Campus police to participate in emergency management training

On Wednesday, March 6th, all Campus police officers and dispatchers will be participating in a department-wide emergency management training on campus from 11 :00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

We are requesting that any non-emergency requests for service (money transfers, open doors, etc.) be requested in the morning prior to 10:45, if possible. We will have someone in the office to answer phone calls, questions, sign out keys, and to handle other office-related responsibilities. We will continue to respond to emergencies and medicals from our training location as needed, but would like to limit officer absence from this training as much as possible.

If you have questions please contact Chief Whitman at 234-4012.

March Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

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

Overcoming Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Part 1: Fri Mar 8, 2013

Part 2: Fri Mar 15, 2013

1-3:00 PM

Room 103 Sneden

The primary goal of this session is to give the participant specific tools, applicable to the college and university settings, to overcome particular difficulties within teams in which they are involved. The prerequisite for this program is having attended the ‘The Five Dysfunctions of a Team’ session conducted by Dr. David Beighley, or admission to the program by the Director of Staff Development. In this session, the participant will be led through the specific and behavioral elements of overcoming the five typical dysfunctions that impact every team: Absence of Trust, Fear of Conflict, Lack of Commitment, Avoidance of Accountability, and Inattention to Results. Each dysfunction includes the working definition of the issue, a concrete example of the issue, the difficulties inherent to overcoming the issue, behavioral profiling of individuals or teams most susceptible to the issue, and how to maintain positive momentum once it has been achieved.

Home Organization 101

Mon Mar 11, 2013

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Room 125 CSC

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.


Wed Mar 13, 2013

9:30-11:00 AM

Room 2266 Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus


Thu Mar 14, 2013

9:30-11:00 AM

Room 303C Richard M. Devos Center, GR Pew Campus

Research has proven how vital happiness is to the wellbeing of each person. Happy people live longer, are healthier and have better relationships. In fact, happiness leads to more success in every area of a person’s life. Learn how you can become happy from the inside out by developing happiness habits. These habits will help you to become a happier person whose happiness does not depend on external circumstances.

A Writer’s Tool Kit for Career-Minded Professionals (GVSU)

Wed Mar 13, 2013

12-1:30 PM

Room 1142 Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

Writing is a key skill for any successful career and communication that is clear and concise. This workshop offers grammar, style, structure and editing tips for developing emails, letters, memos and other written correspondence. In this 90-minute workshop, learn essential skills, including: A guide to the 10 most common mistakes we make in punctuation and grammar; The 5 Cs of Clear Communication; Plain English (removing jargon from your communications); Writing to inform; Writing to persuade; Write emails, memos, letters and presentations that yield great results. This workshop will be presented by Angela Klinske, editor, public relations and communications consultant.

Adapting to Change

Thu Mar 14, 2013

9-10:30 AM

Room 304 Sneden

The modern classic parable, ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ provides the foundation for dealing with change with a positive perspective. Tactics for anticipating, adapting, and enjoying change are discussed. Additionally, tactics for dealing with stress associated with change are presented. Participants also explore how to apply these ideas to changes occurring at GRCC. This workshop will be presented by Kathy Pyatt.

What Daddies Do Best (GVSU)

Thu Mar 14, 2013

12-1:00 PM

Room 2264 Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

Take a moment to meet with other GVSU and GRCC dads to talk about fatherhood and the challenges that parents face. Join us for a lively, engaging discussion and lunch twice a semester, to hear how other fathers are coping with parenthood; their greatest fears, and their greatest joys ~ their children! This group is for fathers with children of all ages.

Safety & Security on Campus

Thu Mar 14, 2013

10-11:30 AM

Room 209 Sneden

Appropriate reactions to campus emergencies are presented, including a wide range of emergency scenarios. Practical tools for reacting in the case of emergencies are shared by Officer Tony Myers and Sara Dorer.

Power of Play

Fri Mar 15, 2013

10-11:30 AM

Room 109 Cook

Play is not only important to the developing minds of children, but in preparing our workforce of tomorrow, building innovation today, and improving our collective quality of life in this community. Learning Objectives: Participants will learn about the role of play, the science behind it, and how it can impact and improve our daily performance in and out of the office. This workshop will be facilitated by Adrienne Brown, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum.

