Encourage students to apply

Posted October 19, 2017 by grcctoday
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Encourage your students to participate in this Study Away opportunity:

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018. Grcc.edu/studyaway grcc.edu/studentaway facebook.com/grccstudyaway

Eligibility: All degree-seeking students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and no money owed to the institution. Date: June 29-July 15, 2018 (17 days). Course: HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel (three credits). Housing: Program participants will be housed with host families. Excursions and Highlights: Two-week Spanish language classes at student proficiency level. Host family stay. Daily afternoon excursions. Guided visit to Segovia and Avila. Excursion to Aveiro Beach (Portugal) – weather permitting. 800-year celebration of the University of Salamanca. Service learning project with Puente Ladrillo. Ruta de Tapas (exploring Tapas’ restaurants). Castanet lesson. 4th of July celebration—Spanish style. City tour of Madrid. Contact: Department of Experiential Learning, Main Building, Level G2, Room 59. traceylacy@grcc.edu. (616) 234-4162 grcc.edu/studyaway. Costs* Program fee (paid to GRCC): $3,850. What is included: Round trip airfare. Accommodations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in country. Field trips, excursions and entrance fees. Criminal background check. Travel insurance. Deposit – Due upon acceptance into program: $500. Tuition [plus fees (in-district) paid to GRCC]: $339. What is included: Three (3) credits (based on residential rate) and fees. Potential Additional Expenses: Items listed below may or may not apply to all participants: Passport. Personal expenses. Additional meals beyond what is offered. Travel provider phone (in country use only). How to pay for study abroad? Students are encouraged to pursue financial aid, scholarships and grants to fund Study Abroad. In addition, they may consider personal funds and alternative loans to fund Study Abroad. For more information on funding, visit grcc.edu/studyaway. Contact program directors for more information: Carmela Zapata, Department of Language and Thought, czapata@grcc.edu (616) 234-4666. Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services, aclark@grcc.edu, (616)234-4131. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. Apply through February 1, 2018 at grcc.edu/studyaway. *All program information, including courses, duration of program, dates and other logistics are subject to change. Fee subject to adjustment based on actual exchange rates and international airfare. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. GRCC Grand Rapids Community College. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning at (616) 234-4162. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

GRCC In the News, 10-19-17

Posted October 19, 2017 by grcctoday
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Grandson of Cesar Chavez shares millennial message in GR

Oct. 18, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The grandson of labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez visited Grand Rapids Wednesday with a message for millennials: In today’s political climate, it’s more important than ever to remember his grandfather’s message of unity, hope and uniting people.

… Andrew Chavez spoke at Grand Rapids Community College as part of an event put on by the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Jayhawks volleyball team beats back Kellogg, clinches second place in conference

Oct. 18, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team secured at least a second place finish in their  conference with a tough five-set victory over Kellogg Community College on Tuesday.

… MCC is now 18-14 overall and 12-2 in the Western Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. The Jayhawks trail undefeated Grand Rapids Community College by two games, with only two conference matches remaining.

Grants Lab Newsletter: October 2017

Posted October 19, 2017 by grcctoday
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Newly documented procedure covers excessive absenteeism

Posted October 19, 2017 by grcctoday
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Human Resources has a newly documented procedure regarding excessive absenteeism. The document will provide guidance for HR and supervisors on situations when an employee uses all of their paid time off, isn’t eligible for a leave of any kind, and gets into an unexcused/unpaid absence situation.

This may never be a concern to most employees, however, it has become necessary to provide some written guidance on this subject. As communicated with our union leaders and our supervisors, employees are being notified via GRCC Today and can access the procedure on the HR webpage titled “Employment Practices.”

Any questions regarding this procedure can be directed to Cathy Kubiak, or your HR Generalist.

Recital hall named for Linn Maxwell Keller

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GRCC named the newly renovated recital hall for mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller during a special ceremony and concert on Oct. 18. Linn Maxwell Keller, who died in 2016, was an ardent supporter of the music program. The recital hall project was part of the $8.5 million renovation of the Music Center, which was renamed last month for Grand Rapids Junior College Humanities Department Chair Albert P. Smith.

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SLT Profile: College Accessibility Team

Posted October 19, 2017 by grcctoday
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GRCC’s College Accessibility Team (CAT) team formed in 2016 as part of our accessibility efforts on campus. The CAT is a cross-college team including representatives from faculty, IT, facilities, administration, DSS and others.

Team members include:

  •   Lina Blair, Student Life and Conduct
  •   Cathy Kubiak and Jessica Berens, Human Resources
  •   Dave Anderson, Nathan Hamilton, and Simon Kittok, Information Technology
  •   Dave Selmon, Academic Outreach
  •   Don VanOeveren and Katie Vandermeer, Computer Information Systems
  •   Lori Cook, Enrollment Center
  •  Jim Vandokkumburg, Facilities
  •  Leah Nixon, Communications
  •  Kimberly DeVries and Deven Swanigan, General Counsel
  •  Misty McClure-Anderson, President’s Office
  •  Rebecca Allington, Disability Support Services
  •  Sarah Rose, Occupational Support
  •  Scott Mattson, Job Training
  •  Steven Putt, Library and Learning Commons
  •  Victoria Janowiak, Finance and Administration
  •  William Faber and  Meegan Willi, Center for Teaching Excellence

This team is tasked with monitoring accessibility concerns and progress across campus and reporting those issues back to the cross-college group. The team communicates about potential areas of improvement and has collaborated on improving some of these areas.

