Blood-pressure screenings available today, February 26

Nursing students will be performing blood-pressure screenings this week:

  • 1-2 p.m. today on the Main Building’s fourth floor, near the Enrollment Center on the Main Building’s first floor, on G2 outside Winchester Alley, and on the first floor of the Calkins Science Center (near the main entrance).
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday on the Main Building’s fourth floor, near the Enrollment Center on the Main Building’s first floor, and on G2 outside Winchester Alley.

March Learning Opportunities from Staff Development

Workshops are open to all Staff and Faculty. Registration is available online at http://grcc.edu/staffdevelopment/currentlearningopportunitiesregistration or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Real Change: a brain-based approach to healthy change management

Tue Mar 10, 2015 from 9:30-11 AM, in Room 125 Science

The paradox of change is this: the human brain craves change and yet often reacts to it with resistance. Theories and systems abound related to managing change, yet it remains a challenge for almost every organization and team. In this workshop, Denise VanEck takes a different approach, beginning with understanding how the brain experiences and adapts to change and exploring brain-friendly ways to manage a change process in an organization. Facilitated by Thought-Design.

Advancing Your Career (3 week interactive sessions in Room 1142 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale)

  • Mon Mar 16, 2015 from 12-1 PM
  • Mon Mar 23, 2015 from 12-1 PM
  • Mon Mar 30, 2015 from 12-1 PM

Whether you expect to transition soon or not for several years, setting and achieving career advancement objectives increase your chances for professional success. In this workshop, we’ll explore success strategies for goal setting, professional development, interviewing, networking, building strong interpersonal skills and tips for increasing your transition potential. Since this workshop will be presented in 3 lunchtime sessions you’re encouraged to bring your lunch to enjoy during the program. This program is interactive and requires a minimum of 10 participants. Presented by Kim Monaghan, Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff.  **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Facilitating Difficult Conversations

Tue Mar 17, 2015 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center conference room)

Facilitating Difficult Conversations is an experiential look at the process of facilitating difficult dialogue, focusing on the qualities of the facilitator and the nuances of group dynamic that impact the process. Participants will examine their conflict management style; develop cultural communication and facilitation skills to address difficult conversations, and practice processing difficult conversations. Workshop facilitated by Tamber Bustance.

Higher Education Young Professionals Leadership and Networking

Tue Mar 17, 2015 from 7:30-8:30 AM in the U-Club, DeVos Center, GVSU GR campus

As a new generation of leaders emerges in higher education, open dialogue about taking initiative, being innovative and encouraging young talent has become a need. Young professionals at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College have organized a variety of programs that are designed to help young professionals have a successful and satisfying career in higher education. These programs will allow young professionals to learn, develop and network with other young professionals within their community. March Topic: Young Professionals Going From “Today” to “Tomorrow” – A Networking Event with Higher Education Leaders. This interactive session will allow young professionals to engage in meaningful dialogue with leaders in higher education from the West Michigan area. Seek advice about career goals that will hopefully leave you feeling more informed and energized about your future.

The Role of Insurance in Your Financial Plan (Lunch & Learn)

Tue Mar 17, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 125 Student Center

Part of the PNC Bank ‘Community Development Banking Lunch & Learn’ series. Complete title: “The Role of Insurance in Your Financial Plan.” PNC Bank representatives will discuss the importance of a financial plan that includes life insurance. **PNC Bank will be providing a complimentary lunch to all attending this presentation**

What Mommies Do Best

Wed Mar 18, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 1012 Zumberge Hall, GVSU Allendale campus

Working mothers today confront not only conflicting demands on their time and energy, but also conflicting ideas about how they are to behave: they must be nurturing and unselfish while engaged in child rearing, but competitive and ambitious at work. Meet with other GVSU Moms around interesting topics of discussion to both young moms and more experienced moms. Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome. This program is co-sponsored by GVSU Women’s Center and GVSU Women’s Commission.

Change Your Mental Talk

Thu Mar 19, 2015 from 10:30-11:30 AM in Room 234 Student Center

Let’s face it – we all have conversations with ourselves internally. When the mind focuses on only negative self-talk, we begin to believe this and limit our true potential when it comes to overall health. How can you harness the power of positive thoughts? What does research show about health and happiness? If you can get your mind right, your body will follow suit. Learn the best rules for being happy, positive, and radiating joy to others in our daily lives. Facilitated by Allegro Coaching.

