Paul Krieger to receive 2022 Faculty Emeritus honor after 30 years in his ‘dream job’ teaching biology

Paul Krieger smiling.

A Grand Rapids Community College biology professor will cap a 30-year career with the 2022 Faculty Emeritus designation during commencement this week. 

Paul Krieger, a biology professor who retired in 2019, says working at GRCC was his “dream job.”

“I taught courses in anatomy and physiology, general biology, and personal health,” he said. “My former students have launched their own successful careers as nurses, dental hygienists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, and medical doctors, as well as many other careers.”

Krieger will be recognized during ceremonies on April 29 at Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE. Students in the School of Arts and Sciences will attend a 4:30 p.m. commencement, and those in the School of Workforce Development will be at a 7:30 p.m. ceremony.

Krieger credits what was then Grand Rapids Junior College for setting him on his career path. He loved both art and science, and his instructors suggested he consider teaching.

“I decided this would allow me to combine my passions for art and science in a meaningful way,” he said. “This turned out to be a great decision for me and worked out even better than I could have imagined.”

After receiving his Associate of Science in 1984, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan and a secondary teaching certificate. He received a master’s in biological sciences from Wayne State University in 1991.

Before starting at GRCC in 1991, Krieger taught at high schools in Beijing and Jackson. After retiring from the classroom, he wrote and illustrated the four-book Visual Analogy Guides series, which cover anatomy, physiology and chemistry.

GRCC Foundation holds Creating Connections breakfast on April 22

The GRCC Foundation held Creating Connections breakfast on Friday, April 22.

This wonderful morning was spent with scholarship “owners” connecting with their scholarship recipients. Donors Christinia and Michael Rosloniec were featured.

Guests were treated to a hot breakfast, a warm welcome by Dr. Mullins and Dr. Pink, and heard from GRCC students Fabiola Esparza and Corey Wright.

Special thanks to Facilities, Libor Ondras, the Creative Dining team, and Media team for always helping to pull this event together.

GRCC 2022 Distinguished Alumnus Loyd Winer, an acclaimed civil engineer, was once told higher education wasn’t for him

Distinguished Alumnus Loyd Winer.

Grand Rapids Community College’s 2022 Distinguished Alumnus was told that higher education wasn’t for him when he graduated high school.

Loyd Winer’s sister was an excellent student, but after their father paid for her to attend Michigan State University, she didn’t go. Winer was told to get a job at Michigan Bell as he wasn’t college material. Michigan Bell required at least a two-year degree, so he enrolled at what was then Grand Rapids Junior College.

Winer’s father made him pay his own way. The first year at GRJC, he took all the classes he should have taken in high school: chemistry, calculus, trigonometry. The second year, he “finally figured things out” and started to excel.

“You have to apply yourself and it will come,” he said. “Keep trying – you can do it.”

Winer will be recognized during GRCC’s commencement on April 29 at Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE. Students in the School of Arts and Sciences will attend a 4:30 p.m. commencement, and those in the School of Workforce Development will attend a 7:30 p.m. ceremony.

After graduating from GRJC in 1950, Winer went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from MSU.

After serving in the Navy on the USS Ticonderoga, he joined J. & G. Daverman Co. His engineering work took him across the United States and many countries. One of his most memorable projects was designing the original runways and taxiways for Gerald R. Ford International Airport – he still checks up on them from the public viewing area once or twice a week.

In 1969, he co-founded Grand Rapids Testing Service and Newhof and Winer Inc. He helped design buildings for Herman Miller and Amway and foundries in Newaygo, Ionia and Mexico. After selling his share in the businesses to his partner, Paul Newhof, he worked for insurance agencies, reviewing building liabilities and often testifying in court.

Winer hasn’t forgotten his beginning in higher education: He and his wife, Suzanne, who passed away in 2018, established the Loyd and Suzanne Winer Scholarship through the GRCC Foundation. The fund targets students enrolled in STEM programs – science, technology, engineering and math – at GRCC.

Brad Dunn throws one-hitter, Ryan Dykstra flashes power in GRCC baseball sweep over Glen Oaks

GRCC baseball player swinging at a pitch.

Brad Dunn pitched a five-inning one-hitter to lead the Grand Rapids Community College baseball team in a 10-0 shutout of Glen Oaks Community College, part of a doubleheader sweep and the team’s fifth win in a row.

GRCC snagged a late lead to claim victory in the first game, 11-7 on Monday.

The GRCC golf team also fared well, with a third place finish in its annual home invitational at Egypt Valley Golf Course.

Dunn, a freshman from Saugatuck, was in command in the second baseball game, allowing just a second-inning single. He struck out six and walked none to earn the win.

Ryan Dykstra jump-started the GRCC scoring on the first inning, hitting a triple on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. The team scored four runs in the third inning with Dykstra – who homered — Zacarias Salinas, and Andres Rivera-Calderon all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

GRCC had 11 hits, with Rivera-Calderon, Dykstra, Dylan Chargo, and Jacob Gumieny all managed multiple hits in the shortened game.

The opener was tied at two in the bottom of the fifth when Ryan Dykstra singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run, and Xander Reisbig hit a solo homer.

