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Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire open to all, this weekend at the Public Museum

August 16, 2018

Grand Rapids is a creative community, and that talent will be on display this weekend at the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire.

GRCC associate professor Moss Ingram has been involved with planning the event – billed as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.” It is planned for the Grand Rapids Public Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 18 and 19.

The family-friendly event attracts makers as young as 10 though the mid-80s, showcasing robotics, drones, sewing and jewelry work, 3D printing, virtual reality, glass blowing, specialty foods and drinks, and more.

Artisans will show off their completed and in-progress work and share their experiences with people interested in learning how to tinker and invent, hoping to entertain and inspire as well as grow the maker community.

Additional details and tickets are available at

Reminder: GRCC Library Liaisons are here to help faculty with copyright

August 9, 2018

Faculty: contact your assigned library liaison for assistance with questions about using copyrighted materials in Blackboard, class handouts, or in course packs. There are legal ways to avoid having to create expensive-to-print course packs.

Acquaint yourself with the newest version of our Copyright Clearance Center‘s annual academic license – rebranded as RightFind! Connect on-campus via your IP-connected computer; off-campus users can create a login with your GRCC email address and any password you will remember. It’s now easier than ever to print out the CCC compliance information for your Blackboard Permissions folder or for GRCC ePrint use.

Librarians are happy to help: verify citations; determine a copyright owner; set up a Course Reserve; and permalink licensed library resources into Blackboard. Please take a look at the Copyright Subject Guide.

GRCC Student Involvement Portal launches August 17

August 9, 2018

Student Life and Conduct are ecstatic to announce the new GRCC Student Involvement Portal- Raider Connect!

Raider Connect will officially launch next Friday, August 17th! OrgSync will officially be offline as of August 16th. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work through some kinks. Trainings for the new portal will take place throughout the months of August and September. Locations are still to be determined. If you are unable to make it to these trainings in person, you will need to set up an appointment with the office of Student Life and Conduct. For questions, please contact Thalía or Brune in Student Life.

Schedule of dates/times, leaders, and audiences for portal training classes:

  • Thursday, August 22, 10:00 a.m., with Thalía – Departments/Advisors
  • Wednesday, August 29, 2:00 p.m., with Thalia and Joe – Students
  • Thursday, August 30, 2:00 p.m., with Joe – Students
  • Wednesday, September 5, 9:30 a.m., with Bruné – Departments/Advisors
  • Thursday, September 6, time TBA, with Chris – Students
  • Friday, September 14, Conference, with Joe and/or Chris – Students
  • Tuesday, September 18, time TBA, with Chris – Students
  • Thursday, September 20, 10:30 a.m., with Bruné – Students
  • Monday, September 24, 2:00 p.m., with Thalía – Students
  • Tuesday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. with Joe – Departments/Advisors


Get involved with Involvement Day

August 8, 2018

Campus Activities Board would like to invite all GRCC student organizations and departments are invited to participate in Fall Welcome Week as part of Involvement Day. Departments and student organizations are encouraged to sign up and get a table for the event. Involvement Day will be held on Tuesday, September 4th, from 1-3 p.m. on the Bostwick Commons.

Sign up here to reserve your spot!

For questions contact Kaitlynn Karl:

Security Awareness Newsletter

August 8, 2018

Every month the Information Security Team will be releasing a newsletter containing information for GRCC students, staff, and faculty regarding Information Security Awareness. Content may include: updates in data security on campus, best practices for keeping information secure, and other important topics on information security.

The August 2018 Security Awareness newsletter is now available.

Weight Watchers at Work – Fall Series!

August 8, 2018

GRCC would like to continue offering Weight Watchers at Work, and we are looking for 15 or more employees to join in our success in order to continue the program. Our current members have collectively lost over 500 pounds since January!

Enjoy a 15% discount if you register by August 9th! Cost for the program is $132.60 for 12 weeks of on-campus meetings (on Thursdays) beginning September 6th and online e-tool access. After August 9th, the cost for the program will be $156. Did you also know that if you take advantage of the Flex Spending Account, the cost of the program could be covered with a medical necessity doctor’s note? For more information, please contact the Benefits Office.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848, and join us at a meeting on Thursday, August 9th, at 12:30 p.m. in room 144 Main.

GRCC Alumni Association to host specialty yoga class in September

August 7, 2018

Get zen with Zzzen Yoga! Join the GRCC Alumni Association for an evening of outdoor yoga. GRCC alumna Melissa Andreychuk of Zzzen Yoga will be guiding fellow GRCC Raiders through a 45-minute yoga practice on the outdoor deck of the College Park Plaza building. Snacks and drinks provided. Registration is $5, which will be donated to the GRCC Alumni Scholarship Fund. Current GRCC students, faculty, and staff (along with friends!) are welcome to attend.


  • Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time and Location:

  • Yoga 6:00-7:0.0. pm at GRCC College Park Plaza
  • Snacks and Socializing 7:00-7:30 p.m.


  • $5 donation to GRCC Alumni Scholarship Fund

Contact Corey Turner, Development Manager, Alumni and Planned Giving at (616) 234-3025 or for more information.

To learn more about GRCC Alumni Events, see the Alumni webpage:


Reminder: Employee Events Survey

August 7, 2018
Help us create events that are meaningful to you! If you have a few minutes to spare, and feedback or suggestions to share, please take the Employee Events Survey.

GRCC Course Packs Due August 8

August 6, 2018

Reminder, Course Packs are Due August 8.

Fall 2018 course pack files, orders, planners, and SKUs are due Wednesday, August 8. Please send updated files and planners to Also, please make sure to contact the bookstore to let them know if you need a course pack for the semester and let them know if it is going to be a reprint of a previous or if it is new/changes have been made.

Cool story: GRCC travels to Iceland to prepare for upcoming Geology class

August 6, 2018

GRCC Geology Professor Tari Mattox and IT Media Staff Klaas Kwant gather materials for an introductory geology class at GRCC.

GRCC Geology Professor Tari Mattox and IT Media Staff Klaas Kwant are gathering materials for an introductory geology class at GRCC, and they traveled to Iceland to do it!

In this shot, they are in the eastern fjords recording different types of rock formations that demonstrate the impact of volcanoes and glaciers.  Each scene has been recorded in both 360-degree video and high resolution still images to allow students the ability to virtually explore the fjords.

Classroom Computer Upgrades

August 3, 2018

Over the next three weeks, the IT Desktop Support team will be upgrading all teacher stations / multimedia computers in all of our classrooms. If you have saved any files locally to the hard drive please back them up as soon as possible.

Additionally, we will also be upgrading the following labs on campus:


  • 100*
  • 402*


  • 306 (laptop cart)
  • 309*

Thompson MTec:

  • 109*
  • 111*


  • 339

* indicates systems that will also be migrated to Windows 10.


TechSmith Relay Replacement

August 1, 2018

As of January 1, 2019, TechSmith Relay Recorder and Relay Server ( will no longer be available as their parent company, TechSmith, has discontinued both products.

If you have used TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past to create videos, SnagIt and Camtasia are more robust versions of TechSmith Relay Recorder that allow you to screen capture and edit your videos. Both SnagIt and Camtasia are available for download in the Software Center. If you have uploaded videos to RaiderCast using the TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past, those videos will still be available and you can upload to that location through December 31, 2018.

Starting January 1, 2019, videos can no longer be uploaded to RaiderCast. They can be uploaded to Google Drive or YouTube using the Share option in SnagIt and Camtasia. The video captioning process will stay the same. As a reminder, per the audiovisual captioning policy, compliance with federal law requires captioning of all created, purchased, or continually used audiovisual media production shown at GRCC.

Tutorials for SnagIt and Camtasia are listed below.



If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at or call 234-3205.

Blackboard Instant Messenger Going Away

August 1, 2018

Blackboard Instant Messenger will no longer be available for use as of January 1, 2019. This solution has been discontinued by its parent company, Blackboard.

Information Technology understands that many faculty and staff rely on the use of an instant messaging tool to communicate with students. With this, GRCC will officially support the use of Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts allows you to send chat messages, make video calls, and screen share. Whether you are new to Google Hangouts or are currently using it or have used it in the past, more information can be found at!/. This resource includes information on all three platforms of Google Hangouts, including Google Chat and Google Meet.

We encourage faculty and staff members to begin using Google Hangouts prior to January 1, 2019, to familiarize themselves with the product suite and to determine how to best use the new tool in your day-to-day operations. Faculty and staff can use the Hangouts suite by visiting and entering their GRCC email address and GRCC network password.  To switch between Hangouts, Chat, and Meet, simply click the Google Apps menu in the upper right corner of your browser.

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at or call 234-3205.

Employee Events Survey

July 27, 2018
Help us create events that are meaningful to you! If you have a few minutes to spare, and feedback or suggestions to share, please take the Employee Events Survey.

CAB Searching for Faculty/Staff Volunteers for August 7 event

July 25, 2018

Campus Activities Board (CAB) is looking for a few volunteers to help out with their campus event on Tuesday, August 7th.  CAB will be hosting a Summer BBQ on the Lyon Plaza from 12-2 p.m.  CAB will need 2 – 4 volunteers to help monitor our giant inflatable games (Twister and Darts).  Ideally CAB is looking for 2 volunteers to help out in 2 hour shifts.  Here are all of the available shifts:


  • 12 – 1 p.m.
  • 1 – 2 p.m.


  • 12 – 1 p.m.
  • 1 – 2 p.m.

Please fill out this form if you are interested in volunteering: