Lieutenant Scott Merlo Sworn in at BOT Meeting

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From Left to Right: Sergeant Jesse Heard, Lieutenant Scott Merlo, Chief Rebecca Whitman

At Monday’s Board of Trustees Meeting, Lieutenant Scott Merlo was sworn in as a member of GRCC’s Police Department.

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Lieutenant Scott Merlo has been a law enforcement officer since 1990. Prior to coming to GRCC, he was an Executive Lieutenant at the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. At KDPS, Lieutenant Merlo faithfully served as a Public Safety Officer, Field Training Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, shift Lieutenant, and Executive Lieutenant of both the Criminal Investigations Division and the Operations Division. He was also the Commander of the Honor Guard. After 22 years of service at KDPS, Lieutenant Merlo retired and came to work at GRCC PD.

Lieutenant Merlo received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and political science from Western Michigan University.

Welcome to GRCC!

Welcome to the World Mason Alan Reed!

Mason Alan Reed 1 day old (Small)

Welcome, Mason Alan Reed! Born on Monday, April 16th to Jeremy and Mary Reed (College Advancement) at 4:21pm at 34 weeks. He was 4 pounds, 14 ounces, and 16 1/2 inches long. Born a little early but doing very well and hope to be able to take him home from hospital in a few weeks.

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Condolences to the Family and Colleagues of John Godisak

Long-time GRCC Professor and Program Director in the Radiologic Technology Department John Godisak passed away recently. From his obituary:

John Frank Godisak, age 65, of Traverse City, MI passed away April 16, 2012. He leaves behind his wife, Linda (Lyn) Godisak; two daughters and a son, Natasha (Jeff) Vander Velde, grandchildren, Roman, EJ and Madeline Vander Velde of Belmont, MI, Jonathan (Tina) Godisak, grandchild, Brooklyn Godisak of Rico, CO, Mandi Phillips, grandchildren, Austin and Kaylee Phillips of Wyoming, MI Also one stepdaughter and two stepsons.  […] John’s family will remember him privately. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of Michigan. 900 E. Front St. Ste150, Traverse City, Michigan 49686.  (Full Obituary Available Here)

The Radiologic Technology Department is having a memorial service Friday (April 20)  in memory of John Godisak at Art and Bev’s from 3-6pm – details here.

GRCC Student Employee of the Year 2012

The 2012 Student Employee of the Year is Ashley Shaub from the English Department. Her supervisor, Gail Brown, wrote in her nomination letter that “Ashley presents herself professionally and always has a pleasant attitude. Her phone etiquette is exceptional, and a comfortable sense of humor puts everyone at ease. She possesses a broad range of specific knowledge about how the department functions and knows most of our 130 faculty members and provides top notch assistance to them all!” Congratulations Ashley!

Below is Ashley, along with Travis Steffens (Counseling & Career Center) and Ariel Sosa (Enrollment Center) who were our Honorable Mention Recipients.

From Left to Right is Travis Steffens (second Honorable Mention recipient), Ariel Sosa (first Honorable Mention recipient) and Ashley Shaub (2012 Student Employee of the Year)

From Left to Right is Travis Steffens (second Honorable Mention recipient), Ariel Sosa (first Honorable Mention recipient) and Ashley Shaub (2012 Student Employee of the Year)

Nathan Hamilton of GRCC’s IT Dept Presents at National Conference

Nathan HamiltonNathan Hamilton (IT Enterprise Applications) presented at the Inspire 2012 Conference in Miami Beach, FL on Monday, April 15th. His session was titled “ImageNow in Financial Aid”. The presentation focused on how ImageNow can automatically update student checklists in PeopleSoft and notify staff when a student file is ready to be reviewed for verification. He also shared ways to streamline financial aid processes and improve workflow efficiencies within departments.

Inspire is the place for Perceptive Software customers to come together with their peers and product experts for the resources, contacts, motivation and fresh perspective they need to uncover fresh opportunities for improving and expanding their organization’s ECM solution.

GRCC in the News – 4/18/12

GRCC faculty association president discusses five year salary freeze and performance pay
Published: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 9:42 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A newly unveiled tentative contract for faculty at Grand Rapids Community College shows instructors are doing their job to help the college cut costs, according to the head of the college’s faculty association.  (More)

New Policies – Course Credit Hour Definition and Seminar Courses

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). Continue reading

Congratulations to Math Awareness Month Contest Winners

The grand prize winners for the Math Awareness Month Contest are:

Fred and Noah van Hartesveldt in the staff division. They won a $25 gift card generously donated by the GRCC Bookstore. They also won a Detroit Tigers baseball cap and Justin Verlander drawstring backpack.

The student grand prize goes to Purusottam Neopaney. He won a GRCC sweatshirt donated by the Bookstore, and a Tigers baseball cap and Verlander drawstring backpack.