GRCC In the News, 2-11-16

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Student, political activist strives to make a difference

Feb. 10, 2016; The State News (MSU’s student newspaper)

When they found out presidential candidate and business mogul Donald Trump would be holding a rally at the Deltaplex in Grand Rapids on Dec 21, MSU students Daniel Eggerding and James Commee knew they were going to go.

… Eggerding’s involvement has only grown in College, becoming the VP of a College Democrats group at Grand Rapids Community College before transferring to MSU this year. Last semester Eggerding joined student protests in support of Black Lives Matter and LiberateMSU, becoming quickly entrenched in campus issues.

Business Notes

Feb. 9, 2016; Harbor Lights (Harbor Springs)

Stafford’s Hospitality recently announced new Corporate Chef, DJ Flynn, CEC.

Flynn joined the team at the beginning of this month and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in northern Michigan. Prior to joining our team, he graduated from Culinary School at Grand Rapids Community College. After graduation, he worked at Tapiwingo as Chef de’ Cuisine for 5 years, held the Executive Chef position at Bay Harbor Yacht Club, spent some time in New Orleans and most recently, was the Executive Chef at Barrel Back and Walloon Lake Inn.

Raider Salute to Neil McGladdery

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A Raider Salute from Carolyn Calcutt, staff member in Academic Support and Tutoring Services:

I’d like to acknowledge the outstanding help I received from Neal McGladdery. The oddest situation occurred when my car key separated into two parts, the actual key and the chip.  A tiny screw had loosened, and I needed to place the chip back in the key and tighten down the screw.  Having no tools, this was impossible, and my car would not start with my key as it was. Neal took the time to find a tiny screwdriver which he used to put the key back together and make sure I could start my car and head home.  His patience and kindness are much appreciated. Thank you, Neal! A huge Raider Salute goes out to you!

GRCC hosts consortium on sexual assault prevention, awareness

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GRCC is hosting a Community College Consortium on Sexual Assault and Prevention and Awareness Tuesday, February 16th! More information is available here.

Deiona Rogers named Division II National Player of the Week

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Deiona Rogers earned Division II National Player of the Week honors after leading the GRCC women’s team to two decisive victories over Ancilla College (99-72) and Muskegon CC (80-71). Over the two game stretch Rogers averaged 28.5 points per game, 7.5 rebounds, 8 assists and 8 steals. Over the course of the season, Deiona has averaged 13.2 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 5.5 apg and 3.7 spg. The Raiders will face Jackson College and Lansing CC this week.

NJCAA DII Women's Basketball Player of the Week. Deiona Rogers. PPG: 28.5. FG: 20-37. 3PT: 5-12. MPG: 36.0. RPG: 7.5. APG: 8.0. SPG: 8.0. BPG: 0. Team Results: Feb. 3 vs Mott, W. 82/71. Feb. 6 vs No. 5 Schoolcraft,, W. 89/76.

GRCC In the News, 2-10-16

Posted February 10, 2016 by grcctoday
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First Generation College Student Struggles to Fit In

Feb. 9, 2016; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Godfrey Lee Public Schools, MI — Jordan Lovett feels a little like a puzzle piece that doesn’t quite fit lately. She sits in the Moose Cafe at Aquinas College holding a cup of hot cocoa and reflects on the last semester.

… She’s now got a heavy slate of 18 credits: biology, math for liberal arts, inquiry and expression, history of popular music and Spanish. But she’s transferring after this semester to Grand Rapids Community College, where she can save a lot of money in pursuing a major in social work.

New mentoring program seeks to connect local youth of color with Grand Rapids’ tech industry

Feb. 9, 2016; therapidian.org

On Thursday, February 11, local businessmen Jonathan Jelks and Alvin Hill IV will launch The Midwest Tech Project Mentoring Program at the Grand Rapids Art Museum aimed at exposing Grand Rapids youth of color to the technology sector and opportunities within it.

“What inspired this project for us is the fact that Grand Rapids is ranked with 53% unemployment for in the black community and 43% of African Americans live in poverty in the city of Grand Rapids. And we have a really fascinating and strong tech community in Grand Rapids. We think we can help them have a stronger relationship, more grassroots in our own city, particularly the African American and Latino communities. Since the 2014 Future of Michigan Workforce forum at Grand Rapids Community College, we’ve been brainstorming and conceptualizing way to connect kids of color to the tech industry here in Grand Rapids,” Jelks, co-founder of The Midwest Tech Project.

