National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)-Week Three

Posted October 16, 2018 by grcctoday
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The Department of Homeland Security has teamed up with the Cybersecurity industry to provide information they believe everyone across the nation should know to stay safe and more secure online. The Week Three theme is “It’s Everyone’s Job to Ensure Online Safety at Work.”

The Week Three Newsletter for NCSAM is now available on The GRCC Security Awareness webpage.

Leadership Institute 2019 applications due next week

Posted October 16, 2018 by grcctoday
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The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus.

Testimonials from past Leadership Institute Alumni:

I was a member of the 2015 Leadership Institute team, and what an experience I had! Going into the start of the Leadership Institute I had reservations. Will this help me? Will I fit in? Do I want to put the time in that is required? The answer was yes! The Leadership Institute provided me with many opportunities to better myself professionally here at GRCC. Through the Leadership Institute I became comfortable with public speaking, where today I am comfortable interacting with anyone in any format. I was taught to express my thoughts and ideas, but probably the most gratifying aspect was to work on our project with my teammates. To be able to feel the accomplishment at the end, the bond we had formed, and most importantly the friends that I made along the way. I would encourage anyone that has any interest in the Leadership Institute to take the next step, and join as you will not be disappointed. – Thomas Vos

As a member of the 2014-2015 Leadership Institute cohort, I was given the opportunity to meet many new people from multiple departments of the college. It also increased my awareness and appreciation for the work other GRCC employees do. Regardless of whether we work in Facilities, Information Technology, or the President’s Office; we all perform specific and valuable tasks. Our work can positively impact our students, faculty, and staff at GRCC, as well as the community around us. More importantly, the Leadership Institute allowed me to better understand the entire hierarchy of the organization; to see the big picture, and to comprehend how every one of us fits into this amazing GRCC family.
Professionally, the Leadership Institute enabled me to take the next step in my career. It gave me the extra knowledge and confidence to lead my very own team. Shortly after I finished the Leadership Institute in 2015, I accepted the Information Technology Desktop Support Team Coordinator position. If I had the opportunity to go through the Leadership Institute again, I would do it without hesitation. – Antonio Aguillon

For anyone considering participating in GRCC’s Leadership Institute, stop considering and just apply. For those eager to learn and grow professionally, it is very difficult to find a better program!

Being a member of the 2016 Leadership Institute cohort allowed me the time to learn and incorporate leadership skills into my day to day practices. Having exposure to the inter-workings of the college including multi-departmental advisory boards gave a deeper level of perspective and understanding of the operations of GRCC Leadership and how decisions are made within the college.

The Leadership Institute experience is great for developing relationships with peers in other departments that I traditionally would not have the privilege to work with. Everything learned throughout the cohort, I knew I was capable of, but going through the process I developed the confidence and skills to tactfully implement the changes into my day-to-day routine.

The culmination of this experience has directly resulted in an increased confidence to lead, build collaborative relationships with others outside my team, and a deeper understanding of what it means to be a leader and a resource for others.

For those interested and applying, the amount of energy and interest you put into the program is exactly what you will take away from it. Go in with an open mind and a willingness to learn! – Kelly Webber

The Leadership Institute 2019 application deadline is next Friday, October 26, 2018. For more information visit the Leadership Institute webpage or please contact Jessica Berens in Human Resources at jberens@grcc.edu.

 

Mental Health and Wellness Fair a Success—Thank You!

Posted October 15, 2018 by grcctoday
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The Mental Health and Wellness Fair last Tuesday, October 9, was a success! We had an estimated 150-200 students in and out of the Raider Grille, served by 20+ community partners from a variety of wellness fields relating to mental health and holistic wellness. Thank you to the faculty and staff that stopped by and encouraged students to attend!

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College Channel programming through October 19

Posted October 15, 2018 by grcctoday
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The latest schedule, through October 19, includes Julie Schaefer and the Psychology Lecture Series, the GRCC Sherriff’s Academy Graduation, and the Proposal 2 Presentation for the November ballot.

Raider Salute from Social Sciences to Catering

Posted October 15, 2018 by grcctoday
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The Social Sciences Department would like to send a thank you out to Destiny Swanson and all the catering group for being so willing to help us out at the last minute! We appreciate all that you do for us and the college. Thank you!

APSS, Campus Police collecting donations for veterans today through December 13

Posted October 15, 2018 by grcctoday
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The APSS employee group and the Campus Police will be collecting donations of new items beginning today through December 13 for a holiday gift to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Items needed:

  • Personal toiletries for men or women:
  •      Toothbrushes
  •      Soap
  •      Body wash
  •      Mouthwash
  •      Deodorant
  •      Cologne
  • Small lap blankets
  • 100-piece puzzles
  • Stationery sets

Donations will be accepted at the following locations:

  • Janice Holton (x4129) – Rm 118 – Main Bldg.
  • Lt. Robert Decker (x3579) – Campus Police
  • Colleen Copus (x3119) – Math Tutorial Lab – Rm 105 – Cook Bldg.
  • Janis Qualls (x4248) – Rm 320 – Science Bldg.
  • Kim Zinger (x4253) – Math Dept. – College Park Plaza – 2nd Floor

Donations will be collected each Friday.  The total collection will be delivered to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Thursday, December 13.  Please help us support our Veterans.  Thank you.

 

Gerontology Panel November 1 at DeVos Campus

Posted October 15, 2018 by grcctoday
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Gerontology Panel poster. Poster features three images of older adults. An older woman listens to headphones with a younger woman; an older woman and man ride bikes; and an older man teaches four younger students in an academic setting. The text on the poster reads: "Gerontology Panel. Thursday, November 1, 2018. 4:30-6 p.m. GRCC's DeVos Campus, Sneden Hall, Room 108."

