Employee Learning Opportunity – SafeZone Training 8/18/11

Have you ever wondered what Safe Zone Training is about?  The Diversity Learning Center is offering an additional session:

Thursday, August 18, 2011
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Breakfast and Lunch provided

The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that includes all individuals in a personal journey toward greater understanding and inclusion (regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, and disability, as a reflection of  the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals will be treated and respected as human beings.  Further, the program emphasizes that ignorance, bigotry, and harassment will not be tolerated in an environment of learning.

Don’t miss this opportunity,  register for this session through email at dlcregistration@grcc.edu or register electronically  at www.grcc.edu/currentlearning

From DLIT – New Rubrics in Blackboard 9.1 (SP6)

GRCC’s Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies department wants you to know about the new rubrics available to faculty in the new upgrade of Blackboard.  They’ve prepared a very informational blog post detailing the improvements with a video, located here.


If you’d like to subscribe to their blog to keep up with the latest happenings in instructional technology, it’s available at http://dlitgroup.wordpress.com/

GRCC in the News – 8/3/11

Jenison’s Tyler Anderson named to U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey team
Published: Tuesday, August 02, 2011, 7:00 PM | Michael Zuidema | The Grand Rapids Press

Tyler Anderson was named to the 17-man roster for the 2011-12 U.S. National Developmental Sled Hockey team on Tuesday. The roster for the developmental team was selected following tryouts in July in Rochester, N.Y. Anderson, a defenseman, is one of seven returnees from last year’s squad. The 20-year-old Jenison native also is a member of the Grand Rapids Sled Wings and a student at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Harvard expert talks to GRPS leaders – Talks about GR’s strengths, challenges
Tuesday, 02 Aug 2011, 6:31 PM EDT | By Tony Tagliavia

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A Harvard University expert on narrowing racial achievement gaps in education says Grand Rapids has an “impressive” array of people who want to help children succeed.  (More)

Harvard expert tells school board improving student outcomes is ‘social movement’ work
Published: Tuesday, August 02, 2011, 11:04 AM | Monica Scott | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Harvard achievement gap expert Ronald Ferguson told the school board Monday he hopes to be bragging about how Grand Rapids was able to improve student achievement in a few years.  (More)

Substation problem causes GR outage – About 750 Consumers Energy customers were affected
Tuesday, 02 Aug 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A problem with the Consumers Energy Wealthy Street substation caused a power outage for about 750 customers early Tuesday morning. Much of downtown Grand Rapids was affected, including the Grand Rapids Police Department, the JW Marriott Hotel and Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)