GRCC In the News, 5-29-20

Emma Pachulski changing schools, sports this fall

May 29, 2020; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Emma Pachulski was a multi-sport star at Saranac High School, dominating in volleyball and on the track.

When she made her college decision, she chose Grand Rapids Community College and chose volleyball.

La Lucha Fund supports undocumented and mixed-status families with direct payments during COVID-19

May 29, 2020;

In the war against COVID-19 thousands in our communities have lost their lives, and over one million Michiganders have been forced out of work. In an attempt to help Americans weather the economic fall out, Congress passed an economic relief plan, and while some have received a  CARES ACT stimulus check to help cover bills, rent, and other basic needs, there are many in our community who have been left behind.

… And those are exactly the folks La Lucha Fund was meant for, according to Lorena Aguayo-Marquez from Movimiento Cosecha GR. During the day Aguayo-Marquez works at Grand Rapids Community College, but at night and on the weekends she volunteers to review the fund’s applications. “The fund was created for immigrants who don’t have access to federal and state resources. Basically they are unable to apply for unemployment or receive a stimulus check and there are a lot of immigrants who are affected but some are luckier than others,” she explains.

GRCC In the News, 5-28-20

A True Handyman: Antonio’s Story

May 21, 2020; Literacy Center of West Michigan

If there were one word to describe Antonio, it would probably be “handy.” Since Michiganders were asked to Stay Home and Stay Safe due to the Coronavirus, Antonio has been taking the time to work around the house.

… Antonio, who works in maintenance for a large apartment complex by Rivertown Crossing, came to the Literacy Center to hone his handiness into a Construction Core Credential through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College.

Class of 2020 reflects on the year

May 27, 2020; Nevada Appeal

… Jhada Ramsey, who plans on attending Grand Rapids Community College to study pre-criminal justice:

“My favorite memories are the bus rides and hotel stays with the sports teams. That is how I became close with some of my best friends and could just enjoy my time laughing with people I liked. I will miss the crazy lunch trips with underclassmen and the game-day hype up music. I made the best of my high school career and I will cherish these memories.”

Effective Communication in Times of Uncertainty session coming June 23

In response to our present situation, facilitator Zoe Carmichael has prepared a virtual learning opportunity for GRCC employees titled “Effective Communication in Times of Uncertainty.”

There is no doubt that our current circumstances – physical distancing, remote working, and a lack of certainty about the future — all have a profound impact on how, when, and what we communicate with others.  We all need to learn ways to be efficient at working from home, managing time, and reaching others from a distance.

In this session, we will learn the types of strategies, attitudes, and habits that we could take away from this COVID-19 experience to make us better employees, better communicators, and most importantly better people.

Join us for this engaging and impactful session on Tuesday, June 23, from 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Register ONLINE and a calendar appointment will be sent (within 24 hours) with the link to join the Google Meet.


Grant opportunity: Spencer Foundation research grant

The Spencer Foundation’s Large Research Grants on Education supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived, with budgets ranging from $125,000 to $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years. Deadline July 14, 2020.

This program is “field-initiated” in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location. For faculty interested in a research project prompted by changes in GRCC’s education/teaching program, or changes to student access and learning, related to the COVID-19 crisis, this could be a great opportunity to fund your idea.

Email Kim Squiers ( or Lisa Dopke ( in the Grants Department for more information. We’re happy to meet with you electronically to discuss ideas.


GRCC In the News, 5-27-20

Hawkeye Community College names provost, vice president of academic affairs

May 27, 2020; The Courier (Waterloo, Iowa)

WATERLOO – Hawkeye Community College has named Lynn LaGrone as its next provost and vice president of academic affairs effective Aug. 1.

… LaGrone was previously an adjunct professor for both Houston Community College and Lonestar Community College in Texas. She was an assistant professor at Five Towns College in Dix Hills, N.Y., and has taught at Dowling College in New York, the University of Memphis in Tennessee and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.

Indigenous chef ISO kitchen: Camren Stott wants to share healthy meals with those in need

May 26, 2020;

Born and raised on Anishinaabewaki (Grand Rapids), Anishinaabe personal chef, Camren Stott, is a tribal member of The Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. His business, Jiibaakwaan Foods Foods, caters dinner parties comprised of up to three courses of indigenous-inspired food. He also offers in-home meal planning, including the ingredients and help with preparing two to five meals. Stott develops menus, incorporating indigenous ingredients, based on the client’s dietary restrictions, likes, and dislikes.

In addition, before COVID-19 shutdowns, Stott had been hosting food pop-ups, most recently, a five-course dinner in Detroit. He has presented lectures and cooking classes at Blandford Nature Center and Cook Arts Center. Next fall, his lecture series at Grand Rapids Community College Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will address the health benefits of decolonized diets.

