You are invited to a Dot Voting Fair!

The purpose of this Fair is to review the recommendations for improvement from the Michigan Quality Leadership feedback team and help us prioritize the list.

The sessions are scheduled for two hours but it will only take you about 30 minutes to participate. And because its during the lunch hour, we are providing lunch and a candy buffet!

To make it as convenient at possible, we are scheduling two sessions:

  • Monday, April 29 from 11:30 to 1:30pm in the Sneden Multipurpose Room.
  • Tuesday, April 30 from 11:30 to 1:30pm in the Student Center Multipurpose Room.

YOU ONLY NEED TO ATTEND ONE SESSION! They are exactly the same.

It is important that you RSVP by either responding to this email or calling Lakenya at 4040. Please remember to indicate which day or location you are attending.

GRCC In the News, 4-11-13

Montague’s Cody Kater in running for starting quarterback job at Central Michigan University

April 10, 2013; MLive

MONTAGUE, MI — It’s been a roundabout journey, but former Montague standout Cody Kater feels like he has found a home on the Central Michigan University football team.

Kater, who originally committed to CMU in 2009 after leading Montague High School to back-to-back state titles, changed his mind and had stops at Cincinnati and Grand Rapids Community College before landing at CMU.

Diversity Learning Center co-hosts play ‘Grains of Hope’

The GRCC Woodrick Diversity Learning Center along with the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and the PRFC are hosting the play:

“Grains of Hope”
Overview: In this ethnography by Stephanie L. Sandberg and the students of CAS 395, the various refugee communities of Grand Rapids are explored through the stories of those who live there.
Friday, April 12, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Calvin College

Grains of Hope: Refugee Experiences in West Michigan
Friday, April 12, 2013 7:30 p.m. at the Calvin College Laboratory Theatre
Call 616-466-6187 for tickets (no cost).  Discussion will follow.
A new ethnographic play by Stephanie Sandberg and Calvin College Students.
More free performances are available.  Go to

Center for Teaching Excellence events for April 15-19, 2013

As the semester winds down, the Center for Teaching Excellence has a full slate of learning opportunities next week spanning a wide range of topics.  All of these opportunities are listed on our events calendar ( and are open for registration at  Sign up for one or sign up for all.  Amid the end of semester stress, take an hour out of your day to come talk about teaching with your peers!

NEXT WEEK (4/15 – 4/19):

Introduction to Avatar: Monday, April 15 from 3:15 – 4:15 in 207 Sneden.

This session is an introduction to the Avatar materials.
“Avatar is the most powerful, purest self-development program available. It is a series of experiential exercises that enables you to rediscover your self and align your consciousness with what you want to achieve. You will experience your own unique insights and revelations. It’s you finding out about you.”    From “What is Avatar?”.  Star’s Edge International, Facilitated by Music Department faculty member, Brian Morris.

Showing Them How: Writing With Your Students: Tuesday, April 16 from 4:00 – 5:00 in 107 Cook.
If we agree that writing is a mode of thinking, then being transparent with students about your writing process can be integral in how effectively they transition to an academic mindset.  Regardless of your discipline, students need to practice effective communication skills, whether for academic papers, discussion board posts, or email correspondence.  Our digital age places more and more value on abbreviated, informal writing that is quite contrary to writing that college courses – and the workplace – require.  This interactive session will discuss how writing with your students can break down the mystery of “good” writing for them.  Faculty participants will identify three points in the semester when they can write with students, develop a protocol for sharing their writing with students at various points in the drafting process, and discuss the implementation of a collaborative writing assignment.  Facilitated by Katie Kalisz from the English Department.

Universal Design Discussion Group: Wednesday, April 17 from 3:00 – 4:00 in 347 Main

In this final discussion of the semester, we will be looking at a Faculty Workbook that offers tips and assessments you can use to check your courses against Universal Design principles.  More information can be found at

Got Stress? Surviving the Semester: Thursday, April 18 from 3:30 – 4:30 in 107 Cook.
Got stress? Too busy to even think about it? Take one hour for yourself to examine how you manage stress, and you’ll come away with at least one technique to improve your end-of-semester experience. Facilitated by Ann Alexander from the Business Department.

Using i<Clicker in the Classroom: Friday, April 19 from 9:00 – 10:00 in 351 Main.
i>clicker is GRCC’s campus standard for student response systems. This hands-on session will introduce you to i<clicker and will show you how they can be used effectively in the classroom to enhance your teaching. Facilitated by Lisa Gloege from the Social Sciences 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!

Class in Healthy Aging begins April 13, 2013

The Certificate in Aging is a noncredit continuing education program designed for health-care professionals and others working with older adults, who are interested in learning how to be more effective in working with this population.

This certificate program consists of eight-hour classroom-based courses held on Saturdays through April 27, 2013:

  • Healthy Aging and Chronic Disease Management runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 13.
  • Death, Dying, and Bereavement runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on April 27.

Contact hours will be granted for participation in each of the courses in this program.

To learn more, click here.

GRCC offers online courses for teachers

Grand Rapids Community College offers Michigan teachers and educational professionals the opportunity to earn state continuing education clock hours online
through a partnership with Cengage Learning’s Ed2Go.

Sharpen your skills, or learn new ones any time of the day or night. You can complete any course entirely from your home or office. Earn state continuing education clock hours online with our instructor-facilitated online courses specifically designed for teachers!  Choose from more than 45 courses already approved by the state!

To register, click here.

GRCC policy highlights

Acceptable Use of Technology Policy Highlights

  • “This policy is not intended to abridge academic freedom or the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech or freedom of expression.”
  • New revision date and change in revision cycle from two years to four years.

Acceptable Use Agreement Highlights revised to read as follows:

  • “All users accessing GRCCnet as well as the Internet are responsible for adhering to codes of conduct, rules, laws and regulations governing the use of computer and telecommunication resources.  Examples include but not limited to laws of libel, privacy, copyright, trademark, obscenity, child pornography, the Electronic Communication Privacy Act and the computer Fraud and Abuse Act.”
  • Simplified to reduce redundancy throughout.
  • Added: “This policy is not intended to abridge academic freedom or the constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech or freedom of expression.”
  • Changed the “Acceptance and Acknowledgement” to: “I understand that any violation of this agreement will result in disciplinary action which may include but is not limited to the following: written discipline, revocation of the user’s accounts, termination of employment, suspension, or expulsion from GRCC and/or legal action taken by GRCC. Permanent revocations may result from recommendations by the Information Technology department of GRCC or other authorities which may be called upon to investigate computer and/or network abuse. Disciplinary action, as documented in GRCC Policies and Procedures and the GRCC Student Code of Conduct, will be determined solely by GRCC according to the nature of the violation.”

GRCC Hosting ArtDowntown, Friday, April 12th, 6-11pm.

Come experience the work of over 400 local artists in more than 30 downtown locations for Art.Downtown. on Friday, April 12, 2013 from 6-11PM. This one night event is the perfect opportunity to visit the art galleries, restaurants and shops that make downtown Grand Rapids so exceptional. Whether its family night or a casual hang out with friends, Art.Downtown. has something for everyone! As always, Art.Downtown. is a free event, so save the date and spread the news! For maps, more information, and GRCC’s student participation please visit