Updated – Preview of the New GRCC.edu Website “Drops” 3/14/11

[Updated] GRCC’s web team is pleased to give you a sneak peek at the new website, which is scheduled to go fully live (or at least as “live” as millions of lines of code on a server can be) on March 14.

Want to see the preview early?  Head to http://cms.grcc.edu/preview

Please take a look, check out the highlights and FAQ’s, and give us your feedback. In the era of “Perpetual Beta” – we’ll constantly be making improvements to the site based on user feedback.  Viva “the Interwebs!”

GRCC Website Preview

Sack Supper Food Drive 3/1/11-3/31/11

GRCC’s Education Department is putting on a Sack Supper Food Drive from March 1-31, 2011 that will benefit Kids Food Basket.  As highlighted by a recent article in the Grand Rapids Press, food instability is a problem for many children in our community.  From KFB’s website: “Between 2000 and 2006, children ages 5 to 17 living in poverty increased from 9% to 16% in Kent County. Today, 30,000 children in Kent County live in poverty.”

Wish List:

  • 100% Fruit Juice Boxes
  • Granola Bars
  • Fruit Cups
  • Peanut Butter
  • Welch’s .9 oz. Dried Fruit Packs
  • Individual Pudding Cups
  • Fold Top Sandwich Baggies
  • Plastic Spoons
  • Napkins

Items can be dropped off in room 266 Main.

Professor Vicki Meyers Case Study on Camtasia Relay

Professor Vicki Meyers in the Nursing Department highlights the use of Camtasia Relay to capture lectures for her students.  “As a faculty member in the Nursing Department, I am always looking for ways in which my students can access content outside of class. Because we cover a large amount of material (often through Powerpoint) that is often highly complex and technical, students often desire to review the content again at a later date.” More here.

GRCC in the News: 2/26/11-2/28/11

Single mom honored for home renovation: ‘I just feel like superwoman now’
Published: Sunday, February 27, 2011, 5:28 AM | Paul R. Kopenkoskey | The Grand Rapids Press

Whenever Gabrielle Luster strolls into the kitchen she painstakingly renovated, she sees more than a stylish bank of cupboards, an upscale marble countertop and recessed lights that warmly light a snack bar. […] Topping those events was the loss of her job at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Zeeland homicide victim was bright student, school officials say
Published: Friday, February 25, 2011, 10:37 PM | John Tunison | The Grand Rapids Press

ZEELAND — Jonathan Dargis, an 18-year-old 2010 Zeeland Schools graduate allegedly killed by another 2010 graduate, was described today by school officials as a bright and quiet student. […] Relatives of Dargis said he was attending Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Congratulations to Ryan Lockwood on big Wins at the Addy Awards

Ryan Lockwood's Addy Award-winning Aptera Campaign

Ryan Lockwood at the 2011 Addy Awards Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Press

Image Courtesy Grand Rapids Press

GRCC Employee Ryan Lockwood of the Graphic Design and Communications Departments took home THREE of the American Advertising Federation West Michigan’s Addy awards in the student category at last night’s Addy awards including one Gold and one “Best of Show.”

Ryan is a student at Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art & Design.

View Ryan’s “Aptera” Campaign here.

View the rest of his portfolio here.

Ryan Lockwood Aptera Addy-Winning Campaign

GRCC in the News: 2/25/11

See who won 2011 Addy Awards, local advertising version of the Oscars
Published: Thursday, February 24, 2011, 10:30 PM | Shandra Martinez | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — A vintage Airstream trailer, a logo for a church event and a student’s campaign for a three-wheel vehicle were the big winners at the 2011 annual Addy Awards. […] Ryan William Lockwood, a senior at Kendall College of Art and Design, was the big winner with three Addy awards including a gold and student Best of Show for his mixed media campaign for the Aptera, a three-wheel electric car. He was surprised at how well he did his first time entering the competition. “I just thought it would be cool to get professional feedback,” said Lockwood, who is hoping his awards will help him land a job in the advertising industry. I think it’s pretty important,” said Lockwood, 27, who works part-time at Grand Rapids Community College as a graphic designer in communications. (More)

