GRCC In the News, 5-30-13

Obituaries today: Funeral services Friday for Matthew Dundas, 24, and Ryan Boyd, 23

May 29, 2013; MLive

Matthew Ryan Dundas, 24, liked athletics and being physically fit, and he was studying exercise science at Grand Valley State University.

Ryan M. Boyd, 23, was a welder and Steeler fan, who was known for his laughter and being silly.

The two Middleville men died Saturday, May 25, 2013, in a car accident on M-37.

… Dundas was a Thornapple Kellogg High School graduate who attended GRCC and GVSU. At 14, he worked at the Caledonia Sportsman Club, pulling clays. He was working as a lab technician in an internship at Bradford White. He is remembered as a great kid.

GRCC students take home honors at national business competition

May 29, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – More than a dozen Grand Rapids Community College students took home awards earlier this month after competing in a national student business competition.

Festival of the Arts’ Regional Art Exhibition opens Friday in Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts

May 29, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Festival of Arts Regional Art Exhibition opens Friday, one week ahead of Festival of the Arts 2013, in Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, the show’s fourth home in four years.

… A total of 574 pieces were submitted for the 2013 exhibition, selected by Larry Blovits, Adam DeKracker and Scott Garrard.

Blovits, a professor of art at Aquinas College, was the juror for painting and drawing; DeKracker, an associate professor of photography at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, selected work from photography submissions; and Garrard, an assistant professor of ceramics, sculpture and 3D design at Grand Rapids Community College, judged all three-dimensional and multimedia works.

Saugatuck High School honors 13 Senior Scholars

May 29, 2013; The Commercial Record (Allegan County)

Saugatuck High School honored 13 Senior Scholars during its Class of 2013 commencement ceremonies Thursday, May 23.

…(Makiah) Eveland plans to study culinary education at Grand Rapids Community College. She is interested in a degree in Vegan nutrition. Eveland was a member of the National Honor Society, student council, and was captain of the softball team, where she earned all-district and -conference honors. She earned an academic excellence Award and all A’s. Eveland volunteered at Douglas Elementary School teaching students nutrition and helping with a softball clinic.

Madison run-rules Scottsdale 10-2

May 29, 2013; (Oklahoma)

ENID, Okla. — The Fighting Artichokes fight is over.

… Scottsdale (39-21) ends its fourth trip to the final bracket with a win against Grand Rapids and losses to LSU-Eunice and Madison.

ESP to host booth at Grand Rapids Relay for Life

GRCC ESP will have a booth called Candyland at the Grand Rapids Relay for Life on Friday June 14 at Ah Nab Awen Park. We’ll have lots of goodies for sale.

Here on campus we have paper footprints available for a donation of $1.00. We are asking you to dedicate one to the memory of a loved one or in honor of a survivor and hang it in your work area, to raise awareness and remind people to help us in our efforts to assure more birthdays.

Best of all if you bring your footprint with you to visit us at our booth on the 14th, you can redeem it for free candy.

Win – win – win!

Get yours today from these ESPs:

  • Tracy Payne, Student Success and Retention, 101 Sneden Hall
  • Lisa Snider, Student Employment Services, 103 Main
  • Jeanne Lacy, Preschool
  • Carol Kramer, Facilities, Lyon Parking Ramp
  • Jennifer Smith, Diversity Learning Center, 119 LLC
  • Penni Weninger, Deans Office, 118 Main

If you would like to make a larger donation and have a luminere lit for your person on the night of Relay, please contact one of our team:

Staci Dever Delicia Wilondja Penni Weninger

GRCC alumnus Brysien Beer to hold benefit concert

Brysien Beer, a GRCC TRiO/SSS alumni, is very excited to announce that he will be participating in Michigan State University’s “Master Classes at the Centro Studi Carlo Della Giacoma” in Todi, Italy. This program facilitates an intensive Italian language and opera prep course that will prove invaluable to Brysien, both as a student operatic vocalist now and later as a professional. Educational endeavors such as this one are always quite costly. In addition to initial program fees, there are plane tickets to be bought, food and living costs, enrichment field experiences and miscellaneous costs that are encountered during every international adventure. Brysien is holding a concert event to help raise money for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Brysien would really love it if you could join him.

