GRCC In the News, 2-10-14

GRCC joins other community colleges in statewide marketing association

Feb. 7, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Marketing and communications representatives from the 28 community colleges in Michigan, including Grand Rapids Community College, announced a new statewide organization this week: the Michigan Community College Marketing and Communications Association.

GRCC Christian Fellowship volunteers at Kids Food Basket

Saturday morning, February 8, the GRCC Christian Fellowship helped pack sack suppers at Kids’ Food Basket for underprivileged school children who would otherwise go hungry. Our shift helped make 2,400 sandwiches that morning. Kids’ Food Basket’s website gives the background of what we were doing:

The GRCC Christian Fellowship is the Christian club on campus and we regularly do service projects that serve the wider community. Our other activities include Bible studies, prayer, leadership training, and social activities. Everyone is welcome to join us. For more information about of our student organization, you can check out our “GRCC Christian Fellowship” Facebook page.

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Nominate an Outstanding Adult Learner from GRCC

Please support our adult and non-traditional students at GRCC by nominating them for the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education (GRAHEN) Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL) award. The OAL Banquet, held on April 16, 2014, recognizes and honors the academic achievements and community contributions of adult students from local higher education institutions.

Information and nomination forms are available by contacting the Admissions office.

The deadline for nominations is February 28.

Please contact Angela Salinas (Recruiter for Adult Enrollment and Outreach Coordinator) at ext. 3420 or with any questions and/or to submit nominations.

Thank you for your support and participation!

Rachel Crapo joins Criminal Justice, IRP offices

Rachel Crapo

Rachel Crapo

Please welcome Rachel Crapo, the new ESP in Criminal Justice and IRP offices. Rachel’s previous higher education experience was at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCS). At both of these institutions, she worked in Graduate Admissions, as a Recruiter and Communication and Events Planner at IIT and an Admission Counselor at TCS. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Saginaw Valley State University in 2009. Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and friends, seeing movies and going to the theater. She is excited to be a part of GRCC and looks forward to getting to know everyone on campus.

DLIT session includes bagels, donuts!

donutsandbagelsOn Tuesday, February 11 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM, DLIT will host a “Donuts and Distance Learning & Blackboard and Bagels” morning and all faculty are invited! The theme for this session is around the emerging technologies in the 2014 NMC Horizon Report ( and we’ll have Google Glass ( on hand!

When: Tuesday, February 11 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Drop by anytime – stay as long as you’d like!)

Where: 347 Main Building

For more information visit

At this donut event, we provide the rounds, and you arrive to enjoy, discuss, ask questions, share stories, and learn more about distance learning and Blackboard at GRCC! See you tomorrow.

Understand Copyright Law – The Library Can Help

Under GRCC policy, all employees must comply with copyright law.

The most straightforward way to guarantee compliance is to obtain a copyright holder’s written permission. When duplication services are needed for classroom use, instructors should be prepared to clearly demonstrate permission for things like pages from Instructor Manuals and Test Banks, copies of media, and online sources. At the discretion of Media Services or Print Solutions, further proof of permission may be required.

Anyone who disregards copyright does so at their own risk, assuming all liability, including criminal penalty as defined in Title 17 of the U.S. Code. Normally, this is not a matter involving the GRCC Legal Office.

Fair Use

There is no simple test to determine fair use; only the courts can authoritatively determine fair use. Section 107 of the Copyright Act sets forth four considerations to help you judge fair use.

  1. The purpose and character of use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

How the Library & Learning Commons (LLC) can help

Department liaison librarians can help you verify citations and help determine a copyright owner. They will show you how to create online linking solutions that are copyright compliant, and they can guide you through the process of obtaining your copyright clearance online.