Posted tagged ‘Facilities’

Summer construction season is starting

April 28, 2017

Beginning on Monday, May 1, contractors will be on site to begin a variety of summer projects:

  • Concrete repair work will occur in specific areas on the Commons on Monday and Tuesday.  There will be some noise as they demolish the failing concrete.  They will them pour replacement, which will be roped off for several days. Pedestrian traffic will not be impacted.  However, vehicular delivery services will not be able to travel the Commons next week.
  • Phase 2 of the Bostwick ramp repair work will also begin.  This will include work on lower levels throughout the ramp.  If you park in that ramp, please note that areas of the ramp will be closed to allow for this work.

Music Department is on the move!

  • They’re going home!  We will be moving the Music Department offices from the Data Center back to the Music Building on Monday, May 1.  Throughout the week, we’ll be moving equipment and instruments from various campus buildings back to the Music building.  The professional piano movers will be on site on Wednesday and Thursday, May 3 and 4.

Other summer moves:

  • Due to Bostwick ramp work, the DSS Testing center will be moving on May 3 to the Science Building for the summer.
  • Counseling and Advising services will be moving to the Data Center.  Watch for more information next week!

Condolences to Nora Michael

April 25, 2017

We extend condolences to Nora Michael, from Facilities, upon the death of her son, Jalen Michael, on April 14.

Willie Hurst’s son featured in article

April 24, 2017

MLive featured Willie Hurst’s son, Deonte Hurst, now playing for the West Michigan Ironmen.

GRCC In the News, 4-21-17

April 21, 2017

GRCC’s Jeffrey Drake-Todd Named NJCAA 1st Team All-American

April 13, 2017; beercityhoops.com

Grand Rapids, MI. — On April 13, the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Committee released its selections for the 2016-2017 All-American Teams. A familiar name was listed under First Team All-American, Sophomore, Jeffrey Drake-Todd. The six foot guard is the first in GRCC Men’s Basketball history to be named First Team All-American. Drake-Todd can add this award to the growing number of awards he has won for his efforts this past season. Which include, NJCAA Division II National All-Tournament Team, Region XII, District 9 Tournament MVP, GRCC Donald R. Black Male Athlete of the Year, First Team All-Region XII and First Team All-Conference.

Women’s Veterans Expo to be held at GRCC

April 20, 2017; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV)-  The Battle Creek VA Healthcare Delivery System in conjunction with community partners is hosting a Women Veterans Expo 2017.  The event will take place at Grand Rapids Community College M-Tec Building, 622 Godfrey Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503 on May 3, 2017 from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

 

Facilities preparing campus buildings for warmer temperatures

April 18, 2017

It’s that time of year!

As spring temperatures warm, Facilities begins transitioning campus buildings from heating to air conditioning.  Due to the nature of these systems throughout our campus, “on demand” air-conditioning is not always possible. We have many water-based systems that are in danger of freezing when the weather turns cold at night, and therefore cannot be run until we are beyond the risk of nighttime freezing temps.  We monitor long range forecasts and make decisions for the long term versus what the next day or two might bring in terms of temperatures. The exposure of the building to the sun also adds to the challenge of providing cooling that satisfies everyone during these periods of temperature fluctuations.

Facilities understands warmer temperatures may create fluctuating conditions on campus, and we appreciate your patience as we work to provide you the most comfortable and sustainable learning environment possible.

GRCC In the News, 3-13-17

March 13, 2017

“Morning News”

March 13, 2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College plans to announce a new partnership aimed at training construction workers to build homes.

What economies across the state can learn from West Michigan’s success

March 9, 2017; Michigan Public Radio

West Michigan is one of the most economically healthy regions in our state. It’s been cited as the fifth fastest-growing city in the country.

… “You see private businesses that are working every day with Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Michigan Works! and having that open dialogue, saying ‘This not just what I have today in terms of needs for my workforce, but here’s what I’m going to need over the next three-to-five years,'” (Tim) Mroz said. “‘How can you help in your curriculum? How can you help in workforce training to really make those connections, and help us grow our talent pool so that my business can continue growing in the region?'”

Kalamazoo Public Safety to hire, replace 40 officers by 2018

March 7, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said he expects to hire 40 new officers during the next year-and-a-half.

… Recruits are hired by KDPS and then sent to a police academy either at Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, Grand Rapids Community College or Grand Valley State University.

