President of American Welding Society Speaks at GRCC – Photos


Yesterday, John Mendoza, President of the American Welding Society stopped by GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC on a tour of welding programs throughout Michigan. His mission is to share with students the possibilities for careers in the welding field, and he spoke to GRCC Welding students about the career advancement options they have available to them.

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Davenport’s 2011 Online Faculty Conference 9/14/11-9/15/11

Davenport University has invited all GRCC faculty to participate in their 2011 Online Faculty Conference – September 14th and 15th. The theme is “One size does not fit all: Adaptable teaching methods for a variety of online learning and instructors.” The conference will focus on teaching tools and styles that increase clarity with class content and design for all types of learners. The conference is fully online through Wimba Classroom, so you may log in at any time from your home or office – or join us in 316 Main where beverages and discussion will flow.

In addition to a full schedule of sessions offered by Davenport faculty and staff, there are two keynotes, Barry Dahl will be speaking on Wednesday, September 14th from 9:30 to 10:20 am on “Engaging Learners: How tough can it be?” and Dr. Rena Palloff and Dr. Keith Pratt will speak Thursday, September 15th from 12:00-12:50 pm on “Building Virtual Communities: Techniques that Work!”

For a full schedule go here.

We have a limited number of spots available, so if you are interested, please register by emailing The Center for Teaching Excellence at There is no cost to attend.

Not Your Grandparents Retirement – Planning Now for the Future You Want

This four-part series is designed for those who wish to explore and prepare for the future that they want in retirement. Whether a “traditional” or “non-traditional” retirement is desired, our program will help you to prepare for this significant life transition. Each weekly session will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 PM in room 103, Sneden Hall on the GRCC DeVos Campus, located at 415 East Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.  [More Information (.pdf)]

Preparing For Life Transitions Rather Than Retirement
Monday, September 26, 2011

This session, featuring Paul Phifer, career and life direction specialist, will explore life stages, transitions, priorities, and lifestyle issues, as well as traditional verses holistic approaches to retirement.

Confirming, Restoring or Establishing Direction That Motivates
Monday, October 3, 2011

In this highly interactive session – also featuring Paul Phifer, career and life direction specialist – you will be guided through several self-assessment activities designed to clarify your values, interests and skills in preparation for the future that you want.

Exploring Impact Issues
Monday, October 10, 2011

This session, led by educational gerontologist, Mike Faber, will help you explore a wide range of potential barriers that you will need to overcome in order for you to stay “on track.” These include aging-related health/wellness, caregiving, loneliness/ relationships, discrimination, lack of purpose, spirituality, loss of self-esteem, fear, crime/safety, purposeful activities, civic engagement/giving back, societal expectations/trends, change, work (both paid and unpaid), and more.

Financial Preparedness
Monday, October 17, 2011

This session, led by Jeffrey Noeker, Area Investment Manager for Fifth Third Securities, licensed since 1993, will give you a broad overview of financial issues that you may encounter before and during your retirement. These include borrowing basics, investing basics, pensions, social security, 401Ks, traditional IRAs, insurance, financial planning and more.

Cost: $50.00 per participant. Your registration fee provides for free parking, refreshments and a copy of the bestselling book What Color Is Your Parachute? For Retirement: Planning Now for the Life You Want, as well as handouts and materials. Scholarship support is available for those in need. For more information, contact Mike Faber at (616) 234-3483.

Registration is Required – To Register:

Phone: (616) 234-3400

Online: (click on Older Learner Center).

Seating is limited. Register today!

EDUCAUSE Webinar for GRCC Employees on Georgia State Copyright Case

The Library & Learning Commons will host an EDUCAUSE Webinar titled The Georgia State Copyright Case: Issues and Implications. If you’re not sure what that case is about, see the Chronicle of Higher Education’s report here.

No registration required if you join us. If you wish to view this webinar in your office, you must register with Educause.

Please join us!
123 LRC (distance ed classroom across from Library entrance)
2-3 PM Thursday Sept. 8.

GRCC in the News – 9/8/11

Town hall meeting over education cuts
WWMT | September 08, 2011 8:26 AM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Two local lawmakers are holding a town hall meeting tonight to give people the chance to sound off on recent education cuts.  State Representatives Brandon Dillon and Roy Schmidt, both of Grand Rapids, are hosting the meeting.  (More)

President Barack Obama’s speech: What West Michigan citizens want to hear
Published: Thursday, September 08, 2011, 6:25 AM | By Ted Roelofs | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Among some of those standing outside the Michigan unemployment office, President Barack Obama doesn’t get much slack. […] “I just want somebody to act and carry through with it,” said James Braddock, 18, a Grand Rapids Community College student.  (More)

State Reps. Schmidt and Dillon holding Thursday town hall on school cuts
Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 4:16 PM | By Monica Scott | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – State Representatives Roy Schmidt and Brandon Dillon, both Grand Rapids Democrats, are holding a town hall meeting Thursday regarding what they describe as “massive and unnecessary cuts” to schools. […] The town hall is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Sneden Hall’s multipurpose room on the campus of Grand Rapids Community College, 415 Fulton St.   (More)

Raider Salute to GRCC’s Call Center Staff

GRCC Call Center Calls by Month by Year

This salute comes from Derek DeVries in the Communications Department:

“I am grateful on a daily basis for the extraordinary employees GRCC has working for it in the Call Center.  For those unfamiliar with the office, they are the switchboard for the college and serve as the friendly and helpful voice for the college.  They work long hours under considerable pressure and maintain their composure and positive attitude even when they bear the brunt of frustration from students and community members.  Their jobs also demand that they master an encyclopedia’s worth of ever-changing information about the college.

As you can see from the graph above, the numbers are in for August, 2011 and GRCC has shattered all other previous records for phone calls received by the college.  This past month the Call Center helped 24,170 callers – a considerable increase over last year’s 21,512 and double what we received in 2005.

A hearty thank you and kudos to Bethany Tuffelmire, Magdalena Phillips, Leona Voorhees, and Jenelle Thompson.”

Raider Salute to Denise Potvin and IT Staff

This salute came from Sara Dorer:

I want to send a Raider Salute to Denise Potvin for being the first person to report an incident using the new Student Conduct online reporting form! It worked wonderfully for both of us, allowing for quick response to the situation. For those looking for the form, it can be found at

(And a thank you to IT staff as well for all of their help getting this software purchased and ready for use this fall!)

Cengage Learning Looking for Beta Testers

Cengage Learning hopes to expand their database of college students, librarians, and professors who are willing to participate in product usability studies. If you, or someone you know, might be interested, please contact:

Debbie Piper, CUA Usability Specialist
Global New Media
Cengage Learning
5191 Natorp Boulevard
Mason, Ohio 45040
513.229.1623|(c) 513.335.0943|(f)513.229.1072

Opportunity for Media Coverage for Your Department Friday 9/9/11

As you may be aware, GRCC has partnered with Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield from Ice Sculptures Ltd. for Artprize and they’re going to be unveiling the completed ice sculpture (GRCC served as the inspiration for the piece) on September 9, 2011.

This offers us a unique opportunity to showcase our students and all the great things they’re doing.

If your department has any faculty/students that are interested in spending some time in the Ice Gurus studios on Friday showing off to the local news media – please contact the Communications Department at and we’ll help facilitate everything.