GRCC In the News, 4-1-15

Granddaughter of Mathias J. Alten Funds Annual Award for KCAD Students

March 31, 2015; Ferris State University website

It’s hard to visit a prominent building in downtown Grand Rapids and not find a painting by Mathias Alten. Aside from the obvious locations in art galleries and museums, the American post-Impressionist’s work decorates walls throughout the city in the Grand Rapids Public Library, St. Cecilia Music Center, and various local churches, universities and colleges.

… Kim Smith, owner of Grand Rapids Perception Gallery, has known Gilleo since 1977 and said she donates her grandfather’s art after much consideration. For example, she donated a painting of her father, Capt. Avery Gilleo, to Grand Rapids Community College, where her father was enrolled in the college’s 1914 inaugural class, before leaving to serve in France during World War I.

Why I run: to motivate my family to be healthier

March 31, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — On April 19, more than 2,000 women will hit the pavement for the Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K. Many of them have a reason for running; a personal story behind her effort to take part in the event either as a returning runner or for the first time.

… The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K kicks off at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 19 at Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids. Participants can enjoy the Expotique on Saturday, April 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College. For information on how to sign up, visit

Students teach computer programming to fifth-graders

GRCC programming students in CO 116 introduced programming concepts to the 5th grade classes at Orchard View as part of a service learning project this semester. Computer Information Systems Professor Katie Vander Meer put together a video of the 6 weeks her students spent working with the 5th grade students.

“Being able to share coding with young children in our community and having my GRCC students teach them was an amazing experience in service learning for me,” she said. “Their faces lit up with excitement, watching what they could do with programming…and I’m not just referring to the children.”

Faculty will share best practices at Teaching and Learning Showcase

Join us for the 9th Annual Teaching and Learning Showcase!

WHAT? An open-house style showcase featuring GRCC faculty sharing their high impact practices. The event is FREE and food will be provided. There will also be a giveaway for attendees.

WHERE? Sneden 108

WHEN? Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm

WHY? To learn new teaching techniques and to celebrate the great work faculty are doing to promote student learning

HOW? Faculty who are sharing their ideas will be “hosting” tables where they will discuss their practices and answer questions you may have

WHO? All GRCC faculty (full-time and adjunct) are invited to attend.

Showcase Presentations:

  • Activities That Promote Engagement – Rana Woodhull, Business
  • Using i>clickers for Discussing Sensitive Issues – Dan Anderson, Language & Thought
  • Student Knows Best: Autonomy in the Composition Classroom can Lessen Writing Anxiety, Increase Student Engagement – Megan Lockhard, English
  • Paper, Paper Everywhere – Tips on Going Paperless – Gary Ebels, Criminal Justice
  • Equipment Checkout/New Classroom Technology – James Schafer, Media Technologies
  • Using a GoPro camera to Create OnLine Labs – Joe Hesse, Physical Sciences
  • An introduction to Assistive Technology, Alternate Formatting and Universal Instructional Design (UID) – Steven Gold, Occupation and Disability Support Services
  • Using Monarch Butterfly Life History to Teach Zoology – Matthew Douglas, Biology
  • Streamlined video production workflow with Camtasia and Youtube – Andrew Rozema, Computer Information Systems
  • Navigating a Sea of Information with Subject Guides and Online Modules – Lori DeBie and Sophie Brewer, Library
  • AdobeConnect – Dawn Zuidgeest-Craft, Nursing
  • Keeping It Simple: Using Padlet for Online Interactions – Tony Dykema-VanderArk, English
  • Tough Cases – Garry Brand, Business
  • How I Am Using My IIPD Grant – Jill Woller-Sullivan, Counseling and Career Center

For more information and the full session descriptions, click here.

Students from five high schools attend Art Camp

The Visual Arts Department hosted its 2nd Annual “Art Camp Day” Friday, March 27, 2015. The camp was a great success, introducing local students to GRCC and the Visual Arts programs. Each school received a walking tour of GRCC, informational introductions to the different programs offered by the Visual Arts Department, and two 30-minute art lessons.

Associate Professor Scott Garrard, the event’s creator, stated: “All the students learned about art, GRCC, and, most importantly, left the campus with good vibes. Hopefully, we will see many of these students enroll at GRCC in the fall!”

The five area high schools attending were: Coopersville, East Kentwood, Greenville, and Thornapple-Kellogg, and Wyoming.

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