GRCC Ice Carving Teams in Frankenmuth – Photos

GRCC at Ice Carving Competition Frankenmuth 2012

The Ice Carving Team of GRCC’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education did well in Frankenmuth this past weekend at the National Collegiate Competition. Luba Petrash’s team took 5th place overall in the multi-block, four-hour competition with a bronze medal.  GRCC students took two bronze medals; on individual blocks Ryan Klotz received a bronze that was very close to a silver and Jessica Miller’s was less than a point from a bronze.

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Nourishment 4 the Soul and Spoken Word Poetry

Nourishment 4 the Soul and Spoken Word Poetry: Want to feed your soul? Come experience the artistic expressions of area poets as well as enjoy the taste of “soul food” classics representative of African American culture – only $7 per plate!

Feb. 1, 2012 from 11:30am – 1:30pm in the Multipurpose Room, 2nd floor, Student Center.  Food Provided by Sand Manns BBQ.

Sponsored by the Black Student Union

Have Training, Will Travel – Staff Development Offering On-Site Learning

Do you know what the most common comments are on evaluations for Staff Development learning opportunities? “I wish my boss was here.” “I wish my whole department could take this.” “I wish my co-workers could hear this.” Rings of a common melody, doesn’t it? At almost every session around topics on communication, building trust and team effectiveness, we hear just slight variations of the same tune.

We are listening! Staff Development has training and will travel! Our staff and consultants in Staff Development are willing to offer training for intact work groups or departments at your location, on your time schedule. Workplace learning is most effective when it occurs with your direct co-workers, your boss, or team. Learning together provides the entire group with a common language for discussing differences, communicating effectively, and working collaboratively to achieve a common goal.

We offer a multitude of topics from conflict resolution, communication effectiveness, DiSC profiles, StrengthsFinder to personal listening skills, work expectations and more. If there is a topic that interests you that we do not offer, we are willing to research it and find the right facilitator for the job. Departments that have requested and incorporated intact workgroup training include: IT, School of Workforce Development, Upward Bound, and ISIS.

Please contact MaryBeth Beighley if you would like to discuss this opportunity for your team.

GRCC Culinary Students Vie for Internships at Prestigious Locations Around the World

Secchia Institute Students Vie for Internships Abroad

Dante Owens Jr. along with many more Secchia Intitute for Culinary Education Students interviewed today for a few premier spots at some of the world’s most prestigious resorts. The Glen Eagles and Saint Andrews are two of the locations at which our students have been working over the past several years. Chef Angus Campbell of SICE arranges these Skype interviews for the students with the Executive Chef Ian and Sous Chef Sharon every year. Our students perform so well for them over the extraordinarily busy summer months that they have gone from requesting 6 students per year to wanting 10 or more.

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This summer we will have students in Scotland, Italy, Hawaii, California, and Florida to name a few locations. We feel that students that experience work and culture beyond our borders come back with more than just technical skill enhancement. They come back with their lives enhanced.

Five Ways to Communicate with Students Online

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Written by Cheryl Kautz, Adjunct Faculty in Computer Applications | Instructor-student communication is just as important in online classrooms as it is traditional face-to-face classrooms. Online course effectiveness is determined in part by the quality and frequency of communication. The following are five ways to use technology to help ensure successful communication in the online classroom:

  1. Provide timely communication for your asynchronous discussion boards; subscribe to them.
  2. Invite your students to meet you and their classmates synchronously online with Blackboard Collaborate Web conferencing tool.
  3. Offer synchronous, real-time communication, with Blackboard Instant Messaging.
  4. Suggest students set up mobile phone preferences in Blackboard so that they can receive course notifications via text or voice message for class cancellations, announcements, posted grades, etc.
  5. Allow students to provide anonymous course feedback at the end of the semester.

For detail and tipsheets on each of these tools, see the full blog post.

Although the above are excellent tools for communication in online classrooms, they are also effective communication tools for traditional face-to-face classes, allowing you to stay connected with your students between class meetings!

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Raider Salute to Mary Kay Bethune

The Upward Bound office sent this salute:

The Upward Bound Staff would like to recognize Mary Kay and thank her for teaching the Upward Bound students and families the importance of filling out the FAFSA and about the process as well as answering any financial aid questions they had during the Upward Bound Senior FAFSA Night. Her passion for community outreach and post-secondary access was apparent as we watched her interact with our students and their parents. Thank you Mary Kay!

Jeff Johnson “Everything I’m not made me Everything I am” – 2/15/12

Jeff Johnson GRCC Diversity Lecture SeriesJeff Johnson – February 15, 2012
Author, Journalist, Social Activist
Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am

Jeff Johnson is renowned both for his conversations with world figures in the political, business and entertainment arenas and his grass-roots work seeking to inspire the next generation of leaders. Johnson is a trailblazing social entrepreneur and authentic voice for change. Sometimes called the “conscience voice” of BET Networks, Johnson looks for ways to merge the worlds of politics and popular culture, through broad-based communication, including as a contributor to the Tom Joyner Morning Show. He is the author of Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am.

