Science Advising Days: 4/11/11-4/12/11

The Biology and Physical Science Departments will be hosting two Science Advising Days in the 3rd floor atrium of the Calkins Science Center on April 11 and 12. The science faculty will be on hand to assist students in the selection of appropriate biology, astronomy, physics, geology, and chemistry courses and provide advising on careers that require training in science. Faculty will be available between the hours of 9:00 am and 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

GRCC Spirit Award Presented to Francisco Ramirez

Francisco (aka Cisco) Ramirez, ESP in the Enrollment Center, was presented with the March GRCC Spirit Award. To quote from his nomination form:

“Francisco is a great employee who has provided an indispensable service to his community and this college. The biggest part of his job is to provide service. Anyone can do this however, always wearing a smile, he makes the student feel comfortable and glad to be here. His strongest ability is to lead. From training student workers to mentoring the students in the Hispanic Student Organization, Francisco takes on a leadership role motivating those around him. He is an exemplary employee, has a noble heart, and is a great friend. He would be honored to receive the GRCC Spirit Award and he would look great in that fedora!”

Click here to see Cisco’s reaction.

Remember, the GRCC Spirit Award is presented every month to a deserving GRCC employee. To nominate a colleague, click here.

GRCC in the News: 3/26/11-3/28/11

A smart start: Community colleges hold appeal with smaller class sizes, lower costs
Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 6:00 AM | By Deborah J. Cook

Community colleges are ready to help give prospective students a jump start on the path to that seemingly elusive career goal. According to Doug Klemm, Grand Haven High School guidance counselor, community colleges like those in Muskegon and Grand Rapids offer a plethora of options. [….] (Photo: Javon Bolen, a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, hopes to become an architect or graphic designer.) (More)

Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Volleyball Showcase set for Saturday at GRCC
Published: Friday, March 25, 2011, 10:00 AM | Steve Ungrey | The Grand Rapids Press

The luxury of having a full year to pull off the second annual Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame Volleyball Showcase didn’t result in a lot of changes to the event.  Grand Rapids Community College volleyball coach Chip Will only changed the event’s location and the college team that will face Michigan on Saturday.  (More)

Taylor speaks of hard future for GRPS – Superintendent spoke Saturday
Saturday, 26 Mar 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Bernard Taylor, superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools, talked about the accomplishments of the district at the fourth annual State of our Schools address Saturday. […] Taylor also proposed accelerated college credit programs through partners such as Grand Rapids Community College; and said he’ll seek a waiver from Michigan’s Department of Education that would allow students in GRPS to take up to six years to graduate, if needed. (More)

Bernard Taylor: GRPS aiming for ‘acceleration academies,’ blended learning changes
Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 9:00 AM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Public Schools students could soon attend one or more “acceleration academies” based at colleges campuses to gain credit, one of several new plans Superintendent Bernard Taylor expects to reveal today. […] The acceleration academies could allow high school students to graduate from high school with college credits and possibly an associate’s degree through dual enrollment at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Notice of availability of Annual Security Report

A copy of GRCC’s Annual Security Report is available for review. This report is required by federal law and contains statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by GRCC; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assaults, emergency situations, and other matters.

The report is available online here. You can also request a paper copy by visiting the GRCC Campus Police Department.

Secchia Institute Partnership With Amway Hotel Corp in MiBiz

GRCC recently formed a partnership with Amway Hotel Corporation to create the “Franz ‘Swiss’ Imfeld Culinary Scholarship Endowment” as well as a program for students to be mentored by the first-rate culinary staff at the Amway Hotel Properties.

Culinary Crop: Amway, GRCC team to offer scholarship, mentor opportunities
By Joe Boomgaard | MiBiz

GRAND RAPIDS- When it comes to food, Amway Hotel Corp. has a reputation to uphold, and that requires that it hire only the best people for its culinary team.   Now, thanks to a $100,000 Franz “Swiss” Imfeld Culinary Scholarship endowment at Grand Rapids Community College, the company will get a chance to groom and mentor some of that talent and at the same time provide some financial help to muchdeserving students. This year, the school was able to give $2,500 to two students. (Read More)

Changes to Inclement Weather Policy

The “Campus Closing Due to Inclement Weather Conditions” policy has been revised effective March 22, 2011.  The major changes are as follows:

  • Updates Procedures to allow for a morning delay in inclement weather.
  • In the event of a  morning delay,  employees report for work at 10:00 (campus opens) and classes that begin after 11:30 AM run as scheduled.

For the full policy, see below the fold: Continue reading

Photo: GRCC Suzuki Strings Class

GRCC faculty Cassandra Kroondyke was recently featured in a photo in the Grand Rapids Press with her Suzuki Strings group:

GRCC Suzuki Strings Group

Grand Rapids Community College Suzuki Strings director, Cassandra Kroondyke, with students, performs Kojo no Tsuki, by composer Taki Rentaro Friday afternoon while presenting their Spring Outreach Concert at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. The concert and piece by Kroondyk was dedicated to the people of Japan. ( Rex Larsen | The Grand Rapids Press )

Faculty Learning Opportunities: 3/31/11-4/27/11

These learning opportunities are available from the Center for Teaching Excellence:

5th Annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Showcase
Thursday, 3/31 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Center for Teaching Excellence, 3rd Floor Main Building
See how your colleagues from GRCC and other institutions are innovating through instructional technology. Stop by for collaboration, conversation and refreshments. Enter to win a Kodak Video Cam. View exhibitor list at No registration necessary

Professional Development In-Person Presentations

Introduction to Avatar
Friday 4/1
9:00 – 11:00 AM 347 Main Building, Steelcase Room
Presented by Brian Morris, Music
Info and registration at

Performing CATs
Friday 4/1
1:00 – 3:00 PM 316 Main Building
Adjunct faculty discussions on Classroom Assessment Techniques
Facilitated by Ann Alexander
Info and registration at

Online Offerings

Getting Results for Adjunct Faculty
Through 4/27
This six-week online course provides a comprehensive approach to teaching adults in the community college setting.
Facilitated by Ann Alexander
Info and registration at

Blackboard Basics for Faculty
Open entry/Open exit
Facilitated by Bill Faber
Register via email request via

New! Blackboard Grade Center
Open entry/Open exit
Facilitated by Bill Faber
Register via email request via