Campus Police to conduct training today in Main Building, stairwell

GRCC Campus Police will be conducting training on the fifth floor of Main Building today, December 18, between 1 and 5 p.m. There will be activity on the entire fifth floor, as well as the main stairwell in Main Building and the stairwell between the Main and Cook buildings between the fourth floor and the fifth floor. The areas used for training will be clearly marked, and we ask you to please avoid the area at this time.

Training exercises such as this are important as we build a culture of safety here at GRCC, and we appreciate your cooperation.

If you have any questions about the training or about specific rooms in this area, please contact Lt. Decker at the Police Department.

Final Friday for APSS, Campus Police donations to Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

The APSS employee group and the Campus Police are collecting donations of new items through December 13 for a holiday gift to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The final Friday for donations is this Friday, December 7, 2018.

Items needed:

  • Personal toiletries for men or women:
    • Toothbrushes
    • Soap
    • Body wash
    • Mouthwash
    • Deodorant
    • Cologne
  • Small lap blankets
  • 100-piece puzzles
  • Stationery sets

Donations will be accepted at the following locations:

  • Janice Holton (x4129) – Rm 118 – Main Bldg.
  • Lt. Robert Decker (x3579) – Campus Police
  • Colleen Copus (x3119) – Math Tutorial Lab – Rm 105 – Cook Bldg.
  • Janis Qualls (x4248) – Rm 320 – Science Bldg.
  • Kim Zinger (x4253) – Math Dept. – College Park Plaza – 2nd Floor

Donations will be collected each Friday.  The total collection will be delivered to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Thursday, December 13.  Please help us support our Veterans.  Thank you.

 

Coming soon: New RaiderCards

The front of the RaiderCard: GRCC RaiderCard. GRCC Student Name. 1234567. Student.New security measures pertaining to doors created an opportunity to update the look of RaiderCards and how they’ll be used.

The new design was created with input from students and staff. Photos will be larger, and there is a higher contrast between the color of names and the background, making it easier for the cards to be read.

The new cards will be activated at the start of the Winter 2019 semester. You will need them for parking, point-of-purchase sales and, for staff and faculty, some door access. Watch for details in the weeks ahead about how cards will be distributed.

Reminder: campus-wide fire alarm drills planned for tomorrow

Campus Police and Facilities will be conducting fire alarm drills of all GRCC Campus buildings on Friday, November 9, 2018, starting at 9 a.m. with the Main / Cook Building. The M-TEC Campus will also conduct a fire alarm drill later in the day.

Each Campus building fire alarm will be activated separately with all students, staff, and visitors temporarily evacuated until the buildings are cleared. Once cleared, classes and operations will resume as normal.

The only building that will NOT be conducting a fire alarm on November 9, 2018, is the Early Childhood Preschool; this building already conducts monthly fire alarm drills.

Please contact Lt. Bob Decker, GRCC Campus Police, at 234-3579 with any questions or concerns.

Campus-wide fire alarm drills scheduled for this Friday

Campus Police and Facilities will be conducting fire alarm drills of all GRCC Campus buildings on Friday, November 9, 2018, starting at 9 a.m. with the Main / Cook Building. The M-TEC Campus will also conduct a fire alarm drill later in the day.

Each Campus building fire alarm will be activated separately with all students, staff, and visitors temporarily evacuated until the buildings are cleared. Once cleared, classes and operations will resume as normal.

The only building that will NOT be conducting a fire alarm on November 9, 2018, is the Early Childhood Preschool; this building already conducts monthly fire alarm drills.

Please contact Lt. Bob Decker, GRCC Campus Police, at 234-3579 with any questions or concerns.

