GRCC In the News, 12-2-16

Posted December 2, 2016 by grcctoday
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Community colleges could more easily expand their tax districts under proposed legislation

Dec. 2, 2016; MLive

Ottawa County has plenty to brag about: Strong population growth, low unemployment and miles of Lake Michigan shoreline that residents from throughout Michigan and beyond flock to each summer.

… Grand Rapids Community College and Muskegon Community College have campuses in Ottawa, but students there pay a higher out-of-district tuition rate, because the county is outside each college’s tax collection district. The higher rate can put a financial squeeze on cash-strapped students and keep some from enrolling altogether, college officials say.

Former Haslett, Ferris player Lampman a special-teams ace for Saints

Dec. 2, 2016; USA Today

Almost every possible roadblock has gotten in the way of Jake Lampman while he has pursued his dream of playing in the NFL.

… (Tony) Annese joined the Bulldogs after leading the now-defunct Grand Rapids Community College football team to a 30-4 record in three seasons.

Inside the Game: Saints vs. Lions Connections

Dec. 1, 2016; neworleanssaint.com

… Saints Wide Receivers Coach John Morton played at Grand Rapids Community College and then played at Western Michigan from 1991- 92.

College Channel programming through Dec. 9

Posted December 2, 2016 by grcctoday
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The latest schedule, through Dec. 9, for the College Channel includes the board of trustees’ presidential selection meeting.

Important 2016 year-end payroll information

Posted December 2, 2016 by grcctoday
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2016 W-2 Availability

  •  Electronic W-2’s will be made available to employees who have given consent by January 17, 2017
  • Paper W-2’s will be mailed to employees who have not given consent to receive them electronically on January 31, 2017. Paper W-2’s will not be available for pick up in Human Resources.

 Verify Your Personal Information

Update your Tax Withholding Forms

  • Complete new city tax form(s) if you moved in or out of the cities of Grand Rapids or Walker.
  • New 2017 tax forms should be completed if your filing status or exemption allowances have changed.
  • If you are currently claiming exempt, to not have any withholding for Federal or State taxes, you are required to complete a new 2017 W-4 no later than February 1, 2017.
  • 2017 tax forms will be available in January on the payroll web page at http://www.grcc.edu/humanresources/payroll/forms

Print a copy of your December 30, 2016 pay stub with year to date information

  • If you would like a copy of your last 2016 pay stub with year to date information, please be sure to print it no later than Thursday, January 5, 2017. Year to date information will only be available on your last pay stub of 2016, until we process the first check of 2017.

 1095-C Tax Form

  • All benefited employees will receive a tax form 1095-C from Next Generation Enrollment (NGE) in the mail. The form contains information regarding Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage that you may need to report as part of your 2016 tax return.

For Informational Purposes Only

  •  The 2017 Social Security tax rate is schedule to remain 6.2%, and the Medicare tax rate remains 1.45%.
  • The 2017 social security wage base will increase to $127,200.00.
  • The 2017 limitation for elective deferrals under a 403(b) or 457(b) will remain at $18,000 and the additional catch up provision for individuals age 50 and over will remain $6,000.00

GRCC In the News, 12-1-16

Posted December 1, 2016 by grcctoday
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Tourism exec wins national award

Nov. 30, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A tourism exec in town is considered one of the top twenty-something professionals in the country by an industry association.

… (Nichole) Steele is also an employee of The Mitten Brewing Co., and she will begin a role as an adjunct professor at Grand Rapids Community College in January, teaching craft brewery taproom management.

Holiday breakfast reminder

Posted December 1, 2016 by grcctoday
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Our annual holiday breakfast is fast approaching on Friday, Dec. 16, from 7:30-9 a.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse! Please be sure to accept the appointment if you plan to attend – no ticket purchase required.

Important 2016 year-end payroll information

Posted December 1, 2016 by grcctoday
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2016 W-2 Availability

  •  Electronic W-2’s will be made available to employees who have given consent by January 17, 2017
  • Paper W-2’s will be mailed to employees who have not given consent to receive them electronically on January 31, 2017. Paper W-2’s will not be available for pick up in Human Resources.

 Verify Your Personal Information

Update your Tax Withholding Forms

  • Complete new city tax form(s) if you moved in or out of the cities of Grand Rapids or Walker.
  • New 2017 tax forms should be completed if your filing status or exemption allowances have changed.
  • If you are currently claiming exempt, to not have any withholding for Federal or State taxes, you are required to complete a new 2017 W-4 no later than February 1, 2017.
  • 2017 tax forms will be available in January on the payroll web page at http://www.grcc.edu/humanresources/payroll/forms

Print a copy of your December 30, 2016 pay stub with year to date information

  • If you would like a copy of your last 2016 pay stub with year to date information, please be sure to print it no later than Thursday, January 5, 2017. Year to date information will only be available on your last pay stub of 2016, until we process the first check of 2017.

