Networks Matter 2.0 course starts February 12, 2013

Networks Matter 2.0 is designed to help those wanting to advance professionally, the unemployed or under-employed, and people with low to moderate technology skills. It provides the tools to build stronger professional relationships through communication, social networking and technology, and it also helps develop a strategy for developing a professional network.

The sessions feature group meetings, presentations, online activities and attendance at community events.

Classes run 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, starting February 12, 2013, at Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC. They cost $155 for the entire series or $49 for each module.  Click here to register.

Dental hygiene students seek patients for regional board exams

GRCC’s dental hygiene students are looking for students and staff members willing to serve as regional board examination patients. At this point, we are scheduling screenings to determine if people (ages 18 and older) coming to our clinic at 301 Cook will qualify for the exam. If they meet the criteria set by the examination organization and are willing to be in our clinic for the exam on April 18 or 19, they would qualify for a free cleaning.

If you’d like to help:

  1. Come in for a new patient screening  — it takes 15 to 30 minutes — so that we can see where you would best fit into our clinic. We are holding our next screenings at 2:15 and 2:45 p.m. January 30, 2013.
  2. Come right into the clinic reception area just to the right and across from the elevators on the third floor of Cook and let Sheryl know you are there for a screening. We’ll check your mouth and determine if you qualify for a free cleaning. If not, it’s still only $15 for GRCC students and $30 for staff to get a cleaning and bitewing x-rays.
  3.  After your screening, even if you don’t qualify for the board, you can schedule the cleaning itself with Sheryl for a day that fits your schedule. The cleanings are one hour and 45 minutes. If it’s been quite awhile, you will likely require more than one visit.
  4.  If you can’t be there January 30, call the clinic at 234-4237 and ask to schedule a new patient screening for another day.

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.

SICE Ice Carving Team wins medals at national competition

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This weekend, the GRCC SICE Ice Carving team competed in the National Collegiate Ice Carving Competition in Frankenmuth. Teams travel from all over the USA and even Mexico to compete here.

We did well, placing fourth overall and receiving three bronze medals.

Student Jessica Miller took bronze in the individual competition for her “Surfing Lizard” and student Brandon Hooker took bronze in the individual competition for his “Dog Catching a Frisbee.” They also won bronze medals in team competition for their “Flying Geese.”

Thank you to Bob Schultz for coaching the students


GRCC In the News: 1-28-13

Mayor cites business involvement in annual address
January 26, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal
The plight of the city’s young people topped Mayor George Heartwell’s 10th State of the City address Saturday at DeVos Place, and he credited a lengthy list of local businesses for making his Mayor’s 50 program a success last year.
… No sooner had the mayor made that plea, when a local lender stepped forward this time for the city’s Upward Bound program, in which Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College prepare high schoolers for the rigors of college. Grand Rapids Spring and Stamping President Jim Zawacki accepted the mayor’s challenge last year to help raise funds for the effort, and then last Saturday, Mercantile Bank Chairman and CEO Michael Price committed $100,000 to Upward Bound.

Mercantile Bank CEO announces $100,000 gift to Upward Bound during State of the City
January 26, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A program aimed at helping students from Grand Rapids Public Schools transition to college received a financial boost today during Mayor George Heartwell’s State of the City address.
Mercantile Bank Chairman and CEO Michael Price announced a donation of $100,000 to Upward Bound programs, which primarily serve first-generation college students from low-income families, and are administered through Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College.

Mercantile Bank Corporation Announces $100,000 Contribution To Support Local Upward Bound Program
January 28, 2013;
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ Mercantile Bank Corporation (NASDAQ:MBWM) (Mercantile) announced today its contribution of $100,000 to the Upward Bound Program, an organization that provides fundamental and financial support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. Mercantile will donate $50,000 to each of the two foundations that support the local Upward Bound Program in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Upward Bound is a national program that was started locally by both Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College in 1978 for students enrolled in Grand Rapids Public Schools. The Grand Rapids program, which currently has 193 enrollees, provides opportunities for students to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students of low-income families and potential first generation college students with the ultimate goal of increasing the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from college. Students begin enrollment into the program during their freshman year of high school, at an annual cost of approximately $5,000 to financially support each student for the entire program.

