Updates on College Action Projects

At the January 25, 2013, meeting of the Strategic Leadership Team, updates were provided for three current College Action Projects:

2.1.2 – Implement Achieving the Dream initiatives to increase the persistence, completion and transfer rates of at-risk students. (John Cowles – Champion)

5.2.1 – Strengthen the recruitment and hiring process so to attract highly qualified, highly diverse full-time and adjunct faculty. (Cathy Wilson – Champion)

5.3.4- Promote data based decision-making including the implementation of a data warehouse. (Kevin O’Halla – Champion)

GRCC In the News, 1-29-13

GRCC board gives the ‘OK’ to develop differential tuition rate for dual enrolled students
January 28, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Trustees at Grand Rapids Community College on Monday unanimously approved a proposal to develop a differential tuition rate for high school dual enrolled students, a move administrators say will make it more affordable for school districts to enroll students in college-level classes.

GRCC/GVSU receive $90,000 for Upward Bound from Mercantile Bank
January 29, 2013; The Holland Sentinel
Holland — GRCC’s Upward Bound program is receiving continued corporate support as a $50,000 contribution from Grand Rapids-based Mercantile Bank was announced today.

Power outage affecting Grand Rapids Community College classes
January 29, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Grand Rapids Community College Main and DeVos Campus locations are in the dark early Tuesday morning, Jan. 29, because of a power outage.

Dining Out restaurant review: Grand Rapids Brewing Co. downtown
January 28, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI The community greeted the re-opening of Grand Rapids Brewing Company on Dec. 5, the anniversary of prohibition’s repeal in 1933, with much enthusiasm as if it was the first brewery to open in this craft beer haven. Its location, on the corner of Ionia Avenue SW and West Fulton Street, makes it a gateway to the Arena District, once a desolate quarter, now a buzzing entertainment hub.
… GRCC Secchia Institute of Culinary Arts and Tapawingo alum Chef Adam Watts has created a menu with edginess unlike most brewpubs. Its whimsical on one end (pork belly lollipop, stout gelato float), crafted on the other (hand-cranked spicy chorizo, stuffed and rolled porchetta) with several stand-by items in between (burgers, hand-pressed sandwiches, roasted chicken breast).

GRCC Cooks seminars explore cuisine of France

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Several students of the GRCC Cooks seminars enjoyed a seven course tasting menu with seven different wines from seven different regions of France; Chevre Tart with a Sancere (Loire Sauvignon Blanc), Scallops with a Pouilly-Fuisse (Burgundy Chardonnay), Beef Stew with Gigondas (Rhone Grenache and Syrah blend), and an Apple and Roquefort Tart with a sweet Sauternes to name a few. The food was prepared by Chef Jacoby’s Banquet and Catering class and the wine and pairings presented by Michael Schafer, The Wine Counselor. Needless to say, it was out of this world. Look for more GRCC Cooks Seminars here. If you are interested in learning more about next year’s seminars, be sure to get on our mailing list.

GRCC to stick with GroupWise email system

As we embarked down a path of a possible change in email systems, Darcy Swope led a team that spent the past 2 – 3 months examining unique features in GroupWise that you are using and trying to find ways to accomplish in GMail. The team’s final report was brought to Executive Leadership recently to examine and make a final decision.

Upon further review, it was determined that there were a few key function in GroupWise that did not have a 1-1 correspondence in GMail. These functions impacted a few key processes for the institution, and Executive Leadership has made the decision to not switch to GMail at this time. We will revisit in the future as Google continues to add functionality and improves its accessibility.

Our thanks go out to Darcy and her team, as they did an excellent job and their work will be a baseline the next time we examine other email solutions. Thanks also to all of those who participated on the GMail Technical Team and GMail Users Teams. A special thanks to those who participated in the GMail Discussions, we needed your input to understand how you use GroupWise.