Photo: AFP Faculty Welcome Meeting

Academic Foundations Program (AFP) adjunct faculty gathered for the Winter 2011 AFP Welcome Meeting this week to learn about national and state trends in developmental education and to look at enrollment and outcome data for students at GRCC. The faculty also met with their departments and AFP Coordinators to plan for Winter semester – it’s all a way to strengthen collegiality among faculty and to share best practices in the field.  Check out the collage Cindy Martin, Dean of Adult and Developmental Education, put together:

Academic Foundations Program Collage Winter 2011

Academic Foundations Program Collage Winter 2011 (Click for Larger Version)

GRCC in the News: 1/6/11

Frozen moments: Third annual collegiate Downtown Holland Ice Sculpting Competition starts Friday
By Steve Ralph | Holland Sentinel contributor | Posted Jan 06, 2011 @ 08:44 AM

Holland, MI — If you appreciate intricate, subtly detailed works of art carved from 300- pound blocks of ice, of if you just like seeing people wielding chain saws, blow torches and other assorted power tools in the open air, down­town Holland is the place to be this weekend.

Late surge lifts Kalamazoo Valley Community College men’s basketball team
Published: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 12:09 AM | Kalamazoo Gazette staff

The Kalamazoo Valley Community College men’s basketball team surged in the second half to overcome Grand Rapids Community College, 76-64, Wednesday on the road. A Povilas Gaidys bucket tied the game at 53-all midway through the second half before the Cougars took control — finishing the game on a 23-11 run — in both teams’ Michigan Community College Athletic Association West Division opener.  (More)

GRCC men lose at home to Kalamazoo Valley after second-half shooting struggles
Published: Wednesday, January 05, 2011, 11:35 PM | Dean Holzwarth | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — A long layoff didn’t bother the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team at the start of Wednesday’s Michigan Community College Athletic Association-Western Conference opener. Second-half shooting struggles and a size disadvantage did, however.  (More)

On-the-Town Weekend Buzz: A little Schubert, “In the Heights,” soups, and tea
Published: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 7:00 AM | On-the-Town staff

Forward Thinking: There are several great exhibitions opening up including a student photo exhibition at Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Art Gallery; the work of artist Jo-Ann Vanreeuwk at the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids; and the GVSU Alumni Multimeida Invitational at the GVSU Art Gallery.  (More)

Faculty Assistance Available Today

Faculty Assistance Available Today

All faculty are welcome to drop into Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies in Room 125 Main today until 5:00 PM. Help is available with Blackboard, Relay, Pronto or other instructional technology. Assistance is also available by emailing or at whic features links to YouTube tutorials and tip sheets.

Additionally, Adjunct Faculty are invited to drop in to Room 316 Main from 2:00 to 4:00 PM to meet with Ann Alexander, Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Coordinator, for assistance, questions and support.

Neither of these events requires registration.

For questions about these events or any other Faculty Professional Development, contact
Penni Weninger, Center for Teaching Excellence or 234-4547

To view and register for Faculty Professional Development Opportunities, please visit

A New Employee Wellness Program: “Get to the Point”

Get the Point is a new Wellness program designed by the WE Team and Employee Professional Development & Enrichment to highlight the Physical Dimension of Wellness. It allows GRCC employees to track their wellness-related activities in order to earn points towards exciting and wonderful rewards.

Participation in Get the Point will help you learn the importance of both cardio and strength training. You can also earn points for preventive health measures such as getting your flu shot, dental & vision exams, annual physical, monthly self exams, etc. You can earn points for attending/participating in a WE Team sponsored class or event. You will record your own participation on a specially created Blackboard site. It is a year round program that you can join any time but if you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to get healthier or you want to maintain your healthy lifestyle, this is the program for you.

Register at Once your request is received, you will receive instructions on how to access the Blackboard site with all the details regarding this new program.

If you have questions, contact Angela Zainea, Steve Wagner or Liz Timmer.

Weekly Fitness Course

The WE Team is offering a Weekly Fitness Course for 9 weeks. Instructor, Jola Lanier will lead the class in one of the following each week on a rotating basis: yoga, pilates, and stretching. Each one will be offered 3 times throughout the 9 weeks. Sessions will begin on Friday, January 28 and conclude Friday, April 1 (no session during Winter Break). Sessions are from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at Spectrum Theater. The cost of this 9 week course is $20. Send payment to Employee Professional Development & Enrichment by Monday, January 24 (checks payable to GRCC). A minimum of 10 participants are needed.

Contact Employee Professional Development & Enrichment if you have questions.