GRCC In the News, 3-3-22

Shifts in mask requirements on campus

3/2/22 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

As a growing number of states relax their Covid-related mask requirements, more community colleges are also easing their mandates for face coverings.

… In Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is dropping its mask requirement for students, employees and community members on campus in a move to align with other employers and educators in the region.

How to apply for GRCC Foundation scholarships


Grand Rapids Community College student Perla Mascorro has faced obstacles during her pursuit of a medical career.

(This article also appeared in Rapid Growth Media.)

Scholarships available for more than 1,000 GRCC students

3/2/22 (Kent Intermediate School District)

The GRCC Foundation plans to distribute $1.4 million in more than 300 scholarship opportunities to more than 1,000 students this year.

THIS JUST IN: The Michigan Opportunity Podcast Celebrates One Year of Insightful, Dynamic Conversations

3/2/22 (Michigan Economic Development Corporation)

The Michigan Opportunity podcast, hosted by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, is launching its 52nd podcast episode today, marking its one-year anniversary.

… In its inaugural year, The Michigan Opportunity podcast has had an eclectic, yet insightful cast of guests joining for each episode. From academics, small business owners, entrepreneurs, futurists, and state leaders, The Michigan Opportunity features episodes discussing a wide range of topics, including:

… Dr. Bill Pink President, Grand Rapids Community College

12 Indoor Pools Near Grand Rapids With Open Swim Time


Swimming is a rite of passage for kids in the Great Lakes state, so it’s only sensible that we have dozens of public swimming pools around West Michigan!

… Grand Rapids Community College – Ford Fieldhouse

Dell’s semiannual sale starts March 3

Dell’s signature event is almost here!  Members can access Dell’s Semi Annual Sale and get an EXTRA 17% OFF on exceptional tech!

Sale starts 3/10 and runs through 3/23.

     – Access the sale on your exclusive member page:
    – And then use coupon code SAVE17 at checkout for eligible items.

Sale Highlights:

  • Inspiron 15 3000 Laptop – Save $239
  • Inspiron Desktop – Save $178
  • Alienware Aurora R10 – Save $430
  • Alienware Keyboard & Mouse – Save $44

Members can also save 10% on top tech accessories, including select monitorsFind the coupon link on your member page and take advantage of this great offer to complete your tech setup.

Tech Tips: Mobile Authenticator

With the launch of the new MyGRCC portal, we wanted to give our community more information about what a mobile authenticator is and how you can set one up with your MyGRCC account. 

We totally get it. Learning new technology can be intimidating and confusing. Mobile authenticators don’t need to be and we encourage you to set up this part of your recovery settings in the MyGRCC portal in order to protect your account. There are a few extra steps involved, but it’s worth it! 

Mobile authenticators work similarly as text-based multi-factor authentication does, but instead of receiving a code via text, the code will appear in the app. The code changes every 30 seconds as an added measure of security. A great authenticator app is Google Authenticator which can be downloaded for free from your App Store. 

If you have not setup your recovery options you can set them up by using the full instructions in the knowledge base or the mobile authenticator ones below: 

  1. Choose Phone Type
  2. Click Continue
  3. Scan QR Code
  4. Enter 2nd Factor / One Time Passcode displayed
  5. Click Continue

If you have already completed your recovery options but skipped the mobile authenticator portion you can still set it up using the following instructions: 

  1. Log into MyGRCC
  2. Click drop down in the upper right
  3. Click Edit Profile
  4. Mobile Authenticator
  5. Click Enable mobile authenticator
  6. Choose Phone Type
  7. Click Continue
  8. Scan QR Code
  9. Follow Instructions on phone (varies by device)
  10. Enter 2nd Factor / One Time Passcode displayed
  11. Click Continue

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 

Returning to “normal” is not an option: Finding healing and meaning in our work

Sonya Renee Taylor, author of The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love, is the keynote speaker for Women’s History Month.

“Sonya personifies the term intersectionality,” says Dr. B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “She’s a queer, disabled, Black, Woman American expatriate living in New Zealand. Her worldview is nuanced, her candor is engrossing, and her zeal for liberation is infectious.”

In 2016, Sonya was invited to the Obama White House to speak at their forum on the intersection of LGBTQIAA and Disability issues. In 2017, Sonya was awarded the Quixote Foundation “Thank You Note,” a $25,000 award for leaders and artists working in the field of reproductive justice. In addition, in the fall of 2017, Sonya was named one of 28 global changemakers selected into the inaugural cohort of the Edmund Hilary Fellowship, a three-year international fellowship of world-leading entrepreneurs and investors; innovating purpose-driven global impact projects from New Zealand.

The virtual event, sponsored in partnership with Mercantile Bank, will take place on Tuesday, March 15, at 6:30 pm (EST).

RSVP at:

Women's History Month. Tuesday Mar. 15th 6:30 p.m. Sonya Renee Taylor. Returning to "Normal" is not an Option: Finding Healing and Meaning in Our Work. RSVP: GRCC. Grand Rapids Community College. Mercantile Bank.
Mar 15

Wellness Champions: Tips for safer running

The snow is melting, at least for a little while. It might be tempting for our campus Wellness Champions to get outside and run a little as part of fitness program.

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.

Cross country Coach Sharon Becker has tips for anyone who wants to get off the couch and lace up some running shoes.

“I have been training for over 25 years. I’ve gotten to know many likes and dislikes when it comes to running and racing,” she said. “Other people may have more or less tips, but I have listed what I wish I would have known on “Day 1” rather than have to learn through experience.”

The women’s team finished in the top 10 nationally, with two team members earning All-American honors.

Here are Coach Sharon’s 11 Running Tips

  • Run first.  Unfortunately, life can get in the way of a daily training routine.  However, if you get your run in before “life” has a chance to get going, your chances of missing a planned training session are greatly reduced.  Don’t eat supper until you have run.
  • Drink water.  We all know that we should be drinking water throughout the day, but how many of us really do drink enough?  Your urine color is a good, low tech gauge of your hydration level; clear is good.
  • Run easy, run sprints.  If you can’t fit in speed training, run at least run six sprints anywhere, twice a week after a regular run. They will make you faster and burn your belly fat while releasing key hormones to benefit your body.
  • Make friends.  It is easier to run with someone and stay committed when you meet others to run.  People you would not likely be ‘friends’ with outside of the weekly run will be people you thank God for after a great run or key-workout together.
  • If it hurts. When you run: if the pain gets a little better and stops hurting, continue. Stop running if the pain gets worse as you run.  Sometimes it is okay to run with pain but if you are unsure, then don’t run.  Heat before. Ice after. 
  • Cold bath.   This will allow you to recover faster from a hard workout. Get a big bucket of ice.  Fill the bath tub with cold water so it covers your legs.  Dump the ice in.  Sit for at least 15 minutes.  The principle here is the same as icing an injury; restrict the blood flow with the cold and then the resulting blood surge that occurs when you remove the cold will flush out the waste products.  This will prevent injuries and increase healing in other areas of the body.   
  • Dress in layers.  Don’t dress like you will be building a snowman.  Your muscles will be releasing and producing heat when they begin working. Dress with that in mind and use layers. You can take your well-chosen clothes off though. You can take off layers and tie them around your waist or leave them in a pre-planned area where you can go back after the run and retrieve them.
  • Skip the high tech. Don’t believe everything you hear and don’t buy everything you see in Runner’s World magazine.  Remember to K.I.S.S. (keep it simple silly) and just run.
  • Pop blisters.  You will get blisters. Deal with it. Pop it, smear ointment on it, cover it, run on it.  Band-Aids, petroleum jelly and duct tape will be useful.  I use a clean, sterile safety pin to pop the blister, put Vaseline on the area and cover with Band-Aids and duct tape.
  • Run into the wind for the first half of your run.
  • Run short loops on any “bad” days (too windy, too hot, too cold, etc.).
Sharon Becker at a cross country meet: "GRCC Wellness Champions. Mind, Body and Spirit.

Grant opportunity: Michigan Arts and Culture Council Grants

The Michigan Arts and Culture Council announces the opening of their FY23 grant programs. Please see the short descriptions below and email Kim Squiers ( or Lisa Dopke ( in the GRCC Grants Department for more information. Grants Department staff are happy to assist in preparing a grant proposal to support GRCC creative arts and culture activities.


Project Support is a competitive grant program that provides support for the production, presentation, and creation of arts and culture that promotes public engagement, diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening or livability of communities through the arts. Applicants can request a minimum of $5,000 or a maximum of $30,000 with a one-to-one match requirement. Deadline for submission is June 1, 2022.

MINIGRANT Arts Projects 

Minigrant Arts Projects provides up to $4,000 to support special opportunities and address arts and cultural needs locally. The grant can assist in promoting public engagement, diverse and distinctive art, lifelong learning in the arts and the strengthening or livability of communities. Through the arts, projects can support a broad range of artistic expression from all cultures through projects which preserve, produce or present traditional or contemporary arts and culture and/or arts education. Applicants can request $4,000 with a one-to-one match requirement. Deadline for submission is August 3, 2022.