Townsend helps steer Stockdale to Cornerstone

May 26, 2020; Traverse City Record-Eagle

FRANKFORT — Tatum Townsend and Xander Stockdale both excel at setting the bar.

… Stockdale visited Grand Valley, Grand Rapids Community College and Central Michigan in his search, wanting to stay near the Grand Rapids area, where his older brother Sammy lives.

Campus water system to be flushed with scalding water as precaution

Facilities has turned up the heat of all water in GRCC buildings from the regular 120 degrees to 150 degrees. This action, which will continue through Thursday morning, is a precaution intended to kill anything that might have accumulated in the system during the shutdown.

Water at 150 degrees is a scalding risk — so be aware and be careful. The system will be returned to 120 degrees sometime Thursday.


Required Zoom security updates

Campus computer users with Zoom installed on their GRCC equipment will be required to update to the latest version of Zoom before May 30, 2020. This update is in response to Zoom’s ongoing dedication to users’ security and privacy needs.

Updating Zoom to version 5.0 or higher is mandatory for all users by May 30th, 2020, if not updated users may have difficulties joining or hosting meetings. In addition, beginning May 24th, Zoom will require passwords for all meetings and webinars; this applies to meetings that have already been scheduled.

The recent update to Zoom is available in GRCC’s Software Center (only available on campus). If you are off campus, simply call the IT Support Desk to have a technician manually install this on your behalf.

GRCC In the News, 5-26-20

Grand Rapids CC wins conference all-sports award named after former school leader

May 23, 2020; MLive

Grand Rapids Community College was the most successful sports program in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association this school year to earn the Charlie Chanter All-Sports Award.

Michigan community colleges look ahead to fall enrollment, consider hybrid course strategies

May 23, 2020; MLive

When the Great Recession hit in 2008, community colleges saw record enrollment rates amid widespread layoffs and unemployment, says Mike Hansen, president of the Michigan Community Colleges Association (MCCA).

… Grand Rapids Community College announced that the fall 2020 semester will consist of a robust schedule of hybrid and enhanced distance learning options as administrators plan to offer some classes on campus. GRCC will deliver instruction for most classes online for a second seven-week summer session, which begins June 30, but some classes in the School of Workforce Development and Job Training programs will be offered on campus.

How Grand Rapids remade its craft beer scene into the best in the nation

April 26, 2020;

There are more than 7,000 breweries in the US, and the number is only growing. In some parts of the country, it feels like a new craft brewery opens up every week. Only one city, however, rightfully goes by the moniker Beer City USA, and that’s Grand Rapids, Michigan.

… These days, the city draws students from around the nation interested in learning the craft of brew. At Grand Rapids Community College, the Fountain Hill Brewery is operated by students studying towards their Craft Brewing, Packaging, and Service Operations certificates — and if you visit on a Wednesday or Thursday evening, you can put their study skills to the test in the taproom.

Sports briefs: Pit Spitters opener, LLRC, Amanda Bandrowksi

May 23, 2020; Traverse City Record-Eagle

… TC Central baseball players thriving at next level

TRAVERSE CITY — Numerous Traverse City Central baseball players enjoyed standout collegiate seasons, despite the campaign being shortened by coronavirus.

Sam Briggs hit .500 with six runs and four steals at Grand Rapids Community College, while Jake Ryan had three RBIs and six walks in seven games and Sam Schmitt logged three hits and four runs in seven games.

Faculty panel to examine remote instruction on May 27

No one actually planned to teach remotely this past winter semester, but in the middle of March, and within just a few days, we found ourselves shifting unexpectedly from face-to-face to remote instruction. This sudden shift required many of us to quickly learn and adopt new tools, methods, and processes in an effort to continue providing students with continuity of instruction and support.

We have asked a few faculty colleagues to share their experiences in an upcoming DLIT panel discussion on the topic: Remote Teaching – Lessons Learned. This panel discussion will focus on what we did, what worked, what didn’t work so well, and what we need to consider going forward.

Garry Brand will be facilitating the discussion along with panelists: Steve Abid, Christine Dobberstein, and Tamara Scott. I hope you will join us, share your own experiences, and lessons learned.

What: Faculty Panel Discussion: Remote Teaching – Lessons Learned

When: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Where: Online via Zoom.

You may also register for the event though the CTE Professional Development Registration webpage. Hope to see you then!

A link to a recording of this session will be posted to the DLIT Blog following the session along with previous panel discussions, including Assessing Learning Online and GRCC Distance Learning Standards.


Take care of yourselves!

Deadline for Excellence in Education Awards extended to June 5

The deadline for the Excellence in Education Awards is quickly approaching! Anyone can nominate!

This year, all nomination forms and signatures have gone online.The process will be easier, faster and more convenient. Even from home!

Visit the Excellence in Education website to get started!

Please submit nomination documentation and signatures of support by Friday, June 5.

Questions? More information?

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a deserving member of the GRCC family for these awards.