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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 ( 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 (

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.

FUNderwear Run for Gilda’s Club

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The 2014 Laughfest FUNderwear Run – the only time you can run in your underwear on campus!
Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Faculty Association is sponsoring a team to participate in the FUNderwear Run to raise money in support of Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids.  Run, walk, or jog – this is your opportunity to get a little exercise at the end of our mid-semester break, show your support for a great cause, AND show off your underwear!  Participants are invited to wear their finest underthings – over your running clothes, please.

The entry fee for the first 24 faculty to sign up with our team will be covered by the Faculty Association!

Where: 5K route starts at the GRCC Fieldhouse
When: Sunday, March 9 – run begins at 10a.m.
Fee: Free to the first 24 faculty to sign up – otherwise $25 per person
How to Register:  Scroll down to the link for the Offline Registration form below

FUNderwear Run Offline Registration Form 2014
Print out and complete the registration form and send it to Katie Vander Meer (  Registration forms must be received by Monday, February 17 so they can be sent in as a group and have the registration fee paid.

Not up for a run?  You can still participate!
The Faculty Association is also hosting a fundraiser supporting this event.  If you’d like to make a donation, please visit

All proceeds go to Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids, a free cancer, grief, and emotional health support community of children, adults, families and friends.

The New Contract…

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…is in the final proofreading stages!  Thanks go out to everyone doing the hard work of checking over all the details to make sure that everything is accurate.

Meanwhile, you can reference a variety of bits and pieces – tentative agreements and memos of understanding (MOUs) are available in the Contract section under the Member Resources menu.

Faculty Council Meeting 12/6/13

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Minutes for the Faculty Council Meeting held on Dec. 6 are now available under the Member Resources menu at the top of the page.  Important information about some new Memos of Understanding and other topics included!

Upcoming Faculty Association Meeting

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Happy 2014 Everyone!

The first GRCC Faculty Association Meeting of the new year will take place on Friday, January 10 at 10am in the Recital Hall on the second floor of the Music Building.  As usual, coffee and donuts will be provided to tempt us away from our New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier and lose weight!  The meeting agenda can be found under the Member Resources tab above.

You should also note that January 10 is designated as a faculty preparation day and there should be no required administrative meetings scheduled.

For Faculty Council members, the first meeting of the year is scheduled for Friday, January 17.

New Meeting Minutes

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Minutes from the latest Faculty Council meeting held on November 22 are now available under the Member Resources tab.

College service opportunity for faculty – the Provost has indicated that she is open to faculty serving on the Deans Council.  If you are interested, please contact Fred van Hartesveldt or Provost Gilda Gely!

Coalition for Secure Retirement – New Link

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The Faculty Association is a member of the Coalition for Secure Retirement and our own President, Fred van Hartesveldt is an officer of the group.  The Coalition is an organization of groups that represent both active and retired state and school employees in Michigan.

The CSR provides services such as pension workshops, monitoring of retirement legislation, quarterly reports and action alerts to member groups, press releases in response to legislation, and outreach to legislators and state officials.

You can find the link to the CSR website under the Member Resources menu at the top of this page.

Faculty Spotlight – Matt Douglas

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Matt Douglas is a Professor in the Biological Sciences department at GRCC and also consults for many other institutions, including the John Ball Park Zoological Society and Frederick Meijer Garden.  He focuses on butterflies, moths, and other insects, especially the Monarch butterflies we know so well here in Michigan.

Matt has traveled extensively throughout the Americas, numerous islands, Europe and Africa (specifically Tanzania) and is driven by his zeal to see new lands, meet new peoples, and observe butterflies and moths.  Though the study of Monarch butterfly migration has been Matt’s specialty, he also travels to see the world and enjoy the company of many current and former students from GRCC’s biodiversity classes, Biology 153 and 154.

We all have a great opportunity to see some of Matt’s adventures tomorrow (yes, tomorrow!), Monday, November 18 from 2-3pm in 333 Calkins where Matt will present a feast of information and images from his travels to Costa Rica, Panama, and Tanzania – butterflies and giraffes and elephants, oh my!