GRCC In the News, 8-13-13

Tom Rademacher: Life changes course when you paddle the twists and turns

Aug. 9, 2013; MLive

Around every bend.

That’s been a little mantra of mine ever since I graduated high school and ended up at what then was Grand Rapids Junior College.

Massillon hires French as new baseball coach

Aug. 13, 2013; (Massillon, Ohio)

MASSILLON — The Massillon Tigers have turned to Neall French, who spent two seasons in the New York Yankees farm system, to direct their high school baseball team next spring.

… After high school, French played for Grand Rapids Community College and the University of Cincinnati.

Changes to Homepage banner ad schedules

Based on user feedback, optimal operating speed and system requirements, GRCC homepage banner ads will now be scheduled to run for a two-week period, and nine or fewer ads will run at any given time.

All requests for homepage banner ads should be sent to Communications using this webform. Please contact the Communications Department at 234-3535 or with any questions.

GRCC Online Store Public Sale!

Grand Rapids Community College is having a public sale as indicated below:

Date/Time: Thursday August 15, 2013 ~ 07:00 AM – 07:00 PM
Location: GRCC Online Store –
(Please navigate to this website on the day of the sale to shop for items that will be available.)

Inventory will be announced on August 14, 2013,

Visit our Google+ page to see photo’s of featured items:

*Please note: Winchester Alley is closed this Friday during construction.  Please find alternative parking and make your way down to Room 12, Floor G-1 in the Main building.

*Open Pickup: Items available for pick up beginning the next day (Friday) after the sale from 9AM to 4 PM at GRCC, 133 Winchester Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI. After Friday pick up by appointment only! Please email to request an appointment. See for location and pick up details.

This sale will contain limited computers, electronics, technology, books, lost & found, etc. Grand Rapids Community College cannot guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appointment). Purchased items not picked up will be returned to stock.

Questions should be directed to, Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing at (616) 234-3850 or email

Grand Rapids Community College has the right to reject any or all bids as deemed necessary in the best interest of the college.

Changes made to policies

A summary of recent changes to several college policies:

*Multiple Associate Degree

Students may be awarded a second associate degree subject to the following stipulations:

1. Students may earn only one transfer degree (Associate of Arts and only one Associate of Science).

2. The Associate of General Studies degree may not be earned as an additional degree.

3. Subsequent associate degree(s) must each include a minimum of an additional 15 unique semester credit hours earned at GRCC.

4. Degree and program requirements for the additional degree will be based on the catalog that is in effect when the student officially elects the new degree and/or program.

5. No additional degree will be granted in the same program or curriculum in which the first degree was earned.
*GRCC Generated Graduation

Students will automatically be awarded the degrees and certificates that they earn at GRCC. Students will have the opportunity to decline these credentials.


*Acceptance of C-Grades

  • · GRCC will continue its current practice of accepting grades of C- from transfer institutions.
  • · When prerequisites are determined for progression within a degree, a grade of C- or higher must be earned.
  • · Only those departments that offer subject specific pre-requisites, as noted in the current catalog, may continue to use a grade of C or some other earned grade/score to determine progression in a degree program or discipline. These departments will continue to accept C- grades from transfer institutions.


*Textbook Policy

A. Every course shall have an adopted text. Course packs and electronic media can be considered textbooks.

B. Textbooks shall be adopted for no less than two consecutive years.

C. Textbooks shall be adopted through the process established by the respective department/discipline and ordered by the Department Head/Program Director or their designee.

D. Textbooks, which are adopted by the department/discipline, shall be used by all faculty teaching that course.

E. Textbook selection will include the following three primary considerations: 1) quality of content to meet course learning outcomes, 2) cost to students, and 3) equal access as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendment (ADAA, Section 504 of the Civil Rights Act of 1973).

F. Variation from this policy and unusual text selection circumstances shall be resolved with the Department Head/Program Director and with the appropriate Dean or Associate Dean.

G. Departments that order textbooks that are electronic or are bundled with electronic media containing courseware or software applications must acquire a sufficient number of licenses for the College to use in its computer labs and classrooms.


*Common Syllabus Components

All full-time and adjunct faculty are required to have the common components below included as a part of their course syllabus.  Faculty may include additional information in their course syllabus, but the common components below constitute the minimum expectations.




