GRCC In the News, 1-21-13

Grand Rapids Community College peace march cancelled, but Ford Fieldhouse festivities continue
January 21, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The morning snow prompted Grand Rapids Community College leaders to cancel the traditional noon peace march through downtown, but other events are planned to continue.

2013 Giant Awards winners to be honored as leaders in Grand Rapids

January 20, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will honor influential leaders in the black community at its annual Giants Awards program, scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at DeVos Place’s Steelcase Ballroom.


GRCC hosting speaker and community peace march in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Judge Glenda Hatchett, widely regarded as an expert on juvenile and social issues, will give the keynote address at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Peace Program at Grand Rapids Community College.

Play delivers a deluge of drama in ‘A Steady Rain’ at Actors’ Theatre
January 15, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI Actors Theatre Grand Rapids is bringing another premiere to West Michigan with the debut of “A Steady Rain” on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Ice Carving Team brings home honors

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Students of the GRCC SICE Ice Carving Team participated in the competition in Bay Harbor held this weekend. Student Jessica Miller took first place in the individual competition for her “Surfing Lizard” and Student Brandon Hooker took second place in the individual competition for his “Dog Catching a Frisbee.” They also won silver medals in the competition.

Thank you to Bob Schultz for coaching the students. Next weekend. the team will be in Frankenmuth for the National Collegiate competition.

Deanna Witte joins GRCCePrint

Deanna Witte

Deanna Witte

GRCC welcomes Deanna Witte, customer support and media rep. at GRCCePrint.

Deanna received her Associates Degree in Business Administration from GRCC in 2012. She is currently working towards her Bachelors degree at Ferris State University. She started working at GRCC as an Intern in the Print Solutions department in 2011. She is working in the same department (now called GRCCePRINT) but as part of the ESP group.

In her free time, she enjoys being outside, spending time with family, and playing with her two pitbulls.

Sign up for next Online and Hybrid Certification Course

On January 18, 2013, the Online and Hybrid Certification Course (OHCC)  began with 16 faculty enrolled from the following departments: Business, Physical Science, Nursing Program, English, Biological Sciences, Center for Teaching Excellence, Dental Auxiliary, Culinary Education, and Accounting.

Online learning continues to grow rapidly across the nation with more than 6.7 million students — almost a third of all students — taking at least one online course in the fall 2011 semester, according to the Babson Survey Research Group.

This winter semester, there are over 6,200 enrollments in online and hybrid courses at GRCC.

The OHCC is required for faculty interested in teaching an online or hybrid course at GRCC.  The course is six weeks long and held entirely online with optional face-to-face meetings on Friday afternoons.  If you are interested in becoming certified to teach online, you can sign up through the Center for Teaching Excellence for the next training session!

The following topics are addressed in this certification:

  • Online and Hybrid Course Syllabus
  • Online and Hybrid Course Schedule
  • Accessible Online Content
  • Copyright Compliance
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Consistency in Course Design
  • Academic Integrity and Authentication
  • Building Online Community
  • Facilitating Online and Hybrid Learning
  • Preparing the Online Learner
  • GRCC Online Course Development Process
  • GRCC Student Support Services
  • Online Course Quality

More information about this course is available by reviewing the OHCC syllabus.

DLIT can help with submissions for Blackboard Catalyst Awards

Attention GRCC Faculty: It’s that time of year again – the 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Awards are open for nominations.

The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program began in 2000 with the goal of identifying and disseminating best practices for designing engaging online courses. Last year,  Cheryl Kautz, an adjunct professor from GRCC’s Computer Applications Department, received the award, and this year, Szymon Machajewski submitted his CO 230 course.

Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies would like to encourage  you to submit your course to the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP).  You do amazing work, and this is a great program that gives you the opportunity to gain recognition as well as valuable feedback from reviewers at other institutions who have fresh perspectives.

If you would like assistance with your course design please feel free to contact, and we can help you with instructional design questions and even take the time to look at your course using the Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric with you.

Courses must be submitted to Blackboard by February 15, 2013!

Root Camp starts January 23, 2013

Root Camp is a four-session series that covers the basics to have you ready to garden by spring!

It meets monthly from 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning January 23, 2013, and ending April 24. The sessions, led by local experts, focus on timely topics and are located at GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC. Bring your dinner if you’d like!

The topics are:

  • January 23 –  Stuff Grows! – Soil Basics and Composting.
  • February 20 –  Cruising the Seed Catalog; What’s Good and What’s Easy.
  • March 20 –  Get Ready, Get Set: Where, What, How, and Start Some Seeds
  • April 24  — Go! – Plant, Prune, Protect, Pick.

Register for the four-part series for just $40, or attend individual sessions for $15 each. If you’re a West Michigan Co-op member, a discounted rate is
available. For more information, click here.

Certificate in Aging classes begin February 23, 2013

The Certificate in Aging is a noncredit continuing education program designed for health-care professionals and others working with older adults, who are interested in learning how to be more effective in working with this population.

This certificate program consists of four, eight-hour classroom-based courses held on Saturdays from February 23, 2013, through April 27. Register for the entire certificate program or for individual courses:

  • Aging 101: An Introduction to Gerontology-Issues Vital to Aging runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. February 23.
  • Caregiving 101: Caregiving for Real Life runs 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 9.
  • Healthy Aging and Chronic Disease Management runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 13.
  • Death, Dying, and Bereavement runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 27.

A total of eight contact hours will be granted for participation in each of the courses in this program. Those completing all four course offerings in this program will also receive a noncredit Certificate in Aging from Grand Rapids Community College.

To learn more, click here.

Wellness Student of the Week: Douglas Dunning

Douglas Dunning and his wife, Chandra.

Douglas Dunning and his wife, Chandra.

Doug’s Wellness Story:

My wellness journey really started years ago as I’ve always been interested in weight training and getting in better shape. Though my successes were few, I have always tried. With the Wellness Department at Grand Rapids Community College, I gained more than just some moderate success but also a vast array of knowledge. I learned that strength training can include so much more than just “pumping iron.” Even though the tae bo type workouts and the yoga absolutely busted my tail, I find that I’m stronger in ways I hadn’t been before. Other than that, I felt that my instructor, Cheryl Floyd (Sarge) really thought we had it in us to do even better. She always encouraged us to go that extra mile but never got down on us if we didn’t. I believe that this program really emphasized personal achievement over reaching some predetermined goal for the program. I would certainly recommend that any student at CC should definitely invest some time in the Wellness Department.


When is the last time you reviewed your Department’s information on the GRCC website? If you are the person in charge of making revisions to keep the information current, you may need a quick ‘how-to’ or refresher to make changes to your department’s webpage. The Drupal Basics: Refresher session is being offered to designated content editors weekly through the months of January and February.  In this refresher course, participants will review to navigation in the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content. A new feature – creating tables – will be introduced. Instruction on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act will also be covered.

Learning Objectives:

  • Drupal navigation Edit Department Content type
  • Edit Generic content type
  • Edit bio information
  • Create and edit tables (new!)
  • ADA Compliance for web content.

 Please enroll online by clicking here.