GRCC In the News, 10-15-13

40 Under Forty 2013

Grand Rapids Business Journal

… Eric Mullen/Associate Dean of Enrollment Management & Financial Aid/Grand Rapids Community College.

… Alexis Ader/Owner/Signs with Design.

… Justin Swan/Vice President/Organicycle.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Ader and Swan were GRCC students.)

Inside Track: Robinson likes being able to change lives

Oct. 11, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Jamiel Robinson is a busy man who is trying to make a difference in the community, but someday he hopes to live up to the example set by his grandfather.

… After high school, Robinson took classes at Grand Rapids Community College, thinking he would pursue a degree in web and game design. That idea quickly changed as he discovered it involved far more computer language than he was prepared for. Having to learn a dozen or so programming languages wasn’t a selling point for someone who struggled in foreign language classes in high school.

Muskegon Community College recap: Volleyball continues its winning ways

Oct. 14, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Community College volleyball team stretched its win streak to six games last week with a pair of victories.

… The top-ranked Jayhawks also defeated No. 2-ranked Grand Rapids Community College, 25-10, 16-25, 31-29, 25-16, on Oct. 10.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

Oct. 15, 2013;

… Grand Rapids Community College freshman Katlyn Agren (Cadillac H.S.) had seven kills and two digs for the Raiders’ volleyball team in a 25-8, 25-6, 25-15 win over Lansing Community College on Oct. 8.


Thu Oct 24, 2013 from 3:45 – 6:15 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center multi-purpose room)

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.

Learning Objectives: Participants will understand their role in the selection of excellent candidates for staff and faculty positions and the hiring objectives, and legal parameters for assessing and recommending future staff and faculty members.

Workshop facilitated by employees in the Diversity Learning Center and Human Resources Department.

Staff and Faculty, please register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Physical Sciences Faculty, Staff and Students Participate in National Chemistry Week Activities

The annual Chemistry in the Mall activity was held on Saturday, October 12th in Muskegon.  The event is sponsored by the West Michigan division of the American Chemical Society (WMACS).  The Physical Sciences Department hosted two activity tables that included making slime and silly putty, doing magic-marker chromatography and assembling fruit batteries.  Thirty GRCC students, who are enrolled in courses taught by Linda Bramble, Tom Neils and Bernard Liburd, showed off their knowledge of chemistry to hundreds of children and adults in the community and many earned Academic Service Learning credit.  Adjunct faculty members Jim Krikke and Duane VandenBrink and former GRCC student Kat Wirth demonstrated how much fun chemistry can be by putting on Chemistry Shows on the event main stage.  Bernard Liburd and Jennifer Batten coordinated the Physical Sciences Department role in the event. Thank you to Pam Scott and Leah VanHartesveldt for all of their help in readying the supplies and materials for the tables.

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Construction Trades courses planned for 2014

Plan now for GRCC’s Construction Trades courses!

The following classes have been scheduled:

  • MIOSHA Construction – Part 32 Aerial Work Platforms & Devices will run 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. January 14, 2013.
  • Excavations / The Grave Danger will run 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 4.
  • MIOSHA Construction – Part 2 Masonry Wall Bracing will run 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. April 30.

For details, click here.


Staff Development is pleased to offer this highly interactive program which will teach techniques for effective conflict resolution and expose individuals to the different ways that people react in conflict situations. It will show them what their preferred strategy is in conflict, and then help them plan to use a more integrating style of conflict resolution more effectively at work.


  • Causes and misconceptions of conflict
  • Benefits of productively resolving conflict
  • Conflict Strategies – understanding different styles and assessing your own
  • Conflict Resolution Model – learning to productively address and resolve conflict for organizational and personal health
  • Situational Exercises.

Conflict Strategies **This is a two-part course. Participants must commit to both sessions. Part 1 will be presented on Fri Oct 18 and Part 2 will be presented on Fri Oct 25th. Both sessions will run from 9-11:00 AM and will be held in Room 125/127 CSC**

Open to all GRCC Staff and Faculty. Registration is available at the following link:

Please contact Staff Development at ext. 4285 if you need registration assistance.