Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award to be Presented at the TLT Showcase

awardAttention faculty, be sure to save-the-date and plan to attend the 7th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase to see… WHO will be the recipient of the “Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award”!  The short AWARD ceremony will begin promptly at 1 pm.

The TLT Showcase will take place NEXT week in 108 Sneden Hall on Wednesday, March 20th from 1:00 pm –4:00 pm.  There is no registration required and the event is free.  Simply drop by anytime to participate!

This is a unique event for sharing, learning, experiencing, and connecting with your colleagues around the topic of teaching, learning, and technology.   Be there to see which faculty member was nominated by their peers and is using technology in an outstanding way to reach students and to improve their teaching.

For more information, visit www.grcc.edu/showcase.

GRCC In the News, 3-12-13

Fan thinks Kathie Lee’s name is ‘Katie’

March 8, 2013; “Today” show

TODAY’s Sara Haines rounded up a few fans who had pressing questions for Kathie Lee and Hoda, but one fan mistakes KLG for Katie when asking about their must-have beauty products.

(“Lexi from Michigan” is GRCC student Lexi Bettig. She went with GRCC Christian Fellowship over spring break to help restore the Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy.)

Jobs from Clean Energy an Economic Bright Spot in 2012

March 12, 2013; switchboard.nrdc.org (Natural Resources Defense Council staff blog)

Don Lepard, a Chattanooga business executive, recently won a contract from his hometown to install 27,000 wireless, energy-efficient LED streetlights in the city. Lepard moved fast. In the space of a few months, his company, Global Green Lighting (GGL), acquired a vacant 180,000 square foot manufacturing facility in nearby Hixon, Tennessee, brought back production lines from its operations in China, hired 25 people and started making bulbs. By the end of 2013, the company plans to hire a total of 250 workers in skilled manufacturing, engineering, and marketing positions, and ramp up production at the Tennessee plant to as many as 20,000 LED bulbs each month.

… These green jobs provide more than just livelihoods. They’re giving us the tools to cut carbon pollution and provide clean air and clean water while revitalizing communities, helping cities save money, and improving quality of life for local residents. Just take one example. In Holland, Michigan, the local economy got a multimillion-dollar boost when a yacht manufacturer successfully branched out into producing wind turbine blades. In addition to hiring 100 new workers, the company is sourcing services from a number of Michigan businesses, has made several million dollars in investments and purchases in the local community, and has joined forces with Grand Rapids Community College to train new technicians for future hires. The company expects to create 1,000 jobs by 2016.

Finance Wales backs Safety Technology

March 12, 2013; unquote.com

Finance Wales has provided Monmouthshire-based safety specialist Safety Technology with a six-figure loan.

… It has since established a joint venture with a Spanish operation and maintenance company and a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College in the US. The company now delivers safety training and equipment to businesses such as Vestas, Gamesa, Dong Energy, RWE N Power, Alstom and Suzlon.

Teacher education students learn about parental involvement

Barbara Reynolds of the Grand Rapids Child and Family Resource Council spoke to teacher education students on February 20 about the importance of parental involvement. Stressing the need to be engaged with their students, she emphasized that even as late as middle school, parents could play an active role without being overly intrusive.

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Wellness Department launches Healthy Living class

Healthy Living, a new class offered by GRCC’s Wellness Department, is designed to teach students the concepts of how to stay healthy and prevent disease.

Students will learn about different health issues like blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, stress, sleep problems, substance abuse and misuse, principles of physical fitness, dimensions of wellness, weight management, nutrition, and cancer. Healthy Living is designed to motivate students to take their health seriously. This course will use Blackboard extensively.

For more information, click here.


Salute to Women reception set for March 26, 2013

Misty McClure-Anderson, Myrna Granderson, Joan Berends and Carly Misech will be honored at the 15th annual Salute to Women reception, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 26, 2013, in the ATC Banquet Rooms. Please see flier for complete details.


ACT/SAT writing workshops scheduled for spring 2013

GRCC’s ACT/SAT writing workshop is designed to help students understand the expectations for taking the essay portions of the ACT and SAT exams. The workshop highlights eight characteristics that graders of the exams are looking for and teaches students strategies for meeting the expectations.

The goal of the workshop is to help students understand the testing expectations and situation in order to give them the confidence to meet this challenge. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to use the skills of the workshop as they practice independently.

Students will:

  • analyze sample essays.
  • learn to use the prompts to formulate their answers.
  • practice writing thesis statements and introductions.
  • learn about how to incorporate support in essays.
  • write a practice essay.
  • receive a critique of their writing with recommendations.

Workshops will be held:

  • 9 a.m. to noon March 23, 2013.
  • 1-4 p.m. March 23.
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m. April 8.
  • 9 a.m. to noon May 11.

Each costs $42. You have to be 14 or older to attend the workshops. To register, click here.

Reception to welcome Don MacKenzie

Join us in welcoming Don MacKenzie, the new Associate Vice President for College Advancement/Executive Director of the GRCC Foundation, this Wednesday March 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Wisner-Bottrall ATC rooms 118 & 120.  The afternoon will feature coffee and punch, with desserts by world-renowned dessert and pastry chef Gilles Renusson.

We hope to see you there!

Diversity Lecture Series features Susan Cain

Susan Cain

Susan Cain

Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Susan Cain is a former corporate lawyer and negotiations consultant—and a self-described introvert. Her book has sparked a genuine national conversation about introverts. Although our culture undervalues them dramatically, introverts have made some of the great contributions to society—from Chopin’s nocturnes to the invention of the personal computer to Gandhi’s transformative leadership. Based on intensive research in psychology and neurobiology, Cain argues that we design our schools, workplaces, and religious institutions for extroverts, and that this bias creates a waste of talent, energy, and happiness.

  • For more information, please call (616) 234-3390.
  • The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m. March 13 at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
  • Free and open to all.
  • On-campus parking $3.00 (with discount pass).
  • ASL Interpreted.
  • Book signing follows authors’ lectures