Honors projects sought for Winter 2018

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.

Mentoring group to be part of Involvement Day

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

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.

Honors Program workshop set for May 19

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

 

http://raidercast.grcc.edu/relay/mmuhamma/2017/HonorsWKSHP2_-_20170510_161106_7.html

Photos from Honors Program celebration

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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Faculty Showcase is today

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

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

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

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

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).