The team has discussed and suggested improvements on methods for tracking accessibility concerns, routing of accessibility questions, and website improvements to aid in directing those who have questions. Various areas who work directly with accessibility, like facilities and DSS, often provide updates on their work so the team can help spread the message about progress and improvements.

Last year the team facilitated a community member’s request for a ramp near the Ford Field House; through the CAT, this request was forwarded to facilities, who examined the feasibility of the request and ultimately had the ramp constructed in response. Communicating this request through the CAT enabled the broader team to see the process, provide input, and spread the word about the improvement.

The team also discusses big-picture concepts related to college goals, including several conversations about universal design, the idea that an area be accessible to anyone as is, without having to institute specific accommodations. Last winter the team took a trip to the new Mary Free Bed YMCA to view the universal design concept of their building. After the tour, representatives from the developers came to visit our team to discuss how to incorporate universal design into our long-term facility planning.

Any questions or suggestions for the CAT can be directed to Kimberly DeVries, Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance, at (616) 234-2120 or kimberlydevries1@grcc.edu. We are always happy to accept input on topics. You can also contact us if you are interested in joining our work!

GRCC In the News, 10-18-17

Posted October 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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Morning News

Oct. 18, 2017; WOOD TV

Grand Rapids Community college is inviting the public to attend a lecture tonight from Andres Chavez. He’s the grandson of civil rights and immigration reform activist Cesar Chavez.

Business Journal publishes ’40 Under 40′

Oct. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Business Journal’s October 16th issue features a special insert 40 Under 40 which can also be viewed online.

(Among this year’s ’40 Under 40′ are Chris Sain Jr., GRCC’s coordinator of Retention, and alumni Sara Sherry Knoester, Amanda Brand and Terry Rostic.)

Nearly 200 artists featured in juried exhibition

Oct. 16, 2017; The Elkhart Truth (Ind.)

The Midwest Museum of American Art has chosen nearly 200 artists to feature in the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional exhibition. … The judges who selected works for the exhibition were Nick Antonakis, head of the Grand Rapids Community College Art Department, and Bill Hosterman, associate professor, Grand Valley State University Art Department.

Benefits Fair and Flu Shot Clinic on October 26

Posted October 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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The Annual Benefit Fair and Flu Shot Clinic will be Thursday, October 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. -Sneden Hall Room 108.

Don’t forget to bring your BC/BS insurance card to receive a flu shot at no charge. Employees covered under the WMHIP- health plans must bring their BC/BS insurance cards in order for Spectrum Health to bill on your behalf. The cost to GRCC staff will be $20 cash or check payable to “GRCC.” Flu shots will be administered by Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Maria Belmares Herrera at ext-4052, Victoria Vicencion at ext-417 or Cathy Kubiak at ext-3971.

Be well, GRCC, at the Annual Benefits Fair & Flu Shot Clinic. When: Thursday, October 26th, 2017. Where: Sneden Hall -- 108 & 103. Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Employees and family members welcome. Play Benefit BINGO for your chance to win big prizes! Get your bingo card at the door and simply visit the vendor booths to receive your stamps. Once you complete a line on your card, you are eligible to win a raffle prize! Fall is Flu Shot season! GRCC employees can get a flu shot at the fair. Be sure to bring your insurance card or pay $20! Vendors at the fair. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, Pine Rest, Flex Administrators, Rx Optical, Lake Michigan Credit Union. Aflac, MEEMIC, United Way, GRCC Wellness and Development, VALIC, GLP & Associates, Legend Group.

Meetings, Lunch-and-Learn sessions cover benefits

Posted October 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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Human Resources is holding open enrollment informational meetings. All benefit-eligible employees are welcome!

If you have any questions regarding WMHIP health plan options or coverage, or need assistance with completing open enrollment forms, HR staff will be available to help.

WMHIP informational meetings:

  • Thursday, October 19, 1-2 p.m. in the ATC auditorium (room 168).
  • Tuesday, October 24, 11 a.m. to noon in the Calkins Science Center auditorium (room 348).

Want to learn more about Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts?

To help you better understand how Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Saving Accounts work, we will be holding a FSA & HSA Lunch and Learn Session on Monday, October 23, at 1:00 p.m. in SCC- Room-234.

  • Ashley Young from Flex Administrators Inc., will be presenting on Flexible Spending Accounts, including yearly limits, carry over, claim submission and eligible FSA expenses.
  • Colleen Bolthouse from Lake Michigan Credit Union will be presenting on the advantages of Health Savings Accounts.

