Learning Opportunities from Staff Development May 21-25

If you still need continuing education credits to meet the 2011-12 requirements, please consider attending either, or both of the two sessions detailed below. Register at http://cms.grcc.edu/currentlearning

Team Leadership
Tues May 22, 2012 | 1:00 -3:00 PM | 214 Sneden

Team roles, processes, and effectiveness are explored. Best practices for team leadership are presented. Diagnostic tools for teamwork and team effectiveness are completed. Facilitator: Zoe Carmichael

Get the Most Out of PowerPoint 2010 (Webinar)
Wed May 23, 2012 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM | 351 Main

This is a New Horizons Webinar that MaryBeth Beighley from Staff Development will “show” for employees to participate in and get professional development credit: Discover the synergy of working with Microsoft PowerPoint to present and deliver information to your audience. You will learn about new features and timesavers to help in your day-to-day work. This session is good for beginner, intermediate, or advanced users- everyone will learn something!

Older Learner Center Sponsors Senior Odyssey of the Mind Competition – Photos and Video

Senior Odyssey Competition Photo 2012

The GRCC Older Learner Center in partnership with RSVP of Kent County sponsored a team in the inaugural year competition of Senior Odyssey of Michigan held this last Saturday at Genesis United Methodist Church. What is Senior Odyssey? Senior Odyssey is the same as Odyssey of the Mind, the international program for students in grades kindergarten through college.

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Participants are encouraged to think creatively outside the box. In Senior Odyssey, participants are given opportunities to use their knowledge and life experiences in a way that gives them a sense of purpose and pride. They stimulate their mind promoting cognitive vitality and healthy aging. Participants are asked to compete in two events. One is spontaneous problem solving, which an audience does not see. This is where a team is given a problem and asked to come up with creative solutions spontaneously. Teams are also asked to solve a long term problem. They are given parameters and a time frame, but the creativity of their solution is a key component.

This year’s problem was called “Odyssey Angels.” You can view our team’s solution here:

Actors Theatre Production of August: Osage County at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater Gets Rave Review

Review: ‘August: Osage County’ thoughtfully mixes wrenching story of family with doses of hilarity
Published: Friday, May 18, 2012, 7:10 AM | Grand Rapids Press | By Lorilee Craker

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It’s hard to imagine a family more messed up than the Westons of Osage County, Oklahoma. For over three hours, a full house at Spectrum Theatre Thursday night absorbed the blow by blow of a loony mother, a quiet father, and their three unhappy, angry daughters as the family gathers one more time.  (More)

GRCC in the News – 5/21/12

Editorial: Three uncertain, unpleasant options for a defeated Grand Rapids Community College
Published: Friday, May 18, 2012, 2:30 PM | By The Grand Rapids Press Editorial Board

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The resounding defeat of a $98.6 million bond request last week leaves Grand Rapids Community College officials with few options — none of them good. And asking voters again — essentially a fourth time — apparently is not among them.  (More)