  • All lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Free and open to all
  • On-campus parking $3.00 (with discount pass)
  • ASL Interpreted

GRCC in the News – 1/30/12

See where Grand Rapids Community College football players are moving onto after program’s demise
Published: Monday, January 30, 2012, 7:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – When Grand Rapids Community College made the decision to discontinue its football program earlier this month, it didn’t affect Carlin Landingham’s future.  (More)

Grand Rapids-area companies encourage employers to hire former prisoners
Published: Sunday, January 29, 2012, 6:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – When Jahaun McKinley landed a job earning $9 an hour making garbage containers, he considered himself lucky. […] Now, he’s halfway through an associate’s degree in business at Grand Rapids Community College and has been promoted to a supervisory role at Cascade.  (More)

The Giant of Giants crowned in Grand Rapids
10:10 AM, Jan 29, 2012 | WZZM 13

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-More than 700 people packed DeVos Place Saturday night to honor the African American leaders who have helped shape Grand Rapids. […] The proceeds will go to the Milo M. Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund for Grand Rapids Community College students.  (More)

GRCC Honors Selfless Citizens with Giants Awards – Local African Americans are honored for their contributions to GR and inspiration
Darren Cunningham | FOX 17 Reporter | 11:02 p.m. EST, January 28, 2012

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.- Grand Rapids Community College honored some of the city’s most generous citizens at the 30th annual Giants Awards. “This is an awesome event. It was started thirty years ago, to recognize African Americans in this community who had made significant contributions,” says Faye Richardson Green, with the planning and selection committee.  (More)

Grand Rapids State of the City: Who’s who from DeVos Place
Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 1:50 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Almost 500 people, many of them invited and others admitted at their own request, heard Mayor George Heartwell’s 9th-annual State of the City address this morning at DeVos Place. […] Bert Bleke, former Grand Rapids Public Schools superintendent and current Grand Rapids Community College trustee.  (More)

The Rev. Marvin Sapp receives 2012 Giant Among Giants Award in Grand Rapids (photos)
Published: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 11:05 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Many know the Rev. Marvin Sapp as an award-winning gospel singer or pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church in Southeast Grand Rapids. But longtime friend Derrick Franklin knows the 44-year-old minister in another light. […] It was Sapp’s inspiration that took center stage Saturday night when he received the Giant Among Giants award, the top honor at the 30th annual Giants Awards and Banquet, at the DeVos Place.  (More)

GRCC Student Interacts With Vice President Joe Biden Via Twitter

Vice President Joe Biden Replies to GRCC Student

Adjunct Communications Professor Laura Michels had her class following Vice President Joe Biden’s live tweet interview follow-up to the State of the Union Address earlier this week.  The class tweeted questions to the VP and he responded to one of the students!

A full transcript and write-up of the event is available here.


W-2 Pick-up Reminder for Employees and Student Workers

Attention all Staff and Student Workers:

  • 2011 W-2’s will be available for pick up starting Thursday, January 26th through Monday, January 30th at the DeVos Campus Administration building in the 1st floor lobby.
  • You will be required to show valid picture ID, which indicates your first and last name information.
  • W-2’s will only be released to the employee. You will not be able to pick up W2’s for friends, spouses, etc.
  • W-2’s that are not picked up by Monday, January 30th at 5:00 PM will be mailed on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 to the address on file for the employee.
  • Lost, misplaced, destroyed, or W2’s mailed to an incorrect address will not be replaced until after March 1, 2012.
  • There is a $10.00 service charge for any W-2 replacement copy requested.

TRIO and Student Support Services Congratulates Ronald Kamgang on Scholarship

Ronald KamgangPlease congratulate Ronald Kamgang, an SSS student, has been honored with two scholarship awards this year. First, the Richard Whereity Chemistry Scholarrship, which is awarded to a student who has shown a talent for and dedication to the study of chemistry and has at least a 3.0 GPA. This award is renewable for an additional year based on the recommendation of the department scholarship committee.

Second, the Milo Brown Scholarship which is awarded to one African American male student who has at least a 2.75 GPA and has demonstrated a commitment to the community by engaging in volunteer and extra curricular activities.

iPads at GRCC: A Killer Combination?!


Those who attended the “Donuts and Bagels” session this month were invited to bring their iPads. DLIT learned that faculty and staff (including some who couldn’t make it) have a real interest in using tablets for teaching and learning. One day later, we got to see the Apple Education Event. They announced:

DLIT is already downloading and testing the software!  For the complete blog post, go here. To see one of the first iTunes U videos – go here.

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GRCC in the News – 1/27/12

Grand Rapids area experts say childhood profanity is no laughing matter, despite laughs on ‘Modern Family’
Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 10:32 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Where’s my #$@%!& Play-Doh?! Preschoolers can be such potty mouths. When cute little Lily dropped the “F-bomb” last week on ABC’s sitcom “Modern Family,” one of her parents was horrified. The other couldn’t stop laughing. […] “It’s not just on TV,” said JaneAnn Benson, director of the Grand Rapids Community College Laboratory Preschool, where teachers-to-be learn about early education in a real preschool setting.  (More)

Right Place local representative to help grow Ionia County’s businesses, economy
By Jon Szerlag | The Ionia Sentinel-Standard | Posted Jan 26, 2012 @ 10:44 PM

IONIA, Mich. — After forming a relationship with the Ionia County Economic Alliance, the Right Place has taken the first step of the agreement by placing Jennifer Wangler to help grow the county’s economy exclusively. […] She also served as a business service professional for Grand Rapids Community College, where her role was to support businesses in West Michigan and support their needs for growth.  (More)

Forecast: Patchy ice from overnight drizzle, freezing rain possible today
Published: Friday, January 27, 2012, 5:14 AM | Grand Rapids Press

Light snow combined with overnight freezing rain and drizzle were expected to make roads icy in some places from Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo and to the east. […] Caption: Freezing rain and snow earlier this winter created slippery conditions on sidewalks around Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

GRCC Board of Trustees Meeting for January 2012 – Video

Courtesy of GRCC’s Media Technologies Department, the Board of Trustees meeting for January 23, 2012 is now available on YouTube and will be aired via the college cable channel.  This meeting covered the significant decision about whether or not to approach the public with a bond request in the election this May: