Posted tagged ‘Information Technology’

Retirement reception for Jamie Hitchings on June 29

June 20, 2017

The retirement reception for IT analyst Jamie Hitchings will be held on Thursday, June 29, from 2- 4 p.m. in the IT lobby, room 130 in Sneden Hall.  Weather permitting, we might also celebrate on the garden of the Sneden patio, which is just down the hall from the IT office.  Please join us in saying “thank you” and “happy retirement” to Jamie.

Move to Windows 10 starts this month

June 19, 2017

Starting June 23, Information Technology will begin migrating all classroom instructor stations to Windows 10. All lab computers will be migrated in July. All GRCC computers assigned to faculty and staff will be migrated to Windows 10 by request after the start of the Fall semester.

Please direct any questions or concerns to windows10@grcc.edu or call the IT Support Desk at (616) 234-4357.

CWIS to be down for maintenance June 15

June 14, 2017

CWIS (PeopleSoft Student, Financials, HR, and the Online Center) will be down for required maintenance from 10 p.m. June 15 until 7 a.m. June 16.

Raider Salute to IT-Customer Support

May 25, 2017

Alex Moore, in Finance and Administration, has a Raider Salute for Bryan and Matthew in IT-Customer Support:

“A big thank you to Bryan and Matthew in IT-Customer Support for assisting me with a workstation move.  They went out of their way and stayed after hours to ensure that my workstation was set up for me the next day.  You both did an outstanding job.  Thanks for your help and dedication guys!”

Congratulations to Jeff and Kate Vanderveen

May 18, 2017

At 8:08 a.m. May 16, Jeff Vanderveen, from Information Technology, and his wife, Kate, welcomed Thomas John Vanderveen into the world!

Mom and baby are doing great. Thomas weighed 8 lbs and is 21 inches long!

Thomas Vanderveen

Thomas Vanderveen

 

Raider Salute for successful office move

May 16, 2017

A Raider Salute from Amy Koning, dean of the School of Workforce Development:

A shout to the following colleagues in my recent office move:

  • Neal McGladdery
  • Willie Hurst
  • Dave Emelander
  • Chad Senna
  • Dan Cook

It’s awesome to work with all of you!

GRCC In the News, 5-15-17

May 15, 2017

Change Ups: Allen named Catholic Charities CEO

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… EDUCATION

… Grand Rapids Community College automotive technology students Bentley Streling and Adam VanPortfliet placed second and third, respectively, in the recent SkillsUSA state championship.

Perpetual growth fuels Switch

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

More than 1,000 contractors have had a hand in the Switch Pyramid campus in Gaines Township since legislation passed in December 2015 to bring the data center company to West Michigan.

… Switch has multiple partnerships in the works with Michigan companies, including a renewable energy initiative set to be released soon. (Adam) Kramer confirmed a second year of its partnership with ArtPrize and talked about its workforce development with Grand Rapids Community College.

Clothing line founders get creative

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Last year, Jack VanGessel and three of his friends launched Southern Hound, a clothing line inspired by popular styles and culture originating from the South.

But a couple of months after the start of their new venture, the four business partners were beginning to feel dissatisfied with the amount of money they were paying for creative services. VanGessel, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, and co-founder Conor Conaboy, a student at Michigan State University, brainstormed ideas and concluded one day, it might be a fun endeavor to start their own creative agency. That day came sooner than they expected.

Inside Track: Dentist seizes business opportunity

May 12, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

John Bruinsma never would have guessed the artificial taste of a sugar-free lollipop would one day lead to the taste of a $2,000 bottle of scotch.

… Growing up in Grand Rapids, Bruinsma always had a passion for science. After graduating from high school ahead of schedule, he went on to continue his education at Grand Rapids Community College.

Our LGBT Fund raises $520,000 to support services in West Michigan

May 14, 2017; MiBiz

GRAND RAPIDS — The growth of a fund established three years ago by a same-sex couple from Grand Rapids proves there’s interest in addressing issues the LGBT community faces in West Michigan.

… (Simon) Kittok, who works for Grand Rapids Community College, said the fund was created to offer more opportunities for transgender individuals to make good lives for themselves.

Blackboard upgrade on May 4

May 2, 2017

Technology notification:

On May 4th, from 6-9 a.m., Blackboard Learn will be upgraded to Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 Cumulative Update 1. During the scheduled maintenance, Blackboard will be unavailable. Please review your courses and organizations in Blackboard prior to the upgrade to ensure everything is working as expected and you are familiar with the changes. You can evaluate the Blackboard updates in our test environment at https://bbtst.grcc.edu (on campus only). The test environment is a copy of the production environment as of February 1.

With this upgrade, the new Blackboard Learn 2016 theme will be applied, so it will look slightly different. The new theme improves the experience for mobile users. Additionally, this theme was designed with WCAG 2.0 principles in mind and follows accessibility guidelines for structure, color contrast, and navigation. Please note, modifying course themes and some branding configuration settings are no longer supported. The course themes option will be replaced with the Blackboard delivered theme, which is a more consistent, mobile-friendly and accessible interface. In addition, we added a “Mobile” tab that contains a different module layout that we believe better aligns with the mobile experience (i.e. My Course List module resides on the left, so it is the first module presented to a mobile device). More information on this can be found in the announcement section located on the login page. The Mobile tab will not be pushed to production and is only used for demonstration purposes. We welcome your feedback on adjusting the layout of various modules to improve the overall mobile experience.

