GRCC In the News, 3-27-13

White Jesus marketed as ‘unoffending’ Christ to suburban America, Grand Rapids keynote speaker says

March 27, 2013; MLive

Edward Blum, a historian at San Diego State University, and Andrew Smith, an assistant professor of New Testament at Cornerstone University, took part in an MLive chat Tuesday, March 26.

(Excerpts from live chat follow.)

Blum is scheduled to give the conference’s keynote address 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in room 108 of GRCC’s DeVos Campus, 433 E. Fulton St.

Wellness Department students work with Campus Elementary

Wellness Department Principles of Physical Education Class connecting with Campus Elementary Students and helping them become better readers and students. The PE 184 class worked with the students each Thursday through the whole semester tutoring, working on reading and writing and helping at recess, teaching students how to play organized games. Thank you to Campus Elementary, Nancy Carter at Campus Elementary, and the Principles of PE class for making a difference and connecting to change students lives here at GRCC and at Campus Elementary.

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Congratulations to GRCC’s Newly Certified Online Faculty

Congratulations to the following faculty for successfully completing the Online and Hybrid Certification Course at GRCC!

This is an outstanding achievement and is an important part of supporting the growth of distance learning at GRCC.  In fact, enrollment in online courses is up +12% since last summer!  Completion of this 6 week course enables each of these faculty members to join more than 360 of their colleagues that are certified to deliver online and hybrid courses.  Online learning provides our students with more options than ever to achieve their educational goals.

The Department of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies would like to recognize the following faculty in their recent Online & Hybrid Certification!

  • Brian Chesla, Business Department.
  • Dareather Greer, Business Department.
  • Stacey Holt, Dental Department.
  • Mary Kearney, Business Department.
  • Sherry Knoppers, Nursing Program.
  • Andrew McLean, English Department.
  • Jeremy Osborn, Center for Teaching Excellence.
  • Mary Schafer, English Department.
  • Lynnae Selberg, Counseling and Career Center.
  • Jennifer Shinabarger, English Department.
  • Tanya Tillman, Business Department.
  • Ming Wang, Physical Science.

Not yet certified to teach online at GRCC?  Join your colleagues and sign up for the next Online Hybrid Certification course which will be offered this summer! For more information and registration, visit

7th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase a Success!

On Wednesday, March 20 GRCC held it’s 7th Annual Teaching, Learning, and Technology Showcase.

The event was kicked off by a presentation of GRCC’s “Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award”.  The winner of this year’s award was Andrew Vanden Heuvel, an adjunct in the Physical Science Department.  Congratulations to Anthony!

Over 50 faculty, administrators, and staff attended this event along with 13 sessions presented. Thank you to the follow presenters for taking the time to present to your colleagues:

  • Improving Accessibility in Blackboard, Garry Brand.
  • Using Camtasia Videos to Improve Student Success, Lisa Gloege.
  • Video Analysis Labs for the New Online Physics 115, Andrew Vanden Heuvel.
  • Wimba Voice for Quick and Easy Input, Grace Schwanda.
  • The Making of a Better Blackboard, Eric Kunnen.
  •  i>Clicker in the Classroom, Dan Anderson.
  • Webquests for Critical Thinking, Melanie Forbes.
  • SubjectGuides: Online Library Research Guides, Lori DeBie.
  • Using Peer Assessment to Create a Learning Community, Szymon Machajewski.
  • Using a Tablet Computer in Teaching Mathematics, Nancy Forrest.
  • Bring Your Class to Life with NBC Learn, Meegan Willi.
  • Taking Your Lectures to Your Online Classroom, Gary Ebels.
  • ePortfolios: Linking Course Learning and Employability Skills, Mursalata Muhammad.

Thank you also to the DLIT staff, food services, facilities, IT, and Media Technologies for helping to support this campus wide event.

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Volunteers sought for ‘Literacy Moments’ video

Who:   You (GRCC students, employees, friends)

What: 2013 Literacy Moments Video

When: 1 – 3PM Friday, March 29 – JUST SHOW UP

No appointment is needed

Where: GRCC’s Media Technology department. If you face GRCC’s Library, look to your left for the entrance

Why: Support Grand Rapids Public Library’s One Book, One City for Kids literacy program’s partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools and GRCC’s Alpha Beta Omega World Leaders Society.

How: Share a moment in life that helped you realize the value of reading or writing. For example, why did you take delight in reading the Bazooka bubble gum comic strip OR work extra hard on writing the birthday thank-you note to your Nana when you were nine? The wonderfully polished video will be available for years to come on YouTube for use by GRPL, GRPS teachers, and the public!

Your moment should be appropriate for children in K – 8th grade: See the first student version video at

NOTE: If you are coming from off campus and need a parking pass – let us know!

Questions? Contact: Professor Muhammad, 616.234.4950

About Alpha Beta Omega, Civic Engagement & Website:

  • Alpha Beta Omega (ΑBΩ) is a unique and rewarding leadership development program for incoming freshmen. The purpose of ΑBΩ is to provide its members with a positive social network of students who have goals of becoming responsible community leaders.
  • Provide GRCC students and employees a chance to help ΑBΩ complete a civic engagement service-learning project that supports an essential community need: LITERACY

Raider Salute to the Wellness Department

Thank you to the Wellness Department instructors who helped develop the new courses that will be offered in Fall 2013: Jodi Gee, Melanie Schiele Gady, Beth Damon and Jocelyn Bunce.

Five new classes will be offered:

  • Healthy Living: On Campus and Online.
  • Mat Pilates.
  • Zumba.
  • Spinning.
  • Urban Eko Trek.

Thank you to Jodi Gee for connecting and organizing with the YogaFit Organization to bring the YogaFit certification course to the GRCC campus this past weekend. At the event, 40 participants from GRCC and the community received their Level 1 YogaFit Certification. They will all be able to teach Yoga in our community. Congratulations, it was a long 20-plus-hour weekend.