HR Learning Opportunities: October 1-5

Human resources-sponsored learning opportunities for next week:

  • GRCC Purchasing Policy, 10/3: Mansfield Matthewson & Melissa Stasiak will present the college’s Purchasing Policy, and provide a forum for open discussion with Q & A for participants.
  • Online Ordering, 10/4: Danelle Sedore will lead you through the basics of utilizing the online ordering system for GRCC ePrint. Attendees will learn when and how to use different printing options, including quick copy. You’ll also learn how to review past orders and budget reports to help keep your areas on track!
  • Stretching for Good Health, 10/5: Participants will learn about how injuries occur, be able to identify early indicators of oncoming injuries, and how to prevent them. We will discuss “The Camel’s Back Phenomenon” and leave with a toolkit of stretches that will help you maintain your good health!

GRCC In The News, 9-28-18

The Folias Duo opens the 2018 GRCC International Guitar Series
9/27/18 WMUK
The Folias Duo, flutist Carmen Maret and guitarist Andrew Bergeron, presents the opening concert of the 2018 Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series, next Thursday, October 4th, at 7:30 p.m., in the Albert P. Smith Music Center, 142 Ransom Ave NE in Grand Rapids.

Brewery Guide
9/27/18 Revue
Revue’s compendium of breweries in West Michigan
… Fountain Hill Brewery
… Owned by Grand Rapids Community College, this brewery is only open on specific dates, when the general public gets to taste the exciting results of the Craft Brewing, Packaging and Service Operations certificate program. Open: Check website for dates.

FBI report marks a decline in violent crimes reported on Michigan college campuses
9/26/18 WWMT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The latest crime data from the FBI suggest college campuses in Michigan are becoming safer with violent crime reports down in 2017 for a number of schools. However, it’s unclear if less crime is occurring or if fewer incidents are being reported.
… The colleges listed below had zero reports of violent crime in 2017, according to the FBI:

ArtPrize 10: The Jurors’ Shortlist
9/24/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Art experts have narrowed down their Shortlist for the best of the best at ArtPrize 10.
(Former GRCC student Alan Compo made the short list for Outstanding Venue for his work outside the UICA. Filippo Tagliati, an associate professor in the Visual Arts Department, and his team have “Belt” on display at another finalist in the Outstanding Venue category: SiTE:LAB on Franklin Street.)

Sturgis, Mendon volleyball teams win
9/27/18 Sturgis Journal
… The Glen Oaks Community College dropped a conference game with Grand Rapids CC 25-21, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15.

Grand Valley State legend Cullen Finnerty was everybody’s ‘Superman,’ up until tragic end
9/27/18 The Detroit News
Detroit — The family had just moved from Redford to Brighton. Cullen Finnerty was 5 at the time.
… In his first year at Grand Valley, as Anes’ backup, Finnerty was part of a group of underclassmen who scrimmaged against Grand Rapids Community College. The game was on astroturf, and he hyper-extended a toe it bent so far back, it touched the top of his foot. (“It looked like the most painful, torturous thing,” Tim said.) It turned out to be a blessing in disguise, earning Finnerty a medical redshirt. That gave him four years of eligibility, starting with the first year after Anes’ departure.

GRCC Plans Community Forums for Equity and Inclusion Officer Post

Grand Rapids Community College is planning a series of faculty and community forums to meet the four finalists for the position of equity and inclusion officer.

After a nationwide search, GRCC has four finalists for the position:

  • B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, a visiting associate professor at Salem State University, will be interviewed October 1 in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, 151 Fountain St. NE.
  • Jessica Cruz, chief diversity and inclusion officer at Northern Michigan University, will be interviewed October 3 in room 168 of the ATC.
  • Salvador Lopez, associate director of diversity recruitment at Grand Valley State University, will be interviewed October 10 in room 124 of the ATC.

The faculty forums will run from 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center (151 Fountain St. NE) on the following dates in the rooms listed:

  • October 1 & 3: Room 168
  • October 9 & 10: Room 124

The community forums will run from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in the same locations.

The person selected for the position will work with stakeholders – students, faculty, staff and community members – to ensure that GRCC is a leader in equity and inclusion.

This position also will oversee the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, which has worked for 12 years on educating and honoring the dignity of all people through community celebrations such as the Giants Awards and through educational opportunities like student workshops, the Latino Youth Conference, and the Institute for Healing Racism.


Note:  Dwight Hamilton, chief diversity officer at Rosalind Franklin University, withdrew his candidacy.

Recap: GRCC World Peace Day Rocked the Raider Grille Last Week

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The GRCC World Peace Day Celebration rocked! Many thanks to President Pink, Provost Chesley, and Department Head Susan Davis for the funding to make it all happen! Also, a huge thank you to all of the participants and volunteers for making our GRCC WPD event the best to date! We are already looking forward to next year’s celebration and extend an invitation to our campus community to join us in planning GRCC WPD 2019! Contact the English Department for more details!