GRCC In the News, 8-30-13

NMU’s Sall announces Men’s Basketball roster

Aug. 28, 2013;

MARQUETTE — First-year Northern Michigan University men’s basketball coach Bill Sall announces his first recruiting class. The group consists of six transfers and five true freshmen. Ethan Blackwell, Brandon Havercamp, Chavis Mattison, Alex Mustert, Justin Newell and Larry Taylor transfer into NMU. Joey Barnes, Dorrell Foster, Marcus Hall, Caleb Harrington and Wade Schetter join Brett Branstrom as the freshmen class.

… Mustert is a 6-7 forward/center from Grand Rapids, Mich. He played a season for Grand Rapids Community College (2012-13) and a season for the Calvin College JV team (2010-11). Mustert was named first team all-conference after appearing in 29 games a season ago, starting 28. He was second on the team, averaging 13.6 points per game and led the team in rebounds at 9.2 per contest. Mustert scored 20 points in eight games, including a season-high 25 at Kellogg Community College and a 21-point, 20-rebound game vs. Kellogg. He played in 15 games and started two at Calvin, scoring 6.9 points per game.

Balance key for CMU to keep up with No. 17 Michigan

Aug. 30, 2013; Central Michigan Life

The football team steps onto the field at Michigan Stadium on Saturday as significant underdogs.

… Junior quarterback Cody Kater remains the team’s biggest question mark. Which Kater will show up to the Big House, the one who lit up the field in high school and at Grand Rapids Community College, or, more likely, the first-year starter who looks like a deer in headlights?

Staff Development Fall Class Lineup Complete

Staff Development has completed its fall 2013 schedule of professional development opportunities, and the winter schedule is approximately 70% complete at this time. Please take a minute to look at the current learning opportunities page, and register for the classes that are a part of your 2013-14 Learning Plan. It can be found by clicking on the following link:

The schedule was created based on the top 65 most requested classes on the 2013-14 Learning Plans. If you had indicated other classes on your LP that don’t appear on the schedule, they were not being offered because there was not enough interest.

There are three classes that we are in the process of scheduling in the winter semester, but dates and details are not yet firmed up. Topics of these courses include: People Reading Skills, Feedback Fundamentals and Powerful Presentation Skills. They will be available for registration as soon as details are confirmed.

Interested in service learning or the Armen Awards?

Interested in service learning or the Armen Awards?

Your first step to becoming part of the service learning family and win up to $3,000 begins with this session on Friday, September 6th from 9:15-10:15am title, “Introduction to Service Learning.”

  • Explain the difference between service learning and volunteering.
  • Identify the benefits of service learning for the instructor and students.
  • Describe the process and requirements associated with integrating service learning into a course.
  • Identify available resources.
  • Identify potential challenges involved with integrating service learning into a course.
  • Articulate the deadlines for completing the Curriculum Integration Plan.
  • Identify who can assist with completion of the plan.
  • Explain the review and approval process.

At GRCC, service learning has been and continues to be one of the most rewarding teaching and learning practices. Impacting over 1,000 students each year, service learning is offered across all disciplines. As a proven effective pedagogy, service learning has a positive impact on academic, social and cultural variables. Both students and faculty report that service learning increases the understanding and depth of course content while promoting the knowledge and understanding of civic and social issues.

Be sure to register through the Center for Teaching Excellence for the session.

Can’t make it… the following faculty to help you get started (Dillon Carr, Leigh Kleinert or Melanie Schiele-Gady)


September Offerings from Staff Development

Please register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Happiness Club

Thu Sept 5, 2013

12-1:00 PM

Room 1142 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

Join others who are interested in making changes to their thoughts and attitude to become a happier person. The Happiness Club will provide an opportunity to meet and network with others who are committed to improving the quality of their life by injecting happiness into everyday living. Facilitated by Linda Yuhas, GVSU Human Resources.

GRCC Screening Committee Training

Mon Sept 9, 2013 from 12:30-3:00 PM in Room 118 ATC

Fri Sept 27, 2013 from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM in Room 124 ATC

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.

Basics of Facilitation

Tue Sept 10, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

Facilitation is more than discussion. Genuine facilitation requires listening, understanding and guiding the dialogue process. But when you reflect on all of our assumptions, biases, unspoken emotions and behavioral idiosyncrasies, this can seem almost impossible. Participants will: Examine facilitation process tools; Determine strategies for dealing with disruptive behaviors;  discuss when to apply dialogue, debate or discussion; and help facilitators gain tools to design and lead meetings.

