On March 24- 26h, 2021, GRCC hosted the second virtual Regional PTK Convention. A huge shout out goes to IT/ Media, Dr Pink, Dr Knetl, Dr Mullen, Stacey Heisler, Ian Matthews, Victoria Powers, Robin Sterk, and Deb Dewent for presenting and assisting with making this Regional Convention a huge success.
During the three-day event, we held our political rally (including candidate speeches) and elected our new Regional Officers (student leaders for our region), had breakout educational sessions, competed in trivia night, participated in the “graduation afterglow party”, listened to our keynote speaker from Azusa Pacific University who talked to us about “thriving or surviving”, opened our time capsule from 1995 and celebrated our accomplishments during our awards ceremony.
This year was a challenge for all as it was completely virtual, but our GRCC Officers really left their mark. Aya Ghlaim, Ethan McNeilly and Alyssa Reynolds, our student leaders, led the Alpha Upsilon Kappa chapter to continue to earn its 5 Star Chapter status for the 8th year in a row. These are the other accomplishments that our GRCC Chapter was recognized for during the awards ceremony:
They were again recognized again as a 5 Star Chapter (one of 18 in our region out of 31).
The chapter earned a REACH award (for the first time) which is based on recruiting and engaging new members.
The chapter came in 1st place in the region (first time ever) for our College Project- the video interviews our students did around campus resources last fall.
For our Honors in Action project we placed 4th for our “theme” (related to the writing), and 10th place for the “project”.
The Chapter Officer Team came in 5th place in the region.
Melanie Lequia was announced as a New Century Workforce Scholar earning a $1,250 scholarship.
Nicholas Cetlinski was announced as the Coca Cola Gold Scholar earning a $1,500 scholarship.
Ethan McNeilly won the Susan Friedrich Memorial Scholarship ($250).
GRCC had 4 members recognized for the All Michigan Academic Team (Michael Kelley, Melanie Lequia, Philder Okech, and Nicholas Cetlinski)
GRCC had 6 members recognized for being Jack Kent Cooke Semi-Finalists (this is a $40,000 scholarship for up to three years to complete their bachelor’s- winners are announced in April)-Gideon Kortenhoven, Cayden Beardslee, Nicholas Cetlinski, Deidre Mitchell, Destiny Carrera, and Paulo Zepeda.
Earlier in the day, we had three of our members win student life awards at the Student Leadership Banquet.
Nicholas Cetlinski received the Cedric and Sandy Ward Leadership Award.
Aya Ghlaim received the Brian Kloet Campus Involvement Award.
Ethan McNeilly received the Richard W Calkins Presidential Leadership Award.
Dr. Pink will host a Coffee & Conversation on Wednesday, March 31, at 2:00 PM. Tina Hoxie, Dean of Student Affairs, and Kathy Mullins, V.P. of College Advancement will be joining to share Student Support Initiatives their areas have been working on.
Professional development opportunities related to equity focus on the people at the very beginning of the awareness process and fail to facilitate growth for people who see themselves as potential equity leaders. The next edition of the Cultural Competence Institute focuses on a deeper understanding of access and inclusion and how to transform organizational culture.
Dr. Paul Gorski, founder of the Equity Literacy Institute and EdChange, has published more than 70 articles and has written, co-written, or co-edited twelve books on various aspects of educational equity. Paul is the author of the Multicultural Pavilion, an online compendium of free resources for educators.
Paul earned a Ph.D. in Educational Evaluation at the University of Virginia and has served as a teacher-educator at several universities for 15 years.
GRCC IT is happy to introduce Tech Tips – A collaboration with all of you!
We’re going to be sharing our favorite time-saving tips within the applications that we use every day, but we need your help! If you’ve found a technical tip or workaround that makes your job, or your team’s job easier, we need you to share that with us! We will be sharing posts and occasionally creating videos of the tip to share with our campus community.
Each week, we will be sharing via GRCC Today two to three posts, but to make these posts relevant to you, we ask that you share your ideas with firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you submit an idea to email@example.com, please detail what the tip is in regards to, the process or steps to perform the function, and if possible, link any related articles that would best help us draft a post to GRCC Today. One of our team members will develop either a written post for GRCC Today or create a brief video based on the tip to share with others when applicable. We will always review our developed content with you, the content expert, prior to sharing it with the campus community.
We look forward to sharing our knowledge with you, and sharing your tips with the campus community! You can see our first tip starting next week!