Excitement builds for 2014 Grandparent/Grandchild daycamps

The first Grandparent/Grandchild Daycamp is just two months away!

The camp will be led again this year by Older Learner Center instructor Lannie Collard.

“The Grandparent/Grandchild Daycamp last year was a huge success,” she told us. “Both generations were surprised by how much fun they had together and how they could each learn from the other.  For a couple of the grandparent/grandchildren combos, this was both of their first opportunity to be involved in a camp setting.  They appreciated the variety in events as well as the low cost to attend.  All of the pairs are planning to come back this year to the new Adventure Camp!”

There are two sessions this year, learn more on the OLC events page or download the brochure.

Check out these great photos from last years sessions:

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IT Project Management Office Weekly Update – 4/8/14

Project Time Management – a brief overview of the processes involved with managing projects in a timely manner.

Several of the IT projects we manage in the IT Project Management Office have hard deadlines. In other words, these projects must be completed by a specific date or there are negative consequences. The Project Management Body of knowledge (PMBOK) has seven processes devoted to project time management. When followed properly, they produce a project schedule designed to meet hard deadlines, as well as schedule changes, should they occur. These processes are as follows:

  • Plan Schedule Management – The process of establishing the policies, procedures, and documentation for planning, developing, managing, executing, and controlling the project schedule.
  • Define Activities – The process of identifying and documenting the specific actions to be performed to produce the project deliverables.
  • Sequence Activities – The process of identifying and documenting relationships among the project activities.
  • Estimate Activity Resources – The process of estimating the type and quantities of material, human resources, equipment, or supplies required to perform each activity.
  • Estimate Activity Durations – The process of estimating the number of work periods needed to complete individual activities with estimated resources.
  • Develop Schedule – The process of analyzing activity sequences, durations, resource requirements, and schedule constraints to create the project schedule model.
  • Control Schedule – The process of monitoring the status of the project activities to update project progress and manage changes to the schedule to achieve the plan.


Next week we’ll look at an example of how these processes work together.


Definitions were taken from the following:

(2013) A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK guide) Fifth edition. Newtown Square, Pa.: Project Management Institute, Inc., pg. 141.


GRCCePrint Learning Sessions this week

GRCCePRINT Learning Sessions

Thursday April 10th & Friday April 11th

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.

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.

Final mathmatics seminar of the semester to be held next week

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its last Mathematics Seminar of the 2013-2014 academic year on Tuesday, April 15, 3:00 – 4:00 in 520 Cook. Our presenters, GRCC Adjunct Mathematics Instructors Monica Stevens and Barb Bouthillier, will discuss hands-on activities (games) that can help students learn mathematics. See below for title and abstract.

This talk should be of interest to anyone who teaches or plans to teach mathematics, or to anyone who just wants to have fun doing mathematics – and who doesn’t?! As always, everyone is welcome to attend GRCC Mathematics Seminars.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

One Aspect of Universal Design: Playing Games in Math Class

In an effort to engage all learners, in particular, kinesthetic learners, we collected and developed activities designed for instruction and practice in our Basic Math courses. These activities can be adapted for elementary or secondary use, or even for higher level classes. During this presentation, we will explain the process we used to create the activities, their implementation, and the results. Participants will play multiple activities and copies of them will be available electronically.

GRCC In the News, 4-8-14

Q&A with Chuck Hadden: Not making money now? ‘Better check your business plan’

April 3, 2014;  Crain’s Detroit Business

In 2012, Michigan’s manufacturing output totaled $66.2 billion, up from $58.2 billion in 2009, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. Those numbers illustrate how the state’s manufacturing is on a strong upward trend, as auto suppliers and others seek to keep up with customer orders and find new talent.
… There are a lot of ways to get talent. There’s a creative way at Grand Rapids Community College where students work during the day and go to school at night. The students are being paid to work, and the manufacturers are paying for their college.

Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids to Present GOD OF CARNAGE, 4/17-26

April 8, 2014; broadwayworld.com

On April 17, 2014, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids will continue its 33rd season with God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday on two consecutive weekends at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, beginning on April 17, 2014 and closing on April 26, 2014. All performances begin at 8PM. A special talk back will follow the performance on Friday April 18th; discussion topics include: communication and conflict management.


Final week to take the Campus Climate Survey

The campus climate survey will be closing on Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m. It is important that you take the survey, because your opinion matters! Please take the 20 minutes at your desk, a computer lab in campus, or at home to complete the survey.
You can not be identified in any way. Skip any question that makes you uncomfortable. Dr. Ender addresses these concerns and also asks that you complete the survey in the video found here:


Bookstore holds one-day sale

The GRCC Bookstore Flash Sale is going on now!  For today only (Tuesday, April 8) we have discounts on the following selected items in-store and online:

  • 25% off All T-Shirts, Short-Sleeve, Long-Sleeve and Tanks.
  • 25% off All Shorts – Men’s, Women’s and Kids.
  • 25% off All Hats.
  • 25% off All Backpacks, Bags and Totes.
  • 25% off All Laptop Sleeves and Hard Shell Cases (Excludes Apple).
  • 25% off Windows 8 Tablets.
  • 25% off Android Tablets.