GRCC In the News, 9-15-15

Discover Manufacturing symposium addresses talent shortage

Sept. 14, 2015; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A regional manufacturing industry consortium is highlighting best practices and opportunities for businesses when it comes to addressing the talent shortage at an event this week.

… Presenters include: John Buchan, Autocam; Lyzenga, West Michigan Works!; Julie Parks, Grand Rapids Community College, on the Michigan Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing; Laura Elsner, DeWys Manufacturing, on DeWys University; Jean Arteaga, Coopersville High School; and Maureen Lynch, Flexco.

Aquinas men’s soccer defeats Goshen

Sept. 13, 2015; MLive

The Aquinas College men’s soccer team improved its record to 4-1 on the season after defeating visiting Goshen on Saturday afternoon. The Saints rebounded from an early deficit to defeat the Maple Leafs 2-1 at the Aquinas Athletic Field.

… The game-winner came off the foot of senior defender Matt Jackson (Kalamazoo/GRCC), who put home a corner-kick from Bedi in the 51st minute. Jackson’s goal put the Saints up 2-1, and Aquinas would hold the lead until the final whistle. Todd Hall (Muskegon/Muskegon Catholic) earned the win in net for the Saints, stopping one shot.

Aquinas volleyball sweeps Indiana Tech

Sept. 11, 2015; MLive

The Aquinas College volleyball team swept the visiting Indiana Tech Warriors 3-0 tonight at the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center. The victory improves the Saints’ record to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in WHAC play.

… Junior Micahela Ryan (Davison/Davison) led Aquinas with 12 kills, while Kenzie Haley (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern) had 10 of her own. Junior Katlyn Agren (Cadillac/GRCC) paced the Saints with 23 digs, and Micaela Hazen (North Branch/GRCC) added 13. Junior Brooke Wieland (Lake Odessa/Lakewood) had 35 assists, as many as the entire Warrior team.

Deadline extended for ETOM proposals

ETOM has extended the deadline to submit presentation proposals to this Friday, September 18th. The 2015 ETOM Fall Conference, will be held at Grand Valley State University, on November 6, 2015. The conference focuses on innovation in distance learning and educational technology. This year, Kari Frisch will open our conference with a keynote entitled “How’d You Do That? Tips and tricks that might account for my 95% retention rate.” We’d also like to start a track on learning management systems, allowing colleagues to share best practices dealing with Blackboard, Moodle, Desire2Learn, Angel, or Canvas. Please encourage your faculty and/or staff to submit a proposal.

Subjects may include, but are not limited to:

  • OER (Open Education Resources)
  • Competency-based learning
  • Student success in online learning
  • Accessibility
  • Data-Driven Learning & Assessment
  • Students as Creators
  • Evolution of Online Learning
  • 3D Printing
  • Games & Gamification
  • Learning Analytics
  • Innovation in Classroom Technology
  • BYOD in the Classroom

Submission Details:

Proposals should be submitted online at<> and must be received no later than September 18, 2015 to be considered.

The ETOM Board will review all proposals, and presenters will be notified by the end of September, 2015. All presenters will be required to register and pay the conference registration fee. The Program Committee may recommend that several similar sessions be combined into one presentation.

Intro to Mindfulness workshop on Friday

You might be asking yourself, “What does that even mean? What IS mindfulness?” This first workshop will be dedicated to defining “mindfulness”, outlining the parameters of practicing mindfulness, and answering any and all of your questions around the topic!

This workshop will be presented on Friday, Sept. 18th from 10-11 AM in Room 304 Sneden by Karina Kalbfleisch, Lead Corporate Coordinator for Allegro Coaching. LLC. Registration is available online at or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

To make your experience more enjoyable, hospitality items including coffee, water, and snacks will be provided.

Leadership Institute 2016

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.

If you are interested in Leadership Institute 2016 please visit for additional information or to obtain an application packet. The application packet must be received by Jessica Berens in Human Resources by Friday, October 23, 2015.

Hear what past participants have to say about their experience.


Congratulations, Erin

GRCC Campus Dining would like to congratulate Erin Gauthier (Catering Supervisor) & husband Ryan on the birth of their first son Andrew Douglas Gauthier. Erin will be enjoying some much needed time at home and will plan on returning to work in December. The family would like to thank the GRCC community for their support.


Faculty picnic raises money for food pantry, scholarships

GRCC Faculty held its annual faculty picnic on Saturday, September 12, raising money for the GRCC student food pantry and the GRCC student scholarship fund! A total of $125.00 was donated to the student food pantry, and $106 was collected for the scholarship fund! GRCC faculty and their families had a great time at this annual pig roast, where the traditional volleyball game was turned into paddle ball, and children laughed and played in the park and had fun with the games, face painting, and crafts. A fun time was had by all!

To see more photos, click here.

David Dye and Alejandro Saldivar have a blast at paddle ball!

David Dye and Alejandro Saldivar have a blast at paddle ball!

Heritage now open for lunch, dinner

The Heritage is now open for lunch and dinner. Lunch hours are 11:15 am to 12:45 pm Tuesday through Friday and Dinner is 5:30 pm to 7 pm Tuesday through Friday.

Here is a sample of our menu to tantalize your tastebuds:

Sweet and smoky roasted tomato chipotle braised pork served with creamy queso polenta, crispy sprouts and Oaxaca reduction sauce $10.95 GF

Bahia inspired mignon of Beef tenderloin gaucho style, scorched with salt and garlic served with parsnip fries, crisp broccolini and cilantro chimichurri sauce $12.95

Punjab roasted Pukka Sea Bass fillet perfumed with ginger, turmeric and coriander served with mango butternut cream, basmati rice pea pudding and herb relish $11.95 GF

Pan fried allspice scented chicken breast, served with yam hash, coconut gastric, sweet soy rum sauce and green beans $10.95

Any staff member who dines in for lunch this week Tuesday 9/15 through Friday 9/18 will recieve a complimentary dessert with a purchase of an entree or a salad. You just need to show staff ID.

You can make a reservation on line:

Or call ext 3700.

Support Alpha Beta Omega

Please consider making a financial contribution via the GRCC Foundations to support Alpha Beta Omega (ABO) and its meaningful endeavors. ABO exists to provide much needed support to GRCC’s highest risk and highest need students. Beginning today, you will have an opportunity to allocate some of your Foundations donation to the ABO leadership development program. Any size donation will be appreciated! Please know that 100% of your donation will go directly to funding the various resources, activities, events, and incentives that strategically build into ABO members the knowledge-base and skill-set they will need to accomplish their educational goals and evolve into the relevant and capable leaders our community needs. If you have any questions please contact Eric Williams (ext. 3720) or Andre Fields (ext. 4635). As an incentive, all donors who contribute $100 or more will receive a free signed copy of Andre Fields’ book The Psychology of Racism. ABO thanks you for your continued support. Have a great academic year!