GRCC In the News, 10-31-13

GRCC first GWO-accredited wind safety training provider in US

Oct. 29, 2013; WGVU

The Global Wind Organization has recognized Grand Rapids Community College as an accredited site for training wind farm workers in industry safety standards. WGVU’s Caroline MacGregor reports.

5 vie for 3 Belding City Council seats

Oct. 30, 2013; The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Five candidates have thrown their hats into the ring for the three available Belding City Council seats.


Education: I am a graduate of Grandville High School and Grand Rapids Community College. I attended the GRCC Police Academy and received an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement.

Student Flu Shots TODAY

Tell your students, say boo to the flu with a flu shot!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

25 Farside Room, Student Center

Open to all GRCC Students!

Cost: $25

Payment can be made with cash, check, or RaiderCard.
For questions, call Student Affairs at (616) 234-3925
or e-mail

Experiential Learning Department blog highlights ‘Soctober,’ Schools of Hope partnership

The November Newsletter/Blog for the Experiential Learning Department is High lighting some awesome Faculty members and also great community events. Check us out on the Blog at:

Here are our November High lights:

1. “SOCKTOBER” is a national campaign to collect socks for local organizations that serve homeless individuals. Check it out and help serve our community.

2. Kent County Department of Human Services: The Kent County Department of Human Services is excited to be expanding its Community Resource Program (CRP) in Kent County. The Kent County Department of Human Services helps families in our community in a variety of ways. Check out more information on the Experiential Learning Blog.

3. Grand Rapids Community College Academic Service Learning Faculty: Faculty of the Month:

Kate Byerwalter and Tom Mulder.

Please see their interviews and also information provided to help us all learn why academic service learning is so important for GRCC Faculty, GRCC students, and the community.

4. Experiential Learning Department has partnered with Schools of Hope. Please see a list of all Grand Rapids Public Schools offering this great program. Need more information, contact Melanie Schiele Gady at 616-234-3430 or Check it out on the Blog:

5. Michigan Campus Compact Award.
Please send deserving nominations to Michael Schavey.

6. Have questions in regards to Academic Service Learning? Contact any Service Learning Task Team Member. We will help answer your questions and guide you in your academic service learning processes. The team leader, Associate Director, of the Experiential Learning Department, Michael Schavey, is of course always available to help us all out. Thanks Mike!

Task Team Members

Jennifer Batten

Kate Byerwalter

Leigh Kleinert

Melanie Schiele Gady

Michael Schavey

Sandra Andrews

Sara Rose

Sherry Knoppers

Dillon Carr

November 1 is deadline for United Way drawing

A reminder: November 1 is the last day you can turn in your United Way forms and be eligible for the drawing to win a Kindle Fire.

We will accept forms after that date, but you won’t be eligible for the prize. To date, we have received $33,219 in pledges, with 254 employees returning their forms. Don’t forget that you can get ready of your excess coins in jugs around campus.

Last year’s campaign raised $42,182.

GRCC teams up with Stellafly’s Grad Pix program

On Tuesday, October 29th, Admissions & Enrollment Center staff fanned out across Grand Rapids to partner with Stellafly’s Grad Pix program. Stellafly provides free professional photography sittings to all Grand Rapids Public School seniors. GRCC representatives were on hand to congratulate students, give them a drawstring bag of goodies, encourage them to pursue post secondary education, and answer any questions they had about GRCC. We met with nearly 300 students at 6 different schools.

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Flu shots available today

This flu season, don’t get caught without your flu vaccine. Protect yourself by getting vaccinated.

Flu shots will be provided to GRCC staff. Students are excluded. Cost to GRCC Staff will be $17 cash or check payable to GRCC. Flu shots will be administered by Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses.

Employees covered under Priority Health, WMHIP or MESSA must bring their insurance cards in order for Spectrum Health to bill on your behalf.

Flu Shot Clinic
Thursday, October 31, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(ATC) Banquet Room 118


Staff Development has invited Mike Faber, from GRCC’s Older Learner Center, to present three workshops for staff and faculty during the winter semester. Registration is available online by clicking on the following link:, or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Caregiving 101

Tue Jan 28, 2014

10-11 AM

Location TBD

Learn about available community resources to assist family caregivers of older persons, and important tips on caregiver self-care.

Understanding Death, Dying and Bereavement

Wed Feb 26, 2014

10-11 AM

Location TBD

Death is an inevitable part of life, yet we live in a death denying society. Join us to learn some basic information on death, dying and bereavement within American culture. The primary goal of this workshop is increased understanding and empathy for those experiencing the dying process and/or the death of someone close.

