GRCC In the News, 5-21-19

GRCC eyes high finish at National Tournament

May 20, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — The Grand Rapids Community College men’s golf team has a formula for its success.

Change Ups: GRVBA receives public service award

May 17, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College named Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal its 2019 Distinguished Alumna during the 102nd commencement. Neal was the event’s keynote speaker. Nearly 1,500 students will earn GRCC degrees this year.

Inside Track: Family trauma drives Owens’ prevention passion

May 17, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Andrea Owens carries a notebook around with her that says “teach, love, inspire” on the cover — words that summarize her life goals.

… While at Spectrum, she earned her associate degree in network administration from Grand Rapids Community College, then received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in management — while raising four children — through Cornerstone University’s Professional & Graduate Studies (PGS) division.

Inmates show their culinary skills at annual symposium

May 17, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

The most highly-trained chefs of Branch County are most likely inmates at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater.

… Guests were seated at an L-shaped table. Some are culinary elite like Chef John Zehnder, owner of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth and Gilles Renusson, pastry chef and educator at Grand Rapids Community College.

… Other educators included Chef James Kekenyesdi, a culinary arts educator for those with mental illness; Chef Charlie Olansky who teaches at Grand Rapids Community College; Chef Mark Dorman of Sullivan University in Louisville, Ky.; and Chef Kristen Dogan of Branch Area Careers Center.

Volunteers help Kent Co. veterans with landscaping

May 17, 2019; WOOD TV

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — At 92, George Burr and his wife of 66 years usually have to pick and choose what gets done around the house, but Friday was different.

… Local employers, like Grand Rapids Community College, provided the muscle. Local companies donated the supplies.

Grant Opportunity: NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates

The National Science Foundation recently released the new Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) competition. The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation including:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences

The goal of the grant is to broaden participation in science, expand the number of high-quality research environments, and increase the numbers of women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities in research. The typical duration of an REU grant is three years and the typical funding amount is $80,000-$130,000 per year. The deadline is August 28, 2019.

If you are interested in more information, or you would like to apply for this grant, please call or email Kim Squiers in the GRCC Grants Department at extension 2577 or

Take Your Child to Work Day recap

GRCC hosted its first Take Your Child to Work Day event on Thursday, May 17. Employees and their children were able to experience a handful of the great things our campus has to offer, such as getting an ID badge at Student Life, checking out a Campus Police cruiser (and fingerprinting!), Ford Fieldhouse fun, and planting bean seedlings with the Biology Department. There were also games, laughs, and prizes a plenty!

The team extends a big thank you to all the friends who were able to join us. Also, a giant Raider Salute to those who helped make this great day possible:

  • Jan Colvin and Janis Qualls (Biology)
  • Kaye Newberry and Paul Coulson (Campus Police)
  • Sue Goeman (Ford Fieldhouse)
  • Brune Garcia (Student Life)
  • Todd Torrey and Jim Schafer (Media)
  • Jim Schultz and Dale Young (Facilities)
  • Keaton Krupa and Team (Creative Dining)

The “Take Your Child to Work Day” committee: Chris Remley, Danielle Flaumenhaft, Laura Caulk, Angela Salinas, and Nicole Dekker.

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Seats still available for Business Writing Workshop

There are still seats open for the:

Business Writing Workshop

Wednesday May 29, 2019


Location: 224 ATC

Writing is a key method of communication for most people, and it is one that many people struggle with. This workshop will give participants a refresher on basic writing concepts (such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation), and an overview of the most common business documents (such as proposals, reports, and agendas), giving you that extra edge in the workplace.

This is a full day full of learning and participants will earn 7 hours of professional development! Lunch is provided!

Sign up online

Registration closes on Friday May 24.

GRCC In the News, 5-17-19

13OYS Mornings: On the road at Frederik Meijer Gardens

May 17, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – For the last couple weeks, the 13 ON YOUR SIDE Morning Show has been live from a different location in West Michigan. On Friday, May 17, Kamady Rudd and James Starks got a first look at the new rooftop garden space at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids.

…In higher education news, Grand Rapids Community College has launched an effort this week to raise the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships and expand and improve on campus facilities.

New Presidents or Provosts: Central Oregon CC, Colorado State U, Columbia College Chicago, James Sprunt CC, Mansfield U of Pa., North Carolina CC System, Presidio Graduate School, Tougaloo College, Tufts U, U of Dallas

May 16, 2019; Inside Higher Ed

… Laurie Chesley, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan, has been named president of Central Oregon Community College.

