Leadership Institute 2015

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development, and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for individual employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus. Leadership Institute includes content pertinent to talent identification, leadership development, and addressing issues relevant to the college community.

Feedback from past participants of Leadership Institute:

“I loved the Leadership Institute!! The skills I learned boosted my confidence and job performance. I learned so much about the College. My stretch project was to develop the Health Benefit website so our employees could easily find health benefit related information at any time. I am now maintaining and updating the site as new information becomes available.” – Amy Robinson, Payroll and Benefits

“I had a really great experience with the Leadership Institute, my cohort was awesome! My participation in Leadership Institute 2013 really helped me to enhance my leadership skills and grow as a leader! The Leadership Institute stretched me out of my comfort zone and pushed me to step up more. Because of the Institute, I have a greater understanding of GRCC processes and how these processes work (SLT, AGC, etc.). My stretch project Electronic Billing was implemented on May 6, 2014, the “My eBill” link big roll out was for Fall 2014. Students are currently using the “My eBill” link and it is getting great reviews!” – Erica Brown, Training Solutions

Tentative program dates are:

  • Friday, January 16, 2015
  • Thursday, February 12, 2015
  • Friday, February 13, 2015
  • Thursday, February 26, 2015
  • Friday, February 27, 2015
  • Friday, March 13, 2015
  • Friday, April 10, 2015
  • Friday, May 8, 2015
  • Friday, June 5, 2015

If you are interested in Leadership Institute 2015 please visit www.grcc.edu/leadershipinstitute for additional information or to obtain an application packet. The application packet must be received by Jessica Berens in Human Resources by Friday, October 31, 2014.

GRCC In the News, 10-15-14

GRCC announces $1.3 million for student scholarships during 100th anniversary gala

Oct. 15, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has raised $1.3 million for student scholarships, an achievement that will make associate degrees and certificates more affordable for cash-strapped students, GRCC president Steven Ender announced Tuesday night.

GRCC holds 100th Anniversary Gala

Oct. 14, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College celebrated 100 years of education with a gala at DeVos Place Convention Center Tuesday night.

Students to exhibit research projects on October 22

GRCC students who participated in the Summer 2014 MICUP Program at Michigan Technological University, UROP at the University of Michigan, and Study Abroad in Salamanca (Spain) and Morocco, will be exhibiting their research posters! Learn about their work and about amazing opportunities that might be there for students. The event is Open House style and will take place on Wednesday, October 22 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room (2nd Floor Student Center).

GRCC hosts presentation on heart attacks, strokes

Dr. George Abela

Dr. George Abela

A Michigan State University cardiologist will share new findings about the role cholesterol plays in heart attacks and strokes during a GRCC-hosted lecture on Oct. 16.

Everyone is invited to the free presentation by Dr. George Abela, chief of the Division of Cardiology and director of the Cardiology Fellowship Training Program at MSU’s College of Human Medicine. His lecture, part of MSU’s Your Health series, begins at 7 p.m. in the Calkins science auditorium. The presentation is collaboration by GRCC, MSU and Spectrum Health.

A team led by Abela has uncovered the secret of how cholesterol behaves in the bloodstream and why it can cause heart attacks and strokes. These breakthrough findings could dramatically change the way doctors treat heart disease. During Abela’s presentation, he will explain how heart attacks and strokes occur and how his team’s discovery impacts you.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone — GRCC faculty, staff, students, as well as the general public — to learn about the cutting-edge research Dr. Abela’s team is working on regarding heart attacks and strokes,” said Paul Krieger, of GRCC biological sciences.

Abela received his medical degree from American University of Beirut. He completed a medicine and pathology residency at Emory University and a cardiology fellowship at the University of Florida. Before joining MSU, he was an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and co-director of its Institute for Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease.

Those who wish to attend the lecture should register online here or by calling (616) 234-2667.

United Way campaign update: strong start at $3,904

We’ve had 15 donations made thus far! Thanks to all of the “early returns”! Our total is at $3,904 as of this morning.

