GRCC In the News, 10-16-17

Josh McCown and John Morton a good combo for Jets

Oct. 14, 2017; Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.)

The unlikely alliance was born of necessity, a partnership between an itinerant assistant coach ready to gamble with his career and an aging journeyman quarterback looking for one more chance.

… An overachieving former receiver who made it to the NFL from his humble beginnings at Grand Rapids Community College, Morton embraced the challenge, even if it might end up in failure.

Evening session added for Active Shooter Response Training

If you have not had the opportunity to attend the Active Shooter Response Training during the day, an evening session has been added to the schedule on Thursday, November 30, 2017, from 6:00-7:30 p.m in Sneden 309.

This training is required for all college staff and faculty.

The 90-minute training session will be presented by GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman. The training will describe what an active shooter is; detail the ‘Run Hide Fight’ response to an active shooter situation; explain ways to recognize and report potential threats to our campus, and answer any questions attendees may have.

Register online.

Leadership Institute applications due October 27

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for individual employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus. Leadership Institute includes content pertinent to talent identification, leadership development, and addressing issues relevant to the college community.

If you are interested in Leadership Institute 2018, please visit for additional information or to obtain an application packet. The application packet must be received by Jessica Berens in Human Resources by Friday, October 27, 2017.

APSS, Campus Police collecting donations for veterans

The APSS employee group and the Campus Police will be collecting donations of new items for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, from Oct. 16 to Dec. 14 for the holiday season.

Items needed:

  • Gift cards or certificates to fast food restaurants (McDonald’s, Burger King, etc.)
  • Small lap blankets
  • 100-piece puzzles
  • Stationery sets
  • Personal toiletries:  toothbrushes, soap, body wash,
  • mouthwash, deodorant, cologne for men or women

Donations will be accepted at the following locations:

  • Lt. Robert Decker (x3579) – Campus Police
  • Colleen Copus (x3119) – Math Tutorial Lab – Rm 105 – Cook Bldg.
  • Kim Zinger (x4253) – Math Dept. – College Park Plaza – 2nd Floor
  • Janice Holton (x4129) – Rm 118 – Main Bldg.
  • Janis Qualls (x4248) – Rm 320 – Science Bldg.
  • Tracy Payne (x3673) – Rm 313 – Student Center

Donations will be collected each Friday.  The total collection will be delivered to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Thursday, December 14.  Please help us support our veterans!

GRCC student, alumna take honors at regional geography competition

All geography programs at colleges and universities throughout Ohio and Michigan are part of the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers, which held its annual conference in Ypsilanti on Friday, October 13.  Paper competitions are held at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for students willing to take on the challenge of having their independent research critically assessed by a judging panel made up of faculty from some of the region’s leading geography programs.

For her paper, “Tourism in the Caribbean: Utopian Ideal or Dystopian Disaster?,” Geography major Kara Jueckstock, who intends to graduate from GRCC in December, was awarded first place honors in the paper competition open to all students pursuing the baccalaureate. This appears to be the first time a community college student has been awarded honors at the regional meeting. Kara intends to transfer to Aquinas College in January 2018.

Also, Alyson Mabie, a 2013 GRCC graduate who took first place undergraduate honors at the annual meeting in 2014, was awarded first place honors reserved for the best paper presented by a graduate student pursuing the master’s degree for her paper, “Brewing on the Edge: The Economic and Community Impacts of Small Town Breweries on the Outskirts of Beer City, U.S.A.” Following completion of the M.A. at Western Michigan University, Alyson intends to pursue the Ph.D.

In the last eight years, GRCC Geography alumni have received eight awards for the stellar quality of the papers they’ve presented at this annual regional conference.

Alyson Mabie and Kara Jueckstock stand near a statue of a wolf at Eastern Michigan University.


Movie showing, book discussion center on ‘fake news’

The Campus Common Reading committee has been hard at work creating events for the Fall and Winter semesters on the topic of “fake news.” Two events are coming up in the next several weeks that you and your students may be interested in attending:

  • A showing of “War of the Worlds” (2005 version) in the ATC auditorium on Monday, October 30, from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Admission to the movie is free and we’ll have complimentary refreshments. What’s unique about this showing is that we’ll have a side-bar screen displaying fun facts, trivia, and comments from our viewers.  The movie is PG-13; so families are welcome to attend.
  • Author A. Brad Schwartz will discuss and sign copies of his book “Orson Welles’s War of the Worlds and the Art of Fake News” on Thursday, November 2, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The program will be held in the Library and Learning Commons’ second floor. If you would like your class to attend, notify Brian Beecher (director of the Library & Learning Commons) so that accommodations can be made. The library has complimentary copies of this book available to current students, faculty and staff (while supplies last).

The discussion of fake news will continue through the Winter semester and will center on Paul Levinson’s book “Fake News in Real Context.”

GRCC UW Campaign kickoff: You had me at brewery.

Please join us on Oct. 26 from 5:30-7 p.m. at GRCC’s own Fountain Hill Brewery in the ATC for the GRCC United Way campaign kickoff!

You will be treated to the brewery’s delicious appetizers. You can also purchase the great craft brews and take a tour of the brewing area with a craft brewing program student.

Also, if you donate using your pledge form at the kickoff, you will be entered into a raffle to win a Meijer gift card or a $50 gift card from Lake Michigan Credit Union.

SSPD Award recipients named

Congratulations to our September 2017 SSPD Awardees!

  • Lisa Brown ($1,750): BBCON 2017 Conference
  • Elly Bainbridge ($1,000): 2017 Close It Conference
  • Elleena Chrzan ($1,000): 2017 Close It Conference
  • Paul Doane ($1,155): Federal Student Aid (FSA) Conference
  • Andrew Masters ($1,155): Federal Student Aid (FSA) Conference
  • Kathleen White ($1,450): National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers Conference
  • Derek Brunn ($1,250): National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Conference
  • Leigh Jajuga ($2,464): Confab Higher Ed 2017
  • Ryan Nausieda ($2,250): League for Innovation Community College Conference