GRCC In the News, 3-13-13

Job Fair at GRCC with 900 Open Positions

March 13, 2013; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — If you’re looking for a new job, Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a job fair today.

GRCC men’s basketball team heading to national tournament for second year in a row

March 12, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — There wasn’t a men’s basketball team hotter than Grand Rapids Community College entering the NJCAA District 9 tournament.
And no one was able to cool off the Raiders.

Campus Activities organizes, Comedy Night, poetry slam, movie night

Upcoming events organized by GRCC Campus Activities:


Comedy Night at GRCC, sponsored by GRCC Campus Activities and GRCC Disability Support Services

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Featuring Comedians Chris Cope and Samuel Comroe

Free for GRCC Students, Staff and Faculty, or $3 at the door.

Doors open at 6:30 PM, Show Starts at 7 PM

GRCC RaiderGrille

Venue is limited to the first 250 guests

Hot FM will be on campus promoting the event from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm inside the RaiderGrille.


Poetry Slam at GRCC, Sponsored by GRCC Campus Activities

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Featuring the Asia Project

Free for GRCC students, staff and faculty

GRCC Multi-Purpose Room

11 AM -1 PM Open Mic for all students, staff, and faculty

1 PM-2 PM The Asia Project



“Pitch Perfect” movie, sponsored by GRCC Campus Activities

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Free for GRCC students, staff and faculty

Show times: 9 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM, 6 PM

ATC Auditorium, Room 168

Free Popcorn!



Raider Salute to Jody Graves

Jody Graves, of IT, coordinated a site visit by Blackboard Inc. to assist GRCC in the implementation and deployment of Blackboard Analytics for Learn.  Over the past several days, many staff have been able to discover the potential of data and analytics through training and the ability to view many of the reports that are available within the system.

This solution will be a key solution in the college’s student success initiatives and the Completion Agenda.

Jody and the IT Team have been responsive to the needs of students, colleagues, and community and innovative in seeking creative solutions to problems through experimentation and adaptation.

The Blackboard Analytics for Learn product will enable faculty, staff, and students to leverage the use of data in Blackboard to improve teaching and learning.

‘Showering’ good thoughts on a retired faculty member

Retired Social Sciences faculty member Carolyn Grin is beginning a new cancer treatment, one with increased risks of severe side effects. Her new regimen coincides with her upcoming birthday.

Please bring her some cheer by sending an encouraging birthday card this week or next! Mail to: Carolyn Grin, 2840 Bonnell Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506.

You don’t need to have known her or worked with her to send a card. It’s enough that you’re from GRCC.

SICE brings home medals from World Culinary Grand Prix

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A huge international thank you to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education’s student team and the instructors and staff for all the hours of coaching, hard work and dedication in preparation for the 2013 World Culinary Grand Prix.

Our seven-student team came home with 14 medals. No gold medals were awarded to any international teams in this difficult World Association of Chefs Societies-sanctioned event, which was held in Glasgow, Scotland.

Team members were: Abby Krampe, Chris Montgomery, Ramon Silguero, Elizabeth Stammen and Kirsten Weber, with Karri Cagney and Desirae Visser as individual competitors. They were coached and encouraged by staff members Sasha Ahmed, Audrey Heckwolf and Angus Campbell.

SICE’s medal roster:

  • Gressingham Duck Competition (Karri) – bronze.
  • Gressingham Duck Competition (Desirae) – bronze.
  • Meat Dish Competition (Karri) – bronze.
  • Shellfish Dish Competition (Desirae) – silver.
  • Grand Prix Cold  – 5 team bronze.
  • Grand Prix Hot Restaurant of Nations – 5 team bronze.


IIPD Grant Applications Due March 15, 2013

The deadline for submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) program is 4:30 p.m., March 15, 2013.  The IIPD Application Packet and Guidelines are available in the Professional Development section of the Grants Department website at Please note: All applications should be delivered to the current location of the Grants and Resource Development Department at Room 137, Calkins Science Center.  If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director of Grants and Resource Development at 234-3910 or at



Reception will welcome GRCC Foundation’s new executive director

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!

Susan Cain to speak as part of Diversity Lecture Series

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