“Tenured Faculty 2013″
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April 24, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – As faculty from Grand Rapids Community College start class next fall, they’ll face a system that until now has never existed at the nearly century-old institution — pay increases based on merit.
April 22, 2013; WOOD TV
Grand Rapids, MI (WOODTV) – Making the transition from high school or college into the working world can be a difficult process for anyone. It can be even more difficult for students with disabilities. This Connecting with Community Awards finalist partners with local business and local schools to help train, coach and prepare students with disabilities to better be prepared for the real world of work.
(GRCC is mentioned in the video that goes with this story.)
April 23, 2013; MLive
MUSKEGON, MI — Two of the top teams in the Michigan Junior College Athletic Association baseball race square off Tuesday.
Muskegon Community College, which is 12-5 in league play and third in the standings, travels to take on second-place Grand Rapids Community College in a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m.
Get ready! The Annual Employee Appreciation event will be on May 6, 2013! There are quite a few fun changes this year — so you won’t want to miss the lunch and celebration!
Annual Employee Appreciation is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, May 6, at a surprise location — to be revealed soon!
Due to the great demands of our dedicated faculty and staff on commencement day, we have decided to change the date of this event. We will be off-site this year so that we can appreciate all employees — even the employees who work so hard to make employee appreciation a wonderful success. We know this is a change, but we also know that this will be a really great event for all faculty and staff to attend.
We appreciate you and your hard work, so come and celebrate with us!
How Michigan’s right-to-work law will impact faculty at Grand Rapids-area colleges
Dec. 17, 2012; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Union leaders at two Grand Rapids-area colleges expect Michigan’s new right-to-work law to thin their ranks, but by how much remains to be seen.
“It’s definitely going to affect us like everybody else,” said Fred van Hartesveldt, president of Grand Rapids Community Colleges faculty association, which consists of about 250 full-time instructors and 600 adjuncts. “We’re only beginning to think about what it means for us.”
From the Spring Lake District Library description for “A Taste of Fall!”:
Fall is my favorite time of year with the brilliant colors of the changing leaves, the softer slant of the sun’s rays, cool, crisp days, and the abundance of the fall harvest. This year there is one more reason to welcome fall’s arrival. On the first day of autumn, Saturday, Sept. 22, Spring Lake District Library will be hosting a presentation by the creators of the book “Tasting and Touring Michigan’s Homegrown Food: A Culinary Roadtrip.” [...] Award winning photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick is a Western Michigan University graduate with a BFA in photography. She is an instructor at Grand Rapids Community College and a Continuing Studies Instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design where she teaches digital photography. (More)
Adjunct music department instructors Lisa Kacos and Nick Hosford are performing with their band The Outer Vibe twice this week as part of ArtPrize. Both concerts are located downtown, free, and open to the public:
- Wednesday, September 19 at Rosa Parks Circle, 11:15 A.M. until 12:45 P.M. – WOOD TV8′s eightWest show is broadcasting live from ArtPrize. If it rains, WOOD TV8 will make the cancellation call.
- Friday, September 21 at St. Cecilia Music Center, 8:00 P.M. A wonderful variety of musical talent found in Grand Rapids! Click this link for a complete schedule of SCMC ArtPrize performances throughout the weekend. (More info)
In addition to hosting the live performances, St. Cecilia is featuring all this year’s music entries at listening stations, which can be found in the lower level of SCMC (24 Ransom NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503).
Get a glimpse of Blackboard Learn’s product plans for the remainder of 2012 and beyond by attending this webinar!
Free! No registration required…
- What – Product Roadmap Webinar
- When – September 13, Thursday at Noon
- Where – 351 Main
The roadmap session will provide insight into the future development directions for Blackboard Learn – including the Course Delivery, Community Engagement, Content Management, and Outcomes Assessment modules. Blackboard will also discuss how their roadmap is preparing to meet the requirements of emerging trends in education, including Social Learning and Digital Content.
All faculty are invited to attend the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan Fall Conference. The focus of this conference is to equip faculty with ideas and best practices in the use of technology in teaching and will take place at Northwood University in Midland, MI on Friday, November 2, 2012.
This year, the keynote speaker is Garry Brand, GRCC Business Department Professor, who was the winner of the ITC (Instructional Technology Council) Outstanding Online Faculty Award for 2012. His session title is: Don’t “Just Do It!” #makeitcount
This is a great opportunity to learn, network, and share with faculty from across the state!
Adjunct faculty may apply for a professional development funds (up to $300 per person per year) to attend this event. Here is more information: [Microsoft Word File] about the funds available for adjunct faculty.
Wellness Instructor Melanie Schiele Gady has published a Yoga book/work book with McGraw Hill. The book/work book is called Yoga, Tone, Stretch and Life. You can purchase book through our GRCC bookstore and also through McGraw Hill. Book is being used in the Wellness Department Yoga Classes and is available for the community as well.
