Communications Coordination Update

GRCC Digital Billboard Campaign
[Corrected] The  Communications, IT, Media Technologies and Graphics/Print Solutions teams have been working very hard to coordinate information for your departments and events. We wanted to remind you to continue to send us information about the amazing work you and your departments are focusing on.  Below is a list of projects that we will be sharing externally and internally.  If you have others coming up for the fall please let us know!  Or if there is something specific (award, recognition)  in your department you’d like highlighted please connect with us.
We’d like to welcome Ryan Lockwood onto the Communications team as graphic designer.  Billboards, TV spots and Web Banners you see around town are coordinated through the  department’s new IT, Media, Graphic and Communication team. We call this the IMGC team (not really but we know how GRCC likes acronymns!)
If you have a COMMUNICATIONS request or idea please send to:
If you have a WEBSITE update please send to:

***Note there will be a very important Webteam email coming to you today with deadline dates and information***
Upcoming events / features to look for:
  • GRCC Diversity Lecture Series  (9/29 – 10/20 – 11/17 – 2/16 – 3/16) – Each speaker will be featured online, on billboards, on TV and in GRCC Today
  • 2nd Annual Peace Conference (September 29, Coordinated through ISIS)
  • Moral Ground Town Hall (October 26- Partnership with GVSU, City of Grand Rapids)
  • Theatre/Arts/Music (Featuring the wonderful array of calender events)
  • Workforce Training (Featuring the wonderful array of certification and training)
  • One Book, One College, a College-wide literacy and engagement project that references Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni.
  • Sports (Featuring Nationally Ranked Teams/ Accomplishments)
  • Ender Bowl (The twin tug-o-turf continues!) on October 23 in Palatine, IL
  • Culinary Extravaganzas (Featuring the menus, specials and events with internationally recognized SICE team)
We have over 50 Press Releases planned to be released now through December!  We’d love to include your work as well!
Thank you for sharing your information!

Employee Learning Opportunities: 9/10/10-9/30/10

From Employee Professional Development & Enrichment:

Friday, September 10 | CPR/AED Challenge/Renewal  3:30-5 :30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 14 | Disruptive Student Behavior  10-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, September 15 | CWEST Overview  2-3 p.m.

Thursday, September 16

  • Emotional Intelligence  9-11 a.m.
  • Disruptive Student Behavior  1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 21 | Campus Safety  9:30-11 a.m.

Wednesday, September 22 | Using Online Tutorials for MS Office  9-10 a.m.

Thursday, September 23 | CWEST Overview  9:30-10:30 a.m.

Friday, September 24

  • Sexual Harassment Awareness  9-10:30 a.m.
  • Disruptive Student Behavior  10:30 a.m.-Noon

Monday, September 27 | Presentations Skills 101  2-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 28 | Introducing the Innovation Process  9-11 a.m.

Thursday, September 30 | Bullying in the Workplace  3-4:30 p.m.

For complete descriptions or to register, go to

Articles of Interest to Community College Employees: 9/2/10

College education for all
Chicago Tribune | By Jeff Libman |Story posted 2010.09.01 at 08:23 PM CDT

Classes have just begun at Truman College, where I’ve taught English as a second language to adult immigrants for 17 years. There’s been a scurry of activity in a variety of languages among the most diverse body of students you will find anywhere in the world. With their African dresses, American flip-flops, Middle East head scarves and internationally recognized ringtones, the students are embarking on an educational journey that will turn them into productive citizens.  But, according to City Colleges of Chicago Chancellor Cheryl Hyman and board Chairman Gery Chico, many of these students shouldn’t be in the City Colleges system. They claim that many of these students are enrolled in remedial classes as they prepare for college-level work and that’s costing City Colleges millions of dollars. They say these students could be better served somewhere else. (More)

Ezra Klein: Thrown into managerial waters
By Ezra Klein | Washington Post | Wednesday, Sep 1, 2010

Over at Confessions of a Community College Dean, there’s an interesting thread on making the transition from faculty to management. The underlying theme, as you’ll see if you read to the last graf, is that “higher ed doesn’t really train deans. Although we put people through absurdly extended and picky training regimens for faculty jobs — the research part, anyway — we don’t train administrators at all.”  (More)

Campus Dining Specials: 9/2/10

Raider Grille | Open 7:00am – 3:00pm

  • Breakfast – Meat Lover’s Omelet Meal
  • Lunch –
    • Grille Special – Traditional Reuben
    • Hot Express – Top Your Own Spud!
    • Asian Inspiration – Teriyaki Chicken Combo

The Quiet Café | Open 7:00am – 6:00pm

  • Breakfast Special – Belgian Waffle Station
  • Lunch Special – Deluxe Grilled Cheese

Sneden Café | Open 7:00am – 2:30pm

  • Lunch Special – Deluxe Grilled Cheese

“To Kill a Mockingbird” 50th Anniversary Marathon: 9/9/10

[Note Revised Time] Thursday, September 9, the English Department and Ellen Syswerda (professor) will be sponsoring a marathon reading (aloud) of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee (50th anniversary of publication) on the Bostwick Commons. Students and faculty alike are invited to read a short passage of 1-3 pages or just stop by to listen to this marvelous text. Reading will begin about 10:00 a.m. and be carried on continuously until the book is finished at, probably, 4-5 PM.  Faculty are encouraged to mention the reading to their students.

GRCC in the News: 9/2/10

[Video] Holland Company is Hiring 100, Can’t Find Workers
Carl Apple  News Reporter | 8:41 p.m. EDT, September 1, 2010

GRAND RAPIDS — If we told you there was a manufacturing company hiring in West Michigan that couldn’t find workers, would you believe it?  It’s true–and they’re trying to get people to sign up for the training AT GRCC.  EnergetX is a spin-off of Tiara Yachts, making a handful of the 8,000 parts inside a wind turbine.  They quickly became part of the supply chain, almost too fast.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College names new $34M campus, preps for main campus renovations
Thursday, September 02, 2010 | Deborah Johnson Wood

Grand Rapids Community College DeVos Campus is the new name of the former downtown Grand Rapids Davenport University campus purchased by GRCC in 2009. The DeVos and VanderWeide families contributed substantial gifts to the renovation of the campus, says Steven C. Ender, GRCC president. He did not indicate the amount of the donations.  (More)

Lake Is Better
Kelly Quintanilla Thursday, September 02, 2010

Although life may be good, life on the lake is even better.  This simple, yet soul-stirring reflection sparked the idea for Lake is Good, a t-shirt company created by Grand Rapids resident Becky Bell. […] It wasn’t until she moved inland to pursue degrees in English and education at Grand Rapids Community College and Calvin College that Bell realized just how deep-rooted her attachment to lakeshore living had grown.  (More)

Renovation lessons learned at GRCC
Elizabeth Slowik | Grand Rapids Business Journal | Published: August 30, 2010

Grand Rapids Community College took the lessons learned in renovating part of Cook Hall and applied it a few blocks away at the former Davenport University campus.  [Requires subscription]  (More)

Local ‘Ice Gurus’ film another episode for TV’s Food Network
Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 8:45 PM  | Erin Albanese | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Randy Finch and [GRCC Alumni] Derek Maxfield’s ability to ratchet up the “cool” factor when incorporating ice sculptures with food is being filmed this week for a Food Network television special.  It documents the evolution of a 300-pound block of ice into an intricate design. It tosses in a little deadline pressure, with some Hollywood flavor.  (More)