APSS, Campus Police collecting donations for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

The APSS employee group and the Campus Police are collecting donations of new items through December 13 for a holiday gift to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Items needed:

  • Personal toiletries for men or women:
    • Toothbrushes
    • Soap
    • Body wash
    • Mouthwash
    • Deodorant
    • Cologne
  • Small lap blankets
  • 100-piece puzzles
  • Stationery sets

Donations will be accepted at the following locations:

  • Janice Holton (x4129) – Rm 118 – Main Bldg.
  • Lt. Robert Decker (x3579) – Campus Police
  • Colleen Copus (x3119) – Math Tutorial Lab – Rm 105 – Cook Bldg.
  • Janis Qualls (x4248) – Rm 320 – Science Bldg.
  • Kim Zinger (x4253) – Math Dept. – College Park Plaza – 2nd Floor

Donations will be collected each Friday.  The total collection will be delivered to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Thursday, December 13.  Please help us support our Veterans.  Thank you.

 

APSS, Campus Police collecting donations for veterans today through December 13

The APSS employee group and the Campus Police will be collecting donations of new items beginning today through December 13 for a holiday gift to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Items needed:

  • Personal toiletries for men or women:
  •      Toothbrushes
  •      Soap
  •      Body wash
  •      Mouthwash
  •      Deodorant
  •      Cologne
  • Small lap blankets
  • 100-piece puzzles
  • Stationery sets

Donations will be accepted at the following locations:

  • Janice Holton (x4129) – Rm 118 – Main Bldg.
  • Lt. Robert Decker (x3579) – Campus Police
  • Colleen Copus (x3119) – Math Tutorial Lab – Rm 105 – Cook Bldg.
  • Janis Qualls (x4248) – Rm 320 – Science Bldg.
  • Kim Zinger (x4253) – Math Dept. – College Park Plaza – 2nd Floor

Donations will be collected each Friday.  The total collection will be delivered to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Thursday, December 13.  Please help us support our Veterans.  Thank you.

 

APSS, Campus Police collecting donations for veterans starting October 15

The APSS employee group and the Campus Police will be collecting donations of new items for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans from October 15 through December 13 for the holiday season.

Items needed:

  • Personal toiletries for men or women:
  •        Toothbrushes
  •        Soap
  •        Body wash
  •        Mouthwash
  •        Deodorant
  •        Cologne
  • Small lap blankets
  • 100-piece puzzles
  • Stationery sets

Donations will be accepted at the following locations:

  • Janice Holton (x4129) – Rm 118 – Main Bldg.
  • Lt. Robert Decker (x3579) – Campus Police
  • Colleen Copus (x3119) – Math Tutorial Lab – Rm 105 – Cook Bldg.
  • Janis Qualls (x4248) – Rm 320 – Science Bldg.
  • Kim Zinger (x4253) – Math Dept. – College Park Plaza – 2nd Floor

Donations will be collected each Friday.  The total collection will be delivered to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Thursday, December 13.  Please help us support our Veterans.  Thank you.

 

Officer Robin Kritzman receives national award

Congratulations to Officer Robin Kritzman, who was recognized as the Clery Compliance Officer of the Year for two-year institutions!

She received her award last week at the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals. Over the past two years, she has helped create GRCC’s compliance committee, improved record keeping and training, updated the annual security report, and collaborated with the college’s internal and external stakeholders.

Officer Robin Kritzman receives her award from an official with the National Association of Clery Compliance Officers and Professionals.

GRCC In the News, 4-25-18

City of Wyoming swears in new ‘Top Cop’

April 25, 2018; WZZM

WYOMING, Mich. – Long-time Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody will officially step down today, paving the way for Captain Kim Koster to be the new head of the department.

… Koster’s own promotion makes her the first woman police chief in the City of Wyoming. It is a role she is honored to have, but one she seems reluctant to assign too much significance to. Koster believes Kent County is full of good leaders, of both genders, and cites Kent County Undersheriff Michelle Young and Grand Rapids Community College Police Chief Rebecca Whitman as examples of women who she has modeled her career after.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Kim Koster and Michelle Young are GRCC alumnae.)

