Happy GRCC Homecoming week!

Homecoming graphic in white and gold on a dark blue background. The text reads: "GRCC Homecoming. Stepping Back In Time. January 14-18, 2019."

Welcome to Homecoming week at GRCC! There are different activities each day to help us celebrate.

  • Monday, 01/14: Involvement Day; Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse Rededication Ceremony
  • Tuesday, 01/15: Dive-in Movie: Finding Dory!
  • Wednesday, 01/16: Throwback Vibes
  • Thursday, 01/17: Pep Rally
  • Friday, 01/18: Homecoming Tailgate; GRCC Women’s and Men’s Basketball Games

For more information about any of the activities planned for this week, visit the Homecoming page.

GRCC In The News, 01-11-19

Rees Scholarship Foundation gives $65,000 to aspiring HVACR technicians
1/10/19 snipsmag.com
The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), recently announced scholarship awards totaling $65,000 to 39 students, including five military veteran program recipients, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.
… HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:
… Paul Paiz, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

Grand Rapids CC goes contactless
1/10/19 cr80news.com (newsletter for the ID card industry)
Grand Rapids Community College has upgraded its RaiderCard, going contactless for a wide range of on-campus transactions.

Southwestern Michigan College Stops State Lawsuit After New Legislation Passed
1/10/19 ccnewsnow.com
A lawsuit filed on Jan. 4 by Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) against the Michigan’s Office of the Auditor General was dropped after a new law changed how community colleges in the state should give to a state-run teacher retirement program.
… Estimated unpaid contributions from other schools in Michigan included:
… Grand Rapids Community College: about $93,000

Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance announces resignation of executive director
1/10/19 WGVU
On Wednesday, the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance also known as LEDA, announced the resignation of Latoya Booker, the executive director. Booker has been in the role since the summer of 2017.
… (Interim Executive Director Christine) Arnold recently retired from Grand Rapids Community College where she served as the director of the Bob and Alecia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

GRCC alumnus in “Photographers Without Borders” docuseries

GRCC alumnus Damari McBride is the featured photographer in the January 2019 episode of the series Photographers Without Borders. His episode, Beyond the Gun, dissects the complexities of South Africa’s poaching epidemic.

While at GRCC, Mr. McBride participated in Service-Learning and helped lead the Black Student Union. He went on to receive his undergrad at Ferris State University.

Former GRCC Biodiversity Student from Tanzania Now at Harvard Medical School

Fahmy Mamuya, a former Biodiversity Biology student from Arusha, Tanzania, is currently a medical writer and part of a multi-disciplinary research team at Harvard University in the Harvard Medical School.

After GRCC, Fahmy received his PhD in Cell and Organ Systems Physiology at the University of Delaware, followed by an MBA at the same university. He is an expert in cell culture and confocal microscopy. Fahmy has also had NIH-based research scholarships of vision physiology at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Fahmy believes, “…medical research can continue to transcend, and the impact can be harvested through effective communication to diverse audiences.”

Congratulations to this amazing GRCC alumnus, and to our science department for helping Fahmy get started!

Salute to Women deadline extended to February 1

The Salute to Women Award honors GRCC women who are exemplary in their roles as professionals, volunteers, or agents of change. Each year, this award celebrates the diversity of women’s accomplishments at the college and encourages young women to pursue pathways to achievement.

Nominations for the 2019 Salute to Women Awards must be submitted by February 1, 2019!

Nomination Categories:

  • GRCC Alumna
  • GRCC Employee
  • GRCC Student
  • GRCC Former Employee

Recipient Criteria*:

  • Commitment to community service as evidenced by time and resources given.
  • Achievement within her profession or community noted by her impact, demonstrated success recognition by her peers, and the difference she makes to others.
  • Leadership indicated by her innovation, strength, flexibility, and risk-taking.
  • Empowers and inspires other women as a mentor, role model, and friend.
  • Has a positive impact on and is involved with students.

* Not all suggested criteria are necessary, nor is this list intended to be limiting.

Online nomination form is online on our website: https://www.grcc.edu/thebobandaleiciawoodrickcenterforequityandinclusion/programs/salutetowomen/salutetowomen

 

Thank You From the Abid Family

A message from Steve Abid:

We would like to express sincere gratitude to the GRCC community for your tremendous outpouring of sympathy and support with the passing of Maureen Abid. Thank you to all who came to the visitation or funeral and to those who sent cards and messages. Words can never express how you have helped us through this tough time. When Dr. Pink refers to the GRCC Family – he is right on point!

We apologize for this impersonal message, but please know that we send you our heartfelt gratitude.

Steve Abid and family

Only two more chances to see “The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey”

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GRCC Players present The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne.

The Story: Chuck unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind.

  • January 10 – 12 at 8 p.m.
  • Spectrum Theater Lab Space (Room 201)
  • Limited seats; call 234-3946 for tickets
  • Cost: $5 GRCC students; $10 GRCC staff

GRCC Student cast includes: Eden Heimer, Elijah Lewis, Alexus Voss, Nio Walton, and Trent Woodman.

Road Closure Notice: intersection of Ionia and Lyon

Starting TODAY, January 11, the Ionia Ave. and Lyon St. intersection will be under construction.

WHERE:

  • Lyon St., from Ionia to Division.
  • Ionia Ave., from Pearl to Crescent.

WHEN: Friday, January 11, 2019, 8:30 a.m. – Sunday, January 13, 2019, 4 p.m.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Urgent utility work in the northeast corner of the intersection.