The concert will be May 30, 2013, 7pm, in Grand Rapids Community College’s Music Center. It will feature operatic works by Verdi, Ravel, Schumann and more. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted and very much appreciated. Whether or not you can help financially, please come and support with your eyes and ears.

If you are unable to make it but would still like to make a contribution, contact Brysien at for details. Feel free to invite anyone who you think would enjoy hearing Brysien sing.

Brysien Beer Fund Raising Event

GRCC offers online language courses

Learn a language online, on your own time, with your own instructor!

Whether you need help with English as a second language, or need to learn a language for business travel or travel for fun, GRCC’s partnership with Ed2Go can get you talking! Classes begin every month and are completely online! Each class is only $109!

We offer special courses for specific occupations like, Spanish for Law Enforcement, or Spanish for Medical Professionals. And just for teachers: Spanish in the Classroom, An Introduction to Teaching ESL/EFL, Enhancing Language Development in Childhood, Practical Ideas for the Adult ESL/EFL Classroom, Teaching ESL/EFL Grammar, Teaching ESL/EFL Reading, and Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary.

Other course titles include:

  • Beginning Conversational French.
  • Conversational Japanese.
  • Easy English 1, 2, 3.
  • Grammar for ESL.
  • Instant Italian.
  • Speed Spanish 1, 2, 3.
  • Writing for ESL.

To register, click here.

June Learning Opportunities offered by Staff Development

Please register online at or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Exploring Impact Issues (Retirement Series)

Tue June 4, 2013

10 AM – 12 PM

124 ATC

Not Your Grandparents Retirement: Planning Now For The Future You Want. This four-part series is designed for those who wish to explore and prepare for the future that they want in retirement. Whether a “traditional” or “non-traditional” retirement is desired, our program will help you prepare for this significant life transition. SESSION 3: EXPLORING IMPACT ISSUES. This session, led by educational gerontologist, Mike Faber, will help you explore a wide range of potential barriers that you will need to overcome in order for you to stay “on track.” These include aging-related health/wellness, caregiving, loneliness/relationships, discrimination, lack of purpose, spirituality, loss of self-esteem, fear, crime/safety, purposeful activities, civic engagement/giving back, societal expectations/trends, change, work (both paid and unpaid), and more.

Learning Styles

Thu June 6, 2013

9-10:30 AM

124 ATC

Explore learning styles and teaching strategies that will fit your departments’ needs. Learning Objectives: Participants will: Identify their own different intelligences; Solve hypothetical problems using alternative learning styles; Create an alternative learning style plan for a lesson in their subject area. Workshop facilitated by MaryBeth Beighley.

GRCC Screening Committee Training

Fri June 7, 2013 from 1-3:30 PM in Room 312 ATC

Tue June 11, 2013 from 1-3:30 PM in Room 123 LRC

Wed June 26, 2013 from 2-4:30 PM in Room 123 LRC

This learning session is designed to brief all screening committee team members regarding their roles and responsibilities in the search process. Topics that will be covered include: A) Overview of Search Process; B) Position Approval Process; C) Recruitment/ SAAR Notebook Review Including: 1. Screening Committee & Leadership Roles; 2. Candidate Screening/ Recruitment Solutions Training; 3. Interview Questions, Presentations/Demonstrations; 4. Diversity Considerations and Goals; 5. Effective Evaluation Tools and Consensus Decision-Making; 6. Human Resources Responsibilities. Learning Objectives: Participants will understand their role in the selection of excellent candidates for staff and faculty positions and the hiring objectives and legal parameters for assessing and recommending future staff and faculty members. Workshop facilitated by employees in the Diversity Learning Center and Human Resources Department.

