Photos: Adjunct Faculty Learning Day (2/13/10)

GRCC Adjunct Faculty Learning Day

On Saturday, February 13, Adjunct Faculty gathered for the second in a series of three Learning Day Saturdays this semester. Dr. Steve Ender welcomed the group to a morning of sessions that included Academic Service Learning: Curriculum Integration, by Dr. Mindy Firlan, Director of Academic Service Learning and students Tiffany Falcon-Ewigleben and Robert Riggio;   And Nobody Said Anything: Uncomfortable Conversations about Diversity, by Kathleen Owens, Counseling and Career Center;  Student Classroom Behavior: A Case Study Experience  by Sara Dorer, Associate Director of Student Conduct and Student Satisfaction Initiatives; Collaborative Learning with Steve Abid, Professor/Department Head of Social Sciences; and Partnering with Academic Support: Services and Strategies by Raju Hedge, Associate Director of Tutorial and Testing Services.  The event was coordinated by Ann Alexander, Associate Professor of Business and Adjunct Faculty Development Facilitator.

The next Adjunct Faculty Learning Day will be held on the morning of Saturday, March 27, beginning with a student panel discussion, followed by a choice of two breakout sessions with topics including General Learner Outcomes, Faculty Advising, Generational Differences, Using the Library, and Critical Thinking.  Watch your email for more details.

Raider Salute to Ryan Warblow

Don Steeby sent this Raider Salute to Ryan Warblow in the IT department:

“A big thanks to Ryan Warblow for getting my software program to work for one of my classes. Ryan went out of his way to make sure that 24 computers were ready for my HVAC students so they could get their work done on time.   Thank you!!!”

Annese Signing is a Family Affair

Ali Annese Signing With Her FamilySoftball standout Ali Annese stopped by the Ford Fieldhouse to sign with GRCC for next year when the Whitehall high school senior will attend here. She is shown here in her dad’s office (recognize him?) signing with Coach Paula Maloley. Her proud mom, dad and grandmother were all on hand for the event.
Keep an eye on our women’s softball team. Coach Maloley has recruited some top names from all over Kent County.
Ali Annese Signing With Her Family

GRCC Faculty Honored at Grand Culinary Affair

The local American Culinary Federation Greater Grand Rapids Chapter recognized two GRCC Secchia Institute for Culinary Education faculty last night at the Grand Culinary Affair.
Chef Marcia Rango was honored with “Pastry Chef of the Year.”  This award recognizes a pastry chef who has displayed a passion for the craft, has an accomplished reputation in the pastry field, and has given back through the education of others by sharing skills and knowledge.
Chef Michael Whitman was honored with “Chef Educator of the Year.”  This award pays tribute to an active culinary educator whose knowledge, skills, expertise, guidance and direction has enhanced the image of the professional chef and who, by example, has given leadership, guidance and direction to students seeking a career in the culinary profession.  This person demonstrates the ability to help students define and develop their careers by using their skills and abilities to provide a strong foundation for their future success.

GRCC in the News: 2/19/10

College notes:
By Steve Ungrey | The Grand Rapids Press | February 19, 2010, 8:00AM

[…] ALI ANNESE is joining her father at Grand Rapids Community College. Ali, whose father, Tony, is GRCC’s football coach, signed a letter of intent Thursday to play softball for GRCC coach Paula Maloley. She joins Casey Cherry (Comstock Park), Brenna Donahue (Caledonia) and Karli Showers (Rockford).  (More)

Private colleges targeting community college transfers to add diversity, dollars
By Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press | February 18, 2010, 11:44AM

Here’s news for that record number of students applying to Grand Rapids Community College.  Private colleges are turning their recruiting eyes on graduates from two-year schools, looking to boost enrollment numbers and add diversity to campus as well, according to Inside Higher Education.   (More)

Race and Ethnicity Conference (2/18/10-2/24/10)

Marie Price, Ph.D. (George Washington University)

Marie Price, Ph.D. (George Washington University)

GRCC’s Social Science department is hosting a “Race and Ethnicity Conference” from February 18 – 24.  The event will feature a variety of speakers including Marie Price, Ph.D., Laurie Foster, Sarah Krajewski, Tim Hoving, Matt Douglas, Ph.D., Dan Lerner, Ph.D., Gordon Olson, Gordon Vusuvic, Phong Pham, Lisa Gloege, Ph. D., David Pilgrim, Ph.D., Susan Williams, Robert Hendershot, Ph.D., Mike Light, and Mike DeVivo.

For the full schedule and more information, visit

All Events in Calkins Science Center Auditorium (SCIE 348) and are sponsored by the GRCC Social Sciences Department, the International Geographical Honor Society, and Pearson Education Publishing. Special thanks to the Gilda Gely, Ph.D (Provost: GRCC), Patti Trepkowski (Associate Provost: GRCC), and GRCC Diversity Learning Center. Download Brochure (.pdf) | Registration Form