GRCC In the News, 8-22-17

Posted August 22, 2017 by grcctoday
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LCC ranked near bottom of WalletHub’s best and worst community colleges for 2017

Aug. 21, 2017; WLNS

LANSING, MI (WLNS) — Paying for college can be expensive, but local community colleges offer an alternative by letting students spend less for their education.

… Here’s how some of the schools in Michigan fared:

… Grand Rapids Community College 660

Board holds swearing-in ceremony for Carlos Sanchez

Posted August 22, 2017 by grcctoday
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Carlos Sanchez was ceremonially sworn in as a new Board of Trustees member at the Monday meeting.

David J. Koetje swears in Carlos Sanchez in the boardroom.

Policies updated

Posted August 22, 2017 by grcctoday
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The following policies have been updated or added and recently approved:

June 2017 Policy Meeting

6.14 Family Medical Leave Act

  • Section X.E.1 – added the following verbiage at the end of the section:

Employees (CEBA, Meet & Confer, APSS, Campus Police) who do not return to work and have used leave banks that are advanced will be responsible for reimbursing the College all unearned leave banks.

6.20 Criminal Background Checks

  • Policy statement revised for clarification. The statement is more inclusive and represents all of the groups who participate in background checks.
  • Policy owner is now Executive Director of Human Resources.
  • Added reference to volunteers in several sections.
  • Added reference to out-of-state background checks.
    • Out-of-state background checks are conducted as needed. Separate HR procedures apply for any person denied as a result of the check.
  • Added a section within procedures for current employees who may be convicted of a crime.
    • If a current employee is convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, they must report conviction to the Exec Director of Human Resources.

Note:  We do not conduct random checks on current employees.  This new section in procedures helps to confirm that we are doing everything we can to keep our campus safe for students and our employees.

  • Added a section within procedures for inviting former employees and guests with known criminal backgrounds to campus for events or speaking opportunities.
    • As stated in this section, it is not our intention to complete a check on all guests, but we do have a duty to keep our campus safe and will review concerns with appropriate campus leaders.

11.22 Economic Development Participation

  • Section X.  Added C. – which allows us to consider not recommending “opting out” of new or expanded tax capture districts where there is an opportunity to participate in a gain-sharing agreement of at least 10% of the district’s tax-increment proceeds.

(NEW) 10.6 Withdrawal and Return of Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) Funds

  • Department of Defense is requiring that our institution have a return of funds policy available for students to view regarding return of Federal Tuition Assistance.

14.13 Communicable Diseases

  • Updates names of relevant documents and website links
  • Updates contact titles
  • Updates the language to specifically include students, as well as employees
  • Provides specificity on reporting responsibilities for both students and employees
  • Updates the authoritative sources for reporting guidelines
  • Clarifies role of the Health & Safety sub-team
  • Clarifies persons responsible for external communication

12.9 Facility and Ground Use

  • Added “and Ground Use” to policy name
  • Expanded reason for policy to include guidance on use of building and grounds
  • Entities affected by policy – Added GRCC Athletics and GRCC Student Life Organizations
  • Scheduling hierarchy – Added Athletics and Student Life Organizations
  • Fees – added (c) – External/third party involvement, and the extent to which the event and any related revenues/fees are managed by the third party
  • Added under X. Procedures:

When in the best interest of GRCC, the President or his/her designee may approve exceptions to procedures, fees, or requests for waivers, on a non-precedent-setting basis.

The College reserves the right to cancel any event for circumstances beyond its control and/or reasonable cause, or deny and make additional restrictions when in the best interest of the College.

For more information, visit the policy website.

 

Governor, U.S. Secretary of Labor visit GRCC

Posted August 22, 2017 by grcctoday
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U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta joined Gov. Rick Snyder at Grand Rapids Community College on Monday, where they discussed the importance of apprenticeships before touring the third and fourth floors of the college’s Peter and Pat Cook Academic Hall. The visit comes as part of a series of tours that Snyder and Acosta are conducting focused on manufacturing and medical apprenticeships.

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Photos from Grillin’ with Bill

Posted August 21, 2017 by grcctoday
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President Pink and his wife, Lori, hosted their very first ‘Grillin’ with Bill’ event on Friday, August 21st, on the Heritage Terrace.

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Canon toner returns

Posted August 21, 2017 by grcctoday
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If you have extra Canon Toners in your area, please bring them back to GRCCePRINT by Thursday, August 24.

College Channel programming through August 25

Posted August 21, 2017 by grcctoday
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The latest schedule, through August 25, for the College Channel includes the Student Life banquet.

Service, supply ordering for new copiers

Posted August 21, 2017 by grcctoday
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New Konica Minolta Copier/Printer Sevice Request and Supply Ordering.

The process will remain the same for service requests but below will be the 3 different ways you can now order toner.

Option 1) Call the 800 number that is on the sticker on the front of your new machine and follow the prompts for toner.

Option 2) Email gcs@kmbs.konicaminolta.us . In the body of your email, be sure to include the following information.

Example: Serial Number: A7PY011017204

ID #  9360-1838

Contact name:

Description: 1 toner of each color needed

Location for verification (Department)

Option 3) go to www.mykmbs.com  and login with the credentials sent to you electronically. You will have a webportal you can order toner through.

Photos from Honors Program event

Posted August 21, 2017 by grcctoday
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The Honors Program held a summer meet-and-greet event last week.

