Archive for April 2017

GRCC In the News, 4-28-17

April 28, 2017

News 8 Daybreak

April 28, 2017; WOOD TV

It’s graduation season around West Michigan. Grand Rapids Community College is one of several schools holding commencement ceremonies over the next few days.

Case Study: Spectrum Healths Community-based Chronic-Disease Management Program

April 20, 2017; Hospitals & Health Networks (American Hospital Association publication)

Since 1997, Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Mich., has provided community-based care through its Healthier Communities initiative. Developed through the merger of two previous programs, Core Health was added in 2008 to provide in-home education on general wellness, including weight and stress control, for patients with early-stage chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

… Once selected, CHWs undergo rigorous training in a certification program developed jointly by Spectrum Health’s Healthier Communities and the Grand Rapids Community College to provide the Michigan Community Health Worker Alliance standardized curriculum. Upon completion, the student will receive a certificate from GRCC. To become certified for the Core Health program, CHWs are tested in eight competencies, including advocacy and outreach; community and personal strategies; legal and ethical responsibilities; teaching and capacity building; communication skills and cultural competencies; coordination, documentation and reporting; healthy lifestyles; and mental health. The eight-week onboard training includes classroom work, scenario precepting, job shadowing and peer mentoring, after which CHWs understand the nature of diabetes, heart failure and COPD, as well as the resources to manage them.

Thomas Gilbert (Ottawa Hills) signs with GRCC

April 26, 2017; beercityhoops.com

Thomas Gilbert, a 6-foot-6 forward from Ottawa Hills High School, has signed to play basketball at Grand Rapids Community College next season.

Volunteer of the Year: Denise Joseph

April 25, 2017; Literacy Center of West Michigan

Spend an hour listening to Denise Joseph tell stories of teaching and volunteering and you’ll know right away why the Literacy Center is honoring her with the Marshall Pitler Volunteer of the Year Award at this years Spellebration event.

… Never one to slow down, Denise also sings with the Grand Rapids Women’s Chorus, takes Spanish classes at Grand Rapids Community College, and serves in leadership at Fountain Street Church. In addition, she serves as the adopted Grandmother of a family of Eritrean refugees who settled in Grand Rapids.

Summer wellness classes start next week

April 28, 2017

Group exercise classes will begin May 1st, so grab a friend and come sweat! No need to sign up, just join us for the fun! You are welcome to bring your spouse, a child over 18, or friend(s) to these classes. Non-GRCC employees participating are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester to participate in these classes. All are welcome!

Click here to view our current offerings.

Summer construction season is starting

April 28, 2017

Beginning on Monday, May 1, contractors will be on site to begin a variety of summer projects:

  • Concrete repair work will occur in specific areas on the Commons on Monday and Tuesday.  There will be some noise as they demolish the failing concrete.  They will them pour replacement, which will be roped off for several days. Pedestrian traffic will not be impacted.  However, vehicular delivery services will not be able to travel the Commons next week.
  • Phase 2 of the Bostwick ramp repair work will also begin.  This will include work on lower levels throughout the ramp.  If you park in that ramp, please note that areas of the ramp will be closed to allow for this work.

Music Department is on the move!

  • They’re going home!  We will be moving the Music Department offices from the Data Center back to the Music Building on Monday, May 1.  Throughout the week, we’ll be moving equipment and instruments from various campus buildings back to the Music building.  The professional piano movers will be on site on Wednesday and Thursday, May 3 and 4.

Other summer moves:

  • Due to Bostwick ramp work, the DSS Testing center will be moving on May 3 to the Science Building for the summer.
  • Counseling and Advising services will be moving to the Data Center.  Watch for more information next week!