If you interested in attending FSA & HSA Lunch and Learn session, please RSVP to Victoria Vicencio at victoriavicencio@grcc.edu call ext-4175 or Maria Belmares Herrera at mherrerabelmares@grcc.edu ext-4052. Please RSVP by October 20 as we will be providing lunch and need an exact count.


TRIO/SSS to hold doughnut fundraiser for new Power of Education student

Posted October 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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Samuel TRIOTRIO/Student Support Services is supporting a new student through the Power of Education Foundation School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Samuel is a 5-year-old student with a warm and shiny personality!

TRIO/SSS is hosting a Krispy Kreme fundraiser for Samuel in a few weeks: Staff and faculty will be invited to pre-order delicious doughnuts for your divisions!

Students will be able to find the doughnut fundraiser on Monday, October 30 – Thursday, November 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Main G2, Main 4th Floor, Library Commons, and 1st Floor Student Center!

We thank you in advance for your amazing support! If you have any questions or would like more information about the Power of Education, please contact Anna Maria Clark at aclark@grcc.edu or 616.234-4131.

Mathematics Seminar today in Cook

Posted October 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its October Mathematics Seminar today from 3-4 p.m. in 103 Cook.

This presentation will appeal to a wide range of students and faculty.  Much of it requires no understanding of mathematics beyond arithmetic.  All are welcome!

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 p.m.

Our speaker, GRCC Mathematics Instructor Andrea Hayes, will discuss division by zero in various forms of mathematics from basic arithmetic to higher-level mathematics.  For the title and abstract of Andrea’s talk, please see below:


Division by zero is often confusing and misinterpreted.  Is (1/0) undefined or infinity?   The answer often depends on who you ask and can lead to lively discussions, even arguments.  The source of such discussions usually resides in the difference between actual division by 0 and what happens when the denominator approaches zero.  This talk will provide an in-depth look at the complexity of division by zero at various levels of mathematics.




GRCC Homecoming 2017 is THIS WEEK!

Posted October 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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Homecoming 2017 is taking place RIGHT NOW! There are activities that you can take part in throughout the week. On Thursday, October 19th, faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all invited to a Raider Tailgate. The tailgate will take place in the Raider Grille from 5-6:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and there will be family-friendly activities. Then head on over to the Fold Fieldhouse to cheer on our GRCC Volleyball team as they take on the Lake Michigan Red Hawks.

For more information about all of the Homecoming activities, please visit grcc.edu/homecoming.

GRCC Homecoming 2017 flier

Business Cafe session looks at steps to accounting degree

Posted October 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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Business Department faculty discuss various topics throughout the semester in the Business Cafe series. All the sessions are drop-in — and open to all students, not just those in business majors — so stay for 10 minutes or the entire time. Snacks are provided!

Professor Richard Barnhardt  guidance to students planning on getting an Associate of Business with an Accounting major at GRCC as well as those planning to transfer to a 4-year school from 5-6 p.m. Oct. 19 in room 201 of Cook.

GRCC In the News, 10-17-17

Posted October 17, 2017 by grcctoday
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Cesar Chavez gala celebrates college scholarships, community awards

Oct. 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 13th annual Cesar E. Chavez Hispanic Excellence Scholarship and Community Awards Gala is Thursday, Oct. 19, at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center.

… Prior to gala, Andres Chavez is scheduled to give a lecture from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 168 of Grand Rapids Community College’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center on “Millennials Putting into Action the Legacy of Cesar E. Chavez.”

Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club sends 10 to regionals

Oct. 17, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

The Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club will be well represented at this week’s Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships, as the program qualified 10 of its 30 skaters for the national event.

… Local skaters competing in the event are:

… Emily Scott (age 18) of Hamilton is a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, Carolyn Tinkham (age 18) of Grand Rapids is a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, Jennifer Prillwitz (age 16) of Grand Rapids is a junior at Kenowa Hills High School, Lara Seledotis (age 13) is an eighth-grader at Northern Hills Middle School.

Tops of the conference

Oct. 17, 2017; The Philippine Star

Before the start of Game 2 of the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Sunday, the Best Player and Best Import of the third conference were announced with the awardees representing the two teams playing in the best-of-7 title series.

… Then, (Allen) Durham enrolled at Grace Bible College, a small school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He averaged 15.5 points as a freshman in 2006-07 then left the school to attend Grand Rapids Community College because of financial limitations. Durham, however, returned to Grace Bible in 2008-09 and led the varsity to three straight National Christian College Athletic Association Division II championships. In the process, he broke the school’s 44-year-old scoring record by becoming the all-time leader with 2,467 points. He also finished his career as Grace Bible’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,314 boards.

Transfer Fair is next week

Posted October 17, 2017 by grcctoday
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GRCC Transfer Fair: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 301 (Student Lounge)

Over 35 schools attending!  Start Here/Transfer There

  • Learn about transfer requirements
  • Obtain catalogs and other transfer resources
  • Meet with College/University representatives


Sponsored by:  Counseling, Advising & Retention Services