Learn From the Best: Dr. Daniel Groh’s enthusiasm for chemistry is contagious

Dr. Daniel Groh smiling.

Dr. Daniel Groh is sharing his love for science in chemistry classrooms at GRCC.

“My desire to teach started with me tutoring students and teaching labs in college. I have never looked back!” Groh said.

Dr. Groh attended Grand Valley State University, earning a bachelor’s in both chemistry and physics in 1998. He went to graduate school at Michigan State University to study nuclear chemistry and earned a doctorate in 2002.  

Dr. Groh taught full time at GVSU before teaching chemistry full time at GRCC. 

“The strengths of GRCC’s physics program are its academic standards, flexibility and support for students,” he said.  

High academic standards, flexibility and student support in the past meant using technology and experiments to push the boundaries of conventional teaching and learning in the classroom. Now, as we are adjusting to life after the last two years of the pandemic, it also means using technology for dynamic course delivery and connecting with students in an entirely new way. 

“Of course I prefer to have students in the classroom,” he said. “But the instant access students get through Zoom meetings is great – a student struggling with a problem can get to a Zoom meeting with me in minutes and we can work it out together.”

You can catch Dr. Groh’s contagious enthusiasm for science in 

CHM 130 General Chemistry 1, CHM 131 General Chemistry 1 Lab, CHM 140 General Chemistry 2, CHM 141 General Chemistry 2 Lab, CHM 110 Introductory Chemistry Lab, and CHM 210 Lab General, Organic and Biochemistry Lab.

GRCC Lakeshore Campus transformation from mall anchor to learning hub highlighted by American Institute for Architects

The transformation of a shuttered JCPenney department store into the vibrant learning hub that is the GRCC Lakeshore Campus is being highlighted in a national publication for building design.

Architect, the journal of the American Institute for Architects, salutes GMB Architecture + Engineering, which designed the project, and The Christman Co., which directed construction. The Grand Rapids Community College Facilities team, directed by Jim Van Dokkumburg, oversaw the transformation.

The Washington-based AIA is the Leading Professional Organization for Architects and Design Professionals.

“The new GRCC Lakeshore campus creates new identity, access, and integration for the full range of its academic programs. It does so with the sustainable and affordable reuse of existing retail space. It leverages the remaining retail of the mall as its ‘third space’ neighbors, giving students a robust atmosphere for fun and continued engagement. And it renews the role of the mall as a truly active, mixed-use anchor in the Holland Lakeshore community,” the journal reads.

The 52,000-square-foot GRCC Lakeshore Campus opened in August 2021 in the Shops at Westshore Mall, 12335 James St. in Holland. The facility has nine classrooms, four computer labs and five unique labs for biology, chemistry, electronics, automation, welding and machine tooling, housing programs for students working toward an associate degree or a career-focused certificate.

The building also has spaces for advising and counseling and other student support services and a satellite library, as well as areas for use by community groups.

“The vast interior space was not only converted into labs and classrooms, but the exterior of the building was completely transformed by carving away exterior brick to allow for natural daylight to enter the vast space, establishing a modern, welcoming presence while saving as much of the existing building shell as possible to keep the project in budget. Additionally, the building will be LEED certified as part of GRCC’s sustainability goals.”

The project earlier in the year was named an “Outstanding Project” in the Community College Renovation/Adaptive Reuse/Restoration category by Learning by Design magazine.

Learning by Design showcases the best in the education design and construction market, recognizing innovative pre-K to 12 schools and cutting-edge colleges and universities.

Information about the classes offered at the GRCC Lakeshore Campus and enrollment is available at Lakeshore Campus (grcc.edu/lakeshore-campus).

GRCC In the News 07/08/2022

The ‘little guy’ can’t compete. Michigan’s smallest businesses struggle with hiring.

7/6/22 MLive

At Monarch Bakery, a pastry shop tucked into downtown Rockford, eight employees hustle to fill a bakery case with cookies, macarons and custom cake orders six days a week.

… While mega companies like McDonald’s, Target and Amazon have boosted wages, Monarch Bakery offers flexible hours, free pastries and weekly lunch for employees. (Ben) Stratton also uses Indeed, LinkedIn and networking with Grand Rapids Community College’s pastry program to track down fresh bakers.

Tommy Named Director of Player Development

7/6/22 University of Nebraska press release

Nebraska men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg announced the hiring of Emmanuel Tommy as Director of Player Development for the Husker basketball program. In his role, Tommy will assist with the day-to-day operation of the Husker program and help develop programming for basketball student athletes. Tommy will also help with on-campus recruiting.

… Before moving up to the Division I level, Tommy worked at the high school, junior college and Division III ranks. In 2018-19, he was an assistant at Centre College, helping the Division III program to a 23-8 record and a Southern Athletic Association regular-season title in 2019. He was an assistant at Goodwin Heights (Mich.) High School for six seasons, as the program went 158-12 in that time, winning seven conference, five district and four regional titles in addition to a 2015 Michigan Class B State Championship. While there he coached four AP and six Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan (BCAM) All-State selections, 20 all-conference honorees and a pair of Grand Rapids area Player of the Year choices. He also served a year as an assistant at Grand Rapids Community College, helping the school to an 18-11 and a Region VIIII Championship Game in 2014-15. 

Ryan Dyksta Shines for Growlers, preps for OU

7/7/22 FOX 17

KALAMAZOO, Mich.  — “A local juco where I could just drive 30 minutes to campus was nice and to focus on baseball year round was perfect for me,” said Ryan Dykstra.

Ayuda financiera para estudiantes, hacen que la Universidad sea más asequible

7/8/22 El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – ¡No temas la FAFSA! Grand Rapids Community College tiene recursos disponibles para ayudar a los estudiantes a completar el formulario federal de ayuda financiera y orientarlos a acceder a programas y subvenciones que cubran los  costos de pagar la educación universitaria. 

(GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN – Don’t fear the FAFSA! Grand Rapids Community College has resources available to help students complete the federal financial aid form and guide them to access programs and grants that cover the costs of paying for a college education.)

Read To Act Collective Returns

Formed during the height of a global pandemic and summer of social unrest, the Read To Act Collective served as a brave space to examine socio-political issues that impact the ecosystem of higher education.

Dr. Maya Angelou’s famous quote“…when you know better, [you] do better,” is a catalyst for the Read to Act (RTA) Collective.

ODEI, in partnership with Instructional Support, invites GRCC faculty and staff to come together to increase awareness and understanding (know better) about the impact of structural oppression. As a group (collective), we will use applied knowledge and industry best practices to shift the culture in our classrooms, departments, and work environments (do better).

For the next installment, we will read and unpack the book An Unseen Unheard Minority: Asian American Students at the University of Illinois by Sharon S. Lee

According to a recent study, “Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) have a reputation for being successful students, with data on academic outcomes often painting the portrait of a high-performing group, especially for East and South Asian Americans.” “These perceptions, however, stem from group averages that mask the variation in both access to higher education and success after college enrollment … giving rise to a common misconception that Asian Americans and NHPIs attending our nation’s colleges and universities are universally succeeding without a need for better or more targeted support. Not only does this model minority myth harm students, but it also hamstrings college leaders and policymakers in ensuring practice and policy decisions reflect their constituents’ needs,” the report concludes.

The (virtual) three-part book discussion will meet weekly on Tuesdays from Noon to 1:15 pm.

The first session begins on August 2, 2022.

A complimentary copy of the book is available to registered participants. 

RSVP by Monday, July 11 to: https://tinyurl.com/readtoact