Photos: Opening Day – Winter Semester 2011


The Winter 2011 semester kicked off this morning with news and insight from Dr. Ender (on the Compensation Study and the college’s financial picture among other things) along with a few videos profiling the numerous accomplishments of 2010, the revised Strategic Planning process, and a teaser of the updates coming to GRCC’s website.  The campus was also introduced to GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman and Communications Director Raul Alvarez.

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GRCC Featured in Blackboard Newsletter

The innovative work of GRCC’s intrepid Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies department was recently profiled in Blackboard’s “Partner Spotlight” newsletter:

Grand Rapids Community College Pilots NBC Learn

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) faculty and students piloted a new teaching tool that has now become a part of the curriculum this fall. NBC Learn, an archive of more than 12,000 news videos and other materials – both historical and up-to-the-minute – brings a classroom topic to life. At GRCC, the videos can be accessed through the Blackboard Learn application, the college’s enterprise course management system providing faculty and students with the ability to interact, collaborate, and share learning materials.

The response from faculty and students has been so positive that the resources have now become a formal part of the GRCC curriculum . “Engaging students and providing real world context to their learning is becoming exceedingly important,” said Eric Kunnen, Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies. “The ultimate goal is to help students make connections with the outside world and to extend the boundaries of the classroom to help students to be successful.”

Click here to watch GRCC faculty talk about using the NBC Learn videos in Blackboard Learn™ Click here to read more . . .

Photos: Campus Police Year-End Celebration

Campus Police Year-End Celebration 2010

On December 30th, the Campus Police Department (and their guests) were treated to dinner at Brann’s Restaurant on Leonard St. for a year end celebration.

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Sgt. Harold Woolworth described the event: “Needless to say, 2010 had been a trying, stressful year for the Campus Police department. I wanted to thank the entire department for stepping up to the plate to help make this campus safe and secure. I could not have done my job without the cooperation and partnership of this department. They all pulled together to get the job done.”

New Copier/Printers Are Here

Yes the new Canon copier/printers are all here and are placed in several areas around campus just waiting for the next process. The first phase of the rollout is starting this week with student labs being prepared for the semester start-up this Friday.  The Process will be:

  • Labs loaded and ready for the start-up this Friday.
  • Lab Coordinators trained.
  • Lab Coordinators and Canon Reps ready to assist students.
  • The remainder of staff office areas set-up after semester start-up replacing the HP9040 models first with the remainder models to follow, unless your HP device dies first.
  • Each area scheduled ahead of time to let you know what date and time the new device will be implemented.
  • A trained Canon representative to train staff.
  • A video you can watch on your computer and then give it a try if you can not make the training session.
  • If you still need some assistance, your office ESP will gladly assist you or the instructions at the device should guide you through the basic process.

Please remember to contact ITHELP when you have an issue with your copier/printer so they can start a ticket and have a service person work on your issue.

GRCC in the News: 1/4/11

Muskegon High duo of Carlton Johnson, Carlin Landingham earn All-American honors at Grand Rapids Community College
Published: Monday, January 03, 2011, 9:30 PM | Tom Kendra | The Muskegon Chronicle

Two former Muskegon High School standouts have been named All-Americans in junior college football. Carlton Johnson and Carlin Landingham, who both played for Grand Rapids Community College, were honored recently on the National Junior College Athletic Association All-American team.  (More)

GRCC Family Bowling Event 1/22/11

The WE Team and Employee Professional Development & Enrichment is hosting a Family Bowling Event for GRCC employees and their immediate family. The event is being held Saturday, January 22, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Spectrum Lanes on Clyde Park. The cost is $6 person for unlimited bowling and an “all you can eat” pizza and pop buffet. Vouchers must be purchase prior to the event at one of the following locations:

  • ATC — Alyce Stark
  • Science Building – Janis Qualls, Biology
  • Cook Hall – Stacey Herrick, Social& Behavioral Sciences
  • DeVos Campus – Employee Professional Development & Enrichment, Administration Building
  • Tassell M-TEC – Tammy Mosley

This event is limited to the first 100 GRCC employees and their immediate family. (Sorry, no next door neighbors or your kids friend this time.) The deadline for purchasing vouchers is Wednesday, January 19. No vouchers will be sold the day of the event.

SSPD Grants: January Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., January 28, 2011. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Grants Coordinator at 234-3340 or Good luck!

Raider Salute to Janet Miller

This salute comes from George Waite at the Tassell M-TEC:

“A big “Thank You” goes to Janet Miller for researching student enrollment & outcome data that was needed prior to 5:00pm on our last day of work 12/22/10.  She found the time to answer our questions and we submitted it to an employer advisory council member on time.  Thank you Janet on behalf of SWD.”

Raider Salute to Gail Brown

This salute came from Stewart Krulikoski:

“I want to thank Gail Brown for being so dedicated to student success that she worked from home on her own time during the Holiday Shut-Down to update the GRCC Bookstore with textbook information for adjunct faculty. Her efforts allowed the GRCC Bookstore to place orders for books and arrange the textbook area in preparation for the campus opening January 3rd and the start of classes only 4 days later.”