Kristine Babcock, who has been a member of the GRCC Foundation Board of Directors since 2015, has been selected to be interim executive director for College Advancement and the GRCC Foundation. Her first day in this role will be Jan. 16.
Interim President Juan R. Olivarez announced Babcock will serve in the role while the college searches to replace Dr. Kathryn Mullins, who retired, and will become Ferris State University’s vice president for University Advancement and Marketing.
Dr. Mullins led the GRCC foundation since 2012, raising millions of dollars for GRCC students and facilities. She has been with GRCC for 18 years.
Babcock is an experienced human resources, information technology and business professional who spent her career in public and private West Michigan organizations. She spent 10 years in consulting and then 20 years in leadership positions building and coaching teams to success. She continues to provide Human Resources and other consulting services to area businesses.
Babcock was recently elected chairperson of the foundation Board of Directors after serving as vice chair for several years. She will temporarily resign from the board while serving as the interim executive director.
Babcock has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communications from Central Michigan University and a master’s degree in Communications from Grand Valley State University.
The College Advancement team includes the GRCC Foundation, Grants Department, Communications Department, and the Web and Digital Strategy Department.
The GRCC Grants Department is accepting applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) grant program. The purpose of the award is to encourage support staff to improve their professional skills related to their GRCC assignments.
Awards are for amounts up to $2,500 and the deadline is January 20, 2023 at 5 p.m.
Professor Julia Sobesky Carey did not set out to teach.
“When I graduated high school, the message I heard was to get a college degree and a job would follow, and everything would fall into place,” Carey said. “I was under the impression that a degree would somehow grant me access to success”.
Carey soon realized this was not necessarily the case. She received a bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan. Unsure of what to do next, she began doing laboratory research at the University of Colorado Boulder while also studying for her master’s and her doctorate degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience.
While doing laboratory research, Carey randomly took a side job teaching for additional income and discovered her passion. She has now been teaching at GRCC for more than four years.
“I think it’s common for students to think they should have it all figured out right away, but that wasn’t the case for me!” she said. “If you are still unsure, my best advice is to say ‘yes!’ to opportunities as they come up, you never know where it could lead.”
Carey found her passion in teaching from engaging with students. Watching a student’s eyes get wide as they make a new connection to class material, or receiving emails from former students telling her they got accepted into a program they hoped for. These little moments show the big impact one class, teacher, or program can have on a student.
The Psychology department has experts in their fields who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with students. All of the professors are supportive of their students and want to see them succeed.
“I truly believe we offer the same quality and expertise you would find in any university,” Carey said.
Carey encourages students to look beyond their degree. Know what job you are pursuing and get the degree that will help you get there. If you’re not sure it’s the right path, do it anyway and stay open to other opportunities that come along the way!
More information about the Psychology Department can be found here.
BIG RAPIDS – For the second consecutive year, Ferris State University Football head coach Tony Annese, who led FSU to its second-straight NCAA Division II National Championship this past fall, has been chosen as the D2Football.com National Coach of the Year.
… Overall, Annese is now 340-62 (.846) in a memorable coaching career that includes several stops on the high school level in Michigan where he won three prep state championships along with a pair of national junior college crowns at Grand Rapids Community College prior to his FSU arrival.
… It’s 2023, and executive chef Dayanny De La Cruz still can’t believe she’s trailblazing into positions that have yet to be held by women. It started when she led the food and beverage program at Hard Rock Stadium as 60,000 guests attended Super Bowl LIV in 2020; she was the first female head chef in the NFL’s history to do so. Then, when Formula One came to Miami in 2022, she became the first woman to lead the culinary program for that sporting event, too.
… De La Cruz learned how to cook from her grandmother in the Dominican Republic, and she continued her education at Grand Rapids Community College’s culinary school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “I walked into my first class and fell in love with my pots and pans,” she says. “I found my center.”
… Charles Lepper, vice president for student affairs and enrollment management at Salt Lake City Community College since 2015, has been named president of Grand Rapids Community College. He succeeds Juan R. Olivarez, who has served as interim president since July.
