Staff Development Offers New Wellness Courses

Staff Development is proud to bring you four NEW Wellness professional development courses. Following the Seven Dimensions of Wellness, these sessions are just the beginning of a healthier life. Health and Education Professionals from the Grand Rapids area will provide training in the following areas:

Stress Reduction through Meditation
Facilitated by: Russell Pitts aka Sunim of the Grand Rapids Zen Center. Sunim married, a father of five adult children and the grandfather of six. He is a former Navel officer. attorney, as well as a college and high school teacher.

Friday September 30, 2011 9 – 10 AM
Friday November 4, 2011 2 – 3 PM

Dispelling Myths of HIV/AIDS
Facilitated by: Ruth Bell Olsson Board of Directors of the Grand Rapids Red Project. The Grand Rapids Red Project is comprised of community members who are passionate advocates and activists in the fight against HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and the harmful or risky choices that help spread these life-altering medical conditions.

Tuesday October 18, 2011 10 AM – 12 PM

Personal Self Defense
Facilitated by: Sherman McElwee from Elite Karate and Fitness In the summer of 1969 after a personal attack, Sherman decided to pursue self-defense as a means to protect himself. Elite Karate and Fitness offers kick boxing, personal training, and offers wellness coaching, It serves a clientele from very young to more seasoned adults. Sherman instills the values of respect, self-control, self-confidence, and discipline within his students. For a complete biography go to

Each session is 2 parts

Wednesday September 28 and October 5, 2011 10 – 11:30 AM
Wednesday November 9 and November 16, 2011 2 – 3:30 PM

Power of Gratitude
Facilitated by: Steve Glass PhD Grand Valley State University Associate Dean, College of Interdisciplinary Studies ( )
Interim Chair, Department of Liberal Studies ( )
ACSM Clinical Exercise Specialist
Full Professor, Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University.

Thursday October 6, 2011 10 – 11:30 AM

Course descriptions and registration may be accessed at


  • Zumba
  • Yoga
  • Kickboxing
  • Stretching

Nutrition Courses including:

  • Raw Foods,
  • Smoothies Detoxing

GRCC Leadership Institute – Apply Now

GRCC’s Leadership Institute is now accepting applications for the 2011-2012 cohort. The Leadership Institute is designed to strengthen the leadership skills of individuals and unite a community of leaders through two related programs: The Leadership Coaching Institute and The Leaders Institute.

The Leadership Coaching Institute equips experienced leaders to act as coaches for developing leaders. This program consists of 2 workshops (in the fall semester) that train participants to act as leadership coaches. Participants then coach a developing leader in The Leaders Institute for one year (starting in the winter semester).

The Leaders Institute trains up-and-coming leaders by focusing on self-awareness, ingenuity, best practices, experiential learning, and coaching. In addition to providing the support of a leadership coach, this program offers a flexible leadership development curriculum and requires participants to complete a Stretch Assignment that is strategically relevant to GRCC. This program begins in the winter semester.

All GRCC Faculty and Staff are invited to apply. Applications for both of these programs are due by September 21, 2011 (participation is limited). Nominations are also welcome. For application materials and more information (including program guides) please go to or contact MaryBeth Beighley, Director of Staff Development (email:; phone: 234-3529).

GRCC in the News – 9/15/11

Grand Rapids engineer honored at Kettering University
Published: Tuesday, September 06, 2011, 1:35 PM | By Jan Holst | Advance Newspapers

Armen G. Oumedian, of Grand Rapids, will receive one of the highest honors presented by Kettering University in Flint. He will be among eight honored by the Kettering University Alumni Association for professional excellence and civic engagement on Saturday. […] His service to the university includes contributing more than $100,000 in scholarships for students employed in West Michigan, creating the Kettering Technology Award, establishing the Eagle Scout Scholarship fund, founding the “Classroom of the Future” project, and committing $20,000 in a matching grant to create a fund to sponsor two LITE participants from West Michigan and arranging an academic partnership between Grand Rapids Community College and Kettering.  (More)