Thanks for the donations and thanks to all the captains for their important work on the campaign.

And don’t forget about our campaign incentives:

  • Employees who return their United Way pledge form by Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, will be entered to win a GRCC centennial sweatshirt. There is no donation required to be part of this raffle.
  • However, employees who donate $100 or more to this year’s campaign are eligible for two more prizes! The first four winners will receive two tickets to the GRCC’s 100th anniversary performance, “Open Door,” on Nov. 7 and 8. The fifth winner will receive a $100 Meijer gift card.
  • If you are thinking it may be time for a new car, any Heart of West Michigan United Way donor who makes a new undesignated gift of $50 or more, or increases his or her total 2013 gift by $50 or more will be automatically entered for a chance to win a new car from Fox Honda!


Did you know . . . .

A “reasonable accommodation” is a modification, adjustment, and/or auxiliary aid that minimizes or eliminates the impact of a disability, allowing the student to gain equal access and opportunity to participate in the College’s courses, programs, services, activities, and facilities.

A “reasonable and appropriate accommodation” is one that does not:

  • Require a substantial change or alteration in the curriculum or an essential element of a course or program.
  • Fundamentally alter the nature of the service provided.
  • Pose an undue financial hardship or administrative burden.
  • Pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others.


  • Include examples such as notetakers, text-to-voice programs, and alternative testing which may include reading software, additional time, or a scribe.
  • Are determined on an individual basis; not all students with the same disability will need the same accommodations.
  • Require students to provide documentation of disability to the Disability Support Services (DSS) Office.

Confidentiality in ALL Areas:

  • This means faculty may receive a request for accommodations without knowing the nature of the student’s disability. However, some students may choose to disclose information about their disability and how it impacts their learning.
  • Violation of confidentiality can have legal impacts on both the faculty member and the institution.

Universal Design (UD) allows access for all, regardless of individual characteristics:

  • More integrated, less stigmatizing and more supportive of learning environments.
  • Key component of UD is flexibility.
  • Takes into consideration the full range of learners.
  • Includes accessibility of ALL instructional materials; those required as well as those that are supplemental.
Ildikó Rejtö was born deaf on May 11, 1937. When she began fencing at age 14 her coaches communicated their instructions on pieces of paper. She competed in five Olympics, earning two gold medals, one silver and two bronzes. She also holds the unusual distinction of being the only Summer Olympian to win medals using three different names, having married twice during her Olympic career. Photo courtesy International Olympic Committee.

Ildikó Rejtö was born deaf on May 11, 1937. When she began fencing at age 14 her coaches communicated their instructions on pieces of paper. She competed in five Olympics, earning two gold medals, one silver and two bronzes. She also holds the unusual distinction of being the only Summer Olympian to win medals using three different names, having married twice during her Olympic career. Photo courtesy International Olympic Committee.

John Dersch to speak at math seminar today

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, October 15, 3:00-4:00 PM in 215 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Instructor John Dersch. The title and abstract for John’s talk may be found below.

Did you know that total enrollment in our mathematics classes once stood at 7, and that the cost of running classes with low enrollment has been a concern (to some) for at least 98 years? That we used to have a course called Math X? That during WWII the college nearly closed and we stopped offering Calculus for two years? That one of the most prominent mathematicians in the United States was significantly influenced by someone who helped create GRJC and eventually taught math for us? That the college once had yearbooks, and that in a ten-year a span two of them were dedicated to mathematics instructors? All this and more will be discussed. Expect a talk that is high on history and low on mathematical content; all are welcome.

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

100 Years of Mathematics at GRJC/CC

In Fall 1914 the GRJC Mathematics Department offered one math class, taught by one instructor to fewer than twenty students. One hundred years later we offer 22 courses, taught by approximately 75 faculty to more than 5000 students each semester. We’ll discuss the people and courses that got us to where we are today. Emphasis will be on personalities, course development and anecdotes.