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GRCC Tech Day tomorrow in the Student Center

September 17, 2018

Tech Day poster. The text reads: "TECH day. Tuesday, September 18, 2018. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Student Center, Room 203, Raider Grille. Bring your electronic devices for FREE technical assistance!"

What: GRCC Tech Day

When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Student Center, Room 203, Raider Grille

Bring your electronic devices for FREE technical assistance!

Technicians will be on hand to assist with:

  • Free computer diagnostics.
  • Free and discounted software recommendations (Microsoft Office 365, Avast AVG, Malwarebytes, etc.).
  • Hardware recommendations (RAM, SSD, etc.).
  • Browser recommendations (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.).
  • Assist with virus, Malware, adware, and spyware scans.
  • New laptop recommendations.
  • Software training.

Assistance will also be offered for Blackboard, campus login, campus wifi, Online Student Center, and student email.

Free popcorn while it lasts!

GRCC In The News, 9-14-18

September 14, 2018

College opening manufacturing lab downtown
9/13/18 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A new educational manufacturing facility in downtown Grand Rapids is being unveiled next week.
… The opening event will be on Sept. 19 from 5:30-7 p.m., with remarks beginning at 6 p.m. by several officials: WMU President Edward Montgomery, GRCC President Bill Pink; Steven Butt, WMU Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering and Engineering Management chair and professor; and Autocam Medical President John Kennedy.

GRCC Employees on the Move through September 11, 2018

September 14, 2018

Please welcome our new employees and congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.

WELCOME TO GRCC

Katherine Pena

Support Professional, CIS/MANU/Applied/MADD

Effective 5-21-2018

 

Kanyn Doan

College Success Coach, Student Success Center

Effective: 7/2/2018

 

Abbey Atanasoff-Spencer

Support Professional, Child Development & Education

Effective: 7/16/2018

 

Leigh Jajuga

Web Content Manager, Communications

Effective Date: 7/30/2018

 

Nicole Evans

Assistant Professor of Biology

Effective: 8/23/2018

 

Jenifer Bourcier

Assistant Professor of Micro Biology

Effective: 8/23/2018

 

Teddie Buchner

Assistant Professor-Occupational Therapy Assistant Program/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Effective: 8/23/2018

 

Lilian Daisy Henderson

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Effective: 8/23/2018

 

Jessica Davis

Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Effective Date: 8/27/2018

 

Camille Milkie

Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Effective Date: 8/27/2018

 

Jessie Ortiz

Utilities Supervisor-Evenings

Effective Date: 9/4/2018

 

Heather Denhouter

Support Professional, Academic Advising & Transfer Center (AATC) & Counseling & Career Development (CCD)

Effective Date: 9/4/2018

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW POSITION

Delicia Wilondja

Transfer from: Support Professional, Human Resources Professional Development

Transfer to: Administrative Assistant, Human Resources

Effective: 5-21-2018

 

Lorena Aguayo-Marquez

Transfer from: Support Professional, Adult Education

Transfer to: Kellogg Community Recruitment Specialist

Effective: 5/22/2018

 

Traci Nichols

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Support Professional, Instructional Support

Effective: 6/2018/2018

 

Grace Blanchard

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Support Professional, Training Solutions

Effective: 6/19/2018

 

Kristen Spoelman

Transfer from: Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Transfer to: Faculty, ECCL Instructor

Effective Date: 6/25/2018

 

Claudia Jones

Transfer from: Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Transfer to: Faculty, ECCL Instructor

Effective Date: 6/25/2018

 

Kathleen White

Transfer from: Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Transfer to: Faculty, ECCL Instructor

Effective Date: 6/25/2018

 

David Houseman

Transfer from: IT Customer Support Tech

Transfer to: Application Packager, IT

Effective Date: 7/16/2018

 

Leann Garrison

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Support Professional, Language & Thought and Visual Arts

Effective date: 7/30/2018

 

Elino Cortes Figuereo

Transfer from: Support Professional, Enrollment Center

Transfer to: Support Professional, Adult Education

Effective date: 7/30/2018

 

Jermaine Reese

Transfer from: Faculty

Transfer to: Police & Corrections Academy Director, Criminal Justice

Effective: 7/2/2018

 

Laura Kennett

Transfer from: Faculty

Transfer to: Interim Associate Dean of Operations, School of Arts & Sciences

Effective: 7/2/2018

 

Lydia Cruz

Transfer from: FMLA Coordinator & Adjunct Faculty

Transfer to: Human Resources Recruiter

Effective: 7/16/2018

 

Jennifer Kelly

Transfer from: Payroll Specialist

Transfer to: Payroll & FMLA Coordinator

Effective: 7/16/2018

 

