Registration for the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Series is now open

Guest Faculty: Dr. Reginald A. Blockett, Grand Valley State University

RSVPtinyurl.com/grccJEDI

Session Topics

  • Understanding Power, Privilege, and Oppression (Oct. 20)
  • Exploring Anti-Racism and Anti-Deficit Approaches to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Work (Oct. 27)
  • Intersectionality…More than a Buzzword (Nov. 10)
  • Mobilizing Equity and Justice Agendas (Nov. 17)

Note: Registration closes on Monday, Oct. 18 or when sessions reach capacity.

Dr. Reginald A. Blockett wearing a blue sweater and smiling.
Dr. Reginald A. Blockett

2021 Van Marinus Swets Award Winner shares photos from family trip to Tennessee

Kaelee Steffens, who won Honorable Mention for her essay in the 2021 Van Marinus Swets Award competition, shares some photos of a family trip to Tennessee. There were 13 family members in one rental house for a week.

Her brother Evan Macklin has quite a memorable experience when a bear approached his car with him and his wife in it!  How’s that for memories?! Kaylee says, “Too funny. I think we all had nightmares – we were so afraid to go out to our cars alone after that. Haha.”

Important payroll information

Welcome Back. …We hope you all enjoyed your summer and that the fall semester is off to a great start. Please refer to the following information for some important payroll reminders and new Online Center functionality for supervisors.

Employee Timesheets

It is the employee’s responsibility to complete and submit their own timesheet by 12 noon on the Monday following a pay date. Employees should never have someone else, including a coworker or a direct report, from their department complete their timesheet on their behalf. Please contact Becky Bailey if a situation arises when an employee is not able to complete their own timesheet.

Reporting Telecommute hours worked

Now that we are all back to working on campus…Employees that have been approved to work from home according to the college’s Remote Work Policy should report hours worked from home under the Telecommute (TC) column on their biweekly timesheet. 

Approved Annuity Vendors

The college has a list of approved annuity agents that employees can work with for before tax payroll deductions and financial planning. Please refer to GRCC Tax Sheltered Annuity Vendors for name and contact information. 

Employee Parking Deductions

GRCC will resume the employee parking deduction this fall.  We had temporarily suspended parking deductions in March of 2020.   The deduction will start on the September 17, 2021 pay date for staff and full time faculty, and on the October 1, 2021 pay date for adjunct instructors. 

New Supervisor Leave Bank View

Supervisor can now view their direct reports leave balances through the Online Center under Supervisor Self Service-My Employees’ Leave Balances. We hope you find this resource helpful. 

GRCC tapped for national Hope4College project to tackle student food and housing insecurity

A national effort to tackle food and housing insecurity among college students has selected Grand Rapids Community College as one of its first partners.

GRCC is one of 27 colleges picked after an intense competition for the inaugural cohort of Hope4College, an initiative by the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice.

The effort is funded, in part, by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the ECMC Foundation. The member schools will work individually and together to build and strengthen support systems that meet students’ basic needs.

Nearly three in five students experience housing or food insecurity — and the problem is more common among those attending two-year colleges, according to the center.

“Without these basic needs met, students struggle to learn, achieve and graduate,” Sara Goldrick-Rab, the center’s founder and CEO, told a U.S. House of Representatives committee on Sept. 8. “They fall deeply into debt, often leaving college without degrees needed to repay it.”

Addressing students’ basic needs is part of GRCC’s strategic plan, and the school already has many measures in place, including a student food pantry, a Student Emergency Assistance Fund and a “Get Help” webpage that connects students with campus and community resources.

The pantry, run by the Student Life and Conduct office, saw 186 visits from fall 2018 to summer 2019. Lina Blair, director of Student Life, saw an immediate increase in requests for help when the pandemic hit.

“Many college students were struggling prior to the coronavirus crisis, especially those balancing school with work and families,” Blair said. “We care deeply about our students and wanted to make sure we could help.”

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Language Arts Online Tutorial Lab (LA.TUTORLAB): CLOSED in-person today

With sincerest apologies for the inconvenience, the Language Arts Lab will remain closed today for in-person tutoring due to staff illness. While we are not able to offer in-person tutoring, the lab will remain open for you to use as a study space and for computer use.

Tutoring can still be accessed virtually via Zoom until 6pm this evening and again later from 7pm-9pm. Please feel free to call (616) 234-4244 with any questions or concerns. 

We will re-open tomorrow for our normal services from 9am-3pm, in-person and virtual. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to working with you soon! 

-Language Arts Lab 

Important payroll information

Welcome Back. …We hope you all enjoyed your summer and that the fall semester is off to a great start. Please refer to the following information for some important payroll reminders and new Online Center functionality for supervisors.

Employee Timesheets

It is the employee’s responsibility to complete and submit their own timesheet by 12 noon on the Monday following a pay date. Employees should never have someone else, including a coworker or a direct report, from their department complete their timesheet on their behalf. Please contact Becky Bailey if a situation arises when an employee is not able to complete their own timesheet.

Reporting Telecommute hours worked

Now that we are all back to working on campus…Employees that have been approved to work from home according to the college’s Remote Work Policy should report hours worked from home under the Telecommute (TC) column on their biweekly timesheet. 

