GRCC In the News, 9-27-17

News Briefs

Sept. 27, 2017; The Torch (Ferris State University student newspaper)

… Literature in person

Katie Kalisz, a professor of English at Grand Rapids Community College and a recognized poet, will be presenting in IRC 120* Monday, Oct. 2, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please contact Dr. Deirdre Fagan at

*IRC 120 refers to the Interdisciplinary Resource Center on the Ferris State University Big Rapids Campus

Judging the ArtPrize Jurors Shortlist

Sept. 26, 2017; WGRD

ArtPrize Nine hit another big landmark Monday night as the jurors revealed their favorite entries. Take a look at their favorites which include a few surprises and some snubs too.

… The biggest surprise here, and it’s a welcome one, has got to be the diversity of the venues represented in the category. You can expect The Ruse Escape Rooms and Veterans Memorial Park to see an influx of visitors after being named to the Jurors Shortlist. GRCC Collins Art Gallery and Cultural Collective @ Rumsey Street might see the bigger crowds they deserve too. DeVos Place is a regular in the second round each year.

Student scholarships available for Institute for Healing Racism

Three $100 scholarships are available for students who complete the 2-day Institute for Healing Racism session offered through the Woodrick Center.

Requirements: Students will write a short reflection based on their experience and must be studying or planning to enter one of the following fields:

  • GRCC Police Academy
  • Criminal Justice
  • Education
  • Healthcare

Session Dates:

  • October 5-6, 2017
  • December 7-8, 2017
  • April 12-13, 2018


  • Day one: 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Day two: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Continental breakfast and lunch provided both days.

Students can complete the application online.

Contact Tamber Bustance, (616) 234-3390.

Seats available for next week’s staff development workshops

Goal Crushing Productivity — 1:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 3

If you want to increase productivity, then this program is designed for you and your team. Explore success strategies for realizing goals, prioritizing objectives, organizing your day and eliminating time wasters. Ignite motivation and achieve big goals with proven strategies for goal crushing productivity.

Choosing Civility — 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 4

What does it mean to be civil in today’s changing world? How do we continue to maintain and promote civility on GRCC’s campus? Civility betters our lives and provides a safe learning environment for our students, staff and faculty. In this workshop, participants will: 1. Understand the meaning of civility. 2. Respond to rudeness in an assertive yet civil manner. 3. Know how to react to persistently rude people. 4. Handle rudeness in the workplace. 5. Apologize for your own rudeness.

Intro to Windows 10 — 2-3 p.m. Oct. 5

Windows 10 has arrived at GRCC! This new operating system has replaced Windows 7 and there are some changes we would like to share with you. Come and join us for this basic introduction to Windows 10 and learn how to navigate the changes.

Library Resources For Work — 10-11 a.m. Oct. 6

This session will provide a basic introduction to library services for any GRCC employee. How to find and use resources, including the traditional book collection, the e-book and e-media collections, general databases, and pertinent Subject Guides will be introduced. Attendees will also sign up for the New York Times online and RaiderLoan Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan

You can register for any of these workshops online.

IIPD Grant Applications are due on October 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm.

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., October 11, 2017. Information about how to apply for an IIPD grant can be found at this website: IIPD Application and Guidelines. Please note that applications must include Dean’s and Department Head Approval forms, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!