Angie Ramirez

Transfer from: Coordinator of Contingency Employment & Healthcare Reform

Transfer to: Coordinator of Adjunct Faculty & Contingency Employment

Effective: 7/16/2018

 

Jonathan Wheeler

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Support Professional, College Success Center

Effective date: 7/30/2018

 

James Setchfield

Transfer from: Student Success Coach

Transfer to: Program Support Coordinator, College Success Center

Effective Date: 7/30/2018

 

Nicole Dekker

Transfer from: Employee Events, Engagement and On-Boarding Coordinator

Transfer to: HRIS Specialist, Human Resources

Effective: 8/6/2018

 

Jennifer Batten

Transfer from: Interim Associate Dean of Operations, SAS

Transfer to: Faculty, Physical Sciences

Effective Date: 8/13/2018

 

Mandy Tomlinson

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: IT Customer Support Tech I

Effective Date: 8/13/2018

 

Kailee Whitcomb

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Effective Date: 8/20/2018

 

Sydney Goebel

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Effective Date: 8/20/2018

 

Daniel Estes

Transfer from: Adjunct

Transfer to: Assistant Professor of Mechanical Design

Effective: 8/23/2018

 

Arthur Ward

Transfer from: Adjunct

Transfer to: Assistant Professor of Mechanical Design

Effective: 8/23/2018

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Domingo Hernandez-Gomez

Director, Woodrick Center for Equity & Inclusion

Effective Date: 6/30/2018

 

Tamber Bustance

Diversity Development Manager, Woodrick Center for Equity & Inclusion

Effective Date: 7/6/2018

 

Christine Coon

Human Resources Generalist

Effective Date: 7/6/2018

 

Derek Brunn

Support Professional, Ford Fieldhouse

Effective Date: 8/11/2018

 

John Cowles

Dean, Student Success & Retention

Effective: 9/8/2018

 

Matthew Coullard

Coordinator of Graphic Services, Communications

Effective: 9/8/2018

 

Retirement:

Sara Yob

Professor, Training Solutions

Effective: 8/22/2018

 

Mary Lou Kersjes

Support Professional, Information Technology

Effective Date: 9/29/2018

 

Judith Larsen

Director, Grants and Resource Development

Effective Date: 10/13/2018

 

Ronald Graves

Support Professional, Financial Services

Effective: 1/1/19

Civic Engagement Week to include discussion of marijuana ballot proposal

September 14, 2018

A panel of experts will lead a discussion of the marijuana legalization ballot proposal on Sept. 19 as part of GRCC’s Civic Engagement Week.

The presentation, from 3-4:30 p.m. on the Student Center’s second-floor multipurpose room, will include time for students’ questions. The discussion will be of special interest to Social Sciences and Criminal Justice students.

State voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to legalize recreational marijuana. The Sept. 19 discussion, presented by the Student Life Office, will center on drug education and civic engagement.

Panel members are:

Updates to grcc.edu

September 14, 2018

The Communications Department, in partnership with IT, is eager to announce exciting updates to grcc.edu, including:

  • A homepage video that captures the spirit of our campus community, academics and athletics.
  • Less scrolling. Web content that extends the full width of the page when the right-hand sidebar is left unpopulated.
  • Print-friendly webpages. In the past, you may have noticed that printed webpages included the sidebar or other attributes that impeded readability. Now, printed webpages read as easily as documents.

These updates allow us to continue improving the user experience of prospective students, current students, faculty and staff.

If you have any questions, please contact commdept@grcc.edu.

GRCC receives Diversity Champion Award

September 14, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College was saluted as a 2018 Diversity Champion by Corp! magazine on Thursday.

The award was given in recognition of campus efforts to promote diversity and inclusion.

According to Corp!, the diversity champion category is for community organizations and nonprofits meeting criteria that include:

  • Being responsible for creating, sustaining, or promoting special programs, initiatives, strategies to capitalize on opportunities or respond to challenges tied to diversity, advancement of women and community support.
  • Encouraging community awareness, understanding and relationships in the name of diversity and inclusion.
  • Promoting diversity education and training.
  • Highlighting diversity events and accomplishments.
  • Fostering civic involvement to promote diversity and inclusion.

A recent example of these efforts is the “Build with Us” recruiting event that GRCC’s Purchasing Department co-hosted with the city of Grand Rapids. Service providers learned how to register as a supplier or subcontractor for the city and college, and GRCC’s computer lab was available for them to sign up during the event.

GRCC was one of 21 organizations statewide named a diversity champion. The magazine also saluted 27 Diversity Focused Companies and 29 individuals as Diversity Business Leaders.

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GRCC In The News, 9-13-18

September 13, 2018

NMU police academy graduate starts in Escanaba
9/13/18 Daily Press (Escanaba)
MARQUETTE — Samuel Austin Pouliot, 23, of Gladstone, graduated with academic honors from Northern Michigan University Police Academy on Aug. 21. He earned the most physically fit recruit award in his graduating class. He received an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and also earned credits through Ferris State University. He is a 2014 graduate of Gladstone High School.

So you want to open your own brewery?
9/12/18 sommbeer.com
Talk to just about any craft beer fan or homebrewer and they will likely tell you they fantasize about opening their own brewery some day. Well Dave Miller of Brewery 4 Two 4 in Holland, Michigan did just that.
Sommbeer: Easy to find the right people with the right skills?
Dave: Honestly it’s just me and Soren (working in the brewhouse). Soren came to me as an intern. He did the brewers program at GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College). The tricky part with getting somebody who’s fresh out of brewing school and doesn’t have a ton of experience…you can train them anyway you want but you also have to do all that training. Now that we are past that point, he can just do everything. The bar staff is pretty much people I knew from elsewhere. They are all awesome.

Putting Input Into Action sessions to be held starting next week

September 13, 2018

Human Resources is following up on the Opening Day presentation of the PACE (Personal Assessment of the College Environment) survey results. As we’ve done in past years, we are offering “Putting Input Into Action” sessions for employees to learn more about the results and to talk about what improvement looks like. We hope to see you at one of our sessions where you can take advantage of the opportunity to engage in the discussions around improvement.

  • Wednesday September 19 from 10:30AM to 12:00PM
  • Tuesday October 23 from 3:00PM to 4:30PM
  • Friday November 9 from 1:00PM to 2:30PM
  • Monday December 3 from 3:30PM to 5:00PM

To register for a session please visit our Learning Opportunities Registration webpage. For questions, please contact Jessica Berens in Human Resources at jberens@grcc.edu or ext. 3179

GRCC Science Talks Begin this Monday with “Unlocking the Sun”

September 13, 2018

An image of the sun using Spectroscopy. The sun is depicted in shades of green, brown, and blue.

Unlocking the Sun: Spectroscopy in the 1800s

  • Monday, September 17, 2018, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Have you ever wondered how we know what the sun is made of, even though it’s too hot to visit?

The story of how we discovered the chemical makeup of our own star combines chemistry, physics, and astronomy in a tale of mystery, far-flung expeditions, and unexpected discoveries. After an overview of spectroscopy, assistant professor Lauren Woolsey will take us through the secrets of the sun from this turning point in science history.

Dr. Woolsey is a Harvard-trained expert in astronomy, solar physics, and exoplanets.

Future GRCC Science Talks will include:

  • 11/05/2018: “Species Conservation: How we got here and what can still be done” – 3:45 p.m., Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348
  • 02/21/2019: “Epigenetics and Colon Cancer: A tale of mice, microbes, and methyl groups” – 4 p.m., Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348
  • 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 timothyperiard@grcc.edu with any questions.

GRCC Tech Day Next Tuesday in the Student Center

September 13, 2018

Tech Day poster. The text reads: "TECH day. Tuesday, September 18, 2018. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Student Center, Room 203, Raider Grille. Bring your electronic devices for FREE technical assistance!"

What: GRCC Tech Day

When: Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Where: Student Center, Room 203, Raider Grille

Bring your electronic devices for FREE technical assistance!

Technicians will be on hand to assist with:

  • Free computer diagnostics.
  • Free and discounted software recommendations (Microsoft Office 365, Avast AVG, Malwarebytes, etc.).
  • Hardware recommendations (RAM, SSD, etc.).
  • Browser recommendations (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.).
  • Assist with virus, Malware, adware, and spyware scans.
  • New laptop recommendations.
  • Software training.
  • Assistance will also be offered for Blackboard, campus login, campus wifi, Online Student Center, and student email.

Free popcorn while it lasts!

GRCC In The News, 9-12-18

September 12, 2018

She got an early jump on college in high school; now she’s on campus
9/11/18 schoolnewsnetwork.org
Outside Grand Rapids Community College’s Sneden Hall before her morning Principles of Economics class, Lauren Kramer reflected on ways she’s benefiting from being both a Wyoming High School and GRCC student through the Wyoming Middle College.

GRCC In The News, 9-11-18

September 11, 2018

Grand Rapids designer makes his debut at New York Fashion Week
9/10/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids designer RC Caylan made his New York Fashion Week debut Powered By Art Hearts Fashion NYFW.
RC finally achieved what hes been dreaming of all his life to finish a fashion designing degree at the GRCC School of Fashion And Interior Design.

Grand Rapids welcomes college students during GR College Week
9/10/18 The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)
Grand Rapids welcomes college students to explore the city during the annual GR College Week. From Monday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 16, the city will open its arms to all college students within the area as a week designed to get students out and about in the city of Grand Rapids.
GR College Week is not just for GVSU students; it is a joint effort between the city and all of the different colleges that are located nearby. Students from Grand Rapids Community College, Calvin College, Ferris State University and other surrounding communities are welcome to participate in the events as well.

