Yoga Certification program draws 40 people

The Level 1 Weekend Yoga Certification was a success! The training was hosted here at GRCC this past weekend, March 23 & 24, and was SOLD OUT! GRCC Staff and students counted for some of those 40 who came out to get certified. The rest of the group consisted of community members and other yoga enthusiasts from near and far. The weekend was spent training for 20 hours, and ended with 40 people educated and ready to take the next step on their yoga journey. The Wellness Department was able to send three current GRCC students, and one GRCC intern to the training on scholarship! Everyone is now ready to let the information sink in and get out and begin teaching in the community.

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GRCC In the News, 3-25-13

Dream of 1992 ‘finally happening’ in Grand Rapids, says San Chez owner at 20-year mark

March 24, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Twenty years ago, the Heartside neighborhood was a collection of homeless shelters, tenement housing and abandoned buildings that few would have called an ideal spot for an upscale bistro serving tapas.

… And the restaurant on the ground floor, a gamble between a pair of former Steelcase chefs, enjoys the status of a culinary pioneer in a city that’s made great strides recently toward cementing a reputation as a tourism and culinary destination.

“What I wanted to happen in 1992 is finally happening in Grand Rapids,” said Dan Gendler, owner of San Chez Tapas Bistro and program director at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, his alma mater.

Program shows more than pearly whites; Students assist real patients with dental needs

March 22, 2013; Dentistry IQ

IONIA – Twenty-one female students are learning many aspects of the dental career field first-hand, thanks to Heartlands Institute of Technology.

… Dental occupations is a two-year program that fulfills a high school math credit, certifies the students in CPR, can provide college credit at Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University and Ferris State University and allows second year students to serve an internship at a local dentist office.

Grandville Schools contract bypasses right to work, reduces annual pay increases

March 23, 2013; MLive

GRANDVILLE, MI — The Grandville Public Schools Board of Education on Thursday approved a two-year contract with its teachers union, an agreement that gradually reduces salaries and comes days before the implementation of new right-to-work laws.

… Grand Rapids Community College reached a new contract earlier with its 849-member faculty association. Grand Rapids Public Schools has reached a tentative agreement with its teachers union, but the school board has not yet approved it. column: Watching the small college teams in postseason tournaments

March 25, 2013; Detroit Free Press

With the season over for all of the state’s non-Division I teams, instead of doing traditional power rankings, we’ll just take a look at how the teams from Michigan that happened to advance to national tournaments fared. The state’s NAIA teams were all already eliminated when the last edition of these power rankings ran, so this week well look at how the JUCO, Division II and Division III teams playing in the postseason finished their seasons.

… Grand Rapids Community College: Grand Rapids earned its second straight berth in the national tournament, but was unable to pick up a win. GRCC lost to Moraine Valley, the eventual runner-up for the national title, in its first game and also lost its first game in the consolation bracket.

Condolences to Fred van Hartesveldt

Fred van Hartesveldt’s mother, Marjorie, passed away on Wednesday, March 20. Her obituary can be viewed at, and contributions in her memory can be made to the American Kidney Foundation. A time for relatives and friends to visit with Marjorie’s family will be held from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Cook Funeral Home in Grandville, 4235 Prairie St. SW (west building). Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Cook Memorial Chapel (east building). Interment will be at Rosedale Memorial Park.

This Week in the Center for Teaching Excellence

Below is a list of professional development opportunities offered through the Center for Teaching Excellence this week. We hope you will join us for some or all of these sessions, if your schedule allows! We also now have an events calendar on our website at Check it out for an easy-to-navigate overview of our events. You can register for all events at

Disability Etiquette: Tuesday, March 26 from 4:00 – 5:00 in 107 Cook.

This session will cover some basic recommendations for interacting with students (and others) who have disabilities. By the end of the session, participants will, 1) Learn appropriate language to use when communicating with people with disabilities and about disability, 2) Learn to be proactive to give your students the tools they need to succeed, and 3) Learn and dispel common myths about disability and people with disabilities. Facilitated by Jocelyn Dettloff and Trina Edmonson from Disability Advocates of Kent County.

Academic Freedom: A Personal and Professional Journey: Wednesday, March 27 from 3:00 – 4:00 in 109 Cook.