ESP Training on Faculty Evaluation Process

Tue Sept 10, 2013

9:30-10:30 AM

122 ATC

ESP’s will learn the faculty evaluation process regarding proper procedure for stuffing evaluation packets. Training for all members of ESP group.

Sneaky Nutrition-Parenting Tips

Tue Sept 10, 2013

2-3:00 PM

405 CSC

Part of the Kent County Health Department-Adult Nutrition Series: Moms and Dads: If your picky eaters are keeping the fruits and vegetables out of your meals, fear no more! Do you need help identifying and providing nutritious snack and meal options for your children? It is so important to help your child expand his/her healthy diet choices to combat rise in diabetes, obesity and hypertension being seen in children as young as 3 years old. Receive resources and tips to help your child have the healthiest diet and lifestyle behaviors starting now! Learn how to sneak nutrients into your meals and tactics to introduce new foods over time.

Moving Up-Preparing for Career Advancement

Thu Sept 12, 2013

9-11:00 AM

243 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.

The Smoothies Class

Fri Sept 13, 2013

1:30-3:00 PM

130 ATC

Join Raw Food Freelancer Jennifer Pohlman for 90 minutes of deliciousness. Here you will learn how to make green and fruit smoothies- all dairy free and nutrient dense. You will leave this class feeling refreshed cleansed and smoothie smart.

Boundaries in the Workplace

Tue Sept 17, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

This learning session is built on participant discussion detailing and defining the role of supervisors of student employees. Supervisors may play many roles some of those roles may lead to conflict or complications. Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this session, learners will: understand the importance of boundary setting in the work place; recognize a new awareness of unintentional consequences to blurred boundaries; have an opportunity to discover how other supervisors handle awkward or upsetting situations/relationships with student employees; begin to develop strategies and create tools to address the value of clear protected boundaries.

College Success Coaching

Wed Sept 18, 2013

9-11:00 AM

118 ATC

THIS IS AN INTRODUCTION SESSION FOR THE SEMESTER LONG SERIES: There are formal and informal opportunities for employees to coach students and help them reach their academic goals. This course prepares employees for coaching opportunities by working with them through a student success coaching experience. Participants will serve as a success coaches for the fall, winter, and summer semesters, spend time with others who coaches, and integrate the service into their current job duties. Participants will work with other areas of the college to find a student to work with for the 2013 – 2014 academic year (i.e. Trio Program, counseling office, ABO, and College Success Center). This course introduces and sees employees through coaching strategies, behaviors, and actions needed to help students succeed. This course establishes the college’s support for employees who serve as success coaches.  GRCC’s Institutional Learning Outcomes is available at the following URL:

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Thu Sept 19, 2013

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

2243 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

Alzheimer’s disease is known for placing a great burden on the caregiver. The pressures can be wide-ranging, and touch the social, psychological, physical, and economic facets of the caregiver’s life. The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Group is open to the entire campus community; students, faculty and staff members, and the public. It’s facilitated by Cindy Beel-Bates, associate professor of nursing, and Sue Sloop, Work Life Connections consultant. Join us: You don’t have to go it alone!

Safety & Security on Campus

Thu Sept 19, 2013

10-11:30 AM

245 ATC

Appropriate reactions to campus emergencies are presented, including a wide range of emergency scenarios. Practical tools for reacting in the case of emergencies are shared.

United Way: Schools of Hope

Fri Sept 20, 2013

12-2:00 PM

138 CSC

Kids who don’t read proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma. United Way’s Schools of Hope tackles the problem of illiteracy by focusing on early grade reading. Our three-pronged approach helps struggling students achieve the reading skills they need to move ahead. It includes: In School tutoring, After School literacy programs and Family Literacy classes. This award-winning program currently partners with four school districts: Grand Rapids, Cedar Springs, Godfrey-Lee and Godwin Heights, and works to equip students with the resources they need to achieve academic success. By going through the Schools of Hope Training this will prepare you on how the program works, the expectations of you as a Schools of Hope tutor, professionalism at the schools, completion of back ground paperwork and processing (no fee), and being assigned a school and child/children (once you complete orientation and pass back ground check) that you will tutor each week.