Tassell M-TEC competes in ‘Battle of the Buildings’

The Michigan Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction open to all Michigan area commercial, industrial and multi-family buildings. The program is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Registration period runs January 1 through March 31 each year.

This is the first year GRCC is participating in the competition,and we have entered the Tassell M-TEC. The competition looks at the energy use in 2018 and compares it to energy use for 2019. The competitor with the biggest reduction between years wins in each category.

Our first step in preparing for the competition is to get the word out to the campus community, especially the staff and students of the M-TEC. Their participation and commitment is essential to reducing the energy not only at the MTEC but throughout the campus.

Photo of the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC building.

GRCC In the News, 5-16-19

GRCC summer learning academies benefit Wyoming, Grand Rapids students

May 15, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is launching a new Summer Learning Academy and expanding an existing one to increase the number of students from underserved communities prepared to succeed in postsecondary education.

Kentwood welcomes first black woman officer

May 15, 2019; WOOD TV

KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kentwood Police Department reached a new milestone this week.

… She (Jesalyn Heard) recently graduated from Grand Rapids Community College. While there, she was on the dean’s list and earned an associate degree in criminal justice. She also completed the GRCC Police Academy in April.

… Her father serves as a sergeant with the Grand Rapids Community College Police Department and her mother works for a warden with the Michigan Department of Corrections.

RC Caylan Showcases Drama and Luxury in his Collection at NYFW

May 15, 2019; ifashion Network

RC Caylan paid tribute to Whitney Houston with his haute couture collection entitled, ‘LEGEND, I Am every woman’ at the New York Fashion Week Fall/Winter showcasing. An up and coming designer Caylan, is increasing becoming popular in Hollywood and the fashion industry. For his selection for the CAAFD NYFW showcase, with his debuted collection, he wanted to promote and pay tribute to Houston, a legend in herself. His costumes were inspired from the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s and the way Houston used to dress herself during that time.

RC Caylan was born in Iligan City and raised in Batangas City in the Philippines. He migrated to USA in 2012 where he graduated in Fashion Designs from the Grand Rapids Community College in 2015, the same year when he had his first big fashion show at San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network. In 2016, he opened his own studio ‘RC Cayln Atelier at Suite 308 80 Ottawa Avenue, Grand Rapids in Michigan. At his studio Caylan also focuses on bridal wear. He personally sees that each woman gets the gown of her dreams for her fairy tale wedding. He won The Best Fashion Designer Award at The Global Beauty Awards in 2016. Since then he has been actively dressing celebrities, and has become a favorite in fashion magazines. His collections are now available at Regent Style House in Beverly Hills, one of the best showrooms around.

Is there a global helium shortage?

May 15, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With helium prices on the rise, many wonder if we are in the midst of a global helium shortage. After speaking with two environmental experts, 13 On Your Side can verify that there is no global shortage of helium. However, the United States faces some back sets when it comes to retrieving the very abundant resource.

… Harvard alumna and former NASA employee Lauren Woolsey, now an assistant professor at Grand Rapids Community College, said helium is the second most common resource in the universe and that its constantly being made underground from the decay of radioactive minerals.

Heartlands Institute of Technology honors top students

May 15, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Heartlands Institute of Technology offers juniors and seniors in Ionia County a chance to explore different career fields, such as health occupations, aviation and criminal justice, while enrolled in high school. On Tuesday, May 14, Heartlands held its award morning and afternoon ceremonies to honor students who completed courses for the 2018-19 school year at Ionia High School.

… Grace Timmer received the Heartlands Student Scholarship for $1,000. A Student Advisory Scholarship for $500 was awarded to Amanda Zarebski. Marissa Hall received a $1,000 award for studying in the culinary field at Grand Rapids Community College and Alexandre Durham and Natalie Smith both received $1,000 scholarships, funded by Heartlands fundraisers.

GRCC In the News, 5-15-19

GRCC to raise $15 million to increase scholarships, improve facilities

May 14, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Leaders at Grand Rapids Community College launched an effort Tuesday to raise the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships and expand and improve campus facilities.

GRCC’s $15M fundraising campaign targets student scholarships, facilities

May 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College announced Tuesday, May 14, the public phase of its $15 million fundraising campaign for student scholarships and facilities that are more conducive to 21st-century teaching and learning.

Just $3 million shy of goal, GRCC launches public fundraising campaign

May 14, 2019; WGVU

The fundraising campaign is called “A Broader Vision,” and it’s an effort by Grand Rapids Community College leaders to raise “the final $3 million of a $15 million plan to increase scholarships” and renovate two buildings on campus, according to a release.

