March Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

Online registration is available at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285 if you need assistance.

Strengths 101

Fri Mar 7, 2014 from 9-11 AM in Room 103 Sneden

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. Workshop facilitated by MaryBeth Beighley

Identity Theft

Tue Mar 11, 2014 from 12-1 PM in Room 125 CSC

Part of the PNC Bank ‘Community Development Banking Lunch & Learn’ series. Each year, identity fraud costs American consumers billions of dollars. In this seminar, find out if you’re taking unnecessary risks with your identity. Learn what you should do if you become a victim of identity theft, and easy, preventative measures to help protect yourself. PNC Bank will be providing a complimentary lunch to all attending this presentation.

Bias Incident Protocol Training

Wed Mar 12, 2014 from 3:30-5 PM in Room 2270, Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU:  What is a biased incident? Do they happen at GRCC or GVSU? What do I do if I experience or witness one? The Team Against Bias (TAB) is a diverse group of faculty, staff and students at GVSU. The group was created to review information regarding bias incidents and implement strategies to educate and engage the campus community. TAB is committed to making certain that all faculty, staff and students know what a bias incident is and how to use their protocol for reporting such incidents. This training is both interactive and practical. This workshop presented by Members of the GVSU Team Against Bias (TAB).

What Mommies Do Best

Wed Mar 12, 2014 from 12-1 PM in Room 2201 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU AND WILL BE FACILITATED BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES CAREER SERVICES OFFICE AT GVSU: Being a Mom is the hardest and best job that you will ever do! Working mothers today confront not only conflicting demands on their time and energy, but also conflicting ideas about how they are to behave: they must be nurturing and unselfish while engaged in child rearing, but competitive and ambitious at work. Meet with other GVSU and GRCC Moms around interesting topics of discussion to both young moms and more experienced moms. Faculty, staff and students are all welcome.

What Daddies Do Best

Thu Mar 13, 2014 from 12-1 PM in Room 2264, Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU AND WILL BE FACILITATED BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES CAREER SERVICES OFFICE AT GVSU:  Like football, fatherhood is about winning. But it’s more than just scoring points. It’s about winning the hearts and minds of your children and leaving a rich legacy of love for future generations. This group of GVSU and GRCC dads meets twice a semester to talk about topics related to fatherhood. It’s facilitated by Sharalle Arnold, director of the Children’s Enrichment Center, and Sue Sloop, Work Life Consultant.

Diabetes Prevention Series – Keep Moving

Thu Mar 13, 2014 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 125 CSC

Kent County Health Department- Lesson 3 of 5 “KEEP MOVING!” Making healthy lifestyle changes can help prevent diabetes. This course, created by the Michigan Department of Community Health and based on the National Diabetes Prevention Program, empowers students to set their own goals and make change happen. Participants will learn how food choices and exercise can help reduce blood sugar and the risk of diabetes and its complications. Individuals with or without a pre-diabetes diagnosis will benefit. Workshop presented by Sarah Ven Eerden, Health Education & Promotion Registered Dietitian, Kent County Health Dept.

A2: Why We Can’t Wait

Mon Mar 17, 2014 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 125 CSC

“Why We Can’t Wait: Compliance and Accessibility” Through the lens of social justice and the words of Civil Rights Activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the father of the Disability Rights Movement, Ed Roberts, this session will establish and motivate a pro-active spirit in making course content, classrooms and the campus environment accessible for all individuals regardless of ability level or diagnosis. Workshop facilitated by Dominic Dorsey, GRCC Director of Accessibility. *Accessibility Advocates workshop training

De-Stress: The Art & Science of Managing Stress

Tue Mar 18, 2014 from 9-10:30 AM in Room 103 Sneden

In this 90 minute workshop, you will learn what’s really happening in your brain when you get stressed out and some easy (even fun!) ways to manage. You will discover some of your personal stress triggers, how to prevent triggering and how to manage in the moment. You’ll also get some new insight into how the culture and context of your workplace impacts your stress level and some strategies specifically for managing your stress at work. Workshop facilitated by Denise Van Eck, Owner of Thought Design, LLC.

Interview for Success

Wed Mar 19, 2014 from 9-10:30 AM in Room 103 Sneden

What message do you communicate on job interviews? Your choice of language tells employers who you are professionally and your potential to work well for their organization. This session will prepare participants not only for what questions to participate, but also how to authentically express their knowledge, skills and abilities. Workshop facilitated by Christine Davis, GRCC Human Resources Dept.

Alzheimer Support Group

Wed Mar 19, 2014 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM in Room 2259 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

Thu Mar 20, 2014 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM in Room 302C, Devos Center, GVSU GR campus

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU AND WILL BE FACILITATED BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES CAREER SERVICES OFFICE AT GVSU: 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.

