GRCC In the News, 10-24-13

Journalist to speak about bullying for GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series

Oct. 22, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Emily Bazelon, a senior editor at Slate Magazine, will speak Wednesday at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, about bullying and its impact on children.

Bazelon, appearing as part of GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series, will begin her lecture at 7 p.m. Her discussion is titled after her latest book, “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.

Restaurant Week 2013: More than 17,000 meals raise $17,000 for culinary scholarship fund

Oct. 23, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The numbers are in: 17,135 meals were consumed during Restaurant Week Grand Rapids 2013.

That means a $17,135 check was presented to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education for its Scholarship Fund as each of the restaurants donated $1 from each meal sold during the promotion.

Smashburger founder Tom Ryan to be honored by Grand Rapids high school alma mater

Oct. 23, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In high school, Smashburger founder Tom Ryan discovered what clicked for him: chemistry. Since then, the Grand Rapids native has taken his food chemistry passion worldwide, creating some of today’s most popular foods eaten at restaurant chains.

… (Joe) Hesse, who taught at West Catholic for 15 years before taking a job teaching physical science for teachers at Grand Rapids Community College 30 years ago, has fond memories of his former student.

KVCC volleyball team heads to state finals

Oct. 23, 2013; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — The Kalamazoo Valley Community College volleyball team will compete in the MCCAA State Finals this weekend in Jackson.

… A recent notable victory was when the Cougars beat the Grand Rapids Community College team on their own home court, something that hadn’t happened in three years.


NEW TWIST for United Way campaign!

As your United Way Captain and GRCC Today information has indicated, we ask that all United Way pledge forms be returned. We do this so that we can be sure that all employees have been asked and have the opportunity to be part of the campaign for our West Michigan community.

As an incentive to complete your pledge form by the end of our campaign…..please return your pledge form by Friday, November 1 to be included in a raffle (YES, we are extending the campaign deadline by an additional week).

All employees who return a pledge form will be eligible for a raffle…..we have a donation for this incentive….it is a Kindle Fire!

(Kindle Fire HDX 7″, HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB …. valued at $229 per this morning!)

All returned pledge forms are eligible for the drawing! (You are not required to donate to be eligible)
Pledge forms are to be returned to Cathy Wilson in Human Resources.

We will be collecting coins through November 1, and you can donate $1 per day to wear jeans  for the extended week.

Thank you for your support and a big THANKS to all the Captains who are helping to share information about the good work of our West Michigan United Way.

Update on fire alarm testing

In reference to this morning’s fire alarm in Main/Cook: There was an inspection of the fire suppression system scheduled this morning (Oct. 24) with the State Fire Marshall for the Art Gallery on 4 Main. This was supposed to be a very short and contained test; however, the contractor that was sent to activate it was not as familiar with the system as those sent in the past, and he accidentally activated the entire system. We apologize for the inconvenience; the situation was resolved as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

IT newsletter includes details of multimedia systems at Cook, Main

The October 2013 issue of the IT newsletter includes details on the multimedia systems installed in Cook and Main. To see the newsletter, click here.

Too late for this edition is a Blackboard Learn update:

After doing some investigation and finding periods of sporadic slowness with Blackboard this fall we decided to add more processing power to the Blackboard server environment. We completed this work around 5:00 AM this morning. If you are having any issues, please contact the IT Support desk at 234-4357.

Scheduled Maintenance: PeopleSoft, Online Center, CWIS

CWIS, PeopleSoft Student, including the Online Center, will be down from 10:00 PM on Friday, October 25th, until 7:00 AM on Monday, October 28th for required maintenance.

For students and faculty using the Online Center, there will be no change in how the system looks.

FOR USERS WITH ADMINISTRATIVE (i.e. not Wxxxxxxx) ACCOUNTS ONLY, there will be a new look and feel for the menu, which will have the same items and favorites but will drop down from the top of the browser window instead of starting as a list of links at the left. The Favorites menu will also now include a “Recently Used” menu that will show the last five pages used.

If you are a user with an administrative (not Wxxxxxxx) account, you may preview the menu enhancements by pointing your browser to PSTEST and then clicking on the CSMOVE1 link under the 8.53 Tools Testing Environment heading and logging in as normal. (This is a testing database with older data so please do not worry that data you see does not look the same as in production.) You will need to click the drop-down arrows under Favorites or Main Menu at the top of the page after you are logged in to get started. Please give the new menus a test drive before October 28th.

By noon on Monday, October 28th, we will send instructions that you will need to follow before you can run any stand-alone Crystals.

