GRCC In The News, 02-15-19

Davenport University names new provost
2/14/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Davenport University announced Thursday, Feb. 14, that Gilda Gely will be its new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.
… Prior to joining Cambridge College, Gely served as executive vice president and provost at Aquinas College from May 2014 to May 2016. She was also provost and executive vice president at Grand Rapids Community College from 2007 to 2014.

Good Local Journalism Is Essential to Good Governance
After repeated staffing cuts at the Grand Rapids Press/MLive, who’s guarding the henhouse of local government?
… City Commissioner Ruth Kelly acknowledges things aren’t what they were several years ago. She misses “reporters with experience like Jim Harger.” Now we “seem to get a new one every two years.” Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, a veteran reporter formerly with MLive and currently professor of journalism at Grand Rapids Community College, confirms this sentiment. “There isn’t the depth of experience to train recruits and facilitate the depth of coverage” there used to be.

GRCC Employees on the Move through February 12, 2019

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.


  • Jay Tucker
    • Grounds Maintenance, Maintenance
    • Effective Date: 11/26/2018
  • Whitney Marsh
    • Director, Ford Fieldhouse
    • Effective Date: 12/10/2018
  • Erin Belinger Goossen
    • Support Professional, Ford Fieldhouse
    • Effective Date: 12/17/2018
  • Sarah Adkins
    • Support Professional, Registrar Department
    • Effective Date: 1/2/2019
  • Robin Pegg
    • Faculty, Assistant Professor – Occupational Therapy Assistant/Academic Field Coordinator
    • Effective Date: 1/2/2019
  • Kim Squiers
    • Grants Specialist, Grants Department
    • Effective Date: 1/7/2019
  • Alissa Raddatz
    • Lead Graphics Designer, Communications
    • Effective Date: 1/21/2019
  • Steven Beauclair
    • Director of GEAR UP Wyoming, Academic Outreach
    • Effective Date: 2/11/2019


  • Ashley McLary
    • Transfer from: APSS, Cashiers Department
    • Transfer to: APSS, Accounting/Budgets
    • Effective Date: 11/26/2018
  • Bryan Vliem
    • Transfer from: Associate Registrar, Student Records
    • Transfer to: Enterprise Analyst
    • Effective Date: 2/12/2019
  • Robin Sterk
    • Transfer from: Adjunct Faculty
    • Transfer to: Director of High School Partnerships
    • Effective Date: 1/21/2019



  • Teddie Buchner
    • Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
    • Effective Date: 12/15/2018
  • Kayla Leonard
    • Student Success Coach, College Success Center
    • Effective Date: 1/5/2019
  • Lisa Brown
    • Database Coordinator, College Advancement
    • Effective Date: 1/12/2019
  • Paul Krieger
    • Professor, Biology Department
    • Effective Date: 5/11/2019


  • Judith Larsen
    • Director, Grants and Resource Development Department
    • Effective Date: 10/13/2018
  • Janice Chapman
    • Assistant Professor, English
    • Effective Date: 12/19/2018
  • Michael Rydman
    • Professor, Language & Thought
    • Effective Date: 1/1/2019
  • Sally Zokoe
    • Support Professional, Accounts & Budgets
    • Effective Date: 2/16/2019
  • Nanci Guigue
    • Support Professional, School of Workforce Development Associate Dean’s office
    • Effective Date: 3/1/19
  • Robin Vanrooyen
    • Professor, Visual Arts
    • Effective Date: 4/27/2019
  • Robert Guigue
    • Technical Operations Tech, School of Workforce Development
    • Effective Date: 3/1/2019

Professor Mursalata Muhammad to present at Third Thursday Speaker Series

Third Thursday Speaker Series: Claude Harvard, Dublin Georgia, and Me

Even though inventor Claude Harvard lived in Dublin, Georgia, until he was about 10, he was a Detroiter. He NEVER spoke of his life in Georgia or his original first name, which was not “Claude.” No amount of prompting could move him past this statement: “I was born when my mother brought me to Detroit.” As a 10-year-old “newborn” – Claude set to the task of learning as much as possible about radios and machinery. These interests gave him the engineering foundation for his later inventions, the bulk of which were invented while he worked at Ford Motor Company.

GRCC instructor and educational architect Mursalata Muhammad will gather and present the fragments of Claude Harvard’s life scattered about the internet, printed in an oral history, and rooted in her lived experiences with him. In the words of Mursalata, “This presentation is my attempt to tell you a story that brings together what is most worth telling in this moment.”


  • WHERE: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI  48202
  • WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 6-9 p.m.
  • RSVP: Tickets for the event are free. Registration is available through Eventbrite.

