Provost offering updates on restructuring plan

Provost Brian Knetl will share the work on the reorganization in Academic and Student Affairs at several points during the week.

“This has been a long, but rewarding process. I am excited to share more details as this new structure will build capacity and facilitate coordination of efforts across ASA,” he said. “I plan to share the new structure and give time for question and answer starting tomorrow and over the next several days through several virtual open forums.”

Thursday, February 24th, Friday, February 25th, and Monday, February 28th there will be four additional open forums for Q&A.  The recording of the presentation given on Wednesday will be made available.

He also said, “On Monday, March 7 (after mid-semester break), I will send an email with the link to the reorganization presentation along with any updates that might have come out of the Q&A sessions.”

Recap of February Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) Meeting

GRCC’s Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) met on Friday, February 18, from 9 a.m. -noon.  Here is a recap of the meeting:

  • As part of SLT’s work this year to support the development of a revised GRCC Strategic Plan, the team continued its presentation and review of feedback about our current Strategic Goals and suggestions for updating the goal definitions, indicators, and CAPs.
  • Provost Knetl introduced our Achieving the Dream (ATD) coaches and guests, Donna McKusick and Jerrett Dumouchel, who attended the meeting to share an overview of the ATD Institutional Capacity Assessment Tool (ICAT) and summarize the results from GRCC’s recent administration of the ICAT.  Following this presentation, SLT members in attendance participated in a Capacity Café of three breakout discussion rounds to review and discuss the summary results, according to the seven ICAT capacities (Teaching & Learning, Engagement & Communication, Strategy & Planning, Policies & Practices, Leadership & Vision, Data & Technology, and Equity).
  • SLT’s next meeting is Friday, March 18th.  During this meeting, SLT will continue to refine our draft strategic plan recommendations.   
  • Revised 2018-2022 GRCC Strategic Plan brochures are available!  Please contact LaKenya Gissendanner at to request copies.  You can also download the electronic version here.
  • Please contact Sheila Jones,, if you have any questions about SLT meetings.

About the Strategic Leadership Team: The purpose of the Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) is to provide a forum that enables a wide variety of college constituency groups the opportunity to provide input into the present and future direction of the College.  This team will guide the development and on-going implementation of our strategic plan, review benchmarking data, study budget realities and offer recommendations for budget priorities.  SLT’s membership includes over 90 representatives of the college community.  Please visit this page to learn more about SLT.

Wellness Wednesday: February is Healthy Heart Month

Beth Damon in GRCC's gym.

Emerging from the pandemic means many of us need to discard some bad habits and maybe even some extra pounds we picked up while locked down. Luckily, February is Healthy Heart Month, and is a good reminder of why it’s a good idea to focus on keeping the ticker in top shape.

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.

Beth Damon knows a lot about keeping hearts healthy. She’s a member of the GRCC Exercise Science Department, and has been a certified personal trainer since 1998. Beth is certified to teach a variety of exercise subjects, including kickboxing, mat Pilates, Zumba, and yoga.

Beth has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Psychology from Hope College and a master’s degree in education curriculum from Cornerstone University.

Now, there are many aspects to heart health, including eating a balanced diet and being mindful of stress and other challenges that lead to high blood pressure.

Physical activity is a key component, especially after times where we got used to settling in and binge-watching shows. The experts at Johns Hopkins recommend three types of exercise that are especially heart healthy.

Aerobics, ideally 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Aerobic exercise improves circulation, which results in lowered blood pressure and heart rate. Brisk walking, running, swimming, cycling, playing tennis and jumping rope are good examples, and we have a great walking track, pool and fitness center here at GRCC that is free for students and employees to use.

Resistance training can help reduce fat and create leaner muscle mass. Research shows that a combination of aerobic exercise and resistance work may help raise HDL (good) cholesterol and lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. Working out twice a week with free weights on weight machines, with resistance bands or through body-resistance exercises, such as push-ups, squats and chin-ups will help!

Stretching isn’t technically exercise, and doesn’t directly contribute to heart health. But the Johns Hopkins experts say it sets the stage for the other exercises, enabling folks to stay flexible and free from joint pain, cramping and other muscular issues — critical to being able to maintain aerobic exercise and resistance training.

The Centers for Disease Control have a whole tool kit to help with Healthy Heart Month and beyond. You can find it here:

And, you can learn more about courses taught by Beth and the rest of the Exercise Science team here:

Loud and proud: Official GRCC Raiders athletic apparel available for limited time through online store

Basketball players holding basketballs.

GRCC Athletics fans can now support their teams and athletes with customized Raiders apparel, available for a short time through an online store.

The Athletic Department is partnering with BIG Team Store to make official Raiders jackets, shirts, caps, and other items available through March 7. 

“We’re proud of our student-athletes and our programs, and we’re excited for this opportunity for students and supporters to have official GRCC Raiders apparel,” GRCC Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said. “This is gear people can wear while cheering in the stands or representing Raider Nation around town.”

Adidas is the official supplier of GRCC athletics and all apparel will include GRCC athletic logos. This is the first time that apparel with the current GRCC Raiders logo is available to the public.

The apparel is available at, and the passcode RAIDERS22 will lead to the GRCC merchandise. The store is open now, and the deadline to order is 8 a.m. on March 7. Products will be delivered in mid-to-late April.

March learning opportunities


Spring is right around the corner!

March 9

Good People Make Mistakes

March 10

25Live Searches & Reports

March 11

Strategic Planning at GRCC

March 15 

Roadmap for GRCC leaders

March 17

Active Shooter Response Training

Show Me The Money

March 18

Mindfulness Made Simple

March 21

GRCC Accounts Explained

March 23

Personal Stages of Growth and the Stages of Change

March 24

Google Chat and Meet

March 25

Evidence Based Selection

March 28

Emotionally Intelligent Leaders

March 30

Intro To Peoplesoft

March 31

Current State of Data Security

Vitamins & Supplements

Interfaith Roundtable: Can there be good without a higher power?

The Interfaith Roundtable fosters intentional positive interaction and relationships using three pillars of Interfaith Literacy; developing an appreciative knowledge of another tradition, developing the ability to identify shared values between different traditions, and knowing the history of interfaith cooperation.

Join us on Wednesday, February 23 at Noon to discuss goodness in the presence or absence of faith.


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Student Leadership Awards: Nominations due by Friday, February 25

Our college is filled with students who represent a variety of backgrounds and possess a broad range of strength, resilience, interests, and goals. Please send in your nominations for those students who contribute in their own unique ways to the depth and breadth of the experience here on our campus.

Their dedication could not be overstated and nominations will build student confidence and inspire them to persevere and to reach even higher. 

Nominations for a variety of student awards are open now until Friday, February 25 at 10 p.m. Student Alliance and Campus Activities Board have introduced 3 new awards they are seeking nominations for which include recognition of students from our Lakeshore and M-TEC campuses as well as a student athlete in tandem with this year’s theme “Above and Beyond”. 

Send in your nominations and save your spot today by logging in to Raider Connect with your GRCC credentials and clicking the ‘Forms’ tab.

Student Leadership Awards on Thursday, March 17 from 3-6 p.m.

Language Arts Online Tutorial Lab: Closed for Spring Break with no Spanish tutoring Friday, Feb. 25

The Language Arts Lab will be closed over Spring Break. We will close this Friday at 3 p.m. and reopen on Monday, March 7.

There will be no Spanish tutoring this Friday, 2/25. If you need Spanish tutoring, but the listed times don’t work with your schedule, please reach out by emailing Maria at