GRCC In the News, 5-1-20

Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority seeing increase in student enrollment

April 30, 2020; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Grand Rapids Promise Zone Authority is seeing an increase in student enrollment. Over half of the eligible students from the city’s class of 2020 have already been accepted at GRCC.

Morning News

May 1, 2020; FOX 17

Anchor Brody Carter: “Senior year in high school is what we remember for the rest of their lives. But for this year’s graduating class, the last couple months will be remembered differently. Deanna Falzone highlights local seniors in this week’s Senior Spotlight.”

Falzone: “… Gracie Dewent, Thornapple Kellogg High School. She was a tri-sport athlete, running cross country, playing basketball and running track. She’s also a member of the National Honor Society, and she attended KCTC in the nurse-tech Certified Nursing Assistant program. She plans to apply for a job in the medical field while attending GRCC, pursuing a degree in Nursing. Her mom says she is sad her senior year was cut short, but she is so excited about her future career.”

Walking Challenge kicks off May 11

Join this 8-week personal challenge for a fun way to work on your health and wellness this spring and summer with your GRCC Family!

Each week beginning Monday, May 11th, we’ll be hosting a themed challenge that gets you setting and crushing your personal wellness goals.

Fill out the simple form to sign up.

This year’s challenge is a little bit different. No need to find a team this year, because we are all in this together…separately. We are all on Team GRCC!

We’ll share our progress, engage with fellow challenge participants, post photos, and give encouragement using the private GRCC Walking & Wellness Challenge Google Community.

Wellness isn’t cancelled! Get moving with the GRCC Family!

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2020 GRCC Walking & Wellness Challenge. Lace up and take the challenge. 1. Family & Pets Week. We are family! Show us how your family helps you to get fit! Walk with your animal friend. Have your family help plan healthy meals. Have a dance party with your family. 2. Adventure Week. Adventure awaits. Show us how you find adventure in your wellness program. Try a new workout. Run or walk to a new route. 3. Self-care Week. Make sure to take care of you. Show us how your practice self-care. Try out a meditation app. Treat yourself to a spa day. Relax with yoga routine. 4. Kindness Week. Spread love like sunshine. Show us how you show kindness. Surprise someone with a random act of kindness. Cheer on other challenge members. 5. Wacky Week. Let’s get a little kooky. Show us your wacky side. Work out in a fun costume. Belt out your favorite tune as you work out. Share your wildest smoothie recipe. 6. Water Week. Water, water everywhere. Show us how your work out with water. Hit your water intake goal. Take a stroll to a river or pond. Incorporate water into your workout. 7. Pure Michigan Week. We’re smitten with the Mitten. Show us how you share your MI pride. Add local artists to your playlist. Incorporate Michigan produce into your meals. Work out in your favorite Michigan gear. 8. Buddy Week. Fitness is more fun with a friend. Show us who you work out with. Bring a friend along on a walk. Check in on a friend. Attend a virtual workout together. Excited and ready to go? Join the Walking & Wellness Challenge Google community for a full experience and participation details.

Submitting your timesheet while off campus

For those that had changes in their hours this past pay period may find themselves submitting a timesheet remotely.

Users must submit their timesheets from off campus using a virtual machine. If you’ve never used the VM, instructions to download and install it are below:

After installing the VM, instructions to launch, connect, and submit your timesheet are included below.

If you need any assistance with this process, please call our IT Support Desk at 234-4357.

Retirement bio of Steve Abid

An illustration from "Kat" of Steve Abid holding a golf club. It says: "Happy Retirement Prof. Abid!!"I have worked full-time at GRCC for 27 years.  I was an adjunct instructor before being hired full time to teach Economics in Fall 1993. The college was organized a bit differently, back then — academic areas were in “divisions.”  My first few years were in the Social Science Division. Later, we were reorganized into departments and some of the disciplines in the division were separated into the Behavioral Sciences Department (Anthropology, Psychology & Sociology). The other areas of Economics, Geography, History & Political Science were in the Social Science Department, which was where I was located. I was appointed to be the first Department Head of the Social Sciences Department. In 1998, I was asked to serve as Assistant Dean of the School of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Health & Wellness (we had three “schools” back then).  So, I took on that role and those responsibilities. In 1999, the academic area was reorganized into the current structure and the school I was serving was split into the other two areas. So, I was relocated as Assistant Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences. I returned to faculty in 2001 to teach Economics in the Social Sciences Department. In 2005 I was asked by Provost Velvie Green to fill in for a year as Associate Dean of SAS while a search was conducted to replace a departing AD. So, I took on that responsibility. I returned back to faculty in 2006 and was then asked again by Provost Gilda Gely in 2010 to serve as Associate Dean of SAS for another year with Laurie Chesley’s appointment to Dean. I returned to faculty once again in 2011, and that is where I have been ever since!

