GRCC In the News, 12-6-13

Why GRCC is training staff how to use, analyze student performance data

Dec. 6, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Instructors at Grand Rapids Community College used to wait weeks to get results from data requests that showed how their students were performing in subsequent classes.

GRCC students, faculty share talent in holiday concerts

Dec. 5, 2013;  News International

Dec. 5, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is celebrating the season with a series of holiday concerts showcasing students vocal and instrumental talents.

Four Grand Valley State women’s basketball players reach double digits in loss to Ashland

Dec. 5, 2013; MLive

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Grand Valley State women’s basketball team had its eyes set on a second straight upset, but it was not meant to be. The Lakers opened GLIAC play on Thursday (Dec. 5) night with a 76-73 loss to Ashland at Grand Rapids Community College’s Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.

Library has adjusted hours in January

The  library normally follows the approved Academic Calendar. For that reason, library hours will be adjusted in January:

Jan 2-3, 6-10, 2014 —  Campus is open, but there are no classes; library is open 8am-5pm with limited services.

Jan 4-5 and 11-12 (weekends)  — Library is CLOSED.

Jan 13 — Library begins regular winter hours

December 9-20 Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

We still have a few weeks before the holiday shutdown. If your office has experienced a slowdown which would allow you to be away for a short time, please consider attending any of the classes detailed below. Registration is open to all Staff and Faculty and is available online at the following link: or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Defusing Rude Behavior

Tue Dec 10, 2013

9-11:00 AM

124 ATC

It can be difficult to know how to react when you are confronted with rude behavior. This course examines a number of cases of rude behavior and provides participants with effective tactics to responding in these situations.

Cancer Warriors Network

Wed Dec 11, 2013

12-1:30 PM

Room 302E DeVos Center, GVSU GR 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. These network meetings are 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.

Best Practices for Email – SESSION FULL

Thu Dec 12, 2013

9:30-1:30 AM

351 Main

Etiquette for email is discussed as well as tactics for dealing with email overload.

Cross Cultural Communication

Mon Dec 16, 2013

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

122 LRC

In GRCC’s Woodrick Diversity Learning Center’s Cross Cultural Communication workshop, participants explore the history of their own communication style, and how it affects their current ability to enjoy and employ successful communication. They will experiment with relevant workplace communication examples. The program provides a safe place for participants to: Examine the intent of communication; Acknowledge that all of us have unspoken prejudices and assumptions; Apply cross cultural communication skills to customer service situations; Develop skills to manage difficult conversations utilizing appropriate communication.

Strengths 101

Wed Dec 18, 2013

1:30 – 3:30 PM

118 ATC

People of all ages continually face the challenges of gaining direction, making decisions and building self-confidence. Fortunately, the keys to successfully meeting these challenges; your own natural talents – already exist within you. The Gallup StrengthsQuest program is designed to build your awareness of your talents and then show you how to develop and apply your strengths in academics, careers, relationships, leadership and the various adventures that produce your greatest achievements.

Alzheimer Support Group

Thu Dec 19, 2013

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Room 302C, DeVos Center, GVSU GR Campus

Whether you are caring for an aging loved one who can no longer live without your help or for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, GVSU recognizes the challenges that you are facing. Being a caregiver 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. Get the support that you need by attending the GVSU Caregiver and Alzheimer’s Support Group.

Body fat clinic offered in January

Mark your calendars for January 21st from 11-1 pm. The Wellness Department will be offering a free follow-up body fat clinic at the Ford Fieldhouse. If you weren’t able to make it to the body fat clinic this semester, you are still welcome to come and get your body fat tested for free!