Archive for April 17, 2012

Holistic Approaches to Stress Management Fair Today – 4/17/12

April 17, 2012

The students in PY 203 Applied Psychology are putting on an information fair about alternative and holistic approaches for stress management. Join us in 108 Sneden on April 17 from 1:30-3:30 to learn about and experience art, music and humor therapy, and yoga, massage journaling and dream interpretation. All are welcome!

New Policies – Course Credit Hour Definition and Seminar Courses

April 17, 2012

Below are the highlights for two new Academic Governing Council policies – please take a moment to review them (links to the full policies are provided below):

Course Credit Hour Definition: Policy defines a credit hour and gives value to the amount of work represented in learning outcomes and is verified by evidence of student achievement of those outcomes.  (Full Policy Available Here).

  • A credit hour requires a minimum of one hour of direct faculty instruction and two hours of out-of-class student work each week for the equivalent of fourteen weeks.
  • Clinicals require a minimum of 1.75 hours of student participation each week for the equivalent of fourteen weeks for each credit hour.
  • Laboratories, Music Ensembles, Studios, Practica, Internships, and Fieldwork require a minimum of 2 hours of student participation each week for the equivalent of fourteen weeks for each credit hour.
  • Co-ops require a minimum of 5 hours of student participation each week for the equivalent of fourteen weeks for each credit hour.
  • Lecture/Labs are a way to implement an instructional strategy particular to a discipline. The department/program defines the credit hour/contact hour ratio according to the type of work required of students to meet the outcomes of those courses.

Seminar Courses: Policy is intended ensure the quality of the College curricula and the means to offer courses in special topics.  (Full Policy Available Here).

  • Curriculum: A seminar course focuses on a topic that is not included and/or studied in depth in the discipline’s regular course offerings.
  • Student: Students may not use more than twelve (12) credits of a combination of Seminar and Independent Study courses toward the fulfillment of the requirements for any associate’s degree.

GRCC Lab Preschool Health Expo – Photos

April 17, 2012


[Corrected] The GRCC Lab Preschool held it’s first Health Expo, Thursday, April 12th. The Expo included information about exercise, healthy snacks, hand washing, sun safety and sleep practices. The Preschool would like to thank GRCC students from nursing that came to do blood pressure, height and weight and vision screening and GRCC students from the Dental and Medical Assistant Programs that came to talk to children about good oral hygiene practices.

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Reminder: Mathematics Seminar – Number Theory Potpourri 4/18/12

April 17, 2012

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its last monthly Mathematics Seminar of the 2011-2012 academic year on Wednesday, April 18, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 111 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Adjunct Mathematics/Physics Instructor Tom Post. The title and abstract for Tom’s talk may be found below.

Number Theory can be tantalizingly simple, maddeningly difficult and, above all, beautiful. The topics to be discussed have the potential to amaze attendees and provoke desire for further study.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

Number Theory Potpourri

This informal talk will feature a collection of interesting topics from the branch of mathematics called number theory. Topics of discussion will include Collatz’s Sequence, the Golden Ratio, Fibonacci Numbers and Binet’s formula, Pythagorean Triples, Continued Fraction Expansions, and Solutions to Pell’s Diophantine Equation.

Stomp out Stigma Walk for Mental Health With GRCC Nursing

April 17, 2012

Join the team and make a difference in your community: GRCC nursing students have joined together with The Healthy Kent Suicide Prevention Coalition to participate in the Stomp out Stigma Walk for Mental Health on Saturday, May 19th at 8:30am at GVSV Pew Campus downtown.

Please go to to join our team or to make a donation.  All proceeds benefit the Live Laugh Love Education Program.

Please email with any questions

Faculty Learning Opportunities – 4/19/12-5/22/12

April 17, 2012

Coming up in the Center for Teaching Excellence:

Blackboard Grade Center
Thur Apr 19 12:30 – 1:30 PM 351 Main (note: this offering is also perpetually available as an online course. Register via email to )

Facilitated by our Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies Faculty Facilitators

Learn how to store student performance results in the course Grade Center. Scores from assessments delivered through Blackboard are automatically recorded in the Grade Center. The Grade Center supports custom grading scales, grade weighting, item analysis, and multiple grade book views. With the instructor’s permission, students can view their own grades (but no one else’s) in the course Grade Center.

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GRCC in the News – 4/17/12

April 17, 2012

Question of the day: Would you vote for GRCC’s $98.6 million bond proposal after college reaches tentative agreement with faculty?
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 10:17 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The perception that faculty at Grand Rapids Community College have high salaries has been a sticking point when the college has asked voters to approve bond proposals in the past. Now, with the college asking voters to approve a 20-year, 0.35 property tax increase, the college has taken steps to address questions over faculty salaries. The bond, which would collect $98.6 million, would cost the average homeowner about $26 a year for the next 20 years.  (More)

Top American pastry chefs return to Grand Rapids for international competition
Published: Monday, April 16, 2012, 3:00 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Eight of the most talented pastry chefs and instructors will return to Grand Rapids on Saturday (4/21) to compete to represent the United States in the Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie (World Pastry Cup) in France.  (More)

GRCC President Steven Ender: Tentative contract puts college on sustainable path
Published: Monday, April 16, 2012, 8:15 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender says a tentative contract agreement with its faculty association puts the college on firm financial footing.  (More)

GRCC reaches faculty contract agreement – Agreement includes 5-year salary freeze
Monday, 16 Apr 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids Community College and the GRCC Faculty Association announced on Monday that they have reached a tentative contract agreement. The agreement calls for a 5-year contract with the Faculty Association and includes a 5-year freeze of current salary schedule.  (More)

GRCC unveils details of tentative contract agreement with faculty
Published: Monday, April 16, 2012, 2:10 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College announced today that it has reached a tentative contract agreement with its faculty association.  (More)

GRCC: New contract with faculty union possible as early as this afternoon
Published: Monday, April 16, 2012, 12:03 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender, participating in a live chat on this morning, said a new contract with the college’s faculty union could be completed by this afternoon.  (More)

Mott CC golf team places second despite strong winds at Grand Rapids CC Invitational
Published: Monday, April 16, 2012, 6:21 PM | Grand Rapids Press

ADA, MI – The individual golf scores at the Egypt Valley Country Club were sky-high on Monday evening. Due to the fast winds, the 10 junior college squads competing in the Grand Rapids Community College Invitational were forced to adjust. Mott Community College placed second in the event behind the host GRCC who ended with 321. The Bears finished three strokes back with 324.  (More)

Muskegon Community College considering tuition increase, faculty pay freeze
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 6:44 AM |

MUSKEGON, MI — Muskegon Community College may raise tuition by 6 percent and freeze instructor pay for the 2012-2013 school year. […] MCC now charges $81.50 per credit hour for tuition. If the board votes to raise tuition by 6 percent, that would rise to $86.39 per credit. That’s lower than Grand Rapids Community College’s $95.50 per credit hour rate, but higher than Montcalm Community College’s $83 per credit hour rate.  (More)