College Channel programming through May 4

Posted April 24, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: College Channel, Media Technologies, YouTube

The latest schedule, for April 14 to 20, for the College Channel includes programs on Cooking with Angus and the GRCC Math Seminar. Check out the offerings here.

GRCC In the News, 4-24-14

Posted April 24, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Board of Trustees, Community, Exercise science department, Theater, Visual Arts

Actors’ Theatre, criticized by two GRCC trustees for controversial plays, stops receiving college funding

April 24, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Actors’ Theatre, a community theater group housed at Grand Rapids Community College, announced Wednesday it will no longer receive funding from the college.


GRCC trustees react to theater group’s surprise decision to decline college funding

April 24, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College board member who has long been critical of Actors’ Theatre said he’s “pleasantly surprised” the organization will no longer seek an annual subsidy of $19,000 from the college.


Call for artists for two regional exhibitions in Grand Rapids, Muskegon

April 23, 2014; MLive

Both the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids and the Muskegon Museum of Art have announced their call for artists for regional art exhibitions each group will be hosting this summer.

…This year’s jurors are Nick Antonakis, Grand Rapids Community Colleges visual department head and professor for painting and drawing; Sara Lowethian, photographer and adjunct professor at Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University; and Lorain Smalligan, executive director of LowellArts!


Building a bottle greenhouse

April 23, 2014; WOTV4

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) Recycling is the perfect way to make a footprint in saving our plant. In late April, Goodwill AmeriCorps will team up with 75 students from Godfey Lee School to build a water bottle greenhouse.

…United Way and Grand Rapids Community College collected recycled water bottles needed for the project.


Laura Kennett: Action Hero from Grand Rapids, Michigan

April 16, 2014; Women’s Health Magazine

As a child, Laura witnessed the profound effect that a healthy lifestyle can have on well-being.

Laura Kennett is an adjunct professor in GRCC’s Exercise Science department.

Raider Salute to Finals Relaxers planners and volunteers

Posted April 24, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Raider Salute

Please help Student Life provide a warm Raider Salute to all the people that helped pull off a successful student Finals Relaxer event yesterday:

Fieldhouse Staff

Rick VanderVeen, Michael Boerman & Charles Wells

All the student employees and lifeguards

*Helped manage all the back-end operations that goes into hosting an event at the fieldhouse

Campus Police Staff
Officer Peters, Officer Myers, Officer Kritzman. Chief Whitman

*Kept the environment safe

Facilities Staff

Becky Yoder, Oene Pomper, Jim Schultz, Dale Young, Pat Baldridge & Mark Boverhof

All the student employees

*Setup all of our electrical, table, and chair needs as well as reserved the space

Campus Dining Staff

Daniel Zehr, Keaton Krupa, Nancy Rutledge, & Erin Gauthier

All the student employees

*Provided excellent catering services

Human Resources Staff

Angie Pena

*Coordinated two Zumba lessons for students.

Presidents Office & Student Life Staff

Misty McClure Anderson, Paulo Teles, Molly Maczka, Liz Tyrell and Sara Dorer


There were over 450 students that attended the event. As you can see, it takes a whole army to make it work. The students, staff and faculty really enjoyed the opportunity to engage with one another.

Finals Week Blackboard Stress Buster next week

Posted April 24, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies (DLIT)

Need help entering final grades in the Blackboard Grade Center? Have questions about exporting your grades into Excel to archive the data? Just hungry for a donut or a cookie, and want to visit with the DLIT staff and faculty? Please join us during finals week on Monday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or Tuesday, April 29 from noon – 4 p.m. in 351 Main for answers to your Blackboard Grade Center questions or just a quick bite to eat and chat about Blackboard.

What: Finals Week Blackboard Stress Buster

Where: 351 Main

When: Monday, April 28 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or Tuesday, April 29 from noon – 4 p.m.

Hosted by: Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies

Van and Marinus Swets Travel Award Opportunity for GRCC Employees

Posted April 24, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Foundation

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds. A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.