Director takes joy in teaching student musicians, to see what they can do and where they go

April 24, 2018; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

The Northview High School Jazz Band has burned through another take of Duke Ellington’s “Rockin’ in Rhythm” at a peppy pace, when director Greg Wells decides it’s time for a pep talk.

… He started out studying physics and engineering at Grand Rapids Community College but went back to music his sophomore year, earning a bachelor’s at WMU and his master’s at Michigan State University.

 

GRCC In the News, 4-9-18

Change Ups: Sultan snags LaughFest’s Best of Midwest title

April 6, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Grand Rapids Community College trustees unanimously approved a 0.88 percent tuition increase for the 2018-19 academic year, the lowest increase in nearly two decades.

GVSU students push for emergency phones on campus

April 6, 2018; WOOD TV

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — You’ve likely seen them on various college campuses in West Michigan: blue light emergency call stations that can connect students in distress with the nearest police department.

They’re at Western Michigan University, Hope College, and even Grand Rapids Community College, among others. But you won’t find them at Grand Valley State University in Allendale. Now, a group of students are trying to change that.

Hope College students start DACA scholarship

April 7, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

In October, Hope College students organized a march to support those in the rescinded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

For some students, that march was only the beginning of activism supporting DACA recipients. Four Hope College students — Alejandra Gomez Limon, Emily Salazar, Jonathan Mays and Jocelyn Gallegos — have created a scholarship at Hope specifically for DACA students. Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College have similar scholarships.

GRCC In the News, 4-3-18

GRCC Public Works Academy will provide skills for in-demand jobs

April 2, 2018; Water & Wastes Digest (publication for water and wastewater industries)

Grand Rapids Community College has teamed up with local municipalities on a Public Works Academy that will give people in-demand skills and guaranteed interviews for open jobs.

Mich. Students Petition for Emergency Phones on Campus

April 2, 2018; EMS World

Nearly 500 students at Grand Valley State University have signed an online petition to have the university install emergency blue light telephones around campus. The telephones, which are on poles with a blue light, would allow students to call 911 in the event of an incident requiring first responders.

… The costs for these blue light phones can range anywhere from $1,000 on Central Michigan University’s campus to $7,000 at Grand Rapids Community College. DeHaan said with GVSU campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, Detroit and Traverse City, there would be a significant cost to installing and maintaining a blue light phone at GVSU. He also said he’s seen blue light phones are not always the most effective strategy to keep students safe.

 

GRCC In the News, 4-2-18

Schubert Male Chorus planning ‘One of a Kind’ spring concert

April 1, 2018; MLive

The “One of a Kind” spring concert by the Schubert Male Chorus will feature “one of a kind” songs from a variety of genres, including the debut of an original song.

… The men’s chorus will also introduce its 2018 Grand Rapids Community College music scholarship recipient at the concert. Ashley Sooy is a sophomore at GRCC, studying for a double major in vocal performance and piano performance. The Schubert Male Chorus has offered a music scholarship for the past 10 years to outstanding GRCC music students.

Bill to provide credit for high school interns passes House

March 31, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

LANSING — A bill that would allow high school juniors and seniors to earn graduation credits from internships recently passed the House on a 104-4 vote.

… More on-the-job training with high school students has been growing in popularity across the state, and in the Holland area. In 2016, Careerline Tech Center, Grand Rapids Community College and Herman Miller joined forces to launch a three-year early college program that allows high school students to begin college coursework and work at Herman Miller.

GVSU students petition for emergency 911 phones

March 31, 2018; The Holland Sentinel

Nearly 500 students at Grand Valley State University have signed an online petition to have the university install emergency blue light telephones around the campus. The telephones, which are on poles with a blue light, would allow students to call 911 in the event of an incident requiring first responders.

… The costs for these blue light phones can range anywhere from $1,000 on Central Michigan University’s campus to $7,000 at Grand Rapids Community College.