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FREE Blackboard Users Conference May 18th

May 7, 2018

GRCC Faculty and Staff – You are invited to attend the FREE Michigan Blackboard Users Group (miBUG) Spring Conference on Friday, May 18th.

Registration for the MiBUG Spring Conference closes Friday, May 11th, so register today!  There are currently over 85 people registered, including staff from GRCC.

Why should you register for the MiBUG Spring Conference? 

  • It’s a FREE opportunity for you to network with and learn from other Blackboard users from across the state.
  • You’ll have the opportunity check out all of the cool products and services that our sponsors have to offer (Sharp, Cengage, Kaltura, Qwickly, Respondus)
  • We have an awesome keynote presentation, as well as ten breakout sessions being offered.  See the full session descriptions on their website (link below).
  • Have your questions answered by a panel of Blackboard representatives, including Chad Kainz, Principal Strategist; Tim Atkin, Chief Client Officer; Emmah Schramke, Customer Programs Manager; and Mark Burris, Customer Success Advocate.
  • See the first annual MiBUG Distinguished Member Award presentation.
  •     and still be home early on a Friday!

Register today:

Nominations due May 15th for Excellence in Education Awards

May 4, 2018

Do you know of a faculty or staff member at GRCC who has gone above and beyond their role at the College, in the Community, or in higher education? If so, consider nominating them for the Excellence in Education Award! The Excellence in Education Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual Grand Rapids Community College employee. In 2000, the award was expanded to provide recognition in the form of a staff award, and a separate full-time faculty award. In 2010, an additional award was added for an exemplary adjunct faculty member.

There is a cash award of $1,000 for full-time faculty who have taught at GRCC for at least 5 years, and for adjunct faculty who have taught at least 2 years, with a $750 cash award. Staff members also receive a cash award of $1,000.

Anyone can nominate! Deadline for nominations is May 15, 2018:

Note: The criteria and form for full-time faculty and adjuncts have changed a bit in the past few years, so please be sure to read the guidelines carefully.


Faculty & Adjunct: Call the Provost Office (234-3920) or Karen Walker (234-4236)

Staff: Call Nicole Dekker (234-3848).

Emeritus Faculty Award nominations due Feb. 16

February 12, 2018

You are invited to nominate a GRCC retired faculty or administrator for the Emeritus Faculty Award. This award was established in 1985 to honor those instructors/ administrators whose dedication and creativity have left an indelible mark on the lives of students and colleagues at GRCC. During their tenure at GRCC and since their retirement, they have continued to promote GRCC’s “Commitment to Excellence” as illustrated by the GRCC values described in the narrative forms.

The nomination form can be found online.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Friday, February 16, 2018.

Photos from Faculty Learning Day

January 5, 2018

Thank you to all the facilitators and participants at our 2018 Faculty Learning Day.  Have a fantastic start to the Winter 2018 semester!

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Library liaisons can help with copyright questions

December 15, 2017

Faculty  – do you have questions about using copyrighted print, media or other visual materials in your courses?  If so, please contact your assigned library liaison by email for assistance with: utilizing our Copyright Clearance Center Annual License; verifying citations and determining a copyright holder; and, permalinking licensed library resources into Blackboard.  Please take a look at the Copyright Subject Guide.

GRCC Homecoming 2017 is THIS WEEK!

October 18, 2017

Homecoming 2017 is taking place RIGHT NOW! There are activities that you can take part in throughout the week. On Thursday, October 19th, faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all invited to a Raider Tailgate. The tailgate will take place in the Raider Grille from 5-6:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and there will be family-friendly activities. Then head on over to the Fold Fieldhouse to cheer on our GRCC Volleyball team as they take on the Lake Michigan Red Hawks.

For more information about all of the Homecoming activities, please visit

GRCC Homecoming 2017 flier

GRCC Homecoming 2017

October 12, 2017

“GRCC has not had a homecoming in a long time. That changes now!”

Homecoming 2017 will take place the week of October 16th. There are activities that you can take part in throughout the week. On Thursday, October 19th, faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all invited to a Raider Tailgate. The tailgate will take place in the Raider Grille from 5-6:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and there will be family-friendly activities. Then head on over to the Fold Fieldhouse to cheer on our GRCC Volleyball team as they take on the Lake Michigan Red Hawks.

For more information about all of the Homecoming activities, please visit

GRCC Homecoming 2017 flier

Seeking Faculty to Lead Travel Experiences

October 11, 2017

Did you know that in the last (4) years faculty have led successful short-term travel experiences to places like Costa Rica, Morocco, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and New York City?  Have you ever considered providing a once-in-a-lifetime experience for GRCC students guided by your expertise?  We’re seeking faculty interested in learning more about developing these amazing travel experiences.  Support in creating these experiences is offered through one-on-one consultation from generating ideas of places to travel, to working with providers in creating an itinerary tailored to your curriculum, recruiting and supporting students, as well as processing payments.

Study Away Pre-Proposals are due February 1, 2018, for trips led during Summer 2019.

Have questions?  Contact Michael Schavey at 234-4180 or email

Photo of group posing near ruins. The text says "GRCC Faculty-Led Study Away"

Additional Windows 10 workshops added to Fall Staff Development

October 11, 2017

Additional Windows 10 workshops have been added to Staff Development’s fall schedule of offerings:

  • November 29, (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • December 7, (10:00-11:30 a.m.)

Course Description:

Windows 10 has arrived at GRCC! This new operating system has replaced Windows 7, and there are some changes we would like to share with you. Come and join us for this basic introduction to Windows 10, and learn how to navigate the changes.

