GRCC in the News – 4/30/12

Fiesta 2012: Latino culture is American culture
By MEGAN SCHMIDT | The Holland Sentinel | Posted Apr 27, 2012 @ 11:08 PM

Holland — Galileo Galilei, Leonardo DaVinci, Martin Luther — all are considered great thinkers and doers, profiled as heroes in most history books found in American classrooms. [… Caption] Grand Rapids Community College student Ernest Ray plays trumpet with members of his school’s mariachi band Saturday at the Holland Civic Center.  (More)

Jimmy Jackson leads KVCC baseball team to big sweep over Grand Rapids CC
Published: Friday, April 27, 2012, 10:02 AM | Grand Rapids Press

Last week, the Kalamazoo Valley Community College baseball team suffered a disappointing doubleheader sweep at Kellogg CC. On Thursday at Grand Rapids CC, the Cougars turned the tables.  (More)

Muskegon Community College roundup: Softball team posts sweep
Published: Tuesday, April 24, 2012, 10:27 PM | Grand Rapids Press

MUSKEGON, MI – Strong pitching and hitting carried the Muskegon Community College softball team to a doubleheader sweep Tuesday. The hosts Jayhawks rolled to an 8-0 win in five innings in Game 1 and a 20-1 rout in four innings in Game 2 against Glen Oaks Community College.  (More)

Summer Construction on Campus in ATC and Walkway Bridges

The start of summer session also signals the beginning of many facility maintenance and improvement projects. There are two projects that will be starting immediately:

  • ATC Renovations: A new demonstration kitchen for the Secchia Institute and a Molecular Diagnostics lab for Ferris State University will be constructed on the first floor.
  • Campus Walk-way Bridges: Repairs and maintenance on our walk-way bridges will occur. All bridges are scheduled to remain passable during the maintenance work. If that changes, we will alert you.

Learning Opportunities from Staff Development 5/2/12-5/23/12

Do you still need Continuing Education credits for 2011-12? There are plenty of great learning opportunities scheduled in the month of May. We’re confident that you’ll find one that catches your eye!

Nonverbal Communication
Wed May 2, 2012 | 10:00 AM-12:00 PM | 214 Sneden

People communicate with more than words. Other means of communication include movement, posture, gestures, eye contact, facial expressions, tone of voice, and use of space and time. Participants will learn how to control their nonverbal communications to make their communications more effective. Continue reading

Exam Cram 2 a Success – Photos

Exam Cram 2 at the Library

Last weekend’s Exam Cram 2 was a success! Students report that they really appreciated having extended library hours, technology, tutoring, reference librarian assistance, snacks, and, most of all, a safe, quiet place to study during hours that fit their schedules. Thanks to Academic Support, Campus Activities, and Library staff for the monetary and personnel support to make this happen!

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Congrats to New Faculty Certified to Teach Online and Hybrid Classes

Congratulations to the following faculty for successfully completing the Online and Hybrid Certification Course at GRCC! This is an outstanding achievement and is an important part of expanding distance learning at the college.

In fact, online learning continues to grow at GRCC with over 5,100 student enrollments this Winter semester in online courses. This represents a 20% increase in one year. Furthermore, according to the 2011 Survey of Online Learning, the number of students taking at least one online course has now surpassed 6 million with nearly 1/3 of all students in higher education are taking at least one online course. This trend, along with GRCC’s Distance Learning College Action Project’s purpose which is to expand the college’s online learning program so that 25% of the courses at GRCC are offered in the online and hybrid format demonstrates the commitment to distance learning.

The Department of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies would like to recognize the following faculty in their recent Online & Hybrid Certification:

  • John Butler | English
  • Jianchu Chen | Language and Thought
  • Candace Dubay | English
  • Lyna Goto | Biology
  • Sheryl Iott | Music
  • James Keating | Visual Arts
  • Julie Lackscheide | Radiologic Technology
  • Chris Loiselle | Business
  • Sean Mackey | English
  • Kristin McKenzie | Business
  • Rana Woodhull | Busines
  • Ennis Young | Psychology

Thanks to the EOL faculty facilitators, the DLIT team, and the CTE for providing support for this certification process. See full post with additional information here.

No Slides No Lecture Course for Employees – 5/8/12

Learning Opportunity from Staff Development: “No slides, no lecture! This class is all about helping you craft that tough conversation or feedback you need to deliver. You’ll leave confident enough to go do it!”

What every manager wants to know – how to give effective feedback (even if it’s sensitive) and how to prepare and hold a conversation that is critical to performance. Step-by-step models will be taught that can be used right away.

Learning Objectives: To solve many organizational and relationship issues by learning how to talk to anybody about anything, to become a more honest and confident communicator, to reduce the stress that comes from what’s left unsaid.

