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GRCC In the News, 8-17-17

August 17, 2017

Man sentenced to life in prison for killing woman on GRCC campus

Aug. 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A 20-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison with no parole Wednesday, Aug. 16, for fatally stabbing a homeless woman.

Marcus Bivins approached Jeanne Huntoon, 34, near a parking ramp on the Grand Rapids Community College campus at about 2:30 a.m. April 30, 2016, police said, later stabbing and beating the woman to death.

Street preacher battles two city ordinances, says they stifle free speech

Aug. 15, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – If you’re reciting scripture on a city sidewalk and someone complains, are you breaking the law?

… (Stephen) Nylen is outreach and evangelism chair at New City Fellowship OPC, 700 Burton Street SE, according to his Facebook page. He studied at Grace Bible College and Grand Rapids Community College and attended Ottawa Hills High School.


Learning Center adds dean of students, counselor

August 17, 2017
Reedell Homes

Reedell Homes

The Grand Rapids Learning Center is welcoming two new Grand Rapids Public Schools staff members:

Reedell Homes, the new dean of students, was most recently a GRPS principal and assistant principal. He also was a middle school principal in Muskegon Heights for eight years and superintendent of WayPoint Charter Academy in Muskegon for almost three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in education from Mississippi Valley State University and a master’s in educational leadership from Grand Valley State University.

His office is in 101C Sneden.



Leah Young

Leah Young

Leah Young, the new Learning Center counselor, has worked for eight years at Central High and Ottawa Hills High schools. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s in counseling from Western Michigan University. She is a licensed school counselor and is working on a master’s degree in urban education at Davenport University.

Her office is in room 105 Sneden.

Live United: Pre-campaign Wolverine Worldwide Shoe Sale fundraising event

August 17, 2017

Heart of West Michigan United Way is celebrating 100 years in our community this year and you will be hearing a lot about that in our fall fundraising campaign to benefit its programs. Until then, get into the spirit of giving by attending the annual Wolverine World Wide Shoe Sale on Aug. 24. All the proceeds from the sale will benefit Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Godfrey Avenue to close August 18 for repairs

August 17, 2017

If you’re planning to travel near Tassell M-TEC on August 18, be aware that Godfrey Avenue SW will be closed from Hall to Martha streets for water basin repairs. The suggested northbound detour is from Hall to Grandville to Rumsey streets; the suggested southbound route is Rumsey to Grandville to Hall.

‘Emergency Evacuation Drill, Test, and Exercise’ on Thursday, August 17

August 16, 2017

On Thursday, Aug. 17, GRCC will be conducting its annual Emergency Evacuation Drill, Test and Exercise as required by the Clery Act. At, or shortly after, 10 a.m. Campus Police and the Communications Department will send out a notice via the Emergency Phone Alert System and RAVE system advising everyone of a TEST tornado drill.

Everyone on campus will be required to evacuate to the nearest tornado shelter location. As a reminder, the shelter locations can be found on the evacuation maps located in classrooms, public meeting spaces, and on the Campus Police website. Building Coordinators (as identified in the college’s Emergency Response Framework) will assist in directing people to the appropriate shelter locations. Once everyone is safely in the shelters, we will give the all-clear, and everyone can return to their normal activities.

If you are aware of an activity on campus that would be significantly impacted by this drill between 10-10:30 a.m., please contact Chief Whitman as soon as possible via email, with the event and room number for clarification of compliance. (We have already addressed Fast Track and Accuplacer testing in the ATC).

At 1 p.m., GRCC’s Emergency Management Team, along with local police, fire, and EMS partners, will be participating in a table top exercise to practice our response to a significant weather emergency. The scenario for the exercise is a tornado touch down and damage to a portion of the GRCC campus. Our objectives include: discussion of internal actions in response to this type of emergency, decision making in the absence of critical information, communication processes, interaction with our community partners, as well as development of recovery plans.

We will send out a debrief of the day’s events, and summary of our take aways early next week. If you have any questions or concerns about the Emergency Evacuation Drill, Test, or Table Top Exercise, please contact Vicki Janowiak at 234-3565 or Chief Rebecca Whitman at 234-4012.


Rebecca Whitman, Campus Police Chief

Grand Rapids Community College, (616) 234-4012


Volunteers Needed at Fall Semester Information Stations

August 16, 2017

Student Life is requesting volunteers to help with the Information Stations that will be set up for the first three days of the new semester. If you’ve volunteered in the past, you know that sharing in the excitement of new opportunities, easing nerves, and helping students find their way is a great way to start the semester and show our students that we support them.

