GRCC Upward Bound Honor Roll Students Medieval Times Dinner Theater

Upward Bound Honor Roll Students at Medievel Times

The GRCC Upward Bound Program took Honor Roll students to Shaumburg, Ill on Saturday, February 5, 2011 . The activity was in recognition for students who achieved Honor Roll status by maintaining a 3.0 GPA or higher for the first semester of the 2010-2011 school year. Upward Bound has 33 students on the Honor Roll, which is 52% of the program participants! In Illinois, students enjoyed a tremendous show and meal at Medieval times, visited downtown Chicago Water Tower Place shopping center, Hershey Candy Store, The Cheesecake Factory and the Woodfield Mall, one of the largest malls in the United States with over 300 stores and restaurants within 2.7 million square feet of shopping space.

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Faculty Learning Opportunities: 2/18-2/25

The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to offer the following opportunities for all GRCC faculty during the month of February.
For complete descriptions and registration, please visit

Friday, 2/18

  • What the Heck is a Learning Outcome and How Do I Write One? | Brent Spitler and Ric Underhile | 8:30 – 9:45 AM 316 Main Building
  • Academic Advising for Classroom Faculty: MACRAO and the Transfer Guide | Stacey Heisler | 2:00 – 3:00 PM 316 Main Building

Saturday, 2/19

  • Adjunct Faculty Learning Day | 8:00 AM to noon 122 Applied Technology Center (ATC) | Specifically designed for Adjunct Instructors

Wednesday, 2/23

  • How to Balance Online Learner Needs and Instructor Workload | Webinar, Hosted by Eric Kunnen | 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM 316 Main Building
  • Blackboard Mashups | Eric Kunnen and Bill Faber | 2:30 – 3:30 PM 351 Main Building

Thursday, 2/24

  • Blackboard Basics for Faculty | Bill Faber | 3:00 – 4:00 PM 351 Main Building

Friday, 2/25

  • What the Heck is a Learning Outcome and How Do I Write One? | Brent Spitler and Ric Underhile | 8:30 – 9:45 AM 316 Main Building
  • Honors Program: Now and in the Future | Jim Hayes | 10:00 – 11:00 AM 316 Main Building | Academic Administrators are welcome


  • Blackboard Basics for Faculty
  • Online – Open Entry/Open Exit – Please contact us directly to enroll

The Center for Teaching Excellence – 310 Main Building, Downtown Campus | (616) 234-2278 | @teachexcellence on Facebook at GRCC Center for Teaching Excellence

Study Away in Paris and Provence, May 9 – 20, 2011

$3,525 based on double occupancy’ occupancy ($4100 single), includes airfare, ground transportation, accommodations.  Tuition and fees for HU 293 French Culture and Civilization (3 credits) are separate.  $500 deposit due by Monday, February 14.  Students and Community Members are welcome. It is not necessary to speak French in order to travel with the class.

What’s Included:

  • Round-trip transportation from GRCC to O’Hare Airport
  • Round-trip air transportation from Chicago to Paris returning from Marseille via scheduled airline service by any IATA approved airline.
  • All airline taxes and service charges
  • Accommodations in three star hotels based on double/twin occupancy (2 persons sharing a room).
  • Continental breakfast daily
  • Lunches and dinners as outlined in the itinerary
  • TGV train transportation from Paris to Avignon
  • Sightseeing tours as indicated in the itinerary with a local, professional, English-speaking guide
  • All local transfers and transportation
  • All local taxes and service charges

What’s Not Included:

  • GRCC Tuition for HU 293 (3 credits) if enrolling
  • Cost of passport or other travel documents
  • Meals and sightseeing not included in the trip program
  • Travel Accident/Trip Cancellation Insurance. Details will be provided upon registration
  • Beverages with included lunches and dinners
  • For more information, please contact Professor Hillery Haney at (616) 234-4380

GRCC in the News: 2/9/11

Father of driver accused in M-21 crash that killed Caitlin Baker says she is devastated by the death
Published: Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 8:26 PM | John Tunison | The Grand Rapids Press

LOWELL TOWNSHIP — A 39-year-old Lowell woman accused of driving drunk and causing an M-21 crash that killed 19-year-old Lowell High School graduate Caitlin Baker has a clean driving record, her father said. […] Baker was a 2010 Lowell High School graduate and a Grand Rapids Community College student.  (More)

Eight-year veteran of Grand Rapids Board of Education seeks third term
Published: Tuesday, February 08, 2011, 1:30 PM | Monica Scott The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Catherine Mueller, who has served eight years on the Grand Rapids Board of Education, filed today to run for a third, four-year term. As the 4 p.m. deadline approaches, six people have filed. The vote will be May 3. […] So far, five other candidates have filed: Christopher Sain Jr., 27, clinical therapist; Dr. Monica Randles, 43, a pediatrician; Raynard Ross, 42, director of Grand Rapids Community College’s Upward Bound program, a pre-college program. (More)