Center for Teaching Excellence Opportunities 11/3/11-12/9/11

The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to offer the following Faculty Professional Development opportunities in the month of November. All of our offerings are open to any full- or part-time faculty and administrators at GRCC and, where appropriate, to community members. For more information, reach us at or (616) 234-2278. Continue reading

Raider Salute to GRCC Police

Josh Aderholdt at the Tassell M-TEC sent this Raider Salute to the GRCC Police Department:

“Thank to the GRCC Police officers in responding to the incident the morning of 11/2/11. Officers who responded did so quickly and efficiently, especially Officers Kritzman and Coulson. Officer Kritzman kept staff updated on the situation as it developed and help to ensure that students, faculty and staff stayed safe.”

From The Staff of Tassell M-TEC

Carry the Alumni Connect Card

Alumni Connect CardDo you ever run into a GRCC/JC Alum when you are at the dentist, doctor’s office, the gym, at a restaurant, etc., etc.? Then this card’s for you!

All you need to do is carry these cards in your wallet. When you run into an alum, give them this card so they can connect with GRCC. It provides them every possible way to get connected. If they have a business card to share, ask them for that in return and then pass it on to Erin Cisler.
Sign up here to CARRY the card, and we will inter-office mail you your supply.

Thank you for helping Alumni connect with GRCC!

GRCC in the News – 11/3/11

GRCC volleyball team reloads despite heavy graduation losses
Published: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 9:30 AM | Grand Rapids Press

Chip Will refused to think of the 2011 fall campaign as rebuilding for the Grand Rapids Community College volleyball program. Consider it reloading. The Raiders went from a 35-3 season last fall to a 28-5 record this year despite the loss of eight key players. They also have a legitimate shot at another trip to nationals, which are Nov. 17-19 in Toledo, Ohio.  (More)

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids rolls out the welcome mat for foodies
Published: Thursday, November 03, 2011, 6:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Yee Lam Fung Nykamp is of Chinese descent but grew up learning the languages of other cultures thanks to her dad’s world-traveling job. She also learned that people don’t just express themselves through words — they also communicate through cuisine. […] Last year, 57 restaurants participated in the event, which generated an estimated $1.2 million in additional sales at area restaurants and raised more than $19,000 to establish a new culinary program scholarship at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  (More)

GRCC Diversity Lecture Series Presents Maziar Bahari 11/9/11

Bahari MaziarGRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series will present Journalist, Filmmaker, and Former Political Prisoner Maziar Bahari on November 9, 2011 to speak on “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival.”

Maziar Bahari, Iranian-Canadian journalist was arrested in Tehran on trumped-up charges of espionage in the aftermath of the contested 2009 election. Held in solitary confinement for 118 days, enduring physical and psychological torture, he chronicles his story in, Then They
Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival.

As a correspondent for Newsweek, Bahari is an expert on Iran yet also embraces a wide range of subjects as a filmmaker, from Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany, to Iraqi child prisoners and Aids in South Africa.

Lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church (24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, 49503).  The lecture is free and open to all and will be ASL Interpreted.

Sneden Hall – White Hall Fire Alarm Tests Thursday-Friday 11/03/11-11/04/11

[Corrected] The fire alarms in Sneden and White Hall will be tested Thursday November 3rd in advance of the fire marshal’s visit on Friday November 4th. The life safety inspection is scheduled for late morning to early afternoon Friday November 4th. If however, an alarm sounds for longer than 30 seconds, either day, you should evacuate as though it were a real emergency.

[Warren Hall has been renamed White Hall]