Wellness Department Instructor Author of new Book

Wellness Instructor Melanie Schiele Gady has published a Yoga book/work book with McGraw Hill. The book/work book is called Yoga, Tone, Stretch and Life. You can purchase book through our GRCC bookstore and also through McGraw Hill. Book is being used in the Wellness Department Yoga Classes and is available for the community as well.

Yoga Tone Stretch and Life by Melanie Schiele-Gady


The book was fun to write but it was awesome to have over 100 GRCC Yoga students take part in the 10 + hour professional photo shoot. We finished the photo shoot with over 1000 pictures of GRCC students in Yoga poses.


So thank you to Melanie Schiele Gady’s Winter 2012 Yoga Students, Karen the Photographer, and the McGraw Hill Team (Specifically Cara Warne and Christy Rybak).

Learning Opportunities from Staff Development for September 2012

GRCC Staff Development works diligently to bring you timely, meaningful professional development opportunities. The following sessions remain open for enrollment. Please register online at grcc.edu/currentlearning

Breaking the Ice: A Fresh Start to Your Meeting or Class
Thurs Sept. 13, 2012 | 2:30-4:30 | 122 LRC

Encourage respect for others, sharing, humor, creativity and/or team building by selecting the appropriate icebreaker. Join us for a discussion on fresh ways to begin your meeting, class, or event. Be prepared to participate in some fun, unique icebreaker activities as well as share your best activity with the rest of the group. Learning Objectives: After this session, participants will be able to: Define the purpose of the group activity; Identify the intended audience; Conduct class opener activity; Recognize potential pitfalls of the activity; Assess the success of the exercise. Co-facilitated by Tamber Bustance and MaryBeth Beighley.

Personal Listening Profile
Tues Sept. 18, 2012 | 9 – 11:00 AM | 147 ATC

Listening is more than hearing. Listening is the ability to receive, attend to, interpret, and respond to verbal messages and other cues, like body language, in ways that are appropriate to the purpose. If the message is entertaining, our purpose is to enjoy, so we listen and respond in a relaxed manner. If the message is intended to persuade us, our purpose is judgment, so we listen and respond critically. It is estimated that people screen our or misunderstand the intended meaning or purpose of a message in over 70 percent of communications, making listening the biggest contributing factor to miscommunication. The Personal Listening Profile helps individuals identify which of the five listening approaches they use to process, organize, store, and retrieve information. Participants will be given an access code to the Inscape Personal Listening Profile and asked to take the online assessment prior to date of the class. Facilitated by MaryBeth Beighley.

Facilitate Difficult Conversations
Thurs Sept. 27, 2012 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center multi-purpose room)

Participant discussion in response to short vignettes related to critical teaching moments in classrooms and raises issues of free speech/hate speech, classroom climate, pedagogy, confronting oppressive behavior and a host of other topics related to learning environments. Learning Objectives: Understand that each individual’s story will contribute to different perspectives and reactions; Have a new awareness of unintentional consequences to classroom actions and words; Have a better understanding of how other faculty handles awkward or upsetting classroom moments; Begin to develop strategies to address the unexpected in the classroom. Facilitated by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens.

Bullying in the Workplace
Mon Sept. 24, 2012 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center multi-purpose room)

GRCC is committed to providing an academic and work environment that respects the dignity of individuals and groups. All forms of harassment are contrary to basic standards of acceptable conduct between individuals. This training helps participants recognize and react to workplace bullying. Facilitated by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens.

Lunch & Learn – Food, Inc.
Tue Sept. 25, 2012 | 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM | 348 CSC

Educational Movie – Food, Inc. Learning Objectives: Participants will learn about the state of our food ‘system’ in the United States, learn about the issues surrounding the food and how to make healthier choices in their food purchasing. A healthy lunch may be purchased for $5.00 at this event. When signing up please indicate if you would like a lunch to eat while viewing the movie.

The Engaging Leader
Wed Sept. 26, 2012 | 2 – 4:00 PM | 147 ATC

This session emphasizes ‘engagement’ as coaching others, communicating, giving effective feedback, handling performance issues, and delegating. Through exercises and discussion, participants will leave with practical tools and tips to begin to be more effective leaders immediately. Learning Objectives: To learn how to obtain more/improved productivity from direct reports as well as how to motivate others in order to improve the overall work-life experience. Facilitated by Kathy Pyatt.

Budget 101
Thurs Sept. 27, 2012 | 9 – 10:30 AM | 145 ATC

Understanding where the college receives its revenues and how that money is spent is important for all GRCC employees. This course will enable employees to answer basic questions from friends, co-workers, and community about the College’s money and how it is used. Strategies for using saving College money will also be discussed. Facilitated by Holly Kleyn and MaryBeth Beighley.