Cancer Warriors Network

Thu Mar 19, 2015 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 2201 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with cancer? Do you feel alone and overwhelmed? A cancer diagnosis is frightening and affects not only the person diagnosed with cancer, but caregivers and loved ones. If you are facing a cancer diagnosis, have a loved one battling cancer, or you are through with treatment and on the road to recovery; connecting with others who have traveled this journey can be a source of comfort and hope. A new topic will be discussed each month. These network meetings are an opportunity to bring together GVSU and GRCC families and friends, who have been impacted by cancer to gain information and support through speakers and cancer resources available on the site. Don’t try to navigate the cancer journey alone, please consider joining us.

Institute for Healing Racism

  • Day 1 – Thu Mar 19 from 8:45 AM – 5 PM in Room 118 ATC
  • Day 2 – Fri Mar 20 from 9 AM – 3:30 PM in Room 118 ATC

THIS IS A TWO-DAY COURSE: The Institute for Healing Racism is a powerful and thought provoking venue that brings together diverse groups of people to explore and address issues of race and racism. Participants have the opportunity to examine how the dis-ease of racism affects all people and develop skills to detect institutional racism in our daily environments (i.e. home, workplace, community, organization and business). Facilitated by Tamber Bustance and Kathleen Owens from the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center.

Leadership / Followership

Wed Mar 25, 2015 from 10 AM – 12 PM in Room 125 Science

Leadership is the process of an individual influencing a group of individuals to achieve a common goal. Effective leadership requires people to fulfill their roles as leaders and as followers. However, there are many different styles of leading and following and not all of them are effective. This course will examine different styles of leadership and followership in order to promote more effective leadership processes. Facilitated by Zoe Carmichael.

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Wed Mar 25, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 1247 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

Are you caring for an elderly loved one? Do you have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? The pressures can be wide-ranging, and touch the social, psychological, physical and economic facets of the caregiver’s life. The Alzheimer’s and Caregiver Support Group is open to the entire campus community: students, faculty and staff members, and to the public. It’s facilitated by Cindy Beel-Bates, associate professor of nursing, and Sue Sloop, Work Life Connections consultant.

 

Personal Self Defense class offered by Staff Development

There are still several spots left in the Personal Self Defense class tomorrow, which will be taught by our own Officer Bo Peters. He will teach basic self defense against attacks, as well as ways to become more self aware. Please consider attending.

This is a two-part class. Both sessions will be held in Room 234 Student Center

  • Part 1 – Tues Feb 17th from 3:30-5 PM
  • Part 2 – Tues Feb 24th from 3:30-5 PM

Registration is available online at http://grcc.edu/staffdevelopment/currentlearningopportunitiesregistration or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Limited number of seats available for Staff Development workshop

Motivating Others

Tue Feb 17, 2015 from 9-11 AM in Room 125 Calkins Science Center

Participants will learn how to empower and engage others in order to reach shared goals. Specific tactics for setting goals, promoting expectations of success, reinforcing valued behaviors, and building trust and cooperation are explored. Styles of motivation are also discussed.

Workshop facilitated by Kathy Pyatt.

This workshop is open to all staff and faculty. Registration is available online at http://grcc.edu/staffdevelopment/currentlearningopportunitiesregistration or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Need help with SkillPort?

Staff Development has reserved a computer lab in the ATC building, and will be available during those specific times to assist anyone who would like help with the SkillPort technology. SkillPort is the format being used for mandatory compliance training for all employees at GRCC. There is no need to pre-register. Please come when your schedule allows.

ALL SESSIONS WILL BE HELD IN ROOM 213 ATC

  • Mon Feb 16 from 1-2:30 PM
  • Fri Mar 27 from 10:30 AM – 12 PM
  • Fri Mar 27 from 3:30-5 PM
  • Fri Apr 17 from 8:30 – 10 AM
  • Fri Apr 17 from 3-4:30 PM
  • Fri May 22 from 9-10:30 AM
  • Fri May 22 from 1-2:30 PM
  • Fri Jun 19 from 10-11:30 AM
  • Fri Jun 19 from 3:30-5 PM

Move more; sit less

Grab a pedometer or step counter or download an app on your phone and start tracking your activity. It’s surprising how few steps we actually get each day. Keep track and adjust accordingly. Incorporate more movement into your life and see how much better you start to feel!

If you need a pedometer, contact Julie Otte in Staff Development or at x3490.

Excellence in Ed nomination deadline approaching

The Excellence in Education award nomination deadline is March 15, 2015. Recipients of the full-time faculty award and staff award each receive $1,000, and a $1,000 contribution to the GRCC Foundation is made in the recipient’s name. The recipient of the adjunct award receives $750.  Click here to learn more.