*Mandatory First Year Experience (FYE)

Beginning Winter 2014,  students new to GRCC who are enrolled in a degree seeking program and have a high school GPA of less than 3.0 are required to complete a college learning success course, CLS 100 (Introduction to College: New Student Experience).  [Students placing into two or more developmental courses are required to enroll in PY097 instead of CLS 100]

Students have the option of attempting a CLS 100 Challenge Exam.  Passing this exam will exempt a student from the course.


Students must complete the course requirement [CLS 100 or PY 097] their first semester of classes taken at GRCC.


A degree-seeking student who has already successfully completed 12 or more credits of college-level courses at GRCC, another college or university or has received GRCC transfer credit for these courses will not be required to complete CLS 100.


*Library Collection Development

The purpose of the GRCC Library collection is to support and enhance the curriculum and instruction programs at GRCC in order to promote learning and achievement.  The Library serves a diverse community of learners and the collection will reflect an extensive range of subjects, with emphasis placed on general research sources.  Library faculty must adequately develop and maintain the collection using the guidelines set forth in this policy to satisfy the purpose of the collection, the mission of the Library, and the mission of the College.


*Faculty Ethics Policy

Reviewed policy.  Approved with no revisions.


8.2 Mandatory Placement updated policy

  • Under section X. Procedures add MA 098 to the list of courses
  • Under section X. Procedures, update the title to the Associate Dean of Student Success and Retention
  • Under section X. Procedures, add the statement: Students placing into two or more developmental classes are also required to enroll and complete PY 097.  Students will not be permitted to self-enroll until this course has been completed with a grade of C- or higher.


Nursing students, faculty travel to Costa Rica


Nursing faculty Sherry Knoppers and Dawn Zuigeest-Craft were scheduled to depart from Grand Rapids today while making their way along with 13  students to Costa Rica as part of a 10-day experience. This experience is part of “AD 245/258 Community/Transcultural Nursing” clinical courses. Students will implement effective strategies to support health promotion and disease prevention using the nursing process, critical thinking and communication skills in a community setting and much more.


  • The Costa Rica AD 248/258 Study Away Proposal was approved on January 14, 2013.
  • All participants were screened and approved (good academic standing, clean code of conduct and background check).
  • In compliance with College Sponsored Travel Policy, all travel documents have been collected and copies provided to Campus Police.
  • Sherry, Chief Whitman, Sara Dorer and Michael Schavey met last week to review emergency and non-emergency protocol.
  • All students are enrolled for Fall 2013.

Let’s wish Sherry, Dawn and our students the best of luck and safe travels!

Daily happenings of their experience can be found at:

Bostwick Commons added to Roaming Zones — volunteers needed

Hello everyone!

Many of you have volunteered in the past to help at information stations during the first week of classes.  Once again, we are seeking your help.  However, we’re changing things up a bit this year!

In a document written by Terry O’ Banion (published in 2013) titled, Access, Success, and Completion: A Primer for Community College Faculty, Administrators, Staff, and Trustees, he provides the following charge, “Colleges committed to the Completion Agenda should involve all faculty, administrators, support staff, and returning students to help new students make connections in their first encounters with the college” (p.18.)

This is your chance to be a part of that charge!  Instead of sitting at tables and waiting for questions, this year we’ll be assigning our volunteers Roaming Zones.  You will wear GRCC identifiers (provided by Student Life for your shift) and will be carrying a tablet computer with the resources/info you might need.  You will then wander, mingle and roam, engaging with the students as they come into our buildings and walk around campus.  You will welcome them, ask if they need help, and if time allows, engage in conversation about how they are doing, what they are experiencing, etc.!

This should be a fun experience for us and a welcoming experience for our new students.  We encourage you to bring your business cards, so if you make a connection or a referral, the student can use you as a contact person, if necessary.

Please sign up to help!  We need a LOT of volunteers to make this work.  The links for sign up spreadsheets are listed here (if you experience any issues with the sign up process, please contact Liz Tyrell at

  • Bostwick Commons Roaming Zone Sign Up — click here.
  •  4th Floor Main Roaming Zone Sign Up — click here.
  •  2nd Floor Main Roaming Zone Sign-Up — click here.
  • ATC/LRC Outside Roaming Zone Sign-Up — click here.
  •  Sneden 1st Floor Roaming Zone Sign-Up — click here.

Thank your for your commitment to our students!