GRCC Employees on the Move through February 12, 2019

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.


  • Jay Tucker
    • Grounds Maintenance, Maintenance
    • Effective Date: 11/26/2018
  • Whitney Marsh
    • Director, Ford Fieldhouse
    • Effective Date: 12/10/2018
  • Erin Belinger Goossen
    • Support Professional, Ford Fieldhouse
    • Effective Date: 12/17/2018
  • Sarah Adkins
    • Support Professional, Registrar Department
    • Effective Date: 1/2/2019
  • Robin Pegg
    • Faculty, Assistant Professor – Occupational Therapy Assistant/Academic Field Coordinator
    • Effective Date: 1/2/2019
  • Kim Squiers
    • Grants Specialist, Grants Department
    • Effective Date: 1/7/2019
  • Alissa Raddatz
    • Lead Graphics Designer, Communications
    • Effective Date: 1/21/2019
  • Steven Beauclair
    • Director of GEAR UP Wyoming, Academic Outreach
    • Effective Date: 2/11/2019


  • Ashley McLary
    • Transfer from: APSS, Cashiers Department
    • Transfer to: APSS, Accounting/Budgets
    • Effective Date: 11/26/2018
  • Bryan Vliem
    • Transfer from: Associate Registrar, Student Records
    • Transfer to: Enterprise Analyst
    • Effective Date: 2/12/2019
  • Robin Sterk
    • Transfer from: Adjunct Faculty
    • Transfer to: Director of High School Partnerships
    • Effective Date: 1/21/2019



  • Teddie Buchner
    • Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
    • Effective Date: 12/15/2018
  • Kayla Leonard
    • Student Success Coach, College Success Center
    • Effective Date: 1/5/2019
  • Lisa Brown
    • Database Coordinator, College Advancement
    • Effective Date: 1/12/2019
  • Paul Krieger
    • Professor, Biology Department
    • Effective Date: 5/11/2019


  • Judith Larsen
    • Director, Grants and Resource Development Department
    • Effective Date: 10/13/2018
  • Janice Chapman
    • Assistant Professor, English
    • Effective Date: 12/19/2018
  • Michael Rydman
    • Professor, Language & Thought
    • Effective Date: 1/1/2019
  • Sally Zokoe
    • Support Professional, Accounts & Budgets
    • Effective Date: 2/16/2019
  • Nanci Guigue
    • Support Professional, School of Workforce Development Associate Dean’s office
    • Effective Date: 3/1/19
  • Robin Vanrooyen
    • Professor, Visual Arts
    • Effective Date: 4/27/2019
  • Robert Guigue
    • Technical Operations Tech, School of Workforce Development
    • Effective Date: 3/1/2019

Professor Mursalata Muhammad to present at Third Thursday Speaker Series

Third Thursday Speaker Series: Claude Harvard, Dublin Georgia, and Me

Even though inventor Claude Harvard lived in Dublin, Georgia, until he was about 10, he was a Detroiter. He NEVER spoke of his life in Georgia or his original first name, which was not “Claude.” No amount of prompting could move him past this statement: “I was born when my mother brought me to Detroit.” As a 10-year-old “newborn” – Claude set to the task of learning as much as possible about radios and machinery. These interests gave him the engineering foundation for his later inventions, the bulk of which were invented while he worked at Ford Motor Company.

GRCC instructor and educational architect Mursalata Muhammad will gather and present the fragments of Claude Harvard’s life scattered about the internet, printed in an oral history, and rooted in her lived experiences with him. In the words of Mursalata, “This presentation is my attempt to tell you a story that brings together what is most worth telling in this moment.”


  • WHERE: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI  48202
  • WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 6-9 p.m.
  • RSVP: Tickets for the event are free. Registration is available through Eventbrite.

Get Google-ready, GRCC

We are less than three months away from the college wide transition to GMail and Google Calendar.

Get trained and prepared by attending one of the informative hands-on sessions offered in collaboration between IT and GRCC Google Guides.

Sessions are available at various days, times, and locations on campus; sign up is quick & easy at the Google for GRCC webpage.

GRCC Science Talks Continue Next Thursday with “Epigenetics”

A close-up image of a tissue sample.

Epigenetics and Colon Cancer: A tale of mice, microbes, and methyl groups

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 4 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Have you ever wondered how there can be numerous cell types in your body (skin, muscle, etc.) even though they share the same DNA code? This is explained by epigenetics, the branch of science that studies how chemical modifications on or near DNA influence how genes are expressed. We’ll learn about epigenetics and its important role in maintaining healthy cells.

Nicole Vander Schaaf is a doctoral candidate at the Van Andel Institute Graduate School.

Future GRCC Science Talks will include:

  • 03/25/2019: “Gene Modifications: CRISPR” – 3:45 p.m., Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Grand Rapids Community College Science Talks are open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Please email with any questions.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

You can easily enroll online for sessions on the Learning Opportunities Registration page:

Tuesday, February 19: Conflict Strategies

  • 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • 207 Sneden
  • Conflict is present in all aspects of our lives. An individual’s personal professional, and emotional health is greatly affected by how successfully he or she manages conflict. Individuals rely on each other to attain goals and are continually being thrown into situations where they need to handle conflict in a constructive manner – without being taught how to accomplish this. This half-day course will expose individuals to the different ways that people react in conflict situations, show them what their preferred strategy is in situations of conflict, and then help them plan to use a more integrating style of conflict resolution more effectively at work.
  • Led by The Employer’s Association

Friday, February 22: Heart Health

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • 309 Sneden
  • Participants will have an understanding of the function of a healthy heart and implications of lifestyle choices. They will be able to identify a personally appropriate physical activity that improves heart health and name two heart healthy food choices, and will commit to making one heart healthy food change.
  • Led by Sheri Orlekoski, RN

Tuesday, February 26: Resumes and Cover Letters

  • 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • 307 Sneden
  • Whether you’re interested in a resume makeover or starting from scratch, this session helps participants assess their strengths and create a paper sales document about themselves. We will walk through the basic steps in writing a resume and cover letter that fairly promotes your strengths and experience
  • Led by Laura Caulk

Wednesday, February 27: FMLA-What’s in it for you?

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • 308 Main
  • Have you ever wondered what the Family Medical Leave Act is all about? Have you ever wondered if you or one of your employee’s had a “qualifying event” but were afraid to ask? In this session you will learn the various ins and outs of FMLA, intermittent FMLA, and the GRCC FMLA policy. You will also learn what a qualifying event is for you or an immediate family member and what is covered while you are on leave.
  • Led by Jennifer Kelly

Thursday, February 28: Drupal Basics: Editing Content

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 351 Main
  • In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.
  • Led by Leigh Jajuga

Thursday, March 7: GRCC Accounts & You

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • 351 Main
  • Campus accounts can be confusing. As part of our commitment to provide world class customer support, Information Technology would like to offer a refresher course to staff and faculty. This course will provide a walk-through on the types of accounts available to our students and staff and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. We will also cover how to use the recently updated password reset tool and, of course, be available to answer other account related questions.We will go over: Online Student Center, Campus Network Login, GRCC Wireless Network, Blackboard, Student Email, Student & Employee Discounts, and printing from a personal device/cloud printing.
  • Led by Rachel Bower

Tuesday, March 12: Signs of Marijuana Use

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • 307 Sneden
  • Scott Nuismer, a certified addictions specialist, will teach both how to recognize the markers of marijuana use and what you can safely do about it. Participants will learn how to recognize biological and physiological sign of marijuana use, as well as interventions to use.

Save department dollars; print color copies through ePrint

Still Printing Color from your Office Copier/Printer? Take a look at how GRCCePRINT can save you money!

Color Copies (8.5″ x 11″ sheet) 50 100 150 200 250
GRCCePRINT Total $20.86 $55.82 $75.11 $94.40 $113.69
Office Copier/printers Total $50.00 $100.00 $150.00 $200.00 $250.00
Difference Total $29.14 $44.18 $74.89 $105.60 $136.31

Log in to GRCCePrint Online, and we can print projects for you.

We also deliver to department offices. Our delivery times are posted on our site.

Instructor forecasts student attendance at next week’s Mathematics Seminar

Image of GRCC Mathematics classroom. Focus is on a student's hand holding a mechanical pencil and writing in a notebook. Three other students are out of focus in the background.

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, February 21, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in 103 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC faculty member Brian Hadley.  For the title and abstract of his talk, please see below.

The realm of mathematical forecasting is vast but fundamentally based on common sense ideas: Examine historical trends, assume that whatever was responsible for creating the past will continue to operate beyond the present, then use mathematical and/or statistical techniques to predict the future.  Brian will discuss how this relates to classroom resource management.  As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!

Refreshments will be served at 10:45 a.m.

Mathematical Forecasting and Classroom Resources

Forecasting student attendance in class has allowed for a reduction of wasted paper.

Each semester I print quizzes, test, and worksheets for class use. Unfortunately, some of this paper is wasted primarily due to absent students. As a solution to this problem, I began forecasting student attendance, greatly reducing the amount of wasted printing.

Forecasting is a mathematical model that allows for a prediction of future trends. We will examine various forecasting methods that can provide reliable guidelines to classroom attendance trends and result in the reduction of paper waste.



‘Winter Warm Up’ event for GRCC employees next week Wednesday

Stock photo of two bowls of tomato soup with herbs on top

Winter Warm Up

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Room 212 — Ford Fieldhouse

Come join your colleagues for a comforting cup of soup and grilled cheese along with warm conversation and connection! This is a new event replacing the February Sweets & Treats/Flowers & Cupcakes.

Use this as an opportunity to see the upgraded Fieldhouse space if you haven’t already.

Drop by and cozy up!

Third Annual ‘Fall in Love With STEM’ set for February 23

Important update: The “Fall in Love with STEM” event, originally scheduled for Feb. 9, has been postponed because of weather. It has been rescheduled for 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Calkins Science Center, 226 Bostwick Ave. NE.

GRCC faculty and students will lead sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in “exploration stations,” with activities designed to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and math skills. It’s one of several events organized by the West Michigan chapter of the Association of Women in Science. No advance signup is needed for “Fall in Love with STEM.”