Beautiful in mind, body, and soul

Feb. 5, 2016; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Beautiful U is an event for middle school girls to teach them about being beautiful in mind, body, and soul.

… Another career path presented to the girls came from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. More women are going into the culinary industry, and presenters showed the girls it is a career path that’s open to them. On the message of health, they also learned the pre-teen years are pivotal for bone health. Messages from Jane Hedges, RD, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan, and Olympic gold medal swimmer Allison Schmitt taught girls about healthy food choices and importance of dairy.

Poetry Slam team being organized for national competitions

Feb. 9, 2016; MLive

Local poets and spoken word artists take note.

… He (Antonio Taylor) hosts an open mic program every Wednesday and performs locally; one of his largest audiences was at a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. event hosted by Grand Rapids Community College.

Exercise Science, Biology departments participate in Engaged Department Initiative

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Congratulations to the Exercise Science and Biology Departments for their outstanding efforts in creating community-based experiences for their students. Both departments are part of the Engaged Department Initiative, a grant funded by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to advance the institutionalization of community engaged teaching and learning into the departments curricula.

Each department received $5,000 dollars to plan, establish, implement, and evaluate strategic initiatives that will advance the integration of community-based teaching and learning into departmental curriculum and culture.

During the Fall semester, the Biology Department had nearly (250) students participate in community-based learning activities including (5) sections offering service learning and featured the Community Science Day serving over (400) community members.   The Exercise Science Department had 90 students participate in community-based learning activities including (7) sections offering service learning in addition to (50) participants at the Feeding America Make A Difference Day event and the (13) participants at the Ride for Refuge fundraising event.

Both departments are excited for the new ways they are connecting students to the community. If you are interested in learning more about the Engaged Department Initiative please visit www.grcc.edu/engageddepartment or contact Michael Schavey, Director of Experiential Learning at 616-234-4180.

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Flowers and Cupcakes event set for February 12

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Don’t forget!

This Friday from 11:30-1:30 is Flowers and Cupcakes! Stop by the ATC Atrium and enjoy a cupcake and get a flower to take with you. Open house style, so invite your co-workers to join you for a sweet treat and a flower.

Questions? Contact Julie Otte x3490

Water main break affecting restrooms

Posted February 10, 2016 by grcctoday
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There has been a water main break down on Ottawa Ave. We are experiencing greenish colored water in the restrooms at this time, we do not know at this time how long the event will last.

Diversity Lecture Series features Benjamin Todd Jealous

Posted February 10, 2016 by grcctoday
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Please join us as we celebrate 21 years of diverse voices at our Annual Diversity Lecture Series, Wednesday, February 17, featuring Benjamin Todd Jealous, Civil and Human Rights Leader, former NAACP President, Venture Capitalist and Author, “Mass Incarceration and Justice in America,” 7:00 p.m., Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE. Free and open to all.

“Mass Incarceration and Justice in America”
Benjamin Todd Jealous, former NAACP president, recently joined the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kapor Capital. Jealous says, “reforming the nation’s criminal justice systems is one of the most urgent civil right issues of our time. More African American men are entangled in the criminal justice system today than were enslaved in 1850.”

GRCC In the News, 2-9-16

Posted February 9, 2016 by grcctoday
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“News at Noon”

Feb. 8, 2016; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College is joining a growing list of schools giving students free textbooks to help them on the road to higher learning.

A TV reporter talks. Underneath the screen it says: "GRBJ: GRCC Signs on to Free Textbook Program.":

Study Away opportunity deadline

Posted February 9, 2016 by grcctoday
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The Department of Experiential Learning is beginning the process of supporting faculty wishing to develop and lead a Study Away experience for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Full-time faculty are asked to prepare a proposal describing the course that will be offered, the travel destination(s), how course outcomes will be achieved as well as a draft itinerary and budget.

The first step in the proposal process is the submission of the Pre-Approval Form (see attached). This form facilitates the process of informing key College stakeholders of your intent to lead a study away experience. This form is due by Friday, February 19th.

The faculty member works with a support team to prepare and submit his/her full proposal by Friday, April 1st.

Once approved, the faculty member is charged with finalizing all details of the experience and works with the Department of Experiential Learning to market the experience, process student applications, manage student payments and provider invoices.

To see examples of past study away experiences and additional resources, please visit www.grcc.edu/studyaway.

Please contact Michael Schavey or Hillery Haney if you have any questions.

