Adjunct Learning Day (2/19/11)

Adjunct Learning Day will take place Saturday, February 19 in the Applied Technology Center (ATC), Rooms 122, 124.  (Register Here)

Please join your colleagues for learning opportunities and networking on Saturday morning, February 19. Following refreshments and a general opening session, you will be able to attend two workshops:

Firing Up Thinking Skills and Herding CATs, facilitated by Ann Alexander.

Audience:  All adjunct faculty members are invited; attendance is voluntary. Sessions are planned to meet the needs of both new and experienced adjunct faculty members.

Firing Up Thinking Skills

We want to take you higher! Focus on the knowledge and tools needed to foster higher level thinking skills in students. You will be able to:

  1. identify and recognize the importance of higher level thinking skills (analyzing, evaluating and creating)
  2. develop classroom activities that encourage students to demonstrate higher level thinking skills
  3. develop techniques to assess student demonstration of higher level thinking skills
  4. identify at least one activity and one assessment to be used in your classroom to promote and assess thinking skills

Herding CATs

These CATs (classroom assessment techniques) are at home in all disciplines. You will be able to:

  1. identify and recognize the importance of CATs (classroom assessment techniques)
  2. participate in at least three CATs
  3. identify CATs used in fellow participants’ classes
  4. identify at least one new CAT to be used in your classroom

Date and Time: This session will be offered on Saturday, February 19, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon in the Applied Technology Center on our downtown Grand Rapids campus.


8:30-9:15 a.m. – Continental Breakfast | Preview of Getting Results: A Professional Development Course for Community College Educators

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Firing Up Thinking Skills

10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Break

10:45 a.m. – noon | Herding CATs

If you have further questions about this event, please feel free to contact Ann Alexander, Adjunct Faculty Professional Development Facilitator, by e-mail at or by phone at 616.234.4179. We hope to see you on February 19!

Save the dates for more professional development opportunities (details TBA):

  • Saturday morning, March 19
  • Saturday morning, April 16

Call for Nominations for the President’s Health & Wellness Award

This award was established by former GRCC President Juan Olivarez and the GRCC Employee Wellness Team to recognize a GRCC employee who exemplifies ‘wellness’ through actions and words.

The criteria for this award is based on the Seven Dimension of Wellness. Click here for descriptions of each dimension and the nomination form. Return completed nomination forms to Employee Professional Development & Enrichment by 4 p.m. Monday, March 14, 2011.

Nominate a colleague who you think demonstrates at least 4 of the dimensions. The recipient of this award will be given the opportunity to attend the Great Lakes Wellness Conference in June.

Email Liz Timmer if you have any questions.

GRCC in the News: 2/15/11

Field for Grand Rapids Community College board race trimmed
Published: Monday, February 14, 2011, 12:12 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

The field of candidates seeking a spot on the Grand Rapids Community College board is down by one, as Kent Boersema has withdrawn from the race. Boersema, 23, has thrown his support behind Frank Murin, 48, of Byron Township, owner of Auto First Car Care Center in Wyoming. Boersema said he sees a link between the college and local businesses.  (More)

Art & Bev’s Weekly Specials Week of 2/14/11

Sub of the Week: Chicken Cordon Bleu Sub with a Dijon mayo, Lettuce & Tomato $4.50


Homemade Smoked Salmon, w/ Scallion Cream Cheese on a bagel  $3.00
Soup: Beef Barley/Loaded Potato $2.00


Deli Style Pastrami Sandwich w/ French Fries $5.00
Soup: Chicken with Wild Rice/French Onion $2.00


Fruity Chicken Salad Wrap $4.50
Soup: Fire Roasted Vegetable/New England Clam Chowder $2.00


Avocado BLT Wrap  $4.50
Soup: Chicken Noodle/Cheesy Broccoli $2.00

Open Tuesday-Friday 10 AM-1 PM.  We are pleased to serve you, and we thank you for choosing Art & Bev’s where your patronage helps in our learning. Art & Bev’s is a SICE Student Run Enterprise