Police: Student taken to ATM, robbed – Ferris student was walking out of GRCC building
Thursday, 24 Feb 2011, 5:12 PM EST | By Tony Tagliavia

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Police are looking for two suspects after they said one approached a Ferris State University-Grand Rapids student Thursday afternoon, asked him for money — and talked him into a car where another man drove the victim to an ATM and the suspects took more money. (More)

GRCC student reports robbery, says he was taken to ATM to withdraw cash
Published: Thursday, February 24, 2011, 5:08 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — A Grand Rapids Community College student reported he was robbed after two men took his money and drove him to an ATM machine to withdraw more. The student, who takes Ferris State University classes at GRCC, told campus police he was approached about 1:15 p.m. near the intersection of Ransom Avenue and Fountain Street NE. by a man in his late 30s, 6 feet tall, chunky build, with stubble on his chin, wearing all black clothing. (More)

Spurt to victory
Friday, February 25, 2011 9:14:02 AM | By Aaron Green, The Herald-Palladium, St. Joseph, Mich.

Feb. 24–BENTON TWP — Kaliee Weberg is growing into her role. The sophomore guard scored a game-high 16 points, including knocking down four 3-pointers, as the Lake Michigan College women’s basketball team defeated Grand Rapids Community College 57-44. (More)

Life Plan Seminar 3/24/11

Life Plan Seminar – Thursday, March 24, 2011 2-4 p.m.

The WE Team and Employee Professional Development & Enrichment are offering a seminar to GRCC faculty or staff member that deals with current laws at the State and Federal level as they relate to individual and family financial planning. It will also cover how to keep and protect personal assets in the event of serious illness, accident, or death and how to structure estate plans that will protect individual assets. This course also touches on advanced directives and how they are related to one’s financial plan.

This session is open to all GRCC faculty and staff. Employees can register at www.grcc.edu/currentlearning

Spouses and adult children of employees are also welcome to attend. Please email names and contact information to employeedevelopment@grcc.edu

“Excuse me, I Believe You Have my Stapler:” Purchasing Announces New Office Supply Vendor

Purchasing has recently competitively bid and awarded office supplies. Consequently, GRCC will be switching suppliers the week of March 7, 2011. We’re pleased to announce that our new supplier is Materials Management Solutions, an Office Depot partner. A training session will be held on Tuesday March 8, 2011 in Room 101 Cook at either 10:00am or 1:00pm. The training session will provide you with instruction on new ordering procedures, Q&A and allow you to “get to know” the new supplier. Please email mdavis@grcc.edu to register for one of these sessions.

Image Courtesy 20th Century Fox "Office Space"

The last day that you will be able to order with our current supplier Office Max is Friday March 4, 2011. Please plan accordingly.

Purchasing would appreciate any feedback you have that would contribute to a successful transition of these services. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Purchasing Department at #3850.

GRCC Business Students Helping Low-Income Residents With Tax Preparation 2/26/11

VITA Class - GRCC Business Students Helping With Low-Income Tax Returns

GRCC Business Students are Distinct!  Accounting Instructor, Ann Palenske, CPA continues to demonstrate what makes GRCC Distinct. Thanks to Ann and her BA 268 Income Tax Accounting students, more low-income Kent County citizens are having their taxes prepared for free! Ann has partnered with the Kent County Tax Coalition to assist her students in becoming federally certified and connected to established sites in the community to prepare taxes. Students continue to express the value of receiving such real world experience allowing them to become more marketable in a competitive workforce.

With the assistance of the Academic Service Learning Center, these students will receive an Academic Service Learning Transcript Endorsement. This endorsement sets students apart in the application to transfer institutions and in the workforce. Students are able to learn course outcomes while also meeting an expressed community need. When asked why she goes through all the extra work to provide these opportunities to students, Ann reports, “The depth of learning, the value of working with professionals in the field, and the confidence gained by making a meaningful difference in the community far surpass what I can achieve in the classroom alone.”

