Staff Development is excited to offer two new courses that will give you direction and ideas to create an uncluttered, organized home and office environment. Please register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Home Organization 101

Mon Mar. 11, 2013


Room 125/127 Science

Running a home is very similar to running a small business. You need tools, routines, detailed schedules, supplies, consistency, and order, to operate successfully. Moreover, having a “Home Office” where the household files, bill paying, and office supplies are kept saves time and eliminates late fees assessed on misplaced bills. Your home is your physical and emotional haven. It’s the place for you to unwind and rejuvenate. It should be welcoming and visually comforting. Facilitator, Mary Dykstra gives you tools and ideas to help you create an uncluttered environment where you know where everything is and you can feel comfortable with drop-in visitors.

Work/Office Organizing 101

Fri Mar. 22, 2013


125/127 Science

Facilitator, Mary Dykstra works with individuals in the work environment struggling with ‘having to do it all.’ She helps you set up systems that can help you keep on top of the daily details when you need to focus on the big picture or the details. Mary can identify timesaving strategies and efficient office and storage space configurations that maximize workflow and productivity. In this workshop you will learn how to effectively organize your workspace and how to effectively prioritize your work/workflow.


This Week in the Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence has a full slate of events this week. We hope to see you there!

UDL: It’s Not (Just) About Technology: Monday, February 18 from 3:00 – 4:00 in 316 Main.

Universal Design for Learning is not just about making your Blackboard courses more accessible – it’s a way to help all students be more successful. Learn how you may already be implementing UDL in your courses and identify ways to implement UDL more effectively right away. Facilitated by Ann Alexander from the Business Department.

Finding Lost Time Through Better Learning Strategies: Thursday, February 21 from 3:30 – 4:30 in 104 Cook.

Two common problems facing students today are time-management problems and ineffective/inefficient study strategies. This session will help explain why these problems occur from a psychological perspective. This session will also offer evidence-based remedies that can be taught to students so that they can engage in active learning in an appropriate time frame. Facilitated by Sophie Rubin from the Psychology Department.

Captioning Relay Videos: Friday, February 22 from 10:00 – 11:00 in 351 Main.

This session will show you how to create new Camtasia Relay recordings with automated captions, and how to edit the captions. If you have relay recordings that you created in the past, we will also cover how to upload those to YouTube to use their automated captioning and how to edit those captions. Facilitated by Meegan Willi, Instructional Designer from Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies.

We will also be holding our second Saturday with the CTE of the semester on Saturday, February 23. Sessions will be offered on Classroom Assessment Techniques, Creating Accessible Courses, and the Office of Student Life and Conduct. Full descriptions are available at

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.

GRCC In the News, 2-15-13

Holt school district might offer ‘middle college’

February 14, 2013; Lansing State Journal

HOLT — The Holt Public School District’s administration is proposing to create a middle college to expand the options for its seniors and allow for an increase in the number of freshman students.

… A similar model is being used with the Wyoming School District and Grand Rapids Community College, Manikas said.

Rockford hires two newly minted Public Safety Officers

February 14, 2013; The Rockford Squire

Anyone entertaining the thought of a career in law enforcement must gird themselves for, what for most would be, an insurmountable process leading to a life of protecting and serving others. It will be a dedicated lifetime of intense learning and oftentimes self-sacrifice.

Candidates for job openings in law enforcement will spend thousands of hours in preparation and training, said Rockford’s Chief of Public Safety, Dave Jones.

… In seeking to add new part-time Public Safety Officers to Rockford’s current staff, Chief Jones, in a close working relationship with the coordinator of GRCC’s Criminal Justice Program, has been able to identify and hire two recent graduates of GRCC’s Police Academy. “These two outstanding gentlemen are the cream of the crop, the very best they (GRCC) had to offer,” said Chief Jones.

Upcoming Intriguing Conversation explores creating a Michigan-Themed cookbook

February 14, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Saugatuck — The Intriguing Conversation series at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, 400 Culver St., continues with a conversation with West Michigan author Jay Beeler and photographer Dianne Carroll Burdick. The event takes place 7 p.m., Feb. 21. Admission is free, donations appreciated.

… Burdick is a free-lance photographer, photography instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, and a continuing studies instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design.

The book will be available for sale, and Beeler and Burdick will sign copies following the conversation.

GRCC Christian Fellowship students to help Hurricane Sandy victims over Mid-Semester Break

GRCC Christian Fellowship 2-20-13Eighteen members of the GRCC Christian Fellowship, the Christian student organization at the college, along with music faculty member Grace Schwanda and club advisor Harry Lew, will spend Mid-Semester Break in Lavallette and Ortley Beach, New Jersey helping with Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts.

When Hurricane Sandy struck in late October, it devastated the homes of many people in the area. They still have not been able to move back. Working through the Union Church of Lavallette, a center for restoration work in the vicinity, the students will help dig out sand, rip out dry wall, and do other chores in order to help victims with the process of healing.

A fundraiser for the trip will be held at Cascade Brann’s Steakhouse and Sports Grille, 5510 28th St. SE, this Wednesday, February 20, for lunch and dinner. Your food purchase will result in a 15% donation for the transportation, housing, and food for this GRCC Christian Fellowship service project. Donations may also be made to the GRCC Christian Fellowship at Student Life, Room 25 Student Community Center, c/o Molly Maczka, Student Life Office Manager.

The students are excited about this trip. Not only will they see new places with a great group of people, they will also be able to serve others and hopefully make a difference in their lives.

School of Arts and Sciences celebrates Valentine’s Day with brunch

The Educational Support Professionals of the School of Arts and Sciences enjoyed brunch and conversation on Valentine’s Day. Amy, Laura, Melissa, Frita, Janis, Staci, Gretchen, Kim, Gail, Stacey, Jeanne, Shelly, and Kathy are the best! Thanks for keeping the School running smoothly! Laurie, Mike, and Bill

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Evan Macklin named coordinator of Student Life and Conduct


Evan Macklin

Evan Macklin

Please help us welcome Evan Macklin as the new Coordinator of Student Life and Conduct! Evan has been working at the college as a full-time employee since 2009 and was a student employee prior to that. He will be advising Campus Activities, overseeing the Food Pantry, managing low level conduct related issues and more. We are very excited to have him serving in this new role!

Dining options for Spring Break

The Raider Grille, Sneden Cafe, and Quiet Cafe will be closed March 4-8 for Spring Break. Normal business hours will resume on March 11th at all locations. Campus Dining Catering will continue its services as normal, upon request. Please reserve all functions for the week of spring break no later than February 25th. Please feel free to contact the Director of Campus Dining with any questions at 234-4169 or