Petoskey grads Lewis, Hoffman help collegiate teams to wins
9/11/18 Petoskey News-Review
… Aquinas (cross country team) finished eighth out of 23 teams and will next take part in the Grand Rapids Community College Raider Invite on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Fall series of Weight Watchers at Work needs 2 more members!

September 11, 2018

We are two members away from our 15 member minimum to continue with Weight Watchers at Work, so if you’ve been thinking about joining, now is the perfect time! Our current members have collectively lost over 500 pounds since January!

Cost for the program is $156 for 12 weeks of on-campus meetings (on Thursdays) beginning September 13th and online e-tool access. Did you also know that if you take advantage of the Flex Spending Account, the cost of the program could be covered with a medical necessity doctor’s note? For more information, please contact the Benefits Office. If you’d like to join, please attend our next meeting on Thursday, September 13th, at 12:30 p.m. in room 144 Main to register and submit payment. Payment can be made via credit/debit card or check.

Questions? Please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848, nicoledekker2@grcc.edu).

Condolences to Mursalata Muhammad

September 11, 2018

We extend our condolences to Mursalata Muhammad in the English Department for the death of her 24 year-old godson, Lieutenant Junior Grade Asante McCalla. LT McCalla was reported missing at sea on August 19 and declared deceased on August 22, 2018. LT McCalla was an Officer in the Navy on the U.S.S. Lake Erie and died while on-duty serving our country.

Upcoming Mind-Body Wellness Events from Counseling & Career Development

September 11, 2018

Counseling & Career Development is presenting a series of Mind-Body Wellness events this Fall. These events are intended to promote student wellness, particularly their mental and emotional health and resiliency. We’re trying out some new offerings and formats this semester, including weekly mindfulness meditation and tai chi activities, as well as brief talks with nutritious snacks. These will be held at a variety of locations across campus. The September flyer is below; the events are also listed on the Raider Connect platform, where students can RSVP (not required, but helpful!).

All GRCC students, faculty, & staff are welcome. Questions? Call (616) 234-4130, email enisley@grcc.edu, or check out grcc.edu/counseling. Those in need of accommodations, please contact DSS in advance at (616) 234-4140.

Flier for the Mind-Body Wellness Series. Text reads: "GRCC Counseling & Career Development’s Mind-Body Wellness Series: September 2018 Events. (1.) Mindfulness Meditation: Mondays, starting September 10, 12-12:30 p.m., Meditation and Prayer Room, Main Floor Library and Learning Commons. Did you know that regular practice of mindfulness meditation can reduce stress, improve attention and concentration, increase feelings of connectedness, and may strengthen the immune system and improve stress-related physical and mental health conditions? Want to check it out for yourself? Join us for any of our weekly mindfulness meditation sessions to learn how to meditate or build on any previous meditation experience you may have. GRCC counselor, Emily Nisley, will facilitate sessions using a variety of common mindfulness meditation exercises. Our practice will be secular; no particular religious or spiritual beliefs are required. Chairs and floor seating are available; you’re welcome to bring a mat, cushion, towel, and/or blanket for more comfortable floor seating if desired. (2.) Tai Chi & Tea: Tuesdays, starting September 11, 12-1 p.m., Student Center Room 336. Originally developed in ancient China, tai chi is an exercise with benefits for the mind and body. Regular practice of tai chi’s slow, continuous movements with coordinated breathing and mental focus can decrease feelings of stress, improve mood, and increase strength, flexibility, and balance. The tai chi style we’ll practice was designed to be safe and gentle; it can even be done seated if needed. GRCC counselor Emily Nisley will lead the sessions, with about 45 minutes of tai chi, followed by time to enjoy a cup of tea together if you’d like. No experience necessary. Clothes you can move in and flat-soled shoes are recommended. Those with a health condition should consult their health care provider before beginning tai chi. (3.) Zzz’s Get Degrees!: Thursday, September 20, 1:30-2 p.m., Sneden Hall Room 103; Wednesday, September 26, 11-11:30 a.m., Cook Hall Room 213. Getting enough good-quality sleep lays a foundation for physical and emotional wellness, and is vital for maximizing the power of your attention and memory to achieve academic success. Despite this, there’s practically an epidemic of sleep deprivation amongst college students! Join us to learn how sleep (or lack thereof) impacts academic performance and health. Assess your own sleep quality and leave with 10 strategies for improving your sleep right away! Light refreshments will be served (while they last). All GRCC students, faculty, & staff are welcome. Questions? (616) 234-4130 enisley@grcc.edu grcc.edu/counseling. Those in need of accommodations, please contact DSS in advance at (616) 234-4140."