Fire drills to take place across campus on October 24

Campus Police and Facilities will be conducting fire drills on campus Friday, Oct 24th beginning at approximately 9 a.m.. We will begin on main campus and move through all our buildings. There is no specific time for arrival at any building. These are State mandated drills requiring a full evacuation of the building. We would appreciate everyone’s cooperation. The sooner we can evacuate the building the sooner we can get everyone back to their normal activities.


R25 scheduling system to be offline this week

The R25 system is going to be moved to a hosted environment this week.

IT will be turning off all scheduling access for users during this migration, which will begin Tuesday evening.  We will have “VIEW ONLY” access on Wednesday and Thursday, with completion scheduled by end of business on Thursday.

In the event of an emergency, Mary Jo Chisholm, Becky Yoder, Bryan Vliem and Victoria Janowiak will continue to have access.  Becky Yoder will be the primary contact for the “down days” for individuals who may need to schedule a room on short notice.  Please contact her if you have any questions at 616-234-3715 or

Raider Salute to Scott Miklaszewski, culinary department

Tassell M-TEC’s “Pizza Garden Team” gives a Raider Salute to Scott Miklaszewski and the culinary staff:  He stepped up to help on the grill outside when we thought we were drowning in sixth-graders and not enough cooked pizza!  Another shout out to the Culinary Department, which made all the pizza crusts in support of our pizza garden adventure.


Roads, parking meters to be closed for Carter events


With President Carter’s visit on Monday, parking around GRCC will be very tight as a result of roads and meters being closed for security reasons.

We recommend walking to the Carter events. If you or a member of your group is unable to make that walk, we recommend being dropped off. The student ramps will be full because of the large amount of faculty and staff attending the event, and meters on Lyon Street will be unavailable.

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.