If you have questions, concerns, or experience issues on Monday please contact IT Customer Support at 616-234-HELP(4357).

Anna Rose joins ISIS

Anna Rose

Anna Rose

Please welcome Anna Rose, new ESP in ISIS. Anna graduated from Cornerstone University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and completed her Master’s in Management from Cornerstone University in September of this year. Previously, she held a position through GRCC on the Lakeshore campus at Ottawa County MI Works as a Trade Program Specialist. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, and also enjoys traveling. Anna is excited for the opportunity to get to know staff on the main campus as she continues her employment with GRCC in this new role!

Raider Salute for adjunct event

From Human Resources: “We would like to extend a Raider Salute to HR Adjunct Coordinator Lydia Cruz and our many faculty and staff members who participated in our tremendously successful Adjunct Event for Fall 2013 on Saturday, October 19. Sixty-one potential adjunct faculty were welcomed by Associate Deans Casey Cornelius, Paula Sullivan and Bill Faber and enjoyed discussion with GRCC Adjunct Faculty panelists Bertha Chivis, Lourdes Lancel and Cheryl Kautz, and Education Professor Deb Vilmont’s presentation on faculty professional development at GRCC. Faculty members Cedric Williams, Deborah Nordman, Janice Balyeat, Jennifer Batten, Jonathan Larson, Robert Leunk, Robert Long, Tamara Mcdiarmid, and Mike Light assisted in identifying invitees and speaking with them after the presentations. Staff members Teresa Vander Jagt, Tim Zerfas, Dewayn Faber, Jeremy Osborn, Lisa Donaldson, Melissa Polanco-Nunez, and the Human Resources Team rounded out the planning/staffing roles. Thank you to all!”

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First aid/CPR courses for construction industry are scheduled for January

Prepare for and prevent medical emergencies in the construction trades industry with the First Aid/CPR Initial Certification course. This course covers primary assessment, heart problems, fractures, wounds and bandaging, stroke and shock management, eye injury, dislocation and splinting, obstructed airways, exposure to cold, control of bleeding, electrical injuries, back, head and neck injuries, epileptic seizures, and one-rescuer CPR. Sessions are scheduled for 6-10 p.m. January 20 and 27, 2014, at Tassell M-TEC. The cost is $60. To register, click here.

After completion, you will be certified in First Aid/CPR and will receive an official card. Initial certification expires two years after completion. To maintain certification, you must then take a recertification class. The next session is set for 6-10 p.m. January 16 at Tassell M-TEC for $50. To register, click here.

Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People: Thursday, October 24

At this event, you will learn how writing relates to your future career, goals and interests. The workshop presenters come from a variety of backgrounds, and you will walk away with knowledge and tools that support your professional and academic success.

Everyone is welcome to participate in this learning experience. All workshops are free and held in the Applied Technology Center (ATC) on GRCC’s main campus.

Thursday, October 24

8-9am—Bethann Talsma, “Spending Time Too Proofread and Edit You’re Writing, $100; Protecting ur Image, Priceless!” ATC 124

10-11am—John Rumery, “Everything Communicates,” ATC 120

10-11am—Tom Terrill, Kibichii Chelilim, Corinne Cozzaglio and Rachel Bickford, “Writing Expectations at Four-Year Institutions,” ATC 124

11:15-12:15pm—Maryann Lesert, “Writing and Activism,” ATC 124

12:30-1:30pm—Joanne Catania, “Is Being a Police Officer More Guts and Glory or Pen and Paper?” ATC 120

12:30-1:30pm—Kathleen Owens, “How to Use Language to Avoid Stereotypes and Create an Inclusive Community,” ATC 124

2-3pm—Susan Williams and Dr. Robert Hendershot, “‘But This Isn’t an English Class!’: How and Why We Write in History Courses,” ATC 120

2-3pm—Nikki Banks, “Who Cares? Why Bother? The Impact of Excellent Writing Skills in the Field of Criminal Justice,” ATC 124

3:15-4:15pm—Marne Apolo, “Expressive Journaling,” ATC 124

3:15-4:15pm—Moss Ingram, “DNA Test Your Writing,” ATC 120

7pm—Creative Writing Reading, ATC 168

Employees, students invited to Zumba party

Come join us for a FREE ZUMBA PARTY sponsored by the Wellness Department and Employee Wellness!

Everyone is welcome: staff, faculty & students — come as you are or throw on a Halloween costume!

Friday October 25, 3:30 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse Balcony.

Questions? contact Jodi Gee or Julie Otte.