Condolences to the Family and Colleagues of Linda Wysochil

Linda Wyskochil, 62, who retired last year after almost 30 years employed in the Library, passed away Friday February 4, 2011. Visitations will be from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 PM Monday February 7 with a Memorial service at 3 PM Tuesday February 8 at Zaagman Memorial Chapter. For further details, you may read the obituary at or in the Sunday February 6 Grand Rapids Press. Please keep her family in your prayers.

Photos: Communications Dept Represents GRCC at AMA, AimWest Events

Derek DeVries at WMA West Michigan Higher Education Panel (Photo Courtesy

Recently, Derek DeVries of GRCC’s Communications department represented the college by serving as moderator at two events addressing education from a marketing/communications standpoint.  The American Marketing Association West Michigan chapter held a program titled “Marketing Higher Education”  on January 11th.

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More recently, AimWest: the Interactive Association of West Michigan hosted a program January 26 at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center on “Reaching the Digitally Disenfranchised” that featured a discussion on communicating to audiences that aren’t able to make full use of the Internet to access the rich information repository it holds.

[Photos courtesy Shutterbug By Jen Photography]

Learning Opportunities for Employees: 2/7/11-2/18/11

Learning Opportunities from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment:

Monday, February 7
Problem Solving Techniques 2-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 8
Best Practices for Email 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Persuasive Communication 2-4 p.m.

Wednesday, February 9
Business Writing for GRCC Employees 9-11 a.m.

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

Monday, February 14
GroupWise — Calendaring 2:30-4 p.m.

Tuesday, February 15
Motivating Others 9-11 a.m.
PowerPoint: Animations, Transitions, etc. 1-2 p.m.

Wednesday, February 16
Team Dimensions: Discovering your Role 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Neither Pudgy nor Bulky 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 17
Excel 2007 – Pivot Tables 10-11 a.m.

Friday, February 18
Team Leadership 9:30-11 a.m.
Improving your Nutritional Status 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

For complete descriptions or to register, go to

GRCC in the News: 2/7/11

Mayor George Heartwell will share the podium with teens at State of the City speech
Published: Friday, February 04, 2011, 1:54 PM Jim Harger | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Mayor George Heartwell will share the podium with five teenagers at his “State of the City” speech Saturday. […] Other Champions of Diversity who will speak include: Allison Arnold, a City High School student; Elliot Keyes, a Grand Rapids Christian High School student; LaShone Williams, a Rogers High School student and Walid Azam, a student at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Flint’s Roy Jackson off to solid start at Grand Rapids Community College
Published: Friday, February 04, 2011, 12:25 PM | Adam Biggers | The Flint Journal

FLINT, Michigan – Former Flint Hamady basketball standout Roy Jackson has had a steady start to his collegiate career at Grand Rapids Community College (8-9).  (More)

Fun During Winter Break: Crazy Office Olympics

Three teams have signed up for the Crazy Office Olympics: Abid’s Angels; GRIT; and Hoxie’s Honeys. We need at least 6 teams to hold this event. If the names of these three teams are any indication, this is shaping up to be a great competition.

Employee Professional Development & Enrichment and the WE Team are sponsoring a Crazy Office Olympics on Thursday, March 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. This is during Winter Break for all those folks who are not going someplace sunny. This will be a 5 member relay team competition. Here are the requirements for teams:

  • Team captain designated
  • Team name
  • Teams need to design a uniform or “look”
  • Teams need to create a flag to carry for the “Opening Ceremony”
  • Every team member must participant in one challenge
  • Teams must register by Friday, February 11 Here

Thanks From Sustainability Council

This thank-you came from GRCC’s Sustainability Council:

On behalf of the Sustainability Council, I would like to thank you all for your efforts and success in implementing duplex printing as the default selection as we migrate to our new print solutions. As you know, this will help the college significantly reduce our use of paper, and as we report our paper usage to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment through our Greenhouse Gas Inventory Reports and design our Climate Action Plan, default duplex printing will play a key role in demonstrating our core value of sustainability at GRCC.

With much gratitude and appreciation,

Moss Ingram