Get Google-ready, GRCC

We are less than three months away from the college wide transition to GMail and Google Calendar.

Get trained and prepared by attending one of the informative hands-on sessions offered in collaboration between IT and GRCC Google Guides.

Sessions are available at various days, times, and locations on campus; sign up is quick & easy at the Google for GRCC webpage.

Nominate adult learners for the 2019 GRAHEN awards

Attention Faculty and Staff –

Do you know of an outstanding adult learner at GRCC? The Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network (GRAHEN) are looking for outstanding adult learners whose accomplishments in higher education and contributions in the community merit recognition. This should be a currently enrolled student. GRAHEN defines an adult learner as a college student in their mid to late 20’s and older. The winner will be invited to an awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, held to honor and recognize the student with a Certificate of Achievement and cash award.

Please send your nominations no later than February 28 to Lori Cook ( and Francisco Ramirez ( They will follow up with the nominee on the application process, which consists of submitting an application, writing an essay, and two letters of recommendation. Contact Lori or Francisco with any questions. Thank you!

Logo for GRAHEN. The logo features a black outline of the skyline underscored by a wavy blue water line. The text reads: "G.R.A.H.E.N. Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network."

GRCC Science Talks Continue Next Thursday with “Epigenetics”

A close-up image of a tissue sample.

Epigenetics and Colon Cancer: A tale of mice, microbes, and methyl groups

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 4 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Have you ever wondered how there can be numerous cell types in your body (skin, muscle, etc.) even though they share the same DNA code? This is explained by epigenetics, the branch of science that studies how chemical modifications on or near DNA influence how genes are expressed. We’ll learn about epigenetics and its important role in maintaining healthy cells.

Nicole Vander Schaaf is a doctoral candidate at the Van Andel Institute Graduate School.

Future GRCC Science Talks will include:

  • 03/25/2019: “Gene Modifications: CRISPR” – 3:45 p.m., Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Grand Rapids Community College Science Talks are open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Please email with any questions.

GRCC In The News, 02-14-19

Gov. Whitmer makes first tour stop at GRCC
2/13/19 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The day after her first State of the State, Governor Gretchen Whitmer made her way to Grand Rapids to kick off her “Home for Opportunity Tour.”
Whitmer toured Grand Rapids Community College’s Tassell M-TEC center off Godfrey Avenue, which is devoted to workforce training. The purpose of the tour is to discuss ways of bridging the opportunity and talent gaps across the state.

Republicans question how Whitmer will pay for plan
2/13/19 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A day after outlining her vision for Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer visited Grand Rapids Community College Wednesday, trying to drum up support for her education plan which includes debt-free community college.

Michigan This Morning
2/14/19 WWTV
Gov. Whitmer has kicked of a 50-event tour across Michigan to address some of her biggest agenda items. Her first stop was in Grand Rapids yesterday. She visited Grand Rapids Community College to talk about her education proposals.

Governor Whitmer kicks off “Home for Opportunity Tour” and appears on WGVU-TV’s “West Michigan Week”
2/13/19 WGVU
Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Grand Rapids Wednesday kicking of her post-State of the State Address Home for Opportunity Tour. It’s a statewide 50-event tour focusing on fixing the state’s roads and preparing the 21st Century workforce. I spoke with Governor Whitmer during a recording of WGVU-TVs West Michigan Week.
… It’s a scholarship for two years tuition-free community college or two years tuition-free at a four year in-state university for high school graduates with a B average. Michigan Reconnect trains adults seeking in-demand industry certification or an associate degree. Governor Whitmer visiting with West Michigan business leaders at non-profit economic development organization, The Right Place, followed by a tour of Grand Rapids Community College.

News 10 at 11 p.m.
2/13/19 WILX
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer went to Grand Rapids today to start what she’s calling her “opportunity tour.” She met with leaders in business and education at Grand Rapids Community College to reinforce one of the plans she outlined last night.

6 News at 5
2/13/19 WLNS
The governor paid a visit to Grand Rapids Community College to highlight another plan she laid out last night in her State of the State address: to provide two years of community college to student for free.

Tuition-free community college plan would yield enormous returns, Whitmer says
2/13/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer met with business leaders and toured Grand Rapids Community College Wednesday, saying her push to offer tuition-free community college will strengthen the workforce and raise wages for Michigan families.


