Valentine’s Week At The Heritage

Bring your Valentine in and enjoy one of our featured items:
Wagyu Filet Mignon
“The Best Steak In The World”
Kobe-Style A5 Grade Beef, The Highest Grade of Beef
(USDA Prime Is Only A1 or A2)
Char grilled served with red wine béarnaise sauce and compound butter, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, and shoestring onion rings 38.95
Includes your choice of appetizer, soup, or salad.
Available for dinner only February 12-15th

For reservations, call (616) 234-3700 or click here.

Events offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence

Below are details on the upcoming events in the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). You can register for all our events and see full descriptions at (the descriptions can be viewed by clicking the “+” next to the name)


Donuts and DLIT & Bagels and Blackboard: Wednesday, February 6 from 11:30 – 1:30 in 347 Main. Join Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies for coffee, donuts, and bagels! This is a time to ask questions, share stories, and just hang out. No registration is necessary and you can drop in anytime. More info is available at

ADA in the Classroom: Wednesday, February 6 from 2:00 – 3:30 in 316 Main. Join us for an interactive webinar where you will learn about recent amendments and changes to the ADA related to instruction and your work with students.

Sharing Your Expertise: Creating and Facilitating a Session Through the CTE: Thursday, February 7 from 3:00 – 4:00 in 316 Main. CTE Director, Jeremy Osborn will explain the process of creating a session through the CTE and will work with participants on developing their ideas into workshops for their colleagues.

Your Teaching, Their Learning, and Technology: Friday, February 8 from 11:00 – 12:00 in 306 Main. Mursalata Muhammad, Professor of English leads this kick-off to our Friday morning Teaching With Technology Series. This introductory session to teaching with technology is just that – an introduction to how you might take your teaching style, student-learning styles, and use various technology tools to help make learning happen.

To Care and Comply: Approaching Accessibility in Online Courses (Webinar): Friday, February 8 from 1:00 – 2:30 in 316 Main. Are your online courses accessible? Join us to learn more about Portland Community College’s strategy and lessons learned in addressing accessibility for over 400 instructors’ teaching approximately 2400 sections of online classes annually.


What Students with Disabilities Want Faculty and Administrators to Know: Tuesday, February 12 from 12:00 – 1:30 in 351 Main. This webinar is the first in a three-part Accessibility Webinar Brown Bag Series. Bring your lunch and we will provide dessert! This panel includes online students and online alumni with different disabilities. During the first 60 minutes, each student will provide a personal introduction and then share what faculty and administrators need to know from their perspectives about accessibility, working with students with disabilities, and strategies to increase online student success. The last 20 minutes will be open to questions from attendees.

Universal Design Reading and Discussion Group: Wednesday, February 13 from 3:00 – 4:00 in 347 Main. Are you looking for a chance to simply sit with your colleagues and discuss teaching? Three times this semester, we will be holding Universal Design Discussion Groups. For each meeting, we will read 2-3 articles and come ready to discuss them. More info (including the articles we will discuss at the first meeting) is available at

Word Indents, Tabs, and Styles. Oh My! Friday,February 15 from 1:00 – 2:00 in 239 Cook. Bethann Talsma from the Business Department facilitates the second Teaching With Technology Series session of the semester. This session explores how to use indents, tabs, and styles effectively to create cool and efficient Word documents that meet the needs of diverse learners. Learners are encouraged to bring a document, such as a syllabus, they would like to improve in both look and efficiency.

All sessions are open to both full-time and adjunct faculty. You can register for all sessions at You can also “like” us on Facebook at to receive the latest information on sessions, news, conferences, and other noteworthy happenings.

If you have any questions or have problems registering, contact us at Register now, as space in each session is limited.

Thanks, and I hope to see you in the CTE!

Celebrate Digital Learning Day with DLIT

Come and celebrate national Digital Learning Day with the department of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies!

What: Donuts and Distance Learning & Blackboard and Bagels – Digital Learning Day
When: Wednesday, February 6 from 11:30 to 1:30
Where: Room 347 Main

The focus of this day is about engaging students, celebrating innovative faculty, inspiring great teaching, and creating better learning experiences to improve student success  through leveraging technology in the classroom!

More information, click here.

