Last Three Performances of Nadia Tonight, Tomorrow and Saturday

GRCC students have a special new rate for all Actors’ Theatre productions:  $10 with student ID, including advance reservations.  This is a savings of $16 off the adult ticket prices.   Student RUSH seating for non-GRCC students begins at 1 hour before performances and is based on availability.

Check out the latest press release, video and reviews for Nadia

Financials Environment Upgrade – FSPROD Down 10-12-12

GRCC will be upgrading the Financials environment (FSPROD) from version 8.9 to 9.1.  The planned upgrade for FSPROD is scheduled to start on the morning of Friday, October 12.  We should have the upgrade completed that weekend and be ready for business on October 15.  Please plan accordingly regarding submissions of any requisitions, transfers or payment requests since FSPROD will be down for the entire day on Friday, October 12.

Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

Staff Development is pleased to offer two sessions focused on developing healthy work teams and greater interpersonal relationships. Please enroll online at

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Tue Oct. 30, 2012

9-11:00 AM

124 ATC

This development session is based on the book of the same name by Patrick Lencioni, who is also the author of The Five Temptations of a CEO. Subtitled A Leadership Fable, this work of fiction takes the reader, step-by-step, through the common traps to which anyone belonging to a team is susceptible. Clearly and succinctly, Lencioni takes the reader on a very visual journey into a non-existent company, through the leadership changes, and into the very real perils of the leadership team, some committed unknowingly…some quite intentional. This is an excellent session for intact work teams and/or individuals who want to find out more about the processes of both dysfunctional and healthy teams.

Learning Objectives:  In this class, participants will learn:

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • The specific dysfunctions that you, as an individual, may contribute to the team.
  • The techniques for decreasing the potential to engage those dysfunctions.
  • Good leadership skills for leading a team out of the “dysfunction mode.”

SafeZone Training

Thur Nov. 8, 2012

8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that includes all individuals in a personal journey toward greater understanding and inclusion (regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, and disability, as a reflection of  the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals will be treated and respected as human beings.  Further, the program emphasizes that ignorance, bigotry, and harassment will not be tolerated in an environment of learning.

Learning Objectives:  Participants will be able to identify:

  • how the issues of discrimination are manifest in their work environments
  • how socio-economic conditions contribute to discrimination
  • what can be done individually and collectively to deal with these condition

Adjunct Faculty Learning Day, Saturday 10-13-12

GRCC’s Center for Teaching Excellence invites you to our second Adjunct Faculty Learning Day of 2102-13, Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 8:30 A.M. to 12:15 P.M. in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (ATC) on our Main Campus.

Specially designed for our Adjunct Faculty but open to all faculty from GRCC and other institutions of higher education
Connect with your colleagues over coffee and treats, enjoy a welcome by our Academic Leaders, and attend two offerings specially geared toward supporting our Adjunct Faculty members.
8:30-9:00 A.M.                Registration, Networking, Coffee
9:00-9:20 A.M.                Welcome, Diane Sparks, Education/Liaison for Faculty Professional Development – Adjunct Faculty AND Ric Underhile, Associate Dean Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies
9:30-10:45 A.M.              Session I workshops
10:45-11:00 A.M.            Break
11:00 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. Session II workshops
Register for two of these three:
  • Intro to i>clickers   Lisa Gloege, Economics/DLIT Faculty Facilitator
  • Assessment of Student Learning  Katie Daniels, Curriculum Specialist
  • Overview of the Developmental Education/Academic Foundations Program  Linda Spoelman, Director of Instruction for Adult and Developmental Education
For more details, visit or contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at or (616) 234-2278.

GRCC In The News 10-04-12

GRCC takes fresh approach to keep students from failing remedial classes
The Grand Rapids Press October 04, 2012 at 7:42 AM
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College may have found a novel way to help more students pass developmental education classes: Speed them up.

Three Rockford artists impact Grand Rapids ArtPrize
Rockford Squire October 4, 2012
Bright colors and larger sizes often attract people to ArtPrize entries…“The theme of these pieces is to capture a moment in a story using the source of light so it becomes an important part of the story,” said Willis, who is a photography student at Grand Rapids Community College as well as an award-winning photographer.

B.C. Lions welcome QB once convicted of manslaughter
The Canadian Press Oct 3, 2012 9:10 PM ET
Casey Therriault is a quarterback with a troubled past, but the B.C. Lions are determined to give the ex-convict a chance…After serving his time, he completed a work-release program in a restaurant, making pizza and washing dishes, and then enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College.

Lakers prepare for new-look rival, Ferris State
GVSU Lanthorn  10/3/12 8:44 PM
The rivalry between Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University has tipped in favor of the Lakers in recent years, but as this season’s matchup approaches on Saturday at Lubbers Stadium, there’s a new wrinkle to the rivalry…. he won a pair of NJCAA Division II National Championships at GRCC and three Division II state titles at Muskegon.

Wellness Department Water Aerobic Students Accomplishments in Five Weeks

We are off to a great start improving fitness, health and nutrition in water aerobics. Each week we do a shallow end work out and a deep end work out and also talk about a health topic. Health topics discussed so far are blood pressure, cholesterol, what does your plate look like (, Body Mass Index, and the proper nutrients students should be eating on a daily basis.

The students have achieved the following health and fitness goals:

  • LIA- is not drinking any more pop and has more energy
  • JEREMY- has more energy, body is stronger, and is eating more fruits and vegetables
  • JESSICA B.-has more energy and more endurance during work outs and for her daily tasks.
  • NATALIE-down 2 pant sizes (size 22 to 18) and does not eat white bread anymore. Only 100% whole wheat. She also has more energy.
  • LOGAN-has dropped 13 pounds.
  • HENRITA-Blood Pressure has gone from 160/90 to 140/80. Henrita has stopped eating fried food. She also has more motivation each day.
  • JESSICA P. –is sleeping better and has more determination to work out and get healthy.
  • AMBER-has more energy through the day and is sleeping better at night.
  • ANTHONY-his whole outlook on his day has changed. He looks forward to coming to school. Water Aerobics has given him energy and he is more positive.
  • MARCUS-does not drink soda or eat fast food anymore. Has more energy and has lost a few pounds.

Congratulations to the Water Aerobics class (12:45 with Melanie Schiele Gady). These students have worked hard during class and more importantly when they leave. We are changing our health for the better one day at a time.

Stay Healthy and Fit!