 1095-C Tax Form

  • All benefited employees will receive a tax form 1095-C from Next Generation Enrollment (NGE) in the mail. The form contains information regarding Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage that you may need to report as part of your 2016 tax return.

For Informational Purposes Only

  •  The 2017 Social Security tax rate is schedule to remain 6.2%, and the Medicare tax rate remains 1.45%.
  • The 2017 social security wage base will increase to $127,200.00.
  • The 2017 limitation for elective deferrals under a 403(b) or 457(b) will remain at $18,000 and the additional catch up provision for individuals age 50 and over will remain $6,000.00

GRCC In the News, 11-30-16

Posted November 30, 2016 by grcctoday
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Labor Department awards $6 million to GRCC for health care programs

Nov. 28, 2016; The Peninsula

Grand Rapids Community College has received a massive boost for its efforts in health care education, to the tune of a $6 million federal grant from the U.S. Labor Department.

Maintenance scheduled for PeopleSoft

Posted November 30, 2016 by grcctoday
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We are applying required year end maintenance to PeopleSoft Student and HR on Saturday. We are also upgrading PeopleSoft Financials which will start on Thursday evening. Please see the details below for outage windows.

PeopleSoft Maintenance on Saturday

PeopleSoft Human Resources (HRPROD) will be down on Saturday, December 3rd from 8:00 AM until noon for required year end maintenance. PeopleSoft Student (CS9PROD) including the Online Center, will be down on Saturday, December 3rd from 12:30 PM until 3:30 PM for required year end maintenance. During this time employees will not be able to view their pay advice.

FSPROD Upgrade Begins Thursday, December 1st at 5 PM

IT will be upgrading the PeopleSoft Financials system – FSPROD – to version 9.2 beginning Thursday, December 1st at 5:00 PM.  FSPROD will be unavailable to its users until 8:00 AM Monday, December 5th.

GRCC Players’ ‘Somewhere In Between’ runs Dec. 1-3

Posted November 30, 2016 by grcctoday
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The GRCC Players will present Craig Pospisil’s “Somewhere In Between” at 8 p.m. Dec. 1 to 3.

Attention GRCC Staff: Call ext. 3946 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, or Friday, Dec. 2, and get two tickets to the production. GRCC staff tickets are $10 — mention seeing this “ad” in GRCC Today and get our BOGO offer: TWO tickets for just $10. You can purchase them over the phone with Visa/MC, or you can purchase with cash or check at the door.

Somewhere In Between by Craig Pospisil. Dec. 1-3, 2016, at 8 p.m. Spectrum Theater. For tickets and information, call (616) 234-3946. www.grcc.edu/theater. GRCC.

Student Bethany Austhof to lead Mathematics Seminar

Posted November 30, 2016 by grcctoday
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The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, December 7, 3:00-4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our speaker, GRCC mathematics student Bethany Austhof, will discuss the relationship between Calculus and Statistics.  Her title and abstract are below.

While Statistics can be successfully studied and applied at a pre-Calculus level, a better understanding of many fundamental concepts and processes hinges on ideas from Calculus.  Bethany’s talk will provide some historical background that will accessible to anyone, so if you know a bit of statistics and not much Calculus, consider this to be an opportunity to learn more!  As always, everyone is welcome to our mathematics seminars.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

Probability: Curves Inspired by the Cosmos

In this seminar, we will look at the applications of Calculus in the field of Statistics. Topics of discussion will include how we can derive exact probabilities using integration techniques, how to  determine the mean of a continuous random variable using the center of mass formula, and a look at the derivation of the normal curve distribution function.

Psi Beta collects items for aid organizations

Posted November 30, 2016 by grcctoday
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Members of the GRCC chapter of Psi Beta, a national psychology honor society for community colleges, collected hundreds of items for individuals in need. This is the third year that this group has organized the collection. This year the donations went to The Pantry, an organization that provides holistic aid to neighbors in need and GRCC’s food pantry, which is designed to meet the immediate food needs of students and their families.

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Volunteers needed for Stress Buster

Posted November 30, 2016 by grcctoday
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The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is seeking your participation in this year’s Stress Buster, happening on Dec. 7 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Raider Grille. CAB needs volunteers to staff the registration table, manage the food line, and help monitor and coordinate the different games and activities. If you would like to participate, please click here to your name to the volunteer form. If your schedule allows, feel free to sign up for more than one shift! Without your help, we could not pull off these events for our students!

