GRCC in the News: 1/12/11

GRCC faculty are ‘highly compensated’ compared to similar colleges, according to study
Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 10:35 AM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College professors are “highly compensated” compared to similar colleges in the region, and the disparity widens with seniority, according to a study commissioned by the school. The report – which was called “invalid” by the faculty union – shows professors at the top of the scale earn about 8.9 percent more than other community college in the region. And part-time professors are paid nearly 60 percent more than those in the peer group.  (More)

Food Network’s ‘Ice Brigade’ plays ice chess at Rosa Parks Circle
Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 5:53 PM | Rachael Recker | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Everything’s all fun and chess games until a giant knight made of ice topples and dramatically explodes on Rosa Park Circle’s ice rink. Chunks of intricately carved ice went skidding across the public outdoor skating rink, upon which a black 15-by-15-foot chessboard had been painted on Tuesday.  (More)

Tom Siver ‘building from zero’ as Lee’s new football coach
Garret M. Ellison | The Grand Rapids Press, January 11, 2011 11:12 a.m.

WYOMING — Tom Siver thinks he has the prescription to turn around Lee’s football program. The Rebels have won only one game the past three seasons. […] He has coached at Grand Rapids Community College, Delaware Valley College, University of Indianapolis, Alma College and Saint Joseph’s College of Indiana.  (More)

CRLA Tutoring Certification

The Academic Support Center’s tutorial labs and one-on-one tutoring programs are now certified with the College Reading and Learning Association, a nationwide association that certifies high-quality tutorial programs. Due to development of its training and tutorial programs, all tutors who complete the Academic Support’s training program can become certified CRLA tutors.

See Something, Say Something: How and When to Report Students of Concern

The Center for Teaching Excellence, Employee Professional Development & Enrichment and Student Affairs are partnering to bring faculty and staff the opportunity to learn more about our Behavioral Intervention Team and how and when you should report concerns you observe on campus. There will also be an opportunity for dialogue and questions.

Two Brown Bag drop in sessions are schedule for:

  • Thursday, January 20 noon to 1 p.m. in Room 316 Main (faculty focus)
  • Friday, January 21 noon to 1 p.m. in Room 316 Main (staff focus)

While there is a specific focus for each date, feel free to attend the one that works best for you.  Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.  Pre-registration is not needed but you will have the opportunity to sign in if you want your attendance recorded on your Professional Development Report.

Condolences to Glenn Gelderloos and Family

Kathryn Jeanette Gelderloos, age 101, mother of Business Department Head, Glenn Gelderloos, passed away Sunday evening surrounded by family. Visitation is Tuesday from 3 – 6 p.m. at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home in Grandville. Service will follow a 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. visitation at Lee St. Christian Reformed Church on Wednesday. Condolences may be sent online at

Root Camp: Cruising the Seed Catalog, What’s Good and What’s Easy

Cruising the Seed Catalog, What’s Good and What’s Easy

Rachael JungblutGRCC staff member Rachael Jungblut, a master gardener and nuturer by nature will help you decode those crazy symbols, conquer your fears of unknown vegetables, and begin your planning journey for a fabulous spring start. Rachael’s gardening gene was cultivated at a young age tending to her family’s one acre garden, learning canning techniques from her grandmothers and selling strawberries and raspberries at a roadside stand. Join us for fun and interactive session, as this gardener shares her experiences and knowledge. Bring a seed catalog if you have one, or request a free one online. There is still enough time to get it before the 19th.

Due to overwhelming response, we have moved the session to Sneden 108, please register for this free event at