Artprize Panel Discussion 10/5/10


The college will host an Artprize Panel Discussion on Oct 5, at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Spectrum Theater and will be followed by coffee and cookies in the lobby.  All Visual Arts classes are invited as well as all employees, students and the community.  The panelists who will speak are:

  • Dominic Sansone
  • Bill Veneklassen
  • Jason Miller
  • Deirdre Fox

Accelerated Spanish for Travelers

Learn the basics of conversational Spanish before you go on vacation! GRCC’s Workforce Training is offering Accelerated Spanish for Travelers.

This 12 hour workshop provides a basic introduction to the Spanish language and Hispanic culture with an emphasis on conversational skills. This is an excellent way to gain practical knowledge about the language and practice using common phrases and expressions in a conversational setting.

Topics include: basic pronunciation, common courtesy phrases, asking for and giving basic information, getting around by taxi, negotiating hotel and restaurant needs, going shopping, and communicating medical and emergency needs. You will also gain a basic understanding of various differences between U.S. and Latino cultures.

Instructor: Sarah Matthews
November 1-17, 2010 (Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.)
$95 per person
To register go to

GRCC in the News: 9/30/10

GRCC’s Keith St. Clair talk about experiences in Turkey set for Tuesday
Published: Thursday, September 30, 2010, 2:45 AM | Muskegon Chronicle staff

MUSKEGON — Keith St. Clair, political scientist at Grand Rapids Community College and frequent speaker at international events, will share his insights on the nation of Turkey 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Stevenson Center for Higher Education, Room 1100 at Muskegon Community College, 221 Quarterline. St. Clair spent more than a month in Turkey and will use his photos to share his impressions and thoughts about the country.  (More)

Raider Salute to Voluntteers/Organizers of Peace Studies Conference

Stacey Herrick sent this over:

“I’d like to send a special thank you to the following people for working so hard and assisting us with the 2nd Annual GRCC Peace Conference: Dr. Robert Hendershot, Conference Coordinator who organized and brought us the whole conference, the Social Sciences Department, Penni Weninger & student workers, Becky Yoder, Bayard Brooks, Klaas Kwant & Media department, Chef Luba Petrash, Chef William Jacoby & the Culinary department/students, Candy Norder, Vicki Hudson, Fawn Toblic, Alyce Stark, Jennifer Sobie, Brenda Spratling, Jennifer Smith, Kevin Gerrard, Latasha Ritter, Cathy Noviskey, Workforce Development and all those others that I am sure I missed. Thank you for your assistance and participation. What a fantastic conference. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

Rosa Parks Sculpture Unveiling Today (9/30/10)

The Rosa Parks Sculpture will be unveiled today at Rosa Parks Circle and the community is invited to attend the ceremony and program (which is scheduled to run 90 minutes beginning at Noon).  After the ceremony, a free luncheon will be held at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Organizers advise arriving no later than 11:45 a.m.   In the event of rain, the unveiling will be held inside the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

“What is Energy?” Learning Opportunity – Free for Students

Alternative energy – what is it an alternative to? Understanding the existing energy infrastructure is essential for plotting the path to a sustainable energy future. Learn where our energy comes from now, how it’s converted and distributed, and the back story of the issues we see in the headlines. GRCC Instructor, Sara Yob, will tell you more about:

  • Electric power generation, its fuels, the grid and current issues
  • What’s driving energy use and demand
  • Environmental cost (fossil fuels/carbon issue) for today’s power generation
  • Economic argument and current incentives for energy efficiency and renewable
  • Issues and opportunities in changeover to electric transportation

Applied Tech Center Rm 232 | Dates: Oct. 12, 2010 (Tue., 1 – 3 p.m.) | Free with student id (GRCC) or $10

Register at click on alternative energy

Important Printer / Multi-Print Update

Print Solutions has signed a new printer contract with Cannon. This contract will bring ease of printing, more privacy and much needed new printers to campuses for both students, faculty and staff. What does this mean for you? In the next few weeks we will be completing an assessment of your printing needs to determine which type of printer(s) you will be receiving. We will be creating a video and fact sheet explaining all of the new and amazing printing capabilities we will have with our new partnership.

One very exciting aspect of the new system is that multi-function machines will now “wait” to print your project until you are right at the machine – ANY machine – you are near. This means if you have a print job and you send it to the Multi-Function machine – all machines will patiently wait for you to enter your code or swipe your Raidercard and the job will be charged to your department account AND will be printed immediately from the machine you are using. No more going to one specific machine! We will also still have the printing / copy machines (non-multi functioning with scanning/etc.) installed as well.

Please know that we do understand many of you are waiting for new printers and new service on existing printers. We will be making the changeover soon and will be continuing service on machines you have while we assess and then make the switchover.

