Food Drive Team Challenge starts April 17

We are looking for your help to stock the pantry with our Food Drive Team Challenge. Each member of the winning team will receive two free Celebration Cinema movie tickets and one $30 gift card to the restaurant of their choice. Please read below for the rules and more information:

  • Teams must have four participants (faculty, staff and/or students).
  • Must designate one team member as team captain.
  • You must register no later than Wednesday, April 17th at 5 PM. If your team registers after that date, there will be a $15 Meijer Gift Card “entry fee”.
  • Collected food will be given a point value based on the attached sheet and the team that donates the most food in points will win.
  • Teams may donate gift cards. Each dollar will equate to one point.
  • Teams are responsible for dropping their donations off in the Office of Student Life and Conduct in containers or bags that are clearly marked with the team name.
  • There will be a tally posted online and will be updated with current team standings.

While this challenge is designed for a team of four, we encourage teams to collect donations from anywhere- colleagues, neighbors, etc. You may start dropping off donations on Thursday, April 18, 2013. The food drive team challenge will conclude at 3:00 PM on Friday, May 3, 2013.

Please remember – All food donations must be non-perishable and in its original packaging. A complete list of food items and personal necessities can be found by clicking here or by visiting

To register your team, click here:

If you have further questions, please contact Evan Macklin at 616-234-3449 or

GRCC In the News, 4-15-13

Suzanne Walsh, of the Gates Foundation, to speak at GRCC’s commencement ceremony

April 12, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Suzanne Walsh, a higher education specialist at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will be the featured speaker at Grand Rapids Community College’s commencement ceremony on May 3.

2nd annual 5k run, walk honoring Eric Zapata set for April 20 at KVCC

April 12, 2013; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — A 5K run/walk to honor slain Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer Eric Zapata will be held April 20 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

… The run, established by the EZ Memorial Foundation, honors Zapata’s legacy and benefits a scholarship fund for students enrolling in law enforcement programs at KVCC and Grand Rapids Community College.

SAU Tennis suffer loss to Grand Valley, defeat GRCC in Round Robin format

April 13, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The men’s tennis team played a round robin style tournament with Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College on Saturday and lost to GVSU 8-1 and defeated GRCC 8-1.

Lourdes Finishes Seventh at Siena Heights Invitational

April 14, 2013; ABC 13

Lourdes University’s men’s golf team opened the 2013 season on a cold afternoon at the Siena Heights Spring Invitational on Friday, finishing in seventh place in the event that took place at Hantz Golf Club in Tecumseh, Mich.

… Korey Roberts of Grand Rapids Community College was the individual medalist, shooting a two-over par round of 74, three strokes ahead of Northwestern Ohio’s Keith Long.

Students in Honors Child Psychology showcase service learning project

Please drop by room 108 Sneden Hall anytime between 9:30-11:00 am on Thursday, April 25th, to view posters of students in Honors Child Psychology, showcasing their research on poverty in Grand Rapids, and their service learning experience at Family Promise.

Questions? Contact Kate Byerwalter, Psychology Department, or 234-4405.

Winners of Student Exhibition announced

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The Student Exhibition, showcasing the work of Visual Arts students, runs through April 19 at the GRCC Paul Collins Art Gallery.

Congratulations to the exhibit winners!

They are:

  • Jordan Parham, Best 2D Design.
  • Jonathan Lopez , Best Photography.
  • Jacob Meert, Best Painting.
  • Austin Clark, Best 3-Dimensional Art.
  • Jack Foley, Best Drawing.

The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and noon to 3 p.m. Fridays.

First Aid/CPR course for construction industry 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 session is set for 6-10 p.m. April 18 at Tassell M-TEC for $50. To register, click here.

Center for Teaching Excellence Offers Full Week of Learning Opportunities

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!

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!

Campus Dining sponsors ‘Spring Fling’

Come Join Us for “Spring Fling on the Patio” on Thursday 4/18/13. Campus dining will be having their last promotion of the year at the Raider Grille out on the patio from 11am-2pm. Students can enter to win various prizes including a $50.00 Visa Gift Card, Mountain Bike, and Kindle tablet. We will be having a cook out with free hot dogs & other items for students and staff. Can’t wait to see you there.

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.”

Automotive Technology Department accepting summer appointments

Does your vehicle’s engine need a tune-up? Brakes pulsating and/or squeaking? A/C blowing warm? Check Engine Light on? Power window slow to close? Timing belt replacement past due? Got oil leaks? Bad Vibrations? Strange Noises? Fluids need flushing? Need new Tires? Need an honest (and free) safety inspection?

The Automotive Technology Department is again accepting appointments for the summer semester. The work will be performed under supervision of faculty members. Customers pay only for parts and supplies, with no fee for labor time. Total repair costs are typically half of what is charged by a retail facility, and parts manufacturers’ warranties are valid on any parts we install.

The program accepts vehicles for maintenance and repairs that are up to ten years old. This year’s session starts on May 13 and ends on June 20. To schedule an appointment, please contact one of the faculty members in the department, preferably via e-mail.