Learning Opportunities from Staff Development 3/21/12-3/22/12

There is still time to register for all of the courses offered this week. We have something for everyone!

Putting Input into Action
Wednesday March 21, 2012 | 9-11 AM | 108 Sneden

We need your input so that we can take action! You are invited to participate in this focus group, discuss identified areas of concern, and provide ideas and input for organizational improvement. The PACE and SOS data is compiled into areas of improvement and strengths based on the highest rated and lowest rated items in four areas, institutional structure, supervisor relationship, team work and student focus. The focus groups provide general feedback and suggestions for improvement. Based on focus group feedback, an executive summary is presented to leadership to use for decision-making and process improvement purposes.

Ethics at GRCC
Thursday March 22, 2012 | 1-3:00 PM | 236 Main

Learn about the GRCC Ethic standards and how they are applied.

Thursday March 22, 2012 | 2-3:30 PM | 351 Main

This session will provide participants with GroupWise Calendar skills. Participants will learn the fundamentals of scheduling appointments, customizing calendar options and optimizing group calendar usage. Participants are encouraged to bring their calendar questions and need to know items for discussion and discovery. This course is tailored to meet the calendar-specific needs of the class participants.

Juicing 101
Thursday March 22, 2012 | 10-11:30 AM | White Hall Dining Room, 105 Sneden

Come learn about the health benefits of juicing from Jennifer Pohlman, Owner of Sip Organic Juice Bar, and Amy Van Fossen, Registered Dietician. This session will introduce healthy options for participants who are interested in increasing fruit and vegetable intake. Jennifer will cover both the benefits and precautions inherent to the consumption of any fresh produce.

GRCC Preschool Students Visit Interior Design Department

GRCC Preschool Class Visits Interior Design Department

On February 29th the Bear Room children from GRCC’s Laboratory Preschool visited the resource room of the Interior Design Department. The visit was prompted by a topic of interest, homes, being studied by the 4 and 5 year old children. Professor Susan Baglien introduced the children to the concept of design boards and then allowed them the freedom to work with the interior design students to build their own board filled with the colors and furniture that they would like to have in their own room.

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The children loved looking through all of the magazines, wallpaper books, fabric and paint samples to find their favorites! We are hoping to connect with the Architectural Design Program as well as visit the McCabe-Marlowe house soon! Thank you for the great opportunity!!

GRCC in the News – 3/19/12

Man killed in motorcycle crash was auto enthusiast, was traveling with father at time of accident
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2012, 8:26 PM Updated: Saturday, March 17, 2012, 8:50 PM

GRAND RAPIDS — Staff at a Grand Rapids pump and compressor manufacturer were anticipating a rough weekend Saturday — not just because of a 22-year-old employee’s death, but because his father, also an employee, witnessed the crash that took his son’s life. […Coly Cody] VanderWerf studied at Grand Rapids Community College, according to his Facebook page.  (More)

A $100 million tax hike: GRCC describes how campus repairs piled up over the years
Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 11:20 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — As Grand Rapids Community College ramps up its campaign for a nearly $100 million bond proposal to help restore its aging buildings, some residents being asked to decide the pricey question at the polls are wondering – How did it come to this?  (More)

Zeeland Dog Grooming Salon offers downtown doggie hair care
By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Mar 16, 2012 @ 07:54 PM

Zeeland — What’s it called and where is it? Zeeland Dog Grooming Salon is at 52 E. Main Ave., next to deVries Photography in downtown Zeeland. […] The company is run by Jennifer Meyers-Hall and her daughters Grace and Amy Hall. […] Her daughters are graduates of Zeeland East High School. Grace, 20, attends Grand Rapids Community College, while Amy, 19, plans to study at the Paragon School of Pet Grooming Inc. in Jenison.  (More)

Jim Gaffigan saves Hot Pockets for dessert with LaughFest performance
Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 11:27 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – When you go to a Jim Gaffigan show you expect to hear about food. He’s built his career talking about cake, bacon, and of course…Hot Pockets. And while those who saw his show at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse on Friday night did get their taste of culinary comedy, Mr. Gaffigan served up a five course meal of hilarity based on many themes.  (More)

New Online Courses Approved at GRCC

GRCC students will soon have a wealth of new online courses to choose from.   The following courses have been recently approved for online deliver y with another 22 courses in queue to be developed soon!

Thank you to the following professors who have worked to build high quality online course offerings and to the departments for supporting their work.

Professor Department Course Code Course Name
Andrew Vanden Heuvel Physical Science AS 103 Descriptive Astronomy
Dawn Cheikh Language Arts FR 102 Introductory French 2
Andrew Vanden Heuvel Physical Science PH 115 Technical Physics
Luann Keizer Computer Applications CO 205 Advanced Windows
Katie Vandemeer Computer Applications CO 233 Local Area Networking
Timothy Koets Computer Applications CO 273 Digital Forensics
Timothy Koets Computer Applications CO 274 Digital Biometric Security

IIPD Grant Applications Due 3/23/12

The deadline for submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) program is 4:30 p.m., March 23, 2012. Please note that the IIPD Guidelines and all application forms have been revised .

The revised application packet and Guidelines are available in the IIPD Grants section of the Grants Office website at www.grcc.edu/grants. Applications should be delivered to the GRCC Foundation Office, 1st floor, College Park Plaza. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director of Grants and Resource Development at 234-3910 or at jmlarsen@grcc.edu.