Enrollment event draws 126 students

The Admissions & Enrollment Center hosted an event Wednesday to help students complete their admission to GRCC for the fall semester. Along with staff from Counseling, College Success and Financial Aid, we saw 126 students along with their parents, spouses, siblings, etc. Of those students, 57 took the Accuplacer test, 103 met with a counselor and/or college success coach and 69 met with a financial aid representative. Many did all three! They were also able to turn in transcripts or test scores, set up their technology accounts, sign up for New Student Orientation and have many of their questions answered. Thanks to advance communications with these students, the Enrollment Center also saw an increase in the number of students who came in this week to take the Accuplacer prior to the event.

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Paving project planned for Ransom

On or around July 29, weather depending, the city of GR has contracted to have Ransom NE paved between Lyon and Fulton. Paving will last one day it appears and require a closure of the street for that one day. The date will be confirmed as it approaches.

Prior to the paving, smaller localized partial lane closures etc. will occur as they prepare for the paving. This will include some tasks around drains, manholes, etc. as well as rotomilling (crushing into small pieces) the existing roadway surface. These preparatory tasks should NOT lead to a road closure.

It is anticipated the paving on the 29th will be completed in one day.

GRCC In the News, 7-18-13

Middle school entrepreneurs sell their sweet creations at Breaktime Bakery

July 17, 2013; therapidian.org

The Fourth Reformed Church kitchen is busy with tiny hands during the morning Monday through Thursday. The middle school entrepreneurs of Breaktime Bakery are hard at work mixing and measuring to make delicious pastries. They’re led by Eric Schalk, the director of New City Neighbors’ Breaktime Bakery and its sister program Breaktime. He gave up culinary art to pursue youth ministry, but Breaktime Bakery combines his passion for God, kids and the culinary art form.

Schalk spent a semester studying culinary art at Grand Rapids Community College. While taking classes, he got a job at Fourth Reformed Church doing youth ministry. He says this position made him realize that youth ministry was his true passion and calling.

Former Muskegon High football star putting up big numbers for Mustangs

July 18, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — DeMonte Collins seems right at home on the football field.

… During stints in college at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College and the past three years in semipro football, Collins keeps racking up big numbers.

Drowning in fear

July 17, 2013; lansingcitypulse.com

Uneasy immersion into a dangerous world: That’s the theme of a deeply personal exhibition of oil paintings on display at the Lansing Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame through July 27. Lansing artist Alina Poroshina steeps the large-scale water paintings of her exhibit, “Of Fears and Memory,” in lush and dire imagery.

… When the Lansing show is over, all three genocide paintings are going to Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Gallery. They have also been accepted into the 2013 ArtPrize exhibiton.

GRCC In the News, 7-17-13

GRCC to train new workers at two Holland businesses

July 16, 2013; MLive

HOLLAND, MI — Two Holland businesses will get help training new workers from Grand Rapids Community College.

Work in Progress: Low-wage jobs do not have to be dead-end employment as Wesco shows

July 17, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — When Kristina Broughton landed a job as a retail clerk at the Spring Lake Wesco in 2010, the recent high school graduate was thrilled to go to work for relatively low wages.

… “I was facing some big tuition and some big bills to be paid,” Broughton said of a college career that began at Grand Rapids and Muskegon community colleges before finishing her degree at GVSU where she expects to graduate after the 2014 fall semester.

GRCC merges printing operation ‘like a business’

July 16, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two West Michigan educational institutions are collaborating to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent Intermediate School District have announced a consolidation of printing service operations.

Much Of Lower Michigan Dealing With High Temps

July 16, 2013; Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for much of Lower Michigan as high temperatures from the eastern U.S. make their way west.

… The Education Achievement Authority has canceled classes at its 15 schools in Detroit through the remainder of the week. And Grand Rapids Community College said Tuesday that it closed its Ford Fieldhouse through Wednesday because of the heat.

High temperatures prompt temporary closure of GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse

July 16, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has temporarily closed Ford Fieldhouse because of high temperatures and no air conditioning to cool the space.

Ford Fieldhouse Closed Due To Heat Advisory

July 16, 2013; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS,Mich. — GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse will be closed effective immediately through Wednesday July 17 due to the current heat advisory according to the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse facebook page.

