Museum – right up her alley!

Nan shares that she feels blessed to have followed an interesting career path during exciting technological times that led her from Aquinas College to GVSU to GRCC. She will miss her collegial library co-workers a lot – and will also miss working with our wonderful, striving students and their hard-working, compassionate faculty.

Nan – you will surely go down in GRCC history as a valued member of the GRCC family. Best wishes in your retirement! Congratulations!

Raider Salute to Mike Taubert

Raider Salute to of Facilities (Grounds) for taking time out of his extremely busy day Wednesday to help clear a path of snow and drop some road salt down to free the Mail Van from a slippery situation at the Spectrum Theatre Parking lot.

Shout out also to all the Custodians keeping the sidewalks and ramps clear!

~ Daniel Guajardo

GRCC Student Emergency Fund

As you may know, GRCC has a Student Emergency Fund. The fund was established in 2009 through faculty and staff donations. This semester we have already seen a record number of requests. To date, we have received and processed 77 applications! These funds have allowed students to purchase textbooks, pay rent, repair their cars, put gas in their cars, purchase bus passes and so much more.

We would like to send a huge Raider Salute to all who have supported the work of the GRCC Emergency Fund to help our students succeed:

  • Financial Aid staff
  • Foundation staff
  • Bookstore staff
  • Accounting Services staff
  • Student Financials staff
  • College Success Center staff
  • Faculty and staff who have referred students to this resource

And, we would like to especially thank all the faculty and staff who have made donations to this fund to allow us to continue supporting our students.

Staff and students can find more information on our GetHelp page under the Emergency Funding tile.

With the recent implementation of EAB – Navigate we are now tracking the effectiveness and success rates of students who have received emergency assistance. We look forward to sharing those results with the campus community soon.

POSTPONED – Conservation on Drugs: Challenges and Solutions

Jennifer Devine’s Great Decisions lecture on Monday, February 7 is postponed and will be rescheduled at a date to be determined. 

A new date will be posted for her lecture as soon as it is confirmed.  

Should you need anything additional or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at your convenience, either by phone or email, so I can be of further help.

Stacey Herrick, Social Sciences & Psychology Departments

 (616) 234-4283 / 

In collaboration with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan, a free lecture sponsored by the American Association of Geographers, International Geographical Honor Society, and GRCC Social Sciences Department, featuring the distinguished Visiting Geographical Scientist Dr. Jennifer Devine, Associate Professor of Geography at Texas State University.

For more information contact Dr. Mike DeVivo at (616) 234-4410 or

GRCC In the News 02/03/2022

Gov. Whitmer continues post-State of the State tour with stops in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids

2/2/22 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer continued her post-State of the State tour with stops in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids on Wednesday.

… “The governor’s policies have helped countless residents in Grand Rapids over the last several years,” said Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. “We’re especially excited that in the winter semester alone, 2,400 students at Grand Rapids Community College are on a tuition-free path to higher education and skills training and creating a solid foundation for careers through the Michigan Reconnect and Future for Frontliners programs. I’m proud to join the governor as she continues to center our residents by working to create jobs, cut taxes, and lower costs for families.”