Persuasive Communication workshop offered through staff development

Persuasive Communication

February 18

10 a.m. to noon in room 103 Sneden Hall

Facilitator Zoe Carmichael discusses scientifically-supported methods of getting others to say “yes” and demonstrates practical approaches for being more influential. Small changes in how you deliver your message can have a dramatic effect and may be the difference between “yes” and “no”.

This workshop is open to all faculty and staff. Please register online at http://grcc.edu/staffdevelopment/currentlearningopportunitiesregistration or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

February Staff Development Learning Opportunities

Please register online on the Staff Development registration page http://grcc.edu/staffdevelopment/currentlearningopportunitiesregistration. Workshops are open to all Staff and Faculty.

Run. Hide. Fight (Active Shooter Response Training)

Tue Feb 3, 2015 from 8:30-10 AM in Room 234, Student Community Center

This training is required for all college staff and faculty. The 90 minute training session will be presented by GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman, and will describe what an active shooter is; detail the ‘Run Hide Fight’ response to an active shooter situation; explain ways to recognize and report potential threats to our campus, and answer any questions attendees may have.

Higher Ed Young Professionals Leadership & Networking

Thu Feb 5, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 1142 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

Is higher education “youth-friendly?” As a new generation of leaders emerges in higher education, open dialogue about taking initiative, being innovative and encouraging young talent has become a need. Young professionals at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College have organized a variety of programs that are designed to help young professionals have a successful and satisfying career in higher education. These programs will allow young professionals to learn, develop and network with other young professionals within their community. Please join us for the topic “Re-framing Generational Differences – Moving Away from Us vs. Them “ **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

The Engaging Leader

Fri Feb 6, 2015 from 1-3 PM in Room 336, Student Community Center

This session emphasizes ‘engagement’ as coaching others, communicating, giving effective feedback, handling performance issues, and delegating. Through exercises and discussion, participants will leave with practical tools and tips to begin to be more effective leaders immediately. Learning Objectives: To learn how to obtain more/improved productivity from direct reports as well as how to motivate others in order to improve the overall work-life experience. Facilitated by Kathy Pyatt.

Cancer Warriors Network

Mon Feb 9, 2015 from 12-1:30 PM in Room 302E DeVos Center, GVSU GR

This month’s topic is “Chemo Brain.” Have you or a loved one been diagnosed with cancer? Do you feel alone and overwhelmed? A cancer diagnosis is frightening and affects not only the person diagnosed with cancer, but caregivers and loved ones. If you are facing a cancer diagnosis, have a loved one battling cancer, or you are through with treatment and on the road to recovery; connecting with others who have traveled this journey can be a source of comfort and hope. A new topic will be discussed each month. These network meetings are an opportunity to bring together GVSU and GRCC families and friends, who have been impacted by cancer to gain information and support through speakers and cancer resources available on the site. Don’t try to navigate the cancer journey alone, please consider joining us. **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

GRCC CSA Training

  • Tue Feb 10, 2015 from 11 AM – 12 PM in Room 234, Student Community Center
  • Thu Feb 12, 2015 from 4-5 PM in Room 234, Student Community Center

All GRCC employees who are considered Campus Security Authorities (CSA) based on Job Description, Advisor Role, or other assigned duty must attend training in the CSA responsibility. The training is required annually by the Clery Act (Federal Law). During the training CSA’s will be provided with definitions of Clery reportable crimes, the GRCC Clery Geography, and other information to ensure all CSA’s properly meet their federally mandated requirements. Facilitated by Chief Rebecca Whitman.

The Neuroscience of Influence

Tue Feb 10, 2015 from 3-4:30 PM in Room 125/127 Calkins Science Center

In the hyper-connected world we now live in – where “viral” is something we try to generate instead of avoid – it’s more important than ever to understand how influence is generated. How do ideas and values spread? The answers lie inside our brains. Neuroscience is generating new insight into the ways in which we influence one another – and come of the news may surprise you. Facilitated by Denise VanEck, Thought-Design.

Tax Advantaged Investing (Lunch & Learn)

Wed Feb 11, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 103 Sneden Hall

Part of the PNC Bank ‘Community Development Banking Lunch & Learn’ series. PNC Bank officers will explain methods of investing that will provide tax advantages. **PNC Bank will be providing a complimentary lunch to all attending this presentation**

Resistance Band Workout

Wed Feb 11, 2015 from 2-3 PM in Room 202, GRMTEC

A resistance band is a great tool for working out at home or on the go. Learn to use this piece of fitness equipment correctly and progress it with your goals. You’ll get a 10-minute full body workout and group interaction is guaranteed for optimal fun and learning! Facilitated by Allegro Coaching.

