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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.

‘Delay,’ ‘closed’: Learn the difference

December 6, 2016

Inclement weather messages: “GRCC – Delay,” “GRCC – Closed,” and GRCC – Closed DAY Classes.”

One of these messages means cancellation of all GRCC day and evening classes and activities — do you know which one? Find out on the GRCC Emergency Closing Procedures webpage.

Familiarize yourself with weather closing procedures

December 5, 2016

Winter weather may soon impact college operations. Please visit the GRCC Emergency Closing Procedures webpage and familiarize yourself with how the decision is made to delay or close, the types of messages you will receive, and the action you should take in each circumstance.

Condolences to Bob Postma

November 21, 2016

We extend our condolences to Bob Postma, of Facilities, on the death of his mother, Willi Postma on Nov. 17.

Condolences to Jeremy Manning

November 17, 2016

We extend condolences to Jeremy Manning, of Facilities, upon the death of his father, Tim Manning, on Nov. 13.

GRCC In the News, 11-8-16

November 8, 2016

Royal withdraws as GRCC presidential finalist

Nov. 7, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Just two weeks before the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees intends to make a decision about the school’s 10th president, one of the four finalists — Inver Hills Community College Provost Christina Royal – has removed her name from consideration.

Kent County Veterans Council names ‘Veteran of the Year’

Nov. 7, 2016; MLive

KENT COUNTY — The United Veterans Council of Kent County has chosen William Schaefer, of Belmont, as its 2016 “Veteran of the Year.”

The retired Air Force command chief master sergeant served his country for 37 years. He began his career in 1966, after graduating from Ottawa Hills High School and receiving an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, and a degree in business administration and industrial engineering from Western Michigan University.

Clinton, Trump stops to cost W. MI taxpayers nearly $40K

Nov. 7, 2016; WOOD TV

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for their campaigns, but when it comes to security for West Michigan visits, local taxpayers are footing the bill.

… Costs associated with presidents and presidential candidates in West Michigan during the 2004 and 2008 campaigns:

July 30, 2004: Campaign stop by President George W. Bush in Grand Rapids. It cost a total of $63,654.06: $39,705 in police protection, which the city did not issue a bill for; and $18,800 in public works, also not billed. Grand Rapids Community College billed the campaign $5,149.06, which was paid in full.

… Sept. 17-18, 2008: Campaign stop by U.S. Sen. John McCain and then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Grand Rapids. It cost a total of $20,756.01: $14,262.81 for Grand Rapids police and $5,200 for the sheriff department, neither of which issued a bill. Grand Rapids Community College billed the campaign $1,293.20, which was paid in full.

Muskegon Community College volleyball team barely misses a regional title

Nov. 7, 2016; Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team came within a single point of winning a regional championship on Sunday.

… MCC met archrival Grand Rapids Community College in the regional finals, which took place at MCC’s Bartels-Rode Gymnasium.

Rattlers Sign Five

Nov. 7, 2016; publicnow.com

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers announced Wednesday that they have signed quarterback Aaron Aiken, offensive lineman DeShawn Byrd, defensive lineman Edward Mosley, offensive linemen Keyun Swinney, and running back DeJaun Wright for the team’s inaugural season in the Indoor Football League (IFL).

… Byrd (6-5, 320, Tennessee State) attended Tennessee State where he was a two-year starter for the Tigers. Prior to transferring to Tennessee State, Byrd also attended Grand Rapids Community College where he earned MFC East All-Region and First Team All-MFC honors.

Community College Students React To New Campus Vending Machines

Nov. 7, 2016; Automatic Vending

Students at Grand Rapids Community College located in Grand Rapids, MI, got to try out several new vending machines on campus this year. The Collegiate Live reports that the college added a few new vending machines with flashy features and credit/debit card readers.

Michael Boerman temporarily handling vending program

September 26, 2016

The day to day operational control of the college’s food and beverage vending program will be temporarily changing hands, as Rick Vander Veen will need to be away from the college starting Thursday, September 29, for 4-6 weeks.  During this time, Mr. Michael Boerman will assume this function.  He is very familiar with our programs, and has direct access to our account management teams.  Beginning Thursday, please communicate any vending issues or concerns to Michael at mboerman@grcc.edu and he will respond.

In your communication, it would be helpful if the following information would be included.

  1. Is the problem with a food or beverage machine?
  2. What building, and floor is it located on?
  3. A brief description of what the problem seems to be.

Retirement celebration for Cindy Peterson on September 26

September 21, 2016

Please join us in the Student Center’s second-floor multipurpose room from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, September 26, to celebrate with Cindy Peterson on her retirement! We’ll be having some appetizers and snacks and beverages. It should be a nice time, and we hope to see you there.

We have a card in Facilities if anyone cares to sign it (cash, too, if you care to donate).  Thanks.

GRCC In the News, 9-12-16

September 12, 2016

Hookah lounge shooting victim identified as a 22-year-old Muskegon man

Sept. 11, 2016; MLive

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI — The 22-year-old man found dead in a parking lot Sunday morning has been identified by police as Muskegon resident Anthony Lamb.

… Police arrived to find Lamb lying in the parking lot outside the Hookah Lounge, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Lamb graduated from Holland High School in 2012 and went on to attend Grand Rapids Community College.

Help available for students of shuttered ITT Tech

Sept. 9, 2016; WOOD TV

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — The phones are ringing at college admissions offices all over West Michigan.

… Grand Rapids Community College is also looking for ways to help ITT Tech students.

Rees Scholarship Foundation awards $63,000

Sept. 11, 2016; mechanical-hub.com

Arlington, Va. — The Clifford H. Ted Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced scholarship awards totaling $63,000 to 37 students, including four veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.

… HVACR and Water Heating Technician Program Recipients:

… Pragnesh Patel, Grand Rapids Community College (Grand Rapids, Mich.)

What’s Cooking: Flourless chocolate torte recipe

Sept. 9, 2016; WZZM

Pastry Chef Abby Metz came to the WZZM 13 Studio from Red Water Restaurants, with a recipe for flourless chocolate torte.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Abby Metz is a SICE alumna.)

2 Young Black Educators. 100 Students of Color: From Worst-to-First

Sept. 6, 2016; Huffington Post

Even in 2016, it is still rare to see two men of color who do what they do, working in higher education. Although the two couldn’t be more different, there are many things Chris & Dre have in common. For instance, they both come from humble beginnings. They both graduated from Ottawa Hills High School, located in Grand Rapids, Mich. and they both have humble, laid back personalities. Nearly ten years apart in age, they are two professionals who have become more like brothers due to a shared focus and passion for helping students achieve.

… In 2012, after data indicated that African American males attending Grand Rapids Community College were statistical leaders in every category of failure, Alpha Beta Omega (ABO) was birthed as a response to the stark reality. ABO, a leadership development program was spearheaded by Dr. Andre Fields, Eric Williams and Chris Sain Jr.

Five local leaders to host joint mayors’ coffee

Sept. 9, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Five local leaders are hosting a joint mayors’ coffee for residents on Sept. 22 with public transit the topic of discussion.

Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, Grandville Mayor Steve Maas, Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley, Walker Mayor Mark Huizenga and Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll will lead the mayors’ coffee, set for 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids Community College, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE.