Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship Winners

Monday evening the Child Development & Education department celebrated the Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship winners with an awards dinner. These students were hand selected to receive the scholarships to assist in their teacher education journey. Congratulations to all scholarship winners!

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Nathan Hamilton of GRCC’s IT Dept Presents at National Conference

Nathan HamiltonNathan Hamilton (IT Enterprise Applications) presented at the Inspire 2012 Conference in Miami Beach, FL on Monday, April 15th. His session was titled “ImageNow in Financial Aid”. The presentation focused on how ImageNow can automatically update student checklists in PeopleSoft and notify staff when a student file is ready to be reviewed for verification. He also shared ways to streamline financial aid processes and improve workflow efficiencies within departments.

Inspire is the place for Perceptive Software customers to come together with their peers and product experts for the resources, contacts, motivation and fresh perspective they need to uncover fresh opportunities for improving and expanding their organization’s ECM solution.

Communications Team Comes Home With Silver

GRCC’s Communications Dept. team received a second place at the NCMPR national conference this year in the banners and outdoor advertising category.

NCMPR, the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations, is comprised of communications, marketing and promotion professionals from community colleges across the U.S. This year NCMPR received 1,786 entries from 276 two-year institutions.

GRCC Chef Professor Kevin Dunn Competes in 2012 All Star Chefs Dinner

Chef Kevin Dunn - 2012 All Star Chefs Competition

GRCC Chef Professor Kevin Dunn competed this year’s All Star Chefs Dinner at BraVo Restaurant in Kalamazoo.  Eight competitors from local restaurants each handled a different course.  After the dishes were plated, the chefs had the opportunity to interact with diners and explain their dish.  In all, 175 people turned out for the event.

Chef Dunn’s dish was the opening “Amuse” course and was titled “Looking Back and Then Forward” and was entirely vegan.  It contained a Frozen Carrot Mousse Lollipop, Carrot Marshmallow Brulee, and a Carrot Shooter.

To view the rest of the courses and read more about the competitors, go here.

Dr Greg Forbes on Charles Darwin’s Life of Discovery 2/8/12

GRCC Professor Dr. Greg Forbes will be presenting a public lecture this coming February 8, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the GR Women’ City Club for the Center for Inquiry of Michigan titled “Dogma, Doctrine & Deduction; Darwin’s Life of Discovery.”

From the program description: “Nature or nurture? What accounted for the transformation of a young boy “with limited potential and imagination” into one of the most influential individuals in human history? Discover how a young man with a Cambridge Theology education and no formal science education changed the way we view our world.”

More information available here.

Congratulations to Garry Brand – 2012 Outstanding eLearning Faculty Award Recipient


GRCC congratulates Garry Brand, professor in the Business Department and Lead Faculty Facilitator in the department of Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies!

Garry was selected to receive the 2012 Award for Outstanding eLearning Faculty from the Instructional Technology Council (ITC). (GRCC became members of this well known and respected organization this year.)

Each year ITC selects an exemplary faculty member who has implemented outstanding and innovative teaching and class management strategies with demonstrated course success and excellent student retention.

Garry’s nomination was reviewed and chosen by panels of judges that were comprised of members of the ITC board of directors, past award winners, attendees at ITCs annual leadership academy, and other ITC members.

This recognition is extremely well-deserved and highlights his commitment to faculty professional development, quality, student success, innovation, and exemplary online course delivery. Garry is recognized on the front page of ITC and can be viewed here: http://www.itcnetwork.org/

Finally, he will have the opportunity to receive his award in person at a special luncheon at eLearning 2012, which will be held in Long Beach, California, on Feb. 18-21, 2012.

Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies Department

GRCC STEM Conference – Photos/Video

GRCC STEM Conference

On Saturday, November 5, GRCC hosted 170 young ladies in grades 5-8 for an inaugural STEM Conference. The students were invited to explore the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through a set of hands on competitive activities requiring the use of hypothesis, testing, logic, cause and effect and experimentation. The event was a partnership activity with Grand Rapids Community College, West Catholic High School, Catholic Central High School, Kettering University, The Catholic Secondary Foundation for Education, 5/3 Bank and The American Association of University Women.

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Dr. Jennifer Batten (Physical Sciences) and Steve Abid (Social Sciences) helped plan, organize and facilitate the activities. The welcome was given by Provost, Dr. Gilda Gely. The girls were hosted at lunch by several GRCC faculty, staff and leaders including: Gilda Gely, Laurie Chesley, Sandy Andrews, Linda Bramble, Anesa Behrem, Lisa Gloege, Leigh Kleinert, Pam Scott and Leah Van Hartesveldt. Special thanks to Chef Aaron Chew, Becky Yoder, Debbie DeWent, Amy Kirkbride, GVSU WISE (Women In Science & Engineering) for mentoring, and Follett Bookstore for their help and support with door prizes. We extend our appreciation to Provost Gely and Dean Chesley for underwriting the cost of parking. Over 200 girls had to be turned away, so plans are underway for next year to allow for an even larger audience.

Courtesy of the Media Technologies Department, these two videos of presentations at the conference are available:

Tracey Hornbeck, Chief Financial Officer at 5/3 Bank explains how and why she became the CFO at 5/3 Bank.

Mary Gilliam, Assistant Professor at Kettering University explains why and how she became a chemical engineer.

