New Editing Options for Website Editors

The Web Team has provided expanded functionality to content authors in the Drupal CMS (which houses the new version of GRCC’s website).  WYSIWYG editing in Drupal now includes new buttons that perform the following functions:

  • Undo, Find/Replace, Fullscreen editing and Blockquote text formatting.

“Film Club” Student Organization Seeking Advisor

The Film Appreciation Association is a group for students who wish to enjoy, critique, and create motion pictures of all genres. This student organization meets every Thursdays from 12PM to 2PM in ATC 232. Currently, we are planning for the next semester and watching films on a weekly basis. Our goals include instituting regular movie nights on campus, with free showings for student of recent releases after they have left theaters.

Any fulltime GRCC employee is eligible to serve as an advisor. If you are interested, or would like to discuss the advisor role in more detail, please contact Eric Mullen at ext. 4164 or

GRCC in the News: 3/25/11

Lisa Shannon Shares Her Fight To End Atrocities In Congo
March 17th, 2011 10:11 am ET | Taylor Gibson | Grand Rapids City Buzz Examiner

Author and activist Lisa Shannon spoke to a Grand Rapids audience Wednesday night at the conclusion of the 16th Grand Rapids Community College Diversity Lecture Series. Shannon delivered a compelling lecture on the triumphs and struggles of creating her non-profit organization, Run for Congo Women, and her experiences in the Congo that left her everyone in the room astounded.

On-the-Town Weekend Buzz: The Band Perry, Sweet Japonic, and the Winter Jam
Published: Thursday, March 24, 2011, 4:26 PM | Courtney Fogo | On-the-Town

Forward Thinking: Visit the Student Exhibition at the GRCC Collins Art Gallery starting March 28. Admire the many different kinds of art created by students at Grand Rapids Community College and show some support from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. And if you cannot make it Monday, be sure to stop by before it ends April 22.

Faculty IIPD Presentations: Brian Morris, Mursalata Muhammad

The Center for Teaching Excellence invites faculty to hear their colleagues present on their IIPD grant experiences.

Introduction to Avatar – Brian Morris, Music

Friday, 4/1/11 9:00 – 11:00 AM   Room 347 Main  Center for Teaching Excellence

This session is an introduction to the Avatar materials. Avatar is a series of experiential exercises that enables you to rediscover yourself and align your consciousness with what you want to achieve. You will experience your own unique insights and revelations.  It’s you finding out about you. In this session we will look at the nature of attention, beliefs and viewpoints.

By the end of this course, participants will 1) identify various states of attention; 2) be able to identify areas to help create more free attention; 3) have experience and some skill with an exercise to release fixed attention; 4) see how beliefs cause experience; 5) have experience with an exercise that will identify transparent beliefs; 6) develop skill with thinking in groups; 7) have an understanding of the Avatar Materials. Audience: All full- and part-time GRCC faculty.

Reciprocity: The Non-Zero Sum Protocol for Socially Innovative Partnerships – Mursalata Muhammad, English

Friday, 4/8/11 10:00 – 11:30 AM   Room 316 Main   Center for Teaching Excellence

Mursalata will examine and discuss how environments of equity and mutual benefit can be created by forming socially innovative reciprocal partnerships. Given the current strains on everyone’s budgets and people power, what keeps colleges and communities from working in truly reciprocal partnerships? What dos it mean to be socially innovative when forming partnerships?  Did you know that there is a US Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation? Why should we care?  Audience: Any full- or part-time GRCC Faculty Member or Administrator.

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Rethinking Body Image

Wednesday, April 6
9-10:30 a.m.
Facilitated by Kathleen Owens & Tamber Moore

This learning session will explore the power of body image on women.  Are we trapped in society’s definition of beauty?  Has the concept of beauty changed over time? What affect does media play on self-esteem and self-concept?   Is individual potential hindered by these beauty concepts?  Is it dangerous? This workshop will feature contemporary statistics and explore possible responses to the particular pressures weighing on women.

Register at

Education Dept. holding food drive

The Education Department is holding a food drive through the end of the month to benefit Kids’ Food Basket .
• 100% Fruit Juice Boxes
• Granola Bars
• Fruit Cups
• Peanut Butter
• Welch’s .9 oz. Dried Fruit Packs

• Individual Pudding Cups
• Fold Top Sandwich Bags
• Plastic Spoons
• Napkins

Drop-Off Boxes:
Room 266, Main Building
Purchasing Office (Cook Building, DeVos Campus)

CWIS is being upgraded in April

The Campus-Wide Information System (CWIS), i.e. PeopleSoft, is being upgraded in April. Leaders of the Upgrade Team include Peggy Gorno, David Anderson and Jody Graves. It is important that employees who regularly use the CWIS as part of their work pay attention to communications about the upgrade process. Please contact Peggy, David or Jody if you have questions about the upgrade.

Important dates in the upgrade timeline include:
Now through April: New System Available for End User Testing
April and May: End-User Training (watch GRCC Today for announcements)
Go Live: April 14 – April 18

Learning Opportunities for Employees: 3/28/11-4/8/11

Learning Opportunities for All Employees from Employee Professional Development & Enrichment:

Monday, March 28
Presentation Skills 101 2-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 29
Defusing Rude Behavior 10 a.m.-noon

Thursday, March 31
People Reading Skills 1-3 p.m.

Friday, April 1
CPR/AED Renewal Certification 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Monday, April 4
Conflict Resolution 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 5
Facilitation Skills 9:30-11:30 a.m.
PowerPoint – Creating a Basic Presentation 3-4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6
Rethinking Body Image 9-10:30 a.m.
Team Leadership 1-2:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 7
Providing Constructive Feedback 9-11 a.m.

Friday, April 8
PeopleSoft 9.0 Open Lab – come ask the expert 9-11 a.m. (no pre-registration needed)
Goal Setting 10-11:30 a.m.

For descriptions or to register for any of these sessions, go to