Health Promotion and Models of Health Behavior Change

Thu Mar 27, 2014

10-11 AM

Location TBD

Health promotion is not rocket science. When asked most people know the right things to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So why is it that so many of us fail to live a healthy lifestyle? This workshop will examine basic health promotion concepts and various models of health behavior change.

Reminder: Fieldhouse to close early on November 1

This coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 1-3, 2013, the Ford Fieldhouse is scheduled to host the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Region XII Women’s Volleyball Tournament.  As we prepare the facility for this large-scale undertaking, all general exercise and recreational areas of the Ford Fieldhouse will close at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

RaiderCard app available

Did you know you can now put money on your Raider Card using  your smart phone?

Introducing the FREE RaiderCard mobile app eAccounts!

If you have an iPhone, iPod Touch or Android smartphone, you can now download a free App called eAccounts to easily manage your RaiderCard account. The eAccounts app will allow you to view your RaiderCard account balance, transaction history, deactivate your card, and make a deposit from your mobile device*.

iPhone and iPod touch users:

  1. Click here, to download eAccounts, or simply open App Store and search for “Blackboard Transact Mobile eAccounts.”
  2. After the app is installed on your phone, select “Grand Rapids Community College” from the list of colleges and universities.
  3. Tap on “RaiderCard” and then on “Grand Rapids Community College” to sign in to the mobile app.
  4. Sign in to eAccounts with your network username & password (the same username and password as Blackboard, Student Email, &Campus Computers.) To reset your campus login go to

Android devices users:

  1. Click here, to download eAccounts, or simply open Google Play Store and search for “Blackboard Transact eAccounts.”
  2. After the app is installed, tap “add a site.”
  3. Select “Grand Rapids Community College” from the list of colleges and universities.
  4. Sign in to eAccounts with your network username & password (same username and password as Blackboard, Student Email, &Campus Computers.) To reset your campus login go to

* Note: In order to be able to make a deposit using the eAccounts mobile app, you will first need to make a deposit via the eAccounts website and save a payment method.

Benefit fair is today

The 2013 Annual GRCC Benefit Fair is Thursday October 31, 2013 from 11:00am thru 3:00pm in the ATC Building. Stop by for a 5 minute chair massage, participate in various raffles, and meet with participating vendors. You can even get your flu shot!!!

GRCC In the News, 10-30-13

GRCC becomes first GWO-accredited wind safety training provider in U.S.

Oct. 29, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Community College became the first training provider in the United States to be awarded the Global Wind Organization accreditation to deliver basic safety training to wind farm workers.

Residents pressure public college to defund play about gay men featuring nude actors

Oct. 29, 2013;

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has come under scrutiny this past week from residents and trustees for financially supporting a play about the lives of gay men featuring a nude actor.

Smyrna native is newest ICSO deputy

Oct. 29, 2013; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

Justin Laux has joined the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy.

… He holds an associate degree in criminal justice from Grand Rapids Community College, and graduated from the GRCC Police Academy in November 2012.

College Notebook: Area volleyball stars shine at college

Oct. 29, 2013; The Battle Creek Enquirer

… The Kellogg Community College volleyball season came to an end Oct. 24 with a three-set loss to Grand Rapids CC.


The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that involves participants in a personal journey towards greater understanding of inclusion (regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, and disability, as reflected in the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the primary goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals should be treated and respected as human beings.

GRCC places a strong emphasis on ensuring that our work and learning environment is free from any form of discrimination, and harassment. SafeZone is a key tool that helps us accomplish this goal. The next session will be held on: 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, in the Diversity Learning Center conference room (Learning Center Room 122). Please register at

33 presenters take part in writing seminar

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The English Department’s writing conference Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People was a big success in 2013.

We welcomed 33 presenters who wowed over 950 students with their impressive presentation styles and relevant ideas.

Students report learning that writing matters at GRCC, at four-year institutions, on social networking sites, in email communications and in fields ranging from computer programming, to chemistry, in criminal justice and the social sciences and beyond.

On Wednesday, Diversity Lecture Series presenter Emily Bazelon met with students and answered their questions about bullying.

On Thursday evening at our closing event, seven creative writers read their wonderful work, including poetry, fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction: Katie Kalisz, David Cope, Barb Saunier, Mursalata Muhammad, Krista Katrovas, Mike Sikkema, and Caitlin Horrocks.

Here are the links to a few of the Who Cares? presentations:

Lapidary Style of Writing in the Age of Information

Writing Expectations at Four-year Institutions

Journalism Today

Turning Ideas Into Scripts Into Video

Spending Time Too Proofread and Edit You’re Writing, $100; Protecting ur Image, Priceless!

Expressive Journaling

Interview with Emily Bazelon