Learn from the Best: GRCC sociology instructor Rob Roznowski teaches through a lens of compassion and empathy

GRCC sociology instructor Rob Roznowski teaching in the classroom.

GRCC sociology instructor Rob Roznowski also teaches at Western Michigan University. This unique perspective allows him to see how GRCC supports student and faculty success.

 “GRCC excels at providing resources and support services to GRCC students and faculty, which is essential to success in the classroom and everyday life,” Roznowski saidi. “The extensive local and regional high school programs, such as early/middle college and dual enrollment, have provided rewarding experiences for myself and aspiring college students.”

Roznowski took advantage of a dual enrollment program in high school to begin taking college classes. He was intrigued by the study of social sciences, and focused on teaching.

“My first college course was Principles of Sociology,” he said. “Since then, I have pursued a career path of research and teaching in sociology, in large part thanks to the encouragement and support of my own professors and mentors.”

Roznowski went on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in sociology from Western Michigan University, and is currently a doctoral candidate.

What Roznowski has learned over his academic and professional career is that teaching college courses requires not only preparation, but a healthy amount of self-reflection

”Teaching sociology requires one to build communication skills while managing the diverse impassioned viewpoints of students,” said Roznowski.  

As Roznowski continues teaching he does so through a lens of compassion and empathy – something he learned from Dr. Cornel West.

“Dr. West always provides deeply insightful social critiques while retaining a sense of optimism and hope for the future,” he said.

Roznowski encourages all students to take a course in the social sciences.

“The programs and courses offered by the social sciences department at GRCC reflect a multi-disciplinary approach that allows students to prepare for a wide variety of career paths and transfer degrees.”

Sign up for SO 251 Principles of Sociology or SO 254 Social Problems with professor Roznowski this fall.

My Story Started at GRCC: Artist Wanda Moreno-Aguilar selected to create a mural and inspire a community

Wanda Moreno-Aguilar smiling.

Wanda Moreno-Aguilar doesn’t graduate from Ferris State University’s Kendall College of Art and Design until the end of this year, but she’s already tackling a large and important project.

Start at GRCC and go anywhere. Every former student has a story to tell about how GRCC gave them the education and opportunity to be successful.

The Diatribe, a nonprofit that aims to empower youth through poetry, recently selected Moreno-Aguilar to create a mural on the Farmers Insurance building on Eastern Avenue SE. It’s part of the organization’s 49507 Project, a collaboration that teaches event organizing and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 ZIP code.

It might seem to be a daunting challenge for someone navigating her first year as a freelancer, but Moreno-Aguilar says her time at GRCC helped prepare her for this opportunity.

“Grand Rapids Community College did a phenomenal job introducing the field in the courses, which allowed me to understand what to expect in the industry,” she said. “I learned many skills and techniques I use today from the professor at GRCC. I left feeling satisfied with the knowledge I acquired and fully capable of taking on any task because of the foundation GRCC laid for me.”

Moreno-Aguilar, who will graduate from Kendall with a bachelor’s degree in illustration, would like to work on children’s books some day. She counts seeing her work displayed in GRCC’s Paul Collins Art Gallery among her favorite memories.

“As a first-generation student, I felt that GRCC made it a comfortable space for me to learn and grow as an individual,” she said. “I enjoyed the small-knit community that I could fall back on to have an honest conversation about my career choice and how to help me achieve that. The professors were fantastic and very knowledgeable! It felt like a judgment-free zone for someone who had no idea how college worked.

“I always recommend to anyone who wants to pursue a fine arts career to do so at GRCC.”

Let GRCC help you start your story. The first chapter starts at grcc.edu/apply.

Tech Tip: Blackboard quota exceeded

As we get closer to the Fall semester, Information Technology wants to remind all instructors that Blackboard courses are limited to 500 MB in size.

To avoid receiving a Quota Exceeded error when adding anything to your course, we recommend uploading content to a third party site like Google Drive, Panopto, or, YouTube where storage space is unlimited.

Once a file or video is saved to one of those resources, you can then share a link of the file or video to your Blackboard course saving lots of valuable space.

Below you will find information about the Quota Exceeded error, how to share a Google Drive document to your Blackboard course and how to upload videos to a third party site and share to Blackboard. 