GRCC launches fundraising campaign for campus renovations

May 14, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College kicked off a fundraising campaign Tuesday to raise money to put towards campus upgrades.

Attracting four-year students for the summer

May 14, 2019; Community College Daily

Whether it’s because of the lower tuition, the ability to gain credits while living at home, a particular course they want to take, or a preferable option to a summer job, an increasing number of four-year college and university students have been enrolling at community colleges during the summer to take a course — or two or three.

… The number of “guest students” at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan increased nearly 80 percent between the advent of its summer marketing push in 2011 and last year. In 2018, 1,374 students from other colleges and universities took GRCC summer courses, nearly a quarter (22 percent) of all students enrolled.

Sophia Carlson, Vivian Gay named top grads at Belding High School

May 14, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

BELDING — Aerospace engineering and worship ministry are the planned college majors for the top two students academically in the Belding High School Class of 2019.

… (Vivian) Gay, 17, is the daughter of Robert and Nadine Gay. She plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to Grace Christian University for worship ministry. Going to Grace would be a dream for Gay, she said, with a goal of becoming a worship leader.

Final comments taken in K-12 Social Studies Standards debate

May 14, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Local educators and students weighed in on the proposed revision of State Social Studies Standards — under debate and hotly contested for the past five years — during a session hosted recently at Kent ISD by the Michigan Department of Education.

… Gertrude Croom, retired Grand Rapids Community College professor, said she attended because of a concern for Michigan students overall, and spoke about the global economy they need to work and live in.

1908 mansion with full pipe organ featured on 50th anniversary Heritage Hill tour

May 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As the Heritage Hill Association celebrates the 50th anniversary of its annual home tour this weekend, organizers are bringing back a Georgian mansion that was a star attraction on the first Heritage Hill tour in May 1969.

… Advance tickets are $18 and are available on the Heritage Hill Association website, as well as the Heritage Hill association office at 126 College SE, Family Fare and D&W stores, Lake Michigan Credit Union branches, Martha’s Vineyard and Art of the Table. Day of tour tickets are $25 and are available at the ticket booth at the GRCC DeVos Campus, 435 East Fulton St. Children under 12 are admitted free.

GRCC plans ‘Raider Takeover’ of Union High School on May 16

GRCC staff and faculty are planning a Raider Takeover of Union High School on Thursday, May 16 to help inform students about college and inspire this next generation of Raiders to pursue postsecondary education.

The event runs from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Union High, 1800 Tremont NW in Grand Rapids.

The GRCC team will engage with eleventh grade Challenge Scholars students in classrooms.

The goals are to promote academic success, college aspiration, and career exploration and inspire students to continue exploring the endless opportunities available to them.

GRCC colleagues will connect with students and engage in meaningful discussions to help students see college as a possibility. They’ll allow students to get a glimpse of college life and begin exploring how to navigate the transition from high school to college. Students will be informed about college and assist in debunking myths about the college experience GRCC colleagues will share their own educational journeys and career experiences with Challenge Scholars students.

Contact the College Success Center at, (616) 234-2312 if you are interested in participating.

ImageNow (Perceptive Content) Upgrade

ImageNow (Perceptive Content) will be upgraded Thursday evening, May 16.

The upgrade will take place from 6 p.m. until midnight. During this time, ImageNow, including the submission and viewing of LOAs, will be unavailable. Also, notifications for timesheet submissions done during this time may be delayed.

WebNow users

As part of this upgrade WebNow will be replaced with eDocs, a modern way to interact with ImageNow.

eDocs still requires a network connection but no longer runs on Java, so you can now access your documents and approve time sheets from any web browser on campus, including your phone. Attached you can find documentation for general tips on using eDocs. For documentation on time sheets and LOAs please see and

ImageNow Desktop client users

If you use the ImageNow desktop client, please leave your computer on after leaving for the day on Thursday so that the new client version can be installed. You will not be able to log into ImageNow until your client has been updated.

If your computer is off overnight or goes to sleep, the client should start installing automatically when you log in the next morning. You can check its progress by going to the Start Menu and searching for the Software Center. If the new 7.2.3 client hasn’t started installing you can start the upgrade manually as well. It should take about 20 minutes to install and will require a machine reboot afterwards.

After the client is updated your local preferences will be reset to the default values. If you had a list of frequently used queues that always showed up after logging into the client, you can add these back by going to Settings and then Options. From here you can go to the Toolbar option on the left, click the Message Center tab, and then select which queues you want to see.

