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Honors projects sought for Winter 2018

September 13, 2017

The Department of Experiential Learning is currently seeking faculty who are interested in developing an Honors Project ready to be offered for Winter 2018. The design and facilitation of these projects can fulfill FPE requirements. Interested faculty will be supported over the next several weeks in the design of their Honors Projects.

If you are interested in developing an Honors Project, please email Leigh Kleinert by Friday, September 15, and/or attend our Honors Project Workshop on Friday, September 15, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Register through the Center for Teaching Excellence. Food is provided.

Information session on Study Away trip to Spain

September 13, 2017

The Department of Experiential Learning is holding an information session for the upcoming Spain Study Away trip at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in room 336 of the Student Center. Everyone is welcome.

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018. Grcc.edu/studyaway grcc.edu/studentaway facebook.com/grccstudyaway

Tell students about Study Away opportunity

September 13, 2017

Encourage your students to participate in this Study Away opportunity:

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018. Grcc.edu/studyaway grcc.edu/studentaway facebook.com/grccstudyaway

Eligibility: All degree-seeking students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and no money owed to the institution. Date: June 29-July 15, 2018 (17 days). Course: HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel (three credits). Housing: Program participants will be housed with host families. Excursions and Highlights: Two-week Spanish language classes at student proficiency level. Host family stay. Daily afternoon excursions. Guided visit to Segovia and Avila. Excursion to Aveiro Beach (Portugal) – weather permitting. 800-year celebration of the University of Salamanca. Service learning project with Puente Ladrillo. Ruta de Tapas (exploring Tapas’ restaurants). Castanet lesson. 4th of July celebration—Spanish style. City tour of Madrid. Contact: Department of Experiential Learning, Main Building, Level G2, Room 59. traceylacy@grcc.edu. (616) 234-4162 grcc.edu/studyaway. Costs* Program fee (paid to GRCC): $3,850. What is included: Round trip airfare. Accommodations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in country. Field trips, excursions and entrance fees. Criminal background check. Travel insurance. Deposit – Due upon acceptance into program: $500. Tuition [plus fees (in-district) paid to GRCC]: $339. What is included: Three (3) credits (based on residential rate) and fees. Potential Additional Expenses: Items listed below may or may not apply to all participants: Passport. Personal expenses. Additional meals beyond what is offered. Travel provider phone (in country use only). How to pay for study abroad? Students are encouraged to pursue financial aid, scholarships and grants to fund Study Abroad. In addition, they may consider personal funds and alternative loans to fund Study Abroad. For more information on funding, visit grcc.edu/studyaway. Contact program directors for more information: Carmela Zapata, Department of Language and Thought, czapata@grcc.edu (616) 234-4666. Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services, aclark@grcc.edu, (616)234-4131. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. Apply through February 1, 2018 at grcc.edu/studyaway. *All program information, including courses, duration of program, dates and other logistics are subject to change. Fee subject to adjustment based on actual exchange rates and international airfare. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. GRCC Grand Rapids Community College. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning at (616) 234-4162. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Mentoring group to be part of Involvement Day

September 6, 2017

Welcome Week continues from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today with Involvement Day (formerly known as Club Day).

Affinity Mentoring, a nonprofit organization that works to improve students’ academic achievement, self-esteem and social skills by pairing them with caring adult mentors, will have a table near the Department of Experiential Learning on the Student Plaza. the group will also be part of a presentation in SCC 336.

 

Thanks to Mursalata Muhammad; Leigh Kleinert to serve as Honors Program faculty coordinator

September 5, 2017

Thank you to Mursalata Muhammad for stepping into the Honors Program faculty coordinator role this past summer. Mursalata facilitated an Honors Project workshop, offered a session as part of the GRCC Faculty Summer Institute as well as supported the Honors Program Summer Meet & Greet event.

Filling this role for the upcoming academic year is Leigh Kleinert.  Leigh has been a full-time faculty member in the Biological Science Department since 2004. She has expertise in human anatomy and physiology, zoology as well as a variety of college leadership experiences, is a member of the Honors Program Leadership Team and has a strong background in student leadership, community engagement, research and creative scholarship.

Leigh will be working with faculty who wish to support students seeking more out of their academic experience as part of the Honors Program. An essential component of the curriculum is designed to allow faculty the opportunity to develop unique learning activities which fosters leadership, service, research and creative scholarship that are shaped into an Honors Project. We are currently seeking faculty who are interested in developing an Honors Project ready to be offered Winter 2018.  The design and facilitation of these projects can fulfill FPE requirements.  Interested faculty will be supported over the next several weeks in the design of their Honors Projects.