Why mentoring is a vital add-on to remedial curriculum

March 6, 2017; Education Dive

… Remedial education is a growing part of the national conversation on college affordability, and it has attracted the attention of lawmakers in states and within the federal government. Campuses which show a commitment to enrolling low-income and minority students, but which don’t complement the enrollment strategy with direct outreach, stand to lose ground in graduation rates and poor internal reviews from students and faculty. Schools like Grand Rapids Community College use online assessment tools to help students self-determine the amount of time and resources they have to fully commit to pursuing a degree.

600 teens attending African American Male Achievement Conference

March 8, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than 600 ninth graders from high schools throughout Kent County are expected to take part in the second annual African American Male Achievement Conference today at Grand Rapids Community College.

‘Creatures of Light’ opens at Grand Rapids Public Museum

March 11, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Animals from fireflies to deep-sea squid are the focal point of the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s newest exhibit. “Creatures of Light” exhibit opens on Saturday, March 11.

(One of the photos accompanying this article shows GRCC student Joseph Hileski touring the exhibit.)

Pets and animal lovers play with friends at LaughFest event Sunday

March 12, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Each year, Grand Rapids resident Erica Jager and her dachshund, Cooper, wait for a People and Pets day at Gilda’s LaughFest.

… Jager was among nearly 150 who attended a People and Pets event at GRCC Ford Feildhouse Sunday, one of the most popular parts of Gilda’s LaughFest since 2010. The event featured activities including a parade, costume contest, blessing and other events for animal lovers and their companions.

COLLEGE: Lackawanna sweeps softball doubleheader

March 7, 2017; The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.)

Lackawanna College’s softball team opened its southern swing with a doubleheader sweep of Grand Rapids Community College, posting a pair of shutouts in the squad’s first games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Indians win 3 of 4 at Classic

March 7, 2017; The Jackson County Floridian

The Chipola Baseball Classic over the weekend yielded mixed results for the 19-4 Indians.
While Grand Rapids Community College wasn’t able to gain any traction and went down 10-0 in flurry of runs on Friday, Saturday’s game against Louisiana State University Eunice saw a 9-2 loss for the Indians.

 

 

GRCC In the News, 3-1-17

March 1, 2017

Grand Rapids Community College Police ask for help identifying suspects

March 1, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS – Police on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect who they say took multiple sets of car keys and a car.  Campus police say it happened on Sunday, while the victims were in a nearby church.

Retiring Presidents of Aquinas College and Western Michigan University meet to discuss rising costs

Feb. 27, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS – Two West Michigan colleges are looking for new leaders.  On Monday the outgoing Presidents of Aquinas College and Western Michigan University met to discuss the rising cost of higher education.  Aquinas President Juan Olivarez says  “We’ve got to work together on this front, because school has got to be affordable for students, and it can’t be through just taking out more loans.”  John Dunn the outgoing President at WMU adds “I don’t blame anyone whether it’s a Republican or Democrat, but we’ve abdicated our responsibility and we need to fix that. It’s critical that we come change that.”

… Oliveras has been the President at Aquinas for the last six years, following a 20-year run at Grand Rapids Community College.

Grand Rapids residents overwhelm city with demand for Neighborhood Summit

Feb. 28, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – In its third year, the Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit has been overwhelmed with demand.

… This year the event is moving to a bigger venue at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center at 151 Fountain St. NE. It begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 4, and runs until 3 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 2-24-17

February 24, 2017

5 takeaways from GRCC’s mid-year budget talk

Feb. 23, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed $56.3 billion state budget for next fiscal year has no recommended increase for community colleges.

Like other Michigan Community Colleges grappling with declining enrollment, Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has to make difficult decisions about its spending habits and the level of tuition increase with deadlines for next year’s budget looming.

Big voice of Lalah Hathaway, big sound of Grand Rapids Symphony, sell out ‘Symphony with Soul’ in DeVos Hall

Feb. 23, 2017; therapidian.org

The Grand Rapids Symphony set out 15 years ago to do something it had never done before – fill the better part of DeVos Performance Hall with people who likely had never been to a symphony orchestra concert before.

… Former Grand Rapids City Commissioner Elias Lumpkins and Christina Guajardo Arnold, founding director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity & Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College, and Cherry Health, all were awarded the MaLinda P. Sapp Legacy Award.

Free transportation to neighborhood summit filling up fast

Feb. 23, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Officials with Grand Rapids Public Schools, co-sponsor of the third annual Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit, say free transportation to and from the event Saturday, March 4, is filling up fast.

