Happy Thanksgiving Week! It’s hard to believe that we are so close to the end of the Fall semester. I hope it has been a very successful semester for you and your students.
The Provost Office has moved to the second floor of the Administration Building on the DeVos Campus. Debbie, Art and I are getting settled in our new space. Please do stop in and visit when you get a chance.
The search process for the new Provost is going very well. The search team identified three finalists who will each be holding an open forum in the first week of December. Each forum is scheduled from 3:15-4:15 p.m. on the following days:
- Tuesday, December 2 – Dr. Tony Hawkins
- Thursday, December 4 – Dr. Laurie Chesley
- Friday, December 5 – Dr. Bill Pink
Please plan to attend if your schedule allows. Feedback on the candidates will be solicited from those who attend. As of today, the location has not been identified – watch your email and/or GRCC Today for that information.
The Campus Climate Study has been completed and the results were presented a couple of weeks ago. I hope you had a chance to attend one of the sessions. If not, the final report and a video of the presentation are available at http://grcc.edu/equityaffairsoffice/campusclimatestudy There are several opportunities for you to share your ideas about strategies to be considered as we move forward. The intent is to draft 2-3 goals that will help GRCC become a more inclusive culture. These discussions will be held on January 22 (9:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.) and on January 26 (11:30 a.m. and 2:00p.m.). Each session will last for 1.5 hours and they are being held in 120 ATC. Please do your best to attend one of these sessions.
I hope you’ve had a chance to be part of the 100 Year Celebration over this semester. The President Carter lecture, the Gala, and the Open Door play were each inspiring events. I feel very proud and grateful to be part of GRCC’s history. Please continue to participate in the 100 ways of giving opportunities. You can find details at http://www.grcc.edu/100th/volunteer
Mark your calendars! On January 8, 2015 we will kick off the Winter semester with our annual Faculty Learning Day. This year’s event embraces GRCC’s 100-year motto of “great past, bright future” by highlighting “TED style” faculty presentations. These presentations will provide approaches to “traditional” teaching issues and innovative, new teaching practices. The event will once again be held at Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, and will include poster sessions and a resource fair, in addition to the presentations. The presentations will feature a mix of technology-focused topics such as classroom flipping and back channeling, and “non-tech” topics such as planning an effective first day and engaging introverted students. It should be a great day filled with teaching strategies all faculty can use!
Could you use a period of reflection and renewal while exploring new ideas and opportunities that reaffirm your passion for your discipline and contribute to the Mission of the College? If so, consider applying for a sabbatical. The deadline for applications is March 12, 2015 and additional information, including guidelines, application and rubric can be found at http://www.grcc.edu/sabbatical
I continue to be very grateful to each of you for the dedication you have to our students’ learning and success. The items that follow highlight some of the great work that has been accomplished over this semester.
Have a very happy, relaxing Thanksgiving break.