If you are interested in developing an Honors Project please email Leigh Kleinert by Friday, September 15th and/or attend our Honors Project Workshop on Friday, September 15 from 12:30-2 p.m. Register through the Center for Teaching Excellence.   Food is provided.

Additional information about the Honors Program and Honors Projects can be found at the webpage.

Examples of Honors Project Activities

  • organize a meaningful service project
  • create an original music composition, sculpture, theatrical script, poetry or other literary or artistic work.
  • Prepare a series of in-class presentation on topics that expand upon the course’s primary content.

GRCC sponsors Study Away trip to Spain

July 19, 2017

Encourage your students to participate in this Study Away opportunity:

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018. Grcc.edu/studyaway grcc.edu/studentaway facebook.com/grccstudyaway

Eligibility: All degree-seeking students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and no money owed to the institution. Date: June 29-July 15, 2018 (17 days). Course: HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel (three credits). Housing: Program participants will be housed with host families. Excursions and Highlights: Two-week Spanish language classes at student proficiency level. Host family stay. Daily afternoon excursions. Guided visit to Segovia and Avila. Excursion to Aveiro Beach (Portugal) – weather permitting. 800-year celebration of the University of Salamanca. Service learning project with Puente Ladrillo. Ruta de Tapas (exploring Tapas’ restaurants). Castanet lesson. 4th of July celebration—Spanish style. City tour of Madrid. Contact: Department of Experiential Learning, Main Building, Level G2, Room 59. traceylacy@grcc.edu. (616) 234-4162 grcc.edu/studyaway. Costs* Program fee (paid to GRCC): $3,850. What is included: Round trip airfare. Accommodations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in country. Field trips, excursions and entrance fees. Criminal background check. Travel insurance. Deposit – Due upon acceptance into program: $500. Tuition [plus fees (in-district) paid to GRCC]: $339. What is included: Three (3) credits (based on residential rate) and fees. Potential Additional Expenses: Items listed below may or may not apply to all participants: Passport. Personal expenses. Additional meals beyond what is offered. Travel provider phone (in country use only). How to pay for study abroad? Students are encouraged to pursue financial aid, scholarships and grants to fund Study Abroad. In addition, they may consider personal funds and alternative loans to fund Study Abroad. For more information on funding, visit grcc.edu/studyaway. Contact program directors for more information: Carmela Zapata, Department of Language and Thought, czapata@grcc.edu (616) 234-4666. Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services, aclark@grcc.edu, (616)234-4131. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. Apply through February 1, 2018 at grcc.edu/studyaway. *All program information, including courses, duration of program, dates and other logistics are subject to change. Fee subject to adjustment based on actual exchange rates and international airfare. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. GRCC Grand Rapids Community College. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning at (616) 234-4162. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Honors Program workshop set for May 19

May 15, 2017

Faculty are invited to attend the Honors Program Workshop. The first workshop is scheduled for Friday, May 19, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. These workshops will help faculty become familiar with the new Honors Program and understand how you can participate through offering Honors Projects.

GRCC Honors Program Workshop

Who: You (full time faculty)

What: Honors Program Workshop

When: May 19 from 10a – 12p (lunch included)

Where: Main Building, Level G2, Room 55

RSVP: Send an EMAIL RSVP by NOON on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 to Tracey Lacy (traceylacy@grcc.edu)

*please include any dietary restrictions

 

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Photos from Honors Program celebration

April 14, 2017

On Wednesday, April 12, the Department of Experiential Learning hosted the GRCC Honors Program Completion Reception. Ten students were recognized for completing the Honors Program this year. Emceed by the director of Experiential Learning, Michael Schavey, guests enjoyed an amazing dinner, a speech from a fellow Honors student, Sam Slaw and received their program completion certificates and commencement cords.

In addition to meeting degree and transfer requirements, these students worked diligently to complete both Honors Courses and Honors Contracts.  Additionally, these students attended co-curricular activities like the Diversity Lecture Series, exposing them to new ways of thinking, or engaged our community through service learning like tutoring in our Writing Lab of packing lunches at Kids’ Food basket. We asked them to participate in our social events like Painting with Honors, the GVSU/GRCC Honors Game Night or, recently, the Honors Networking event that paired students with professionals in the field. These experiences bring students together, forming an Honors community of both future scholars and leaders.