My teaching load has remained relatively the same over the years: Principles of Macroeconomics (EC 251) and Principles of Microeconomics (EC 252). I did teach a class in the Physical Education Division one time and I team-taught the first Environmental Science class we offered.

There are so many stories, that it is hard for me to pick just one. I am always humbled when students thank me for teaching them. Teaching is a very rewarding profession, but oftentimes, we do not see the impact on the students until they are many years down the road. Out of all the students I have taught, I do have one from two years ago that I remember quite well, though.

This student was an older learner and took my EC 252 class in an accelerated format. She struggled with some of the concepts and the math was a challenge for her. She came to my office hours for assistance twice a week and we worked through the class bit by bit. She ended with a B. The following semester, she was in my EC 251 class, but this time in the full semester format. This pace was much easier for her to manage, but she still came to my office twice a week and we worked through all the information — sometimes going over the same concepts three and four times.  She could have dropped the last test and received a B+, but she came to take the test even though the date was on her birthday (she let me know her birthday to prove she was older than me!) I asked her why she had come knowing she really didn’t want to be there that day. Her response was indicative of how she and a lot of our students approach their academic work: “What would my grandbabies say if they learned that I had a chance to get an A-, and I stayed home and didn’t try to get that higher grade? So, I’m here to try and improve my grade!” Which, she did!  On her way out the door that day, she said to me “Thank you — you have been an angel professor for me!” I assured her that she had done the work and that she deserved the grade she had earned. But that type of comment always makes me feel humbled but also proud to work with students in the pursuit of their goals. In this case, the student’s goal was to not only transfer to get a four year degree, but also to serve as a role model for her kids, grandkids and others in her community.

For many of our students, GRCC is their first, best option, but for more than a few, we are their last, best option.  So, my goal was to help them to see that they can achieve their goals and I am happy to facilitate that!

I am also proud to have been a part of a number of search committees and to have played a role in evaluating so many full-time and adjunct faculty members. I was fortunate that this profession allowed me to gain insights into how others teach and to be able to learn from them a better way to teach my classes. I am thankful that President Calkins asked me to be the Assistant Dean in areas with which I was not familiar. I met so many people from across the college that even now, 22 years later, when I encounter those still working here, I am able to have really genuine conversations. Too often, we only converse with those in our departments and the colleagues we see regularly, but if we are given the opportunity to expand that circle it allows for a much broader and richer experience!

It took me a while to feel I belonged at GRCC. I was a student at GRJC in 1973-74 (it’s where I met my wife!).  More than a few of the faculty members from that time were my colleagues when I first came on board in 1993.  So, that coupled with the fact that I had been a high school teacher for 16 years prior to coming here made me feel that I may not have measured up to the other faculty members. Eventually, I became more confident that I was able to teach the material in a way that helped the students to learn the concepts and achieve their goals. There are still days in which I stand in awe of my colleagues and the work they do and I am proud to have been called a GRCC faculty member! I will close out my career at the same institution where my higher education academic journey started…and that seems fitting to me!

I’m not entirely sure what I will do in retirement – I do know that I will need to find something to do to fill my time in order stay active both mentally and physically and to continue to be engaged with others. I do not plan on teaching anymore, as I feel I have given all that I could — but I am not ruling out doing something in the world of education.  I am sure there will be more than a few golf dates as I have typically not played on weekdays during the academic year so that will be a novel experience for me! I have also been asked to continue on some of the community boards and committees, and I am looking forward to that. My wife and I had planned to travel with family and friends, but since she has passed away, I have put those plans on hold. We have 7 grandchildren with another on the way this summer! So, I know there will be some fun times as grandpa as well as going to their school activities, plays, games, etc.


Retirement bio of Roger Kelley

Professor Kelley has been at GRCC since the late 1990s when he joined the college as an adjunct in Applied Technology.  In 2011 he became full-time faculty and has since served as Assistant and Associate Professor in Applied Tech.

He was instrumental in the MCAM Grant which garnished $1 million in equipment for the school as well as the Mechatronics program, which consistently graduates students into the workforce with an average salary of $55,000 a year. Over the years Roger has gotten satisfaction from his efforts to improve the Applied Technology program by helping to hire new, talented faculty who have made great strides in improving the program.

When asked about a favorite experience with GRCC students, he reflects that his favorite positive reviews were the ones where students called his class the toughest one they had taken, but that they still wished to take more with Professor Kelley. Retirement will be a time of “just enjoying life” for Roger, who says he has no major plans at the moment for how he will spend his new free time.


