Staff Development Wellness and Enrichment – Ruth Bell Olsson on Dispelling the Myths of HIV-AIDS

According to the CDC – 7,218 people in Michigan are living with AIDS, and 490,696 total in the United States. On October 18 from 10am-12pm, come join in the conversation lead by Ruth Bell Olsson of the Grand Rapids Red Project “What every college employee needs to know about dispelling the myths of HIV/AIDS”. Sign up here.

Non-Verbal Communication Training

Actions speak louder than words is true. Join MaryBeth (MB) Beighley for an informative 2 hour session. Non-verbal Communication participants will learn how using the appropriate movements, posture, gestures, facial expressions and even tone of voice will help send the message they want to convey. The next session will be offered:

  • Tuesday October 18, 2011 1 – 3 PM

Click on to register and to view details for this session.

Basics for Supervisors Training

Are you a new supervisor of student employees or maybe you just want to see what is expected of student employee supervisors. No matter what the reason, take the Basics for Supervisors offered by Student Employee Services. Chris Allen will walk you through the basics. This session is essential for student employee supervisors. Still room in the next two sessions:

  • Wednesday October 13, 2011 9 – 10:30 AM
  • Monday October 17, 2011 12:30 – 2 PM

Click on to enroll for either of these sessions.

GRCC Online Store Public Sale 10/13/11

Grand Rapids Community College is having a public sale Thursday, October 13, 2011 ~ 07:00 a.m. – 07:00 p.m. in the GRCC Online Store

View the items for sale here on October 13.  The Purchasing Department’s Facebook Fan Page will feature items for sale in the days running up to the sale.

Pickup: Items available for pick up beginning the next day (Friday) after the sale from 9AM to 4 PM at GRCC, 133 Winchester Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI. After Friday pick up by appointment only. Email to request an appointment. See for pick up details.

This sale will contain limited computers, electronics, technology, books, lost & found, etc. Grand Rapids Community College cannot guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appointment). Purchased items not picked up will be returned to stock.

Questions should be directed to, Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing at (616) 234-3850 or email

Grand Rapids Community College has the right to reject any or all bids as deemed necessary in the best interest of the college.

The Art of Inspiration Featuring GRCC Faculty Filippo Tagliati

GRCC faculty Filippo Tagliatti was included in this presentation produced by Bill Bergen titled “The Art of Inspiration.”  From the description:

“Calling for footage shot by filmmakers and patrons, a video collaboration project took place at ArtPrize 2011. Vimeo partnered with ArtPrize and put out the call for people to shoot interviews, time-lapses, events, and the wonderful people of Grand Rapids.

Watch Here:

Windows 7 for Faculty and Staff is Coming

As you already know, during this past summer GRCC upgraded all computer labs and classrooms to Windows 7. Now it will upgrade the rest of the campus.  This winter the IT department will take on the massive endeavor to upgrade every PC on campus to Windows 7.

Windows 7 is a much lighter operating system(OS) and has better features. In addition to what we gain in features, such as security and video playback, the college gains more in support. Support and Drivers for Windows XP has been slipping quickly over the last 2 years.

Keep your eye on GRCC Today during the coming weeks, we will be providing you with required information, and steps you will need to be taking in order to make this a smooth transition.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please email We will put together an FAQ page to start answering the questions you may have.

T Minus 4 Days and Counting for Innovation Challenge

It’s is never too late to be innovative.but it will be too late to win big money for your ideas in just 4 more days. Saturday is the deadline for you – or students – to enter their ideas on our parking puzzle.

The question for this year’s Innovation Challenge/Armen Award is: How might GRCC reduce the need for and use of on-campus parking by 50% by 2015?

There is a free Idea Development session today from 3-4 PM with Bill Fluharty, Design and Innovation Consultant from the Keller Future Center and all you have to do is walk in to room 316 Main and you’ll get free professional assistance. And you’ll still get to keep any money if you are the winner of the $3,000 cash. (Second Place is $1,500 and Third Place is $500.)

Also, if you’ll be in a classroom, please encourage students to look into the Innovation Challenge at

GRCC App Developer to Present at ETOM Fall Conference

Szymon MachajewskiSzymon Machejewski (Computer Apps) is the developer behind the popular “GRCC Mobile” and “bbStats” Apps. He will be presenting this Friday at the Educational Technology of Michigan conference. His session is entitled “Mobile Development for Phones and Tablets in a Single IDE.” This presentation will show how a single programming language can be use to design, develop, and distribute mobile apps for Apple, Google, and Blackberry platforms. This approach can be used in teaching to maximize the exposure of students to mobile platforms.

The registration fee will be covered for GRCC faculty who attend. For instructions, go here.

The registration fee will be covered for GRCC faculty who attend. Select the member rate ($60) and “Invoice Me.” Then, forward the invoice to Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies (

Even if you can’t make it, Szymon has provided the following resources:

Mobile Development:

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Fieldhouse Will Close Early 10/14/11

We wish to inform staff and students who use the Ford Fieldhouse facilities during the evenings that the Ford Fieldhouse will close one hour early this Friday evening, October 14, 2011, which will be at 7;00p.m. This closing is necessary in order to allow our facilities staff to make repairs to the hot water system in the facility. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Art and Bevs Weekly Specials for 10/11/11-10/13/11


  • Soups: Chicken and Rice or Cheeseburger Chowder
  • Steak Quesadilla $5.00
  • Breakfast Bagel (Onion bagel, hash browns, sausage patty, scrambled egg, cheese) $2.50


  • Soups: Broccoli Cheese or Chicken Noodle
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken Wrap $3.50


  • Soups: Corn Chowder or Fire Roasted Veggie
  • Pata Negra (Ham, Fresh Mozz, Canteloupe, Basil on Foccacia) $4.00
  • Pasta Bar w/fresh Charlie bread $7.00


  • Closed for Cleaning (Art & Bevs will re-open Tuesday October 25, 2011)

Art & Bev’s CA224 is an SICE Student Run Enterprise.

GRCC in the News – 10/11/11

E.E. Fell School becomes Midtown Village – Open house Tuesday
By ANNETTE MANWELL | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Oct 09, 2011 @ 10:59 PM

Holland — Some of the little touches that add character and retain the history have been left at the old E.E. Fell Junior High School — imperfections in the walls, trim and baseboards in the halls, original rounded windows, staircases and the River Avenue entry. […] Businesses and nonprofits are housed there, including a non-denominational church and classrooms for Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)