  •  Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation. The more unusual, the better!
  •  Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar.
  • Essays may be hand-written or typed. Do not put your name on the essay. Attach to the essay a sealed envelope containing your name and phone number. Write the last four numbers of your Social Security number in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the essay and on the outside of the envelope. Send the essay and envelope to Mary Reed, Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Office. All essays must be received by Friday, April 18, 2014
  •  All award winners will be notified by May 2, 2014.

For more information you may contact Mary Reed: (616)234-3930 or

Laura Kennett named ‘Action Hero’

Posted April 23, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Exercise science department

Exercise Science adjunct instructor Laura Kennett has recently been named a Women’s Health Magazine Action Hero for 2014. See Laura’s biography on the Women’s Health Magazine website here.

Raider Salute to facilities staff

Posted April 23, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Facilities, Raider Salute

Ric Underhile and Langston Gant want to give Vicki Janowiak, Bob Green Jr., Dewayne Faber, and Bryan Door a Raider Salute for going above and beyond the call of duty to help ISIS with their relocation to Lettinga. The process has been laborious on their end, but virtually seamless for ISIS. We thank and appreciate your responsiveness, excellence, and integrity very much!

Winchester Alley to be closed April 25

Posted April 23, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Construction Update

Construction update: Winchester Alley will be closed to thru-traffic on Friday, April 25, to allow for deliver of the new chiller for the Main building. Employees who park in the G1 ramp should park in the Lyon ramp!


FMLA – What’s in it for you?

Posted April 23, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Staff Professional Development

Have you ever wondered what the Family Medical Leave Act is all about? Have you ever wondered if you or one of your employee’s had a “qualifying event” but were afraid to ask? In this session you will learn the various ins and outs of FMLA, intermittent FMLA, and the GRCC FMLA policy. You will also learn what a qualifying event is for you or an immediate family member and what is covered while you are on leave. Workshop facilitated by Lydia Cruz, Human Resources.

  • Tue June 10, 2014 from 9-10 AM in Room 234 Student Community Center
  • Wed July 23, 2014 from 3-4 PM in Room 203 Sneden Hall

Registration is available online at or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.


Posted April 23, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Diversity Learning Center, Staff Professional Development

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Diversity Learning Center provides tools that help promote a greater and deeper understanding of others, their cultures and customs. Businesses, educational and health care institutions, governmental agencies and non-profit organizations benefit from an informed employee base able to consider multiple perspectives and address conflicts with conscious intentional process.

All workshops are open to all GRCC Faculty and Staff. Please register online at or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285 if you need assistance.

Social Contracts….An Intentional Approach

Tue May 27, 2014 from 11:30 Am – 1:00 PM in Room 213 Sneden Hall

Whether you are leading in a classroom, a small group meeting, or managing a project, the Social Contract approach will assist you in an intentional process of building and defining inclusive principles, guidelines and consequences for social behaviors. Do not play the expectation guessing game in regard to appropriate social behaviors. Instead, attend this workshop, which will: Introduce a model of an intentional, inclusive Social Contract approach; Practice the model by developing your own Social Contract; Share wisdom with other teachers, community organizers, and professionals; and take back the model to your community.

Generational Diversity in the Workplace

Wed June 4, 2014 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM in Room 213 Sneden Hall

Never before have we had four generations of people together in the workplace. Because of this shift in employee demographics, the need to create safe places to discuss generational differences is vital. Essential to the Generational Diversity in the Workplace workshop are interactive activities, videos and small group dialogue exploring the relationship between different generations. Participants will: Understand the formative years of each generation and their core values; Use this information to connect and work with different generations; Offer strategies for effective cross generational communication.

