Paula Naujalis Published in “Michigana,” Receives Commendation as MARS State Director

Patriotism runs in Health Admissions Coordinator (ESP) Paula Naujalis’ family. From Stephen Hart in the Pequot War (1634-1638) to her father, Clarence Worden, in World War II. Paula recently submitted an article to Michigana, the Western MI Genealogical Society publication, about her father serving in the Michigan State Troops (a group of men deemed ineligible for the draft who served as a home guard when the Michigan National Guard went over seas). The article was printed in the a latest edition of Michigana – ask Paula to see it the next time you are in the Nursing Department. Paula currently serves her country as Navy-Marine Corps Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) State Director, for which she received this commendation letter from the Department of Defense for her work over the last year.   [Click Here to Read the Article (.pdf)]

Commendation for Paula Naujalis

Round One of Innovation Challenge Wrapped up: Judges Deliberating

Round 1 of the Innovation Competition is now closed. A BIG congratulations and thank you to all the faculty, staff and students who took a risk and are willing to help us create new solutions to energy use on campus.

We received 19 ideas and now our panel of judges will be deliberating and choosing the Top 10 to move forward to Round 2.

Round 1 winners of $100 will be announced on December 1.

Those ideas/teams will go on to Round 2 and compete for the $3,000 grand prize!

Keep watching the website and GRCC Today for details on the Dec. 1 celebration!

Condolences to Oene Pomper & Family

Oene Pomper, Sr., father of GRCC Lead Electrician Oene Pomper, Jr. passed away yesterday. From the obituary:

POMPER – Mr. Oene P. Pomper Sr., age 92, passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2010. Surviving are four children, Mary Beth Smith, Annette (Scott) McCluer, Oene P. Pomper Jr., David (Susan) Pomper; eight grandchildren, Morgan Elyse Smith, Adrianne, Adam, Alex Marie McCluer, Hayden and Gillian Pomper, Brynlee and Keaton; his sister, Lucille DeYoung of Traverse City; brother-in-law, Richard Breukink; several nieces and nephews. According to his wishes cremation has occurred and there will be no funeral home visitation. Oene was a WWII Veteran U.S. Army Air Corp. Memorials to Spectrum Health Hospice will be appreciated. ARSULOWICZ BROTHERS, WEST MORTUARY Visit this site for more information.

GRCC in the News: 11/5/10

Grand Rapids Community College, Lawrence Tech team up to offer architectural degree
Thursday, November 04, 2010 | Rapid Growth

The Business Review West Michigan reports that students from Grand Rapids Community College will soon have an opportunity to complete an architectural degree at Southfield’s Lawrence Technological University.  (More)

First “restaurant week” underway in Grand Rapids
Lindsey Smith (2010-11-04) | Michigan Radio

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (Michigan Radio) – A number of Grand Rapids restaurants are booked this weekend thanks to the new event celebrating great dining at a reasonable price. […] More than 50 locations are offering three-course meals for $20.10. Small says this event is differnet from Denver’s because a dollar for each meal goes to a scholarship fund for culinary students at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Davenport University plans new downtown grad program
Peter Ross  Jessica Puchala |  Updated:11/4/2010 3:36:38 PM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Davenport University will start a new graduate program in Grand Rapids to serve the region’s burgeoning health care industry.  A year after Davenport sold its Fulton Street Campus to Grand Rapids Community College and consolidated in Caledonia, the school announced it will move into space at 45 Ottawa, NW. In a news release, Davenport President Richard Pappas said, “Davenport University has a rich heritage of serving the Grand Rapids business community, and it has long been our intent to offer graduate programs downtown.  (More)

Library’s Free@3 showcases Castalia
The Holland Sentinel | Posted Nov 04, 2010 @ 09:57 AM

Holland, MI — The piano quartet, Castalia, veterans of the Herrick Library series, will make its first appearance on the Free@3 programs at First Reformed Church, 630 State St. The concert will be 3 p.m. Sunday. Mary Scanlan, retired professor from Grand Rapids Community College, is pianist for the group. Cellist Alicia Stegink Eppinga, assistant principal of the Grand Rapids Symphony and a former Holland native, the GRS’ Principal Violist Leslie Van Becker, and Holland’s Jennifer Walvoord, violinist, are the ensemble’s string players.  (More)

