Open Call For Actor’s Theatre Living On The Edge 10-Min Play Festival

For the tenth straight year, Actors’ Theatre has announced an open call for submission from Michigan playwrights for its /Living On The Edge/ 10-minute play festival. The theme chosen to write on this year will be “Superstition” The deadline for script submissions is March 1, 2013.

From the initial submission, ten semi-finalists will be selected for a public reading, to be held in April of 2013. The reading of the fifteen scripts will be presented on a Saturday in April (Date/Time TBA) at Spectrum Theater.

At the public reading playwrights will receive verbal and written feedback on their piece. Based on audience response and feedback, the /Living on the Edge/ committee will choose five finalists to receive full production from June 6-8, 2013 in the Spectrum Theater Studio Theater (Room 201). Click here for more information and submission information.

Center For Teaching Excellence Workshops

GRCC’s Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to present these faculty professional development opportunities.

New! Blackboard Open Lab – No registration required
Mondays, 8:30 – 10:30 AM and 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM , Tuesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 PM
Have a question about how to use Blackboard or other instructional technologies in your teaching?  Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies (DLIT) Faculty and staff will be on hand to address your questions individually and offer insights into new features, tips, techniques, and strategies.

Blackboard Interactive Rubrics
Friday, 11/9,  9:00 – 10:30 AM, 351 Main Building   Register
Blackboard Interactive Rubrics are grading forms that are fully integrated into the course management system that may be used to grade discussion forums, wikis, blogs, assignments and essay formatted test questions, as well as consistently and fairly assess student work. Learn to create an interactive rubric in Blackboard; import an interactive rubric into a course; associate a rubric to a discussion forum, wiki, blog, assignment, test question or grade book column; grade using an interactive rubric; identify training and support resources. Open to: Full-time and adjunct faculty from GRCC and faculty from other local institutions of higher education. Longevity Training Credit available where applicable.

Adjunct Faculty Learning Day      Register Here  
Saturday, 11/10,     8:30 AM – 12:15 PM,   120 Applied Technology Center (ATC)
Choose two of these three topics:
Managing Stress in the Classroom
Blackboard Grade Center
Learning Disabilities

Join your colleagues for learning and networking on Saturday morning. Following refreshments and welcome by a member of the college community, you will be able to participate in professional development offerings specifically designed to meet the needs of adjunct faculty members. Each workshop will be offered twice, so you may choose two topics.  While this event is designed for Adjunct faculty at GRCC, it is open to all faculty from GRCC and other local institutions of higher education.

Disability Awareness Month Quiz Winner Is…

Danielle Nyland from the Lakeshore Campus!

Danielle has won a $10 gift card to Arts and Bevs Restaurant. A big thanks to Secchia Institute of Culinary Education for their support of increasing awareness about disability on our campus. 

Disability Support Services will continue to bring you tips to increase your disability awareness throughout the school year.

Congratulations To Newlyweds Ryan & Katie (Geeseman) Hughes

 Katie Hughes, of the Counseling & Career Center, was married on May 20, 2012 to Ryan Hughes in Cadillac MI.   They had an outdoor wedding, followed by a reception at Fox Hills Center in Cadillac.  The couple was surrounded by many family, friends & co-workers for their wedding day – including GRCC alumni of the International Student Organization that Katie has remained close to over the last 14 years.

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GRCC Online Store Public Sale 11/8/12

GRCC is having a public sale as indicated below today, open now until 7:00 PM on the GRCC Online Store. Visit our Google+ page to see photo’s of featured items.

Open Pickup: Items available for pick up beginning the next day (Friday) after the sale from 9AM to 4 PM at GRCC, 133 Winchester Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI. After Friday pick up by appointment only! Please email  to request an appointment. See for more location and pick up details.

This sale will contain limited computers, electronics, technology, books, lost & found, etc. Grand Rapids Community College cannot guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appointment). Purchased items not picked up will be returned to stock.

Questions should be directed to, Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing at (616) 234-3850 or email  Grand Rapids Community College has the right to reject any or all bids as deemed necessary in the best interest of the college.

Night at the Gerald R. Ford Museum 11-8-12

Students, faculty, and staff may visit the Gerald R. Ford museum and other participating Grand Rapids’ museums (Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids Public Museum, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts) for free using their RaiderCard as part of the GO! See GR campaign at any time during the semester.

Faculty and staff are particularly encouraged to attend the Night at the Ford Museum tonight, November 8, 2012, from 6-9 p.m., because at this event only, GRCC attendees may bring an unlimited number of guests with them for free and some light refreshments will be provided for free as well!

During this event, the museum will be closed to the public. The featured exhibit during this event is, Pro Football and the American Spirit, an exhibit that features stories from pro football players who have served in our armed forces. Please encourage students to attend! Parking is free at the Gerald R. Ford Museum.

Donuts and Distance Learning and Blackboard and Bagels 11/15/12

On Thursday, November 15 from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM, DLIT will host a “Donuts and Distance Learning & Blackboard and Bagels” morning and all faculty are invited!  The theme for this session is around providing an opportunity for gathering feedback from faculty on how we can improve the College’s distance learning program, online courses, and the Blackboard system at GRCC.


When: Thursday, November 15 from 10:00 to 12:30 PM

Where: 347 Main Building


For more information visit


Also, be sure to keep up-to-date with the latest distance learning and instructional technology information by reading the DLIT newsletter that is sent out via email once a month. In case you missed one, the archives are available here:


If you can’t make it to the donuts event but have a suggestion or feedback for improving the core teaching & learning tools in Blackboard and/or to accelerate innovation to advance teaching and learning, please reply to the email or send us a note to:


At this donut event, we provide the rounds, and you arrive to enjoy, discuss, ask questions, share stories, and learn more about distance learning and Blackboard at GRCC! See you in a few weeks.

GRCC In The News 11-8-12

GRCC announces top 25 entries in 100th anniversary logo competition             Mlive November 07, 2012 at 8:04 PM. GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College has picked 25 finalists in a contest where residents were asked to design a logo for the college’s 100th anniversary. The entries, judged by six college staff members, were picked from a field of 200.

Grand Rapids to host Tae Kwon Do tournament Saturday at Grand Rapids Community College
Mlive, November 06, 2012. GRAND RAPIDS, MI — More than 2,000 visitors will be in Grand Rapids on Saturday, Nov. 10 to watch and take part in the 2012 World Class Championships of Tae Park Tae Kwon Do at Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse.

STEM Girl Genius Conference Recap & Photos

On Saturday, November 3rd GRCC hosted more than 170 5th to 8th grade girls from West Michigan to participate in an experiential Science + Technology + Engineering + Math (STEM) Girl Genius Conference.  The day-long conference was designed to encourage young women to seek careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.  Throughout the day, participants had the opportunity to carry out hands-on engineering activities and engage with women in STEM field careers, including Dr. Julie Davis Turner, Ph.D. Assistant Dean at the Van Andel Institute Graduate School who presented the keynote address on Possibility Thinking.  The STEM Girl Genius Conference is a collaborative effort by Fifth Third Bank, Kettering University, the Catholic Secondary School Foundation and Grand Rapids Community College.

Provost Gilda Gely began the event by welcoming the participants to Grand Rapids Community College and introducing Mary Gilliam, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Engineering at Kettering University, who gave the opening address.  Then, over 25 Academic Service Learning (ASL) students from the Biological and Physical Sciences Departments helped the participants with the hands-on engineering activities.   Specifically, Leigh Kleinert, Academic Service Learning Faculty Scholar, Tom Neils, Linda Bramble and Jennifer Batten had students from their biology and chemistry courses serve as volunteers and earn ASL credit.  Leigh Kleinert did a wonderful job in guiding the participants through the Biomedical Engineering activity Clearing a Path to the Heart, which allowed the girls to develop a system to carry out a simulated angioplasty.  Linda Bramble brought her years of experience in water resources to lead the participants through the environmental engineering activity The Dirty Water Project.  In this activity, the participants built a purification system to remove dissolved organic material and particulate from water.

The School of Arts and Sciences had many women in the sciences participate in the event by serving as mentors.  The mentors had lunch with a small group of girls and talked with them about their education and careers in the sciences.  Dean of Arts and Sciences Laurie Chesley, Physical Science Faculty Sandy Andrews, Linda Bramble, Patricia Dockham, Elaine Kampmueller, Amy Kudrna, and Kathy Roberts, Biological Sciences Faculty Laurie Foster, Leigh Klienert, Kate Kryger, and Tamara Szost and Laboratory Technicians Anesa Behrem and Leah VanHartesveldt all served as mentors to the young women at the event. Pam Scott and Jennifer Batten served as GRCC event coordinators.  Pam and Jennifer worked with the community partners to select and develop the activities for the event and to coordinate the event logistics.

We want to thank Becky Yoder for her help with room reservations and logistics, Dan Zehr and his team for providing the wonderful meals for the event, Dale Young, James Schafer and James Schultz for their help with set up and clean up, Duane David for setting up the audio-visual equipment and to Klaas Kwant and his team for recording the event.

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GRCC International Guitar Series Presents Vladimir Gorbach Tonight – 11/8/12

The Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series Proudly Presents Vladimir Gorbach – 2011 Guitar Foundation of America’s International Solo Competition Winner on 7:30 PM Thursday, November 8, 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:

Vladimir GorbachInternationally acclaimed Russian guitarist Vladimir Gorbach has captivated audiences across the world on stages in Austria, Australia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Spain and Turkey in addition to the United States and his native country of Russia as a soloist and with orchestra. He has been a featured performer for some of the most highly regarded concert organizations, festivals, and musical institutions in the world, performing on the Moscow Philharmonic Concert Series, at the Koblenz International Guitar Festival and for the Sydney Crow’s Nest Concert Cycle. He also has been a soloist with orchestras such as the Orchestra de Las Beiras and Orchestra de Aveiro in Portugal and performed with the Russian Academic Chamber Orchestra “Musica Viva”.

As a first place winner more than 10 of the most important international competitions (Serbia, Portugal, Germany, Spain, Greece, and Italy), his most recent win at the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America’s International Concert Artist Competition has earned him a more than 50-city concert tour of the US, Mexico, and Canada with appearances in Brazil and China. Now a member of a group of prize laureates who include some of the most active concert artists and pedagogues in the field of classical guitar, his tour will also include a Carnegie Hall debut through the D’Addario Foundation in February of 2013.

Vladimir Gorbach grew up in Siberia, Russia and graduated with honors from the Music College of Novosibirsk, the city where he was born. At a young age he received recognition for his accomplishments with prizes at numerous youth competitions, and he later received scholarships from such prestigious sources as the Russian Ministry of Culture. He later left Russia to complete his Bachelor and Masters degrees at the famed Conservatory for Music and Dance in Cologne, Germany under the tutelage of internationally renowned concert artists and pedagogues Roberto Aussel and Carlo Marchione.

As a soloist, Vladimir Gorbach has recorded a CD with Naxos, the world’s largest classical label. He is also a member of Duo Cologne with Goran Krivokapic, the 2004 winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition.