New Grand Rapids Promise Zone director Ashlee Mishler has spent career connecting students to life-changing opportunities

Ashlee Mishler smiling.

Ashlee Mishler has spent her career connecting students to life-changing opportunities, experiences she plans to lean on as Grand Rapids Community College’s new Promise Zone director.

Mishler started in the role last month, overseeing Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarships, which eliminate cost as a barrier to a quality GRCC education for eligible students. About 400 students are using the scholarships to attend GRCC this semester.

Mishler is the point of contact for prospective students and families who want to learn about the Promise Zone, and will continue helping students once they start attending GRCC.

“They can work with me if they just have questions about GRCC all the way through their time as a student,” she said. “While they will have a team of staff who will assist them at various points of the process, they are always welcome to connect with me.

“Knowing the impact my college experience had on me and helping students shape their own experience is what I love most. Students who didn’t think college was for them, or maybe had different plans, helping those students realize that college is for them is really exciting.”

The Promise Zone scholarship is available for students who live within the city of Grand Rapids and graduate from one of the 25 public, public charter, or private high schools located within the city limits. The program covers the cost of tuition and other expenses for GRCC’s associate degree and job training and certification programs.

Eligible students have five years to access these funds from the time they graduate high school. Once enrolled, they must take at least six credits a semester. Students who opt to attend a different college or university can still use the Promise Zone scholarship as a GRCC guest student during the summer semesters.

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Here to Help: Kelsee Brozek helps music faculty, students work in harmony

Kelsee Brozek smiling.

Always remember, at GRCC, you are surrounded by people who want you to be successful and are ready to walk with you on your educational pathway. We are here to help!

Meet Kelsee Brozek. Kelsee is here to help in the GRCC Music Department by creating a space where students can build a community and connect with each other, connect with their faculty and learn about resources around campus.

As the support professional for the Music Department Kelsee keeps the day-to-day operations of the department running smoothly, and ensures her colleagues have everything they need to be successful while teaching GRCC students. She also helps music students with any needs they might have — from general questions, to help with enrollment, to scheduling a practice room.

Kelsee knows navigating college can be tricky and that it helps to have someone by your side who has been there. This is where her experience as a GRCC student, and in other areas of the college, comes in handy.

“I have the perspective of a student and of a staff member, which is a great resource for students,” she said. “College is scary enough, having a friendly face to connect with and point you in the right direction can make all the difference in the world to a student.”

Kelsee graduated from GRCC in 2011.

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Digital Cafe Open House

Thank you to everyone who could join us at our Open House on December 1st. We showcased our walk in space that is open Monday through Friday 8 am – 5 pm to staff and students.

Swag and tours were given out to those that stopped in for a brief visit. Here are a few photos to show you how awesome the space is. Please stop by anytime!

Course Packs due Friday, December 10

All course pack files, planners, orders, and SKUs are due on Friday, December 10 to make sure they are in the bookstore in a timely manner for the students to purchase prior to the start of classes.

If you are planning to do a course pack and it is a reprint, please notify the bookstore.

If you are doing a new or updated course pack, please send your file and planner sheet (if needed) to grcceprint@grcc.edu and notify the bookstore that you are needing a new course pack for your class.

If you have any questions, we can be reached at (616) 234-3960 or grcceprint@grcc.edu.

Thank you,
The GRCCePRINT Team

GRCC Bookstore end of term schedule

Monday through Friday, December 13 – 17

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Monday through Wednesday, December 20 – 22

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

CLOSED DECEMBER 23 – JANUARY 2

Return Your Rented Books — DUE BY Friday, December 17, 2021

Come to the store in-person to check in your rented title using your phone number. Or ship your book(s) using the carrier of your choice at your expense. For check-in accuracy, include your Name, Phone Number and Patron ID with your rental return. You will receive email reminders which will include return instructions before your due date. All emails list your Patron ID.

$ell Your Books at the GRCC Bookstore

Not using your book any longer? The bookstore may be able to pay you as much as 25-50% of the book’s original price, especially if the book is being used on campus next term.  Must have a student ID to sell books to store.

  • Pages should not be torn or missing.  Print should not be obscured with heavy writing or highlighting.
  • Textbooks with water damage, stains, and/or pages sticking together are not considered in “good condition” and may not be sold to the bookstore.
  • Loose-pages and 3-hole punched course materials and physical access codes may not be sold to the bookstore.

Financial Aid will be available for bookstore purchases beginning Monday, January 3, 2022.

GRCC volleyball player Annie Holesinger named NJCAA First Team All-American

Annie Holesinger holding a volleyball, smiling.

Grand Rapids Community College volleyball player Annie Holesinger was named First Team All-American by the National Junior College Athletic Association on Tuesday, making her one of the top community college players in the nation.

Holesinger is the 12th All-American in Raider volleyball history, and the sixth named to the national First Team. A member of the volleyball team has earned All-American honors in five of the last six seasons. She’s the fifth GRCC student-athlete to earn All-American honors this semester.

A sophomore from Rockford, Holesinger earlier was named All-Region, All-MCCAA and the Player of the Year in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association Western Conference.

“I’m incredibly proud of the hard work Annie did in the off season to make this a reality,” head coach Chip Will said.

“Annie made the decision to come back for her third year so she could help the team compete and be successful against the nation’s best. Being among the top 12 community college players in the nation is a huge accomplishment. This recognition is the cherry on the top to an amazing career at GRCC.  She has a bright future at her four-year school.”

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Tech Tip: Add people chips in Google Sheets

Google is constantly updating applications to make things more accessible and to make things easier for Google Users. A new feature coming to Google Sheets will allow you to add people chips to Google Sheets.

These new chips will allow you to quickly view more information about colleagues or contacts, including their location, job title, and contact information.

This will also allow you to quickly send an email, book a meeting, and start a chat message. This feature will be coming soon to Google Drive. 

To insert a people chip, type  “@” in any cell to search your directory or by selecting Insert > People chip.

For more information on People Chips, please check out this helpful article from Google

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.ed

GRCC In the News 12/02/2021

Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids presents Chanukah shorts this holiday season

12/1/21; WGVU

As Chanukah festivities kick off, Jewish Theatre Grand Rapids is hosting a series of short plays to “lighten up your holidays.”

The theatre’s Chanukah shorts feature five plays rotating around a simple set, creating a full production. The performances will hit the Spectrum Theatre at Grand Rapids Community College starting December 11th through the 19th.

Intersectional Scholarship: Resisting the Tendency to Disconnect, Dilute, and Depoliticize

December 7, 1:00 – 2:30 (virtual)
Michigan State University
https://grcc.zoom.us/j/95081744069

NiCole T. Buchanan, Ph.D.

Psychological science has been slow to incorporate intersectionality, the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage, as a concept and as a framework for conducting research. This limits not only the potential for intersectionality theory, but also limits the potential impact of the research claiming to use it.

In this talk, I review intersectional theory and praxis, examine resistance to fully incorporating intersectionality, and highlight how research must shift to be truly intersectional. Finally, I will issue a call to scholars to integrate intersectionality theory and praxis and to resist the tendency to dilute and depoliticize intersectionality theory and disconnect from its social justice framework.

Important 2021 year-end payroll information

2021 W-2 Availability

  • Electronic W-2’s will be made available to employees who have given consent by January 14, 2022.
  • Paper W-2’s will be mailed to employees who have not given consent to receive them electronically on January 31, 2022. Paper W-2’s will not be available for pick up in Human Resources.

Verify Your Personal Information

  • Verify and update your personal information through the Online Center by following the instructions found at http://www.grcc.edu/payrollandbenefits/forms/yearend. For assistance with personal information changes, please email Human Resources at hr@grcc.edu no later than January 7, 2022 to have the changes on your W-2.

