GRCC In the News, 10-10-17

Cascade Township names candidates for vacant fire chief position
10/9/17  MLive
Cascade Township has started the final interviewing process with the top five candidates for their vacant fire chief position.
…[Gregory Ginebaugh] obtained his bachelor’s degree in fire science from Lake Superior State University in addition to an associate’s degree in fire science from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and an associate’s degree in general studies from Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC president praises Kentwood’s relationship with the community college
10/9/17  MLive
KENTWOOD – Dr. Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College, said when it comes to running an institution of higher learning, two words that remain ingrained in his mind are “relevant” and “responsive.”

Student loan fraud often involves stolen identities
10/9/17  Credible
These days, it’s not unusual for students attending graduate school to take on six-figure student loan debt.
…Schools allegedly targeted by Rogers allegedly included Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Prosecutors said Rogers did not attend the classes that he enrolled his victims in, and spent the aid he obtained in their names on himself.

Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship Winners

Monday evening the Child Development & Education department celebrated the Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship winners with an awards dinner. These students were hand selected to receive the scholarships to assist in their teacher education journey. Congratulations to all scholarship winners!

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Next week’s Staff Development workshops

Understand and Manage Stress – 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 17


Full Title: “Using Awareness and Compassion to Understand and Manage Stress”. We live in a culture where on-going stress is a part of our very existence. While a certain amount of stress is normal (and productive), stress can lead to dissatisfaction, unhappiness, and even health problems. This class is designed to give participants a holistic perspective on the components of stress. An additional component of this program addresses the roles of various social-emotional aspects of stress management. Participants will become familiar with self-compassion, vulnerability, and resilience as methods to help reduce sources of stress in their lives. Participants will learn techniques related to mindfulness to help cope and manage stress.

Strategic Planning at GRCC – 2:00-4:00 pm. Oct. 18

This session will provide a general overview on the process of strategic planning at GRCC and how it connects to other key endeavors such as accreditation, department planning, performance evaluation and budgeting.  GRCC uses a 90-person teamed called the Strategic Leadership Team to develop and implement the strategic plan including 3 ends, 6 strategies, 17 College Action Projects, and 8 indicators of success.  If you have ever been curious about the SLT, why we have a strategic plan, or how you fit into the strategic planning process, this session is for you.

Supporting Those Who Are Grieving – 12:00-1:00 p.m. Oct. 20

Full Title: COMING ALONG SIDE: SUPPORTING THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING.There are no magic words that immediately take away the pain so we say nothing or we say too much. This presentation discusses how to support those who have lost a loved one.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

During the month of October 2017, the Department of Homeland Security offers weekly cyber security themes to aid in user awareness regarding current cyber threats and corrective responses to such threats. The GRCC IT Security team is hosting relevant security information on the IT Security webpage located at: Be sure to check it out weekly and remember, with all the current security breaches going on across the country, “don’t get scared…. get secured”.


DHS NCSAM Week Two Theme: Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business

Creating a culture of cybersecurity is critical for all organizations ‒ large and small businesses, academic institutions, non-profits, and government agencies – and must be a shared responsibility among all employees. Week 2 will showcase how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats. The week will also look at resources to help organizations strengthen their cyber resilience, including the use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework.


Mechanical Design Student see Welding at Tassell M-TEC

The students in DR 180-Mechanical Concepts class from the Mechanical/Architectural Design department had the chance to see how the different welding processes work at Tassell M-TEC today.  These students are studying how parts are manufactured so as they design them in our program, they understand how they will be made.  This class is part of our Mechanical Certificate as well as our Associate degree at GRCC.  Our students were able to see Nick Pinckney perform various techniques using the TIG welder on multiple materials.  John Doneth and Mike Cooper had the students try out welding themselves using the Virtual Welders.

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Business Cafe session looks at FSU programs

Business Department faculty discuss various topics throughout the semester in the Business Cafe series. All the sessions are drop-in — and open to all students, not just those in business majors — so stay for 10 minutes or the entire time. Snacks are provided!

Professor Jeff Spoelman will look at business programs at Ferris State University as well as the 3 + 1 agreement between GRCC and FSU from 8:30-10 a.m. Oct. 11 in room 201 of Cook.

MICUP, UROP participants to present work on October 25

GRCC students who participated in the summer MICUP program at Michigan Technological University, UROP at the University of Michigan, and the Study Away trip to Salamanca, Spain, will exhibit their research from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, in the Raider Grille.

Learn about their work and the amazing opportunities that might be there for you! Snacks will be provided.

Maria Perez stands next to her poster on "Using the Web to Enhance Healthcare Differences o Sex Development."


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

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!