Learning Opportunities from Staff Development 10/3/11-10/14/11 – Link Fixed

[Link Fixed] Staff Development will be sponsoring the following sessions during the weeks of October 3, 2011 thru October 14, 2011.

For further information or to register for these sessions, go here: www.grcc.edu/currentlearning. You may also contact Staff Development at employeedevelopment@grcc.edu

Word 2010 – Basics
THU, 10/06/2011 09:00AM-11:00AM
351 Main

Power of Gratitude
THU, 10/06/2011 10:00AM-11:30AM
129 Main

CPR-AED Certification Renewal
FRI, 10/07/2011 03:30PM-05:30PM
Ford Fieldhouse – Pool Deck

Effective Facilitation Skills
MON, 10/10/20110 9:30AM-11:30AM
122 LRC

Basics for Supervisors
TUE, 10/11/2011 10:00AM-11:30AM or
THU, 10/13/2011 09:00AM-10:30AM
129 Main Continue reading

Fire Drills Scheduled for 10/6/11

On Thursday 10/6, (weather permitting) GRCC will practice fire drills on the main campus and at the Tassell M-TEC.

We will be timed on evacuation of the buildings and checked for doors left opened. Take a moment to plan your best evacuation route. Please assist in moving students out and away from the buildings.

These drills are in anticipation of the unannounced visit held by the Grand Rapid Rapids Fire department each fall.

Kudos to GRCC Thespians Nominated for Grand Awards – Updated

[Updated] Grand Awards honors excellence in Grand Rapids Community Theatre and supports the Combined Theatre Scholarship Fund. This year we are happy to announce the following nominations for GRCC Players and theater staff…

Congratulations to GRCC Players Grand Award Nominees:

  • Outstanding Production: End Days
  • Lead Actress: Sarah Anne Truskowski , End Days
  • Lead Actor: Jacob Loader, End Days
  • Supporting Actor: Henry Marcusse, End Days
  • Director: Tom Kaechele, End Days

Also congratulations to our GRCC Staff for getting the following nominations:

Nancy Wagner, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for Hello Dolly at Civic Theatre
Catherine F. Dreher, Oustanding Lighting Design nomination for The Wizard of Oz and Hairspray (w/ Keith Oberfeld), both at Civic Theatre
Oustanding Production nomination: The Sweetest Swing in Baseball (directed by Michelle Urbane)

Actors’ Theatre took 18 nominations this year across the board.

Grand Awards takes place at Civic Theatre on Sunday, October 16 at 7pm. Interested in more information? “Like” Grand Awards on Facebook to stay in-the-know.

GRCC in the News 9/30/11

Grand Rapids Community College surpasses $15 million goal for renovations
Published: Thursday, September 29, 2011, 4:45 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College leaders say they’ve surpassed their $15 million goal to renovate buildings on two campuses.  The college is renaming one of the renovated buildings, Warren Hall on the DeVos Campus, after Stewart Edward White Hall, a writer whose lumber baron father, T. Stewart White, built the converted home in 1907. (More)

Theater: LCC’s Black Box explores dark subject
1:56 PM, Sep. 29, 2011

Any true student of fairy tales knows that most of the stories are dark and many tragic. They’re stories that in their original form are more likely to give a child nightmares than lure him to sleep. Many read like warning tales telling children that if they don’t behave, the Boogie Man will get them. [… Debora DeWitt] teaches at Grand Rapids Community College where she is the piano department chair.  (More)

Davenport, GRCC sign nursing deal
Wednesday, September 28, 2011 | 101 the Fox Radio

GRCC nursing students can now complete courses toward a bachelor’s degree at Davenport while continuing their classes at GRCC under an agreement signed Tuesday.  “Davenport University is proud to collaborate with GRCC as we contribute to a well trained workforce in the state of Michigan,” said Dr. Karen Daley, dean of Davenport University’s College of Health Professions, in a release.  (More)

Thank You From Susan Lichtenberg

To my friends at GRCC,

At times of loss, it is a moment of grace to find that we are part of something more, that we are not alone. Thank you for your many expressions of sympathy and other kindnesses this past week after the passing of my mother. You are constant reminders of the goodness of friends.

Susan Lichtenberg

Streamline Course Pack Permissions

Many professors use copyrighted materials to support instruction.  One way to make them available to your students is through a link on Blackboard.  For information or assistance with Blackboard article linking, send a message to libraryinstruction@grcc.edu.  Another method to provide copyrighted content is by purchasing permission from the copyright holder.  GRCC subscribes to a site license that will help you maintain compliance for copyrighted material you need to teach your classes.  Copyright permissions are limited to one semester, so if you are re-using material, you will need to renew permission each semester.  Faculty members have personal liability in copyright cases and so will want to remain in compliance.

GRCC subscribes to Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) “a not-for-profit U.S. company based in Danvers, Massachusetts, that provides collective copyright licensing services for corporate and academic users of copyrighted materials.  CCC procures agreements with rights holders, primarily text publishers and authors, both for print and online, and acts as agent for them.  This ‘collective agent’ status allows CCC to represent thousands of publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creators” (Wikipedia, July 12, 2011).  CCC supplies permission but not the copyrighted content itself.  If a faculty member does not have permission to copy something, the CCC will contact the publisher for them.  The faculty member would need to fill out a request form from the website.  Some requests have a fee.