GVSU signs reverse transfer agreement with Glen Oaks Community College

July 15, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Allendale — Grand Valley State University signed a reverse transfer agreement July 11 with Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville.

… Grand Valley has 18 reverse transfer agreements with community colleges across the state, including Grand Rapids, Alpena, Mid-Michigan, Muskegon, West Shore, Southwestern Michigan, Montcalm, Mott, Lansing, Macomb, Wayne County District, Northwestern Michigan, Jackson, Washtenaw, Lake Michigan, North Central Michigan and Kellogg community colleges.

The Bard is Back!

July 16, 2013; therapidian.org

It’s been 4 years since The Heritage Theatre Group put on a Shakespeare play. This summer, that’s changing – completely. Heritage’s summer 2013 season opened Thursday, July 11 with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), written by Adam Long, Jess Winfield and Daniel Singer. Performances continue on the 18th, 19th, and 20th.

This production of their hilarious mashup of all the Bard’s plays features local actors Adam Hyde, Alex Kempsell, and Matt McKay, with direction by Walt Riegler. The show is running at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater (160 Fountain St NE); each performance starts at 8 pm. Tickets ($20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students) can be purchased in advance at www.heritagetheatregr.org/tickets or in person at the theater startingat 7 pm on show dates.

District 9 Big League Softball advances to region tourney with shutout win over Mattawan-based District 15

July 16, 2013; MLive

MATTAWAN, MI — Michigan District 9 advances to the Big League softball Central Region tournament with its 5-0 victory over District 15 on Tuesday.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but GRCC students Megan Lee and Chelsea Zylstra play on the team.)

Lean Champion Certification program begins Sept. 30, 2013

Our lean champion certification program helps YOU identify and eliminate waste.

Even if costs remain constant, elimination and  reduction of waste may:

  • increase an organization’s ability to produce more products or services with the same resources.
  • increase an organization’s ability to serve more customers.
  • reduce total lead time.

And all that results in increased profits!

In GRCC’s program, you will learn to develop and use your organization’s value stream map to identify and drive your improvements. Critical to learning the principles and various tools is applying them to your current work. By successfully completing a lean implementation (or value stream) project of your choice from your company, you will yield results from this program immediately.

The program starts September 30, 2013. To register, click here.


Personal Trainer Certification course starts Sept. 9, 2013

If you enjoy helping others and are passionate about good health, you could become a certified personal trainer!

GRCC’s Personal Trainer Certification Course gives you hands-on, interactive learning opportunities, including knowledge of overall wellness components. Our training prepares you to take the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA-CPT) Certification exam. The exam fee and a one-year membership in the National Strength and Conditioning Association are included in the tuition. A competency-based, 36-hour internship gives you real-life skills application.

Many people who receive the NSCA Personal Trainer certification go on to work in an entry-level position at a fitness center, health club, or corporate wellness department. You can even start your own business!

Classes start September 9, 2013. To register, click here.

GRCC In the News, 7-16-13

Bert Bleke named chair of GRCC board; urges trustees to express differences constructively

July 15, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Following his appointment as chair of Grand Rapids Community College’s Board of Trustees Monday night, Bert Bleke told board members that they — including himself — should reflect on how they can disagree in a more constructive manner.

GRCC launches Brain Games Club for elderly residents

July 15, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is launching a club to help elderly residents exercise their brain.

GVSU signs reverse transfer agreement with Glen Oaks Community College

July 15, 2013; MLive

ALLENDALE, MI – Grand Valley State University has signed a reverse transfer agreement with Glen Oaks Community College.

… GVSU has similar arrangements in place with more than a dozen community colleges throughout Michigan, including Grand Rapids Community College and West Shore Community College near Ludington.

Actors’ Theatre moves to second space for two summer shows

July 15, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Summer is the time for new adventures, traveling to new places, tasting new foods, trying new activities.

… Actors Theatre is built upon a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and has always performed in the college’s Spectrum Theater. During the summers, however, Spectrums main stage is being used by Heritage Theatre Group and Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids. The theater has a black box space in an upstairs classroom, but it accommodates about half the audience of the 70-seat Dog Story space.

