CTE Annual Faculty Showcase and Faculty Appreciation event one week from today

Join us April 9 for the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Annual Faculty Showcase and Faculty Appreciation. This is a “poster/exhibit type” event and is designed as an informal opportunity to see how your peers are using innovative teaching practices in the classroom. There will also be refreshments, free chair massages, and chances to win GRCC swag!

  • LOCATION: Main 308, 310 (SAS Conference Room), 347, and  351
  • DATE: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • TIME: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Please mark your calendars and join us for this awesome event!

A special thank you to all of our presenters…

  • Steven Putt – GRCC Library OneSearch
  • Vicki Meyers – Bringing Live Simulation to the Classroom with Streaming Video
  • Tari Mattox – Fire and Ice: Bringing the Real World into the Classroom
  • Kelly Webber – G Suite Transition information
  • Tracy Payne – Student Records Quick Reference
  • Garry Brand – A New and Improved Techsmith Relay
  • Lora Blumenstein – Mind Mapping-Opening up the Possibilities
  • Dustin Altschul – Virtual Reality in Interior Design Exploration
  • Holly Christopher – Graduate Student…Again. But Online.
  • Melissa Boman – Early Childhood Technology
  • Melanie Schiele Gady – Honors Project – How Exercise Improves Body Function
  • Anna Maria Clark – Retention through Research! A Successful Partnership Between a 4-Year Institution and a Community College that inspired First Generation/Low Income Students to Consider Research a Viable Academic Avenue

Apply now for the Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award Opportunity for GRCC Employees (non student employees)

DEADLINE: Thursday, April 18, 2019

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation. It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff, or administrator’s professional development travel funds. A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.

Requirements:

  • Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation. The more unusual, the better!
  • Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage, or grammar. They will be judged on creativity.

Steps for turning in your application for the Van Marinus Swets Travel Award:

  1. Do not put your name on the essay.
  2. Write your GRCC employee ID number in the upper right corner of the first page of your essay.
  3. Attach an envelope to your essay containing the following:
  4. On the outside of the envelope, write your GRCC employee ID number.
  5. Inside the sealed envelope, place your business card or contact information.
  6. Send you application to Mary Reed in the GRCC Foundation Office.
  7. Submit your application by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.

All award winners will be notified by Wednesday, April 24.

For more information, contact Mary Reed at (616) 234-3930 or mreed@grcc.edu.

Recap: first InteGReatCC event offered art for all

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The 2018 Leadership Institute cohort held its first InteGReatCC social event last Friday, March 22, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Over 25 GRCC faculty, staff, and guests attended a Campus Canvas event lead by Visual Arts Instructor Nick Antonakis with assistance from Visual Arts students, Rachel and Linnea. It was a fun evening of painting and conversation. All the participants did a stellar job with their works of art!

The Leadership Institute 2018 cohort would like to thank Nick Antonakis, Rachel, and Linnea. This event would not have been possible without their support.

Stay tuned for more information on the InteGReatCC M-TEC Open House event on Monday, April 22, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

GRCC Science Talks continue today with ‘Gene Modifications’

A graphic representation of gene modification, featuring colored strands of DNA with a background of gears that vaguely resembles a blueprint.

Gene Modifications: CRISPR

  • Monday, March 25, 2019, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Have you heard of CRISPR? It stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. Promises of cured disease, designer organisms, and dangerous consequences all surround this fascinating topic. The background and origin of the CRISPR technique will be presented along with a brief description of applications and potential difficulties.

Bill Faber is a GRCC chemistry professor who has researched physical and biochemical applications focused on identifying and characterizing larger bio-molecules using spectroscopy.

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

Please email timothyperiard@grcc.edu with any questions.

GRCC Science Talks continue Monday with “Gene Modifications”

A graphic representation of gene modification, featuring colored strands of DNA with a background of gears that vaguely resembles a blueprint.

Gene Modifications: CRISPR

  • Monday, March 25, 2019, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Have you heard of CRISPR? It stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. Promises of cured disease, designer organisms, and dangerous consequences all surround this fascinating topic. The background and origin of the CRISPR technique will be presented along with a brief description of applications and potential difficulties.

