GRCC In the News, 9-3-13

Tom Rademacher: Haven for young people with Asperger’s reminds us quirks are good

Aug. 30, 2013; MLive

We all need a haven.

… Ethan Robert Patterson volunteers at Guiding Light Mission, Habitat for Humanity and Noorthoek Academy, a school within Grand Rapids Community College designed for students with special needs.

500 backpacks given to kids

Aug. 30, 2013; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Volunteers teamed up Thursday to give 500 backpacks with school supplies to children in Grand Rapids.

… Volunteers from the bank, Revolution Christian Church and Grand Rapids Community College handed out the free backpacks, supplies and even pizza.

West Michigan’s Take the Stairs week kicks off Tuesday

Sept. 1, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Holland — Three West Michigan health departments hope more people head for the stairs instead of the elevator next week.

… “We thought it would be good to get the schools involved in this. Students are going back to Grand Valley, Aquinas, GRCC (and) Hope. We know they’re a generation that we need to keep physically active.”

Saints soccer scores last-second victory

Sept. 1, 2013; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College men’s soccer team is now 2-0 on the young season after defeating Bethel College 2-1 on Saturday. The Saints scored the game-winning goal with just five seconds left on the clock to defeat the Pilots.

… With just seconds left to go in the second-half, the game was still knotted at one and seemed destined for overtime. However, junior Matt Jackson (Kalamazoo/Kalamazoo Christian) had other ideas. The transfer from Grand Rapids Community College scored an unassisted goal with just five seconds remaining in the game to give the Saints a 2-1 victory.

Kater, Tipton out indefinitely following 59-9 blowout loss

Aug. 31, 2013;

Football saw its offensive backfield disintegrated through injuries at Michigan Saturday.

… The Montague-native (Cody Kater) moved on to Grand Rapids Community College with his sights on returning to Division I football and after guiding the team to an 11-0 record, he joined the CMU football team.

GRCC Staff Prayer Meeting

Harry Lew and Paul Phifer, advisers of the GRCC Christian Fellowship, the Christian registered student organization on campus, invites all administrators, faculty, and staff to a beginning of the school year prayer meeting this Friday, September 6, from 12:00 to 12:30 PM in Student Center Room 336.

We will pray for the well-being of the college and all its staff and students.

GRCC’s geography honor society earns national recognition

awardphotoGamma Theta Upsilon, an international honor society in geography, has given its 2013 Honors Chapter Award to GRCC’s Lambda Upsilon Chapter.

“Your chapter is commended not only for recognizing the superior scholarship of your geography students but also for planning activities that celebrate and spread the word about geography to your campus and community,” Mike Longan, second vice president of Gamma Theta Upsilon’s executive committee, wrote in an email to GRCC geography professor Mike DeVivo. “Your chapter’s service to geography and to others through geography is remarkable.”

The GRCC chapter was chartered in 2007 and remains Gamma Theta Upsilon’s only community college chapter.

Healthcare information session set for September

You can learn about GRCC’s Healthcare Programs and get your questions answered at an information session from noon to 1 p.m. September 20, 2013, at Tassell M-TEC.

Health Certification Programs that will be covered in this information session are:

All information sessions are free, and you are under no obligation to enroll in a course when you attend these sessions. To register, click here.

Take the Stairs Week starts today


As you travel around campus this week, think stairs!

The health departments in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties have teamed up with other West Michigan agencies to launch Take the Stairs Week, which runs today through Sept. 6. For those employees involved in Staff Development’s fitness challenge, taking those pedometers to the stairwells is a great way to log more steps!

SSPD Grants: September Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., September 27, 2013. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the Professional Development Grants area of the Grants Department website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Associate Director of Grants and Resource Development at 234-3340 or Good luck!

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.