Diversity Lecture Series Presents: Stephen Prothero (11/10/10)

stephen_protheroNovember 10, 2010 |  Stephen Prothero World-Religions Scholar, Author

Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know — and Doesn’t

Are the world’s religions different paths up the same mountain? This appears to be a common, prevailing sentiment. But, as Stephen Prothero persuasively argues, this sentiment is naive, dangerous, and untrue. Prothero is a Professor of Religion at Boston University. He earned his Ph.D. in Religion from Harvard, and is a specialist in Asian religious traditions in the United States.

World-Religions Scholar and Author Stephen Prothero will speak November 10 at the GRCC Diversity Lecture Series. 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church.

In addition, Stephen was interviewed by WGVU-FM (88.5); the two half-hour episodes will air the next two sundays at 7:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Learning Opportunities for Employees: 11/1/10-11/12/10

Learning Opportunities for ALL employees from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment

  • Monday, November 1
    Ethics at GRCC 2:30-4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 2
    Prioritizing, Selecting & Shaping Ideas for Innovation 9-11 a.m.
    Facilitation Skills 9-11 a.m.
    Best Practices for Social Media 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 3
    Coping & Stress Management 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    PeopleSoft – Entries, Budgets & Queries on FSPROD 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 4
    DiSC Classic 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Pathways to Distinction – Part 1 (this is a 4 week course) 2-4 p.m.
  • Friday, November 5
    Best Practices in Taking Notes & Minutes 9-10 a.m.
  • Monday, November 8
    GroupWise 7 & 8 — The Difference 3-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 9
    Generational Differences 9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Sexual Harassment Awareness Training 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, November 10
    Interview for Success 9:30-11 a.m.
    Defusing Rude Behavior 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 11
    Problem Solving Techniques 9:30-11 a.m.
    Excel 2007 – Pivot Tables 10-11 a.m.
  • Friday, November 12
    Search Committee Team Training 9-11 a.m.
    Cross Cultural Communication 10-11:30 a.m.

Register for any of these courses at www.grcc.edu/currentlearning

From the WE Team

Zumba and Yoga start again the first week of November.

Zumba will meet again beginning Wednesday, November 3 from 5:15-6 p.m. until December 8 (no session Thanksgiving week). Payment of $15 must be received by Employee Professional Development & Enrichment prior to the start of this class.

Yoga will meet again beginning Friday, November 5 from 12:15-12:45 p.m. until December 10 (no session Thanksgiving week). Payment of $15 must be received by Employee Professional Development & Enrichment prior to the start of this class.

Safezone Learning Opportunity for Employees (11/5/10)

The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that includes all individuals in a personal journey toward greater understanding and inclusion

(regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, and disability, as a reflection of the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals will be treated and respected as human beings. Further, the program emphasizes that ignorance, bigotry, and harassment will not be tolerated in an environment of learning. The next session will be held on: Friday, November 5, 8:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m. (breakfast & lunch provided) register at dlcregistration@grcc.edu.

GRCC in the News: 10/28/10

GRCC tops $1.5 million in energy savings
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 | MiBiz

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College has saved over $1.5 million dollars in utilities in the first 27 months of the Energy Conservation Program and ongoing partnership with Energy Education Inc.  (More)

GRCC president awards employee
By Staff reports | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Oct 27, 2010 @ 09:35 PM

Holland, MI — Grand Rapids Community College has recognized an official who helped bring training for new jobs to Holland businesses at Haworth, Johnson Controls International and Energetx. The GRCC Excellence in Education Staff Award was presented to Julie Parks, director of workforce development.  (More)

Butler Remains No. 1 in NJCAA Football Poll for Fourth Straight Week
American Football Coaches Associatin | Release: 10/26/2010

Butler Community College (Kan.) stays No. 1 in the latest NJCAA Football Top 20, released Tuesday (Oct. 26). The Grizzlies improved to 9-0 on Saturday with a 28-0 victory over No. 2 Hutchinson Community College (Kan.). […] Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) rounds out the top five in the poll this week. The Raiders ended their regular season with a 54-14 road victory Saturday over Harper (Ill.). Grand Rapids next host Joliet (Ill.) this weekend in the first round of the Midwest Football Conference – East Division playoffs.  (More)

Raider Salute to Lori Cook, Nathan Hamilton, Jodie Wagner, Erin Rozek, Tammy Mosley, Josh Aderholdt, & Chiquital Clay

This Raider Salute comes from Scott Mattson in Job Training:

Raider Salute to Lori Cook, Nathan Hamilton, Jodie Wagner, Erin Rozek, Tammy Mosley, Josh Aderholdt, and Chiquital Clay for the development and implementation of our Online Job Training application. Job Training students can access the same application as all GRCC students, but now have the option to choose “Job Training Certificate of Completion” as one their programs. A few of the benefits to our Job Training students being able to apply online are the reduced use of paper, reduced energy costs associated with printing, and reduced time associated with processing applications.

Thanks to all of these individuals for their help in this project.

Attached is a screen shot of the Job Training option on our GRCC online application.

New Job Training Program Online Application

New Job Training Program Online Application

Dr. Greg Forbes Gave Keynote at Ohio Educators Conference

GRCC Biological Sciences professor Dr. Greg Forbes (Biological Sciences) was the keynote speaker last week at a state-wide science teachers conference in Cleveland. Dr. Forbes’s address to the science teachers was entitled “Science, Pseudoscience and Just Plain Non-sense; Helping our Students Tell the Difference”. This is the fourth time that Dr. Forbes has been an invited keynote speaker at an Ohio science teacher’s conference.

David Selmon Locked up…for MDA

David Selmon MDA Lockup Mug ShotDavid Selmon  is to going to jail tomorrow as part of the MDA “Lockup” if he doesn’t raise enough money to stay out.  He needs the help of his GRCC co-workers to stay free. Your donation is the key to his freedom!

Please consider a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association by clicking here.  Be proud of the fact that together we’re be helping provide help and hope to kids and adults served by MDA in our community.


Dean of Architecture & Design at Lawrence Tech to Speak at GRCC

Glen LeRoy, Dean of the College of Architecture at Lawrence Technological University will speak at GRCC on November 2, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. on the topic “The World of Architectural Design and the Global Perspective.  The event takes place at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC) auditorium and is open to the public.  Dean LeRoy will also discuss Lawrence Tech’s new partnership with GRCC.

LeRoy is both an architect and urban planner and has extensive experience working in these areas throughout the U.S. and the world. He has also, taught an Allied Design Studio for Lawrence Tech in Paris, France. He is a “Fellow”, American Institute of Architects and is a “Fellow”, American Institute of Certified Planners.