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GRCC In The News, 8-15-18

August 15, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College Deploys vArmour to Protect Student Data and Applications
8/15/18 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
vArmour, the leading data center and cloud security company, today announced that Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has selected vArmour to protect their critical applications and student data.
(This press release appeared in many media outlets.)

Library and Learning Commons Upcoming Adjusted Library Hours

August 15, 2018

Upcoming Adjusted Library Hours

  • Thursday, August 16: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Friday, August 17: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • August 20-24: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Regular Hours*

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. -5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.**

*Beginning Monday, August 27, through Friday, December 14, 2018.

**Saturday hours begin September 8.

Holiday Hours

  • Monday, September 2: CLOSED (Labor Day)
  • November 21-25: CLOSED (Thanksgiving break)

December Exam Cram Hours

  • Saturday, December 8: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, December 9: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Spring Break Hours

  • Saturday, March 2: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 3: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Monday-Friday, March 4-8: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 9: CLOSED
  • Sunday, March 10: CLOSED

The library will reopen on Monday, March 11, will its regular school hours.

April Exam Cram Hours

  • Saturday, April 20: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 21: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 8-14-18

August 14, 2018

Pregnant mother of 4 killed in crash ‘always put family first’

Aug. 13, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Nancy Orozco is being remembered by her friends and family as a “loving mother, wife and sister who always put her family first.”

… Nancy Orozco spent most of her life in Grand Rapids, where she lived with her husband, Oscar Reyes, and four children. She graduated from Union High School in 2008 and later attended Grand Rapids Community College.

Young gardeners with Grand Rapids Urban League cook up their harvest with GRCC students

Aug. 13, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Urban League and Grand Rapids Community College are cooking up a special meal Monday.

Entries wanted for Barry County Artists Exhibition / 8-11-18

Aug. 11, 2018; The Hastings Reminder

The Thornapple Arts Council and Historic Charlton Park will host the juried fourth annual Barry County Artists Exhibition at Historic Charlton Park in the fall.

… As her sons entered high school, she (Patti Sevensma) focused on becoming a professional photographer and also began taking art classes at Grand Rapids Community College, along with local instructor Loretta Sailors, who has been a significant influence on her work.

Photos from Urban League visit

August 14, 2018

About 50 teens in the Grand Rapids Urban League have been working in community gardens all summer and needed to know how best to prepare their harvest. Staff at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education stepped up Monday with expert advice. After working in the GRCC kitchens, the teens hosted their families and served the meal that they had prepared.

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TechSmith Relay Replacement

August 14, 2018

As of January 1, 2019, TechSmith Relay Recorder and Relay Server (https://relay.grcc.edu) will no longer be available as their parent company, TechSmith, has discontinued both products.

If you have used TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past to create videos, SnagIt and Camtasia are more robust versions of TechSmith Relay Recorder that allow you to screen capture and edit your videos. Both SnagIt and Camtasia are available for download in the Software Center. If you have uploaded videos to RaiderCast using the TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past, those videos will still be available and you can upload to that location through December 31, 2018.

Starting January 1, 2019, videos can no longer be uploaded to RaiderCast. They can be uploaded to Google Drive or YouTube using the Share option in SnagIt and Camtasia. The video captioning process will stay the same. As a reminder, per the audiovisual captioning policy, compliance with federal law requires captioning of all created, purchased or continually used audiovisual media production shown at GRCC.

Tutorials for SnagIt and Camtasia are listed below.

SnagIt: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-snagit.html

Camtasia: https://www.techsmith.com/tutorial-camtasia.html

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at dlit@grcc.edu or call 234-3205.

Blackboard Instant Messenger Going Away

August 14, 2018

Blackboard Instant Messenger will no longer be available for use as of January 1, 2019. This solution has been discontinued by its parent company, Blackboard.

Information Technology understands that many faculty and staff rely on the use of an instant messaging tool to communicate with students. With this, GRCC will officially support the use of Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts allows you to send chat messages, make video calls, and screen share. Whether you are new to Google Hangouts or are currently using it or have used it in the past, more information can be found at https://gsuite.google.com/learning-center/products/hangouts/#!/. This resource includes information on all three platforms of Google Hangouts including Google Chat and Google Meet.

We encourage faculty and staff members to begin using Google Hangouts prior to January 1, 2019, to familiarize themselves with the product suite and to determine how to best use the new tool in your day-to-day operations. Faculty and staff can use the Hangouts suite by visiting https://hangouts.google.com and entering their GRCC email address and GRCC network password.  To switch between Hangouts, Chat, and Meet simply click the Google Apps menu in the upper right corner of your browser.

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at dlit@grcc.edu or call 234-3205.