Fall Canning Fun

Fri Sept 20, 2013

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

130 ATC

As we enter into autumn in Michigan we are blessed with a harvest of healthy fruits like apples and tomatoes. In this class, learn how to home-can Tomato Apple Chutney which embodies a variety of flavors and combines these two Michigan greats! This delicious condiment can be served with cheese trays, atop grilled meats and used as colorful addition to relish trays. This is a participative class where you can help prep foods we are canning or you may simply relax and watch the hands on demonstration from start to finish.

Support Staff Professional Development

Mon Sept 23, 2013

2-3:00 PM

351 Main

This learning session is designed for staff members interested in learning more about applying for a Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) grant to fund their external professional development activity. Questions to be answered include: 1. What is the SSPD program and what can I use an SSPD grant for? 2. How are grant awardees selected? 3. Where do I find information about the program and upcoming deadlines? 4. What are the steps for applying for an SSPD grant? 5. How are SSPD reimbursements processed? Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions, and begin completing their SSPD application during the session.

Making Healthy Eating Fun

Tue Sept 24, 2013

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

139 CSC

Part of the Kent County Health Department-Adult Nutrition Series: Moms and Dads: If your picky eaters are keeping the fruits and vegetables out of your meals, fear no more! Learn how to sneak nutrients into your meals and tactics to introduce new foods over time.

What Daddies Do Best

Thu Sept 26, 2013

12-1:00 PM

2264 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

Like football, fatherhood is about winning. But it’s more than just scoring points. It’s about winning the hearts and minds of your children and leaving a rich legacy of love for future generations. This group of GVSU and GRCC dads meets twice a semester to talk about topics related to fatherhood. It’s facilitated by Sharalle Arnold, director of the Children’s Enrichment Center, and Sue Sloop, Work Life Consultant.

Cancer Warriors Network

Thu Sept 26, 2013

4-5:30 PM

2270 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

Nearly 14 million cancer survivors are celebrating birthdays this year. This statistic illustrates that growing numbers of people are surviving cancer. However, a cancer diagnosis is frightening and affects not only the person diagnosed with cancer, but caregivers and loved ones. If you’re facing a cancer diagnosis, have a loved one battling cancer, or you are through with treatment and on the road to recovery; connecting with others who have traveled this journey can be a source of comfort and hope. Join us on September 26th for the first meeting of the Cancer Warriors Network. This initial network meeting is an opportunity to bring together GVSU and GRCC families and friends, who have been impacted by cancer to gain information and support through speakers and cancer resources available on the site. Light refreshments will be served.

Congratulations, Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship recipients!

On Friday, August 23rd, the Education Department hosted the annual Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship Luncheon to honor 2013-2014 scholarship recipients. These students were Tarah Bertsch, Karianne Brown, Amber DeWater, Mayra Gracia, Samantha Kooiman, Ashley Malin, Tanveer Mangat, Jordan Porter-Kolend, Michelle Radofski, Holly Reil, Carol Rottman, Kendra Sederholm, Amber Van Dillen, Kathryn Vandenberg, and Evelyn Zurita. These exceptional students are held to very high expectations during the year. They must attend Teacher Education Seminars, provide reflections for the Teacher Education Newsletter, volunteer in area schools, meet throughout the year with the Teacher Education Support Coordinator, and keep their grades up. Congratulations to this years scholarship recipients!

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GRCC In the News, 8-29-13

Award-winning GRCC faculty member explains her teaching philosophy

Aug. 28, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Judy Jankowski likens teaching to mission work.

The longtime Grand Rapids Community College psychology instructor wants all of her students to benefit from her class, whether it’s through new bonds formed with classmates or learning a new concept that helps them see the world in a new way.

GRCC hosts combat boot exhibit by Volunteers of America Michigan

Aug. 28, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Community College will host a display of combat boots that women veterans have decorated to share their stories of military service on Sept. 5.

Nine MAC programs return starting QBs

Aug. 28, 2013; (Mid- American Conference blog)

Consistency at the quarterback position will be a key storyline among MAC programs this fall. Nine programs will enter the season with returning starting quarterbacks: Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois), KeithWenning (Ball State), Tyler Tettleton (Ohio), Terrance Owens (Toledo), Matt Schilz (Bowling Green), Tyler Benz (Eastern Michigan), Mike Wegzyn (UMass), Tyler Van Tubbergen (Western Michigan) and Joe Licata (Buffalo).

… Only four programs will see a new starter under center — Akron, Central Michigan, Kent State and Miami.