BEST PART OF BOOK
The book was fun to write but it was awesome to have over 100 GRCC Yoga students take part in the 10 + hour professional photo shoot. We finished the photo shoot with over 1000 pictures of GRCC students in Yoga poses.
So thank you to Melanie Schiele Gady’s Winter 2012 Yoga Students, Karen the Photographer, and the McGraw Hill Team (Specifically Cara Warne and Christy Rybak).
Congratulations to the Class of 2012 Tenured faculty:
- Jan Chapman, English
- Lisa Gloege, Social Sciences
- Mugi (Patrick) Kamau, Counseling Services
- Emily Nisley, Counseling Services
- Charlotte Pease, Mechanical and Architectural Design
- Gordan Vurusic, Social Sciences
- Mike Whitman, Culinary-SICE
- Megan Coakley, English Department
This year’s class was recognized at a celebration breakfast on August 24 at the Stewart Edward White Hall on the DeVos Campus.
Congratulations to Dawn Cheikh, adjunct professor of French and Arabic, who was presented with the Excellence in Teaching by an Adjunct Faculty Award at the Adjunct Appreciation Dinner last night. Dawn, a native of Grand Rapids, earned her B.A. in French and Music from Aquinas College, and her M.A. in French from Middlebury College. She has been at GRCC since 2004.
Grand Rapids Community College bestowed its Excellence in Education Awards at the college’s opening day ceremonies to kick off the 2012-2013 academic year. This year’s awards were presented to education professor Diane Sparks and Secchia Institute for Culinary Education operations manager Mike Kidder.
The award is the college’s highest recognition, and is given annually to one faculty and one staff member for his or her contributions to the college, higher education and the community. Each recipient receives a $1,000 cash award and a matching award goes to the GRCC Foundation in each recipient’s name.
“This award speaks to the quality of the individuals we have working at GRCC, and I am extremely proud of Diane and Mike,” said GRCC president Steven C. Ender. “The nomination process is a stringent one, and the fact that the nominations came from not just their peers, but from a cross-section of individuals from the GRCC community makes it that much more special.”
Among the award criteria categories outlined are respect for people and environment, responsiveness, integrity and diversity.
Sparks’ career spans 27 years at GRCC, the last 13 of them as an education professor. She also worked in the college’s preschool program, including six as the school’s lab director. Letters in support of her nomination included comments such as, “She encourages feedback from her students and is always willing to implement a new idea or change the way a concept is presented to help students succeed,” and “She helps future teachers understand the importance of including the community in the development of young children.”
This week Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday over 70 faculty attended GRCC’s 7th Annual Summer Technology Institute. This is one of the best events for faculty to become fully immersed in leveraging technologies such as Blackboard in teaching and learning. This event included 5 in depth sessions to choose from, including: Blackboard Basics (aka Bootcamp), i>clicker Training, Blackboard Advanced, Advanced Online Teaching, and Advanced Classroom Technology.
The facilitators of the 5 breakout sessions were professors Diane Sparks, Garret Brand, Gary Ebels, and Lisa Gloege. Meegan Willi, who is an Instructional Technologist/Designer in DLIT also facilitated sessions at the STI.
More information about this event is located here: grcc.edu/techinstitute
Melanie Schiele Gady’s Walking for Fitness Class takes field trip to Kent Trails. After learning about Cholesterol, what high cholesterol is, and how to lower your cholesterol the class walked 6 ½ miles. Do you know your Cholesterol numbers? Do you know that walking can help improve and lower your cholesterol as well as high blood pressure, diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease, stroke, and help prevent osteoporosis?
Physical activity also promotes higher self -esteem, higher productivity, and better cognitive function. Adults should be getting in 30-60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Dr. Robin Connell, jazz pianist and adjunct music faculty at GRCC, will perform with world-renowned jazz bassist, Matt Brewer in Grand Rapids this week. Mr. Brewer resides in New York City and is featured on dozens of recordings including two on the Blue Note label. He tours world wide with artists such as Lee Konitz, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, David Sanchez, Steve Coleman, Terence Blanchard, and Jeff “Tain” Watts. Joining Matt and Robin onstage are drummer, Randy Marsh, and Matt’s father, Dr. Paul Brewer (Aquinas College, Director of Instrumental Music).
5/16/12,6-9pm, Ottawa Tavern Jazz
151 Ottawa Avenue NW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
5/19/12, 6-7pm, First United Methodist Church Jazz Vespers
227 Fulton Street East Grand Rapids, MI 49503
5/20/12, 7-10:30pm, HopCat Jazz
25 Ionia Avenue Southwest Grand Rapids, MI 49503