SSPD Grants: January Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., January 20, 2012. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Grants Coordinator at 234-3340 or Good luck!

GRCC in the News – 1/4/12

Pediatric cancer survivor details her ordeal, hopes for the future
Published: Wednesday, January 04, 2012, 7:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — When Meagan Denison, 19, walks into a cancer patient’s room at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital or Spectrum Health Butterworth, she brings much more than a food tray. […] Today, the Petoskey native is the first pediatric ovarian cancer survivor in the state of Michigan, her doctors have told her family. Meagan is a second-year college student at Grand Rapids Community College, “free of tubes and pursuing a career in a field that I can help children with cancer,” she wrote in a letter to The Press, which invited readers to write about how experiencing cancer has enriched their lives. (More)

GRCC Faculty Learning Day
Shelley Irwin | WGVU | January 2, 2012 | WGVU

GRCC presents a special faculty learning day this Wednesday. This day is dedicated to developing and supporting a resilient faculty. We discuss with Ric Underhile.  (More)

12 Trends To Watch: 2012 Public Relations Forecast #PRin2012
Posted by Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) in January 3rd 2012

[…] 10. The Rise Of ‘Brand Journalism’ Layoffs and rapid turnover mean many PR pros are finding it difficult to establish solid relationships or earn the attention their promotional efforts may deserve. Enter Brand Journalism. As media fragmentation continues relatively unabated, look for more companies in 2012 to explore the realm of Brand Journalism by hiring their own “reporters” to produce brand content and news. While enticing, companies will need to carefully weigh the ethical perils present in Brand Journalism. (Derek DeVries, communications technology manager, Grand Rapids Community College)  (More)