GRCC scored five runs in the sixth inning. Caleb Engelsman, Chargo, and Reisbig each had RBIs in the big inning.

Engelsman was on the mound, lasted five and a third innings, allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out two.

GRCC is now 19-20-1 on the season, and is next in action on Tuesday against Davenport University in a scheduled nine-inning game.

In the golf tournament, Matthew Denhartigh and Connor Oman finish among the top-10 helping GRCC to a third place finish in its annual home invitational at Egypt Valley.

Denhartigh was one of just seven golfers to break 80 on the tough windy course in Ada. The sophomore finished with a 79, good enough to tie for fifth place. Oman cracked the top-10 shooting an 80.

Arie Jackman shot an 81, finished all alone in 11th place while Brad VandenHout, 84, and Sam Foss, 85 finished 17th and 19th respectively in the field of 37.

Muskegon Community College dominated the field with a 305, finishing 17 strokes ahead of second-place Oakland Community College and 19 strokes better than GRCC.

Steve Cullen, of Muskegon Community College took home the medalist honors with an even par 72 performance.

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Campus Dining Exam hours & Summer offerings

The Quiet Café will be open Monday – Wednesday (normal hours) & closed
Thursday, April 28.   

It will reopen for the Summer Semester on May 9, Monday – Thursday, from 8am until 2pm.  Panini’s and your favorite Lunch menu items will be back!

The Sneden Cafe & Raider Grill will be closed Wednesday, April 27 for the Summer & will reopen for the Fall Semester on August 29. 

Thank you for another AMAZING year!

Grand Rapids Community College, 122 Lyon St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI. 49503
810-877-8186 Direct
616-234-4169 Office

Additional EBSP training session added

The HR EBSP team has scheduled an additional learning opportunity to share more about the EBSP process with the GRCC community. Whether your department is filling a position or you’re applying for an internal position, learn about how the process works and the data supporting its success.

Our next session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 from 9:30-11:00am via Zoom

Register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account.

Tech Tip: How to tell if an email is Spam or Phishing

Here at GRCC, the protection of our staff, faculty and student’s personal and financial information is of utmost importance and it is our goal to make sure that information is always secure. One way to make sure that information stays safe is to keep our end users knowledgeable of online threats. As GRCC’s first line of defense against unwarranted phishing and malware, here are some ways to help to keep yours and the college’s information safe.

  • Do not click on links in emails unless you are certain what the link is. Malicious emails can come from a trusted person’s account if their credentials have been compromised. Just because you know the person, does not mean it is safe. Stay cautious everywhere online, especially in communications where the sender can be spoofed. To verify the validity of a link, hover over it. The full link will display in the bottom left hand corner of your email. Read through it carefully to see if the address appears correct. If you believe you may have clicked on a phishy link by mistake, please contact GRCC’s IT Customer Support immediately at (616) 234-4357.
  • Do not open unsolicited attachments in emails. If you are not expecting an invoice or document, call the sender to ensure they actually sent it to you, and it is not coming from someone impersonating them. If you believe you may have opened a suspicious attachment by mistake, please contact GRCC’s IT Customer Support immediately at (616) 234-4357.
  • Use extra caution with emails sent from other school districts. We recognize that there are many emails coming in from other districts this time of year due to student transfers. Please be extremely cautious when opening any attachments or links found in those emails.
  • If you would like to report a phishing email you can click on the kabob (three vertical dots) in the upper right hand corner of the opened email and select Report phishing.

For more information on phishing and how to avoid it please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk.

Tech Tip: Blackboard Quota Exceeded

As we get closer to the summer semester, Information Technology wants to remind all instructors that Blackboard courses are limited to 500 MB in size.

To avoid receiving a quota exceeded error when adding anything to your course, we recommend uploading content to a third party site like Google Drive, Panopto, or YouTube where storage space is unlimited.

Once a file or video is saved to one of those resources, you can then share a link of the file or video to your Blackboard course saving lots of valuable space.

Below you will find information about the Quota Exceeded error, how to share a Google Drive document to your Blackboard course and how to upload videos to a third party site and share to Blackboard. 

Unable to Add Content in Blackboard – Quota Exceeded

Sharing Files in Google Drive Video

Sharing a Google Drive Document in Blackboard

Upload Videos to Share on Blackboard

Add Course in Panopto

Linking Panopto Videos to Blackboard

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 

Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award entries due by April 28

This opportunity is for GRCC employees (Non student employees)

DEADLINE: Thursday, April 28, 2022

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation.  It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds. 

A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.


  • Submit an essay (500 words or less) using this google form telling how you intend to use the cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation. The more unusual, the better!
  • Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar. They will be judged on CREATIVITY.
  • Steps for submitting in your application for the Van Marinus Swets Travel Award
  1. Access the application. 
  2. Do not put your name on the essay.
  3. Use your GRCC employee ID number when submitting your essay on the google form.
  4. Submit your application by 5:00pm on Thursday, April 28.

*All award winners will be notified by Friday, May 6

For more information you may contact Mary Reed at (616)234-3930 or

2022 Excellence in Education Award nominations due May13

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
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.