GRCC In the News, 3-17-14

Change Ups: GRCC professor earns state coalition award

March 15, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College wellness professor Melanie Schiele-Gady has earned the Faculty-Staff Community Service Learning Award from Michigan Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. The biennial award goes to those who have made the most outstanding contributions to service learning and community service. Students in Schiele-Gady’s wellness classes work with elementary schools in the Grand Rapids district on a healthy living curriculum.

Michigan’s Best Doughnut contest: Apple fritters at Meyers’ Bakery in Lake Odessa not to be missed

March 15, 2014; MLive

LANSING — Meyers Hometown Bakery and Beanery finished a close second in mid-Michigan’s Best Doughnut poll and has become a staple in the small town in Ionia County.

… (Jeff) Meyers has always had an eye on cooking and baking. After graduating from high school, he attended the culinary arts program at Grand Rapids Community College before taking his first food service job.

Ottawa County Administrator Al Vanderberg appointed to state council

March 15, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Ottawa County Administrator Al Vanderberg will become a member of the Michigan Municipal Services Authority and its executive committee, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday.

… Vanderberg also serves as adjunct faculty at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College and as the chairman of the board of directors of the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and a master’s of public administration in urban administration from Michigan State University.

Families chicken dance and more during LaughFest adventure challenge race

March 16, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you saw folks running around downtown acting strange on Sunday, fear not. It was all in good fun.

… The event began and finished at the Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse. It ran noon to 4 p.m.

Cameron Lotter wins scholarship

Congratulations to Cameron Lotter, who won the prize scholarship for this year’s Career Showcase. The business administration major received his scholarship today from Paula Sullivan, associate dean of the School of Workforce Development; and business professors Mark Jasonowicz and Bethann Talsma. Don’t let Cameron’s MSU gear fool you: He is looking at Ferris State of Grand Valley State universities after graduation and hopes to eventual own an excavating company.

From left: Mark Jasonowicz, Paula Sullivan, Cameron Lotter and Bethann Talsma.

From left: Mark Jasonowicz, Paula Sullivan, Cameron Lotter and Bethann Talsma.


Opinions sought for Campus Climate Survey

The GRCC Campus Climate Survey is available for faculty, staff and students to share how they experience the current campus climate at the college. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and is completely confidential.

Once you complete the survey, enter your name in a separate drawing for:

  • One of three $50 gift certificates to the Heritage Restaurant (FACULTY, STAFF ONLY)
  • One $1,200 tuition scholarship to be used during the 2014-15 academic year (STUDENTS ONLY)
  • One 16 GB iPad Air (STUDENTS ONLY)

Submitting your contact information for a prize is optional. No survey information is connected to entering your information for a prize.

Visit the Campus Climate Study website to learn more about the survey. Questions may be directed to Eric Williams at 234-3720 or

Save the date for GRCC Foundation’s gala

Mark your calendar for GRCC’s 100th Anniversary Gala! This celebration will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at the DeVos Place. Individual ticket prices are $150. A payroll deduction option will be available for employees. The attire for the evening will be black-tie optional.

If you are interested in hearing about volunteer opportunities, please contact Nanci Guigue ( or Mary Reed (

If you have other questions about the gala, please feel free to contact Erin Cisler (

We hope you will join us and help us celebrate this historic milestone.

IIPD Grants: March 2014 Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., March 28, 2014. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically. The IIPD application packet and IIPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!

Interdisciplinary Physics and Baked Alaska!?

Chef Bill Jacoby and Physics Instructor Randy Creswell teamed up with Randy’s Physics class to Study and Estimate Heat Loss Experimentally in Baked Alaska.

After a physics student was given some bad information at her food service job, Randy set out to show the class the truth about heat transfer and heat loss.

Students are measuring how and why the egg meringue acts as such a good insulator to protect the frozen ice cream while baking.

Students used the heat transfer coefficients of the egg meringue, the ice cream density, and the ice cream heat capacity to calculate the heat energy gained by the ice cream during the baking process.

The Baked Alaska was baked, weighed, and then temperatures were taken. Once the above constants were applied, the students proceeded with calculations…the result and rumor is that at the end of the experiment, all was said to be delicious!

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Got health insurance?

Please announce to your classes:  Cherry Street Health Services enrollment staff will provide information about the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, and how to sign up for health insurance.

Deadline for enrollment is March 31, 2014.

Uninsured individuals might be penalized.

WHEN:      March 25, 11am – 2 p.m.

WHERE:    GRCC-Winchester Alley G-2 Main Building

COST:       FREE

Contact:    866.299.1339


Putting Input Into Action

GRCC has received our PACE (Personal Assessment of the College Environment) survey results. 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 focus on the top ten areas of 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.

  • Thu March 20th from 9:30-11:00 AM in Room 103 Sneden
  • Tue March 25th from 9:30-11:00 AM in Room 103 Sneden
  • Tue April 1st from 3-4:30 PM in Room 125 CSC
  • Tue April 8th from 3-4:30 PM in Room 125 CSC

Online registration is available at or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Join us for the 8th Annual Teaching, Learning and Technology Showcase!

Join your colleagues from 3-6 pm on Wednesday (March 19th) in the Meijer Center for Business Studies (2nd Floor of the Main Building) to learn something new, connect with faculty across campus, and to explore innovative ideas that integrate technology into teaching and learning.

Topics to be presented today include:

  •  Teaching the Theory and Applications of Gas Chromatography- Mass Spectrometry * Across the Chemistry Curriculum at GRCC, Jennifer Batten
  • Online Research Gateway: GRCC Library Subject Guides, Lori DeBie
  • i>clicker Anonymous Polling: Bringing Social Statistics Into the Classroom, Shelia Schindler
  • Just-In-Time UDL, Ann Alexander
  • Educator or Glasshole?, Garry Brand
  • Using i>clicker for discussing sensitive issues, Dan Anderson
  • Collaborative Student Research Using Blackboard Groups, Tony Dykema-VanderArk
  • Using Lecture and Screen Capture, Gary Ebels

There is no advanced registration required and this event is free! Simply drop by any time to participate! Every faculty member who attends will be registered to win a GoPro HERO3 White Edition camera! For more information, please visit .