Unable to Add Content in Blackboard – Quota Exceeded

Sharing Files in Google Drive Video

Sharing a Google Drive Document in Blackboard

Upload Videos to Share on Blackboard

Add Course in Panopto

Linking Panopto Videos to Blackboard

Sharing a Panopto Video


For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu 

GRCC In the News 07/25/2022

‘High need’ for medical, clinical assistants in W. Michigan

7/22/22 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — West Michigan hospital systems are seeing a growing need for medical and clinical assistants.

The certificate training program for medical assistants with Grand Rapids Community College is trying to keep up with demand.     

Union Suites Housing Project on Coit, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Begins

7/25/22 Construction Review

Construction has started on a US$ 12.2M housing project dubbed the Union Suites on Coit in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The three-story, 46,000 square foot apartment structure features a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartment suites.

… A bus route, Coit Park, a school, Medical Mile, and the campus of Grand Rapids Community College are all close to the Union Suites housing project. The development’s residents will also be incorporated into the neighborhood in which it is located.

Watch Party for Open Education – July 25-26 in RJF 315

RCC is entering its second year of membership within the Open Education Network! The annual virtual OEN Summit is this week, and an on-campus watch party is scheduled in RJF 315 for Monday 7/25 and Tuesday 7/26.

Lauren Woolsey will be in the room from Noon to 5 PM, which includes two one-hour sessions displayed for viewing on the projector (starting at 12 PM and 3:30 PM each day), and time to talk freely together about any questions you have about open education.

No materials or preparation needed, just an open mind!

The topics, speakers, and specific times for virtual sessions are listed at https://open.umn.edu/oen/summit.

Monday’s focus is on general updates to ongoing work in the OER community.

Tuesday’s focus is on social justice in open education.

RSVP to Lauren at laurenwoolsey@grcc.edu is recommended but not required. If you find yourself with some free time during the scheduled time, swing by RJF 315 to connect and say hello!

Raider Rally 2022 volunteers needed

Raider Rally 2022 – Save the Date! 

Saturday, August 27, 10 a.m  – 1 p.m.

Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza

GRCC’s annual Raider Rally is coming soon. New students enrolled for the fall semester are invited to come to campus to join faculty and staff for a fun, welcoming event. 

We will have food and free giveaways. Additionally, students will be able to speak with academic departments and student organizations. Students will also be able to get their RaiderCard and books, and tour campus. 

We need your help to pull off this huge event.  If your office or department would like to host a table that day, please fill out this form: Department Sign Up

We also need volunteers to help for the day. We need folks to greet students and their guests, check folks in, direct people, and serve as building guides. Volunteer Sign Up

Have questions? Email Lina Blair (linablair@grcc.edu) or Lori Cook (lcook@grcc.edu)

Summer Teaching and Learning Institute – register now

Seats are limited so register now!

The Summer Teaching and Learning Institute will take place from August 10 – August 12, 2022. 

The event will offer a mix of session modalities including in-person, virtual and hyflex formats. 

Highlights of this year’s sessions include…Beyond the File Cabinet: Moving from Paper to Digital, Building Your Own Virtual Field Trips, Using They/Them Pronouns (Parts 1 & 2), and Don’t Panic: Condensing from 14 to 7 Weeks without Losing It, just to name a few. 

Guest speaker Amelia Gamel, founder of Equitable EDU, will discuss ways to Support Inclusion from the Start, providing faculty with high-impact practices that can be implemented on the first day of class that will foster an equitable environment to close the achievement gap. 

The CTE will offer the option of lunch on Wednesday and Thursday during the event. Registration for lunch will be required.

Academic Support & Tutoring Services needs assistance finding qualified tutors

Do you know someone who might be interested in working for one of the GRCC tutorial programs?  All tutorial centers are currently looking to fill both student and professional tutor positions.  

There are many benefits to working as a tutor, whether student or professional, including: flexible scheduling, a supportive academic environment, developing wide skill-sets in academic and non-academic spheres, paid professional development, and opportunities to empower our campus community. 

Please feel free to share this Google Form widely among your networks. Thank you for your help as we seek candidates who are well-equipped to support our students.

Annual multimedia replacement work on all classroom computers

Information Technology will be conducting our annual multimedia replacement work on all classroom computers over the next few weeks. 

The systems that will be replaced have been flagged with a notice on the monitor. If you have any files stored on any of these computers, please be sure to move them from the desktop to your personal J drive or Google Drive at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions contact the IT Support Desk at 234-4357, or submit a service request using the Support Portal.