Campus-wide lock-down test on July 10

GRCC will conduct a full-scale test of the new building security system at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.  This system will automatically place all GRCC buildings on the Main Campus and DeVos Campus, as well as the Tassell M-TEC, in a lock-down state.

We will be running two cycles of the lockdown test, each lasting 10 minutes. There will be no disruption to campus activities and all offices and services will remain open. Employees will continue to have building access using their Raider Cards and we will have staff positioned at building entrances to allow students and guests continued entrance to the buildings. Building coordinators will be wearing yellow visibility vests to assist during the testing period.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Campus Police or Vicki Janowiak.

GRCC In the News, 6-17-19

Electric vehicle charging station at GRCC now available for public use

June 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The public can now use the electric vehicle charging station in the lower level of the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp on Bostwick Avenue, officials announced this week.

Metallica Gives Back

June 14, 2019; allwithinmyhands.org (All Within My Hands Foundation)

Our extended Metallica Family at Blackened American Whiskey had a chance encounter with a Metallica fan whose buddy, it turns out, is a Metallica Scholar. That brief encounter led to us learn all about our first Spotlight Scholar, Jason Church. We think his story is worth sharing, and it all started over whiskey…

Jason was the recipient of AWMH’s Metallica Scholars grant funding at Grand Rapids Community College, encouraging him to continue his training and get his welding certification.

Brother and sister work hard for ‘a better future, a better life’

June 14, 2019;  schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School district)

Anyelin and Yustin Vasquez Lopez are well aware of the Guatemala they came from, the America they came to, and what it will take to succeed here.

… She and her brother are powered by their dreams, as they go from their graduation ceremony at Calvin College toward Grand Rapids Community College this fall.

Fundraising Lunch in Grand Rapids to Help Former Foster Youth Go to College

June 13, 2019; michigan.gov (press release)

LANSING, Mich. – Seat reservations are still available for the fifth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Benefit to be held on June 26 at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

… Seventeen Michigan colleges and universities have programs to assist former foster care students:  Delta College, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Flint, Washtenaw Community College, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

Pewamo-Westphalia falls in extras in Division 3 baseball semifinal

June 14, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

EAST LANSING — The Pewamo-Westphalia baseball team had allowed under 40 runs total to its opponents this season en route to a school-record 31 wins.

… “I tried to get them off-balance by throwing my curveball and then slider, plus I was able to locate my fastball well and trust my fielders to make plays behind me,” (Ethan) Thelen said, who will continue his baseball career next season at Grand Rapids Community College, said. “My arm feels really good right now, but it will probably be a different story tomorrow.

Main Campus lockdown testing scheduled

On Thursday, June 13th, between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m., we will be conducting a building lockdown test for all the buildings on Main Campus. Campus Police, Facilities personnel and Building Coordinators, as well as vendor/contractor personnel will be assisting. The test will involve placing the entire Main Campus in a lockdown state, and then checking to confirm that all doors have secured as expected. We will be performing the test twice. While buildings are locked down, employees will continue to have access using their Raider Card. We will have staff positioned at building entrances to allow for customer access. The G1 and G2 parking areas will be closed for entrance/exit during the test, so please plan accordingly.  If you need an alternate parking arrangement for the afternoon, please contact Campus Police. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chief Whitman or Vicki Janowiak.

Main Campus lockdown testing scheduled

On Thursday, June 13th, between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m., we will be conducting a building lockdown test for all the buildings on Main Campus. Campus Police, Facilities personnel and Building Coordinators, as well as vendor/contractor personnel will be assisting. The test will involve placing the entire Main Campus in a lockdown state, and then checking to confirm that all doors have secured as expected. We will be performing the test twice. While buildings are locked down, employees will continue to have access using their Raider Card. We will have staff positioned at building entrances to allow for customer access. The G1 and G2 parking areas will be closed for entrance/exit during the test, so please plan accordingly.  If you need an alternate parking arrangement for the afternoon, please contact Campus Police. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Chief Whitman or Vicki Janowiak.

Portions of ATC ramp to close for fire sprinkler repairs

Portions of the ATC ramp will be closed for fire sprinkler repairs starting Monday, June 10. The work will close various sections of the ramp as they move through the entire ramp for the project. The planned starting portion of the ramp is the entire East half at this point in time, although the piping may require changes in work area plans. Approximately half the ramp will remain open for parking during this time. The parking gate inside the ramp will be opened during the project, which will take three to four weeks for completion.

Tassell M-TEC competes in ‘Battle of the Buildings’

The Michigan Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction open to all Michigan area commercial, industrial and multi-family buildings. The program is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. Registration period runs January 1 through March 31 each year.

This is the first year GRCC is participating in the competition,and we have entered the Tassell M-TEC. The competition looks at the energy use in 2018 and compares it to energy use for 2019. The competitor with the biggest reduction between years wins in each category.

Our first step in preparing for the competition is to get the word out to the campus community, especially the staff and students of the M-TEC. Their participation and commitment is essential to reducing the energy not only at the MTEC but throughout the campus.

Photo of the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC building.

Heritage Hill Home Tour tickets available

As a Title Sponsor for the 50th annual Heritage Hill Home Tour, GRCC received 24 complimentary passes that we’re making available to interested employees. We’ll give them away in pairs to the first 12 people who request them. The Home Tour is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19. If you’re interested in tickets, please contact Vicki Janowiak at vjanowia@grcc.edu.