Approved Annuity Vendors

The college has a list of approved annuity agents that employees can work with for before tax payroll deductions and financial planning. Please refer to GRCC Tax Sheltered Annuity Vendors for name and contact information. 

Employee Parking Deductions

GRCC will resume the employee parking deduction this fall.  We had temporarily suspended parking deductions in March of 2020.   The deduction will start on the September 17, 2021 pay date for staff and full time faculty, and on the October 1, 2021 pay date for adjunct instructors. 

New Supervisor Leave Bank View

Supervisor can now view their direct reports leave balances through the Online Center under Supervisor Self Service-My Employees’ Leave Balances. We hope you find this resource helpful. 

PeopleSoft and other systems scheduled to be down for required maintenance 

Information Technology will be conducting planned maintenance on PeopleSoft, ImageNow, and DegreeWorks beginning Thursday, September 16th from 10:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

PeopleSoft test environments Dev, TST, STG, and UPG will be taken down earlier starting at 5:00 PM to 2:00 AM.

The following services are affected by this maintenance:

  • Online Center
  • CSProd
  • FSProd
  • HRProd
  • ImageNow
  • DegreeWorks
  • PeopleSoft DEV, TST, STG, and UPG

Additionally, Information Technology will be upgrading GRCC’s network on Thursday, September 16th from 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM.  This will result in network outages to devices connected to the GRCC network, both wired and wireless, while on campus. Systems impacted include VMware, VPN, Phones.  

The following services are affected by this maintenance:

  • GRCC network
  • VMware
  • VPN
  • Campus Phones

We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this maintenance.  

Coming soon! FSA & HSA informational lunch (take & go) and learn

Join the Benefits team on Wednesday, October 20, from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. in the MultiPurpose Room 234 of the Student Center for an informational overview of Flex Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts.

Get your questions answered and learn about these benefits from various representatives in the health benefit field.

A boxed lunch will be available which attendees can take “to go”.

Register for the session (and many others!) via your Online Center Professional Development tile.

For questions, please contact mherrerabelmares@grcc.edu or debradavis1@grcc.edu.

Celebration of Armen Oumedian Consecutive Giving Awards and addition of seven members to the 500 Club

The GRCC Foundation added seven members to the 500 Club and celebrated Armen Oumedian Consecutive Giving Award recipients Robert Long and Robert Cebelak during an event last week.

Long, a retired Biological Sciences faculty member, has donated to the Gayle E. Long Scholarship, which he established in his sister’s memory, for 34 years. Cebelak, a physics instructor, has supported the Physics and Engineering Scholarship for 34 years.

Those attending the celebration enjoyed food truck fare from Patty Matters – Food Truck, owned by alumna Lauren D’Angelo; Ice Box Brand, owned by alumnus Chris Morin; and El Caribe Food Truck, owned by alumna Gilma DeLaCruz.

Joining the 500 Club, for GRCC faculty and staff who donate $500 annually to the foundation, are: Amy Bennett, Audrey Heckwolf, Angela Salinas, Dana Sammons, Benjamin Smith, Kim Squiers and Rebecca Yoder.

If you work for GRCC and haven’t donated to the foundation yet, now is a great time to start! Now through Sept. 30, any new — or increased — gifts to the unrestricted fund will be doubled! You can learn more about the many ways you can donate by following this link: https://www.grcc.edu/…/give-today/faculty-staff-giving

PeopleSoft and other systems scheduled to be down for required maintenance 

Thursday evening, September 16, all of PeopleSoft, which includes the Student and Faculty Online Centers, will be down for required maintenance.

Other systems, including ImageNow and DegreeWorks, will be taken down as well. 

System updates will start at 10:00 p.m. and finish by 2:00 a.m. The test environments (DEV, TST, STG, and UPG) will be taken down earlier on Thursday (5:00 p.m.). 

Tech Tip: Raider guest wireless access

Did you know?

GRCC has a wireless network for guests that are not affiliated with the college such as family, friends, or parents of students.

Guests can access this network by selecting Raider Guest under the Wi-Fi settings on their phones or personal computers. They will authenticate via text or email. After the user accepts the Acceptable User Agreement they will be able to access the internet for up to 12 hours. The internet is limited, so guests will not be able to access streaming sites and some social media platforms.

A Guest Event Login should still be requested for guests affiliated with the college such as visiting organizations or business partners.

For detailed instructions on how to access Raider Guest wireless network, please visit the Support Desk Knowledge Base

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu

ODEI: John Leguizamo at GRCC now available on Vimeo

John Leguizamo smiling.

#GRCCequity kicked off Latino Heritage Month with Emmy and Tony Award winner John Leguizamo. Join us for a rebroadcast of the entire event, available on Vimeo with password access.

https://vimeo.com/604184068
Password: odei2021

The recording is available until October 12.

Share your feedback about the presentation on social media using the following hashtags #GRCCequity #LHM #Leguizamo.

We also invite you to provide feedback on our survey: https://tinyurl.com/ODEIfeedback

What happened / Que Paso?
Due to a scheduling conflict and restrictions related to Covid-19, the discussion was telecast live on Sunday, September 12, 2021.