CLOSURE TYPE:

  • Detouring westbound Lyon at Division.
  • Closing one lane on Ionia and shifting traffic around work area on west side.

DETOUR ROUTE: Westbound Lyon Division to Pearl to Monroe.

 

GRCC In The News, 01-10-19

Community college drops lawsuit against state over payments to retirement fund
1/9/19 MLive
DOWAGIAC, MI — A lawsuit brought against the state of Michigan by a local community college was dropped after legislation changed how Michigan’s community colleges should contribute to the state-run teacher retirement program in the future, and after unpaid contributions were paid off.
… Southwestern Michigan College, a community college in Dowagiac, sued the state of Michigan’s Office of the Auditor General over the investigation.
… Grand Rapids Community College was billed about $93,000, according to the September estimations from the Office of Retirement Services. Kalamazoo Valley Community College owed about $330,000.

‘Racial discrimination’: Players sue Maricopa Community Colleges over cutting football
1/9/19 Arizona Republic
Eleven African-American football players are suing the Maricopa County Community College District in federal court over its decision to end the football program.
… Among the junior colleges that have cut football since 2010: Rock Valley College, Joliet Junior College and Harper College, all in Illinois, and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. All of those schools cited financial reasons.

Jayhawk women use strong third quarter to pull away from Grand Rapids
1/10/19 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)
The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team defeated Grand Rapids Community College 69-56 on Wednesday night.

Tony Annese radio interview: Coaching ‘greatest fraternity known to man’
1/10/19 MLive
MUSKEGON — Tony Annese was one of the guests on The Power Hour weekly radio show Wednesday, Jan. 9 on WLCS-FM 98.3.
The Ferris State University football coach, who led the Bulldogs to the Division II national championship game, guided Muskegon High School to three Division 2 state titles (2004, 2006, 2008) during his nine seasons at the helm.
(This article doesn’t mention it, but Tony Annese coached football at GRCC.)

Ranger Steve’s Nature Niche: Birds Collide with Buildings
12/27/18 The Rockford Squire
Nearly one billion birds are estimated to die annually by colliding with building windows. Gathering definitive data is a monumental task. Scientists have two ways for analyzing events in nature.
… My salvage bird permit allows me and people I list on the permit to collect dead birds for educational and scientific analysis. Many birds at HCNC were collected and mounted in life-like position for visitors to see closely and others were mounted in what is called a study skin. Study skin mounts look like the bird is lying dead on its back. Those specimens were used when I taught ornithology at Grand Rapids Community College and for natural history programs. Visit HCNC to see birds you might not get to see easily in the outdoors.
(Column by Steve Mueller.)

Avoid plugging drains with flushable wipes

The Facilities Office requests that sanitary wipes, even when termed flushable, NOT be flushed down toilets. Wipes, flushable or otherwise, should be disposed of in the trash.

There have now been several recent instances of campus bathroom drains being plugged by flushable wipe masses in the pipes. The cost of remedying the situation has been hundreds of dollars in one case, and several thousand in another.

They might flush, but they don’t clear the piping! Please contact Jim Van Dokkumburg, Executive Director of Facilities, with any questions at jvandokk@grcc.edu. Thank you for your understanding.

Winter 2019 professional development opportunities

New Year = more learning!

Dedicate time this year to grow professionally and personally by participating in the several sessions offered for our GRCC family!

Sign up for a Human Resources Professional Development Opportunity. Various topics, days, times and locations are available!

And don’t forget to get “Google ready” at the G Suite training sessions! You can find those dates and times and sign up on the Google for GRCC Professional Development page.

Questions? Contact Angela Salinas at angelasalinas@grcc.edu or ext. 2567.

Hope to see you soon!

“The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey” opens tonight

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GRCC Players present The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne.

The Story: Chuck unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind.

  • January 10 – 12 at 8 p.m.
  • Spectrum Theater Lab Space (Room 201)
  • Limited seats; call 234-3946 for tickets
  • Cost: $5 GRCC students; $10 GRCC staff

GRCC Student cast includes: Eden Heimer, Elijah Lewis, Alexus Voss, Nio Walton, and Trent Woodman.

GRCC In The News, 01-09-19

Students earn credits, gain jobs through GRCC training program
1/8/19 schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediates School District newsletter)
It wasn’t long ago that Gybran Vazquez decided he needed a change. He was applying stripes to parking lots for an asphalt company, but dreamed of what else he could be doing with his career.
… He’s closer to the life he wants, now that he has graduated from Grand Rapids Community College Job Training after devoting 34 hours a week for 18 weeks to learning about residential construction.

New welding lab for high school students is a big deal
1/8/19 schoolnewsnetwork.org
Kent ISD board president Andrea Haidle is not about to take up welding. But she was eager to see the new virtual welding laboratory that was recently installed by the Kent Career Tech Center.
… The $463,000 virtual welding lab was installed in recent months with the help of a $300,000 state grant. The equipment purchased is compatible with the equipment being used at Grand Rapids Community College.

Morning Mix
1/8/19 FOX 17
Laughfest is coming and you won’t want to miss out on your favorite comedian or show that’s coming to town … Two family friendly events will be returning, including the Kids Rock Hip Hop Dance Party on Saturday, March 9 at The BOB and the Super Saturday Kids Zone on March 16 at GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse.

Library & Learning Commons hours adjustment

The Library and Learning Commons is now opening at 6:30 a.m. Monday-Friday.

Below are the new Winter 2019 Library & Learning Commons Hours, beginning Monday, January 7:

  • Monday: 6:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 6:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 6:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
  • Thursday: 6:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.
  • Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed