Center for Intellectual Property Community Conversations scheduled – Winter & Spring 2013

To better understand the place of copyright in higher education, GRCC joined the U-Maryland University College’s Center for Intellectual Property  (CIP) as an institutional member. As institutional members, we have access to a variety of online discussions about copyright and other intellectual property issues. Our Institutional Membership in the CIP Community provides:

  • Exclusive access to free online Community Conversations with copyright scholars and practitioners;
  • Free access to the CIP Action Center and Legislative Alert service;
  • Free access to full-text documents and media in the Community File Library;
  • Member-priced discounts on for-a-fee programming and certification programs.

Community Conversations are open to GRCC constituents who have set up an individual profile. If you have created a profile previously, you may register for Community Conversations using the Register Today links below.


  1. Go to the registration page to register with the community.
  2. Create a username and enter your first and last name. Choose Employee Institution.
  3. On the Membership Selection page, select Employee Institution.
  4. You must fill in the fields under [Account Information], and a few fields in the [Personal Information]. Under [Professional Information], be sure to select Grand Rapids Community College in the autofilled Organization field.

Once you have created your individual profile, your membership will be linked to the Grand Rapids Community College Institutional Membership. Your account will be enabled by the next business day. If you need immediate access to the system, contact Cindy Jackson Cell Phone (preferred) 301-852-8644 or Office Phone:240-684-2965.

See the most recent educational programming information below. If you have any problems or questions with setting up your free account, please contact Nan Schichtel at, GRCC’s institutional representative.

Winter and Spring 2013 CIP Community Conversation Webinars

ComCon: Classic Community Conversation w/ Michael Carroll, JD: Open Access & Higher Ed

When: Wednesday, February 13, 2013; 12:00 PM Eastern

Speaker: Michael Carroll, Law Faculty and Director of the Program for Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University’s Washington College of Law

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ComCon: Faculty Focused Community Conversation with Gene Quinn, JD, The IP Watchdog

When: Thursday, February 21, 2013; 12:00 PM Eastern

Speaker: Gene Quinn, US Patent Attorney as well as the President & Founder of IP Watchdog, Inc.

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ComCon: CIP Spotlight Community Conversation: Chasing Copyright w/ Barbara Ingrassia UMass Medical

When: Wednesday, February 27, 2013; 1:00PM Eastern

Speaker: Barbara Ingrassia, Head of Copyright and Licensing, Lamar Soutter Library at UMass Medical School

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ComCon:Classic Community Conversation with Donna Ferullo, JD: Emerging Issues in IP Mgt.

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2013; 1:00PM Eastern

Speaker: Donna Ferullo, JD

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ComCon: Faculty Focused Henry Wixon, JD – Tech Transfer: Lab to Marketplace

When: Thursday, March 21, 2013; 4:00PM Eastern

Speaker: Henry Wixon, JD, Chief Counsel for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

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ComCon: Faculty Focused w/ Erik Pelton, JD: Trademark & Higher Ed

When: Thursday, April 18, 2013; 4:00PM Eastern

Speaker: Erik Pelton, JD, founder and managing attorney of Erik M. Pelton & Associates, PLLC

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Join the community conversation followed by a Q & A session with the community members. Check it out! The conversation will take place in the online Webex platform. Please login with your CIP member username and password to register.

GRCC In the News, 2-7-13

GRCC hosting technology focused career fair on Feb. 13

February 6, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a computer technology career fair on Feb. 13, an event where business representatives and college counselors will be on hands to discuss career opportunities in the field.

Aflame with Song and Scent

February 7, 2013;

From pounding headaches and busted foot bones, good things are born. Really. Ask Aziza Poggi.

If pain is the mark of birthing art forms, Poggi has paid her dues. Headaches from the alcohol fumes in most perfumes led her to creating her own fragrances, and foot surgery from too many hours on too high heels put her in a wheelchair to brood and heal. And brooding, or getting serious, as Poggi puts it, led her to voice lessons at Grand Rapids Community College.

LZ Granderson: The Shape of Things to Come

No date;

LZ Granderson is a man on a mission and one that plays on many fields — and almost all of them are devoted to his love of sports. In fact, when we finally did catch up to discuss his upcoming appearance in his hometown of Grand Rapids for the Diversity Lecture Series at Fountain Street Church, he was out of breath as he was racing to catch his flight out of New Orleans. (Yes, he was at the Super Bowl.)

LZ Granderson at GRCC Diversity Lecture Series

February 6, 2013; Michigan Radio

LZ Granderson writes a weekly column for, and is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and He is a contributor to ESPNs Sports Center, Outside the Lines and First Take.

Raider salute to GRCC’s cooperative education, internship faculty

Gov. Snyder has proclaimed February “Cooperative Education and Internship Month.” Cooperative education and internships help train talent as Michigan students gain skills by linking career instruction with supervised training and experience on the job, highlight employment opportunities, and allow students to gain necessary skills that help ease the transition from school to the workplace.

Thanks to the faculty supervising internships and cooperative education this winter semester: Sue Baglien, Jim Muth, Gary Ebels, Nikki Banks, and Scott Lampe work with students in the School of Workforce Development, and Diane Sparks works with students in the School of Arts and Sciences.

Nominations now being accepted for the ‘Excellence in Teaching with Technology’ Award

A tall glass faceted pillar has the words: "Grand Rapids Community College. Excellence in Teaching with Technology"Nominations are now being accepted for the “Excellence in Teaching with Technology” Award. This award will recognize a faculty member who exhibits excellence in their use of instructional technologies to enhance their teaching and improve student success. The criteria for the award are:

  1. The nominee must be a faculty (full time or adjunct) member at GRCC.
  2. The nominee must share (and/or be willing to share) their knowledge and use of instructional technology with students and peers.
  3. The nominee’s use of technology demonstrates excellence and promotes and contributes to student success.

Nominations may be made by any faculty or staff, including self-nominations, and are due 5:00 pm, Monday, February 18, 2013. The award will be presented at the 7th Annual Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase on March 20.

Please take a moment to nominate a colleague to receive this award by clicking here.

NPR Counterterrorism Correspondent Honored at GRCC Social Sciences Reception

Dina Temple-Raston Speaks at GRCC Social Sciences Reception.

Dina Temple-Raston Speaks at GRCC Social Sciences Reception.

On February 4, 2013, GRCC Geography Honors Students are seen listening to NPR Counterterrorism Correspondent Dina Temple-Raston deliver comments about transnational crime and terrorism at a reception sponsored by the Social Sciences Department.

Members of the GRCC faculty and staff, as well as representatives from Michigan Public Radio, regional universities, and local corporations also took part in this event. Dina Temple-Raston served as the inaugural speaker of the Great Decisions Lecture Series of the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan held annually at Aquinas College. Many GRCC students attend the lectures. The GRCC Social Sciences Department has been actively involved in this initiative for many years.

Actors Theatre presents ‘play within a play (within a play)’

Opening March 28, 2013, Actors Theatre is proud to present Jeff Bowen and Hunter Bell’s musical comedy [title of show].

The two main characters — Jeff and Hunter as themselves — have decided to put their script-writing skills to the test by submitting their work to a musical theater festival. With the deadline only a few weeks away, though, they have not a single music note written – or any sort of plan! With a serious case of writers’ block, it seems that Jeff and Hunter will get nowhere with their musical. Enlisting the help of their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry, they come up with their own “original” idea that is sure to be noticed at the festival.

A completely hilarious and silly take on the world of theater, [title of show] is the ultimate definition of a play within a play (within a play). In short, it’s “a musical about two guys writing a musical … about two guys writing a musical.”

Michelle Urbane is directing [title of show], and  the cast includes Actors’ veterans George Toles and Rob Karel.

The musical will be presented on two consecutive weekends, opening March 28 and closing on April 6. All evening performances begin at 8 p.m. at GRCC Spectrum Theatre. Ticket prices begin at $24 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. Students with a valid ID are eligible for $10 RUSH seating, based on availability and beginning one hour before the performance. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for discounts. Tickets may be purchased online  or by contacting the Actors Theatre box office at (616) 234-3946.

The words "[title of show]book by Hunter Bell , music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen" are in the middle surrounded by four photos. The first, on the upper left, shows a man with a beard and glasses, wearing a green argyle sweater vest, seated at a piano. A blond woman wearing a red jacket and gray T-shirt, leans over his left shoulder. Next to her is a woman with short red hair wearing a purple shirt. A man with blond hair and a beard leans on the piano. The second photo, upper right, shows a man with a beard and glasses, wearing a green argyle sweater vest, holding a glass plaque with white etching on it. Next to him is a blond woman wearing a red jacket and gray T-shirt, also holding a glass plaque with etching. Next to her is a woman with short red hair and a purple shirt. A man with blond hair and a beard is next to her; he holds a glass plaque too. The third photo, lower left, shows a man in a purple T-shirt, wearing a giant white rabbit head, standing on a crosswalk in the middle of an empty street. Next to him is a woman with short red  hair and a purple shirt; she is throwing her arms in the air. Next to her is a man with a beard and glasses, wearing a green argyle sweater vest; he has his left arm thrown out to the side. The fourth photo, lower right,  shows six rows of red theater seats. A woman with short red hair and a purple shirt sits at the far left, holding a booklet saying “Playbill” in her left hand. Next to her, a woman with blond hair and wearing a red jacket looks down at the booklet she holds in both hands. Next to her is a man with a beard and glasses, wearing a green argyle sweater vest, holding a booklet saying “Playbill” in his left hand and pointing at it with is right. Next to him is a blond man with a beard holding a booklet that says “Playbill” with his right hand.