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CWIS to be down for maintenance June 15

June 14, 2017

CWIS (PeopleSoft Student, Financials, HR, and the Online Center) will be down for required maintenance from 10 p.m. June 15 until 7 a.m. June 16.

GRCC In the News, 6-14-17

June 14, 2017

Grand Rapids nonprofit renovates new houses for the homeless

June 13, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A local nonprofit that provides low-cost housing to those who are homeless in the community is expanding its presence in Grand Rapids.

… Training funded through the new grant will include lead safety, dust containment, zero waste goals and renewable energy sources. The grant also funds sustainability workshops for tenants and neighbors, peer-to-peer mentoring and connects tenants to Grand Rapids Community College’s residential construction program.

First Lady Snyder announces members of Campus Sexual Assault Workgroup

June 13, 2017; uppermichiganssource.com

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) – First Lady Sue Snyder today announced the members who will serve on the Campus Sexual Assault Workgroup tasked with developing resources for assault survivors.

… Kimberly DeVries of Hudsonville is the director of equal opportunity compliance and is the Title IX coordinator at Grand Rapids Community College. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and telecommunications from the University of Georgia and earned a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. She will represent Title IX coordinators.

Board to interview candidates today

June 14, 2017

The Board of Trustees will interview three candidates for the vacant seat from 1-3:30 p.m. today in room 500 in the Main Building.

Here is the schedule:

  • 1:15 p.m. — C.J. Shroll.
  • 2 p.m. — Sheryl Siegel.
  • 2:45 p.m. — Carlos Sanchez.

Brief deliberations will follow at 3:15 p.m., but the board will vote on a candidate during its meeting at 4:15 p.m. June 18.

SLT Profile: Health and Safety

June 14, 2017
The Health and Safety team is a relatively new cross-college team, which was started following a college-sponsored risk-management audit.

Team members include:

  • Vicki Janowiak, Operational Planning
  • Jim Peterson, Financial Services & Risk Management
  • Jeff Danner, School of Workforce Development
  • Dan Groh, Physical Sciences
  • Maria Herrera-Belmares, Human Resources
  • Mansfield Matthewson, Purchasing
  • Scott Martin, Facilities
  • Rick Vanderveen, Ford Fieldhouse
  • Becky Whitman, GRCC Campus Police
  • Nick Pinckney, Manufacturing
  • Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft, Nursing
  • Infection Control Officer Kelli Fedder, Dental

As a result of the audit, the Risk Management Oversight team was established, and the Health and Safety team was formed as a sub-team of the Risk Management Oversight Team to:

  • Assess health and safety needs.
  • Update policies and procedures.
  • Promote and monitor compliance and community responsibility.

The first major effort of the team was to update the Hazard Communication Policy. The team is now working on long overdue updates to the Chemical Hygiene and Lab Safety Policy and plan, and the Bloodborne Pathogens and Exposure Control Policy and plan. Future work will include completing the Communicable Disease Policy, and then taking the four policies to the college policy committee for approval.

Work in 2017-18 will also include:

  • Implementing procedures and reporting requirements for each of the policies.
  • Providing information online.
  • Establishing review and monitoring process.

GRCC In the News, 6-13-17

June 13, 2017

3 candidates apply for Grand Rapids Community College board vacancy

June 13, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College trustees next week are scheduled to choose one of three applicants to temporarily fill the board seat of Bert Bleke, who stepped down June 8.

Professional development session looks at culture of belonging

June 13, 2017
Jamie Washington

Jamie Washington

Update: Dr. Washington’s talk has been moved to the Spectrum Theater.

Much research has been done on the impact of a sense of belonging. Most leaders in business, education, and government would agree that creating a culture in which people feel wanted and included is one of their biggest challenges.

We are pleased to announce that GRCC’s Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion and the College Action Project 1.1.3-Inclusion Team are bringing Dr. Jamie Washington to campus to talk with faculty and staff about their role in creating a culture of belonging.  Dr. Washington will speak on Thursday, June 22, at 1:30 p.m. in Spectrum Theater.  More information and a registration link are available here.

The sessions are designed to invite participants to consider their individual and collective roles for creating a culture of belonging. If you have questions, please let CAP co-chairs Sophia Brewer, sbrewer@grcc.edu, or Tamber Bustance, tbustance@grcc.edu, know.

GRCC In the News, 6-12-17

June 12, 2017

Summer safety tips for motorcyclists, drivers

June 11, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – As the temperature continues to rise this summer, so do the number of motorcycles on the road. Be sure you know how to stay safe if you’re riding one, or if you’re driving near one!

WZZM 13 asked Grand Rapids Community College Bike Safety Instructor Steven Lick to share some tips on how to stay safe while riding, as well as what drivers should be on the look out for.

St. Patrick ready for Regional

June 9, 2017; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

PORTLAND — The varsity baseball coaching staff of St. Patrick set a goal this year and there is a certainty that comes with goals. If you set one goal and attain it, good things always come from it. Some coaches put their eye on one thing – a conference title, or maybe even a regional title if they think their team might be good enough heading into a season.