Retiree Biography: Deb Nordman

April 28, 2017

Deb Nordman has worked at GRCC since 1995, first as a clinical instructor at Saint Mary’s Health Services, then an adjunct for both the Radiology and Psychology departments and then full-time faculty serving as the program director of the Rad Tech Program. Deb said that her students have been her favorite part of the job; she has learned so much from them. Her program is unique in that she works with cohorts for two years, allowing her to get to know the students better. Many of her students keep in touch with her after they’ve completed their program. Deb shared one particular story about a student:

“Many years ago, I had a student that was experiencing housing issues in the final semester of classes for the program. For a brief time, she lived in her car with her young son (I was not aware of this at the time). The student had an excellent attendance record and always participated in class. However, her housing issues caused her to miss some time and the corresponding assignments/tests. This brought her grade down and she would not have passed the semester. I agreed to an independent study to get her up to date and complete her assignments. She was able to complete every requirement and eventually received a passing grade. She graduated and passed her registry exam. Several years later, I happened to see this student at Target. She came up to me and thanked me. She then told me how she had lived in her car for a brief time and how desperate she was to get out of that situation. Since her graduation, she had found a full-time position in radiology and was now married. She introduced me to her husband and told me they had just purchased a house. I often think about this student and how you never really know the whole story behind a student’s struggles. She was an inspiration to me and I am so thankful that I could be a part of her success.”

In retirement, Deb is looking forward to relaxing at her cottage with family and friends and also traveling. She’s hoping to visit Italy and Greece. Deb would like to take a photography class and painting class, and plans on reconnecting with old friends.

Deb, on behalf of your GRCC community, we all wish you the very best in retirement. Thank you so much for your service to GRCC and our students.

GRCC In the News, 4-27-17

April 27, 2017

Students celebrate year end at GRCC’s Noorthoek Academy

April 26, 2017; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – College students with disabilities in Grand Rapids, are celebrating their accomplishments this year.

Students of Noorthoek Academy at Grand Rapids Community College were honored for a successful school year Wednesday, April 26.

As construction industry faces shortage of workers, West Michigan groups innovate to fill gap

April 27, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

The demand for the design and construction of new buildings for housing and mixed-use business applications has been on the rise in Grand Rapids. The influx of residents into the city, as well as the growth of a variety of local industries, from manufacturing to tourism, has created new demand for construction. Yet, the pool of trained and experienced constructions workers has remained static, if not outright shrinking. Area companies are facing unforeseen challenges in meeting the demand for both new construction and for skilled workers, which they are addressing by employing a number of strategies. Included in these strategies are new local training programs and alliances between construction trade associations.

… In addition to the training model developed by the CWDA, another key West Michigan program that delivers construction skills training can be found at the Michigan Technical Education Center (M-TEC), which is part of Grand Rapids Community College.

How coworking spaces are growing an entrepreneurial community in Grand Rapids

April 27, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

The Oxford Dictionary defines coworking as “the use of an office or other working environment by people who are self-employed or working for different employers, typically so as to share equipment, ideas and knowledge.” According to the 2017 Global Coworking Survey, by year-end, there will be approximately 14,000 operational coworking spaces worldwide. Additionally, the report shows these coworking spaces will be focusing on increasing membership, generating more income, hosting more events and having a stronger sense of community.

… Each coworking space also offers networking and educational opportunities. The Factory has a coLearning program, which offers classes on a variety of topics including: HTML, CSS, design thinking and app development. They also host Coffee With Creators every Wednesday morning, which is open to the public. Through a partnership with Start Garden, Urban LINC periodically hosts 5×5 Nights, providing entrepreneurs with the opportunity to connect with others in the community and gain exposure for their business ideas. (Jeremy) DeRoo states Urban LINC has also been working with other local organizations including Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan Works! and Hope Network on a variety of workforce development related initiatives.

Congratulations to the Van and Marinus Swets 2017 Travel Award winners

April 27, 2017

The Foundation received 26 creative travel plans from employees.  Due to the excellent response, we were able to award 9 employees this year.

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

Congratulations to:

  • 1st Place: Kenneth Henderson- $400
  • 2nd Place: Catherine Dreher- $300
  • 3rd Place: Sandra Lancaster – $200

Honorable Mentions:

  • Diane Smith- $100
  • Danelle Nyland- $100
  • Tess Dodd $100
  • Meegan Willi- $100
  • Jason Hansen- $100
  • Cheryl Floyd- $100

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

Safe travels!  We hope to see even more entries next year.