Retirement bio of Mike Cupples

Professor Cupples started out at GRCC in 1992 as the Ford Fieldhouse Morning Supervisor and Assistant Baseball Coach.  In 1997 he joined the college as full-time faculty and, in 2005, took on the role of Head Baseball Coach.  Two years ago he stepped down to Assistant Coach and hopes to continue serving in this manner for the immediate future.

When asked about some of his best memories of GRCC students, he cites getting to witness the personal growth of the students and athletes he has mentored or worked with over the years.  He also fondly remembers, as assistant coach, the 1996 season where the baseball team brought home the first of 5 national championships for GRCC.  He enjoyed the sense of accomplishment as well as unity among his peers in the Physical Education/Wellness/Exercise Science Department.

During retirement, Mike plans to spend more time with his family and friends and doing lots of outdoor and physical activities.  He lists hunting, traveling, fishing, biking and hiking as some of those activities he most looks forward to enjoying.  In closure, Mike would like to say “Thank You” to all those he has worked with or who have helped him throughout his time at GRCC. “ONCE A RAIDER, ALWAYS A RAIDER!”

Retirement bio of Laura Moody

Laura MoodyI have worked at GRCC for 22 years (May 1998) as a Nursing Professor.

I have had several students over the years that have been an encouragement to myself. While in the process of providing pertinent educational prospects to them that are receptive to the needs of our community and our world as a whole, I have inspired student to be the best they could be, while striving to reach social, economic and environmental challenges. This is what I have contributed to the students, while in the process of influencing them to be viable individuals in our future.

I have always upheld the mission of GRCC to prepare individuals to give their all and always endeavor to exceed their goal and be an active contributor to their community

Not only did I hold my students to the Values of GRCC, I have lived the Values and held them to a standard of my own in my career and life goals. I have always strived for excellence in my relationships with students and my colleagues. Everyone that knows me, knows that diversity is very important to me, I value all people. I strive to ). Respect was very important to me, I have always shown respect to others and in returned I have always received respect. I have always committed to GRCC, I took personal responsibility for my actions while on the job as well as off the job, just keeping in mind that I represent GRCC at all times.

Being a part of GRCC for the past 22 years has allowed me to see and achieve my goals of teaching and learning. Looking back over the years and observing the relationship I have with my colleagues, my involvement in the community and occasional running into past students, has assured me that I have surpassed my goals, and for this I am grateful.

I am reminded of a nursing student that called me one weekend and shared with me that she had a drinking problem and she needed help. I told her that calling me and admitting she had a problem was the first step. I referred her to treatment and met with her and the counselor. I’m very happy to say, she completed our program and is working as a nurse today. This situation always reminds me of our Mission and Values, it reminds me that we are to help those in the community. I knew in my heart I had done the right thing by encouraging her to get help. I often think of the impact she’s making in the Community with what she has been taught. She can always look back and say “I did not give up”. I saw the potential in her and encouraged her to get help, she was able to follow her dreams.

My plans after retirement is to visit with the grandkids and travel.

GRCC will always have a place in my heart for helping Nursing students, I often say If I Can Help Somebody As I Travel Along The Way, Then My Living Will Not Be In Vain

Retirement bio of Kenneth Bos

Kenneth BosI have been the Music Department’s accompanist since 2004. Besides playing for the GRCC choirs, I have accompanied individual students in their weekly performance classes, sophomore recitals, and jury exams. I’ve also had the great opportunity to teach applied piano and organ to individual students and to teach various levels of piano classes.

Some of my best memories from GRCC include choir performances at Carnegie Hall and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., annual Musical Moods and Pianorama Concerts, performances with distinguished alumni, and lots of wonderful student recitals. But I also have enjoyed working everyday with students one-on-one as they cultivated their musical skills and their performing abilities. Seeing my students grow into successful performers has truly been a great thrill.

I am also thankful to have been a part of the GRCC Music Department. Musicians can sometimes be arrogant and territorial, but I’ve never found that to be true of my GRCC colleagues. They have been wonderfully supportive, and they are folks whose company I genuinely enjoy. I will miss them.

As far as retirement goes, I hope to maintain several part-time gigs. I will continue as accompanist for the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus and for the Calvin Alumni Choir, as organist for the Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys, and as Music Director at Calvin Christian Reformed Church. And I hope to spend more time reading, bicycling, and hanging out with my amazing grandchildren.

Thanks, GRCC, for a great sixteen years. This is the best job I’ve had in my forty-two years of teaching, and it has been a privilege to work here.