Register at:


GRCC In the News, 9-18-17

September 18, 2017

Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA

Sept. 17, 2017;

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

… Universities and colleges across Michigan including Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College have responded with resolutions of support for their DACA students and called for a legislative fix from Congress.
GRCCs Faculty Council recently passed a resolution opposing the DACA decision and supporting the positions of the GRCC administration and Board of Trustees.

Call to action issued on Challenge Scholars

Sept. 15, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The president of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation says Challenge Scholars is more than about giving families money to pay for college, but preparing and guiding teenagers through the transition from high school to college for a successful career and life.

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) announced that all incoming freshman to Union, starting with the class of 2020, will have at least a two-year, tuition-free option for college or career training at the college. GRCC has also committed Success Coaches to work with students to identify college and career goals.

Women in Auto Care Announce 2017 Scholarship Winners

Sept. 15, 2017; Tire Review

Women in Auto Care awarded $65,000 in scholarships this year to 22 female students who are studying to enter the auto care industry.

… The 2017 scholarship winners are listed below:

Post-Secondary Students

… $2,500 Brooke Peckham, Grand Rapids Community College

In Trump era, politics are more visible than ever at Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize

Sept. 17, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — When Donald Trump stumbled into last year’s ArtPrize competition, he was still a long-shot presidential candidate running what looked like a losing campaign.

… Her (Patricia Constantine) entry, “Sineater,” on display at Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Art Gallery, is a mixed-media triptych. Presented using carnivalesque imagery, its middle panel is a self-portrait that conveys the artist’s guilt about teaching within a system that buries students in debt. Images of Trump and Betsy DeVos also appear with the phrases “I want to build a wall” and “No free lunch,” respectively.

GRCC In the News, 9-14-17

September 14, 2017

GRCC Faculty Council passes resolution supporting DACA students

Sept. 13, 2017; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS, Sept. 11, 2017 — Grand Rapids Community College’s Faculty Council recently passed a resolution opposing the decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.


Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship awarded for 1st time

July 18, 2017

To honor the college’s 100th year celebration, the Faculty Association created the Faculty and Staff Centennial Scholarship.  For the first time since the scholarship’s inception, it was awarded to two deserving GRCC students for the 2017-18 academic year.

Scholarships were awarded based on scholastic achievement to students who have earned at least 12 credits at GRCC.  They were asked to submit a short essay explaining why they feel they deserve the scholarship. A committee made up of representatives from across campus selected the recipients.

We are pleased to announce and congratulate the first 2017-18 scholarship recipients for the Faculty and Staff  Centennial Scholarship: Connor Hartley and Mackenzie Omness.  Both have been awarded $1,000! Connor graduated from Rockford High School in 2016.  He is studying Pre-Med with a long-term career goal of working in the field of orthodontics. Mackenzie graduated from Grandville High School in 2017.  She is studying Occupational Therapy at GRCC.  She will also be playing basketball for GRCC this fall!

We are very grateful to all the faculty and staff who have helped make these scholarships possible for Connor and Mackenzie.  We wish these students all the best in their academic endeavors.

GRCC In the News, 3-14-17

March 14, 2017

New partnership focuses on affordable homes in Grand Rapids

March 13,2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College is working with the non-profit group LINC Up to train residents in construction trades — tuition-free.

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $2 per contact hour

March 13,2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students will pay 1.8 percent or $2 more per contact hour in tuition for the 2017-18 academic year.

Celebrate spring’s coming with music

March 13,2017; Charlevoix Courier

PETOSKEY — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the coming of spring with music that celebrates and creates the mood for romance. Whether its a minuet, a czarda or a tango, the performance will deliver a special warmth to chase away the chill of winter beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, for the Sunday Series Concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, 7940 Cemetary Road, Harbor Springs.

… Brian Morris, guitarist, will perform in the Piazolla, Schubert and Hubay pieces. Brian has twice been director of the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festivals and has been a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Faculty.

Big week ahead for basketball teams from Grand Rapids area

March 13, 2017; MLive

Take a look at what’s happening in Grand Rapids sports for the week of March 13.

… Grand Rapids Community College is still around, too. The Raiders play in the NJCAA DII National Tournament March 21-25 in Danville, Illinois.


Faculty Association braves cold in FUNDerwear Run

March 13, 2017

The GRCC Faculty Association sponsored a team of 15 faculty runners for LaughFest’s FUNDerwear Run 2017, which took place on March 12. This 5k race goes through the streets of Grand Rapids with runners wearing their favorite, fun, and fancy undies. The GRCC Faculty Association also raised $1,125 and was recognized as the top fundraiser for the 4th year in a row! All the proceeds go to support the work of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and stays right here in our community.

Thank you to all who contributed to our fundraising efforts this year and thank you to the brave faculty who raced in their skivvies with temps in the 20s. Brrrrrr!

More photos can be seen online.

Thirteen of 14 faculty members wear underwear over their running clothes. The 14th is dressed as a banana.

GRCC In the News, 12-16-16

December 16, 2016

GRCC approves $300,000 bond to provide training for new manufacturing jobs

Dec. 15, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has a new agreement to provide training support for 33 new positions needed by an expanding Holland Township manufacturer.

Faculty split over cuts in new GRCC contract

Dec. 15, 2016; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new three-year contract for faculty at Grand Rapids Community College is causing a rift between some adjunct and tenured professors.

Allegan General Hospital Foundation awards fall scholarships

Dec. 12, 2016; MLive

The Allegan General Hospital Foundation recently awarded its fall educational scholarships to Allegan Healthcare Group employees and their children in support of training and higher education studies in healthcare.

… Six children of employees received scholarship awards:

… Jaime Manne (Hamilton) is pursuing her associate’s degree in radiologic technology at Grand Rapids Community College.