GRCC In the News, 5-4-16

Meeting Needs Through Middle College

May 2, 2016; AACC 21st Century Center (American Association of Community Colleges publication)

Middle College programs, which allow qualified high school students to simultaneously work toward a diploma and a certificate or associate degree by completing a 13th year of high school, have been a big win for students, colleges and industry partners across the country.

That’s certainly been the case for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), in Michigan. GRCC is poised to launch its third Middle College program this fall, the first with a corporate collaborator.

Excellence in Education 5/3/16: Yamaka Bracey

May 3, 2016; FOX 47

The Michigan Lottery has played a big role in funding education in our state, which is why it has teamed up with MSU Men’s Basketball Coach, Tom Izzo, and FOX 47 News to recognize excellent educators state-wide.

Yamaka Bracey, a Fourth and Fifth Grade Teacher at Campus Elementary School in Grand Rapids, is this week’s Michigan Lottery Excellence in Education award winner.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Yamaka Bracey is a GRCC alumna.)

Pregnancy forced his mom to skip her prom 18 years ago, so he asked her to his

May 4, 2016; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Joy Bridges couldn’t attend her senior prom.

… After taking a year off from school, he (Jah’Vontae Smith) plans to eventually take business and science classes at Grand Rapids Community College with the long-term goal of becoming a neurosurgeon.

Man arraigned for allegedly killing woman, dumping body on GRCC campus

May 3,2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Marcus Bivens, a 19-year-old accused of killing a woman and dragging her body into bushes next to a Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp, has been arraigned on an open murder charge.

8 games remain for GRCC baseball to earn Regional berth

May 3, 2016; MLive

Grand Rapids, Mich. — Ancilla College’s Chargers, 1-13 and 2-23, travel to Belknap Park today to take on the GRCC’s 10-8 baseball team at 2PM.  GRCC has earned a 14-21 overall record this season having most recently split with Schoolcraft on May 1st.

Understand Copyright Law — the Library Can Help

copyright symbolUnder GRCC policy, all employees must comply with U.S. Copyright Law.

The most straightforward way to guarantee compliance is to obtain a copyright holder’s written permission. When duplication services are needed for classroom use, instructors should be prepared to clearly demonstrate permission for things like pages from Instructor Manuals and Test Banks, copies of media, and online sources. At the discretion of Media Technologies or GRCC ePrint, further proof of permission may be required.

Anyone who disregards copyright does so at their own risk, assuming all liability, including criminal penalty as defined in Title 17 of the U.S. Code. Normally, this is not a matter involving the GRCC Legal Office.

“Fair Use”

There is no simple test to determine “fair use”; only the courts can authoritatively determine “fair use.” Section 107 of the Copyright Act sets forth four considerations to help you judge “fair use:”

  1. The purpose and character of use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

How the Library & Learning Commons (LLC) can help

Department liaison librarians can help you verify citations and help determine a copyright owner. They will show you how to create online linking solutions that are copyright compliant, and they can guide you through the process of obtaining your copyright clearance online.