Summer wellness schedule

April 26, 2017

Group exercise classes will begin May 1, so grab a friend and come sweat! No need to sign up, just join us for the fun! You are welcome to bring your spouse, a child over 18, or friend(s) to these classes. Non-GRCC employees participating are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester to participate in these classes. All are welcome!

Click here to view our current offerings.

GRCC In the News, 4-26-17

April 26, 2017

Comisión Hispana reconoce a estudiantes graduados de las universidades de Michigan

April 25, 2017; La Prensa

Lansing, MI — El pasado viernes 7 de abril, la Comisión Hispánica/Latina de Michigan (HLCOM por sus siglas en inglés) realizó su primera ceremonia para reconocer a 45 graduados hispanos de las universidades de Michigan, en el Centro Lansing, ubicado en el 333 East Michigan Avenue.

Al evento asistieron alrededor de 150 personas, entre quienes se encontraban, familiares, amigos y profesores de los graduados de las diferentes universidades del estado: Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Siena Heights University, Saginaw Valley State University, Northern Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College y Lansing Community College.

(Lansing, MI: On Friday, April 7, the Michigan Hispanic / Latino Commission (HLCOM) held its first ceremony to recognize 45 Hispanic graduates from Michigan colleges at the Lansing Center in 333 East Michigan Avenue.

The event was attended by about 150 people, including family members, friends, and professors of graduates from different state universities: Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Siena Heights University, Saginaw Valley State University, Northern Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Michigan College and Lansing Community College.)

 

Photos from President Ender’s open house

April 26, 2017

Family, friends and colleagues turned out to share best wishes for President Ender during an open house on April 25.

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Soup’s On For Peggy event was a success

April 26, 2017

The Soup’s On For Peggy event that was hosted last Friday in the Raider Grille was a huge success! We cannot thank you enough for your donations to assist Peggy as she seeks medical treatment. If you could not attend the event but would still like to donate, please contact Rachel at x2448 or email rbower@grcc.edu.

Exam Week hours for Campus Dining

April 26, 2017

The Raider Grille: Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th

Open Normal Hours. (Wok This Way Closed)

Closed Wednesday 26th- Friday 28th

Closed for the summer

The Quiet Café will be open through the summer

Monday-Thursday

The Quiet Cafe: Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th

Open Normal Hours.

Wednesday 26th Open 7 am-4 pm (breakfast from 7 am-10 am)

Closed Thursday 27th and Friday 28th

The Quiet Café will be open through the summer

Monday-Thursday

The Sneden Cafe: Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th

Open 7 am-5 pm.

Closed Wednesday 26th – Friday 28th

Closed For The Summer

The Quiet Café will be open through the summer

Monday-Thursday

GRCC In the News, 4-25-17

April 25, 2017

Funding for tech, training, counseling and AP expansion

April 24, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Kelloggsville Public Schools, MI — On May 2, voters in the Kent ISD region will be asked to approve a 0.9 mill tax for local school districts, generating $211 per student to maintain programs, improve services and meet other needs. School News Network is offering information on what the millage means for each of the 20 districts in the Kent ISD. Today we focus on Kelloggsville Public Schools. SNN spoke with Superintendent Sam Wright.

… The high school will begin offering four Advanced Placement classes in the fall: chemistry, biology economics and calculus. Currently Kelloggsville students take AP classes online. The school offers a dual-enrollment Grand Rapids Community College English class, and hopes to begin a full middle-college program.

Condolences to Nora Michael

April 25, 2017

We extend condolences to Nora Michael, from Facilities, upon the death of her son, Jalen Michael, on April 14.

GRCC adjunct retiree biographies

April 25, 2017

Human Resources will be starting a new communication for our retirees. This idea was submitted via the PACE feedback meetings or the Community Luncheon sessions — so we thank you for your feedback on this opportunity to improve communications about our retirees.

The following adjuncts will be retiring from GRCC on Friday, April 29. With their permission and input, here’s some information about their teaching experience at GRCC:

Barbara Egeler

Barbara has worked at GRCC as an adjunct instructor since January 2004.

She initially started teaching communication courses in the Language and Thought Department and then went back to grad school at WMU to get a M.A. in Counseling/Psychology. In 2007, she began teaching psychology courses for the Psychology Department at GRCC.

