Congratulations to Garry Brand – 2012 Outstanding eLearning Faculty Award Recipient


GRCC congratulates Garry Brand, professor in the Business Department and Lead Faculty Facilitator in the department of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies!

Garry was selected to receive the 2012 Award for Outstanding eLearning Faculty from the Instructional Technology Council (ITC). (GRCC became members of this well known and respected organization this year.)

Each year ITC selects an exemplary faculty member who has implemented outstanding and innovative teaching and class management strategies with demonstrated course success and excellent student retention.

Garry’s nomination was reviewed and chosen by panels of judges that were comprised of members of the ITC board of directors, past award winners, attendees at ITCs annual leadership academy, and other ITC members.

This recognition is extremely well-deserved and highlights his commitment to faculty professional development, quality, student success, innovation, and exemplary online course delivery. Garry is recognized on the front page of ITC and can be viewed here:

Finally, he will have the opportunity to receive his award in person at a special luncheon at eLearning 2012, which will be held in Long Beach, California, on Feb. 18-21, 2012.

Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies Department

Holiday Breakfast Centerpieces Created by Fashion & Interiors Students

2011 Holiday Breakfast Centerpiece

This beautiful photo is just one of the 50 lovely and unique centerpieces created for the Employee Holiday Breakfast. These were all made by students from our Fashion & Interiors department under Sue Baglien’s instruction. Students LaTonya Mabon, Tonya Riva, Jill Daniels and Jacque Yskes spent many hours working on these beautiful pieces of art. What a wonderful way for them to apply their creative gifts and skills! We look forward to showing off the rest of the centerpieces at the Holiday Breakfast! See you there!

– The Holiday Breakfast Planning Team

Make The Yuletide Gay A Benefit Cabaret – 12/18/11


Actor’s Theatre will feature “Make the Yuletide Gay” – a benefit cabaret featuring Ellie Frances & Rob Karel with Todd Wilkie at the Piano at the Spectrum Theatre (160 Fountain Street) on December 18, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $15 Adults, $10 Student/Senior and all proceeds benefit The Fred and Mickey Sebulske Scholarship Fund, The GRCC Scholarship Fund, and The Combined Theatre Scholarship Fund.

For tickets and information, (616)234-3946 or visit

Is GRCC Achieving the Dream?

Linda Spoelman, faculty representative to the Achieving The Dream (AtD) committee here at GRCC, is presenting an update on our efforts to date on the Reading Apprenticeship (RA) portion of AtD today at Dean’s Council. Here is a brief summary of Linda’s report:

Winter 2011 – Introduction to RA delivered at AFP learning day; reading faculty given more in-depth introduction to RA.

Fall 2011 Training

  1. RA training for all reading adjuncts–August 2011
  2. Three day RA training for 32 developmental faculty and staff, including tutor coordinators–Sept 29-Oct 1.
  3. In-depth study of RA adopted as topic for reading instructors’ Professional Reading Group. Meetings held in October and November.
  4. RA training delivered at English Department learning day to all full time and several adjunct department members–Oct. 7.
  5. RA follow up workshop on questioning offered to those who attended the Sept/Oct. training–November 4.
  6. Fall 2011 Assessment: Zoomerang survey assessing instructor perception of RA effectiveness delivered to the workshop attendees–December 4.