Financial Preparedness

Tue June 11, 2013

10 AM – 12 PM

124 ATC

Not Your Grandparents Retirement: Planning Now For The Future You Want. This four-part series is designed for those who wish to explore and prepare for the future that they want in retirement. Whether a “traditional” or “non-traditional” retirement is desired, our program will help you prepare for this significant life transition. SESSION 4: FINANCIAL PREPAREDNESS. This session, led by Jeffrey Noeker, Area Investment Manager for Fifth Third Securities, licensed since 1993, will give you a broad overview of financial issues that you may encounter before and during your retirement. These include borrowing basics, investing basics, pensions, social security, 401Ks, traditional IRAs, insurance, financial planning and more.

Understanding Organics

Tue June 11, 2013

2-3:00 PM

122 CSC

Part of the Kent County Health Department-Adult Nutrition Series: Organic. Natural. Free-Range. Hormone-free. It seems like every food has a label touting that it’s fresh, whole or green! A Registered Dietician will help you decipher the facts and know what’s what in the world of organic and natural foods. You’ll leave with an understanding or organic food production and how to choose whether or not to buy organic.

Facilitate Difficult Conversations

Thu June 13, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

Participant discussion in response to short vignettes related to critical teaching moments in classrooms and raises issues of free speech/hate speech, classroom climate, pedagogy, confronting oppressive behavior and a host of other topics related to learning environments. Learning Objectives: Understand that each individual’s story will contribute to different perspectives and reactions; Have a new awareness of unintentional consequences to classroom actions and words; Have a better understanding of how other faculty handles awkward or upsetting classroom moments; Begin to develop strategies to address the unexpected in the classroom. Workshop facilitated by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens.

Work/Office Organizing 101

Fri June 14, 2013

10 AM – 12 PM

138 CSC

Mary Dykstra works with individuals in the work environment struggling with ‘having to do it all.’ She helps you set up systems that can help you keep on top of the daily details when you need to focus on the big picture or the details. Mary can identify timesaving strategies and efficient office and storage space configurations that maximize workflow and productivity. Learning Objectives: Learn how to effectively organize your workspace and how to effectively prioritize your work/workflow.

Time Management for Peak Performance

Tue June 18, 2013

9-11 PM

141 ATC

Time is money, the saying goes, and frequently it gets lost in disorganization and disruption. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make the most of their time by getting a grip on their office space, organizing their workflow, and learning how to use their planner effectively. Workshop facilitated by MaryBeth Beighley.

Moving Up-Prepare for Career Advancement

Thu June 20, 2013

9-11 AM

124 ATC

Even though you excel at your job there’s always room for improvement. And when it comes to taking a leap to the next position, it’s prudent to plan in advance. A new role with a new team, under new leadership in perhaps a new division brings an entirely new set of expectations. Whether you’re planning to transition soon or not for several years, it’s wise to start implementing strategies that will increase your chances for success. In this workshop, we’ll discuss mandatory professional development expectations, strategies for building your career portfolio and tips for increasing your transition potential. Workshop facilitated by Kim Monaghan.

Facilitate Difficult Conversations (Part 2)

Tue June 25, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

This course builds upon skills learned in Part 1, and participant discussion centers on when to apply dialog, debate or discussion. Participants determine strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviors. Learning Objectives: Help facilitators gain tools to design and deliver cultural communication presentations; Practice facilitating difficult conversations. Prerequisite: Completion of Facilitate Difficult Conversations Part 1. Workshop facilitated by Tamber Buatance and Kathleen Owens.

Flourish at Work

Wed June 26, 2013

9-11 AM

204 Sneden

You are in a position to drive your career and not let your career drive you. This workshop is all about the drive and steering your career in the right direction. We’ll begin by looking at what makes your job great and where some tweaks might be needed. What strategies you can take to flourish in what works and change what doesn’t. We’ll also talk about career re-engagement and how personal and professional development parlay into success. Finally, we’ll address the imperative ingredients in peak performance, including: time management, relating well with others, having a positive attitude, taking responsibility for successes and failures and offering superior customer service. Workshop facilitated by Kim Monaghan.