988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline number is now available

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline is a national network of more than 200 crisis centers that helps thousands of people overcome crisis situations every day.

These centers are supported by local and state sources as well as the Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, confidential support to people in suicidal crisis or mental health-related distress.

By calling or texting 988, you’ll connect to mental health professionals with the Lifeline network.

You can call 988 or 9988 from campus to connect with this resource.

Former GRCC football coaching legend Fred Julian named to Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame

Fred Julian.

Fred Julian, who coached the Grand Rapids Community College football team for 18 seasons, was named to the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame.

Julien, who died in 2013, is among six athletes, coaches, and organizers named to the Hall of Fame this month. He was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 2003.

The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame honors prominent West Michigan athletes and those who have contributed to sports on a local, state or national level, and presents annual events in support of local youth organizations and charities. Plaques and video displays commemorate the members at Van Andel Arena.

Julian became head coach of the football team in 1985, succeeding Gordon Hunsberger, who also is a member of the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame and the NJCAA Football Hall of Fame.

Julian led GRCC to the 1988 national championship game and appearances in seven bowl games, including the 1986 Texas Junior College Shrine Bowl, 1987 East Bowl, the 1988 Valley of the Sun Bowl (National Championship Game), the 1990 Mickinnon Travel Midwest Bowl, the 1992 Dixie Rotary Bowl, the 1996 Dixie Rotary Bowl, and the 2002 Graphic Edge/Siglar Printing Bowl.

The Detroit native played for the University of Michigan between 1957 and 1959, and played for the New York Titans of the American Football League — now the New York Jets — in the team’s inaugural season.  

Julian later coached at West Catholic High School for 16 years before taking the helm of the Raiders.

Others elected this year are:

  • David Brandt, who played on the offensive line for Jenison High School football, the University of Michigan, the Washington Redskins and San Diego Chargers.
  • Kim Elders, who has been the head men’s basketball coach for more than 1,000 games and 30 years at Cornerstone University and led the dominant program to three NAIA DII national titles.
  • Laura (Heyboer) Heethuis, who set soccer scoring records, was part of four state championship teams at Unity Christian High School and was a three-time All-American at Michigan State University.
  • Josette (Carter) McCullough, who was a three-sport athlete at Ottawa Hills High School, played basketball on scholarship at the University of Delaware and is a leader in youth and women’s sports.
  • Diane House, a former Grand Rapids Public Schools physical education teacher who founded the local Special Olympics program now known as Area 11 and has served for over 50 years in various roles, including CEO. House will be inducted as the special recipient of the Warren Reynolds Lifetime Achievement Award.

“It’s another incredible class that demonstrates achievement as athletes and coaches at the highest levels, but also recognizes community impact and tremendous leadership,” Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Chairman Mark Kimball said. “The Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame is excited to recognize and honor them.”

The induction is tentatively planned for Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Van Andel Arena. 

Julian joins former Tigers pitcher Dave Rozema, baseball coach Tom Hofmann, basketball coach Gene Paxton, and Hunsberger as Grand Rapids hall inductees connected with the GRCC Athletic Program.

Learn more about the Hall of Fame and its members at grshof.com.

Tech Tip: Filtering email

Are you suffering from email overload? Unable to distinguish legitimate emails from unimportant ones? If so, you can use filters to declutter your inbox.

Gmail filters are rules that are automatically applied to new emails. With Gmail filters, emails can go straight to archive, be labeled or even deleted. 

Article – Creating Filters in Gmail

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 techtips@grcc.edu 

GRCC In the News 07/19/2022

Grand Rapids DDA exploring expansion of tax collection district

7/18/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The nonprofit that manages the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority is exploring whether to expand the area from which the DDA collects tax revenue.

… If the property wasn’t added to the DDA but went on the tax rolls, property tax revenue from the site would go to the the city of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Grand Rapids Community College, and The Rapid.

West Michigan Works! relocates Holland service center

7/19/22 secondwavemedia.com

West Michigan Works! has relocated its Holland service center to a more central location.

… “The location provides great visibility for the service center,” says Angie Barksdale, West Michigan Works! chief operating officer. “We’re also very excited about the proximity to key partners Grand Rapids Community College and the Department of Health and Human Services.” 

Summer Teaching and Learning Institute – register now

Seats are limited so register now!

The Summer Teaching and Learning Institute will take place from August 10 – August 12, 2022. 

The event will offer a mix of session modalities including in-person, virtual and hyflex formats. 

Highlights of this year’s sessions include…Beyond the File Cabinet: Moving from Paper to Digital, Building Your Own Virtual Field Trips, Using They/Them Pronouns (Parts 1 & 2), and Don’t Panic: Condensing from 14 to 7 Weeks without Losing It, just to name a few. 

Guest speaker Amelia Gamel, founder of Equitable EDU, will discuss ways to Support Inclusion from the Start, providing faculty with high-impact practices that can be implemented on the first day of class that will foster an equitable environment to close the achievement gap. 

The CTE will offer the option of lunch on Wednesday and Thursday during the event. Registration for lunch will be required.

Zoom Licensing

In an effort to make requesting access for software and applications easier for our customers, Information Technology will be taking over the provisioning of Zoom Licenses from Distance Learning & Instructional Technology (DLIT).  

How will this affect me? 

Zoom is a video conferencing platform that is used by GRCC Staff and Faculty to host and attend virtual meetings and classes. Free Zoom Basic accounts are available to all students, staff, and faculty and may be used to host meetings 40 minutes in length, or less, that include up to 100 participants. These free accounts can be created by the user following the directions in our Knowledge Base article Creating your Zoom Account.

Anyone needing to host a meeting longer than 40 minutes or with more than 300 participants, can request a Zoom Pro Licensed account. 

The Zoom License Account Request Form only needs to be completed if you are in need of a new license. If you previously were granted a license from Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies, no action is necessary as your license will remain active.

To Request a Zoom Pro License, please complete the Zoom License Account Request Form on our Customer Support Portal.  

If you have any questions regarding this change, please feel free to contact us at 616-234-4357 or by submitting a support request at our Customer Support Portal.

Annual multimedia replacement work on all classroom computers

Information Technology will be conducting our annual multimedia replacement work on all classroom computers over the next few weeks. 

The systems that will be replaced have been flagged with a notice on the monitor. If you have any files stored on any of these computers, please be sure to move them from the desktop to your personal J drive or Google Drive at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions contact the IT Support Desk at 234-4357, or submit a service request using the Support Portal.