Thank you for your excitement and patience as we improve our service to you and GRCC.

Photos: Artprize Entries on GRCC’s Campus


GRCC is hosting more than 24 artists in five locations on our main campus in downtown Grand Rapids September 22 through October 10, 2010. Visit GRCC’s Paul Collins Gallery and you’ll see what our own visual arts Faculty have created.  For a full gallery, click here.

The college will host an Artprize Panel Discussion on Oct 5, at 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Spectrum Theater and will be followed by coffee and cookies in the lobby.  All Visual Arts classes are invited as well as all employees, students and the community.  The panelists who will speak are:

  • Dominic Sansone
  • Bill Veneklassen
  • Jason Miller
  • Deirdre Fox

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Campus Wide Information System (CWIS) is Being Upgraded in 2010-2011

The Campus Wide Information System (CWIS), i.e. PeopleSoft, is being upgraded this academic year. Leaders of the Upgrade Team include Peggy Gorno, David Anderson, and Jody Graves. It is important that employees who regularly use the CWIS as part of their work pay attention to communications about the upgrade process. Please contact Peggy, David, or Jody if you have questions about the upgrade.

Upgrading the CWIS involves taking data from our current system and putting it in the new system and doing extensive testing. The new system will include many enhancements, such as:

  • Improved menus and navigation
  • Enhanced Features for Academic Advising and Degree Audit
  • Added flexibility for Transcript Design, Class Permissions, and Service Indicators
  • The capability to identify sets of individual or organizational IDs and use the results within other applications through the new Population Selection process
  • Connected Query for joining or nesting multiple queries

Important dates in the upgrade timeline include:

  • November, 2010 through April, 2011: New System Available for End User Testing
  • March 2011: End User Training
  • Mid-April through Mid-May: Potential Go Live Dates

If you are unfamiliar with wide range of uses of the CWIS at GRCC, a video explaining its many of its functions can be viewed by clicking here .

GRCC in the News: 9/29/10

Muskegon Community College wins thrilling five-set volleyball marathon over visiting rival Grand Rapids
Published: Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 10:16 PM  | Scott Brandenburg | Muskegon Chronicle

Muskegon Community College picked the perfect time, perfect place and perfect opponent to produce one of the biggest volleyball wins in school history.  And it shows how far the Jayhawks have come.  MCC pulled off a thrilling 25-23, 17-25, 25-18, 18-25, 15-11 Western Conference win Tuesday over visiting rival Grand Rapids Community College, the No. 4 team in the nation.  (More)

Grand Rapids Restaurant Week
By Molly Kimelman | Published Sep 28th, 2010 | Shore Magazine

Grand Rapids goes gourmet for the inaugural “Restaurant Week Grand Rapids” November 4-13, when more than fifty top eateries in Kent County unveil artfully crafted, three-course menus for a fixed price of $20.10. The ten-day event aims to celebrate Kent County cuisine by boosting patronage at restaurants, spotlighting local chefs and promoting fresh-from-the-farm ingredients. […] Restaurants also agreed to donate $1 from each three-course meal purchased during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids to benefit the acclaimed Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Students send collections down the runway
Jessica Mosley | Examiner | September 27th, 2010 11:46 pm ET

To be a fashion designer is hard work, but hard work certainly pays off. Just ask the talented designers that presented their collections at the 6th annual Detroit Fashion Week. […] These hard working pupils are able to show their collections to the public and this year, students came from Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, International Academy of Design and Technology, Lansing Community College, Lawrence Technical University, Michigan State University and Grand Rapids Community College for the posh event.   (More)

Warning About Email Phishing Attack Referencing Post Office

This notice comes from the United States Post Office (but it has affected FedEx and UPS customers as well):

Customers be aware of fraudulent package delivery messages sent by email.

Customers may be receiving email messages that allege to be from the U.S. Postal Service that contain fraudulent information about attempted or intercepted package delivery.

If opened, the messages instruct customers to click on a link to find out more about when they can expect delivery of their “package.” Simply delete the message without taking any further action.

The Postal Service Inspection Service is aware of the problem and working hard to resolve the issue and shut down the malicious program.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused our customers. For additional information on the virus or to report receipt of a message, please contact 1-800-ASK-USPS.

Photos: GRCC Peace Studies Conference Kicks Off

Yesterday, GRCC’s second annual Peace Studies Conference “Conflict Resolution: Challenges, Successes, and Failures of Supranational and International Organizations” kicked off in the Applied Technology Center.  The conference runs September 27-29, 2010 and features speakers from Africa, the Middle East, Ireland, and the U.S., as well as local and GRCC experts.

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