As budgets become tighter, tuition increases, and institutions are being more scrutinized, how does the notion of academic freedom become imperiled? How do we define academic freedom, and how is the phrase often misused? Learn the background of one faculty member’s journey through the minefield of academic freedom, and how it affected him professionally and personally. What are we doing in our classrooms that may come under fire from students, parents, board members, or the community? Are we teaching what we are supposed to be teaching? Who decides this? The session will focus briefly on the personal experience of one instructor, but will also discuss various professional and institutional definitions of academic freedom, the differences between free speech and academic freedom, and examples of “wins and losses” for academic freedom. Lastly, the session will focus on the potential threats to academic freedom. Facilitated by Jim Hayes from the English Department.

Word Indents, Tabs, and Styles, Oh My!: Friday, March 29 from 10:00 – 11:00 in 351 Main.

This session explores how to use indents, tabs, and styles effectively to create cool and efficient Word documents that meet the needs of diverse learners. Learners are encouraged to bring a document, such as a syllabus, they would like to improve in both look and efficiency. By the end of the session, participants should be able to: 1) Determine when to use an indent instead of a tab, 2) Set custom tabs including different alignments and leader tabs, 3) Identify Microsoft Word styles, 4) Create, modify, and apply a style. Facilitated by Bethann Talsma from the Business Department.

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.

Thanks, and we hope to see you in the CTE!

Social work course focuses on dementia

Social workers can earn continuing education hours with these new courses:

  • Assessments of Clients with Dementia — One in eight Americans has dementia today, and that number is expected to grow as our population ages. This disease is incurable and lasts for years. The costs of care are astronomical, considering not only an estimated $200 billion in payments for care, mostly to nursing homes in 2012 alone, but also for the 15 million unpaid family caregivers who put their own physical and emotional health at serious risk. Come learn more about the current problem, the latest trends in emphasizing research and how we can all prepare for and participate in early detection efforts. Beth Swagman leads the class, which runs 6-8 p.m. April 9, 2013, and costs $35. To register, click here.
  • Engaging the Resistant Person — In our social work practice, we frequently work with people who don’t seem to actually change. In the past we have labeled these persons as “unmotivated” and “resistant” clients, but are they really? Perhaps they just have good boundaries. This seminar looks at the process of engagement and creating a therapeutic alliance with another person as the core of the change process. Dennis Potter leads the course, which runs 6-8 p.m. April 18. It costs $35. To register, click here.

Disability Etiquette Session Tuesday, March 26 at 4:00

Please join the Center for Teaching Excellence and Staff Development Tuesday, March 26 from 4:00 – 5:00 in 107 Cook for a session on Disability Etiquette. The session will cover some basic recommendations for interacting with students (and others) who have disabilities. Facilitators Jocelyn Dettloff and Trina Edmonson from Disability Advocates of Kent County will help participants learn appropriate language to use when communicating with people with disabilities and about disability, learn to be proactive to give your students the tools they need to succeed, and dispel common myths about disability and people with disabilities.

You can register for the session at If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at 234-2278 or

We hope to see you there!


Construction-focused first aid course scheduled for May 2013

Prepare for and prevent medical emergencies in the construction trades industry with the First Aid/CPR Initial Certification course. This course covers primary assessment, heart problems, fractures, wounds and bandaging, stroke and shock management, eye injury, dislocation and splinting, obstructed airways, exposure to cold, control of bleeding, electrical injuries, back, head and neck injuries, epileptic seizures, and one-rescuer CPR. Sessions are scheduled for 6-10 p.m. May 8 and 15, 2013, at the Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC. The cost is $60. To register, click here.

After completion, you will be certified in First Aid/CPR and will receive an official card. Initial certification expires two years after completion. To maintain certification, you must then take a recertification class. The next sessions are set for 6-10 p.m. April 18, May 23 and June 25 at Tassell M-TEC for $50. To register, click here.

Salute to Women to honor Misty McClure-Anderson, Myrna Granderson, Joan Berends, Carly Misech

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.

‘Ready, Set, Graduate!’ effort needs your help

Remember to join us on Tuesday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 27 by wearing a shirt/sweatshirt from any 4-year institution (and jeans if you’d like) to encourage discussion with our students about getting their degree from us and then transferring on! Discuss their plans and help them see the value in completion and transfer!

We have “Ready, Set, Graduate!” buttons for you to wear on those days as well, which you can pick up in Student Life at any time!