GRCC In the News, 10-17-19

GRCC tapped by federal agency to support truck safety, driver training

Oct. 17, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has received a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to launch a Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Safety Training program.

Mass incarceration and women: How two Grand Rapids programs help those returning overcome barriers

Oct. 17, 2019; rapidgrowthmedia.com

The statistics are unnerving. According to a 2019 report by The Sentencing Project, The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, 655 per 100,000. El Salvador comes in second with 618, Rwanda third with 434, and Russia fourth with 318 (less than half that of the USA). A few hours to the east or north of us, Canada has a rate of 114. Mass incarceration in the United States is an epidemic eating away at our communities, especially communities of color — including those right here in Kent County.

… “I’ve learned a lot about becoming self-sufficient, how to return to the workforce, and given a lot of opportunity and help that they provided,” (Candace) Walton says. “I’m also enrolled in GRCC, taking human resources classes. I feel like I can give back and help somebody else the way the Women’s Resource Center helped me. I think people are more likely to listen and learn from you when you’ve been through some of things that they’ve been going through.”

XFL Draft: Tracking former Michigan, Michigan State, Lions players selected on Day 2

Oct. 16, 2019; MLive

We’re back with the second day of the XFL draft after the league crammed three phases — skill positions, offensive lineman and defensive lineman — into the slate on Tuesday. This came after the league assigned quarterbacks to its eight teams set to kick off in February 2020.

… There have been so many connections to Michigan through just one day that even a former Grand Rapids Community College athlete was drafted.

Jeweler wins national award

Oct. 16, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local jeweler has earned national praise.

Emma Hoekstra, the owner of Emma Elizabeth Jewelry in Grand Rapids, won the 2019 Halstead Grant for new jewelry businesses.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Hoekstra is a GRCC alumna.)

Preview: Omaha Symphony to play Chopin and Tchaikovsky this weekend

Oct. 16, 2019; Omaha World-Herald (Neb.)

… The Nebraska Wind Symphony will get into the Halloween spirit on Sunday at the Omaha Conservatory of Music, 7023 Cass St.

The concert will feature several eerie sounds of the season, with visiting music director Joshua Kearney and associate music director Keith Davis. Jared Staub, director of bands at Grand Rapids (Michigan) Community College, will be guest conductor.

Leadership Institute 2020 accepting applications

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus.

The Leadership Institute 2020 application deadline is Friday, October 25, 2019. For more information visit the Leadership Institute webpage or please contact Jessica Berens in Human Resources at jberens@grcc.edu.

Show your special status as GRCC employee-GRCC alumni

GRCC alumni in the Education Department are showing their pride!

You can pick up a special GRCC Alumni pennant from Corey Turner at these Alumni Relations stations:

  • 10/22/19 – RJF Hall – Winchester Alley – 8-10 a.m.
  • 10/22/19 – Student Center 1st Floor – 12-2 p.m.
  • 10/22/19 – Sneden Hall Reception Area – 3-5 p.m.
  • 10/24/19 – Homecoming Tailgate & Game – Ford Fieldhouse – 5-9 p.m.

Have any question? Contact Corey at coreyturner@grcc.edu or at ext. 3025.

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Keep computers on tonight for software updates

As part of Information Technology’s drive to deliver innovative and amazing technologies, we need to ensure that both your computer and software remain up to date. Unfortunately, these updates can be disruptive to your work – no one likes getting prompted to restart their computer every 15 minutes.

Therefore, Information Technology performs Windows updates as well as other software maintenance remotely to campus computers on Thursday evenings while you are out of the office. We can’t do this, however, if your computer is turned off.

To ensure that these updates do not interfere with your work, we ask that you please leave your computers on when you depart for the day. This will ensure that the updates will run during your absence. You can resume normal shutdown procedures on Friday.

GRCC In the News, 10-16-19

GRCC offering Saturday classes to make college more accessible

Oct. 15, 2019; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, October 8, 2019: Grand Rapids Community College is offering Saturday classes this winter to make college more accessible, especially for learners trying to work around jobs and home responsibilities.

Hundreds of students volunteer during national Make a Difference Day

Oct. 15, 2019; gvsu.edu (Grand Valley State University)

More than 250 volunteers from Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Community College participated in the nation’s largest day of community service October 12.

Complete rundown of former Michigan, MSU, Lions players selected on Day 1 of XFL draft

Oct. 15, 2019; MLive

The XFL started filling out its rosters this week by assigning eight quarterbacks to teams. After that, the first day of the draft kicked off with skill positions and the offensive line.

… TE Nick Truesdell — Round 1, Pick No. 5 to the Tampa Bay Vipers

Nick Truesdell played at the University of Cincinnati before finishing his collegiate career at Grand Rapids Community College. The tight end has bounced around the Arena league and in offseason programs with the Colts, Vikings and Jets.