Bill Faber is a GRCC chemistry professor who has researched physical and biochemical applications focused on identifying and characterizing larger bio-molecules using spectroscopy.

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

Please email timothyperiard@grcc.edu with any questions.

GRCC professor published in national peer-reviewed journal

Photo of a monarch butterfly perched on a spotted knapweed blossom on the beach.

Dr. Matthew Douglas, Professor of Zoology and Botany at GRCC, has recently published a paper in the Great Lakes Entomologist, a national peer-reviewed journal, that documents the change of nectar-providing plants used by migrating monarch butterflies (from goldenrod to the invasive Star Thistle/Spotted Knapweed) in the Beaver Island Archipelago of northern Lake Michigan. The paper is titled: Use of Spotted Knapweed/Star Thistle (Asterales: Asteraceae) as the Primary Source of Nectar by Early Migrating Monarch Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) from Beaver Island, Michigan.

The paper suggests that as climate change progresses, migrating monarchs may be forced to switch to nectar plants that are blooming at the time of migration in August, even if these plants are invasive. In the Beaver Island Archipelago, the invasive Star Thistle is virtually the only plant that provides enough nectar for a long-enough period by monarch migrating to Mexico by the tens of thousands in mid-August. Such nectar-bearing plants are absolutely vital to the success of migrating monarchs, which take the sugars and convert them enzymatically to fat, which is more efficient to carry in large fat bodies during the migratory flight of over 2,000 miles to their overwintering roosts in Michoacan, Mexico.

And in positive news (per Dr. Douglas), “As a side note, the number of overwintering monarchs in Mexican roosts is nearly 5 times that of recent years, suggesting that there is hope for our rapidly disappearing monarch butterflies.”

Congratulations, Dr. Douglas!

Open Educational Resources (OER) meeting in the Library today

Wouldn’t you know it? Open Education Week was last week! The good news is, we’re still celebrating this week! Drop-in to LRC 123 to hear from Sophia Brewer of the Library and Learning Commons and Meegan Willi of DLIT on how to get started with OER.

Open Educational Resources (OER) at GRCC – Who, What, When, Why, and How to get started!

Wednesday, March 13, from 10-11 a.m.

GRCC professor Paul Krieger to retire, work as author-illustrator

After 28 years of service to GRCC, Paul Krieger, Professor of Biology, will be retiring this year. He has already launched a successful second career as an academic author and illustrator, so his plan is to begin doing that full-time.

Congratulations, Professor Krieger!  Can’t wait to see your books in the stacks!

Open Educational Resources (OER) meetings in the Library this week

Wouldn’t you know it? Open Education Week was last week! The good news is, we’re still celebrating this week! Drop-in to LRC 123 to hear from Sophia Brewer of the Library and Learning Commons and Meegan Willi of DLIT on how to get started with OER.

Open Educational Resources (OER) at GRCC – Who, What, When, Why, and How to get started!

Two meeting time options:

  • Tuesday, March 12, from 3-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 13, from 10-11 a.m.

Upgrade to Windows 10

Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 7 beginning in January 2020. In order to avoid compromising the security of our Windows 7 computers, we ask that all users currently running Windows 7 migrate to Windows 10 before support ends.

To request your computer to be upgraded, please submit a Service Request or call the IT Support Desk. An IT technician will follow-up and schedule a time to begin the migration process. During the migration process, an IT technician will ensure your data, including web browser bookmarks, is backed up and put back in place. The migration process takes approximately 3-4 hours, and you do not need to be present during the migration unless you have special requests for the technician when they arrive.

If you have questions, contact the IT Support Desk at 234-4357.

G Suite Tip – Accessing your archived emails after the transition to G Suite

Wouldn’t it be great if you had access to all of your emails, all of the time? How about if they didn’t automatically delete after 6 months? If you’re thinking “YES!” then you’re going to love Gmail.

