Summer Workshop for Faculty From Midwest Institute for International and Intercultural Education

Interested in participating in a workshop this summer sponsored by the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education?
These workshops are open to all teaching faculty (including part-time.)

For each summer workshop the Institute will select 15 faculty on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.

Faculty applying must have the support of a college administrator and the International coordinator (Aleta Anderson).
Participating faculty will receive a $1000 stipend for participating in a summer workshop and for developing a module.

There are three workshops offered at Kalamazoo Valley CC this summer:

1) Trade, Finance, and Globalization (August 6-10)
2) International Conflict & Cooperation (August 13-17)
3) middle East & Central Asia (August 20-24)

For more information including registration fees contact Aleta Anderson, ext. 4879, or

Learning Opportunities from Staff Development – Drupal Basics 4/18/12

When is the last time you reviewed your Department’s information on the GRCC website? If you are the person in charge of making revisions to keep the information current, you may need a quick ‘how-to’ or refresher to make changes to reflect the summer office hours or changes in Adjunct and Faculty schedules. The Drupal Basics: Editing Content session being offered this week will walk you through the process of making the necessary changes. Enroll online at

Drupal Basics: Editing Content 
Wed April 18, 2012 | 2:00-3:00PM | 351 Main

In this course facilitated by MaryBeth Beighley, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.

Streamline Course Pack Permissions

Many professors use copyrighted materials to support instruction. One way to make them available to your students is through a link on Blackboard. For information or assistance with Blackboard article linking, send a message to Another method to provide copyrighted content is by purchasing permission from the copyright holder. GRCC subscribes to a site license that will help you maintain compliance for copyrighted material you need to teach your classes. Copyright permissions are limited to one semester, so if you are re-using material, you will need to renew permission each semester. Faculty members have personal liability in copyright cases and so will want to remain in compliance.

GRCC subscribes to Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) “a not-for-profit U.S. company based in Danvers, Massachusetts, that provides collective copyright licensing services for corporate and academic users of copyrighted materials. CCC procures agreements with rights holders, primarily text publishers and authors, both for print and online, and acts as agent for them. This ‘collective agent’ status allows CCC to represent thousands of publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creators” (Wikipedia, July 12, 2011). CCC supplies permission but not the copyrighted content itself. If a faculty member does not have permission to copy something, the CCC will contact the publisher for them. The faculty member would need to fill out a request form from the website. Some requests have a fee.

Simple to Use

Navigate to

Enter a title or International Standard Number (ISN) in the search box labeled “Get Permission” or use the Advanced Search link.


If CCC has a relationship with the rights holder, navigate to the tab that says, “Annual License Options”. Our license covers many, but not all titles. Some titles are covered by our license. For others, there will be a fee indicated.


For more information about Copyright

GRCC library faculty members recommend Copyright Law for Educators and Know Your Copy Rights: Using Copyrighted Works in Academic Settings. City University of New York’s Baruch College offers an interactive guide to using multimedia in courses.

The Chronicle’s Wired Campus Newsletter suggests resources available from Reed College and The University of Maryland-University College.

GRCC in the News – 4/16/12

Scott Merlo on Eric Zapata: ‘When somebody is running toward the gunfire, that’s a hero.’
Published: Monday, April 16, 2012, 7:30 AM Updated: Monday, April 16, 2012, 8:54 AM

KALAMAZOO, MI – As he sped to Kalamazoo from home along Stadium Drive, all Scott Merlo knew was that an officer from the agency he had served for more than 20 years had been shot. […] “I said, ‘Mike, who was it?’ and he said it was Eric Zapata,” Merlo said of that night last April 18. “I said, ‘How bad?’ […] Merlo retired in March and is working now as a lieutenant with the police department at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Grand Rapids native settles down after rough start for Lansing; Whitecaps drop series finale with another one-run loss
Published: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 5:12 PM | Grand Rapids Press

COMSTOCK PARK, MI – Lansing Lugnuts starting pitcher Jesse Hernandez walked slowly off the mound after the sixth inning to a raucous standing ovation from his cheering section. […] “I heard them, and it was great,” said Hernandez, who went to high school at Kelloggsville and Grandville and played college ball at Grand Rapids Community College and Central Michigan.  (More)

Grand Rapids native finally getting big turnout as he pitches against West Michigan Whitecaps
Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 7:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

COMSTOCK PARK, MI – Jesse Hernandez remembers pitching at Fifth Third Ballpark twice when he was in high school in front of sparse crowds. It will be a completely different atmosphere this weekend as the Grand Rapids native and former Grand Rapids Community College and Central Michigan standout prepares to takes the mound in his return.  (More)

Mayor says fundraising goal is $3,000 per student to increase involvement in pre-college programs
Published: Friday, April 13, 2012, 2:05 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Mayor George Heartwell said the team working to increase the number of low-income students able to attend local pre-college programs recently met and determined the per pupil fundraising goal is $3,000. […] Heartwell said he recently met with the directors of Upward Bound programs at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) and Grand Valley State University (GVSU).  (More)

Join the conversation: What questions do you have about GRCC’s $98.6 million bond proposal?
Published: Friday, April 13, 2012, 10:00 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender will participate in a live chat at 9 a.m. Monday with MLive readers. And we want you to participate.  (More)

Nothing suspicious found after GRCC evacuated building Thursday night
Published: Friday, April 13, 2012, 1:15 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Nothing dangerous was found Thursday night when Grand Rapids Community College evacuated its Applied Technology Center after authorities were alerted of a suspicious item, according to the college.  (More)

Update to Sexual Misconduct Policy

Sexual Misconduct Policy: Recent Federal guidance regarding Title IX requires Colleges to identify a Title IX Compliance Officer, adopt procedures to minimize the risk of sexual misconduct and respond appropriately when sexual misconduct occurs. GRCC has modified our Sexual Harassment Policy to address these requirements.

  • Changed title to “Sexual Misconduct Policy”
  • Added descriptions of sexual misconduct
  • Added sentence to section A of IX Definitions which describes who may be affected by sexual misconduct
  • Added Section I to IX Definitions which provides further examples of sexual misconduct
  • Added #3 to Section A of X Procedures stating that complaints from students will be investigated by the Conduct Office consistent with the process established in the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Added sentence to #5 of Section C of X Procedures stating that the validity of a complaint involving a student shall be determined in accordance with the process set forth in the Student Code of Conduct .

Contact the Office of General Counsel with any questions or concerns.  View the policy here.