Lower-level locker rooms to be closed February 12

Posted February 9, 2016 by grcctoday
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All four lower level locker rooms of the Ford Fieldhouse, rooms 105, 107, 107, and 108 will be closed to all use from 1:30p.m. until 3:30p.m. this Friday afternoon, February 12, 2016.  All Raider Card readers will be shut down during this time.  Our Facilities staff needs to assess some work in these areas.  Shower space is available during this time in the Athletic team locker rooms on the main level.  Please plan accordingly.  Note that the team locker spaces do have showers available, however, locker space is not available in these areas.  We apologize in advance for this inconvenience.

Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Rozema

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A man with glasses stands in front of a wall with plaques.

Andrew Rozema

Andrew Rozema is a full-time professor in the Computer Information Systems Department at Grand Rapids Community College. From taking classes at GRCC as a junior in high school, becoming an adjunct instructor, and beginning his full-time role in 2014, Rozema has been a part of the GRCC community for more than half of his life. In his full-time position, Rozema teaches a variety of Computer Information Systems classes including Microcomputer Operating Systems, Routing and Switching Essentials, Ethical Hacking I and II, Principles of Information Security, and Computer Forensics. These courses build the foundational understanding of operating systems and networks.

Professor Rozema credits much of his success in the classroom with the professional development that he has received at GRCC through the Center for Teaching Excellence. By merging the skills that he had acquired through a career in broadcasting and information technology with personal experiences and effective professional development, he is able to create best practices in the classroom. Some of these best practices include using video creation to ensure that lectures get captured in the classroom and brought online for students to review, using online discussion forums during in-seat classes to ensure that all students are involved in class discussions, and using virtualization technologies to allow students to interact with technology that people are using in the real world.

In addition to his work in the classroom, Professor Rozema stays busy with other work within the CIS Department and the college. Departmentally, he has worked with colleagues to redesign the entire CIS curriculum, focusing specifically on aligning the information security curriculum with the Committee on National Security Systems standards. College-wide, he is actively involved in the Academic Governing Council and the Curriculum Approval Committee. For the past two years Professor Rozema has been involved in organizing and presenting at Faculty Learning Day, as well as continuing professional development at retreats and seminars like Great Teachers and Trends.

Professor Rozema continues to embrace the freedom to pursue his interests in IT and information security and advance the mission and vision of his department and college. He says, “I’m all about the Open Door. As somebody who walked in it and then through it, and then on to greater things, I love that this institution gives anyone willing to work for it amazing opportunities.” Thank you for continuing to provide these opportunities for our students.

Faculty cap, gown orders due by February 26

Posted February 9, 2016 by grcctoday
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The GRCC Bookstore is taking orders for caps and gowns for staff and faculty through February 26th. If you are in need of any commencement regalia, please stop in the bookstore and fill out the form to order yours today! Due to turnaround time and production needs, all orders and prepayments must be in by February 26, 2016, to be ready in time for the April GRCC Commencement ceremony.

GRCC In the News, 2-8-16

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GRCC joins national affordable textbook program

Feb. 5, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College has joined a growing list of schools that are providing free, professional-quality textbooks to students to improve access to higher educational learning.

GRBJ: GRCC starts program for free textbooks

Feb. 8, 2016; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College has joined a growing list of schools that are providing free, professional-quality textbooks to students to improve access to higher educational learning.

Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal wins the 2016 Giant Among Giants Award

Feb. 7, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — For 40 years, Teresa Weatherall Neal has dedicated her life to helping young people realize their potential, including tackling barriers that so often keep poor kids from learning and finding success.

… On Saturday, Feb. 6, Neal was named a Giant Among Giants, the top honor at the 34th annual Giants Awards at DeVos Place. The event hosted by Grand Rapids Community College recognizes the notable contributions of African Americans to the quality of life in Grand Rapids. A dozen others were also honored for making a difference in the community.

Area high school grads making an impact on college sports scene

Feb. 5, 2016; MLive

The winter season is heading down the homestretch for local college athletes and a number of former area high school standouts are turning in strong seasons with their college teams.

… NorthPointe Christian grad Regan Cross is a freshman on the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team. Cross is averaging 10 points per game, along with 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Cross scored a season-high 17 points against the Hope College JV.

Hope Dollarhide, Karli Warning are best friends off the court, double-trouble in competition

Feb. 5, 2016; MLive

WAYLAND — It’s double-trouble out on the basketball court for the Wayland Union girls basketball team.

… “Both of them will be continuing on with basketball after college,” (coach Marty) Howard stated. “Hope (Dollarhide) has already signed a letter of intent to play at Lawrence Tech, and Karli (Warning) will be attending and playing at Grand Rapids Community College.”


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