GRCC In the News, 2-14-17

Change Ups: Thrash among those who received LocalMotion Awards

Feb. 10, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community College’s Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion Director Domingo Hernandez-Gomez was accepted into the 2017-18 New Leadership Academy Fellows Program, a partnership between the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan and the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education.

GRCC ‘Diversity Lecture Series’ welcomes educator

Feb. 13, 2017; MLive

The Grand Rapids Community College Diversity Lecture Series is continuing with presenter Consuela Ward, an educator, speaker, facilitator, consultant, trainer and coach on diversity and inclusion topics.

GRCC Hoopsters Sweep GOCC

Feb. 13, 2017; Three Rivers Commercial-News

GRAND RAPIDS — The Glen Oaks Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams both lost road games Friday at Grand Rapids Community College.

Staff development workshops include preferred names, resumes

Upcoming Staff Development workshops!

Budget 101: Wednesday, 2/15

Holly Kleyn will provide information about the College’s money and how it is used. Strategies for saving and monthly budgeting of GRCC funds will be discussed, as well as tools to navigate departmental financial activities.

Correct Usage of Preferred Names: Wednesday, 2/22

Jody Graves will cover the policy regarding preferred names and how those names are stored & used. A list of resources will be provided for this process.

Resumes & Cover Letters: Wednesday, 3/1

Walk through the basics steps in writing a great resume and cover letter! Whether you’re starting from scratch, or doing a resume makeover, this workshop will provide great information.

*NEW* Candor: Tuesday, 3/14

Do you sometimes struggle to communicate in the clearest possible way? Research shows that people are the happiest in workplaces where there is a strong sense of “psychological safety”. One of the most important aspects of creating that safe culture is the practice of communicating with Candor. The problem is – most of us are terrible at it! In this workshop, we will explore candor – what it is and isn’t, how your brain’s wiring has everything to do with it and play with some strategies for getting better at it.

FMLA- What’s In It For You?: Wednesday, 3/29

Our very own Lydia Cruz will help you to understand the Family Medical Leave Act and answer any questions you may have!

Nominations for Emeritus Faculty due by Feb. 17

Nominations for 2017 Emeritus Faculty are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 17.

This award was established in 1985 to honor those instructors/ administrators whose dedication and creativity have left an indelible mark on the lives of students and colleagues at GRCC. During their tenure at GRCC and since their retirement, they have continued to promote GRCC’s “Commitment to Excellence.”

Photos from Conectate event

The CAP 1.3.3 (Latino Support Team) hosted a Conectate event this past Saturday at Tassell M-TEC.  The purpose of the event was to celebrate and get to know currently enrolled Hispanic and Latino students at GRCC.  During the event, we also provided a presentation explaining how our group can support those students on campus. Additionally, there were resources ranging from Title IX, Be Nice organization, Financial Aid, Undocumented Student Resources, TRIO, College Success Center, Tutoring, and the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. Telamon Corp. was also there  to promote financial assistance to students or their families who work in agriculture.

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TRIO Palooza on Feb. 15 includes information on summer research program

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, TRIO Palooza will include a TRIO/SSS recruitment effort and the opportunity for students to get assistance with the University of Michigan summer research program (UROP)!

Please invite students to learn about TRIO/Student Support Services during the TRIO Palooza event!  TRIO has openings in the program and we need your help to reach out to students who might not know about it.

Students can also stop by and learn about summer research with UROP; the final deadline is Friday, Feb. 24!

Event:  TRIO Palooza open house

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 15

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Multipurpose room,  second floor of the Student Center  (behind the Quiet Cafe).

For questions, or to learn more about TRIO or UMICH-UROP, contact Vicky Powers at or extension 4150.

Free Fall in Love with STEM event set for Feb. 18

Investigate a series of Exploration Stations during the Fall in Love with STEM event from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 18. The free event was developed in a collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College, Van Andel Institute and Michigan State University.

From the very large (the solar system) to the very small (blood cells), explore all that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) has to offer! Each station is designed to be a 15- to 30-minute activity, targeted at middle school students. Pick and choose which stations to complete, or explore all of them over the course of the afternoon! Program a robot or computer to make a drawing, investigate skeletons by dissecting an owl pellet, figure out mathematical strategies in games, identify DNA to help solve a crime, control objects with your brain waves, and more! Registration limited to 100 students, parking passes will be provided to registrants. This event is sponsored by the West Michigan Association for Women in Science.

This Open House of STEM activities is geared towards middle school and high school students and will be held on the first floor of the Calkins Science Center. The event is sponsored by the West Michigan Association for Women in Science.

For more information or to RSVP, please click this link.


Feb. 15 Business Cafe session looks at transfer resources

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., associate professor of business Brent Spitler, counselor and associate professor Sarah Rose, and representatives from several universities will be on hand to meet with students. This event will kick off in the Business Tutorial Lab (201 Cook) and students will directed to meet with university reps from there.

Transferring to a four-year institution is exciting but it can be a daunting process. To help students through the transition, GRCC has a number of resources available. This session, part of the Business Cafe series, will help put students in contact with some of the many business transfer resources at their disposal. In addition to GRCC faculty and staff, a number of partner institutions will have business program representatives there to help.  Universities represented will include:

The Business Café series consists of drop-in conversations held throughout the semester by Business Department faculty. Each session has a different topic, but all are centered on the theme of academic advising. Coffee and snacks are provided at all meetings. You can find more details about our upcoming sessions on our webpage.