Alcalde anuncia nuevos servicios en español en la ciudad
January 26, 2013; El Vocero
Durante su discurso de presentación del State of the City (Estado de la Ciudad), en un desayuno llevado a cabo esta mañana en el DeVos Hall Center, el alcalde (Major), explicó que al ver en estos días en una audiencia que estaba llenada de personas que hablan primariamente español, las inconveniencias de estos para comunicarse, decidió buscar la forma de que las personas que hablan español puedan ir a la ciudad y expresar sus inquietudes sin barreras idiomáticas.
… Mencionó la participación del Grand Rapids Community College y del Grand Valley State University en los programas LEAD y Upward Bound, los cuales ayudan a orientar a los jóvenes sobre sus posibilidades de grados superiores luego de terminada la high School.
Para el programa Upward Bound el Banco Mercantil (Mercantile Bank) hizo una donación de 100 mil dólares.

Giant Among Giants winner Ingrid Scott-Weekley is Grand Rapids’ ‘conscience’
January 26, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI For decades, her name has been synonymous with the cause of diversity in West Michigan, prompting Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell to once call her the city’s conscience.

Giants Award recipient: Mentors matter
January 27, 2013; WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Grand Rapids Community College is paying tribute to men and women who serve as role models to the rest of the African American community.

GRCC to honor 11 at Giant Awards, Jan. 26
January 25, 2013; The Holland Sentinel
Grand Rapids Eleven people are being recognized as giants by Grand Rapids Community College for contributions to the community at the 31st Giant Awards presentation hosted at DeVos Places Steelcase Ballroom, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, 7:15 p.m. Jan. 26.

5 themes for Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell’s State of the City address
January 26, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI Mayor George Heartwell is set to give his tenth annual State of the City speech Saturday, Jan. 26, in Grand Rapids. The address, scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. in a DeVos Place ballroom, has less fresh, new initiatives and more here’s where we are on the important work we’ve been doing, Heartwell told MLive this week.
Based on his prepared remarks, here are five themes on which Heartwell plans to focus his comments:
Children and youth
Heartwell, in his 2012 State of the City address, called for a community dialogue about children. His speech this year will include a report on that conversation from George Grant, dean of the school of social work at Grand Valley State University.
Heartwell also will tout his Mayor’s 50 internship program and announce a $100,000 grant to expand the number of students in Upward Bound programs at GVSU and Grand Rapids Community College.

Review: ‘A Steady Rain’ at Actors’ Theatre soaks audience in story of intense brotherhood
January 25, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI Deeply flawed and even disturbed, childhood friends Joey (Jim Cantrell) and Denny (Todd Lewis) always have each others’ backs, whether it be in life and domestic issues or on the mean streets of Chicago as cops and partners.

Check out what’s happening at Grand Rapids Community College in February
January 22, 2013; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Here’s a list of community events happening at Grand Rapids Community College throughout February.

Center for Teaching Excellence hosts drop-in hours on experiential learning

If you have ever thought about developing an honors course, integrating service learning into your courses, or exploring study away in your offerings, then stop by 351 Main anytime today between 2:00 and 4:00 for Experiential Learning Drop-Ins. Our Experiential Learning Faculty Liaisons Sandra Andrews, Leigh Kleinert, and Sherry Knoppers will be available to answer any questions you may have. Honors, Study Away, and Service Learning all provide added opportunities to connect with your students at a different level and to build classroom engagement in a completely different way than you might be used to. If you have ever even thought about exploring any/all of these areas or are just curious about how experiential learning works, just stop by.

How Supports Drupal Web Content Authors

As a Drupal web content author, you have several resources at your disposal.

By clicking here,  you’ll find a website request form, frequently asked questions, video how-tos, links to upcoming training opportunities, and a web content author’s guide with everything you need to know to maintain your webpages.

If you hit a road block, or don’t see instructions for what you’d like to do in the web content author’s guide, please email Malinda and Julie from Communications, or Patrick from IT, will respond to your request.

Patchwork on College Park Plaza mezzanine to be finished this week

Some updates about renovations to College Park Plaza:

  • Fireproofing patchwork of the steel and metal deck is complete on the second and third floors. The mezzanine is scheduled to be finished January 29, 2013.
  • Installation of the HW process piping continues on the third and fourth floors.
  • Electrical rough-ins continue on the fourth floor.
  • Dry-wall, metal stud, and patchwork for some walls continues on the fourth floor.
  • The mechanical contractor is installing ductwork on the fourth floor.
  • The new air handling units for the ramp-level mechanical room have been set in place. Ductwork and piping continues to be installed in this area.
  • Reinforcement of the steel I-beams is 20 percent complete on the sixth floor. The eight columns for the new chiller supports have been installed on the roof.
  • Installation of the fire suppression piping has started on the sixth floor.