Brown Bag Lunch-Seniors & Driving

Tue Mar 19, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Room 120 ATC

Part of the ‘Successful Aging’ video series presented by Mike Faber of 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.

Leadership through Developing, Empowering and Delegating (GVSU) -TWO SESSIONS AVAILABLE

Wed Mar 20, 2013

8:30-11:30 AM

Room 2250, Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus


Wed Mar 20, 2013

1-4:00 PM

Room 123 Cook-Devos Center for Health Sciences, GR Pew Campus

This eye-opening, must-see program for all educational leaders is based on the 2012 book titled “Things LEADERS Say”, from award-winning author Andy Masters. Most of us are aware of the positives from delegating-we’ve heard them before. Further, the results of not delegating include burnout, stress and getting overwhelmed with tasks which distract us from our priorities. Yet, why is delegation one of the most underutilized skills in organizations today? Join Andy as he shares powerful tools to develop and empower your staff, so you can focus maximum time and effort on your most important responsibilities–while instilling confidence and pride throughout your organization. Andy also shares the direct “ROI” from creating a culture of developing and delegating, and how most organizations lose big dollars annually from an ineffective use of its human resources. Two sessions will be presented by Andy Masters, Author and International Speaker.

Institute for Healing Racism (2 day commitment)

Day 1: Thu Mar 21, 2013

8:45 AM – 5:00 PM

Day 2: Fri Mar 22, 2013

9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Room 118 ATC

The Institute for Healing Racism is a powerful and thought provoking venue that brings together diverse groups of people to explore and address issues of race and racism. Participants have the opportunity to examine how the dis-ease of racism affects all people and develop skills to detect institutional racism in our daily environments (i.e. home, workplace, community, organization and business). This workshop will be presented by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens of the Diversity Learning Center.

Alzheimer Support Group (GVSU)

Thu Mar 21, 2013

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Room 2264, Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

Whether you are caring for an aging loved one who can no longer live without your help or for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, GVSU recognizes the challenges that you are facing. Get the support that you need by attending the GVSU Caregiver and Alzheimer’s Support Group. The group is facilitated by Cindy Beel-Bates, associate professor of nursing, and Sue Sloop, Work Life Connections consultant.

Work/Office Organizing 101

Fri Mar 22, 2013

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Room 125 CSC

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.

Simple & Delicious Plant Based Meals

Fri Mar 22, 2013

10-11:30 AM

Room 130 ATC

Facilitator Jen Pohlman demonstrates and teaches how to assemble simple and delicious plant based meals with no cooking required.

Customer Service

Tue Mar 26, 2013

8:30-10:30 AM

Room 103 Sneden

While many organizations promise to deliver an incredible customer service experience, some are better at delivering than others. This course is designed around six critical elements of customer service that, when organizations live them, bring customers back to experience service that outdoes the competition and will be presented by facilitators from Davenport University.

Blackboard Basics for Staff

Tue Mar 26, 2013

9-10:00 AM

Room 351 Main

Blackboard is a web-based course management system that can be used in a variety of ways. Staff can use the simple “point and click” tools to create an online organization web site that includes content delivery, discussion boards, shared file access, and private communication. This Blackboard Basics is a quick overview for staff on the multiple uses of Blackboard in teaching, learning, and community building. This is a quick start session designed to get you on board with Blackboard f-a-s-t! This workshop will be facilitated by Fred Bauman from IT.

Team Leadership

Wed Mar 27, 2013

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Room 204 Sneden

Team roles, processes, and effectiveness are explored. Best practices for team leadership are presented. Diagnostic tools for teamwork and team effectiveness are completed. This workshop will be facilitated by Zoe Carmichael.