Simple to Use

Navigate to http://www.copyright.com/ACLAcademic

Enter a title or International Standard Number (ISN) in the search box labeled “Get Permission” or use the Advanced Search link

Get Permission

If CCC has a relationship with the rights holder, navigate to the tab that says, “Annual License Options”.  Our license covers many, but not all titles.  Some titles are covered by our license.  For others, there will be a fee indicated

Annual License Options

For more information about Copyright

GRCC library faculty members recommend Copyright Law for Educators and Know Your Copy Rights: Using Copyrighted Works in Academic Settings.  City University of New York’s Baruch College offers an interactive guide to using multimedia in courses.

The Chronicle’s Wired Campus Newsletter suggests resources available from Reed College and The University of Maryland-University College.

Employees Invited to Attend The Inclusive Campus – Climate Pedagogy and Scholarship

The West Michigan College and University Presidents’ Compact Committee Presents The Inclusive Campus: Climate, Pedagogy, and Scholarship
October 6 – 7, 2011 Robert W. Sneden Center, Davenport University (6191 Kraft Ave., Grand Rapids, Michigan).

This regional conference is open to college and university faculty, staff, administrators, and students. The conference begins with a keynote address on Thursday evening and concludes on Friday afternoon after a series of papers, panels, and workshops that address issues surrounding the inclusive campus, pedagogy, and current diversity related scholarship. Continue reading

GRCC in the News – 9/29/11

Education Department Gives 34 College-Improvement Grants
By Caralee Adams on September 28, 2011 10:41 AM | Education Week

The U.S. Department of Education has announced that 34 colleges and universities will share $13 million in grant money as part of the Strengthening Institutions Program to help improve institutions to better serve low-income students. […] Grantees included: […] Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, Mich.  (More)

Achieving the Dream: Who is Targeted?

This is the second in a series of articles about GRCC’s role as an ATD college.

GRCC has been an ATD community college for two years, but many employees may only have a tangential understanding of the program, or may not be familiar with it at all. So let’s fill in some background:

Achieving the Dream is a nation-wide initiative aimed at helping community college students succeed in completing coursework and earning certificates and/or degrees. It is an initiative that uses student achievement data to effect broad institutional change. Now in its seventh year, ATD participants include over 160 colleges in 30 states.

Like all the other Achieving the Dream colleges, we place special emphasis on student groups that have traditionally faced significant barriers to success, including students of color and low-income students. Because so many students leave community colleges without earning a certificate or degree, or without transferring to continue their studies, ATD colleges like GRCC make specific commitments to improve student achievement and to keep our doors open to students who:

  • Complete developmental courses and move on to college-level courses
  • Enroll in and complete gatekeeper courses, such as English Composition I and Statistics
  • Complete the courses they take, earning a grade of C or higher
  • Successfully satisfy their academic goals while here

Achieving the Dream is the Focus of Michigan Trustee Institute Being Held Today at GRCC

Achieving the Dream Michigan Trustee Institute 9/28/11

The Michigan Trustee Institute for Student Success is underway on our campus with representatives of community colleges across the state. This morning the group of about 150 gathered to hear Carol Lincoln, Senior Vice President, Achieving the Dream, Inc., discuss “Challenging The Status Quo.”

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GRCC is an Achieving The Dream College, joining the ranks of 160 community colleges across 30 states. Their initiative has been around closing the achievement gap between low income and minority students and others – which constitutes a majority population at most community colleges.

Preceding Lincoln was Byron McClenney, a 32-year community college chief executive from University of Texas Austin, who said his more than 50 years in education had taught him that community colleges can make important decisions with good data to base them upon. McClenney exhorted the audience members to break the pattern of taking on initiatives that end when funding ends.

The group broke into small groups after the plenary session to discuss what is being learned from ATD colleges that are making progress, putting student success in the heart of strategic planning and challenges ahead.

GRCC Wellness Faculty Take Advantage of ArtPrize for Fitness Scavenger Hunt – Photos

ArtPrize Wellness Scavenger Hunt 2011Wellness

Wellness Professors Jodi Kuyt and Jocelyn Bunce have created an Artprize 2011 Fitness Scavenger Hunt. Students in WE 165, Dynamics of Fitness, and WE 125, Aerobic Conditioning classes will be put in teams and given a scavenger hunt. (Similar to the Amazing Race).

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The scavenger hunt took place during these classes this week. The scavenger hunt asked various questions about different ArtPrize pieces in the community that students will have to run/race to get the answers. The first team back to the Ford Fieldhouse with the correct answers won the hunt for each class.

This Week at the Center for Teaching and Learning – 9/29/11-10/7/11

The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to offer the following Faculty Professional Development opportunities in the next two weeks. Unless otherwise noted, our offerings are open to any full- or part-time faculty at GRCC or any institution of higher learning. For more information or registration assistance, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at teachexcellence@grcc.edu or (616) 234-2278.

Blackboard Basics for Faculty
Online Open entry, open exit
Register via email teachexcellence@grcc.edu

Blackboard is a web-based course management system that can be used in a variety of ways. Faculty can use the simple “point and click” tools to create an online course Web site that includes content delivery, grading, assessment, and communication. Continue reading