Human Resources professional development opportunities

Drupal Basics: Editing Content — Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (10:30 am – 11:30 am)

In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.

QPR-Question. Persuade. Refer — Tuesday, January 30, 2018 (11:00 am – 12:00 pm)

QPR is used to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. It is believed that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

Coaching Skills for Managers — Wednesday, January 31, 2018 (9:00 am – 11:00 am)

“Coaching Skills for Managers and Supervisors” It would be a wonderful workplace if everyone did a perfect job all of the time. But sometimes, people need coaching to help them improve. This program explains the process of effective coaching that you can use to help improve performance and behavioral issues. Topics include: The coaching process-when to use.

Groupwise – Calendaring — Thursday, February 1, 2017 (10:00 am – 11:30 am)

This session will provide participants with GroupWise Calendar skills. Participants will learn the fundamentals of scheduling appointments, customizing calendar options and optimizing group calendar usage. Participants are encouraged to bring their calendar questions and need to know items for discussion and discovery. This course is tailored to meet the calendar-specific needs of the class participants.

Library Resources for Work — Friday, February 2, 2018 (10:00 am – 11:30 am)

This session provides 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.

Nominations sought for Outstanding Adult Learner

Here at GRCC, we are fortunate to have many remarkable students. Here’s your chance to help one outstanding adult student from the college with the annual GRAHEN Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL) award. This important award recognizes and celebrates the academic achievements, leadership and community contributions of local adult students.

For nearly 20 years, the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network (GRAHEN), of which GRCC is a member school, honors an outstanding adult learner from every one of its 12 member institutions every year.

GRCC faculty and staff can nominate individuals (adult and nontraditional students) from the 2017-2018 school year using the nomination form below.  The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2018.

If you have questions, contact Francisco Ramirez at (616) 234-3181 or framirez@grcc.edu.

18 OAL FacultyStaff letter

18 OAL nomination form

 

GRCC In the News, 1-25-18

New restaurant Westside Social opens at former Shawmut Inn site

Jan. 24, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Joe DiLeonardo hopes his new restaurant, Westside Social Tavern, finds the same loyal following as its predecessor, the Shawmut Inn.

… Westside Social will eventually be handed down to DiLeonardo’ oldest son, Anthony, 23, a graduate of Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s a sous chef at the restaurant, working alongside head chef Bob Huynh, whose resume includes Green Well and Nonna’s: The Trattoria in Ada.

World Affairs Council 2018 discussion series starts Jan. 29

Jan. 24, 2018; MLive

Global health, the defense budget and Putin’s Russia are just a few of the topics  the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan will explore during their 2018 discussion series.

… Local participating institutions include Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

GHACF president a finalist for Visionary Award

Jan. 24, 2018; Grand Haven Tribune

One of the finalists for the 2018 Visionary Award from Lakeshore Advantage was Holly Johnson, president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, for her work with the Housing Next initiative.

… Other finalists were:

Brian Walker, Herman Miller; Peter Haines, Ottawa Area ISD; and Dr. Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College/Careerline Tech Center Early College Program, who worked to design a unique early college program that integrates a corporate partner, allowing students to participate in internships and earn a professional industry certification.

 

 

Nominations sought for Salute to Women Awards

In honor of Women’s History Month, it is time to submit nominations for GRCC’s Salute to Women Award.  Please consider nominating that woman you admire because for their role as a professional, volunteer, or agent of change! Check out the previous award recipients, as it’s time to celebrate those great women walking our campus.

Submit nominations to Jennifer Smith  (jesmith@grcc.edu) by February 9 for all categories: GRCC Alumna, GRCC Employee, GRCC Student, and GRCC Former Employee.

Last call for SSPD applications

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is January 26, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available on the Grants Department web page at www.grcc.edu/sspdgrants. Please note that applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Associate Director of Grants & Resource Development at 234-3340 or ldopke@grcc.edu. Good luck!

GRCC seismometer picks up Alaska earthquake

GRCC’s seismic station (GRMI) in Calkins picked up the magnitude 7.9 earthquake in Alaska on Tuesday morning. The earthquake was located at a depth of 25 km below the sea floor, southeast of Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. A tsunamic warning was initiated for much of the west coasts of the U. S. and Canada but was cancelled a few hours later. The fault that generated the earthquake was not of the type that usually triggers a damaging tsunami. More information about the earthquake can be found on the U. S. Geological Survey’s website. The figures below show the dramatic trace of the earthquake on the GRMI record. The second image is the pulled record of the earthquake and clearly exhibits the P wave (a seismic body wave that moves through the Earth) and the L wave (a high amplitude wave that travels on the surface of the Earth). The waves arrived at the GRCC station about 7 and 23 minutes, respectively, after the earthquake in Alaska, a testament to the speed of seismic waves!

A readout of GRCC seismometer shows the Alaska earthquake.

Trace of M7.9 Alaska earthquake on GRMI

A readout from the GRCC seismometer shows the P and L waves from the Alaska earthquake.

Pulled seismogram of M7.9 Alaska earthquake showing the relative arrival of the P and the L waves.

 

 

Dental Assisting students host bone marrow donor drive in February

On February 12th and 15th, GRCC Dental Assisting students are hosting Will You Marrow Me GRCC, a bone marrow donor registration drive. Here, dental assisting students become engaged in learning about bone marrow donation – giving someone a chance to overcome life-threatening diseases like leukemia and lymphoma.

Seventy percent of patients who need a life-saving donor will not find that matching donor in their family. They must turn to the Be The Match bone marrow registry to find an unrelated donor. All it takes to join is swabbing the inside of your cheeks with a cotton swab and filling out a brief consent form. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please consider learning more at the upcoming Will You Marrow Me GRCC event.

  • Monday February 12, 8-11am, 1st floor of the Student Activity Center
  • Thursday February 15, 8-11am, 4th floor Main

Dental assisting students hold up their left hands, which have candy rings on the ring fingers.

Condolences to friends, family of Keith Longberg

We extend our condolences to the family and friends of former Language Arts faculty member Keith Longberg, who died Dec. 21. A memorial service was held today.

Longberg was a driving force behind the Million Dollar Faculty initiative in 1984, which raised money for GRCC (then GRJC) Foundation scholarships. He was named Faculty Emeritus in 2007, and the Keith Longberg Trust Scholarship is named for him.

Keith Longberg talks to a student at a Creating Connections breakfast in 2015.

TRIO’s Summer Research Fair is today

TRIO/Student Support Services is holding a Summer Research Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 24 in room 336 of the Student Center.

Participating programs include:

  • University of Michigan UROP Community College Summer Fellowship.
  • Michigan Technological University MICUP
  • University of Michigan School of Information
  • Van Andel Institute
  • Summer Health Professions Education Program
  • PTK/Office of Experiential Learning

Information on a variety of opportunities will be available. Stop by, learn, get involved and make a difference! Snacks will be provided.

Amanda Aguirre, Enemecia Sepulveda Presenting

GRCC In the News, 1-23-18

Great Decisions Series brings global issues to West Michigan

Jan. 22, 2018; therapidian.org

Dictators using digital media, global health, the future of American global leadership, the defense budget and Putin’s Russia are some of the dynamic topics being explored as the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan launches its 2018 Great Decisions Global Discussion Series.

… In addition to participation from World Affairs Council members and the general community, some college students will take the series through their respective political science or international relations departments. Local participating institutions include Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

President Pink visits Ottawa Hills Early/Middle College program

Dr. Pink visited Ottawa Hills High School last week to meet the students who are participating in the Early/Middle College program. He told students in GRCC adjunct instructor John Beadling’s American Government class about the importance of making a plan to get into college, to pay for college and to stay in college. He emphasized the need for students to apply for grants and scholarships to assist with paying for college, and encouraged them to follow their passion to a career that will be meaningful and pay the bills.

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TRIO to hold Summer Research Fair

TRIO/Student Support Services is holding a Summer Research Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 24 in room 336 of the Student Center.

Participating programs include:

  • University of Michigan UROP Community College Summer Fellowship.
  • Michigan Technological University MICUP
  • University of Michigan School of Information
  • Van Andel Institute
  • Summer Health Professions Education Program
  • PTK/Office of Experiential Learning

Information on a variety of opportunities will be available. Stop by, learn, get involved and make a difference! Snacks will be provided.

A young man in a suit and tie stands next to a poster board on an easel. The poster board, featuring the University of Michigan’s maize and blue colors, is titled: Health Coaching in Primary Care: A Pilot Study.

Riley Engstrom

 

Cast of ‘STOMP’ gives master class to GRCC students

On Friday afternoon, through a partnership with Broadway Grand Rapids, cast members from “STOMP” gave a master class to GRCC students and a small group of  local middle school students. Later that evening, the college took a group of GRCC students to see the amazing show.

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