After the switch to Gmail, you will no longer need to navigate away from your inbox to find old mail. Unless deleted, your mail will remain in Gmail indefinitely. As a best practice, we recommend labeling the mail you want to hang on to, and using the “archive” button. Once archived, your mail will always be available from the “All Mail” folder, or by simply using the search box at the top of your Gmail inbox.

To test this feature out, try logging in to the “pilot” environment to familiarize yourself with the features and layout of Gmail.

“What’s going to happen to our old email in Retain?”

Retain will be available after we migrate to G Suite. This means that up to the day Gmail officially goes live, emails and calendar items will be backed up in Retain and held in the archival system for you to access, if necessary.

For more tips on managing your inbox, see the G Suite Learning Center’s guide on Organizing your inbox.

The IT Support Desk has also compiled a handful of tips regarding the transition to Gmail. If you ever feel stuck, take a look in our knowledge base over at supportdesk.grcc.edu; we have a section dedicated to G Suite related topics.

If you have difficulties logging into your pilot account, please contact the GRCC IT Support Desk at (616) 234-4357.

Disclaimer:

The G Suite Pilot accounts are only for testing and training purposes. Any content migrated from GroupWise to pilot for testing and training purposes will not be moved to the production G Suite environment.

Upcoming professional development opportunities

Sign up online for the following staff development learning opportunities! There’s a spot with your name on it for these upcoming sessions! There are several interesting topics, with multiple opportunities to expand your understanding and grow personally and professionally!

Tuesday, March 12: Signs of Marijuana Use

  • 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.

Friday, March 22: Label Reading

  • Knowing what you’re putting in your body starts with being able to decipher the labels. We’ll look at which categories are of the most importance. We will also examine the front labels on foods and what they mean – Organic? Non-GMO? Natural?

Tuesday, March 26: Strengths Finder

  • This session will use the StrengthsFinder assessment to determine your top five strengths. We will use this tool to discuss how to understand your strengths and how they interact with others’ strengths. Using this information, you can improve your connections with your co-workers, peers, and on teams.NOTE: You will receive instructions and will need to take the assessment prior to the session.

Friday, March 29: Fitness can be NEAT

  • Studies show that families who find ways to be active together are healthier and more engaged. Learn ways to keep your kids and family members involved and active. Be ready to play and have fun as a group. You will leave with a handout of ideas and games that will be engaging for all ages.

Friday, April 5: Eating for Energy

  • Do you feel sluggish or tired throughout the day? So you want to feel more energetic without having to rely on caffeine or sugar? Learn how to eat to maximize your energy and keep yourself awake and fresh throughout the day. This class will teach your which foods to eat, and which to avoid.

Wednesday, April 10: Coaching Skills for Managers

  • 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.

Wednesday, April 17: GRCC Purchasing Policy

  • The Purchasing Department at GRCC serves the needs of the college for all purchases in excess of $1,000. 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.

Friday, April 19: Game Play as a Family

  • Studies show that families who find ways to be active together are healthier and more engaged. Learn ways to keep your kids and family members involved and active. Be ready to play and have fun as a group. You will leave with a handout of ideas and games that will be engaging for all ages.

Wednesday, May 15: Non-Verbal Communication

  • In our daily communication, we are constantly sending and receiving messages. Experts at UCLE report that 93% of our communication is non-verbal. Some would argue that this is extremely high, but when you consider how much meaning we transmit just with our physical appearance and actions, it is probably pretty accurate. People communicate with more than words. Other means of communication include movement, posture, gestures, eye contact, facial expressions, tone of voice, and use of space and time.

Thursday & Friday, May 30 & 31: Basic Life Support & CPR certification

  • THIS IS A TWO PART COURSE. PARTICIPANTS MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING BOTH PARTS! This hands-on skills training prepares you to respond to breathing and cardiac emergencies. It also teaches the skills and knowledge needed to provide care for victims of sudden cardiac arrest through the safe use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). The class can teach Adult CPR/AED, Child CPR/AED, and/or Infant CPR/AED.

 

Final day for Emeritus Faculty nominations

Reminder: Today is the final day to submit any nominations for the 2019 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.”