Posted tagged ‘Facilities’

Raider Salute for Facilities

December 19, 2017

A Raider Salute from Amy Koning:

A big thank you to the facilities crew in the ATC. Last week’s weather provided for some tricky cleanup, and each and every time I went outside the sidewalks were clear! 

Familiarize yourself with weather closing procedures

December 11, 2017

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.

Vending machines being prepared for holiday shutdown

December 11, 2017

As has been the case for the past several years, we are entering the time of year when we are preparing our vending equipment for the annual holiday shutdown. Our suppliers will begin to pull down stock, particularly with respect to dated items in the equipment, so that nothing is lost when we shut down the power to save energy. This may result in spot shortages in some locations on campus as we near Dec. 22.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Raider Salute for Jason Natte

December 11, 2017

The Library & Learning Commons offers a Raider Salute to custodian Jason Natte. Jason, in addition to his regular set-up, tear-down, and clean-up duties, helped us decorate for our recent Learning Center Open House. He has “ladder skills” and hung lots, and lots, and lots of snowflakes from our ceiling panels. We salute you!

Jason Natte stands by a ladder in the library; paper snowflakes hang from the ceiling.

Carolers visit Administration Building

December 8, 2017

Staff from GRCC’s cleaning company, GRBS, stopped by the Administration Building today to sing some Christmas carols and spread a little holiday cheer.

Five women and five men, many wearing elf hats, sing in the hallway by the president's office in the Administration Building.


GRCC retiree biography: Neal McGladdery

November 9, 2017

Neal McGladdery will be retiring from GRCC at the end of November. Neal has worked in maintenance as a carpenter for the entire 25 years that he has been employed by the college. Recently, Neal has also served as the president of the CEBA union.

When we asked him to share his favorite story about GRCC or our students, he said that they all would involve helping students with other things they needed while on campus, such as helping change their car tires or helping when their cars were stuck in the snow. He said, “It has always been a blessing to help these awesome young adults.” We’re confident that they are thankful for this extra support they were given on campus!

In retirement, Neal plans to winter in Arizona at his second home and spend lots of time at Lake Michigan on his boat in the summer months. He also plans to continue remodeling work that challenges him and gives him personal satisfaction.

Lastly, he stated, “I truly have been blessed in so many ways to have worked with so many great people. I will also remember the fun and hard work that others have brought to this college in my 25 years that went by in the blink of an eye.”

Neal, congratulations on your retirement. The work you have done for the college is so very appreciated. We hope you will stay in touch. Best of luck in all that you do in retirement!

Please join us to celebrate Neal at his retirement reception Thursday, November 9, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. in the ATC banquet rooms 118 and 120.

Neal McGladdery’s retirement party is today

November 9, 2017

Neal McGladdery is counting down — and there aren’t many days left! He will be officially retiring on November 21!

Please join us at a reception in his honor on Thursday, November 9, in the ATC from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

You’re all invited to stop by and wish him well!

Help Neal McGladdery celebrate retirement

November 7, 2017

Neal McGladdery is counting down — and there aren’t many days left! He will be officially retiring on November 21!

Please join us at a reception in his honor on Thursday, November 9, in the ATC from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

You’re all invited to stop by and wish him well!

Retirement reception for Neal McGladdery on Nov. 9

November 6, 2017

Neal McGladdery is counting down — and there aren’t many days left! He will be officially retiring on November 21!

Please join us at a reception in his honor on Thursday, November 9, in the ATC from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

You’re all invited to stop by and wish him well!

Condolences to Tommy Brown

September 29, 2017

We extend our condolences to Tommy Brown, in Facilities, upon the death of his daughter. Funeral arrangements are pending.

GRCC In the News, 9-8-17

September 8, 2017

Morton up to task of directing Jets’ young, new-look offense

Sept. 7, 2017; The Telegraph (Macon, Ga.)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — John Morton spent the entire spring and summer shouting.

… Morton was a wide receiver in college, first at Grand Rapids Community College before going to Western Michigan. He spent some time playing in the CFL and was on a few NFL teams’ practice squads before turning to coaching.

(This article appeared in many other newspapers.)

Baseball Announces Eight Additional Signees for 2018

Sept. 8, 2017; (Eastern Michigan University athletic website)

YPSILANTI, Mich. ( — Eastern Michigan University baseball Head Coach Mark Van Ameyde and his staff announced the signing of eight additional players to the 2018 recruiting class Thursday, Sept. 7. The eight will join the nine players EMU signed last November.

The eight players joining the Green and White are Cameron Cruz (Chandler, Ariz.-Hamilton (Bentley U-Mesa C.C.)), Scott Granzotto (Northville, Mich.-Gabriel Richard), Thomas House (Okeana, Ohio-Ross), Nick Porretto (Geneva, Ill.-Geneva (UW-Oshkosh-McHenry C.C.)), Jackson Shaver (Grand Rapids, Mich.-Forest Hills Northern (Grand Rapids C.C.)), Mitchell Sparks (Carmel, Ind.-Carmel (Iowa Lakes C.C.)), Brett Stenger (Kingsville, Ontario-Kingsville District (Indian Hills C.C.)), and Zach Wallace (Alamo, Calif.-De La Salle (UC San Diego-Palomar College)).

Jayhawks fall in an early-season volleyball showdown with Grand Rapids CC

Sept. 8, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team lost an early-season conference showdown with rival Grand Rapids CC on Thursday, 3-0.

City to consider beekeeping ordinance

Sept. 7, 2017; The Cedar Springs Post

The City of Cedar Springs may soon join the ranks of other progressive cities that are helping to support the environment by allowing residents to keep bees. The City Council will consider the first reading of the ordinance at their monthly meeting this Thursday, September 7.

City resident Joe Frank asked the city to consider allowing beekeeping in the city after finding out there was not a specific ordinance to address the issue. He has kept honeybees as a hobby for several years. He had several hives on property he owned in Hesperia, and when he decided to sell the property, he re-homed all of the hives, except one, with other beekeepers. He had previously asked a city official if he could keep a hive on his property here, and was told he could. He moved the hive to his property, but was later told that he couldn’t have it under the current ordinances, and so asked the city earlier this summer to consider it.

(Joel Frank is a technical operations technician in the ATC.)

Raider Salute to Facilities staff

September 6, 2017

A Raider Salute from Erin Busscher, of the Counseling and Career Center:

I would like to send a Raider Salute to all of the outstanding Facilities staff for setting up and tearing down the Transfer and Advising Day event in the Juan Olivarez Plaza. They did an excellent job and I was impressed by their teamwork and efficiency.

GRCC building addresses

August 25, 2017

Hosting a meeting?  Ordering food delivery?

With the widespread use of Google Maps and GPS location services, Facilities has posted the actual building addresses for all campus buildings on their webpage.

If you’re hosting a meeting for external guests, trying to give directions to applicants or students, or expecting delivery for lunch, you may want to share the real address for your building so people can plug that into their GPS!


Energy savings across campus

August 23, 2017

Grand Rapids Community College has saved more than $8 million through its energy conservation efforts over the last nine years. GRCC launched its energy program in May of 2008. Since then, energy consumption has been reduced by 386,296 MMBTUs. That reduction translates into the equivalent of 40,459 tons of carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere, or 8,429 passenger cars removed from the road, or 1,037,421 trees planted.

The college has reduced energy consumption by 21.2% which translates to $8,060,496 dollars in savings.

Godfrey Avenue to close August 18 for repairs

August 17, 2017

If you’re planning to travel near Tassell M-TEC on August 18, be aware that Godfrey Avenue SW will be closed from Hall to Martha streets for water basin repairs. The suggested northbound detour is from Hall to Grandville to Rumsey streets; the suggested southbound route is Rumsey to Grandville to Hall.