Here’s what Barbara shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

“Over the years, I have met so many diverse, funny and inquisitive students that made teaching exciting and fun. Some classes were more memorable than others. In some of the classes the students and I ‘clicked,’ making the semester fly by. In some instances, I actually didn’t want the semester to end because the class was more like a colloquium where everyone shares ideas. In my retirement, I want to pursue painting and decorating houses. I’d like also to learn new skills and travel.  I’ve been privileged to work at GRCC with great faculty, department chairs and especially the students. I wanted to teach ever since I was in elementary school, so having the opportunity to teach students from all backgrounds and ages and learn from them has been a gift. Teaching at GRCC has truly been satisfying.”

Robin Connell

Robin Connell sits at a keyboard.

Robin Connell

Robin has worked at GRCC as an adjunct instructor since January 2001 in the Music Department, mostly teaching music theory.

Here’s what Robin shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

“Several stories come to mind, most of which are examples of simple things that, when put together, help build the community. For example, a few years ago a student was knitting winter ‘Pokemon’ hats. Some students were wearing them to class and they were quite surprised when I asked her if she could make me a Charmander hat. I started naming the various Pokemon and we had fun taking a short break from music theory to discuss our favorite characters.  As an adjunct juggling more than one job, as well as family, I was not able to be as involved with students as much as I wanted. So it came as a surprise when, over the years, I would run into former students who remembered me. One student in particular talked with me several times after he was enrolled at GVSU and was struggling with ‘what to do with his life.’ Others are out in the world working as musicians or music educators and keep in touch. It’s just a delight to see what former students are doing, whether they continue in a music career or move on to something else. These encounters have made me feel like I was truly a part of GRCC even though I was only teaching part time.  Although I am retiring from GRCC, I am continuing to work my other part-time jobs because I’m not old enough, or financially sound enough, to completely retire! I’ve been a self-employed musician since I graduated from GVSC in 1979. Some of that employment is performing (a dozen or so events a month) but I also teach jazz studies at Aquinas College, at my home, and as a clinician at schools and festivals. This is my third year co-directing the Youth Jazz Ensemble program at St Cecilia Music Center as well as the third year of a jazz piano concert series I host at Fountain Street Church, called, Jazz in the Sanctuary [next concert is May 7]. I hope to find a little more time for family and friends now too!  I can’t even imagine what my life would have been like without these past sixteen years at GRCC. I am so grateful for being able to teach music theory, a subject I am just geeky about and love sharing. Although I was the teacher, I always felt like I was learning, too. I also have a deep appreciation and respect for my GRCC colleagues who have been wonderful to work with and I’m excited about attending future concerts in the newly renovated music building next year.”

 Susan Wallsteadt

Susan Wallsteadt

Susan Wallsteadt

Susan has worked at GRCC as an adjunct instructor since August 2000.  For most of those years she has been an adjunct instructor in the Psychology Department and for a short period of time she was a temporary assistant professor.

Here’s what Susan shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

“Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see my former students achieve such wonderful things.  I recently was invited by one of my previous students to attend the Delta Pi Alpha dinner.  She is graduating from GRCC this semester and was recognized as one of the students to have achieved an overall 4.0 GPA.  How amazing is that!  After 17 years, I don’t think there is any doubt that I belonged to GRCC. My constant reminder is the number of times I have been out in public, such as at a restaurant or store, and have a student ask me, ‘Aren’t you a professor at GRCC?  I had you back when…..’  I have always had two jobs, but will for now have one. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family, especially my five-year-old grandson.  I’m also going to travel more and visit my sister in Florida and my brother in California.  I have so enjoyed my time at GRCC.  I’m grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve been able to work with and socialize with, and also for the opportunity to be a part of so many students’ academic lives.  They have taught me so much!”

We would like to congratulate our adjunct retirees and thank them for their commitment and service to GRCC.  Their contributions to our students’ lives can never be measured.  Happy retirement!

President Ender’s open house is today

April 25, 2017

The campus community is invited to celebrate with President Ender during a retirement open house on April 25. The open house runs 3-5 p.m. at The Heritage.

President Ender crouches down to talk to a little girl at the 100th anniversary community picnic.