… That foundation comes from (Bryan) Scheurer’s past, and his present. He played ball on St. Patrick fields from 1993-96 and then, without any offers at the next level signed up with Doug Wabeke at Grand Rapids Community College and his nationally acclaimed baseball team. He only played one year at GRCC and they won a national championship. “After your team wins a national championship, you gain a bit more notice,” Scheurer said, tongue in cheek. He jumped on the Chippewa bandwagon, accepting a scholarship from Central Michigan University. He played center and batted lead off for Steve Jaksa and learned some of the intricacies of hitting from Dave Grewe. He earned honors as an Academic All-American and he still holds a place in the Chippewa all-time record books bagging 18 doubles in 2001.

Michigan Virtual Charter Academy to Hold In-Person Graduation Ceremony

June 9, 2017; WMBF

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — (BUSINESS WIRE) Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA), a full-time online public charter school, authorized by Grand Valley State University and serving grades K-12, will hold a commencement ceremony for the Class of 2017 on Saturday, June 17th.

… Members of the Class of 2017 report being accepted to the following colleges and universities: Michigan State University, Schoolcraft College, North Central College, Grand Rapids Community College, Wayne Community College, Alpena Community College, Spring Arbor University, Saginaw Valley State University and Lansing Community College.

Ride the Rapid and Max buses for free on Clean Air Action Days

June 12, 2017

On summer days when air quality is unhealthy, Clean Air Action days are announced. On these days, to encourage the use of public transportation and reduce pollution, the Rapid bus in Kent County and Max bus in Holland are free.

 

College Channel programming through June 16

June 12, 2017

The latest schedule, through June 16, for the College Channel includes the June 5 board of trustees meeting.

GRCC recognized for Exercise is Medicine program

June 12, 2017

On May 31, Exercise is Medicine® officially recognized GRCC among the 61 colleges and universities from around the world that participated in the EIM on Campus program. The initiative is meant to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health to campus communities. The awards were given as part of the 2017 Exercise is Medicine® World Congress, held in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado.

“Each of these campuses has made a difference at their school by making physical activity a priority,” said Dr. Carena Winters, chair of the Exercise is Medicine on Campus program. “These college and university leaders are making movement a part of the daily campus culture and providing students the tools necessary to strengthen healthy physical activity habits that will benefit them throughout their life.”

GRCC In the News, 6-9-17

June 9, 2017

New restaurant to open at former Forest Hills Inn spot

June 8, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI –  Nearly a year after longtime Forest Hills Inn closed, a new restaurant is under construction on the site.

… (Adam) Watts has long been part of the West Michigan restaurant scene, having served as executive chef at numerous restaurants. The Grand Haven native graduated from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts at Grand Rapids Community College, and began his restaurant career at the famed Tapawingo Restaurant in Northern Michigan. He has since spent time as a chef in Scotland, California and Colorado. Locally, he helped open Rustica in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids Brewing Company and Slows Bar-BQ in the Downtown Market.

Central, Cyber School graduates celebrate success

June 8, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

Families and friends cheered as pictures of Wednesday night’s graduates played in a slideshow.

… Looking ahead to the fall, 16-year-old Emma Chase said she plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College and later study to be a doctor.

Fulton Street to be closed on June 11

June 9, 2017

If you plan to travel around campus this weekend, be aware that Fulton Street will be closed between Ransom and Jefferson avenues from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 for utility work.

GRCC to get new multifunction copier/printers

June 9, 2017

Konica Minolta has been awarded the bid for campus multifunction equipment. Starting Monday, team members from Konica will be on campus to visit the areas where the current Canons reside to assure the replacement equipment is right sized for the area. They will be very respectful of your time and will only ask questions if needed. The college is looking at implementing the equipment and software sometime between the end of July through the first part of August. Training dates, times and places will be sent out as soon as arrangements have been made. This is a very exciting time for the Enterprise Printing Program.

GRCC In the News, 6-8-17

June 8, 2017

Court decision affirms university’s right to ban guns

June 7, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the University of Michigan can ban guns on its campus. It’s a decision that is sure to add fuel to the fire surrounding the intersection between gun rights and campus safety.

… Grand Valley State and Western Michigan universities along with Grand Rapids Community College all have bans on guns in their buildings and facilities. It’s a tradition that makes sense, according to Hurley.

Hope College receives $378K to help high school kids pursue degrees

June 7, 2017; MLive

HOLLAND, MI – Hope College’s Upward Bound Program has been awarded a federal TRIO programs grant totaling $378,121 to continue programming that provides academic skills and motivation for high school students in their pursuit of a post-secondary education.

… A number of schools offer Upward Bound programs in the state, including Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Muskegon Community College in West Michigan.

Service office open late on Tuesdays

June 8, 2017

Some GRCC service offices will be open late on Tuesdays during the summer:

  • Enrollment Center —  The last placement test begins at 5:30 p.m. The phones will be open until 6:45 p.m. Walk-in appointments will be accepted until 7 p.m.
  • Financial Aid — The phones are open until 6:45 p.m.; walk-in appointments will be taken until 7 p.m.
  • Counseling Center — Tuesday evening services include appointment scheduling. The phones are open until 6:45 p.m. You can walk in to make an appointment until 7 p.m.