Melanie Schiele-Gady receives the Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award

Melanie Schiele-Gady

Melanie Schiele-Gady

Michigan Campus Compact recognizes the contributions of faculty or staff in the areas of community service and service-learning.  Each campus selects one faculty or staff award recipient who uses modeling, influencing, or instruction to engage or influence students to be involved in community service or service-learning.

Melanie received her award among her peers while attending the Civic Engagement Institute on February 3rd at Grand Valley State University.

Her nomination stated…

It is my pleasure to support the nomination of Melanie Schiele-Gady for the 2013 Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service-Learning Award.  Melanie is a highly talented, devoted, and inspirational faculty member who has contributed significantly to the growth of the academic service-learning initiative at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).  Melanie has made a positive impact on her students, other faculty, administrators, GRCC, and the community as a whole.

Melanie has integrated service learning into her physical education courses specifically partnering with Grand Rapids Public Schools to introduce healthy living practices into elementary school curriculum.  A recent accomplishment was finishing second place in the 2013 Armen Awards a team competition event designed to inspire best practices for teaching and learning while using the principles of innovation and service learning.  Melanie reinforced her partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools by purchasing additional curriculum materials to sustain the service learning project.  Additionally, Melanie helps to coordinate the Service Learning Task Team, facilitate on-going faculty professional development training and maintain the Experiential Learning blog.

Melanie’s work with academic service-learning is an excellent example of the power of this pedagogy which impacts student learning, encourages engaged citizenship, and addresses community needs.  Her significant service to GRCC and to the larger community, through practice of community engagement and leadership, make her not only an outstanding asset to our institution, but also an important ambassador of the college to the community at-large.

Congratulations, Melanie Schiele-Gady!

GRCC In the News, 2-4-14

Top 5 Grand Rapids college performances: Can anyone top a game-winning buzzer beater?

Feb. 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Just competing last week was nearly worth a mention in our Top 5, given the harsh weather conditions. Cold, wind and snow won more than its share of games.

… NO. 1:  Courtney Hills spectacular shot comes against former team

Courtney Hill, who played at Kalamazoo Community College as a freshman before moving on this season to Grand Rapids Community College, returned to his former gym and delivered a jaw-dropping game-winner.

How did B1G’s top 2010 recruits pan out?

Feb. 3, 2014; ESPN

National signing day is less than 48 hours away, and Big Ten fan bases are preparing to officially welcome the 2014 class. My interest in recruiting has increased during the years, but I likely will never reach the mania of many fans.

… Top 50

No. 12: Demar Dorsey, S, Michigan — Although Dorsey signed with Michigan, he was denied admission to the school. He had a checkered past but reportedly was given no specific reason for the denial. Dorsey appeared headed to Louisville but never made it and played for Grand Rapids Community College in 2011. He planned to transfer to Hawaii in 2012 but never played for the Warriors.

2014 Student Leadership Awards (Deadline approaching)

Please take the time over the next of couple of weeks to nominate students and staff/faculty for the available leadership awards. Criteria for the awards can be found on the Student Life web page. The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 14, 2014.

Some of the student awards have compensation tied to them. There has to be a student(s) you know that is deserving of one of the awards. Low funds (resources) can sometimes prevent the student from persisting to the next semester.


Staff Development Highlights Communication and Feedback Skills Courses

The Employer’s Association has been invited to present three, two-part courses to GRCC Staff and Faculty in 2014. The two remaining courses will be offered in February and May. They will help leaders understand their strengths, overcome their weaknesses and apply their knowledge in a very practical world.

The courses that are available through Staff Development are:

  • Effective Communication Skills – Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014 and Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014 from 9-11 AM in Room 125 Calkins Science Center
  • Feedback Fundamentals – Friday May 9, 2014 and Friday May 16, 2014 from 9-11 AM in Room 203 Sneden Hall

There are a limited number of seats available – register today!

Registration is available and detailed descriptions can be found at the following link:

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