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GRCC In the News, 8-18-17

Posted August 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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WOS Launches Learning Center in Detroit, Orletta Caldwell to Lead

Aug. 17, 2017; businessinsider.com

DETROIT, Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Workforce Opportunity Services (WOS)the leading non-profit organization geared towards aligning individuals from underrepresented groups with transformative career opportunities is expanding its impact as a resource for individuals living in underserved communities through establishing a new learning center in Detroit, Michigan.

… Orletta Caldwell, a Detroit native who has over 30 years of administrative and leadership experience, will serve as the coordinator of the new learning center; overseeing all of its operations. Over the course of her career, she has held positions at Josten’s Inc., Camp Barber, and Grand Rapids Community College.

(This press release ran in many media outlets.)

First Scholars to hold mixer on August 23

Posted August 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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You are invited to our final First Scholars mixer of the year!

At this event, we will facilitate a discussion for parents and their incoming First Scholar student on the benefits of the First Scholars initiative, how to earn points, how to retrieve incentives from points earned, how to engage OrgSync, and academic expectations regarding first-time fulltime students.

When: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Time: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Where: Sneden 108

*Light food will be served

Students and parents are seated around tables in room 108 of Sneden.

Raider Salute for Summer Teaching Institute help

Posted August 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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Thank you to all the Summer Teaching Institute facilitators and participants!

Facilitators were Christina McElwee, Deb Vilmont, Chad Sytsma, Tony Dykema-VanderArk, Garry Brand, Meegan Willi, Mursalata Muhammad, Klaas Kwant, Rafael Pastrano, Melanie Shiele-Gady, Tamber Bustance and Jennifer Batten

Special thanks to Toy McNeal for all the coordination and Avery Sedore for the fantastic food.

Culinary students to take part in sugar pull on August 19

Posted August 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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Chef Gilles Renusson and students from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will be pulling a sugar ribbon over the Blue Bridge at 2 p.m. August 19 as part of the Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire.

 

Faculty training session explores lightboard

Posted August 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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As part of the faculty training session on August 17, chemistry professor Bill Faber demonstrated the lightboard.

Bill Faber talks to a camera as he stands behind a lightboard.

Diversity Lecture Series lineup includes neuroscientist, comedian

Posted August 17, 2017 by grcctoday
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All the lectures are free and open to the public:

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series XXIII. 2017-18. Celebrating 23 Years of Diverse Voices. October 25, 2017. John Cacioppo. Author, Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service professor at the University of Chicago. “Loneliness and Brain Health.” John Cacioppo is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor and the Director of the Center for Cognitive and social Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. Prior to his tenure at University of Chicago, he served as a professor at Notre Dame, University of Iowa, and Ohio State University. Author of more than 400 articles and books, including Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Connection, Professor Cacioppo was recently awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society and the Career Achievement Award from the Chicago Society for Neuroscience. As an active member of the scientific community, Professor Cacioppo has worked as editor for many peer-reviewed journals, including Psychophysiology, Psychological Review, and Social Neuroscience. November 15, 2017. Julissa Arce. Author, Immigration and Education Advocate; Co-Founder/Chairman Ascent Education Fund. “The American DREAMer: From Undocumented to Wall Street and Immigration Advocacy.” Julissa Arce is both a writer and advocate for immigrant rights and education. She is also the Co-founder and Chairman of the Ascend Educational Fund, a board member for the National Immigration Law Center and the Director of Public Affairs at Define American. Prior to becoming an advocate, she worked on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch, where her professional success gave rise to a personal paradox: she achieved the “American Dream” and yet was not part of what defined America. In both her memoir, My (Underground) American Dream, Arce recounts her experience in the corporate world as both a Hispanic woman and an undocumented American, giving a new perspective on the complex intersection of success, immigration and the American Dream. February 21, 2018. Dawn Porter. Criminal Justice System Reformer, Attorney, and Gideon’s Army Filmmaker. “Defending American in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” Dawn Porter is the director and producer of the critically-acclaimed documentary, Gideon’s Army. Her most recent work, Rise: The Promise of My Brother’s Keeper, chronicles President Obama’s work, helping young men of color achieve success. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Porter was the Director of News Standards and Practices at ABC News and Vice President of Standards and Practices at A&E Networks. A graduate of Swarthmore College and the Georgetown University Law Center, Porter initially pursued a career in law, serving as a practicing attorney at the law firm of Baker & Hostetler for five years, before finding her calling as a filmmaker. March 14, 2017. Negin Farsad. Author, Social Justice Comedian, Director of The Muslims are Coming! “Fighting Islamophobia, Bigotry and What Have You with Comedy.” Negin Farsad is a writer, director, and stand-up comedian whose work blends social justice with comedy. Author of the book How to Make White People Laugh, she is one of the few Iranian-American Muslim female comedians working today, using humor to defuse tensions on issues of race, religion and immigration. In her award-winning feature film, The Muslims Are Coming!, Farsad took a group of Muslim-American comedians across America to perform, connect with local people, and counteract Islamophobia through humor. Her work includes hosting the Fake the Nation podcast, writing and directing films such as 3rd Street Blackout and Nerdcore Rising, and winning the first ever YouTube Visionary Award for her work combatting Muslim stereotypes. For more information, please visit grcc.edu/lecture or call (616) 234-3390. All lectures begin a 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Free and open to all. ASL interpreted. Book signing follows Cacioppo, Arce, and Farsad lectures. GRCC The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Find us on Facebook. Grcc.edu/lecture. The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion in Partnership with GRCC’s Social Sciences Department. Culture of inclusion Vision Statement GRCC promotes full access and participation in all aspects of our community through policy, practice, and pedagogy that respects the inherent dignity of each individual. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations please contact the Woodrick Center for Equity and Indlusion at (616) 234-3390.