Boundaries in the Workplace

Wed Mar 27, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Room 122 LRC

This learning session is built on participant discussion detailing and defining the role of supervisors of student employees. Supervisors may play many roles some of those roles may lead to conflict or complications. Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this session, learners will: understand the importance of boundary setting in the work place; recognize a new awareness of unintentional consequences to blurred boundaries; have an opportunity to discover how other supervisors handle awkward or upsetting situations/relationships with student employees; begin to develop strategies and create tools to address the value of clear protected boundaries. This workshop will be facilitated by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens of the Diversity Learning Center.

Disability 101

Thu Mar 28, 2013

1:30-3:30 PM

Room 204 Sneden

This session will emphasize the function of the GRCC Disability Support Services Office, ADA law, civil rights issues, common types of disabilities seen in a college setting, available accommodations, determination of appropriate accommodations, faculty and staff responsibilities, consultation opportunities, and considerations for faculty/staff while assisting students. This workshop will be presented by Sarah Rose and Karen Murphy.

Happiness Club (GVSU)

Fri Mar 29, 2013

12-1:00 PM

Room 2215/16 Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

Join others who are interested in making changes to their thoughts and attitude to become a happier person. The Happiness Club will provide an opportunity to meet and network with others who are committed to improving the quality of their life by injecting happiness into everyday living.



GRCC In the News, 3-4-13

Louis Farrakhan visits Grand Rapids

March 3, 2013; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – He’s been called an anti-semite and racist, but supporters of Minister Louis Farrakhan say he’s anything but.

The Nation of Islam leader visited Grand Rapids Saturday to share his principals for African American success: vision, fatherhood, education and self-esteem.
Grand Rapids Community College’s Black Student Union organized his visit. Despite considerable opposition, Farrakhan delivered a similar address last year in which he called for an end to inner-city violence.

More than 40 properties, including popular taco shop, eyed for demolition in Grand Rapids

March 3, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — More than 40 buildings in Grand Rapids, including a popular neighborhood taco spot and a historic but vacant South Division movie theater, are being eyed for demolition this year using state blight elimination funding harnessed by a pair of local nonprofits.

… The taco shop owners were not immediately available for comment. The place gained some notoriety after it was featured in a Grand Rapids Community College-produced television episode with Secchia Institute chef instructor Angus Campbell.

Local briefs: FSU’s Waldrop fires no-hitter in title game

March 4, 2013;

Florida State sophomore Lacey Waldrop recorded her second career no-hitter Sunday in an 8-0 victory over Troy in the championship game of the Renegade Classic at JoAnne Graf Field.

… Making his first collegiate start, freshman Nick Baker scattered five hits over 72/3 innings to lead Tallahassee Community College’s baseball team to a 9-1 win over visiting Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College on Sunday afternoon.

Top Videos in NBC Learn in Blackboard


NBC video content in Blackboard continues to be a popular way to increase relevancy and motivation for students!  The busiest day last month was February 24th with over 125 visits with a monthly total of over 1,110 viewers.  There was 2,870 video minutes watched during the month of February.

The top 3 videos for the month of February were:

  1. A-Pork-Alypse! Experts Predict a Paucity of Pig
  2. Details Emerge on Drone Strikes Targeting U.S. Citizens
  3. More Americans Pack on Pounds

Interested in learning how to easily integrate NBC video content into your Blackboard course?  Check out this video tutorial.

Also for additional assistance please feel free to contact us in the Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies Department ( | 125 Main | 234-3205).

GRCC hosts West Michigan Construction Summit

You are invited to attend the first West Michigan Construction Summit!

Join us from 2-5 p.m. March 7, 2013, in room 108 of Sneden Hall to meet with construction and facilities managers and corporate buyers who are looking for suppliers in the skilled trades, including but not limited to masonry, millwrights, HVAC, plumbing, roofing, asphalt, concrete, electrical, drywall, landscaping, flooring, carpentry, glass and glazing, frames, doors, hardware, fire suppression, earthwork, general trades and general contracting.

Managers and buyers participating represent the city of Grand Rapids, CSM Group, Fifth Third Bank, Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Co., and Spartan Stores. Together, these entities have upcoming opportunities across Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

Attendance is limited to register today by clicking here.

Parking will be in the DeVos Campus/Sneden Hall student parking lot off Fountain Street (across from Central High School). Parking passes will be provided.