GRCC In the News, 2-5-13

Ella Mary Sims: From sharecropper’s daughter to community activist, she was known as woman of great faith

February 5, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI Ella Mary Sims was born in a sharecropper’s cabin in the Mississippi Delta and overcame adversity and tragedy early in life to become a leading advocate for justice and equality in the Grand Rapids community.

(Ms. Sims received the Giant Among Giants Award in 2005.)

A message of thanks

From Laura DeVries, of GRCCePRINT:

It is hard to even begin to express our thanks to those who have been here to support us through this time.  Our family was overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone here who sent cards, personal messages, visitations, and memorial contributions. This was beyond what we ever could have expected and it touched us deeply.

My family and I want to thank you for your kindness.



Wellness Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of, and making choices toward a more holistic existence.  Wellness is not something that happens to people, wellness is a state of being.  Here at Grand Rapids Community College we have a number of ways for you to “plug-in” to wellness.  You don’t need to be a marathon runner or meditate for hours each day, but what’s your next step to becoming a healthier person for yourself, your family, you students and our community?

One way to “plug-in” to wellness, is by joining us for the viewing of the remaining five “Lunch & Learn” or “Brown Bag Lunch” educational movies. These events are created to inform and educate in a relaxed format.  A healthy lunch may be purchased for $5.00 at the “Lunch & Learn” events, and we encourage you to carry in a lunch to the “Brown Bag Lunch” events.

Please register online at or call Staff Development at extension 4285.


Brown Bag Lunch – Except for Six

Wed Feb. 6, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Room 168 ATC (Auditorium)

Part of the ‘Successful Aging’ video series presented by the GRCC Older Learner Center. This documentary is intended for the children and caregivers of aging parents and family members. The documentary was made in 2007 by dedicated hospice volunteers who wanted a better way to discuss end-of-life care. The film is an effort to change how we view the end-of-life. Michigan documentarian Matt Burnell directed the film which tells the stories of three individuals and their families facing challenges at the end of life. The film captures the poignancy of the end-of-life experience and dignity of these unique individuals. Award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns has said of the film, “This is a heart-felt and important film that takes a subject that most of us would rather ignore and humanizes it. From the dedicated doctors and caregivers to the heroic patients, this is the story of what will happen to all of us.”


Lunch & Learn – Forks Over Knives

Tue Feb. 12, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Room 125/127 CSC (Science)

Educational Movie – Participants will learn about eating a plant strong diet rich in healthy fruits, vegetables and beans. This movie examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.


Brown Bag Lunch – Seniors and Driving

Tue Mar. 19, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Room 120 ATC

Part of the ‘Successful Aging’ video series presented by the GRCC Older Learner Center. This is a video on aging and driving with an emphasis on the perspective of the older driver. A diverse group of older persons are interviewed about their driving ability. It depicts older persons driving and commenting on their competence or incompetence as drivers. Their perspective is not meant to be definitive but to bring about a discussion of when should older persons change their driving habits, or discontinue driving. The video is meant to bring about discussion among college students, older persons, and the adult children of older persons. It is, therefore, an excellent video to bring about class discussion or to be used in adult education classes in churches.


Lunch & Learn – Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

Thurs Apr. 4, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Room 234 SCC

Educational Movie – 100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. In the mirror he saw a 310lb man whose gut was bigger than a beach ball and a path laid out before him that wouldn’t end well, with one foot already in the grave, the other wasn’t far behind. FAT, SICK & NEARLY DEAD is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.


Brown Bag Lunch – Age Happens

Wed May 8, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Room 120 ATC

Part of the ‘Successful Aging’ video series presented by the GRCC Older Learner Center. This video focuses on the psychological and physiological aspects of aging, and how exercise, proper diet, and social interaction can help prolong life spans. It also delves into the importance of identifying and treating diabetes, arthritis and other life threatening diseases at their earliest stages. It examines in depth retirement options available to seniors, including assisted living and hospice care.

Career Development Conference March 5, 2013

We are piloting a career development conference for students that have not declared a major during spring break.  Each student has been sent information on this workshop, we are limiting the numbers for this pilot but we do have a few spots still open.  If faculty and staff have a student that may be interested, they can go to this website: