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More than 35 colleges to take part in Transfer Fair on Oct. 25

More than 35 colleges and universities are participating in this year’s Transfer Fair, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. October 25 in the Student Center’s Student Lounge (room 201).

During the fair, you can

  • Learn about transfer requirements.
  • Pick up catalogs and other information.
  • Meet with representatives from colleges and universities.

GRCC Transfer Fair October 25

GRCC Transfer Fair: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 301 (Student Lounge)

Over 35 schools attending!  Start Here/Transfer There

  • Learn about transfer requirements
  • Obtain catalogs and other transfer resources
  • Meet with College/University representatives

 

Sponsored by:  Counseling, Advising & Retention Services

 

Free workshops cover online learning, procrastination, Google searches

GRCC will host a series of free workshops this semester, covering topics related to personal development, academic skills, career planning and emotional well-being. All workshops are offered on a drop-in basis — no advance signup is needed. Questions? Call (616) 234-3900 for additional information.

The workshops being offered in October are:

  • Is Online Right for Me? — Get an overview of how online learning works and what skills students need to be successful; noon to 1 p.m. October 4 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Stress Management and Relaxation — Everyone feels stress occasionally, but it doesn’t have to take over; 2:30-3:30 p.m. October 5 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Question, Persuade and Refer — Suicide is a real issue in our country. Learn about common risk factors and how you can help connect people who are struggling with help; 11 a.m. to noon October 10 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Building Healthier Relationships — Learn ways to strengthen your relationships with family, friends and co-workers; 1:30-2:30 p.m. October 12 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Overcoming Procrastination — Learn how to break the habit of procrastination and accomplish your goals; 5-6 p.m. October 12 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Getting More Out of Google — Get better Google search results and learn when to combine library databases with Google Scholar; 6-7 p.m. October 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m. October 17, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. October 18 or 2:45-3:45 p.m. October 18, all in room 206 of the library.
  • Business Networking — Learn how to enhance your career through business networking from Financial Aid Office staff; 12:30-1:30 p.m. October 16 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Career Planning Basics — Learn the basics of choosing a major and planning for a career; 1:30-2:30 p.m. October 17 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Nontraditional Career Opportunities — Crossing gender stereotypes through career opportunities; 1-2 p.m. October 18 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • eRacism: Increasing Your Racial Intelligence — Learn strategies for overcoming your biases and prejudices; noon to 1 p.m. October 26 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Career Assessment — Sort through options and capture what truly matters to you as you weigh your skills and interests toward a meaningful career pathway; 1:30-3 p.m. October 26 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Financial Aid Facts — Learn all about grants, loans and scholarships from a GRCC financial aid expert; 2-3 p.m. October 30 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Effects of Alcohol and Marijuana — Learn strategies for decreasing or eliminating your use of alcohol or marijuana; 3-4 p.m. October 31 in room 336 of the Student Center.

Free workshops cover suicide prevention, note-taking, budgeting

GRCC will host a series of free workshops this semester, covering topics related to personal development, academic skills, career planning and emotional well-being. All workshops are offered on a drop-in basis — no advance signup is needed. Questions? Call (616) 234-3900 for additional information.

The workshops being offered in September are:

  • Question, Persuade and Refer — Suicide is a real issue in our country. Learn about common risk factors and how you can help connect people who are struggling with help; 11 a.m. to noon September 5 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Effective Note Taking — Learn note-taking techniques to get the most out of your classes; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. September 19 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Budgeting — Get important budgeting tips from GRCC’s Financial Aid Office; 12:30-1:30 p.m. September 20 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Depression: Overcoming Sadness and Disappointment — Learn productive ways to express sadness, overcome hurt and live a happier life; 1:30-2:30 p.m. September 21 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Managing Anxiety: Strategies for In and Out of the Classroom — Learn the causes and symptoms of anxiety and coping strategies; 1:30-2:30 p.m. September 27 in room 336 of the Student Center.
  • Thriving in the Face of Racism — This workshop is designed to empower African American students with the life skills and coping strategies necessary to overcome racism and accomplish their life goals; noon to 1 p.m. September 28 in room 336 of the Student Center.

GRCC names recipients of 2017 Excellence in Education Awards

GRCC is honoring three employees who have gone above and beyond in making meaningful connections with their students.

The Excellence in Education Awards were established in 1989 to honor GRCC employees — all of whom are nominated by their peers — for their contributions to the college, higher education and the community. Lynnae Selberg, an assistant professor and director of the Counseling and Career Center, received the faculty award. Lorena Aguayo-Márquez, program assistant for Academic Outreach, received the staff award, and Tom Mulder, in the English department, was honored with the adjunct award.

“The Excellence in Education Awards carry special meaning because the recipients are chosen by their peers,” said President Bill Pink. “The work done by Lynnae, Tom and Lorena has made a very real difference in the lives of so many students.”

Lynnae Selberg
Lynnae Selberg

Selberg developed GRCC’s CLS 100: First Year Experience course, a class that all students must take in their first semester that gives them the academic tools they will need to be successful in higher education. In addition to teaching sections of CLS 100, she teaches final exam preparation workshops and academic success workshops — which help students on academic probation or who are returning from academic suspension. She works with GRCC’s Honors Program and is the academic advisor for Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She serves on numerous committees and advisory boards — on and off campus — and works directly with Grand Valley State and Ferris State universities to ensure a successful transfer experience for GRCC students.

“Those who work with her know that Lynnae is not just a colleague: She is an educator, advocate, mentor and leader,” Pink said. “When we ask for volunteers to staff a student event —  whether it’s Welcome Week, information stations, GradFest or open houses — she is one of the first to step up.”

Lorena Aguayo-Márquez
Lorena Aguayo-Márquez

Aguayo-Márquez’s work in Academic Outreach has connected her with high school and middle school students, adult learners and those who struggle with English. She plays crucial roles in GRCC’s Adult Education program; the Cruisin’ to College Success Summer Learning Academy for Grand Rapids Public Schools sophomores and juniors; on- and off-campus ESL programs, including integrated courses such as the ESL/CNC Machining and ESL/Certified Nursing Assistant programs; construction, manufacturing and woodworking summer camps for sixth- through ninth-graders; and NIA – Women with Purpose, a group for female African American students.

“Lorena brings GRCC into churches, grocery stores, block parties and festivals,” Pink said. “She gives people who have never considered college the encouragement, practical help and inspiration they need for success.”

Tom Mulder
Tom Mulder

Mulder, a retired high school English teacher, has the gift of connecting with students of all abilities. He has played a key role in creating writing courses for students who plan careers in research, health care or social sciences. Students in the Grand Rapids Past and Future course that he created explore the city as they connect their writing to the idea of community.

“Tom, a voracious reader and lifelong learner, leads his students by example,” Pink said. “His students leave his classroom as critical thinkers and readers — ready for the next challenge.”