… Central Michigan: Junior Cody Kater won the starting duties during training camp as CMU lost three-year starter Ryan Radcliff to graduation. Kater transferred from Grand Rapids Community College with two years of eligibility remaining.

What they’re saying: Central Michigan’s Zurlon Tipton on Doak Walker, Maxwell watch lists

Aug. 28, 2013; MLive

“He’s not going to run out of bounds.”

… In case you missed the story on our website, new QB Cody Kater has completed his journey from Montague to Cincinnati to GRCC and now Central Michigan. Kater is looking forward to his first career start Saturday at Michigan.

Service Learning: Professional Development

Are you interested in having Service Learning be a part of your class room? Please think about signing up for the following learning sessions:

  • Introduction to Service Learning. Friday, September 6th, 9:15-10:15am
  • Teaching Service Learning. Friday, September 13th, 9:15-10:15am
  • Logistical and Legal Considerations of Service Learning. Friday, September 20th, 9:15-10:15am

You can register for these events through GRCC Center for Teaching Excellence.

Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing course set for September 2013

Industry uses Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing to specify contractual requirements. Unfortunately, many people within industry have a flawed or incomplete understanding of the subject.

The Basic Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing course builds competence to correctly apply and interpret the rules, definitions, principles and symbols per the American National Standard, ASME Y14.5 – 2009, in only two days! This course provides a common language to improve communication, so set-up requirements and tolerance zones are clearly understood by all.

Topics include:

  • the rules, definitions, and symbols of ASME Y14.5-2009.
  • specified feature control frames.
  • specified datum reference frames.
  • the shape, size, and location of tolerance zones.
  • features size requirements given specified tolerances.

The course runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 24 and 25, 2013, at Leslie. E Tassell M-TEC. The registration fee is $585. For more information, click here.

CPR, first aid course for health-care professionals set for September 2013

GRCC’s Healthcare Provider CPR course uses both the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider curriculum and the Heartsaver First Aid curriculum.

The BLS course is designed to teach health-care professionals the ability to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation, use an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

The Heartsaver First Aid course is designed to meet OSHA regulations and teach basic first aid skills, such as stopping bleeding and helping someone with a possible broken bone or sprain.

Nurses and dental professionals are able to earn up to six continuing education units for the course.

The class is scheduled for 3-9 p.m. September 16 in the Lakeshore campus’s Midtown Center. To register, click here.

GRCC In the News, 8-28-13

Why $18M renovation at GRCC has students geeked

Aug. 27, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Eric Thwaites noticed the change almost immediately.

As he prepared for his first day of microeconomics Tuesday at Grand Rapids Community College, he saw that a series of renovation projects had remade the second floor of the school’s main building, transforming a portion of the aging structure into a modern learning environment.

Byron Center Graduate Won’t Let A Stroke Slow Him Down

Aug. 27, 2013; (KISD newsletter)

Byron Center Public Schools, MI — Byron Center High School Class of 2013 senior Chris Schmitt wrote a quote for the senior yearbook. “You can’t alter the past, but you can change the future.”

… By attending summer school and taking online classes, he achieved his goal of graduating with his class and plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College in the fall to pursue a criminal justice degree.

‘Dubs’ are coming: Menna’s Joint chain opening downtown Grand Rapids location

Aug. 27, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Brace yourselves: Dubs are coming.

… Ansara said the company, which started in East Lansing in 2003, was drawn to downtown Grand Rapids due to the population of college students living in the city attending schools like Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Kendall College of Art & Design.

College Notebook: CMU’s Latta set to play in ‘Big House’

Aug. 27, 2013; The Battle Creek Enquirer

Officially, it’s Michigan Stadium. But to most, it can only be called “The Big House.”

… Ferris State University hopes that brothers Jamar and James Wimberly can help guide it to a title the way they led Marshall High School to a state championship in 2009. Jamar is a senior defensive back who played in 10 games last season with five starts, finishing seventh on the team with 46 tackles. He also forced a fumble while registering a team-high nine pass breakups. James joins his brother after playing collegiately at Grand Rapids Community College following a stop at Independence (Kan.) Community College. The Bulldogs begin the season on Sept. 7 against North Dakota State.

Congratulations to 2013 Excellence in Education award recipients

GRCC recently presented Excellence in Education awards to three outstanding people: psychology Professor Judy A. Jankowski; Nanci Guigue, an ESP in the School of Workforce Development; and adjunct faculty member Cheryl Kautz. Congratulations!

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