Congratulations to Peggy Schoenborn on MBEA Award

GRCC Business Faculty Peggy Schoenborn was recently honored with the 2011 MBEA Emerging Professional Business Educator Award at the recent 2011 Michigan Business Education Association (MBEA) Conference this past week in East Lansing.   Peggy earned the award for her work in the business education programs at Rockford High School and Grand Valley State University’s Teen Entrepreneur Summer Academy.

Peggy Schoenborn and Glenda Krebs

Professor Keith St Clair on The Arab Spring and Prospects for Democracy Lecture

Professor Keith St. ClairThe World Affairs Council of West Michigan presents “The Arab Spring and Prospects for Democracy” with GRCC faculty member Keith St. Clair as part of its Fall Lecture Series on Tuesday, November 8 from 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM with Q&A to follow.  The event takes place in Upper Donnelly Hall at Aquinas College.

The lecture addresses: “What is the probability for democracy in the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring? How would democracy impact the Arab world and beyond? These important questions can be explored by first considering the strengths and weaknesses of democracy. Is democracy a double-edged sword presenting as many problems as it solves?”

The cost to attend is $10 for Council Members, $15 for non-members, and free to Senator, Ed Partners and Corporate members.

Free, convenient parking. Click here for map.  Click here for the brochure.

GRCC IT Staff Nathan Hamilton to Present at EDUCAUSE 2011

Nathan HamiltonNathan Hamilton (IT Enterprise Applications) will be presenting at EDUCAUSE 2011 in Philadelpia, PA on Thursday October 20th. His session is entitled “Solving the Complexities of Record Management with ECM.” The presentation will focus on efficient management of documents and streamlining processes using ECM (Enterprise Content Management) software. Nate has been instrumental in the implementation of ImageNow the college’s document management system.

EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

GRCC Faculty Members With ArtPrize Works on Display

The following faculty members from the School of Arts and Sciences have their work displayed in ArtPrize 2011. Please be sure to make their displays part of your ArtPrize itinerary:

  • Frank Conner (Psychology Dept.) – sculpture – Cathedral Square
  • Scott Garrard (Visual Arts Dept.) – 3D – GVSU Exhibition Center
  • Filippo Tagliati (Visual Arts Dept.) – film/video – Mercantile Bank
  • Nick Antonakis (Visual Arts Dept.) – painting – CODA (gallery operated by Kendall College of Art and Design, 44 Division St.)
  • Mursalata Muhammad (English Dept.) and Carol VanRandwyk (Music Dept.) – Haiku Middle Passage Exhibit – Fountain Street Church
  • Tamara Fox (Visual Arts Dept.) – 3D – Women’s City Club
  • Dianne Carroll Burdick (Visual Arts Dept.) – photography – Cathedral Square
  • Robert Burdick (Visual Arts Dept.) – 2D – Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Carol Jurgens (Language and Thought Dept.) – painting – Cathedral Square

Haiku Middle Passage ArtPrize Exhibit at Fountain St Church

On Wednesday, September, 21, 2011 Fountain Street Church opens its ArtPrize exhibition which includes GRCC connection – Professor Murslata Muhammad is part of the HMP Collaborative art entry hosted at Fountain Street Church.

This collaboration uses poetry, visual art & music to remind us that human literacy is a process that must be learned, practiced & lived. Even though it’s been over 200 years since Great Britain abolished the TransAtlantic Slave Trade – human trafficking continues today. During the creation of these works, each haiku (a Japanese poetic form that uses 17 syllables) was interpreted with little to no explanation between the poet and other artists.

Each artist had the poem and their understanding of past and present issues of slavery to influence their interpretation. This process ensured our
determination to show that human experiences are universal when dealing with large and seemingly complex issues of social justice. Haiku Middle Passage is an ongoing artistic collaboration.

GRCC Faculty David Cope to Appear on Professors Poetry Panel

GRCC English Professor (and current Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids) David Cope will be part of a panel involving professors and poetry at Literary Life Bookstore on Thursday from 7:00-8:30 p.m.  I will be joined by Keith Taylor (UM) and Patricia Clark (GVSU).  Faculty and students are invited to attend.  More information here.

From their description:

“We’re very interested and passionate about poetry here at LitLife. What could be better than chatting with three professional poets, who also have “day jobs,” to pick their prodigious brains about the process of writing, balancing job duties with creative impulses, and what inspires them? With that in mind, we invite three poets, who are also educators, to share their thoughts with us! This time, we’re very proud to present Grand Rapids’ poet laureate, David Cope; Keith Taylor, the coordinator of the University of Michigan’s creative writing program; and Grand Rapids’ own Patricia Clark, Poet-in-Residence and Professor of Writing at Grand Valley State University.Please join our discussion, add your thoughts, ask your questions, this Thursday, from 7 -8:30 p.m.!”

Kudos to Don Steeby on Publication of Book on Alternative Energy

Donald Steeby Book CoverDon Steeby, Associate Professor of Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration has authored a new book on Alternative Energy.

Alternative Energy: Sources & Systems is a comprehensive guide to alternative energy that can be used by homeowners, builders, and anyone wanting to learn more about alternatives to conventional energy forms. The book bridges the gap between simplistic information and high level material that is more suited toward engineering. It is clear and easy-to read, yet detailed enough to effectively prepare readers for properly applying, installing, and maintaining alternative energy systems.

Alternative Energy: Sources & Systems is now available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and Cengage.com.