The students who complete the program this year are:

  • Morgan Brown, returning to GRCC.
  • Dayna Dunneback, transferring to Grand Valley State University to study Speech Pathology.
  • Lilly Duyck, transferring to Grand Valley State University to study Psychology.
  • Caleb Graveldinger, transferring to Grand Valley State University to Physical Therapy.
  • Kayla Musil, transferring to the University of Michigan.
  • Carrie Rister, possibly transferring to Grand Valley State University or to Ferris State University.
  • Elaina Sagorski, transferring to Grand Valley State University to study Psychology.
  • Sam Slaw, possibly transferring to Brandis University or the University of Michigan.
  • Leo Tokarski, transferring to Ferris State University.
  • Jessica Verbeek, earning her Associates in Arts & Science.

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Photos from Faculty Showcase

April 13, 2017

Thank you to all the Faculty Showcase presenters and participants!  Thank you also to Armen Oumedian for his generous support for the Innovation Grants for faculty!

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Faculty Showcase is today

April 11, 2017

Please stop by the Preschool on April 11 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to see some of the amazing work being done by faculty this year. There will be faculty from the following areas available to share and discuss ideas:

JaneAnn Benson will be giving tours of the new Preschool building as well.

Light snacks will be served.

Faculty Showcase to be held April 11

April 7, 2017

Please stop by the Preschool on April 11 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to see some of the amazing work being done by faculty this year. There will be faculty from the following areas available to share and discuss ideas:

JaneAnn Benson will be giving tours of the new Preschool building as well.

Light snacks will be served.

Honors program hosts networking event

December 5, 2016

Students in the Honors program met professionals in different fields during a networking dinner last week.

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Faculty lead Study Away trips to Alsace-Lorraine, New York, Morocco

May 23, 2016

Experiential Learning currently has three Study Away programs traveling the world.  We have five faculty member leading 4 programs. The first program is lead by Chef Heckwolf and Chef Ahmed as they travel the Alsace-Lorraine region learning about culinary practices of the region as part of the HU 219 course. The second program to is Professor Overdevest as they travel around New York City and learning about Art History and architectural as part of a AT 106 course. The last program currently traveling is led by Professor Haney as they travel Morocco in a deep cultural immersion as part of a HU 219 course. Later in August, Professor Knoppers will be taking a group nursing students to Costa Rica as part of practicum courses associated with the nursing program.

You can visit our Study Away website for more information to learn more about our short-term, faculty-led Study Away programs.

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GRCC In the News, 5-10-16

May 10, 2016

Honors & Awards

May 9, 2016; Community College Week

… First place in Grand Rapids Community College’s (Mich.) Armen Awards went to a project that promoted awareness of computer science education for K-12 education. Katie Vander Meer’s Introduction to Computer Programming students taught computer programming logic to Orchard View Elementary fifth-graders. Longtime GRCC supporter Armen Oumedian created and funds the awards for excellence in service learning. Faculty members lead students in designing and completing service projects to benefit community organizations. The top three teams among the five finalists received awards. The second place award went to Holly Van- Ryn and students in her Restaurant Leadership and Management course. They teamed up with Baxter Community Center’s mentoring program to teach youth fine dining etiquette. The third place award was given to Leigh Kleinert and students in her General Human Anatomy and Physiology course, who partnered with Jenison International Academy to provide an in-person, interactive biology lab for online high school students.

Lakeview’s King signs with GRCC to play hoops

May 9, 2016; The Daily News (Greenville)

LAKEVIEW — Delanie King was one of the more surprised people she was asked to play college basketball.

But the Lakeview senior signed a letter of intent to play for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) on Friday.

Liberal studies major earns Outstanding Adult Learner recognition

May 9, 2016; GV Now (GVSU publication)

A student in Grand Valley’s Liberal Studies Leadership program was named Outstanding Adult Learner by an area consortium of colleges and universities.

Todd Talsma received the honor from the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education Network during a ceremony April 20 at Grand Rapids Community College.

Registration due today for Community-based Learning Luncheon

May 5, 2016

Today (Thursday, May 5) is the last day to register for this great event. Please find attached an invitation for a wonderful learning opportunity hosted by the Department of Experiential Learning.

If you have any question feel free to contact John Rumery (jrumery) or Chris Remley (christopherremley).

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