Disability Support Services Wraps Up National Disability Awareness Month

Here is the opportunity that you have all been waiting for to test your knowledge!  Feel free to use the information that has been presented in GRCC Today each Monday throughout the month of October.

Answer the questions to the Awareness Quiz located on the Disability Support Services website at www.grcc.edu/disability and email to disability@grcc.edu.  All entries with correct answers will be entered into a drawing for a gift certificate to Art and Bevs, courtesy of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.  The deadline to submit is November 5, 2012.  Good luck!

Disability Support Services will continue to bring you Disability Awareness information throughout the academic year.

GRCC Players present The Ladies Man By Charles Morey

Directed by Tom Kaechele, assistant directed by Elinor Frances, “Ladies Man” is a fast-paced French farce sure to have you laughing the night away. Join Spectrum Theater and this wonderful cast of GRCC Students for the opening of our 2012/2013 season November 1 – 3, 2012 at 8pm, Spectrum Theater. Cast includes: Nick Favreau, Micah Hazel, Kendra Jones, Tinsley Nulph, Aubrey Pierzchala, Jessi Towell, Kyle VanDyke & Brett Wiesenauer.

Call 234-3946 for tickets. GRCC Staff: $5, GRCC Students: $3

Winners Of GRCC’s Third Idea Pitch Competition

Grand Rapids Community College is proud to present the winners of GRCC’s Third Idea Pitch Competition, held Monday, October 29, 2012. Idea Pitch gives our students and future entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch a well-planned idea to a panel of distinguished judges with passion and in an exciting and professional manner.

First place winner Jeffrey Noel received $800 for his “BookHippie” idea, and Damion Harden earned the $300 award for second place with his “Glow n Walk” concept. Third Place and a $100 award went to Jennifer Vanderploeg for her “ArtMarket” pitch.

The first round of Idea Pitch was open to any GRCC student in any area of study. Noel and Harden emerged from the finalists with their awards and the right to advance to the regional level, where the prizes include $1500 1st place, $1000 2nd place, and two 3rd place prizes of $500 each. The Regional Idea Pitch Competition will be held this year at Aquinas College on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

The three judges for this year’s competition included: Randy Walter, Chief Engineer – GE Aviation, Tony Bowie, Chief Technologist – GE Aviation, and our very own GRCC alum Justin Williams, CEO & Owner – Affordable Limousine & Party Bus LLC and Progressive Properties.

Felix Pereiro, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Chairman of the Idea Pitch Competition states, “It is our goal at Grand Rapids Community College to help people in our community turn their dreams into reality. It is our goal to explore the possibilities of reimagining a better world. It is our goal to help nurture that creative spirit in every human being. All great businesses start with an idea!”

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Diversity Lecture Series Presents Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff – author, media theorist and lecturer – will present “Digital Nation” November 13, 2012, in the next Diversity Lecture.

Douglas Rushkoff, Ph.D. is a graphic novelist and globally recognized media and technology theorist specializing in new media and internet culture. He originated several ideas ranging from “viral media” to “social currency” with insight on how interactive communications affect our society as we create, share, and influence each other’s values.  Rushkoff is a CNN commentator, author of 12 books, including the Gen-X Reader, Screenagers, Life Inc.: How Corporatism Conquered the World, and How We Can Take It Back. He is best known for his association with the early cyberpunk culture, and his advocacy of open source solutions to social problems.

  • For more information, please call (616) 234-3390
  • All lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Free and open to all
  • On-campus parking $3.00 (with discount pass)
  • ASL Interpreted
  • Book signing follows authors’ lectures

GRCC In The News 10-31-12

College crime logs detail activity on West Michigan campuses
Mlive October 30, 2012
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Campus safety officers have plenty to keep them busy on the job, but rarely do their daily activities revolve around serious public safety risks, college and university crime logs show…
Grand Rapids Community College
• Larceny at Cook Academic Hall on Oct. 24.
• Larceny at the M-TEC building on Oct. 23…

GRCC 2012 Benefit Fair Raffle Winners

Congratulations to:

  • Flex Administrators-$25 Carrabba’s Gift Card- Shelly Richter
  • Flex Administrators-$50 P.F. Chang’s Gift Card-Ian Riley
  • Gallagher Benefit Services-$150 I-tunes Gift Card-Scott Lampe
  • GRCC Bookstore-$20 Gift Cards-Yan Bai
  • GRCC Bookstore-$20 Gift Cards-Jan Boynton
  • GRCC Bookstore-$20 Gift Cards-Bruce Morrison
  • GRCC Bookstore-$20 Gift Cards-Bob Shultz
  • GRCC Bookstore-$20 Gift Cards-Tom Vos
  • MEEMIC-$25 Meijer Gift Cards-Mary Chapin
  • MEEMIC-$25 Meijer Gift Cards-Melissa Davis
  • MEEMIC-$25 Meijer Gift Cards-Janice Holton
  • MEEMIC-$25 Meijer Gift Cards-Kim Musser
  • MEEMIC-$25 Meijer Gift Cards-Kim Pike
  • MEEMIC-$25 Meijer Gift Cards-Liz Westveld
  • MESSA-I-Pad 3-Jesse Fuzi
  • National Life Insurance-$50 Amazon Gift Card-Shavval Fleming
  • National Life Insurance-$50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card-Amanda Brand
  • Prepaid Legal Services-Cashews-Lorraine Fortuna
  • Priority Health-Bicycle- Lorena Aguayo
  • Priority Health-Duffle Bag-Staci Dever
  • VALIC-$25 Target Gift Cards-Nikki Banks
  • VALIC-$25 Target Gift Cards-Faye Davis
  • Waddell and Reed-$600 Financial Planning-Karla Nowak
  • Waddell and Reed-$600 Financial Planning-Linda Paasche
  • WMHIP-BC/BS-4 Griffins Tickets-Liz Westveld

Photos: Fall Open House

The Admissions Office hosted the annual Fall Open House for prospective students this past Saturday.  We were happy to serve approximately 200 folks again this year.