TRIO hosts summer research open house

TRIO/Student Support Services is holding an open house to showcase summer research opportunities from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Raider Grille.

Participating programs include:

  • Michigan Technological University’s Michigan College and University Partnership (MICUP).
  • the University of Michigan’s Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).
  • the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP).
  • Study Away program in the Netherlands.

See GRCC students’ projects, and learn about opportunities available to you. Snacks will be provided.

GRCC Employees on the Move through October 14, 2019

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.

WELCOME TO GRCC

Miranda Larva

Support Professional, Disability Support Services Testing Proctor

Department: Disability Support Services

Effective Date: 10/ 7/2019

 

Julia Moore

GEAR UP Wyoming Navigator, Academic Outreach

Department: Academic Outreach

Effective Date: 9/16/2019

 

Matthew McCorkle

Assistant Basketball Coach, Athletics

Department: Athletic Department

Effective Date: 9/6/2019

 

Brian Knetl

Provost and Executive VP for Academic and Student Affairs

Department: Provost and Academic Affairs

Effective Date: 9/23/2019

 

Brianna Greenough

Support Professional, Ford Fieldhouse

Department: Ford Fieldhouse

Effective Date: 9/9/2019

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW POSITION

Ann Isackson

Transfer from: Executive Director of Financial Aid

Transfer to: Associate Dean of Enrollment Management & Financial Aid

Effective Date: 10/28/2019

 

Tracey Lacy

Transfer from: Support Professional, Experiential Learning

Transfer to: Support Professional Media Technologies

Effective Date: 10/14/2019

 

Eleanor Simpson

Transfer from: Contingent

Transfer to: Support Professional, Communications

Effective Date: 10/14/2019

 

Sheena Weaver

Transfer from: Contingent, Professional Services

Transfer to: Support Professional, Student Life Office Manager

Effective Date: 9/23/2019

 

Kelsey McDonagh

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Assistant to Preschool Instructor, Preschool

Effective Date: 8/26/2019

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Separation:

Diana Miranda

Support Professional, Cashier’s Office

Effective Date: 10/12/2019

 

Retirement:

Bernadette Sutherlin

Utility Supervisor, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education

Effective Date: 12/14/2019

IT needs your help to keep software up to date

As part of Information Technology’s drive to deliver innovative and amazing technologies, we need to ensure that both your computer and software remain up to date. Unfortunately, these updates can be disruptive to your work – no one likes getting prompted to restart their computer every 15 minutes.

Therefore, Information Technology performs Windows updates as well as other software maintenance remotely to campus computers on Thursday evenings while you are out of the office. We can’t do this, however, if your computer is turned off.

To ensure that these updates do not interfere with your work, we ask that you please leave your computers on when you depart for the day. This will ensure that the updates will run during your absence. You can resume normal shutdown procedures on Friday.

Mathematics Seminar is today

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, October 16, 3-4 PM in 102 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC mathematics instructor Andrea Hayes. For the title and abstract of her talk, please see below.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served at 2:45 PM.

The Mathematics of Photography

Have you ever wondered what makes some photographs stunning while others are forgettable? Is it a state-of-the-art camera, a well-made lens, or simply a “good eye”?  The true secret to a great photograph is mathematics.  This talk will discuss different mathematical concepts and how photographers use them to make their photographs stand out.

Fountain Street to close Oct. 21

Fountain Street between Ransom and Lafayette will close to through-traffic from Monday, October 21, to Friday, November 15, to allow for needed utility work for the ATC expansion project. Pedestrian traffic will be maintained.  Shipping and Receiving will be re-routed as needed.  Remaining sections of Fountain Street will support two-way traffic.  Please follow posted detour signs.

 

GRCC In the News, 10-15-19

West Michigan reacts to violence in Middle East

Oct. 14, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.– Just hours after President Trump announced economic sanctions on Turkey for its offensive against ethnic Kurds in Syria, President Trump called the Turkish President requesting a ceasefire.

… Ali Erhan is Turkish. He’s a professor at Grand Rapids Community College.

Grand Rapids schools might launch two new career academies next year

Oct. 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Board of Education on Monday, Oct. 14, reviewed two new career academies proposed for Ottawa Hills High School the 2020-21 school year.

… In 2017-18, the district launched an Early/Middle College program at the school to help recruit and retain students. After five years, students can earn both their diploma and an associate of arts degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Kendall College of Art and Design, Indiana community college ink transfer agreement

Oct. 15, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University and Indiana-based Ivy Tech Community College have an agreement to provide a new pathway toward a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from KCAD.

… KCAD’s other college agreements are with Grand Rapids Community College’s Residential Construction program for Interior Design and Kalamazoo Valley Community College for Graphic Design.