Ann’s Accounting Students offer their services to anyone earning under $40,000 per year. Any interested GRCC students can receive free income tax preparation at Steepletown Ministries this Saturday February 26th from 9-12pm and Wednesday March 2nd from 5-8pm.

Learning Opportunities for Employees: 2/28/11-3/11/11

Learning Opportunities
from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment

Monday, February 28
Defusing Rude Behavior 2-4 p.m.

Tuesday, March 1
Can You Believe She Did That? 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2
Conquering Information Overload 9-10:30 a.m.
Keys to a Positive Mental Attitude 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 3
Goal Setting 2-3:30 p.m.

Winter Break Learning Opportunities

Tuesday, March 8
Project Management 101 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, March 9
Problem Solving Techniques 9-10:30 a.m.
Coping & Stress Management 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 10
Blackboard Basics for Staff 9-10:30 a.m.

Friday, March 11
Search Committee Team Training 9-11 a.m.

For descriptions or to register, go to www.grcc.edu/currentlearning

Congratulations to Chefs Campbell and Garlough on 2nd Edition of Textbook

modern garde mangerCongratulations to GRCC culinary arts faculty Chef Bob Garlough and Chef Angus Campbell on the publication of the second edition of their award-winning textbook “Modern Garde Manger: A Global Perspective.”  Produced by Cengage Delmar Learning, the text was the recipient of the International Association of Culinary Professionals Gold Medal Award when the first edition came out.

From the description provided by the publisher, the book is “written for both the working chef and the serious student engaged in the practice and study of culinary arts, [and contains] carefully researched information and fully tested recipes span the broad international spectrum of the modern garde manger station.”

Read the full press release below the fold. Continue reading

GRCC in the News: 2/24/11

GRCC cooks up new certificate course for personal chefs
Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011, 3:16 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

Grand Rapids Community College is preparing a new course for professional cooks who don’t want to work in restaurants. (More)

Hope students named finalists in opera competition
By Staff reports | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Feb 23, 2011 @ 01:32 PM

Grand Rapids, MI — Three Hope College students were named finalists in the Opera Grand Rapids Collegiate Competition held on Friday at the Betty Van Andel Opera Center in Grand Rapids. Three Hope students, including Senior Sarah Ashcroft of Holland, were among seven finalists chosen from a total of 10 select contestants from Hope, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.  (More)

GRCC Music Dept. Partners with “Rock Camp”

After a highly successful summer Rock Camp at the St. Cecilia Music Center (partner of the GRCC Music Department), plans are underway for the next Rock Camp offering: the Rock Camp Spring Break Escape.  Rock Camp is coached by Grand Rapids-based band The Outer Vibe and is offered to 12-18 year olds who have some experience at guitar, drums, bass, piano/keyboards, or singing.

Important dates:

  • Saturday, April 2: orientation/band formation, 2-5 P.M.
  • Monday, April 4 – Thursday, April 7: camp, 5-9 P.M.
  • Friday, April 8: dress rehearsal @ SCMC, 1-3 P.M.
  • Sunday, April 10: final concert with The Outer Vibe @ The Intersection, 5:00 P.M.

To learn about Rock Camp or The Outer Vibe, visit www.theoutervibe.com/rockcamp.  To register for the camp, call 616.459.2224 or email Martha at martha@scmc-online.org.

GRCC Faculty Sheryl Iott to Perform in Italy

Sheryl Iott, piano faculty, will be performing a solo recital at the Aula Magna of Palazzo Gallenga at the University for Foreigners in Grand Rapids’ sister city of Perugia, Italy on May 24, 2011. Works by Scarlatti, Haydn, Granados, Barber, and Bartok are planned for the program. The concert has been arranged through cooperation with the sister city organizations in both cities, and is being sponsored by the organization in Perugia, the University for Foreigners in Perugia,  and the Scuola di Musica la Maggiore.