Please contact IT Support at x4357 or if you use any additional ImageNow printers besides the standard one or if your client is not installing properly.

eDocs Tips

  • Additional documentation can be found at
  • eDocs separates the viewing of documents from basic workflow routing. Click on Documents to search for documents, including your timesheets and leave of absences. Click on Workflow to process document queues and approve time sheets.
  • At any time click on the home icon to return to the home page

Icons for Documents (a sheet of paper with the right upper corner turned down) and Workflow (a full inbox).

The computer screen after logging into eDocs: Under "Document Views" on the left, "My HR Documents" has been selected. The two choices underneath ar "By Doc Type" and "By Year." on the right-hand side the headings are "Document Name" and "Year." HRP Time Sheet for 2019 has been selected.

  • Return to the previous list of documents, either views or workflow queues: When viewing a document, click on the arrow pointing backwards.

The top menu bar for eDocs: Under "Workflow," the backward arrow -- the first icon choice -- has been selected.

  • Add a stamp or other annotation: When viewing a document in workflow, click on the pencil icon and click “Create
    Annotation.” Click on the document where the annotation should go. Select annotation type; click “Add.”

Under "Workflow," the icon of a pencil on paper -- the fourth option from the left -- has been selected for annotation.

  • Route the document forward to another queue: When viewing a document in workflow, click on the icon of a page with an arrow pointing forwards and then select the queue to route it to. If there is only one option for where the document can be routed forward to, the document will be automatically routed once this icon is clicked.

Under the "Workflow" menu, the icon on the far right has been selected for routing.

  • Route the document upstream to a previous queue: When viewing a document in workflow, click on the icon of a page with an arrow pointing backwards and then select the queue to route it back to. Even if there is only one option for where the document can be routed back to, you will need to click again to select the queue.

Under Workflow, the next-to-last icon on the right has been selected for routing a document to a previous queue.

  • Show or hide Thumbnails on the left side of the screen: Click the grid icon to toggle this view.

Five icons sit about Document Properties; the first one -- a grid -- has been selected.

  • Show or hide Related Documents at the bottom of the screen: Click the document icon to toggle this view

Five icons sit above Document Properties. The second from the left has been selected for showing or hiding related documents at the bottom of the screen.

  • Show or hide Document Properties on the right side of the screen: Click the information icon to toggle this view.

Five icons sit above Document Properties. The one on the far right, a lower-case "i" in a circle, has been selected to show or hide document properties on the right side of the screen.

GRCC In the News, 5-14-19

Morning News

5/14/19 WZZM

Leaders from Grand Rapids Community College want more students to be able to get scholarships to go to GRCC and they also want to improve their facilities. Today, we’ll learn how the school plans on doing that. They’ll tell us about their new campaign during a news conference at 10 o’clock this morning.

Street Talk: Let’s talk streets

5/10/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College has identified nearly 300 students who met all of the requirements for an associate degree but never claimed it.

Change Ups: WMU Cooley Law School taps McGrath as president, dean

5/10/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College student Jake Dabkowski teamed up with Kendall College of Art and Design students Aiden Wysocki, Matthew Veenhoven and Jonathan Moroney, winning first place and $4,000 from MWest Challenge, a student venture competition for pitching a business that would help summer camps handle medications.

Grand Rapids Community College geology students Maegan Bouwens and Madison Jones will spend four weeks doing fieldwork through a fully funded research experience at the University of Texas-El Paso to study 34- to 56-million-year-old igneous rocks in El Paso. The students will continue their research in Michigan.

Record-breaking season shows what heart and hard work can do

5/10/19 (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

Now that the gold dust has settled on the Godfrey-Lee wrestling season, coach James Maxim has some time to think about the team’s record-breaking accomplishments.

… As for team leader Enrique (Moreno-Martinez), he will never forget the adversity and experiences he had with Lee wrestling, even as he moves on to study culinary arts at Grand Rapids Community College next fall.

KCAD Alum, Faculty Member Tara McCrackin Named Interim President

5/10/19 (Ferris State University press release)

GRAND RAPIDS — Ferris State University President David Eisler announced today the appointment of Tara McCrackin, associate professor of Interior Design at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) as the interim president of the college.

… McCrackin serves on the Grand Rapids Community College Interior Design Advisory Board and as president of the Michigan chapter of the International Interior Design Association. She donates her time to Kids’ Food Basket in Grand Rapids, and most recently completed the interior design for their new facility opening this summer.