GRCC In the News, 8-29-14

GRCC showcases $41 million in campus renovations completed over past two years

Aug. 28, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Students returning to Grand Rapids Community College this week saw plenty of changes around campus, after a series of summer projects renovated classrooms, updated lab equipment, and added new windows and fire suppression systems.

President Carter, Gov. Snyder to speak in Detroit

Aug. 28, 2014; KTAR

DETROIT (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder will speak at an Islamic conference in Detroit this week.

… The 89-year-old Carter is set to visit Michigan again on Sept. 22 as part of Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.

See these ‘incredible toys’ at Grand Rapids’ first Maker Faire at Grand Rapids Public Museum

Aug. 28, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI The Geek Group calls the “World’s Largest Newton’s Cradle,” and at a glance, it’s hard to disagree.

… The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire, sponsored by Grand Rapids Community College and the Grand Rapids Public Museum, will be a smaller, community-focused event.

First apples of season donated to Food Bank

Aug. 28, 2014;

Instead of throwing a party, Riveridge Produce Marketing, a West Michigan apple grower, packer and sales company, decided to celebrate their 25th anniversary by feeding the hungry. On Wednesday morning, they invited volunteers from Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank to their orchard in Conklin to pick nearly 600 pounds of Ginger Gold apples for local families in need.

… Lannie Collard was among the volunteers at the orchard. An instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, she brought a group from her grandparent/grandchild program to help.

Renovations near completion; departments, offices prepare for moves

Summer 2014 construction projects are nearing completion and efforts are now focused on reoccupying buildings and preparing the campus for the start of the fall semester! The Library team has already returned to the LRC, and we will begin moving departments and service areas back into the Main and Cook buildings on Wednesday, August 13th.

We will be moving someone or something every day from the 13th through 22nd, so please remember to check the “move back” schedule — which was sent through an “All Staff” email — before potentially directing customers to a wrong location.  Please note that all student service areas will be moved over the weekend (the 16th and 17th ), so they will continue to provide services from the Student Center through Friday, August 15th, and will be open for business in the Main building on Monday, August 18th.

Although most departments will be returning to their previous office locations, some office locations have changed and some will remain in their temporary locations until after the fall semester has started.

New locations:

  • Financial Aid will now be located in Main 148, working with the Enrollment Center to implement a new enrollment services model.
  • The Registrar/Records office will now be located in Main 156.
  • The office for the Dean of Student Affairs (Tina Hoxie and Cathy Noviskey) will now be located in Main 106.
  • The office for the Dean of ISIS (Bill Faber and Anna Rose) and the Curriculum Coordinator (Katie Daniels) will now be located in Main 423.
  • The office for the Dean of Student Success & Retention (John Cowles and Tracy Payne) will move from Sneden to room 313 in the Student Center.

Temporary locations:

  • The School of Arts & Sciences Deans office will remain in the Data Center until after Labor Day, when it will return to 3rd floor Main.
  • The Provost’s office will remain in the Data Center pending relocation to the 2nd floor of the Administration building on the DeVos campus.

Our Facilities and IT staff, and the departments that must move during this already busy time of year are doing a fabulous job of getting things organized and prepping for this final effort – please support them!  Everyone has been impacted by the summer construction projects in one way or another, so thank you for your continued flexibility and patience as we complete these efforts!

Moving schedule:

  • August 13 — Center for Teaching Excellence and Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies.
  • August 14 — Registrar/Records Office; Language & Thought, Visual Arts and Education & Child Development departments; and GRCC ePRINT and graphics.
  • August 15 — Dean/Associate Provost Office — ISIS, and curriculum coordinator.
  • August 15 and 16 — Enrollment Services, Financial Aid and Cashiers, Veterans Services, Dean of Student Affairs office,  and Student Employment Services.
  • August 18 and 20 — Dean of Student Success & Retention, Business Tutoring Lab, Academic Support Services, The PLACE, Associate Dean — ISIS, and the Department 0f Experiential Learning.
  • August 21 — Media
  • August 22 — Diversity Learning and Older Learner centers, and Equity Affairs.

GRCC departments to move back ‘home’ in August, September

Library and Academic support staff and services have returned to the Learning Resource Center and have been enjoying their newly renovated space. Soon many other temporarily relocated departments will be doing the same. Here is the move-in schedule. Please call these offices before sending someone to their location to be sure they are available.

Week of Aug. 11:
Records, Student Employment Services to first floor Main
Center for Teaching Excellence and Distance Learning & Instructional Technology to third floor Main
GRCCePrint front office and graphics to G1 Main
Dean of Student Affairs to first floor Main
Assoc Provost and Dean of Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies to fourth floor Main
Language & Thought/Visual Arts Department to third floor Main
Education Department to second floor Main
Dean of Student Success & Retention to 3rd floor Student Center

Weekend of Aug. 15:
Enrollment Services, Financial Aid and Cashiers Office to 1st floor Main

Week of Aug. 18
Assoc. Dean of Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies to 118 Main
Department of Experiential Learning to G2 Main
Remaining tutoring and academic support staff back to regular locations

Week of Sept. 9:
School of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office to third floor Main

Full library service restored

The Library & Learning Commons reopens Monday, July 21, 2014. Classroom instructors with a scheduled information literacy session should bring classes to the room indicated in the appointment. On Thursday and Friday, July 17-18, professional assistance will continue to be available in ATC224, by phone at 234.3868, or email,

The biggest change you will find in the LLC is that print periodicals are now self-service and incorporate additional quiet study space. Please feel free to leave a comment on our Facebook page.

Summer hours continue: Mo-Th, 8a-8p and Fr 8a-5p. Closed weekends.

Library to move back home

The construction work in the LRC is nearing completion, and the library staff and services will move back into the building on Monday, July 21! Their equipment and phones will be moved on Friday afternoon, and they will continue to provide services from the ATC on Monday until we get everything moved back into the LRC.

Thank you all for your patience during the summer construction projects!

Pardon our Dust

The Media Technologies Offices will be closed most of the summer for renovations beginning May 12th and continuing through August. Most of the staff will be moving their offices to the Music Building (Room 205). We will continue to provide most services from that location until renovations are complete. Our main office number is 234-3830.

All of the online forms for events and equipment checkout are located on our webpage at

For recording and video production needs please fill out a Production request at or call Klaas Kwant at 234-3833.

Thank you for your patience with our construction and have a great summer!