Unintentional Bias in the Hiring Process

Tue June 10, 2014 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM in Room 213 Sneden Hall

Numerous studies show that our unconscious is dictating our decisions. These unconscious decisions impact our business decisions. The biases we carry may not be limited to visible differences but may extend to other assumptions and associations such as the way a person speaks (tone, volume, and accent) or prior personal knowledge or acquaintance. In The Unintentional Bias in the Hiring Process workshop, participants will: Examine common language and tools for processing unintentional bias situations in the hiring process; Review our Unintentional Bias in the Hiring Process video; and practice common language and process tools in small group activities

Boundaries in the Workplace

Thu June 12, 2014 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM in Room 213 Sneden Hall

How do you know WHERE to draw the line in relationships, roles and responsibilities? Participants will begin to address this issue by exploring methods of respecting and protecting other’s boundaries in the workplace. Objectives for the session include: Define boundaries in regards to job responsibilities and interpersonal boundaries; Determine the importance of boundary setting; and help others to understand their boundaries.



RaiderCard gets you zoo access

Posted April 23, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: RaiderCard, Student Life

Don’t forget to make a trip to the Zoo this spring! As a student, staff or faculty member, you have free access to the John Ball Zoo with your RaiderCard. The zoo program expires May 31st.

For more information on the Zoo and the other Grand Rapids attractions you can visit for free, please visit the following webpage:

Questions – call Student Life at 616.234.4160 or email Evan Macklin at


Nominations sought for wellness award

Posted April 23, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Staff Professional Development

Do you know of an employee who deserves the Presidents Health and Wellness award? If so, nominate them here:

For questions – contact Julie Otte

Construction Update: April and May 2014 office moves

Posted April 23, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Construction Update

By mid-May 2014 the following offices will have moved to their temporary locations.


  • Language Arts Tutoring to Science tutoring labs and Sneden 201
  • Business Tutoring to ATC 231
  • Math Tutoring to Science tutoring labs


  • Enrollment, Financial Aid and Veterans Services to Student Center floors 2 & 3
  • Cashiers Office to Student Center 1st floor (Student Life)
  • Records Office to Cook Hall 5th floor Language Arts Lab area
  • Student Employment Services to Science Building Room 137
  • GRCC E-Print Customer Services to Main Building Collins Gallery
  • GRCC E-Print Graphic Designers to Cook Hall 4th floor work center
  • Department of Experiential Learning to Lettinga House DeVos campus
  • ISIS Offices (Admin, DLIT, CTE) to Lettinga House DeVos campus
  • Provosts Office to Data Center
  • SAS Deans Offices to Data Center
  • SWD Deans Offices to 212A ATC
  • Education Department Office to Data Center
  • Language & Thought/Visual Arts Dept Office to Data Center
  • IT Tech and Happy Room to Sneden Hall
  • Susan Lichtenberg Internship Coordinator to Admin Building DeVos Campus, 1st floor


  • Media to Music 205
  • Library to ATC 224
  • Academic Support Center to ATC 232
  • Diversity Learning Center to Sneden 118
  • Older Learner Center to Sneden 118
  • Equity Affairs to Sneden 118


Biological sciences department celebrates Robert Long’s career

Posted April 23, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Biological Sciences


Dr. Robert Long
Retirement Celebration

Grand Rapids Junior College
Grand Rapids Community College

Thursday, April 24, 2014
125/127 Calkins Science Center

3-5 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 4-22-14

Posted April 22, 2014 by grcctoday
Categories: Alumni, Athletics, Baseball, Board of Trustees, GRCC In the News

GRCC turns down economic development initiatives that would cost $1.1 million in property tax revenue

April 21, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Citing budgetary concerns, Grand Rapids Community College on Monday opted out of two economic development initiatives in Gaines and Byron townships that would capture property taxes that otherwise would go to the college.

Returning to Form

April 22, 2014; Traverse City Insider

GRAND RAPIDS — Ryan Manning just wants to stay healthy, and get in the lineup as much as he can for Davenport University, an NAIA school. The Suttons Bay graduate received medical clearance to play just before the Panthers’ annual spring trip to Florida and he doesn’t want to miss any more games.

… Back when he was at Grand Rapids Community College, the 6-foot-2 and 175-pound junior suffered a major concussion and had to sit out an entire year. He might get a medical redshirt year from GRCC, and that’ll give him an additional year at Davenport.


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