Prospective students and their families had the opportunity to:

  • View an Admissions and Academic Advising presentation
  • Take the Accuplacer test
  • Go on a campus tour
  • Apply for admission
  • Meet with representatives from GRCC at a Resource Fair

Thank you to those departments that attended and met with students;  Counseling, Disability Support Services, Enrollment Center, Financial Aid, Honors Program, Mechanical & Architectural Design, Music, Spectrum Theater, Student Life and Workforce Training. 

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CTE offers i>clicker Training for Faculty this Friday

Did you know that all GRCC faculty members have the option to use clickers in their classroom? Please join us for a training on Friday morning if you’d like an introduction to this technology. You’ll learn how the i>clicker 2 works and how clickers can be used to enhance student learning.

Event: i>clicker Training

Date and Time: Friday, November 2 from 9:00-10:00am

Location: 109 Cook HallFacilitator: Lisa Gloege, Assistant Professor of Economics/Distance Learning Faculty

Register: Register online at http://www.grcc.edu/ctereg

This event is offered through the Center for Teaching Excellence and has been approved for longevity training credit where applicable.

For assistance with registration, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at TeachExcellence@grcc.edu or 616-234-2278.

Film: Age Of Champions On 11-2-12

An inspiring story of a group of athletes – a 100-year-old tennis champion, an 86 year old pole vaulter, a pair of swimming brothers, and a team of basketball grandmothers – all chasing gold at the National Senior Games. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these seniors who tackle old age with grace, humor, and optimism. Win or lose, they are living proof that it’s never too late to become champions.  A free will offering will be taken at this event in support of senior health programming within our community provided by Senior Neighbors and Oasis of Hope.

This event will be held on Friday, November 2, 2012 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM in the GRCC Applied Technology Center Auditorium.  No RSVP is required.

Annual Employee Holiday Breakfast

Celebrate the season with your colleagues at the Annual Employee Holiday Breakfast Friday December 14, 2012, at  7:30-9:00 am in the Hunsberger Arena inside the Ford Fieldhouse.  Tickets will be on sale November 26th through December 10th and are $3.00 each.

To purchase your ticket, see one of these wonderful people:

  • Amy Kirkbride – 4th floor Cook Hall
  • Tracy Payne – Sneden Hall
  • Penni Weninger – 3rd floor Main Building
  • Jennifer Kelly – 1st floor Admin Building
  • Kristen Seevers – Tassell M-TEC
  • Janis Qualls – 3rd floor Calkins Science Center
  • Carol Kramer – Facilities Office, Lyon Ramp
  • Nanci Guigue – 161 ATC
  • Kathy Kolehouse – Music Building

Looking forward to seeing you at the breakfast!

Print Solutions Ordering Deadlines

Most of the leaves have gone through their awe-inspiring transformation and now are on the ground to be picked up. Snow will soon start to fall and we will be getting ready for the joyous Holidays. Time certainly does go by quickly. Now is the perfect time to begin submitting your requests for course materials that you will need for the Winter Semester.

The Bookstore has gone through some transformation itself at the start of this semester. It is our hope to work more collaboratively with their team in order to serve your needs better. We are adopting their textbook ordering deadlines for course packs as well. Once you have your course assignment, please try to have your course pack or quick copy orders in within the following deadlines:
Deadline 1 – Already passed – October 5
Deadline 2 – December 7
Deadline 3 – NA
Deadline 4 – December 14
Please like our page on Facebook for more valuable information and dates: https://www.facebook.com/GRCCPrintSolutions

GRCC In The News 10-30-12

KCC, partners to celebrate medical imaging collaborative Nov. 8
Battle Creek Enquirer Oct 29, 2012
The Michigan Community College Association and the Michigan Radiologic and Imaging Science Consortium are proud to recognize the collaborative efforts of five Michigan community colleges and one state university to offer comprehensive training in advanced medical imaging…Members of the MiRIS Consortium are Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Community College, Lake Michigan College, Lansing Community College, Mid Michigan Community College and Grand Valley State University.

100 Anniversary Logo Competition Reminders

Here are a few important reminders about our 100 Anniversary logo Competition:

  • The deadline for entries is this Wednesday – yes, Halloween
  • The top 25 entries will be selected by a jury, led by Visual Arts department head Nick Antonakis, this Friday, Nov. 2, 2012
  • Voting for the winner will begin November 3, 2012, via Facebook
  • If you haven’t already, “LIKE” the 100th Anniversary Facebook page, and encourage others to do so.   (This will be the only way you will be able to vote for your favorite logo entry.)
  • The winning logo will be the brand for our centennial celebration.

For more details, visit www.grcc.edu/100.