Update your Tax Withholding Forms

  • NEW 2022 tax forms will be available in January on the payroll web page at https://www.grcc.edu/humanresources/forms/payrollforms. New tax forms should be completed if:
    • You moved in or out of the cities of Grand Rapids or Walker.
    • Your filing status has changed.
    • You are currently claiming exempt, to not have any withholding for Federal or State taxes, you are required to complete a new 2022 W-4 no later than February 5, 2022.

1095-C Tax Form

  • All benefited employees will have a tax form 1095-C mailed to them on January 31 from PlanSource. You do not need this form to file your tax return, but you should keep this form with your tax records. 

For Informational Purposes Only

  • The 2022 Social Security tax rate is schedule to remain 6.2%, and the Medicare tax rate remains 1.45%.
  • The 2022 social security wage base will increase to $147,000.00.
  • The 2022 limitation for elective deferrals under a 403(b) or 457(b) will increase to $20,500.00 and the additional catch up provision for individuals age 50 and over remains unchanged at $6,500.00, for a total of $27,000.00

Course Packs due Friday, December 10

All course pack files, planners, orders, and SKUs are due on Friday, December 10 to make sure they are in the bookstore in a timely manner for the students to purchase prior to the start of classes.

If you are planning to do a course pack and it is a reprint, please notify the bookstore.

If you are doing a new or updated course pack, please send your file and planner sheet (if needed) to grcceprint@grcc.edu and notify the bookstore that you are needing a new course pack for your class.

If you have any questions, we can be reached at (616) 234-3960 or grcceprint@grcc.edu.

Thank you,
The GRCCePRINT Team

Get COVID-19 vaccination, booster shot at Dec. 8 clinic

Student getting a Covid-19 vaccine.

GRCC’s next COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students, employees and community members is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the Raider Grill in the GRCC Student Center.

The clinic will offer COVID-19 vaccinations as well as booster shots.

The Dec. 8 clinic is GRCC’s third vaccination clinic in the last three months, with the last two serving about 190 people. But demand for vaccines and boosters is rising, and the college might not be able to offer another clinic for some time.

Save time and create an account and fill out the required vaccine form in advance: https://www.visit.covidsecureapp.com/michigan

Tech Tip: Tell me what you want to do menu

Have you ever searched for a menu in your Office application and were unable to find it? Well, good news! Most newer versions of Word include a handy “Tell me what you want to do” field at the top of the toolbar. Insert a word or phrase pertaining to any instruction and the program can quickly identify the command you’re looking for.

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 

Wellness Champions: There are many benefits to exercising with friends

Monica Bliss, Klaas Kwant, Shelly Richter, Bill Faber, Dan Groh, and Sean Mackey smiling.

Be a champion! GRCC is helping students and employees focus on all areas of health and wellness as we emerge together from the pandemic.

Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual health. That includes physical health, but so much more. During the next year we’re also looking at emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and occupational health, and how we all can work to help ourselves and each other.

There are many resources at GRCC to help all of these types of wellness. Each week, we’ll introduce you to people and places here on campus ready to support you on your wellness journey.

Kudos to Monica Bliss, Klaas Kwant, Shelly Richter, Bill Faber, Dan Groh, and Sean Mackey for representing GRCC in this year’s Turkey Trot.

The team supported our partners at the Grand Rapids Public Schools by participating, and also experienced the benefits of having exercise buddies.

In an article for Everyday Health, Laura Stampler wrote about benefits to having a friend or friends to exercise with.

Stampler noted people who work out with a friend are more committed to their goals, they are less likely to skip a yoga class or a long walk if they have plans to participate with a friend.

Friends can serve as emotional support and reduce stress and improve moods, and even push to work a little harder.

The author notes it’s usually safer to have a workout buddy nearby, whether lifting weights or being out for a long stroll.

“Call it encouragement or shared misery, it’s nice to be going through it together – even though we each run at vastly different paces,” Klaas said.

If you missed this year’s Turkey Trot, it’s actually possible to sign up for next year’s event. Mark Nov. 24, 2022 on the calendar and get the early bird discount on registration fees at: https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/GrandRapids/GRPSThanksgivingDayTurkeyTrot