Heat closes fieldhouse on July 16 and 17

This is for those who make use of the Ford Fieldhouse fitness and recreational facilities. Due to excessive and dangerous heat and humidify levels within the Ford Fieldhouse, the decision has been made to close the entire facility through at least Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Decisions concerning Thursday and Friday operation will be made at a later time. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Understand Copyright Law – The Library Can Help

Under GRCC policy, all employees must comply with copyright law.

The most straightforward way to guarantee compliance is to obtain a copyright holder’s written permission. When duplication services are needed for classroom use, instructors should be prepared to clearly demonstrate permission for things like pages from Instructor Manuals and Test Banks, copies of media, and online sources. At the discretion of Media Services or Print Solutions, further proof of permission may be required.

Anyone who disregards copyright does so at their own risk, assuming all liability, including criminal penalty as defined in Title 17 of the U.S. Code. Normally, this is not a matter involving the GRCC Legal Office.

Fair Use

There is no simple test to determine fair use; only the courts can authoritatively determine fair use. Section 107 of the Copyright Act sets forth four considerations to help you judge fair use.

  1. The purpose and character of use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

How the Library & Learning Commons (LLC) can help

Department liaison librarians can help you verify citations and help determine a copyright owner. They will show you how to create online linking solutions that are copyright compliant, and they can guide you through the process of obtaining your copyright clearance online.

Earn continuing education credits with online courses

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.

RaiderFlix to become yearlong series

After a pilot semester, the Campus Activities Board is proud to announce we are making our movie events, called RaiderFlix, a yearlong programming series!

It’s time to select the lineup for RaiderFlix for the 2013-14 year!

In case you missed the last update, we will be showing “The Great Gatsby” on September 16 and “The Internship” on September 26!

Here is the link to the ballot: bit.ly/16uR9bx

Voting ends next Friday, July 19 at 5 pm.

Hurry and vote! Spread the link to any of your GRCC friends and co-workers!

Don’t forget we’re showing “Iron Man 3” at the Raider Rally on August 16 with showings at 11 am, 2:30 pm, and 5 pm!

Remember, RaiderFlix events are always free to GRCC students, faculty, and staff! Oh, and you get free popcorn too! 🙂

Please let me know if you have any questions!

– Ross
CAB RaiderFlix Coordinator

GRCC In the News, 7-15-13

Restaurant Week 2013 reveals specialized menu items for 3-course meals

July 15, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Restaurant Week, Aug. 14-24, will include more than 65 restaurants 16 for the first time. Special menu items from each of the participating restaurants were released this morning. See the complete list at restaurantweekgr.com.

… A dollar from each Restaurant Week meal sold during the event will be donated by the restaurants to a student scholarship fund at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Since 2010, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids has donated nearly $60,000 to the scholarships.

Beach Bites offers snacks – and education

July 14, 2013; The Herald-Palladium (Benton Harbor, Mich.)

BENTON HARBOR – Beach goers at Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor can now buy hot dogs, hamburgers and other snacks at Beach Bites, opened July 1 by Kinexus in Benton Harbor.

… He’s (Ontaygo Johnson) already earned his associate’s degree in business administration from Grand Rapids Community College.

District 9 Big League Softball team has longer road to World Series

July 14, 2013; MLive

For the past several years, Michigan District 9 has had an easier road to reach a World Series because Pinery Park played host to the Central Region Big League baseball and softball tournaments.

… In addition to Murphey, the roster consists of Danielle Freeman (Hudsonville), Morgan Groom (Lowell), Autumn Anderson, Sam Merren, Sierra Mutschler and Mallory Teunissen (Wayland), Brittany McClain (Hopkins), Nikoma Holmen and Schyler Selander (Grandville), Jazmine Hamm and Hailey Houck (Byron Center), Teagan Shomin (Northview), Jessi Ramos (Rockford), Megan Lee (Byron Center/GRCC), Chelsea Zylstra (South Christian/GRCC), and Evie Lorimer (Spring Lake/Central Michigan).

Composting at GRCC

July 12, 2013; West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

IT’s Prioritized Project List

The Project Prioritization Team (PPT) prioritized the projects that are submitted to the IT department. The Project Prioritization Team (PPT) met on 7/2 and prioritized the projects for the 2013-2014 budget year. This prioritization process allows IT to budget and use its resources in the most effective way.

The 2013-2014 Prioritized project list has been posed on the Project Management Office’s web-site. Please go to our website: www.grcc.edu/pmo for the up-to-date project list.