GRCC in the News – 9/6/12

Meet Allegan County’s newest police force
By Tim D. Keith | Allegan News | Wednesday, September 5, 2012 2:03 PM EDT

Situated in an unassuming trailer and hidden behind a far more recognizable new institution, the headquarters of the county’s newest police force is not the world’s most glamorous place. […] Brian Williams- A 27-year-old Grand Rapids native, Williams attend police academy at Grand Rapids Community College and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University. […] Jon Schaefer- A 50-year-old Dorr resident who has worked as a court house security officer in Allegan for the past four years. Schaefer graduated from the police academy at Grand Rapids Community College in 2007; he had previously worked as a flight instructor.  (More)

Former Forest Hills Central baseball star explains decision to leave U-M for Grand Rapids school
Published: Wednesday, September 05, 2012, 3:12 PM | Grand Rapids Press | By Dean Holzwarth

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Three years ago, former Forest Hills Central standout Derek Dennis turned down an opportunity to play professional baseball and instead accepted a scholarship to the University of Michigan. […] Besides Dennis, the three other transfers include Carlos Berroa, Daniel Sullivan and Colton Loomis. Berroa is a transfer from Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Copyright Challenged?

To better understand the place of copyright in higher education, GRCC joined the U-Maryland University College’s Center for Intellectual Property (CIP) as an institutional member. This is your invitation to set up an individual profile so you may access CIP’s copyright literacy initiatives. Our Institutional Membership in the CIP Community provides:

  • Exclusive access to online Community Conversations with copyright scholars and practitioners
  • Access to the CIP Action Center and Legislative Alert service
  • Access to full-text documents and media in the Community File Library
  • A listing of current Institutional Members prominently featured within the Community portal and the Center’s website.

To create your individual profile under GRCC’s institutional membership:

  1. Go to the membership form to register with the community
  2. Complete the entire form, choosing Employee of a Member Institution as your membership choice on the first step.
  3. When prompted, under Employee Verification, for a promo code, enter: InstMbrEmployee
  4. When prompted, under Institution Verification, for the member institution, select: Grand Rapids Community College

Once you have created your individual profile, your membership will be linked to the Grand Rapids Community College Institutional Membership. You can log into the online member community to participate in the monthly Community Conversations. In addition, if you personally register for workshops and/or for-a-fee-programming, you will receive member pricing. See the most recent educational programming information below the line.

If you have any problems or questions with setting up your free account with CIP as an employee of an institutional member, please contact Nan Schichtel at bschicht@grcc.edu

As an employee of a member institution, you can save $320 on the cost of this certification program.

Company is Coming – MQA Site Visit 9/10/12-9/12/12

GRCC will be hosting a Site Visit Team from the Michigan Quality Council for three days next week, Sept 10 to Sept 12. During their visit they will “verify and clarify” the information we cited in our Michigan Quality Leadership Award application last spring. The application process is a requirement of our accreditation process for the North Central Association/Higher Learning Commission.

We have scheduled an Opening Session on Monday, Sept 10 at 8:00am in the ATC Auditorium. All faculty and staff are invited to attend.

In addition, the Site Visit Team will be doing “walk around” interviews of faculty and staff during their visit. If you see someone from the Team, please welcome them to GRCC and tell them about the great work you do to promote learning and student success!

Wellness Partnerships Continue

GRCC Wellness Department continues their work in the community giving students great hands-on learning experience! Here are a few of the partnerships they are continuing and establishing this year.

  1. PE 184 will continue before school tutoring/teacher assisting at East Leonard
  2. PE 184 also does teacher assisting in the classroom and works with Schools of Hope at Campus and Coit Elementary, this is a 13 year partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools
  3. Byron Center Schools Countryside Elementary has linked up with Melanie Schiele-Gady again to teach Nutrition, Anatomy, and Yoga to Kindergarten classes (3rd year partnership)
  4. Jodi Kuyt is working with WE 157 students to pilot a new Young Athletes Program with Special Olympics, giving students a chance to  each gross motor skills to the Special Olympic athletes

GRCC International Guitar Series Presents Chris Proctor

The Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series proudly presents Chris Proctor – “Steel String Guitar For the New World” at 7:30 PM Thursday, September 27, 2012.  The concert will be held in the Recital Hall (Room 200) of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at the corner of Ransom and Lyon.  Admission is $10 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors.

One dollar parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a GRCC guest parking voucher sold at the door.  Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail: bmorris@grcc.edu  More information is available at grcc.edu/guitar

About Chris Proctor

One reviewer recently tried to capture the essence of Chris Proctor’s music: “What to call his unique melange of styles? There’s an aspect of Americana in the echoes of Appalachian and old-timey styles that are apparent in just about every track, but there are also elements of jazz, Celtic folk, and a dash of blues in here somewhere. What Proctor does is create guitar music that reflects the whole heritage of the instrument and still has his own distinct stamp — a tall order, but he’s up to the job”

Critics also call his guitar playing “breathtaking,” “haunting,” and “rich.” Guitar magazines describe his compositions as “spectacular,” “elegant,” and “exquisite,” and praise his twelve-string work as “revelatory.” Media reviewers trace the roots of his style to folk, jazz, pop, and classical music, categorize his playing as “Baroque Folk,” “New World Steel String,” “Solo Guitar Orchestra,” “Instrumental Americana,” and compare him to Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges.

These luminous and diverse quotes reveal the breadth and depth of Chris Proctor’s music- his solo, 6 and 12-string guitar concerts and recordings. Two additional comments typify the first-time listener’s reaction: “Wow- I didn’t know that acoustic guitars could sound like that,” and, ” It seems as if there are three guitarists up there on stage, not just one.”