Experiential learning blog highlights American Legion project, Armen Awards

Please check out the Experiential Learning April BLOG at:  http://grccdel.wordpress.com/

April Highlights:
  1. Service Learning Project: Computer Support Technicians and American Legion Post 459 teamed up together
  2.  Service Learning: BI 151 students offered DNA Experiment to High School Learners
  3.  Reminder: Armen Awards April 25 visit the Experiential Learning Website for details: https://www.grcc.edu/thearmenawardsexcellenceinservicelearning

GRCC In the News, 3-31-14

Tom Rademacher: Award-winning archery champ shoots with his teeth

March 29, 2014; MLive

National archery champion Joe Wiseman draws his bow back with practiced deftness, his eyes focused on a target 60 feet away, about the length of a bowling alley.

… After high school, he found work at JK Masonry Inc. not far from his home then, lugging concrete blocks and mixing mud while attending Grand Rapids Community College.

North End’s H.E.A.R.T. a boxing gym where young and old improve performance

March 31, 2014; southcoasttoday.com (Mass.)

It takes more energy to punch nothing than something.

… Nineteen years ago, Sharik (Mendes) was a star running back and All-Scholastic athlete for New Bedford High, coming off a 34-touchdown career and headed off to Michigan to play at Grand Rapids Community College. That lasted one year. After a spring semester at UCLA, he popped up again at Santa Monica Community College in California for two more years.

How Stewart Edward White Hall at GRCC was renovated for the future while still honoring its past

March 27, 2014;  MLive

Historic buildings are a thing of beauty. They feature architecture we don’t see often on modern day buildings, giving us a glimpse of the past.

… For Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), this was the case for Stewart Edward White Hall.

Nominations sought for Excellence in Education awards

We all work alongside amazing individuals every day here at GRCC —  people who share their ideas, time and energy to make this place great.

Would you like to nominate one of these wonderful people for the Excellence in Education award?

This award will be given to an outstanding employee this year at Convocation at Fountain Street Church on August 21.  To learn more about this award or to nominate someone, please click here.


GRCC teams up with GVSU on ‘Meet the Buyers’

GRCC is partnering with GVSU to present

Regional Alliance for Diversity in Public Purchasing
Meet the Buyers: Back to Basis

Thursday, May 15, 2014
8:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Giveaway (must be present to win)
iPad Air
iPod Touch
3 Months of coaching (compliments of Partners in Action inc)

Early $10
Late $20

Grand Valley Loosemore Auditorium
401 Fulton St. W.
Grand Rapids MI 49504
Parking Info www.gvsu.edu/maps.htm

See the program: http://www.gvsu.edu/regionalalliance/

Workforce Training donates books for Read ‘n’ Give campaign

Workforce Training Staff collected over 400 books this month in honor of March being Reading Month! The books were donated by the staff for the Read n’ Give Campaign sponsored by The League Michigan, who distributes the books to three different organizations in the community.

The organizations are: United Way Schools of Hope: A program that tackles the problem of illiteracy by offering in-school tutoring, after-school literacy programs, and family literacy classes, the Salvation Army: a portion of the books donated will be given to families who are recipients of The Salvation Army’s service, Camp Blodgett: For over 90 years, Camp Blodgett has been serving young people in Kent County with superior programs like Camp Blodgett Club, youth council, and camp.

“Our goal was 250 books so when we counted them up, we were thrilled!” says Mandy Vandertil.

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Upward Bound welcomes new Academic Coordinator

The Upward Bound team is pleased to announce that they have filled their open position. Jennifer Bryant has accepted their offer of employment as the new Academic Coordinator. In that capacity Jennifer will be responsible for the academic development of the students involved with the Grand Rapids Community College Upward Bound program.