As we have in the recent past, we will have stations set up Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, August 28 through August 31 in four locations. The stations on the north end of the Dr. Juan Olivarez Plaza, the first floor of Sneden and the fourth floor of the Main Building will be open from 7:15 am to 6:15 pm on Monday and Tuesday and from 8 am to noon on Wednesday. The station at the second floor entrance of the ATC will be open from 6-5:15 pm.

Here’s a link to the sign-up sheet:

More details to follow next week.

Konica Minolta Printer Project Update – August 16, 2017

August 16, 2017

Hardware – Konica Minolta MFPs: The last printers are being installed in the Tassell MTEC, and all three Holland locations. This will be the last day of Konica’s onsite presence at GRCC.

Software – PaperCut: 95% of the new 109 installed MFPs will have full functionality by midday today. The MFPs listed below are on the priority issues list:

  • 301 Cook (CNA Testing)
  • 104 Music (Lounge) – Awaiting wiring
  • 131 ATC (Manufacturing)
  • 113 FFH
  • 102 Lyon (Police Dispatch)
  • A109 Preschool
  • 2 Student Center (Student Life)
  • 224 Student Center (Food Services)

Tomorrow’s communication will provide status for these units.

Existing Desktop Printers: Desktop printers will be migrated to using PaperCut. Offices that currently have these units will be contacted regarding the software change process.

Printing Using Personal Devices: IT Infrastructure is currently working on universal web-based access for personal device printing. Updates will be provided.

The project team thanks you all for your great patience. Please contact Olwen Urquhart (x3054) with your questions.

GRCC In the News, 8-16-17

August 16, 2017

Street preacher battles two city ordinances, says they stifle free speech
8/15/17 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – If you’re reciting scripture on a city sidewalk and someone complains, are you breaking the law?
… Nylen is outreach and evangelism chair at New City Fellowship OPC, 700 Burton Street SE, according to his Facebook page. He studied at Grace Bible College and Grand Rapids Community College and attended Ottawa Hills High School.

GRCC In the News, 8-15-17

August 15, 2017

Race initiative leader: Lack of progress exposed

Aug. 14, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan groups focused on equality are speaking out as racially-charged protests continue in Charlottesville, Virginia.

… “It was something we saw that we did not want to look at,” Dr. Bill Pink, co-chair of the new initiative and president of Grand Rapids Community College, said of racism. “It was ugly. We want to believe that we’re beyond that.”

Chamber announces ATHENA winner

Aug. 10, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local chamber of commerce has selected a health insurance executive as the recipient of its annual award geared toward women in leadership roles.

… The other 2017 ATHENA Award finalists were Lori Burgess, executive director Kent County Girls on the Run; Carol Van Andel, executive director of the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation; Nkechy Ekere Ezeh, CEO of Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative; and Christy Buck, executive director of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan.

… 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Award finalists

… Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, DGRI

… Alyssa Veneklase, Gold Coast Doulas LLC

(Lorena Aguayo-Marquez works in Academic Outreach; Nkechy Ekere Ezeh and Alyssa Veneklase are GRCC alumnae.)

Pastry team tryouts streaming live

August 15, 2017

The tryouts for the U.S. team in the 2019 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie are streaming live today. Click on the link below. You will get instructions to “Watch this video on YouTube” — clicking on that will take you to the live stream on YouTube:

New IT ticketing system goes live on August 16

August 15, 2017

Colleagues: Information Technology has been notifying you since July of a new ticketing system that will be rolled out! We are now ready to go live tomorrow, Wednesday, August 16!

What does this mean for you?

Better service and information tracking when you contact IT!

If you receive an email from, no need to worry! That is from the new ticketing system. Below you’ll find what an email regarding a new ticket looks like.

Mail From: “David Houseman” File. Edit. View. Actions. Tools. Accounts. Window Help. Close. Reply. Reply All. Forward. (symbol for download) (symbol for trash) (symbol for print) (symbol for html) (symbol for plain text) Mail. Properties. Message Source. Discussion Thread. “David Houseman” 8/9/2017 1:20 PM Incident ID #: 326 – Created To: David Houseman. Details. Your request “Test” was created on Wed 8/9/17 1:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time. To view this request, click the link below: To comment on this item, reply to this email. TEAMDYNAMIX DO NOT ALTER OR REMOVE THIS CODE --- xwAkZPSwht2a8j48W/kvs31M1Xf4E+3TogenNIQK287fZxr631DfzD3M6u+siWUp1u6KagJyKwxm838FrotOrrfSY7y7NirUjka9ur+MVfHbUlghWvTyp03JK7Yn7tEN=oXbM0L4V7MA3kaKXYDyLLxCAdQS7k5cYxqildW5en/cn01a9lvF9jyTLzaby7ISbat7HeNAVkFxCvAfsAvTjxAYB-rVKbOsrYxKK9g32kJq/b86WCuQ0HuLIFYklbYOFrv9l-vrlxBCUqGIK2msux5L8L87149zMveQQRQX0iN-SOv-objYUh3XF7bVrAXk5n5hEbVylV105WC41imfL2jL1WbWobrPPQENbi4SirUxOp5Xflrxwx9Lb91dON9jASVhuw_ --- TEAMDYNAMIX DO NOT ALER OR REMOVE THIS CODE --- Pleas note that replies to notifications which are sixty (60) or more days old are considered invalid.

