Set your email and voicemail holiday message

As you prepare for the break, remember to set your voicemail message and email auto reply to let everyone know that the college will be closed.

As you know, GRCC will close for the semester break from 5 p.m. December 20, 2013, through January 1, 2014. The college will reopen for regular business hours on Thursday, January 2. All GRCC campuses will be closed during this period. Students will be able to access college information online but will not be able to access information in person, or by phone, until campus offices reopen on January 2.

Important holiday break information

GRCC will close for the semester break starting 5 p.m. Dec. 20, 2013, through January 1, 2014. The college will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. All GRCC campuses will be closed during this period. Students will be able to access college information online but will not be able to access information in person, or via phone, until campus offices re-open on Jan. 2.

Important holiday break Information

GRCC will close for the semester break starting 5 p.m. Dec. 20, 2013, through January 1, 2014. The college will reopen at 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. All GRCC campuses will be closed during this period. Students will be able to access college information online but will not be able to access information in person, or via phone, until campus offices re-open on Jan. 2.

Important Holiday Shut Down Information

GRCC will be shutting down for the semester break starting December 23, 2013, through January 1, 2014. The college will reopen on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. All GRCC campuses will be closed during this shutdown period. Students will be able to access college information online, but no services will be available over the phone or in person between December 23, 2013 and January 1, 2014.

Energy conservation reminder for the holiday shutdown

Our faculty and staff members did a great job pitching in to save energy for our Thanksgiving break. Thank you! Here’s your reminder that the Winter Break is almost upon us and this shutdown period is one of the most important of the year for saving energy.

As you prepare for longer break, take a few minutes to ready your area for this vital shutdown.

In classrooms and offices:

  • Refrigerators should be unplugged and cleaned out with their doors propped open. We recommend that this be completed at least one day before staff leave for the shutdown so the unit can be monitored for excessive melting of built-up ice in the freezer area.Unplug the unit, empty it of all food and block the door open so air can circulate and discourage mildew.
  • Power down all copiers, printers and scanners.
  • Unplug equipment such as computers, monitors, speakers, radios, televisions, mobile phone chargers, and power supplies for laptops, cell phones, etc. (These devices continue to consume power when plugged in even when they are not connected to the device.)
  • Turn off classroom equipment, including Smartboards, projectors, etc.
  • Check to make sure all equipment is switched off in meeting rooms.
  • Please be aware that personally owned space heaters are prohibited. If you have a personally owned space heater on campus, it is recommended that you take it with you when you leave for the holiday break.

In laboratories:

  • Power off and unplug all unnecessary lab equipment.
  • Ensure that all fume-hood sashes are closed, and all fume-hood lights are turned off.

Unplugging equipment is preferable to turning it off as most electronic equipment continues to use power even when turned off. But if your equipment is plugged into a power strip, please shut off the switch on the power strip.

 

GRCC on Holiday Shutdown From 12/23/09 – 1/3/10

Holiday ShutdownReminder:  Grand Rapids Community College will close for its annual “Holiday Shutdown” on December 23, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. and re-open on January 4, 2010.  During this time GRCC’s facilities will be inaccessible.  The Holiday Shutdown was established several years ago as part of a number of efforts to reduce the cost of operating the college.

Employees may visit www.grcc.edu/shutdown for instructions on how to record Holiday Shutdown hours on their timesheets.

Take Care of the Fridge Before you Leave

In accordance with the Energy Conservation Program, during the holiday shutdown all refrigerators should be unplugged, cleaned out with their doors propped open.  It is recommended that this is done at least one day prior to staff leaving for the shutdown so the unit can be monitored for excessive melting of built up ice in the freezer area.

To prep your fridge for the shutdown:

  1. Unplug the unit
  2. Empty the appliance of all food
  3. Block the door open so air can circulate and discourage mildew

Also, please be aware that personally owned space heaters are prohibited. If you have a personally owned space heater on campus it is recommended that you take it with you when you leave for the holiday break.

Holiday Shutdown Suggestions From the IT Dept.

While preparing for the Holiday Shutdown, the IT Department would like to extend a few suggestions to help us all ease into the Winter 2010 semester:

Network access:

  • Unsure of a password? Call the Help Desk at 234-3688 to have your passwords reset as there will be no phone or email support during the shutdown period.
  • New adjunct instructors will want to contact the Help Desk at 234-3688 to have their Novell network password set up before the Winter semester begins.
  • Instructors – Test your ONLINE Center password prior to 12/23 at noon
  • If you have been getting Novell expiration notifications in email during the last 30 days, be sure to change your password soon. There will not be anyone to reset it over the holidays.

Email:

  • Help us in the transition of email servers by cleaning up any un-needed email and mailboxes in your GroupWise account.
  • Change your GroupWise auto-reply (vacation message) to indicate when you will be returning

Phones:

  • Change your voice mail message to indicate when you will be returning.

More information: What to do before you go on Vacation/Holiday.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Help Desk at extension 3688 or email ITHELP@grcc.edu.

Holiday Shutdown 12/23/09 – 1/4/09

Holiday ShutdownGrand Rapids Community College will close for its annual “Holiday Shutdown” on December 23, 2009 at 5:00 p.m. and re-open on January 4, 2010.  During this time GRCC’s facilities will be inaccessible.  The Holiday Shutdown was established several years ago as part of a number of efforts to reduce the cost of operating the college.

Employees may visit www.grcc.edu/shutdown for instructions on how to record Holiday Shutdown hours on their timesheets.