They’re excited to add Jennifer to their growing team. She brings 10 years of increasingly responsible experience in the youth development and school to college arena. The majority of her professional work has been centered on inspiring and encouraging teens and young adults. She will no doubt make a great addition to the Upward Bound collaborative. She is eager to connect and contribute to the college’s mission of inspiring students to meet the needs of the community and beyond. Please welcome her to the college. Her office will be located in 110 Sneden Hall.

Staff Development requesting your feedback


GRCC has received the PACE (Personal Assessment of the College Environment) results from the survey that was completed last fall. Now, it is important that we use the data to improve as an institution. We are now offering sessions for employees to learn more about the results and to talk about what improvement looks like. We will discuss the 10 topics or issues that were rated lowest, and focus on what steps can be taken toward improvement. We hope to see you at one of our sessions where you can take advantage of the opportunity to engage in the discussions around improvement. Please consider attending one of the two sessions detailed below. Your thoughts and feedback are crucial to making GRCC a better place for students and employees.

Putting Input Into Action
• Tue April 1st from 3-4:30 PM in Room 125 CSC
• Tue April 8th from 3-4:30 PM in Room 125 CSC

Registration for these sessions can be done online or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.


Grad Fest 2014 – Call for Volunteers!

GRCC’s Grad Fest event is one of our opportunities as faculty and staff to celebrate with our upcoming graduates. This event provides students with details regarding our commencement ceremony, information about paying back student loans, information on job opportunities, and much more! Grad Fest is taking place on Tuesday, April 8th in the Student Center, Multi-Purpose room from 10:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. We need volunteers to help make this event successful. If you are interested in volunteering for a 2 hour block of time that day, please contact Erin Cisler at ecisler@grcc.edu or (616) 234-3931.

GRCCePRINT Learning Sessions

GRCCePRINT is holding an open session on how to use the GRCCePRINT Online Ordering system as well as opportunities for you to see all the options for your print promotional material needs. Each session will hold 10 seats so please respond to grcceprint@grcc.edu to reserve your seat.

Thursday April 10th & Friday April 11th
Refreshments and Cookies will be available.
Session one is from 11:00am-12:00pm
Session two is from 12:30pm-1:30pm
Come to Main, G1 room 7, and learn while you earn another learning plan hour.

Carmen Bugan on BBCWNH on Saturday

GRCC Honor Graduate and famed poet and essayist Carmen Bugan, who won the 2011 Bakeless Prize for Burying the Typewriter and who leads off Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Century, joins her family as they return to Romania in the BBC World News Special, The Man Who Went Looking for Freedom. The show airs in the Grand Rapids area on the BBCWNH channel on 3/29, at 4:10 a.m., 3:10 p.m., and at 9:10 p.m.

Carmen’s father was a famous dissident who defied the Ceaucescu regime and spent years in prison; they all were spied upon and harassed by the Securitate during those years, eventually seeking asylum in the US Embassy. Carmen began her life in freedom at GRCC and went on to win honors at the University of Michigan, Poets’ House/Lancaster University, and Oxford University. Her academic study, Seamus Heaney and East European Poetry in Translation: Poetics of Exile, and her second book of poetry, House of Straw, were both published recently. Now, years later, Carmen and her family return to the homeland and home they had once known, to neighbors and others who once had spied upon them, and go through massive Securitate files now opened to them after decades. Their homecoming is a journey of both sorrow and forgiveness, and a deeper grasp of the many ways in which their own government invaded their lives.


HVAC/R Department introduces new Geothermal Class

The Heating, Air Conditioning, & Refrigeration Department is pleased to introduce a new course this summer: HVA-260 Geothermal Energy. Geothermal Heat Pumps are considered the most sustainable source of alternative energy and are used extensively for heating and cooling in both residential and commercial applications.
Students enrolled in HVA-260 will not only learn how to install, service, and maintain Geothermal Heat Pumps; upon completion they will also be issued accreditation as an installer of ground source heat pump systems through the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association. In addition, students will receive an installer’s card, certificate, and also a 3-year membership with IGSHPA.