Institute for Healing Racism

Day 1:  Thu Mar 20, 2014 from 8:45 AM – 5 PM in Room 118 ATC

Day 2:  Fri Mar 21, 2014 from 9 AM – 3:30 PM in Room 118 ATC

THIS IS A TWO-DAY WORKSHOP: The Institute for Healing Racism is a powerful and thought provoking venue that brings together diverse groups of people to explore and address issues of race and racism. Participants have the opportunity to examine how the dis-ease of racism affects all people and develop skills to detect institutional racism in our daily environments (i.e. home, workplace, community, organization and business). Presented by the GRCC Woodrick Diversity Learning Center.

The Career Portfolio: Developing Professional Career Documents

Mon Mar 24, 2014 from 11 AM – 1 PM in Room 1142, Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU AND WILL BE FACILITATED BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES CAREER SERVICES OFFICE AT GVSU: This workshop focuses on developing the contents of the career portfolio: Resume, Cover Letter and References, etc. We will cover content, composition and style with emphasis on creating polished documents that make an impact and stand apart from the competition. We will also take a look at current trends and how a key part of your portfolio includes a professional social media presence. Workshop presented by Kim Monaghan, KBM Coaching & Consulting LLC. **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Cancer Warriors Network

Tue Mar 25, 2014 from 3-4:30 PM in Room 302E DeVos Center, GVSU GR campus

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU AND WILL BE FACILITATED BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES CAREER SERVICES OFFICE AT GVSU: 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. Light refreshments will be served.

Mindful Leadership

Wed Mar 26, 2014 from 8:30-11:30 AM in Room 2266, Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

SESSION FULL – However, we have added a class at GRCC on Wed May 21, 2014 from 9 AM – 12 PM in Room 336 SCC

Mindful Leadership is all about leading with wisdom and empowerment. By taking a more methodical, collaborative, yet direct approach mindful leaders inspire others to draw from within and employ internal wisdom in achieving personal, professional and organizational objectives. In this workshop, we will explore the concepts of mindfulness and how the practice increases focus and performance. We will also look at leadership from a holistic perspective and how the practice of mindfulness can help build strong teams and heal a toxic workplace. Finally, we will challenge the leader in all of us to cultivate a more authentic and disciplined path to success.  Workshop presented by Kim Monaghan, KBM Coaching & Consulting LLC.

Professionalism Counts

Thu Mar 27, 2014 from 9-11 AM in Room 302E, Richard M. DeVos Center, GVSU Pew Campus in GR

THIS LEARNING OPPORTUNITY IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN GRCC AND GVSU AND WILL BE FACILITATED BY THE HUMAN RESOURCES CAREER SERVICES OFFICE AT GVSU: Does professionalism really matter? Does it have any bearing on how successful you are or can be? This 2 hour interactive workshop will explore the many facets of professionalism and their importance to your career. Invest in yourself by attending this fun and informative program covering professional communications, the importance of presentation and delivery and constructive approaches.  Presented by Kelly Monterusso. **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Health Promotion and Models of Health Behavior Change

Thu Mar 27, 2014 from 10-11 AM in Room 336 SCC

Health promotion is not rocket science. When asked most people know the right things to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. So why is it that so many of us fail to live a healthy lifestyle? This workshop will examine basic health promotion concepts and various models of health behavior change. Workshop presented by Mike Faber, GRCC Older Learner Center.

A2: Acknowledging Able-Bodied Privilege

Mon Mar 31, 2014 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 103 Sneden

This session will is designed as a stepping stone to becoming an accessibility advocate by educating participants on ableism and able-bodied privilege. By acknowledging the ease by which we navigate through society juxtaposed to the barriers of others, the goal is to create a framework to become better advocates for accessibility and equity in academic settings. Workshop presented by Dominic Dorsey, GRCC Director of Accessibility. *Accessibility Advocates workshop training*

GRCC In the News, 3-3-14

More than 50 businesses participating in GRCC job fair

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College job fair on March 11 will feature 59 employers representing industries ranging from manufacturing to health care and government.

GRCC hosting annual Latino Youth Conference ; more than 1,000 eighth-graders expected to attend

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will host its annual Latino Youth Conference on Tuesday, an event that features workshops in leadership, education, self-esteem and career preparation.

Delta part of auto training articulation agreement

March 2, 2014; Midland Daily News

Five Michigan community colleges, including Delta College, have joined together to create a pilot program that will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among the schools with no loss of credits or repetition of course work as they pursue their certifications and degrees.

The Automotive Technology Articulation Agreement will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community College and Mott Community College. Automotive technology programs were chosen for the pilot because they already adhere to nationally recognized automotive technician training standards.

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Passionate and poised with Grand Rapids Symphony

March 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Dee Dee Bridgewater, who starred in the Broadway show, “The Wiz,” as Glinda the Good Witch, got to sing one of the musical’s showstoppers, “If You Believe.”

… Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College, organizer of the Grand Rapids Community Chorus, led the 68 voices and orchestra in his arrangements of a couple of old-school gospel tunes, including a powerful version of James Cleveland’s “Let Him in Today.”