How to send in a ticket to IT

Customer Portal:

Log in at using your Campus Network credentials (same as you log into your computer). Please note that at this time, this system is not available off campus.


Send an email to, this will automatically create a ticket for you just as it always has.

Key Features

Customers will also be able to open and close their own tickets through the customer portal without having to contact IT! Likewise, you can check the latest status in the ticketing feed, keeping you informed minute by minute with what actions have taken place on your ticket.

Additionally, you can search for answers to your questions prior to submitting a ticket in our Knowledgebase. If an answer is not immediately available, keep checking back as we continue to add to it.

If you are interested in learning more about the new ticketing system and would like individualize training on how to submit requests, search articles, and check the status of your tickets, please contact the IT Customer Support Desk at 234-4357 or

We hope you thoroughly enjoy the new system!

Demonstration and free samples at ‘Farmers Market Bounty’ event

August 15, 2017

Learn about the positive effects of brightly colored fruits and veggies with Spectrum HealthSTRIVE culinary medicine team members Krista Gast, Spectrum Health Registered Dietitian and Werner Absenger, Ph.D., MSc, program director Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. They will present “Farmers Market Bounty: Nutrient Dense Eating Using Seasonal Fare” from noon to 1 p.m. Aug. 16 at 161 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 173, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

Light and healthy snacks will be served and attendees will leave with recipes and a free reusable shopping tote. You can register for the free event by emailing

Be Well Wednesdays. Farmers Market Bounty: Nutrient Dense Eating Using Seasonal Fare. August 16, 2017, noon to 1 p.m. STRIVE, 161 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 173, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Learn about the positive effects of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Our culinary medicine team will demo samples for you to taste test. Take home: Recipes. Free reusable shopping tote. Presented by: Krista Gast, Spectrum Health Registered Dietitian and Werner Absenger, PhD, MSc., Program Director GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Free! Register at Bring a guest and introduce them to STRIVE. Light healthy snacks will be served. STRIVE. Powered by Spectrum Health.

GRCC In the News, 8-14-17

August 14, 2017

Culinary institute hosts tryouts for international pastry competition

Aug. 13, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

A group of six pastry chefs from across the country vying to represent the United States at the 2019 Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie in Lyon, France, will compete in the kitchens of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. The competing chefs are experts in sugar and chocolate.

West Michigan group aims to reduce food waste

Aug. 3, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — West Michigan throws away about 132,000 tons of food waste, and Southwest Michigan about 106,000 tons.

… Founding council members include representatives from SpartanNash, Meijer, Cocoa, Organicycle, Barfly Ventures, Bells Brewery, Gordon Food Service, Mercy Health, Spectrum Health, Creative Dining Services, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kent County Department of Public Works, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Secchia Institute at Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College, and Feeding America West Michigan.

Annual softball game played in memory of fallen Grand Rapids police office

Aug. 11, 2017; WZZM

GRANDVILLE, MICH. – This July marked 10 years since the death of Grand Rapids Police Officer Robert Kozminski and on Friday evening, an annual softball game was played in his memory.

Dozens came out to Wedgewood Park in Grandville for the game. While there, three students received the Officer Robert A. Kozminski Scholarship to aid them this fall. All three students are currently enrolled in the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.

Gravel Bottom Brewery plans two-part expansion in Ada, Grand Rapids

Aug. 13, 2017;

ADA — Matt Michiels has known for the last two years that he needed to expand his growing West Michigan craft brewery.

… “I know what I don’t know, and the restaurant is something that I’m going to need help on,” Michiels said, adding that he hopes to leverage connections at Grand Rapids Community College and within the industry.

Photos from Finance and Administration summer picnic

August 14, 2017

The Social Engagement Strategic Planning Team under Finance and Administration had a summer picnic on Thursday, Aug. 10. It was a nice sunny day, and we all had great food and fun!

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Konica Minolta project status update — August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

The printer replacement project continues with unchanged status. All printers should be in place by Wednesday of this week, and should be fully installed by August 18, 2017. The August 15, 2017, update will provide added details on lab coordinator and student training resources.