You’re Invited to ‘Quiet Woman’ at the Library & Learning Commons

Mark your calendars for this special event! GRCC English professor Katrina “Katie” Kalisz will read from her recently-published volume of poetry, Quiet Woman, and you are invited!

  • Thursday, February 21
  • GRCC Library, 2nd Floor
  • 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

The cover of the poetry book 'Quiet Woman' by author Katie Kalisz. The cover depicts a black background. There is a small wooden bowl with a blue base sitting on a wooden surface in the foreground. Around the bowl's base is a loosely-coiled pile of rough thick twine. The text reads: "Quiet Woman. Poems by Katie Kalisz."

Kalisz teaches composition, women’s literature, and creative writing. She earned degrees from the University of Michigan, Loyola University of Chicago, and Queens University of Charlotte.

The English Department and Library & Learning Commons are sponsors of this poetry reading and book signing. You’ll enjoy a display of her poetic career, and have an opportunity to purchase a copy of Quiet Woman signed by Katie. Refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

The following classes can be registered for online on the Learning Opportunities Registration page:

Tuesday, January 29: Coaching Skills for Managers

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Rm 207 Sneden
  • It would be a wonderful workplace if everyone did a perfect job all of the time. But sometimes, people need coaching to help them improve. This program explains the process of effective coaching that you can use to help improve performance and behavioral issues.
  • Led by: Lynn Goede of Master Skill Builder

Thursday, January 31: Drupal Basics: Editing Content

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Rm 351 Main
  • In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.

Wednesday, February 6: GRCC Purchasing Policy

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Rm 308 Main
  • The Purchasing Department at GRCC serves the needs of the college for all purchases in excess of $1000. Responsibility and authority to make commitments for these purchases are assigned to the Purchasing Department. Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing, and Melissa Davis, Procurement Specialist, will present the college’s Purchasing Policy, and provide a forum for open discussion and Q & A with participants.

Thursday, February 7: Writing for the Web

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Rm. 307 Sneden
  • Full Title: Writing for the Web: Universal Accessibility and Best Practices in UX. This course is an introduction to writing for the web, exploring search engine optimization, and learning how to increase your conversion rates through creating universally accessible content.

Thursday, February 7: Online Ordering

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Rm 351 Main
  • This course will review the printing online ordering from the login and profile set-up how and when to use the quick copy options, how and when to us the print ordering options along with the differences in the categories of each area, paper selection and order history. You will learn the techniques of looking up your past orders and copying into a new order to streamline ordering repeated items.Want to keep track of your budget, What do I need to know when placing my store orders. Administrative staff can look at reports of each budget your area is responsible for and how a minimum and maximum can be put in place to keep you on track.

Friday, February 8: Restoring your Digestive Function

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Rm 309 Sneden
  • This session will give participants a clear understanding of the functions of the digestive system. Discussions will center around identifying abnormal digestion, how to prevent digestive disorders, and how to incorporate natural solutions to these issues into your everyday life.
  • Led by: Dr. Michael Kwast of iChiro

Tuesday, February 12: Signs of Marijuana Use

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Rm 307 Sneden
  • Scott Nuismer, a certified addictions specialist, will teach both how to recognize the markers of marijuana use and what you can safely do about it. Participants will learn how to recognize biological and physiological sign of marijuana use, as well as interventions to use.
  • Led by: Scott Nuismer of Pine Rest

Friday, February 15: Retirement Planning Resources

  • 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Rm 309 Sneden
  • Is retirement planning on your mind? If so, this session is for you! We will look at the available resources to help prepare you for this chapter of your life. Whether you’re retiring in the near future, or simply planning ahead, you’ll gain knowledge and tools to help you plan accordingly. Come join us in our discussion!


And don’t forget to get Google-ready with G Suite Training! Additional sessions recently added! Sign up for Introduction to GMail, Intro to Google Calendar, and Advanced G Suite on the Google for GRCC page.

GRCC employee ‘Winter Warm Up’ event coming this February

Stock photo of two bowls of tomato soup with herbs on top

Winter Warm Up

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Room 212 — Ford Fieldhouse

Come join your colleagues for a comforting cup of soup and grilled cheese along with warm conversation and connection! This is a new event replacing the February Sweets & Treats/Flowers & Cupcakes.

Use this as an opportunity to see the upgraded Fieldhouse space if you haven’t already.

Drop by and cozy up!

January 24 MI-ACE Meeting: Sexual Harassment and #MeToo

Please plan to join us for our first professional development workshop for 2019 – Sexual Harassment and #MeToo: Where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going?

  • Where:  ATC 224
  • When:  Thursday, January 24, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Sheila Jones and Kimberly DeVries will facilitate a panel discussion to the perspectives on Sexual Harassment. We’ll examine the history, how far we have (or haven’t!) come and where we’re going.

Panelists:  Sheila Jones, Kathy Keating, Chief Rebecca Whitman, and Deirdre Honner (Director of Employee Relations and Safer Spaces Coordinator at Calvin College).

Bring your questions and feedback on the issue of sexual harassment and how we can be engaged in preventing the problem.