Motivating Others

Tue Feb 17, 2015 from 9-11 AM in Room 125/127 Calkins Science Center

Participants will learn how to empower and engage others in order to reach shared goals. Specific tactics for setting goals, promoting expectations of success, reinforcing valued behaviors, and building trust and cooperation are explored. Styles of motivation are also discussed. Facilitated by Kathy Pyatt.

Personal Self-Defense (Parts 1 & 2)

Tue Feb 17, 2015 and Tue Feb 24, 2015 from 3:30-5 PM in Room 234 Student Community Center

THIS IS A 2 PART SESSION – In this session, Officer Robert (Bo) Peters will teach you basic self-defense against attacks, as well as ways to become more self-aware.

Persuasive Communication

Wed Feb 18, 2015 from 10 AM – 12 PM in Room 103 Sneden Hall

Scientifically-supported methods of getting others to say `Yes’ are discussed. Practical approaches to being more influential are demonstrated. Critical moments of persuasion are highlighted. Small changes in how you deliver your messages can have a dramatic effect be the difference between Yes and No. Facilitated by Zoe Carmichael.

What Mommies Do Best

Wed Feb 18, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 1012 Zumberge Hall, GVSU Allendale

Working mothers today confront not only conflicting demands on their time and energy, but also conflicting ideas about how they are to behave: they must be nurturing and unselfish while engaged in child rearing, but competitive and ambitious at work. Meet with other GVSU Moms around interesting topics of discussion to both young moms and more experienced moms. Faculty, staff, and students are all welcome. This program is co-sponsored by GVSU Women’s Center and GVSU Women’s Commission. **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Your Runway to Career Success

Wed Feb 18, 2015 from 9-11 AM in Room 1142 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale

None of us are above taking advantage of the workplace as a daily networking opportunity; our dress speaks to who we are as professionals. Attend this informative session to learn new trends in office fashion, how to make them your own and stand out amongst the sea of corporate suits. This seminar is meant to empower you to look and feel your best while on your journey of professional exploration and advancement. Presented by George Davis, Stylist and Associate Director of Admissions and Kim Monaghan, Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff. **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Alzheimer’s Support Group

Wed Feb 25, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 1247 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale

Are you caring for an elderly loved one? Do you have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease? The pressures can be wide-ranging, and touch the social, psychological, physical and economic facets of the caregiver’s life. The Alzheimer’s and Caregiver Support Group is open to the entire campus community: students, faculty and staff members, and to the public. It’s facilitated by Cindy Beel-Bates, associate professor of nursing, and Sue Sloop, Work Life Connections consultant. Join us: You don’t have to go it alone!  **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

What Daddies Do Best

Thu Feb 26, 2015 from 12-1 PM in Room 2264 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale

Are you a new father, either biologically or through a blended family? Do you often wonder what other fathers think about parenthood? Maybe your kids are grown and you have some wisdom and advice to pass along to newer fathers. Meet with other GVSU and GRCC dads for lively and interesting discussion around a variety of topics related to parenthood. Lunch provided. Facilitated by Sharalle Arnold, GVSU Children’s Enrichment Center & Sue Sloop, GVSU Work Life Connections Program.  **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

Work less ‘sitting’ time into your day

Fact to get you to “Move more; sit less”:

The average American spends 55 percent of his or her waking time sitting. — Vanderbilt University Study, American Journal of Epidemiology, 2008.

“Sitting disease has a direct correlation to all cause mortality … We are essentially moving from chair to chair.” — David Dunstan, Ph.D., Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Australia

“In a 65-year life, we will have sat in front of a TV for over 9 years.” — “Television & Health,” California State University-Northridge

It isn’t the act of sitting that is the problem – it is how much of it we are doing. Consider the amount of sitting you do each day:

  • during your morning commute.
  • at your desk.
  • in meetings.
  • at meals.
  • during your evening commute.
  • relaxing in front of the TV.
  • helping kids with homework.

What can you do? Here are some ideas:

  • Park as far away from the door as you can and walk.
  • Take a 15-minute break in the morning and afternoon and walk, take some stairs, and get away from technology.
  • Take a walk after dinner.
  • Take a walking meeting.
  • Find a physical activity you enjoy – and schedule it in your calendar three times per week to make it a priority.