GRCC In the News, 8-13-18

August 13, 2018

The future begins with our children

Aug. 10, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Let me tell you about a young man named Jason. Like many other teenagers growing up in an inner-city environment, he struggled in school and didn’t think he was going to make it.

Jason was fortunate. He had adults to support him, motivate him and make sure he stayed on the right track. This past spring, he graduated from one of our great high schools in our Grand Rapids Public Schools and will attend Grand Rapids Community College as part of our culinary arts program this fall.

(Guest column by President Bill Pink.)

Mom accused of starving baby: ‘I dream about her’

Aug. 10, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — In a jailhouse interview with 24 Hour News 8, the mother of a baby girl who police say starved to death said the child was loved.

… (Tatiana) Fusari and (Seth) Welch are college sweethearts who met while attending Grand Rapids Community College. They’ve been together for seven years and married for three of them, Fusari said.

 

College Channel programming through Aug. 17

August 13, 2018

The latest schedule, through Aug. 17, includes the press conference with Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Quiet Café Closed until August 27

August 13, 2018

The Quiet Café will be closed for two weeks starting today, August 13, through August 24.

It will reopen Monday, August 27, with normal hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Lane Closure on Fulton Street East begins Monday

August 10, 2018

Starting Monday, August 13, Fulton Street East will be under construction from Division Avenue to La Grave Avenue. The eastbound and westbound inside lanes will be closed, while the outside curb lanes are scheduled to remain open.  The closing, which is connected to median island construction, is scheduled to run through Wednesday, August 22.

Reminder: Quiet Café Closed August 13-24

August 10, 2018

The Quiet Café will be closed for two weeks starting Monday, August 13, through August 24.

It will re-open Monday, August 27, with normal hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Recap: First Raider Nation Day helps incoming students prepare for success

August 9, 2018

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New Grand Rapids Community College students from Grand Rapids Public Schools and East Kentwood High School came to GRCC yesterday to learn how they can connect with campus resources and successfully launch their college experiences during our first Raider Nation Day.

Throughout both morning and evening sessions, students who are enrolled for GRCC’s fall semester and their parents participated in workshops to help them transition from high school to college.

A huge ‘thank you’ to all of the people who made this possible – great job representing GRCC and helping our incoming students prepare for success!

Lane Closure Notice for Fulton Street East beginning August 13

August 9, 2018

Starting Monday, August 13, Fulton Street East will be under construction from Division Avenue to La Grave Avenue. The eastbound and westbound inside lanes will be closed, while the outside curb lanes are scheduled to remain open.  The closing, which is connected to median island construction, is scheduled to run through Wednesday, August 22.

Reminder: GRCC Library Liaisons are here to help faculty with copyright

August 9, 2018

Faculty: contact your assigned library liaison for assistance with questions about using copyrighted materials in Blackboard, class handouts, or in course packs. There are legal ways to avoid having to create expensive-to-print course packs.

Acquaint yourself with the newest version of our Copyright Clearance Center‘s annual academic license – rebranded as RightFind! Connect on-campus via your IP-connected computer; off-campus users can create a login with your GRCC email address and any password you will remember. It’s now easier than ever to print out the CCC compliance information for your Blackboard Permissions folder or for GRCC ePrint use.

Librarians are happy to help: verify citations; determine a copyright owner; set up a Course Reserve; and permalink licensed library resources into Blackboard. Please take a look at the Copyright Subject Guide.

GRCC Student Involvement Portal launches August 17

August 9, 2018

Student Life and Conduct are ecstatic to announce the new GRCC Student Involvement Portal- Raider Connect!

Raider Connect will officially launch next Friday, August 17th! OrgSync will officially be offline as of August 16th. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work through some kinks. Trainings for the new portal will take place throughout the months of August and September. Locations are still to be determined. If you are unable to make it to these trainings in person, you will need to set up an appointment with the office of Student Life and Conduct. For questions, please contact Thalía or Brune in Student Life.

Schedule of dates/times, leaders, and audiences for portal training classes:

  • Thursday, August 22, 10:00 a.m., with Thalía – Departments/Advisors
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2:00 p.m., with Thalia and Joe – Students
  • Thursday, August 30, 2:00 p.m., with Joe – Students
  • Wednesday, September 5, 9:30 a.m., with Bruné – Departments/Advisors
  • Thursday, September 6, time TBA, with Chris – Students
  • Friday, September 14, Conference, with Joe and/or Chris – Students
  • Tuesday, September 18, time TBA, with Chris – Students
  • Thursday, September 20, 10:30 a.m., with Bruné – Students
  • Monday, September 24, 2:00 p.m., with Thalía – Students
  • Tuesday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. with Joe – Departments/Advisors