Information about this panel discussion:

  • What: Gerontology Panel
  • When: Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Where: GRCC’s DeVos Campus, Sneden Hall, Room 108
  • Who: A panel of community experts will answer questions about issues in Gerontology and share volunteer opportunities for working with older adults.
  • Why: Learn more about GRCC’s Gerontology Certificate program.

The Gerontology Panel is free and open to any students, faculty, staff, and community members who would like to attend.

Contact Kate Byerwalter, Ph.D. at kbyerwal@grcc.edu or (616) 234-4405 for more information.

GRCC In The News, 10-12-18

Posted October 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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New Comstock Park High School principal likes direction school is heading
10/11/18 MLive
Dan Holden says the first weeks on his new job as Comstock Park High School principal have been focused on building on what is already in place.
… Dual enrollment is an option for students, Holden said. He said that program allows student credit at Comstock Park High school and college credit. The school district partners with Davenport and Grand Rapids Community College. The students take the college courses at night.

Last Call for IIPD Grant Applications: Due on October 12 by 4:30 p.m.

Posted October 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grant program is 4:30 p.m. on October 12, 2018. Information about how to apply for an IIPD grant can be found at this website: IIPD Application and Guidelines. Please note that applications must include a Dean’s and Department Head Approval forms, a budget form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Director of Grant Development, at 234-3340 or ldopke@grcc.edu. Good luck!

APSS, Campus Police collecting donations for veterans starting October 15

Posted October 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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The APSS employee group and the Campus Police will be collecting donations of new items for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans from October 15 through December 13 for the holiday season.

Items needed:

  • Personal toiletries for men or women:
  •        Toothbrushes
  •        Soap
  •        Body wash
  •        Mouthwash
  •        Deodorant
  •        Cologne
  • Small lap blankets
  • 100-piece puzzles
  • Stationery sets

Donations will be accepted at the following locations:

  • Janice Holton (x4129) – Rm 118 – Main Bldg.
  • Lt. Robert Decker (x3579) – Campus Police
  • Colleen Copus (x3119) – Math Tutorial Lab – Rm 105 – Cook Bldg.
  • Janis Qualls (x4248) – Rm 320 – Science Bldg.
  • Kim Zinger (x4253) – Math Dept. – College Park Plaza – 2nd Floor

Donations will be collected each Friday.  The total collection will be delivered to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Thursday, December 13.  Please help us support our Veterans.  Thank you.

 

Two GRCC Staff Members Recognized in the 2018 Top 50 Latinas of Michigan

Posted October 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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Congratulations to Marisol Blanco of the College Success Center and Sonya Hernandez of the Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion who are being recognized as two of the 2018 Top 50 Latinas of Michigan!

The Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) is celebrating the Top 50 Latinas of Michigan today in Saginaw, Michigan. The purpose of this award, as explained in this week’s State of Michigan press release, is to recognize women who have “demonstrated commitment to their community by sharing of their time and talent in ways that benefit the community. These women have also had a commitment to life-long learning and expansion of their own personal and professional resources.” Nominations came from across the state.

GRCC Scholars Poster Presentation October 24 in the Raider Grille

Posted October 12, 2018 by grcctoday
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GRCC students who participated in the Summer 2018 MICUP Program at Michigan Technological University, UROP at the University of Michigan, and Study Abroad in Salamanca (Spain) will be exhibiting their research posters on Wednesday, October 24, in the Raider Grill!

Support their hard work and learn more about the amazing opportunities that the MICUP, UROP, and Study Abroad have to offer!

Stop by anytime between 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Raider Grille, 2nd Floor Student Center, Rooms 205/207

Snacks will be provided.

GRCC In the News, 10-11-18

Posted October 11, 2018 by grcctoday
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BWW Previews: THE MAGIC FLUTE at Opera Grand Rapids Kicks Off a Fresh New Season!

Oct. 10, 2018; Broadway World

A couple weekends ago, September 28th, I was fortunate enough to attend the season kick off for the 51st season of Opera Grand Rapids. … Season kick off artist included: Avalon Cutts-Jones, Camille DeBoer, Cheri Reid, Jason Coffey, Jon Lovegrove, Madelaine Lane, Sarah Allmon, Sara Brown, Sarah Faasse, Trend Broussard, and we can’t forget piano player for all these wonderful artist Dr. Kenneth Bos. Dr. Bos also has played for the Michigan High School Honors choir programs, and teaches music at Grand Rapids Community College.

Schuette foot-dragging on 3M PFAS lawsuit, say Democrats

Oct. 12, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Michigan Democrats are criticizing Attorney General Bill Schuette for a sluggish response to PFAS contamination, saying the Republican candidate for governor is forcing state regulators to voluntarily request information from 3M rather than using the power of his office to compel disclosures.

… The criticism was leveled by Michigan Democrats in conjunction with the Sierra Club, who appeared at Grand Rapids Community College alongside Belmont residents affected by PFAS contamination from waste dumping in the area by shoemaker Wolverine World Wide.

Recording of Salvador Lopez forum for Equity and Inclusion officer position

Posted October 11, 2018 by grcctoday
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For those who missed yesterday’s faculty and community forums for Equity and Inclusion Officer finalist Salvador Lopez, a video recording is available here.

Once you have watched the video, GRCC’s Institute of Research and Planning requests that you fill out a digital feedback form with your evaluation of this candidate.

Purchasing will temporarily handle vehicle rentals

Posted October 11, 2018 by grcctoday
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Until the Ford Fieldhouse position is filled, please contact the Purchasing Department — purchasing@grcc.edu or (616) 234-3850 — for your vehicle rental needs.