… The summit is being held at the Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free breakfast and lunch will be provided. For more information about the summit, visit the website.

GRCC In the News, 1-27-17

January 27, 2017

See $58M in GRCC construction, renovation projects

Jan. 26, 2017; MLive

In recent years, students returning to Grand Rapids Community College have seen plenty of changes with the completion of construction and renovation projects to improve their learning environment.

GRCC retiree biography: Hayden Butcher

January 25, 2017

Human Resources will be starting a new communication for our retirees. This idea was submitted via the PACE feedback meetings or the Community Luncheon sessions — so we thank you for your feedback on this opportunity to improve communications about our retirees.

Hayden Butcher will be retiring on Friday, January 27th. With Hayden’s permission and input, here is a little more detail about his GRCC experience and dedicated service.

Hayden has worked at GRCC for 25 years and has been in the Facilities Department working with the HVAC team for all of his 25 years. He has provided great leadership to his colleagues and also has served in leadership positions for the CEBA Bargaining Group.

Hayden stated, “I have always felt like I belonged at GRCC and I still do. Don’t think for a minute you have seen the last of me. In the 25 years I have been here, I have seen the college change in many ways, for better, and worse, and witnessed the deaths of team members along with the births of their children. I have made friends, memories — so many that it is impossible to recall them all. I know that I belonged at GRCC because it helped to shape my life, and in many ways, I have helped shape it, as many of my ideas and designs will live on in the buildings I maintained for years after I am gone.”

Hayden has a lot planned for his retirement: He plans to enjoy time with his wife, and they plan to travel together. They are already planning a trip to England for the summer to spend time with his family and friends where he grew up.

Hayden, on behalf of your GRCC community, we are happy to hear you’ll remain in contact and we all wish you many happy, healthy years enjoying retirement!

As a reminder, his retirement party will be held in the Multipurpose Room from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. today, January 25th.

Retirement party for Hayden Butcher

January 23, 2017

There will be a retirement open house for Hayden Butcher, from Facilities, from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the multipurpose room in the Student Center. Please come wish him well!

Condolences to Dykstra family

January 17, 2017

We extend condolences to Don Dykstra and Dan Dykstra, both in Facilities, and to Karen Dykstra, in Business, upon the death of their father, Donald Fredrick Dykstra.

Energy conservation reminder for the holiday shutdown

December 21, 2016

Our faculty and staff members did a great job pitching in to save energy for our Thanksgiving break. Thank you!   Here’s your reminder that the Winter Break is almost upon us and this shutdown period is one of the most important of the year for saving energy. As you prepare for longer break, take a few minutes to ready your area for this vital shutdown:

Classrooms/Offices

  • Refrigerators should be unplugged, cleaned out with its doors propped open. We recommend that this be completed at least one day prior to staff leaving for the shutdown so the unit can be monitored for excessive melting of built up ice in the freezer area:
    • Unplug the unit
    • Empty the appliance of all food
    • Block the door open so air can circulate and discourage mildew
  • Power down all copiers/printers /scanners
  • Unplug equipment such as computers/monitors/speakers, radios, televisions, mobile phone chargers, and power supplies for laptops, cell phones, etc. (These devices may continue to consume power when plugged in even when they are not connected to the device)
  • Turn off classroom equipment including Smartboards, projectors, etc.
  • Check to make sure all equipment is switched off in meeting rooms
  • Please be aware that personally owned space heaters are prohibited. If you have a personally owned space heater on campus it is recommended that you take it with you when you leave for the holiday break.

Laboratories

  • Power off/unplug all unnecessary lab equipment
  • Ensure all fume-hood sashes are closed, and all fume-hood lights are turned off

Caroling surprise by Grand Rapids Building Services

December 16, 2016

On Friday, December 16, the Administration Building received an early Christmas present: Employees from Grand Rapids Building Services (GRBS) stopped by to sing Christmas carols — complete with red noses and antlers!

Thanks, GRBS — you put a smile on our faces and reminded us what the spirit of the holidays are all about!

Four carolers wear santa hats or antlers and red noses.

Make sure your numbers are up to date for emergency notifications

December 7, 2016

College delays or closings are communicated through GRCC’s Rave emergency notification system (email, phone and text message), grcc.edu and local news media outlets.

You will receive text messages if your cell phone number is identified as “mobile” under Personal Information Summary in your Online Center.