The Winter 2014 semester has kicked into high gear and many of the programs, services, and resources within academics and student affairs have plenty to offer. Please read and share the information below to help you and your students.
On Saturday, February 22, Admissions & Enrollment will host a Spring Open House for prospective students. This is the first time an open house has been coordinated during the winter semester. We typically offer one each fall that attracts between 300-400 students. For this open house we have sent invitations to over 12,000 prospective students that will be graduating from high school this spring. The event will include presentations on admissions, financial aid, and academic advising, and we will offer an exhibition hall that will feature many of our academic programs. We have received a great response from academic departments that will be participating to promote their programs and recruit new students. Contact Admissions at 234-4101 if you would like more information or to participate in the event.
Department of Experiential Learning
The Annual Honors Program Open House is scheduled for Thursday, February 20th from 6:00-8:00pm in Sneden Hall Room 108. The purpose of the Open House is to provide basic information about the program for both incoming freshmen and current GRCC students. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet Honors faculty, Honors students as well as representatives from Counseling and Career Center and Financial Aid. We encourage all faculty to attend and to invite students who they feel may benefit from participating in the Honors Program. Participants must RSVP at this link: https://www.grcc.edu/departmentofexperientiallearning/honorsprogramopenhouse
Center for Teaching Excellence
As Winter 2014 rolls on, there is still space available in many of the professional development workshops offered by the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). In 2013-2014, CTE workshop attendance has already surpassed 700, and CTE and Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies (DLIT) faculty and staff have completed over 100 one-on-one consultations. A wide variety of offerings are available, covering topics such as Classroom Assessment Techniques, Blackboard skills, Universal Design for Learning, and various aspects of the Faculty Evaluation System. The sessions are offered at a variety of times, including evening tracks on both pedagogy and Blackboard. You can see a full calendar of events at www.grcc.edu/CTEcalendar and can register for sessions at www.grcc.edu/CTEreg . If you have questions or need assistance with registration, email the CTE at CTE@grcc.edu or call 234-2278.
Social Science: Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference
The Social Sciences Department will host their annual Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Conference March 10th through March 20th. This year’s conference will span two weeks and include speakers from GRCC faculty and from the community. The event is being sponsored by GRCC Social Sciences Department, the International Geographical Honor Society, and GRCC.
For a complete listing of events, including dates, times, and locations, please visit http://grcc.edu/socialsciences/2014raceethnicityandidentityconference
Financial Aid Information
A newly published guide titled ‘Paying for College’ was created by Nan Schichtel with assistance from Paul Doane and can be viewed at http://subjectguides.grcc.edu/content.php?pid=564081. The link can be copied into Blackboard or added to department advising pages.
The A (Academic & Student Affairs) Side of Information Technology
Here’s how I.T. is supporting faculty, staff, and students:
GRCC Information Technology on Facebook
- Like I.T. on Facebook to receive alerts, tip and tricks, upcoming I.T. events, pictures/video and more. Go to www.facebook.com/grccit
Technology Open House
- Information Technologies is hosting a Technology open house February 20th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm in Senden Hall, room 130. You can stop in and talk to the people that help you on the phone with your technology problems, or sit in on one a session about, security, blackboard, multimedia system, computer and accessory discount web site, Fusemail (spam filter) or Application Explorer(self serves software). See the new generation of classroom and staff equipment. DLIT and Open Lab staff will also be available. Door prize every 30 minutes.
Extended Service Hours
- The “Customer Support Department” is available for extended hours of support. They are staffing the phone Mondays through Fridays twenty-four hours a day and Saturdays and Sundays 2:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
I.T. is on the Move
- If you come to see I.T. starting the week of February 24th, you may have to look a little harder. The I.T. department is moving out for three weeks due to renovations. The Customer Support Department will be moving across the hall to room 118 and the rest of the department will be in the Laningga House. Please call the helpdesk if you are unsure where someone is, 616-234-HELP(4357).
HelpDesk on Location:
- If you missed them, I.T. will be back. In an attempt to better service our customers, the I.T. Customer Support Department has started a HelpDesk on Location project. For the next few months, I.T. will have a table on the 4th floor main on Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to make it more convenient for you to stop and get help with your technology.