Month: February 2014

FUNderwear Donations on the Rise!

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So far, donations made to the FUNderwear Run for Gilda’s Club in the name of the GRCC Faculty Association have reached about $1400!  This is more than a quarter of the total donation amount made so far for this event, so let’s keep it going and really show the Grand Rapids community that GRCC faculty cares about this cause.

You can donate any time up to the actual event on Sunday, March 9.  To make a donation, click HERE!

Going to be downtown on Sunday, March 9?  Stop by and support the GRCC Faculty Association team!  The FUNderwear Run sets off from the GRCC Fieldhouse at 10am. Come see what people look like with their underwear on the outside!

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Faculty Council Minutes – 2/14/14

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Minutes from the Valentine’s Day meeting of the Faculty Council are available under the Member Resources link!

Highlights include:

  • Resolution of the grievance regarding evaluation of non-classroom faculty
  • Discussion of the new evaluation system and how it’s working – concerns over faculty evaluating peers
  • Release of information from the IRS regarding calculation of adjunct hours for health care considerations

GRCC Faculty Receives Statewide Recognition

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GRCC has received word that Melanie Schiele-Gady in the Wellness Department has received the Michigan Campus Compact Faculty/Staff Community Service Learning Award!  This award is given every two years to an individual who makes the most outstanding contribution to  service learning and community service.

Melanie incorporates service learning into her wellness classes by having students work with Grand Rapids elementary schools to generate a curriculum promoting healthy living.  Melanie’s program came in second in the 2013 Armen Awards competition and you can see a video about her program here.

Congratulations to Melanie on this great achievement!

FUNderwear Run for Gilda’s Club – It’s Not Too Late to Participate!

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So far we have 14 confirmed participants on the Faculty Association Team for the FUNderwear Run on March 9, so there are 10 spots left if you wish to join and have your entry fee paid by the Association.  Actually, there are less than 10 spots – I’m told that there are a couple of folks planning to join that have not completed their registrations yet.

Now’s your chance to sign up and join the fun!  To register, fill out the offline registration form (FUNderwear Run Offline Registration Form 2014) and send it to Katie Vander Meer (kvandermeer@grcc.edu) no later than next Wednesday, February 26.

If you don’t feel like a run (or leisurely stroll) through downtown GR in March is the thing for you, please consider making a donation in the name of the Faculty Association.  Right now we’re at a total of $765 and Gilda’s Club says we are one of their top donors so far – let’s keep that going!

To make a donation, either click HERE to contribute online or send a check made out to Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids to Katie Vander Meer in the Computer Information Systems Department.  Donations will continue to be accepted after the registration deadline.

Sign up or contribute today!

Reading is FUNdamental!

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I’ve probably committed copyright infringement with this post title (apologies to the actual RIF organization), but it’s been a long week and my creative title-writing skills are at a low ebb.

Volunteers are needed to proofread the new contract!  Both full time and adjunct faculty can help out with this project, and the more that volunteer, the faster it will get done, and the sooner the rest of us will be able to see it.  Let’s not have this go on until it’s time for the next round of negotiations.

So if you have a couple of hours to spare, please consider giving some time to the proofreading project.  If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Lyttron Burris (lburris@grcc.edu).

Just a Minute…

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Minutes for the most recent Faculty Association and Faculty Council meetings are now available under the Member Resources link.  Plenty of good information to be had – insurance, leadership, and more!

The next Faculty Association meeting is scheduled for Friday, May 2, 2014 – time and location TBA.

Food for Thought

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We all know that GRCC, like many community colleges, has a large population of adjunct instructors and that adjuncts often do not receive the same benefits as full-time instructors.

Here are a couple of recent articles regarding adjuncts in higher education for your consideration.  Should adjuncts be paid more?  What benefits, if any, should adjuncts receive from their employers?  Thoughts to ponder…

http://www.npr.org/2013/09/22/224946206/adjunct-professor-dies-destitute-then-sparks-debate

http://www.npr.org/2014/02/03/268427156/part-time-professors-demand-higher-pay-will-colleges-listen