GRCC In the News, 5-18-15

Change Ups: Walen declared Golden Apple recipient

May 15, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Susan Ford Bales accepted Grand Rapids Community College’s President’s Medallion on behalf of her father, former President Gerald R. Ford.

Police officers ride to honor slain colleagues

May 16, 2015; Grand Haven Tribune

Four riders from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department Wendt and deputies Brad Bennett, Meri-Beth Brouwer and Tyler Kempema, along with support person Sgt. Kevin Allman completed a 240-mile trek from Florem Park, N.J., to the national monument in Washington, D.C., earlier this week.

The group was part of a West Michigan contingent that included riders from the Walker Police Department, Muskegon Police Department, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Grand Rapids Police Department and the director of the Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy.

Orientation sessions are under way

Our Orientation program for new Fall 2015 students is underway for the Summer! We have already completed over 12 sessions and served hundreds of students. The success of the program is due to the fabulous Orientation Ambassadors and Interns we have this year. Please give them a hello as you see them walking around campus this Summer and thank them for their hard work!!! Reminder all Orientation sessions are starting in front of the Enrollment Center. If you see any lost students, please direct them to the EC. If you have any questions, please call or email Lori Cook ( or ext. 3099).

New Project on Africa & Asia Curriculum

The Midwest Institute for IIE is pleased to partner with Michigan State University to develop curriculum on Africa and Asia over the next three years with funding from the U.S. Dept. of Education, Title VI program.

In particular, the project will support 14 faculty from our consortium to develop curriculum modules that will be infused into existing courses in six broad academic areas of:
arts-humanities, allied health, business studies, natural sciences, social sciences, and technologies.

The faculty selected to develop the 14 curriculum modules will receive support/feedback from MSU faculty and upon completion of the module, will receive a $1,000 stipend.

If interested, please use the attached one-page survey below to indicate your interest no later than May 30. Please return it to Theo Sypris, as an email attachment:

Survey for Africa-Asia Curriculum Project

2015 Summer Fellow Award for Midwest Institute Faculty

In the spirit of scholarly collaboration, the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois (REEEC) invites applications from Midwest Institute (MIIIE) member faculty to attend the Summer Research Lab (SRL) with support from the MIIIE Summer Fellow Award. Recipients with research and/or curriculum development interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region will receive access to the resources of the University of Illinois Slavic collection and have the opportunity to seek advice and research support from the librarians of the Slavic Reference Service (SRS), including a bibliographic session.

Three recipients of the Inaugural MIIIE Summer Fellow Award will attend SRL at the University of Illinois for up to four days between July 22 and August 5. The recipients will receive up to three nights lodging (private sleeping room in a shared suite), parking, and a research honorarium. The selected Fellows will be expected to produce a syllabus for a new or updated course or a white paper based on their research while in residence at Illinois. The honorarium will be processed when the syllabus or white paper is received.

Application Requirements

  • Current faculty or instructor at an MIIIE member institution
  • Available to attend SRL during late July or early August 2015

To Apply

Submit an application by May 29, 2015. Awardees will be notified by June 10, 2015.

The application can be found at:

Van & Marinus Swets 2015 Travel Award winners announced

Congratulations to the Van & Marinus Swets 2015 Travel Award winners!

The Foundation received 23 creative travel plans from employees. Due to the excellent response, we decided to award 7 employees.

The winning essays were interesting and creative, just as Marinus would have liked.

Congratulations to:

  • 1st Place: Sarah Laycock- $400
  • 2nd Place: Sara Dorer- $300
  • 3rd Place: Jeanne Lacy- $200

Honorable mentions go to:

  • Janis Qualls- $100
  • Sue Goeman $100
  • Karen TenBroeke- $100
  • Meghan VanderMale- $100

Thank you to all who submitted essays. We hope you enjoy the vacations you have planned. We look forward to hearing from the winners and seeing pictures. Safe travels!

We hope to see even more entries next year.