Full House for Summer Technology Institute – Photos (Corrected)


[Corrected] GRCC’s 6th Annual Summer Technology Institute is one of the best events for faculty to become fully immersed in leveraging technologies such as Blackboard in teaching and learning.

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This event is facilitated by Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies (DLIT) and offered through the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) which provides a wide array of training sessions throughout the year, including special events such as the Institute for faculty to enhance their teaching. For more learning opportunities available to faculty and to register for and upcoming session for the fall semester, please see the CTE registration page at: www.grcc.edu/ctereg

The Institute continues through Wednesday with Blackboard advanced topics and a project day designed for faculty to dedicate time to prepare their courses for the upcoming semester. More information is available on the Summer Technology Institute page at: www.grcc.edu/techinstitute

Changes in Interdisciplinary Studies and Instructional Support

Starting August 1, Patti Trepkowski, Associate Provost and Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies and Instructional Support (ISIS), will be dedicating her full time efforts to implement the Academic Program Review process and to systematically document evidence our students are meeting the learning outcomes that faculty established in their courses and programs. Patti will work with the Curriculum Specialist that we will be hiring in early fall. The Curriculum Specialist is meant to be a position to support all faculty members in developing, reviewing and assessing curriculum.

This position was created using funding that became available when Dr. Rick Olsen retired last June. In her role, Patti will manage the academic program review process, new program development, CARPs and course revisions. She will also collect, analyze and organize the evidence from the assessment projects that faculty include as part of the program review process.

In order to provide Patti the opportunity to support faculty in this process, Dr. Ric Underhile, Associate Dean of ISIS, will be supervising the Center for Teaching Excellence, Experiential Learning, Distance Learning, the Library, the Futures Center, the faculty evaluation process, and the Learning Environment Team. Dr. Laurie Chesley, Dean of Arts and Sciences, will replace Patti at the Executive AGC Committee, Dr. Mike Vargo, Interim, Associate Dean of Operations for Arts and Sciences, will substitute Patti leading the Bookstore/Textbook ordering team and Dr. John Cowles, Associate Dean for Counseling, Advising and Retention will serve as liaison for the Noorthoek Academy.

There will be no change in titles or compensation for any of the individuals involved. We ask that you continue supporting these individuals as in the past. Thanks!

Well Wishes to Coulson Family

On Sunday, August 21, 19 year-old Courtney Coulson – daughter of GRCC Campus Police Officer Paul Coulson, suffered life-threatening injuries as a result of an accident on US-131, south of 76th Street. She was airlifted to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, where she is currently listed in critical condition. Courtney is a current GRCC student, and on the waiting list for the GRCC nursing program.

Officer Coulson has been with Campus Police since 1999. He is a GRCC alum and serves as the GRCC co-chaplain.

We are asking that you keep Courtney, Office Coulson and their entire family in your prayers as they deal with this tragic event in their lives. Any questions regarding assistance for the Coulson family can be directed to Lieutenant Harold Woolworth at ext. 3579.

Raider Salute to Faculty Screening Committees

Faculty member Steve Abid sent in this Raider Salute:

As we begin a new Academic Year, the School of Arts & Sciences will welcome nine new, full-time faculty members. These searches required a total team effort and a huge time commitment. With that in mind, I would like to send a Raider Salute to all those who were involved in the searches and for their efforts on the hiring process.

Thank you to those serving on the Faculty Screening Committees:

Anthropology: Mike Light, Gary Burbridge, Bob Hendershot, Lyttron Burris, Whitney Harper & Stacey Herrick;
Developmental Psychology: Frank Conner, Judy Jankowski, Kate Byerwalter, Linda Spoelman, Emily Nisely & Stacey Herrick;
Developmental Reading: Janice Balyeat, Vikki Cooper, Jan Chapman, Tom Kaechele, Patrick Kamau & Gail Brown;
Music: Kevin Dobreff, Malcolm Brannen, Ken Bos, Mursalata Muhammad, Emily Nisely & Eva Chilton;
Developmental Math: Alejandro Saldivar, John Dersch, Shanna Goff, Linda Spoelman, Colleen Copus & Kim Musser;
General Psychology: Frank Conner, Kate Byerwalter, Lyttron Burris, Bill Faber & Stacey Herrick.

Also, a very big thank you goes to Jim Fox and Christine Davis from Human Resources for all their efforts and assistance with the searches.

My heartfelt gratitude goes to the School of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Office: Laurie Chesley, Mike Vargo, Amy Kirkbride and Laura Smoes for all the coordination of these searches, the scheduling and troubleshooting to make sure things ran smoothly and the speed with which the final reports and decision were moved along the process. It was particularly challenging to manage with so many searches happening simultaneously, and you made it look easy.

Finally, thanks to Bill Faber for taking over the role of Interim Associate Dean of Faculty Evaluation & Hiring for the School of Arts & Sciences. I hope the transition continues to go smoothly, and that he enjoys the same great working relationship that I had with all of the Department Heads, Faculty Members, Departmental ESP’s and SAS Office that I had.


Farewell Open House for Jeff Hartman 8/31/11

As many of you know, Jeff Hartman, Assoc. Director of Admissions, will be leaving the college soon. Admissions is hosting an Open House for him on Wednesday August 31st from 2:00 – 5:00 in the Admissions Office (Room 113 – Sneden Hall).

Please take a few minutes to stop by and wish him well. There will also be a card in the Records Office that you can stop by and sign.

GRCC in the News – 8/23/11

12 jobs at Aldi, 1000 applicants – New Holland store to open by November
Monday, 22 Aug 2011, 4:41 PM EDT | By Henry Erb

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) – The Aldi store in Holland is still being built, but the company held a job fair to fill a dozen jobs. Hundreds of people showed up to apply. [… Judy Payne is] trying to upgrade her job prospects and potential. “I decided to go back to GRCC and finish my Associates Degree and hope that’ll get me better job prospects,” she said. But she came to Aldi “looking for something to pay the bills until I can get there.”  (More)