GRCC In The News, 02-08-19

Middle school students invited to Fall in Love with STEM
2/7/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Middle school students can participate for free in Fall in Love with STEM events beginning Saturday, Feb. 9, through the West Michigan chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS-WM).
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College and Hope College are promising fun-filled days of STEM activities science, technology, engineering and math.

Grand Rapids program helps first-generation and minority students get to and through college
2/8/19 Michigan Radio
It’s a happy day when college acceptance letters arrive and high school students start on their journey to obtain a higher education degree.
… “We’re all responsible,” (Shayla) Willis said. “As one of our partners from [Grand Rapids Community College] Chris Sain said, Retention is everybody’s business.”

Assistant Dean and Associate Professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School Tracey Brame on Creating Joy
2/7/19 Women’s Lifestyle magazine
Tracey Brame is an Assistant Dean and Associate Professor at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School. Brame was recently elected Vice President of the Grand Rapids Bar Association and also serves as the Vice President of the Grand Rapids chapter of Jack and Jill of America. Tracey is the quintessential #RockstarWoman she uses her gifts to lead, love, and serve in her home, marketplace, and community. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated; serves on the Board of Directors for Linc UP, a nonprofit community development organization; and is the head of the parent organization at Crestwood Middle School in Kentwood. She is the proud wife of Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees, Kenyatta Brame, and mother of two: Kamau, age 12 and Kimani, age 10.

Raider Salute to Jeannie Dauber

This Raider Salute comes from student Megan Nordbeck:

I have to take time to recognize a past GRCC professor of mine — Jeannie Kuhn Dauber. She was my math 098 teacher during my first year at GRCC in 2017. As you can imagine, I was struggling with self esteem. I didn’t know whether or not I was capable of succeeding in college. Especially, all the time I took off after high school (graduated in 2008).

Jeannie is a tough teacher, but she really cares about all of her students. I had homework almost every night along with her many colorful mock tests. I did everything that Jeannie recommended and I passed her class with a 98.2 %.

Now, with this current semester I feel incredibly confident and some of that I owe to Jeannie Dauber. I currently hold a 3.6 GPA and have made the Dean’s List twice. Apart from the accolades, Jeannie and I are still friends. Once in awhile we’ll meet for lunch and what not.

Jeannie has continued to share with me about her ongoing efforts with her students. I wanted to showcase Jeannie’s dedication and how she handled things during the polar vortex. The polar vortex has been challenging for some students this semester. Specifically, when it comes to learning compiled material after missing 5 classes due to the bad weather.

Jeannie Dauber cares enough about her students to make lecture videos for Blackboard, meeting extra with her students so that they are caught up, and sending notifications about extra review time. Last Monday, classes were delayed until 11 am. Jeannie Dauber held an hour review session for her early morning class. The students who did not respond back to her notification received a phone call from her. All but one of her students showed up.

Jeannie is a prime example of an educator. I can’t imagine what my first year at GRCC would have been like without her. Thank you for all that you do Jeannie Dauber!!!

Emeritus Faculty Award Nominations Deadline Extended to March 1

You are invited to nominate a GRCC retired faculty or administrator for the Emeritus Faculty Award. This award was established in 1985 to honor those instructors/administrators whose dedication and creativity have left an indelible mark on the lives of students and colleagues at GRCC. During their tenure at GRCC and since their retirement, they have continued to promote GRCC’s “Commitment to Excellence” as illustrated by the GRCC values described in the narrative forms.

The deadline for Emeritus nominations has been extended two weeks and should be submitted to by noon on Friday, March 1, 2019.

For more information and to submit a nomination, please visit the website.

Race, Gender & You: A Four-Part Dialogue for Increasing Workplace Cultural Competency

All are welcome to join the CTE for Race, Gender & You: A Four-Part Dialogue for Increasing Workplace Cultural Competency

  • Day/Dates: Fridays, March 15, 22, 29, April 12
  • Time: 9.30-11am
  • Place: 347 Main
  • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Register


  • Katrina Kalisz
  • Mursalata Muhammad

This workshop uses dialogue to improve campus climate by increasing the cultural competency of each participant.

Facilitators will establish a safe environment that invites open dialogue. Participants will use four primary readings as the foundation for dialogue around topics that include but are not limited to: race, gender, authenticity, class, body-image, diversity, ethnicity, inclusion, power, and socio-economics.

The facilitators will help create dialogue among participants by using inquiry and compassionate listening.

Participants agree to

  • Read discussion materials before each group dialogue session
  • Attend four 90-minute dialogue sessions
  • Submit an anonymous reflection about her/his participation in the workshop