GRCC has outstanding faculty and staff members. Help us show students, potential students and community members the quality of the people here at GRCC serving our community by having a current headshot for the website and other uses.
The Communications Department is providing an opportunity for faculty and staff to have free headshots photographed from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 5 – Learning Day – on the third floor of the Student Center in the lounge area.
Without a headshot, the webpage shows a missing photo icon or a RaiderCard photo.
Communications stresses that GRCC provides an affordable education, but more importantly, a quality education. Our expert faculty and dedicated staff members are selling points! Help us highlight your work and attract new students by updating your headshot and web bio.
The Teaching, Learning, and Distance Education (TLDE) area is excited to host Learning Day 2023, focusing on GRCC’s Culture of Care. All members of the GRCC community are invited to attend. Please see below for all of the details and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
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If you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see below for the planned schedule and visit the Learning Day website for all of the details.
Even if you are attending the sessions virtually from your office/work station, you are welcome to join us for lunch! (Take out containers will be available.)
Learning Day 2023 Schedule
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast and GRCC CARES Resource Fair
Join us for coffee and breakfast, and connect with your colleagues who make up key programs and services within the new GRCC CARES Network.
9:00 – 9:15 am
Welcome, Dr. Sheila Jones, Associate Provost of Instructional Support & Institutional Planning and Dr. Brian Knetl, Provost & Executive Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs
9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
CARE as a Strategy for Improved Student Success, Dr. Eric Mullen, Dean of Student Success
This session will kick off our exploration of CARE as a key component to strengthen college culture and to strategically align institutional processes, resources, and support services to improve student learning and success outcomes.
9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
The Contemporary Student Experience – An Interactive Exploration, Lina Blair, Director of Student Life and Conduct
Through our participation in a national study on student basic needs, and our shared experience working though and supporting students during a global pandemic, our understanding of the current student experience has shifted. In this interactive session, data and examples of how our students’ lives and needs have changed will be shared and considered in terms of how we need to respond to attract, retain, and graduate students.
10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
GRCC Student Perspectives, Video
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Break + Networking
11:00 am – 12:00 p.m.
Reflections on Student Needs and Learning: A Panel Discussion
In this session, faculty will offer insights from their experience facilitating learning while supporting students managing complex life experiences. Participants will respond to questions from the moderator as well as those from the audience.
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and GRCC CARES Resource Fair
1:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Introducing GRCC Cares: A Network for Student Support, David Lovell, Associate Director, Title III
What is the GRCC Cares Network? How is it different from early alert? David Lovell will share details on a new system that has been developed to expand referrals for student support, as well as provide details on how we are building a comprehensive, campus wide Care Management system to address student basic needs and improve student learning outcomes.
2:00 – 2:15 p.m.
Break + Networking
2:15 – 3:15 pm
Care Management: A Panel Discussion
Team members from across the college in student support roles will discuss their utilization of Navigate to anticipate student needs and respond to referrals. In this discussion, panelists will share how the use of Navigate has improved student engagement and support while simultaneously generating data intelligence that will inform future improvements and strategy development.
3:15 – 4:00 p.m.
Table Discussion and Feedback
Each in-person and virtual table will be provided with prompts to reflect on Learning Day content and provide feedback and suggestions on next steps to expand our understanding of student needs and how to grow our campus culture of care, including the following: pedagogy, policies, systems, and processes that improve student learning. This feedback will be synthesized and used to inform professional development, program development, systems improvements, data needs, and more.
Wrap Up, Additional Learning Opportunities, and Next Steps
Start the year off right by making fitness a part of your routine!
Boost your energy and meet new people and get stronger!
GRCC employees have access to free exercise classes – take advantage of this great wellness benefit and join in the fun! Did you know that you can earn up to 5 hours of professional development by engaging in employee wellness?
Winter 2023 semester
January 9 to April 27, 2023
Spin & Sculpt with Kelly
Rm 213 FFH
Strength Blast with Lannie
Rm 212 FFH
RaiderStrong with Lannie
Rm 212 FFH
Fitness Fusion with Lannie
RM 212 FFH
Please complete the registration form and waiver and a calendar appointment for the entire semester will be sent for you to allocate that time to your personal wellness!