New Printing System Coming Soon

The College will soon be implementing new multifunction devices along with new software that is exciting in many ways. One big advantage is you no longer have to jog to the printer to claim your printout before someone else reads it. The job will wait for you.
Here’s how Secure Release Here works. After submitting print jobs from their computer, users simply:

1. Walk up to any Pharos-enabled printer and authenticate themselves by swiping their campus card
2. Select and release their jobs using the Pharos print release screen, and then collect their printouts

Secure Release Here offers numerous benefits:

  • Cost savings − Saves money by reducing print volumes, allowing confidential documents to be printed safely on cost-effective network printers, and eliminating the need for expensive 4-hour or same-day service (if a printer is down, users simply release their jobs at another printer)
  • Green printing − Significantly reduces printing waste because users release only the jobs they really need, unreleased jobs are eventually deleted by the system, and banner pages are unnecessary
  • Document security − Holds jobs until their owners arrive at the printer and release them
  • Device security − Ensures that only authorized people can use your devices
  • Flexibility − Gives users the ability to release their print jobs at any Pharos-enabled device

Secure Release Here also captures walk-up/copy usage, frees IT from having to manage hundreds of print queues and various print drivers, and eliminates piles of unclaimed printouts and oh by the way, no more copy codes to remember.

GRCC is committed to helping the environment, and making printing friendlier for students, faculty, and staff.

AtD Data Access Tool Demonstrations

Colleges participating in Achieving the Dream (AtD) agree to engage faculty, staff, and administrators in a process of using data to identify gaps in student achievement. The longitudinal student cohort data is available from the AtD Data Access Tool. This tool allows you to gauge the effect of implemented strategies by displaying data for students who accomplish the following:

  • successfully complete developmental courses;
  • enroll in and successfully complete gatekeeper courses;
  • complete courses they take with a grade of C or higher;
  • re-enroll from one semester to the next
  • earn certificates and/or degrees

You are invited to an online demonstration of this data tool.  To register, click on the link associated with the date:

Call in information:

Phone number: 1-877-366-0711

Passcode: 50171805#

Agenda (Demo: 1 hour, Q&A: 15 minutes):

  • Login information
  • Institutional dashboard
  • Benchmark dashboard
  • The analytical tool
    • Populate a grid report
    • Grid formatting features
    • Create derived metrics
    • Display and format graphs
    • Export a report to Excel, PDF, CSV, and HTML
    • Save a report
  • User manual, data dictionary, and FAQ
  • Feedback process – How to contact AACC if you have any questions?
  • Q&A


New Learning Opportunity: PACE Survey Review/Breakdown

Remember completing the PACE survey? This session will review and discuss results of the recent PACE survey, broken down by different employee groups. Tactics for responding to these survey results in pursuit of continuous organizational improvement will be explored

Upon completing this session, you will:

  • Understand the purpose of the PACE survey
  • Discover the results of the PACE survey, broken down by different employee groups
  • Implement specific tactics for improving organizational effectiveness, in areas identified through the PACE survey

This course will be offered on the following dates & times:

  • Tuesday, November 16, 2010 1-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 9, 2010 9:15-11:15 a.m.
  • Monday, January 17, 2011 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2011 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Register for any of the sessions at

Employee Learning Opportunities: 11/8/10-11/18/10

From Employee Professional Development & Enrichment; the following Learning Opportunities are open to ALL employees.

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 Training 9-11 a.m.
Cross Cultural Communication 10-11:30 a.m.

Monday, November 15
PowerPoint – Creating a Basic Presentation 3-4 p.m.

Tuesday, November 16
Getting Information from the Internet 9-10:30 a.m.
Keeping PACE for Continuous Improvement 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 17
Strengths 101: Discover Your Strengths 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Friday, November 18
Improving your Nutritional Status 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For descriptions or to register, go to

United Way Campaign: Closing the Achievement Gap

Reach out a hand to one and influence the condition of all. One way Your United Way contributions work in our community is by closing the achievement gap. Poor reading skills are a major cause of dropouts. The problem starts early on. Today, thousands of West Michigan 4th graders do not meet state standards for reading. To close the gap United Way coordinated thousands of reading tutors to provide 28,000 tutoring sessions, advancing teaching levels for 58% of the students. This helped them to achieve reading skills beyond normal expected growth through the Schools of Hope program. To learn more click here.

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