Writing by GRCC Faculty, Alumni to be Published

David Cope’s “sirens & flashing lights stop,” a poem from David’s fifth collection (Silences for Love, Humana, 1998), is being republished by Coffee House Press in Working Words:  The Literature of Work, Class & Art, edited by M. L. Liebler.  The anthology will be available in Fall, 2010.  In addition, David will be publishing the 48th issue of his Nada Press poetry magazine, Big Scream, within the next few weeks.  The magazine has been in continuous publication since 1974  –  rare for a totally independent small press magazine – and has published both famous and emerging poets, including the work of former GRCC students G. F. Korreck, Carmen Bugan, and Melissa Wray.  This issue presents four exquisite poems by our own Barbara Saunier, as well as work by Korreck and such experimental stalwarts as Richard Kostelanetz.

Support Adult Students With Nominations for GRAHEN OAL Award

GRAHEN, the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network, is a consortium of area colleges and universities whose mission is to create an awareness of life-long learning opportunities for adults at colleges and universities in the Greater Grand Rapids Area. Members include representatives from 14 area institutions who come together to promote higher education and its importance in our Grand Rapids community.

Each year, the consortium’s big event is the Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL) Awards. GRAHEN has been celebrating the achievements and accomplishments of adult learners for over years. One deserving adult learner from each of the academic institutions will be honored with a Certificate of Achievement and cash award at an awards ceremony on Wednesday April 14, 2009 at 7:00pm at the Applied Technology Center on the GRCC campus.

This important event recognizes and honors the academic achievements and community contributions of local adult students; individuals who are exceptional inside the classroom and out and have demonstrated the ability to successfully juggle career, school, family and community.

The deadline for nominations is February 5.  Contact Angela Zainea (GRCC Admissions – Recruiter for Adult Enrollment and Outreach Coordinator) at ext. 3420 or azainea@grcc.edu to receive a Outstanding Adult Learner award nomination form.

Learning Academy Offerings: 1/18/10-1/28/10

These are the latest offerings from the Learning Academy for Faculty & Staff

Monday, January 18

  • Introduction to Blackboard Content  1-2 p.m.
  • Zumba dance exercise starts; 4:45-5:45 p.m.  Cost of 6 week course is $15 payable in the Learning Academy

Tuesday, January 19 | Dealing with Change  9:30-11 a.m.

Thursday, January 21 | Best Practices for Taking Notes & Minutes  9:30-10:30 a.m.

Monday, January 25 | Blackboard – Using & Managing Gradebook  1-2 p.m.

Tuesday, January 26 | GroupWise Calendaring  10:30 a.m.-Noon

Wednesday, January 27 | Best Practices for Email  9:30-10:30 a.m.

Thursday, January 28 | Time Mastery  1-3 p.m.

For descriptions or to register for these sessions, go to www.grcc.edu/currentlearning

Campus Police Move to Lyon Ramp

Thanks to the great work done by the Facilities and IT departments, it appears the campus police office will be moved to their new location (in the Lyon St. Parking ramp on the NW corner of Lyon and Bostwick – a space formerly occupied by the Lake Michigan Credit Union branch) by the end of today,  Friday (1/15).  Calls for service at ext. 4010 should not be affected).

GRCC in the News: 1/15/10

GRCC professor says Iranians have ‘surreal infatuation’ with Americans after visiting Iran
By Matt Vande Bunte, The Grand Rapids Press | January 15, 2010, 8:50AM

GRAND RAPIDS — A “surreal infatuation” is how Keith St. Clair describes the welcome he and fellow Americans received on a two-week trip to Iran last fall.  And based on what he saw and heard, the Iranian government is “incredibly unpopular” among its own people.  (More)

Bay County’s time to help in Haiti
By Whitney Gronski | The Bay City Times | January 15, 2010, 8:40AM

As Brooke and Mallery Thurlow sat in their Midland apartment this week watching the news about Haiti, the sisters were devastated but felt a call to action. […] Brooke Thurlow, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, said her sister was moved by that experience to help the people of Haiti. She said her sister has dreamed of moving to Haiti.  (More)

$12 M in Job Training Grants Coming to Michigan
Sarah Hulett (2010-01-13) | Michigan Radio

DETROIT, MI (Michigan Radio) – Michigan is getting $12 million in job training grants from the U.S. Department of Labor.  Ed Montgomery heads the White House Council for Automotive Communities and Workers. He says the money is intended to help unemployed people, high school dropouts and people living in high-poverty neighborhoods “to help them get into and gain access to the new green economy, to get jobs in renewable energy industries, in green construction, in weatherization and other sectors like that, including advanced battery manufacturing.”  […] Grand Rapids Community College, and Mott Community College in Flint also won grants.  (More)