Shirley Daniels, 88, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a community leader

Feb. 28, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Shirley Daniels, a tenacious, elegant and community-minded pioneer, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a leader on boards and institutions. Daniels died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 88.

… While there, she began attending Grand Rapids Junior College at night. She wrote her first assignments on paper bags, so her GM co-workers presented her with a new typewriter.

LaughFest 2014: Clean laughs, dirty words, sunglasses in the dark, underwear outdoors

March 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gilda Radner, battling ovarian cancer, lost her funny for a while only to find it again.

… Days before LaughFest opens, tickets no longer are available for 29 events including Gaffigan’s show in Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse on March 7.

Sharks sweep Panthers

March 3, 2014; Highlands Today (Sebring, Fla.)

AVON PARK – Just when South Florida State thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Miami Dade College Sharks came swimming into town.

… The Panthers host Grand Rapids Community College Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. SFSC opens conference play on March 20, when St. Petersburg College comes to Panther Field.

No. 2 UWF continues its roll

March 2, 2014; Pensacola News Journal (Fla.)

Both starting pitchers delivered strong performances as the No. 2 University of West Florida baseball team won a doubleheader Saturday against Christian Brothers in Memphis, Tenn.

… The Pirates beat Grand Rapids Community College 16-3 in the first game, then beat Kalamazoo Valley Community College 6-3 in the second game.

TCC Baseball Completes Sweep of Chatt Valley

March 2, 2014; WCTV

Tallahassee – A passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed Quincy Nieporte to race home from third with what proved to be the winning run and help NJCAA No. 16/FCSAA No. 4 Tallahassee Community College complete an improbable comeback in a 12-11 win over NJCAA No. 5 Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Field.

… Now 17-5, the Eagles will host Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College for a four-game series. The teams will play doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday. The action begins at 3:30 p.m. both days.

Lady Cougars Participate in Hunger Games Food Drive

Feb. 28, 2014;

KALAMAZOO (MICH.)-The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Lady Cougars basketball team did its part to fight hunger in the Kalamazoo community. The team participated in the Michigan Community College Athletic Associations First Annual MCCAA Hunger Games, aiding food banks in the 19 communities of MCCAA schools.

… Kalamazoo Valley’s Hunger Game collection date was held on Jan. 29 during the home game against Grand Rapids Community College. Donations were given to Kalamazoo’s Loaves and Fishes food bank. “Our basketball team collected enough food to fill a grocery cart and then some, and there was also at least $40 in monetary donation given as well,” said Maureen Brown, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.

Study Away proposals due April 1

Have you considered incorporating a travel and/or cultural component to enhance your course? Faculty in the past have created meaningful learning opportunities tied directly to course and institutional learning outcomes while traveling to places like New York City, Chicago, France, Costa Rica and more.

Faculty interested in developing these learning opportunities should contact the Department of Experiential Learning to become aware of resources available, procedures and deadlines.

2014-2015 Study Away Proposals are due April 1, 2014.

Learn more about Study Away here:


Campus Dining Services

As of February 27 our current catering manager, Teresa VanderJagt, will be leaving the campus dining team. Teresa has been with GRCC campus dining since April 2010 and will be missed. Campus Dining is moving forward with all scheduled catering and has since hired a new catering manager scheduled to start on March 3. Our new manager has a vast knowledge of catering operations at GRCC and comes with an enthusiasm to serve the GRCC community to the best of her ability.

Final Screening Committee Training Session

If you are on a search committee and need to complete the required Screening Committee Training, the last session on our schedule is next Monday, March 3rd from 1-3:30 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center).

Registration is available online at or by calling Staff Development at ext 4285 if you need assistance.


Construction Summit to be held March 13

Please join us for the 2nd Annual West Michigan Construction Summit. We have been joined by Pfizer facilities & Chemical Bank facilities managers. Once again 5/3 Bank, Grand Rapids Community College, Bronson Healthcare, CSM Group, City of Grand Rapids, Kent County, Spartan Stores and Kellogg Company facilities managers and engineers will be present to meet with you. Real business was created last year, so please register today. Each of the attending companies has upcoming quotes- you need to attend to learn more.

In addition we will have resource tables from GROW, WMHCC, MDOT, GRBCC, MMSDC, WMMCA and VetBiz Central.


GRCC offers help with FAFSA forms

The Financial Aid Office and the Admissions and Enrollment Center are partnering on a new event – FAFSA Fest! FAFSA Fest will take place in March and April to help students complete their 14/15 FAFSA or who simply have questions about the FAFSA process. Reminder, returning students who plan on receiving financial aid for the 14/15 academic year, which begins in the Fall, should complete their FAFSA NOW!

Students should bring their 2013 federal tax return and their parents federal tax return, if applicable, or simply come with your questions.

FAFSA Fest will take place in the Enrollment Center on the following dates and times:

  • March 13 9:00 – 12:00
  • March 27 2:00 – 5:00
  • April 10 9:00 – 12:00
  • April 24 2:00 – 5:00