GRCC In the News, 3-27-17

Dates Announced for 6th Annual GRandJazzFest

March 24, 2017; Broadway World Detroit

GRandJazzFest presented by DTE Energy Foundation returns to Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich., this August 19th and 20th, for the sixth annual festival. The popular family-friendly festival is West Michigan’s only free, weekend-long jazz festival.

… In addition to DTE Energy Foundation, the City of Grand Rapids, and GRAM, sponsors for the 2017 event to date include GR and Jazz, IntentPR, Gilmore Collection, Hilger Hammond, Amway Hotel Corporation, Experience Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Community College, Swift Printing, Corporate Live, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Matt Huizenga Video Production, Meijer, Steelcase, Rockford Construction, Kitchen67 and MoxieMen. Sponsorship opportunities are available at http://grandjazzfest.org/sponsors/.

Sens. Peters, Cassidy, Boozman, Franken And Reps. Polis & Reed Reintroduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation To Make College More Affordable & Accessible

March 24, 2017; publicnow.com (press release site)

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Boozman (R-AR) and Al Franken (D-MN), and U.S. Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO) and Tom Reed (R-NY) today announced they are reintroducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help make college more affordable and accessible by expanding opportunities for high school students to earn college credit. The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would improve access to higher education by providing grants to eligible institutions of higher learning to create dual and concurrent enrollment and early/middle college programs that allow high school students to earn college credits before their high school graduation.

… ‘This legislation will help motivated students customize their coursework to create the learning environment that works best for them,’ said Steven Ender, President of Grand Rapids Community College. ‘By introducing students to the academic expectations of college while still in high school, we can dramatically improve college preparedness and significantly boost graduation rates.’

Matthew Douglas uncovers insect fossil

This past summer, while continuing his sabbatical research on North American and South American Monarch butterflies, Dr. Matthew Douglas of GRCC’s Biology Department had the good fortune of uncovering a nearly perfect insect from the Florissant deposits of Colorado (dated at 36 million years in age).  The insect, a fly in the family Tipulidae (cranefly), was a female entombed by a volcanic explosion that caused a great deal of silt to cover an ancient freshwater lake, entrapping this specimen.

All insect fossils are very rare because insects are so delicate, and this one is particularly rare and amazingly well preserved.

A fossilized fly.

Seats available in this week’s Staff Development workshops!

Emergency Response Orientation, March 28: The GRCC Emergency Response Framework outlines the policies, procedures and organizational structure for response to emergencies which impact or disrupt normal operations on the GRCC campus, from inclement weather and power outages, to major incidents. This session provides an overview of that framework; reviews roles and responsibilities of departments, functional groups and personnel during emergency situations; and reviews the various communication methods used in the event of an emergency. This session is appropriate for new employees or anyone interested in a refresher on GRCC’s plan to keep our campus, staff and students safe.

The Career Carrot, March 28:  Team members will learn how to align their career goals with organizational objectives, increase accountability, improve productivity, and enhance their value to the organization. This workshop is designed for those who want more from their careers and for leaders who want more from their teams.

FMLA: What’s in it for you?, March 29: Have you ever wondered what the Family Medical Leave Act is all about? Have you ever wondered if you or one of your employee’s had a “qualifying event” but were afraid to ask? In this session you will learn the various ins and outs of FMLA, intermittent FMLA, and the GRCC FMLA policy. You will also learn what a qualifying event is for you or an immediate family member and what is covered while you are on leave.

Register at http://grcc.edu/humanresources/staffdevelopment/learningopportunitiesregistration