Congratulations to the January 2019 SSPD awardees

The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation and the Support Staff Professional Development Grants (SSPD) Review Team congratulate the winners of the January 2019 SSPD competition:

  • Bev Daily ($1,700): Higher Education User Group (HEUG) Alliance Conference
  • Kevin Perrin ($1,700): Higher Education User Group (HEUG) Alliance Conference
  • Rachel Bower ($2,250): Pink Elephant Conference
  • Renida Clark ($2,000): NASPA Conference
  • Michael Couch ($1,600): Achieving the Dream
  • Rebecca DeKorne ($2,000): LifeBound’s 5-day Academic Coaching Intensive Training
  • Kanyn Doan ($2,000): LifeBound’s 5-day Academic Coaching Intensive Training
  • Patrick LaPenna ($1,750): Drupalcon
  • Elizabeth VanPortfliet ($1,770): National Academic Advising Association Conference
  • Myriah Williams ($1,020): Native American Student Advocacy Institute
  • Linda Witte ($1,625): American Medical Technologists Educational Program & Annual Meeting

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

You can easily enroll online for sessions on the Learning Opportunities Registration page:

Tuesday, February 19: Conflict Strategies

  • 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • 207 Sneden
  • Conflict is present in all aspects of our lives. An individual’s personal professional, and emotional health is greatly affected by how successfully he or she manages conflict. Individuals rely on each other to attain goals and are continually being thrown into situations where they need to handle conflict in a constructive manner – without being taught how to accomplish this. This half-day course will expose individuals to the different ways that people react in conflict situations, show them what their preferred strategy is in situations of conflict, and then help them plan to use a more integrating style of conflict resolution more effectively at work.
  • Led by The Employer’s Association

Friday, February 22: Heart Health

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • 309 Sneden
  • Participants will have an understanding of the function of a healthy heart and implications of lifestyle choices. They will be able to identify a personally appropriate physical activity that improves heart health and name two heart healthy food choices, and will commit to making one heart healthy food change.
  • Led by Sheri Orlekoski, RN

Tuesday, February 26: Resumes and Cover Letters

  • 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • 307 Sneden
  • Whether you’re interested in a resume makeover or starting from scratch, this session helps participants assess their strengths and create a paper sales document about themselves. We will walk through the basic steps in writing a resume and cover letter that fairly promotes your strengths and experience
  • Led by Laura Caulk

Wednesday, February 27: FMLA-What’s in it for you?

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • 308 Main
  • Have you ever wondered what the Family Medical Leave Act is all about? Have you ever wondered if you or one of your employee’s had a “qualifying event” but were afraid to ask? In this session you will learn the various ins and outs of FMLA, intermittent FMLA, and the GRCC FMLA policy. You will also learn what a qualifying event is for you or an immediate family member and what is covered while you are on leave.
  • Led by Jennifer Kelly

Thursday, February 28: Drupal Basics: Editing Content

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 351 Main
  • In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.
  • Led by Leigh Jajuga

Thursday, March 7: GRCC Accounts & You

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • 351 Main
  • Campus accounts can be confusing. As part of our commitment to provide world class customer support, Information Technology would like to offer a refresher course to staff and faculty. This course will provide a walk-through on the types of accounts available to our students and staff and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. We will also cover how to use the recently updated password reset tool and, of course, be available to answer other account related questions.We will go over: Online Student Center, Campus Network Login, GRCC Wireless Network, Blackboard, Student Email, Student & Employee Discounts, and printing from a personal device/cloud printing.
  • Led by Rachel Bower

Tuesday, March 12: Signs of Marijuana Use

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • 307 Sneden
  • Scott Nuismer, a certified addictions specialist, will teach both how to recognize the markers of marijuana use and what you can safely do about it. Participants will learn how to recognize biological and physiological sign of marijuana use, as well as interventions to use.

Become prepared to ‘Stop the Bleed’ this February!

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, so quickly stopping the bleeding is critical. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide immediate care if they are equipped with the appropriate training and resources. Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Facilitated by Mikki Grit, Emergency Nurses Association of West Michigan

  • WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2019, 12-1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: SCC 234 Multi-Purpose Room

Lunch will be provided (please specify any dietary needs)

Everyone is welcome! Student employees may be paid for the time with supervisor approval.  PLEASE RSVP to

Save department dollars; print color copies through ePrint

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Log in to GRCCePrint Online, and we can print projects for you.

We also deliver to department offices. Our delivery times are posted on our site.

Instructor forecasts student attendance at next week’s Mathematics Seminar

Image of GRCC Mathematics classroom. Focus is on a student's hand holding a mechanical pencil and writing in a notebook. Three other students are out of focus in the background.

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, February 21, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in 103 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC faculty member Brian Hadley.  For the title and abstract of his talk, please see below.

The realm of mathematical forecasting is vast but fundamentally based on common sense ideas: Examine historical trends, assume that whatever was responsible for creating the past will continue to operate beyond the present, then use mathematical and/or statistical techniques to predict the future.  Brian will discuss how this relates to classroom resource management.  As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!

