GRCC Campus Climate Study

Grand Rapids Community College is in the process of assessing its campus climate. Through an Assessment of Learning, Living and Working at GRCC, the college is surveying faculty, staff and students to learn about how they experience the current campus climate. The goals of the project are multifold:

  • identify successful initiatives.
  • uncover any challenges facing members of our community.
  • develop strategic initiatives to build on the successes and address the challenges.

Starting Thursday, March 13, the survey will be available at It will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and is confidential. All of your answers will remain confidential and the results will be reported in group form only. You will not be identifiable as an individual.

Learn more about the Campus Climate Study at

GRCC In the News, 3-10-14

Obituaries Today: Sylvia Krissoff, 94, artist, professor, Grand Rapids Press art critic

March 9, 2014; MLive

Sylvia Gittlen Krissoff passed on March 6, 2014 at the age of 94, following a long life of art, teaching and writing.

… At an early age, she became aware of her talent as an artist and received training and encouragement from her South High School art teacher, Ms. Vevia. Following graduation, Krissoff attended Grand Rapids Junior College, the Chicago Art Institute and the University of Michigan, where she met her future husband, Abraham Krissoff, whom she married in 1940.

… She went on to teach fine arts and art history in the Grand Rapids Public Schools, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and the University of Michigan.

GRCC faculty to don skivvies Sunday for Laugh Fest FUNderwear Run

March 8, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Faculty Association wants to do its part to help cancer patients. Even if that means donning their skivvies Sunday for a run through the streets of Grand Rapids.

Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford, funny underwear among 7 highlights from LaughFest’s opening weekend

March 10, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Since laughter is considered to be medicine by actual medical doctors, Grand Rapids should be feeling pretty good right now.

… Popular comic Jim Gaffigan also returned to LaughFest, selling out Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College Friday night. He joked a little bit about cancer and fatherhood before delving heavily into his favorite topic, food, including a reference to Grand Rapids’ most famous hot dog joint: “I’m trying to figure out if I should go to Yesterdog,” he said. “I heard they’re famous because all of their hot dogs are a day old.”

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:

Faculty Association is top fundraiser in FUNderwear Run

The GRCC Faculty Association wants to thank everyone who donated and supported GRCC Faculty in the FUNDerwear Run. The GRCC Faculty Association was the top fundraiser for the Funderwear Run to Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids, donating a total of $2,304! Donations came from all over campus, every work group, friends and family!

It’s only fair to share the fun photos…courtesy of Cheryl Kautz, CIS Faculty member, who came out to shoot the event. Thank you for getting the word out and helping raise money for Gilda’s Club! You are amazing! And a Serious Thank You to our Faculty Runners! You especially made this happen!

Here is a link to our FB page where you can find the entire photo album:
Here is our final write up on our website:

Suzuki Strings to perform at GR Children’s Museum this Thursday!

Arts Outreach music program invites you to attend Suzuki Strings performance on Thursday, March 13 at 6:15pm at the GR Children’s Museum. Admission is $1.50.

Arts Outreach is a community music program offered through GRCC. Our highly qualified faculty use Suzuki and traditional methods of training to provide exceptional individual and group instruction in violin, cello, flute, guitar, piano and voice. The program serves all ages and levels, from the earliest beginners through adult.

Museum Suzuki Strings Concert

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*


Staff development offers nine exercise classes

We all know there are tremendous benefits to moving our bodies more, but let’s just review a bit shall we?

  • Exercise controls weight.
  • Exercise combats health conditions and diseases.
  • Exercise improves mood.
  • Exercise boosts energy.
  • Exercise promotes better sleep.
  • Exercising with others is fun and builds community.

We have 9 group exercise classes for you to choose from Monday though Friday. Invite a friend, co-worker, neighbor, community member to come join in what we are doing here at GRCC!

These classes start Monday March 10 and run through April 25.

We are offering Gentle Yoga, Spinning, Bootcamp, 30-15-15, Tae Kwon Do and Vinyasa Power Flow Yoga. All of these classes are great for beginners to advanced and really all you need is some cozy clothes and yourself. We have classes before work, during lunch, in the afternoon and in the evening.

Join us! To learn more, click here.


Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference starts tonight

The Social Sciences Department hosts Pamela Alderman and Kizombo Kalumbula as they present at the first lecture of this year’s Race, Ethnicity and Identity Conference. Monday, March 10th from 6:30-8:30pm in Room 108 Sneden Hall, they will present their talk: Courage Ablaze and The Hidden War in the Congo. They will have art work to view along with a Congolese choir to entertain and educate. Please encourage any and all to attend. This event is free and open to the public.

Raider Salute for physics professor Bob Cebelak

Thanks to Bob Cebelak for interviewing Dr. Ronald Mallett from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Mallett spoke February 26, 2014, to a group of students, faculty and visitors on the topic of  time travel. Prior to the talk, Bob sat down with Dr. Mallet to discuss various concepts in physics and the possibility of time travel. Bob represented GRCC and the Physical Science Department well! Great work!


Garbage tour set for April 10

Find out where your garbage goes! GRCC’s popular Garbage Tour takes you on a five and a half hour educational journey of the main facilities in Kent County that deal with post-consumer waste, i.e., garbage.

Whether you are looking for ways to reduce waste for your business or home, this expedition will take you where most are forbidden to go!

We will start with a visit to the incinerator. Experts will describe the inputs (garbage) and outputs (electricity) for this facility and what it provides for the Grand Rapids area. Our second stop is the materials recovery facility. Here we will be guided on a walking tour and educational discussion of Kent County’s state of the art recycling efforts. There will also be an opportunity to eat your sack lunch here. We’ll see the mountains of yard waste diverted for composting, and learn how and where this is done.

Our final stop is an up-close and personal bus tour of the local landfill. Enjoy the view while professional landfill personnel describe the engineering features and local statistics for use of the South Kent Landfill.

The bus boards at 10:30 a.m. April 10, 2014, at Tassell M-TEC. It returns to Tassell M-TEC by 4 p.m. Casual dress, with closed-toe shoes, is recommended. Please bring your own sack lunch.

To register, click here.

GRCC offers help with FAFSA form

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