Professional Development Opportunities – 12/15/11-12/15/11

There are still open seats in the following sessions;

Best Practices in Social Media
Thursday December 15, 2011 | 10 – 11 AM | 351 Main Building
Description: Recommended professional practices for blogging and using social media, like Twitter and Facebook, highlighting effective tactics and pitfalls to avoid.

Presentation Skills 101
Tuesday December 14, 2011 | 11 AM – 12:30 PM | 213 Cook Academic Hall
Description: “Help, I’ve got a presentation coming up next week and don’t know what to do”. In this survival session we highlight the basic skills that YOU MUST KNOW before your next presentation. At the end of this session, participants will be able to: Identify the skill required to conduct an effective presentation; Establish a positive learning environment: Understand participants’ needs and respond appropriately; Apply adult learning principle to the presentation; Demonstrate the appropriate use of visuals; Deliver concise, meaningful content.

Adjunct Holiday Open House – 12/12/11 and 12/13/11

GRCC will hold an Adjunct Holiday Open House on two dates:

  • Monday 12/12 5 – 7 PM
  • Tuesday 12/13 noon – 2

Join Ann Alexander and Diane Sparks and your adjunct colleagues for hot beverages, treats and holiday cheer in 347 Main Building.  Check out all of our Winter Professional Development offerings, including Adjunct Institutes and Learning Days, at

For more information, contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at or 234-2278.

GRCC Student Food Pantry Opening Soon – Donations Needed

Student Congress, in conjunction with Campus Activities and Student Life, is creating a food pantry for GRCC students and their families. Student Congress has taken on a “students helping students” initiative this year, and there is a growing need for students to find reliable food sources, especially due to the discontinuation of the Bridge Card for college students.

The Food Pantry will be located next to Student Life, in the old Student Leadership Offices. Student Congress and Campus Activities executive board members have offered to vacate their current office space so renovations for the pantry can take place during the winter holiday.

The food pantry will open on Monday, February 13. To participate can students will apply for the program at the Student Life Office anytime after Monday, February 6. Once accepted they will able to receive food twice per month based on the number of people in their household. Applications will be available on

We are inviting you to donate to the GRCC Student Food Pantry by bringing basic necessities and non-perishable food items to the Student Life Office, on the first floor of the Student Center, during regular office hours. For a list of items needed e-mail or visit Student Life. Please also consider a Meijer gift card so that we are able to replenish our food supply when necessary.

GRCC in the News – 12/9/11

Book details history of City League track and field
Jeff Chaney | The Grand Rapids Press, December 08, 2011 9:24 a.m.

David Wood happens to be part of a story he thought should be told. A 1972 Union High School graduate and track star, Wood still holds the City League record in the mile with a time of 4 minutes, 13 seconds. It’s a record that will never be topped because the City League broke up after the 2008 school year. […] “Track used to be the center of the universe until the middle 1970s,” said Wood, who also coached at Union, Grand Rapids Community College and Ferris State.  (More)