Refreshments will be served at 10:45 a.m.

Mathematical Forecasting and Classroom Resources

Forecasting student attendance in class has allowed for a reduction of wasted paper.

Each semester I print quizzes, test, and worksheets for class use. Unfortunately, some of this paper is wasted primarily due to absent students. As a solution to this problem, I began forecasting student attendance, greatly reducing the amount of wasted printing.

Forecasting is a mathematical model that allows for a prediction of future trends. We will examine various forecasting methods that can provide reliable guidelines to classroom attendance trends and result in the reduction of paper waste.



GRCC In The News, 02-13-19

Governor Whitmer to start ‘opportunity’ tour after speech
2/12/19 WILX
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will kick off a 50-event tour across Michigan following her first State of the State speech, starting in Grand Rapids with a focus on fixing the roads and making sure the workforce is adequately trained.
The Democrat will attend a breakfast Wednesday with business leaders, hosted by The Right Place economic development organization in Grand Rapids. She also will tour Grand Rapids Community College.

Gretchen Whitmer: Roads, schools are crises that must be addressed
2/12/19 The Detroit Free Press
LANSING — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday called on Michiganders to come together urgently to solve two crises she said threaten the state’s future failing roads and other infrastructure, and failing schools.
… On Wednesday, Whitmer plans a breakfast meeting with business leaders in Grand Rapids, followed by a tour of Grand Rapids Community College.

News 8 Daybreak
2/13/19 WOOD TV
Today, Gov. Whitmer and her team will be in Grand Rapids. It’s the beginning of a new tour where they’ll talk about how to improve local businesses and create higher paying jobs. The Right Place is hosting a breakfast with the governor this morning along with some local business leaders. Then she will tour Grand Rapids Community College.

Honran memoria de César E. Chávez con marcha denominada We Are The World
2/12/19 La Prensa
GRAND RAPIDS, MI –El Comité para Honrar a César E. Chavéz invita a la 19va Marcha Anual de Justicia Social para celebrar el cumpleaños número 92 del líder sindical estadounidense. La marcha se llevará a cabo el próximo 14 de marzo de 2019 a las 11:00am. El punto de partida será el Cook Library Center, ubicado en el 1100 de la avenida Grandville de esta ciudad.
… El Comité de Unidad para Honrar a César E. Chávez está compuesto por: Kevin Quinn, Presidente de Aquinas Collage; Eric Delong, Asistente del Gerente de la ciudad de Grand Rapids; Carlos Sánchez de Ferris State University; Jack Woller, ex director de la iglesia Fountain Street; Bill Pink, Presidente de Grand Rapids Community College; Dale Robertson, Presidente de Grand Rapids Public Museum; Jesse Bernal, Vicepresidente de GVSU; Directora Connie Dang, Director Juan Olivarez y Presidenta del Comité, Lupe Ramos.
(GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Committee to Honor César E. Chavéz invites the public to the 19th Annual Social Justice March to celebrate the 92nd birthday of the American union leader. The march will take place on March 14, 2019, at 11 a.m. The starting point will be the Cook Library Center, located at 1100 Grandville Ave.
… The Unity Committee to Honor César E. Chávez is composed of: Kevin Quinn, President of Aquinas Collage; Eric Delong, Assistant Manager of the City of Grand Rapids; Carlos Sánchez from Ferris State University; Jack Woller, former director of the Fountain Street Church; Bill Pink, President of Grand Rapids Community College; Dale Robertson, President of Grand Rapids Public Museum; Jesse Bernal, Vice President of GVSU; Director Connie Dang, Director Juan Olivarez and Chair of the Committee, Lupe Ramos.)

Student Leadership Banquet nominations and RSVPs now open for March event

The Student Leadership Banquet is an annual event where students are recognized for their contributions as a student leader at GRCC. The event is planned by Student Alliance and Campus Activities Board and is funded by the Campus Activities Fee. All student organizations, advisors, faculty, staff, and award nominees are encouraged to attend. Registration is now open and people can RSVP online.

  • Theme: “Grow Where You Are Planted”
  • Event Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Location: Goei Center (818 Butterworth St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504)
  • Doors Open: 5:00 p.m.
  • Caterers: San Chez
  • Evening Activities: Photo Booth and DJ following the awards ceremony
  • Deadline to RSVP: March 14, 5 p.m.

Student leadership award nominations are now available through Raider Connect. Students, staff, and faculty can submit nominations. All nominations are due by March 8 at 5 p.m. Most of these awards are associated with a scholarship, so please consider nominating a student that you feel deserves recognition for their leadership and involvement.