GRCC In The News, 2-18-13

Grand Rapids Community College appoints new fundraising chief
Brian McVicar, February 15, 2013
Donald MacKenzie has been hired as the college’s associate vice president of advancement and executive director of the college’s foundation. MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Donald MacKenzie, a senior partner at a Chicago-based consulting firm, has been tapped to head Grand Rapids Community College’s foundation.
MacKenzie, a senior principal with Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, will also serve as the college’s vice president for advancement. In both roles, he’ll be tasked with leading fundraising campaigns, helping plan for the college’s future, and building connections with donors and alumni.

BRIDGING THE GAP: GVSU signs another transfer agreement with GRCC, the university is making positive steps toward a more inclusive campus
GVSU Lanthorn, February 17, 2013
As Grand Valley State University announces more and more expansion projects each month on both the Allendale and Pew campuses, it’s clear that the university is extended beyond it’s initial reach.
With 15 public four-year universities, and 28 public two-year community colleges in the state of Michigan, transfer agreements that bridge the gap between one campus and another are becoming increasingly important at the administration seeks to attract a larger, more diverse student body.
The agreements, which GVSU have so far signed with seven community colleges in the state, have helped lead to an increase in transfer students over the past ten years, according to numbers provided by the university’s institutional analysis.

Center for Teaching Excellence workshops this week

This week, the Center for Teaching Excellence is hosting workshops on Universal Design, captioning videos, and helping students with study strategies and time management.  We will also be holding our second Saturday with the CTE of the semester.  We hope you will join us for some or all of these sessions, if your schedule allows!  You can register and see full descriptions at (the descriptions can be viewed by clicking the “+” next to the name).


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.


CTE Winter Open House.  Friday, March 1 from 11:30 – 1:30 in 308 Main.  As you ease into Spring Break, we want to celebrate a successful first half of the semester by providing FREE LUNCH!  Stop by the CTE’s new location in 308 Main for some food and conversation.  No need to RSVP, just show up!

We will also be holding open CTE Office Hours from 10:00 – 11:00 every Friday and 4:00 – 6:00 every Wednesday in 308 Main.

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.

Facilities Maintenance, Networks 2.0, & Quality Courses from Workforce Training

Facilities / Apartment Maintenance Starts March 4

Be ready to work! This training program gives you the potential to earn certifications in:
– Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting
– HVAC Environmental Protection Agency
– Certified Pool Operator
– Certified Apartment Maintenance Technician
– Home Building Institute Facilities Maintenance Technician
– OSHA 10-hour Construction Safety

In 2013, networking has a whole new look!

Networks Matter 2.0 is unlike any training you have ever taken!
Not only do we provide you the tools to build stronger professional
relationships through communication, social networking and
technology: we also help you develop a strategy for developing
a professional network.

If you are…
– Ready to advance professionally
– Recently a displaced worker
– Unemployed / underemployed
– Low to moderate technology-savvy

Quality: Statistical Process Control II

Statistical Process Control (SPC) allows for real-time process
adjustments before product characteristics are out of specification.
Understanding the charts, the rules and some theory can help
operators make better decisions during production, and thus reduce
waste. Module I focuses on the average-range chart, importance of
accurate data, and interpreting for control conditions. Module II
continues with more theory, more charts and understanding capability


Malinda Powers named Communications Department Promotions Manager

Join us in congratulating Malinda Powers who has taken the new Promotions Manager position in the Communications Department.  Malinda has worked in the multidimensional role of Communications ESP for over twelve years. In this new role she will manage the Call Center and all public relations, social media, advertising, and website promotional activities.

Dining options during 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