If you have any questions, please contact Kaylee Wolff, Campus Activities Board advisor, by phone at 616-234-2477 or by email at KayleeWolff@grcc.edu

Have a great day, and thank you for your consideration and continued commitment to our students!

GRCC In the News, 11-29-16

Posted November 29, 2016 by grcctoday
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“News at 11 p.m.”

Nov. 28, 2016; FOX 17

A violent day at Ohio State University … Three words we’ve been hearing all day: “Run, hide, fight.” It’s the protocol to take during an active shooter or attacker emergency.

… (Calvin College) students and staff automatically have their emails plugged into the system … Bill Corner with Calvin College public safety says Grand Valley and GRCC both use the Rave emergency notification system.

Combing through pollinator planning

Nov. 28, 2016; Morning Ag Clips

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In response to concerns about pollinator health, Michigan agencies and legislators are gearing up with big plans and programs for pollinators in our state. Given their importance to our agricultural economy and natural lands, Michigan is taking part in the nationwide movement to protect the insects that pollinate our fruits, vegetables and native plants. In this article we outline, explain and provide updates on the different pollinator plans in Michigan (as of the end of 2016), providing links for more resources and ways you can get involved and receive updates as these plans progress.

… MDNR, along with numerous partners, hosted a Monarch and Wild Pollinator Summit in September 2016. The goals of the summit were to gather key conservation partners from across the state to initiate development of a statewide strategy to conserve habitat for the Monarch butterfly and wild pollinators, and develop a collaborative initiative to attract people and resources to help conserve habitat for monarchs and wild pollinators. A steering committee was created to help develop and organize this Summit that included the following organizations: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, USDANatural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Bureau, National Wildlife Federation, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan State University Extension, MSU Entomology Department, Michigan Pollinator Initiative and Grand Rapids Community College. The steering committee invited a diverse group of organizations to attend the summit, which included 32 different organizations.

SLT discusses college action projects at November meeting

Posted November 29, 2016 by grcctoday
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The Strategic Leadership Team held its November meeting on Nov. 18. The purpose of this team is to guide the development and ongoing implementation of the GRCC Strategic Plan, review benchmarking data, study budget realities and offer recommendations to the president. Our team is 80 members strong!  Membership on the SLT team is by president or provost appointment, but any GRCC faculty or staff member is invited to attend a meeting as a guest.  If you would like to attend our Jan.20 meeting, please contact Donna Kragt at dkragt@grcc.edu.

On Nov. 18, we heard exciting progress reports from three college action projects: Implement the Women Empowering Leadership and Learning (WELL) program (CAP 1.3.5), Increase the readiness of students taking on-line courses (CAP 1.2.3), and Implement the First Scholars Project (CAP 1.2.5)

In addition, the Team discussed four articles regarding innovative practices in the community college recently published by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The agenda and supporting documents from Friday’s meeting can be found at: http://www.grcc.edu/institutionalresearchandplanning/strategicplanning/strategicleadershipteam/teammeetings/20162017

Donations for student food pantry at Holiday Breakfast

Posted November 29, 2016 by grcctoday
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If you’re able, please bring non-perishable food items to our Holiday Breakfast to donate to our food pantry for students. In the spirit of giving, let us do our part to ensure the shelves of our pantry are well stocked! Here is a list of needed items (* indicates high demand items):

Protein

  • Cans of tuna*
  • Cans of chicken*
  • Canned stew
  • Canned chili
  • Hash
  • Pork and beans
  • Soups
  • Spaghetti sauce*
  • Kidney beans
  • Peanut butter*

Breakfast

  • Boxes of cereal
  • Instant oatmeal (individual packets)*
  • Cereal bars*
  • Pancake mix
  • Syrup
  • Muffin mix

Canned vegetables

  • Beans
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Tomatoes
  • Corn*
  • Instant potatoes

On the go/snacks

  • Tortilla chips
  • Salsa
  • Pringles
  • Cookies
  • Granola bars*
  • Microwave popcorn
  • Easy Mac*
  • Microwaveable nonfrozen meals

Fruit

  • Canned fruits
  • Fruit cups
  • Dried fruits
  • Jelly
  • Raisins
  • Juice boxes

Starches

  • Rice*
  • Pasta*
  • Macaroni and cheese*
  • Crackers
  • Boxed meals*
  • Hamburger Helper

Basic necessities

  • Soap*
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo*
  • Conditioner
  • Toothpaste*
  • Lotion
  • Deodorant*
  • Feminine hygiene
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dryer sheets