Tues May 8, 2012 | 9-11:00 AM | 226 Main

GRCC in the News – 4/27/12

CIA’s Durfee heading to ‘World Cup’ for pastry chefs
SASHA PAULSEN | Posted: Friday, April 27, 2012 12:00 am | Napa Valley Register

For months, Stephen Durfee has been working in a back room at the CIA on a top secret project. His objective: world domination. His weapon: chocolate. This is, after all, St. Helena’s CIA, the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone. […] He was assigned an assistant, a recent graduate from the Grand Rapids community college culinary program. “He did everything I asked him but he was not an experienced pastry chef,” Durfee said. “I think it was part of the test to see how well we performed under pressure.”  (More)

Dr Velvie Green Receives 2012 Emeritus Faculty Award


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Yesterday during the Golden Raiders Retirees reception (photos from which will be posted tomorrow), GRCC named former college provost and executive vice president, Dr. Velvie Green, as Emeritus Faculty/Administrator for 2012. The award is given at the end of each academic year to a retiree for outstanding work at the college, and will be presented at this year’s commencement on April 27.

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GRCC’s Cheryl Kautz Wins Blackboard Exemplary Course Award


Pictured from left to right: Meegan Willi (Instructional Designer/Technologist), Eric Kunnen (Director, Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies), Cheryl Kautz (Computer Applications Professor), Luann Keizer (Computer Applications Professor and DLIT Faculty Facilitator), and Garry Brand (Business Applications Professor and DLIT Faculty Facilitator Coordinator)

GRCC professor Cheryl Kautz was recently honored with the Blackboard Catalyst Award for her Exemplary Course.

Part of the annual Blackboard Catalyst Awards program since 2000, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Award highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Over 151 entries were evaluated in a rigorous peer-review process by more than 250 faculty and instructional designers. Submissions were judged on the following components: course design, interaction, collaboration, assessment and learner support.

The Blackboard Catalyst Awards program annually recognizes and honors innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where teachers and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology.

“Taking a course that I teach in the classroom and converting it for online instruction was both fun and challenging. The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) helped ensure the course structure and design met the highest standards for usability, accessibility, and student engagement with equal amounts of work and no compromise in quality. The uses of multiple technologies including Blackboard Collaborate and Instant Messaging for virtual office hours, along with mobile phone alerts to keep students up-to-date, all enhance the learning process. The Grand Rapids Community College Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies (DLIT) and the professors in the Computer Applications department provided the support, instruction, and resources for me to build an effective online course. Their expertise and dedication are invaluable.”

GRCC Communications Department Takes Gold Award for Public Relations Project

Last night, GRCC received a Gold PRoof Award in the “Creative Tactics” category from the West Michigan Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America for its promotional community outreach project involving the Ice Gurus and ArtPrize.  Accepting the award for the college was Derek DeVries, but integral to the project were other college employees including Ryan Lockwood and Matt Coulliard from Graphic Services

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GRCC partnered with local artisans Randy Finch and Derek Maxfield of Ice Sculptures Inc (and the Food Network’s “Ice Brigade” show) to create an ice sculpture that was on display during ArtPrize (a nationally-recognized annual event in Grand Rapids that drew 320,000 visitors and over $15 million in to the local economy).  Finch and Maxfield were ideal brand ambassadors for GRCC; both work with the college’s culinary arts students and Maxfield is an alumnus of the program.  Thanks to the previous popularity of the Ice Gurus, the refrigerated truck displaying the sculpture secured placement at The B.O.B. downtown (considered to be “Ground Zero” for Artprize).  Between September 19 and October 7, 2011 the sculpture attracted thousands of visitors and local news coverage, enabling GRCC to engage its publics one-on-one to promote its wide array of programming.

Go See GR – Museum Pass Program Extended

Campus Activities, in partnership with Student Life, is excited to extend the Go See GR! Museum Pass Program for the Spring/Summer 2012 semester. This program allows current GRCC students, faculty, and staff FREE access to both the Grand Rapids Public Museum and the Grand Rapids Art Museum by showing their RaiderCard. Each museum has many exhibits, new and permanent, that can help extend learning outside the classroom. The museums also are hosting several other events throughout the summer such as GRAM on the Green – an outdoor concert series, photo walks around the city, and several special day events that are included in the Museum Pass Program.

If you would like more information about the Go See GR! Museum Pass Program please visit

Phone System Maintenance – 4/28/12

The phone system will undergo maintenance on Saturday, April 28th at 9:00 AM. There may be partial phone outages as a result of the maintenance. Cisco phones will not be affected by this maintenance and calls to the college will continue normally. Maintenance should be completed by 10:00 AM.