Listed below are a couple of the feature enhancements and quality improvements in this release. For a full list of updates, please refer to the Blackboard release notes, which can be found at https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/Hosting/Release_Notes/Release_Notes_All_91_Releases/Release_Notes_9.1_2016_Q4.

  • Improved mobile experience and accessibility
  • Ability to drag and drop files
  • Submission receipts
  • Reminders
  • Dropbox integration

If you have questions or concerns, please contact IT Customer Support at 234-HELP or ITSupport@grcc.edu. If you have questions about how to use the new features, contact DLIT at 234-3205 or DLIT@grcc.edu.

Blackboard upgrade on May 4

May 1, 2017

Technology notification:

On May 4th, from 6-9 a.m., Blackboard Learn will be upgraded to Learn 9.1 Q4 2016 Cumulative Update 1. During the scheduled maintenance, Blackboard will be unavailable. Please review your courses and organizations in Blackboard prior to the upgrade to ensure everything is working as expected and you are familiar with the changes. You can evaluate the Blackboard updates in our test environment at https://bbtst.grcc.edu (on campus only). The test environment is a copy of the production environment as of February 1.

With this upgrade, the new Blackboard Learn 2016 theme will be applied, so it will look slightly different. The new theme improves the experience for mobile users. Additionally, this theme was designed with WCAG 2.0 principles in mind and follows accessibility guidelines for structure, color contrast, and navigation. Please note, modifying course themes and some branding configuration settings are no longer supported. The course themes option will be replaced with the Blackboard delivered theme, which is a more consistent, mobile-friendly and accessible interface. In addition, we added a “Mobile” tab that contains a different module layout that we believe better aligns with the mobile experience (i.e. My Course List module resides on the left, so it is the first module presented to a mobile device). More information on this can be found in the announcement section located on the login page. The Mobile tab will not be pushed to production and is only used for demonstration purposes. We welcome your feedback on adjusting the layout of various modules to improve the overall mobile experience.

Listed below are a couple of the feature enhancements and quality improvements in this release. For a full list of updates, please refer to the Blackboard release notes, which can be found at https://en-us.help.blackboard.com/Learn/Administrator/Hosting/Release_Notes/Release_Notes_All_91_Releases/Release_Notes_9.1_2016_Q4.

  • Improved mobile experience and accessibility
  • Ability to drag and drop files
  • Submission receipts
  • Reminders
  • Dropbox integration

If you have questions or concerns, please contact IT Customer Support at 234-HELP or ITSupport@grcc.edu. If you have questions about how to use the new features, contact DLIT at 234-3205 or DLIT@grcc.edu.

Benefit for Peggy Gorno is April 21

April 18, 2017
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CWIS to undergo maintenance

April 13, 2017

CWIS (PeopleSoft Student, HR, and the Online Center) will be down for maintenance on Thursday, April 13, from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Friday, April 14.

CWIS to undergo maintenance

April 12, 2017

CWIS (PeopleSoft Student, HR, and the Online Center) will be down for maintenance on Thursday, April 13, from 9:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Friday, April 14.

Soup event to benefit Peggy Gorno

April 7, 2017
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ImageNow to be down for upgrades

February 23, 2017

Reminder: ImageNow will be down for a required version upgrade beginning on Thursday, February 23, at 5:00 p.m. and will be back up and available beginning Friday, February 24, at 8:00 a.m.

Client Update Information:

For those who have the ImageNow client installed on your computer, the client will automatically update after the upgrade has been completed when connected to the GRCC network. This update will require your system to be restarted upon completion, but will allow you to decide when to restart your system.

For those not on campus, your client will automatically update the next time your system is connected to the GRCC network. .

Reminders:

During this outage window the following systems will be unavailable: WebNow, the ImageNow client and the Leave of Absence eForm.

After the upgrade ImageNow will look and feel much like the old version with a couple exceptions.

  • ImageNow has been re-branded to Perceptive Content 7. This means that login screens to both the ImageNow client and WebNow will reference Perceptive Content 7 instead of ImageNow.
  • Due to security concerns the Leave of Absence eForm will no longer be available from off campus beginning on February 24th.

If you have the ImageNow client installed on your computer we will be sending out instructions for upgrading it prior to the upgrade date.

Any future updates will be posted at: www.grcc.edu/status

Also available through: https://grccitstatus.wordpress.com/, http://www.grcc.edu/informationtechnology/customersupport, https://twitter.com/grccithelp and www.facebook.com/grccit

ImageNow to get upgrades

February 21, 2017
ImageNow will be down for a required version upgrade beginning on Thursday, February 23, at 5:00 p.m. and will be back up and available beginning Friday, February 24. at 8:00 a.m.
During this outage window, the following systems will be unavailable: WebNow, the ImageNow client and the Leave of Absence eForm.
After the upgrade, ImageNow will look and feel much like the old version with a couple exceptions.
  • ImageNow has been re-branded to Perceptive Content 7. This means that login screens to both the ImageNow client and WebNow will reference Perceptive Content 7 instead of ImageNow.
  • Due to security concerns the Leave of Absence eForm will no longer be available from off campus beginning on February 24.

If you have the ImageNow client installed on your computer we will be sending out instructions for upgrading it prior to the upgrade date.

Any future updates will be posted at: www.grcc.edu/status

Also available through: https://grccitstatus.wordpress.com/, http://www.grcc.edu/informationtechnology/customersupport, https://twitter.com/grccithelp and www.facebook.com/grccit