2011 Salute to Women Awards (3/29/11) – Winners Announced

All are invited to GRCC’s 13th Annual “Salute to Women” Awards recognition program will take place Tuesday, March 29, 2011 from 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. at the  GRCC Applied Technology Center Banquet Rooms (Award presentations begin at 2:00 p.m.).  This year’s winners are:

Anika Smith

ANIKA SMITH | GRCC Alumna, Facilitator of Intervention and Prevention Curriculums, Pine Rest

Patti Mumaw

PATTI MUMAW | GRCC Employee, Counseling/Professor

Shannon Woodall

SHANNON WOODALL | GRCC Student, Criminal Justice Major 2011

Salute to “Pass it Forward” Participants

Pass it Forward Academic Service Learning Event

The Academic Service Learning Center would like to send a HUGE thank you to the participants of Saturday’s “Pass It Forward” Service Event. Nearly 250 students, staff, faculty and community members helped to spread a chain of good deeds throughout downtown Grand Rapids and the surrounding area. Everyone who participated, whether they realize it or not, helped to change a life in some way or another. Thank you again, the ASLC appreciates your efforts and involvement in these community events!

An extra special thank you to following individuals who contributed in a very vital way to our “Pass It Forward” event.

  • Facilities: James and Greg, Jim Schultz, Rick VanderVeen and Becky Yoder for the use, set-up and tear-down of equipment for this large Saturday event.
  • Food Services: Aaron Chew, Teresa, and their helpful staff for providing us with the delicious food and hot drinks to energize our participants for a chilly day of service.
  • IT: Tim Zerfas for making sure we could communicate our message loud and clear to our 250 participants.
  • Media Technologies: Kelly Armbruster and Klaas Kwant for continuing to do an amazing job documenting the greatness of GRCC students, staff, and faculty.

Summer Orientation Positions Are Now Open

Faculty and staff – do you know of any great students who are looking for a great summer job? If so, please refer them to Student Employment Services to apply for the New Student Ambassador position. Student Life  is now accepting applications for these popular positions. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 26, 2011. Applicants must first visit Student Employment Services – and then will be instructed on how to submit their cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation online. Applicants must be enrolled in at least 6 credits for fall 2011 or taking summer classes to be eligible for these positions.

Please direct any questions regarding these positions to Eric Mullen at ext. 4164 or emullen@grcc.edu

GRCC in the News: 3/1/11

Michigan Home & Garden Show Opens Friday, March 11 at Pontiac Silverdome
Pontiac, MI (Vocus/PRWEB) March 01, 2011

Michigan Home & Garden Show, March 11 – 13, will be the place to find inspiration for landscaping, gardening and home improvement. Exhibit displays will fill the Pontiac Silverdome with home and garden products and services for new homes, remodeling and maintenance. […] Chefs Angus Campbell and Robert Garlough from the Secchia Institute for Culinary Arts at Grand Rapids Community College will cook up “Sweet Party Treats” and Chef Debra from Debra’s Delectable Delights will prepare a “Spring Vegetarian Meal” on the Food Stage. (More)

Joshua Hambley, 18, arraigned on open murder charge in death of teen
Published: Monday, February 28, 2011, 1:35 PM | John Tunison | The Grand Rapids Press

OTTAWA COUNTY — Joshua Hambley, the 18-year-old Zeeland Township man accused of killing a fellow 2010 Zeeland Schools graduate, has been arraigned on an open murder charge. (More)

Funeral for Zeeland area homicide victim Jon Dargis is Wednesday
Published: Monday, February 28, 2011, 10:21 AM | John Tunison | The Grand Rapids Press

ZEELAND — As authorities prepare today to arraign Zeeland area murder suspect Joshua Hambley, family of victim Jon Dargis have set a Wednesday funeral. (More)

Congratulations to Ariel Sosa – Anchor Award Winner for March 2011

Ariel Sosa - Anchor Award Winner for March 2011

Ariel Sosa - Anchor Award Winner for March 2011

Ariel is the most responsible and accountable student we have ever had the pleasure to employee. No matter what difficulties he is facing, he always makes sure work is top priority when he is at work. A good example of Ariel’s accountability was a day earlier this year. Ariel had a small crash early in the morning with his car that resulted in a flat tire and the air bag being deployed. He was telling me this story later in the day and I jokingly told him I hope he hadn’t been late to work. He replied that he had only been one minute late as he scrambled to deal with his car and get a ride to work so he wouldn’t be late. He said he knew we were counting on him to open that morning. I wish all my student workers were as responsible and accountable as Ariel!

Congratulations Ariel!

Free/Discounted Resources for Employees

Did you know… There are many free or discounted resources available from a variety of organizations. This information is being brought to you by the GRCC Wellness & Enrichment Team! The WE Team will be investigating these organizations and sharing what they find out.

Is your insurance provider Priority Health? Guess what….there’s free stuff coming your way! Priority Health offers the following to its members: HealthFit discounts and Free Wellness Classes (Healthy Encounters).

Did you know you could get discounted membership to your favorite gym or 10% off your purchase at your favorite store? Pretty simply – Just show your Priority Health ID card.

Stores like….. Ada Bike Shop, Alger Schwinn, Cascade Yoga Studio, Chicago Drive Cycling & Fitness, Curves, Dunham’s Sports, Gazelle Sports, Holland Aquatic Center, MVP Athletic Club, Power House Gym, Striders, Village Bike & Fitness…and more!

Want to learn more about Wellness check out these free classes. Fitness for Weight Loss – Body Composition Clinic – Secrets to Smart Shopping – Eat Heart Smart – Golf Fitness

Start making your wellness a Priority the free & easy way!  Keep watching GRCC Today for more information on other Wellness related free or discounted resources available to you.

Reminder: New or Revised Policies approved by Cabinet Last Week

New or Revised Policies approved by Cabinet 2/22/2011

1. Revised: Investment Policy

  • Updates employee titles.
  • Revises provisions to ensure consistency with legislated changes to the investment statute for Michigan community colleges, effective December of 2009.
  • Provides enhanced flexibility to:Allow the use of financial institutions outside Kent County;
    • Eliminate the requirement to obtain a minimum number of quotes for all investment purchases
    • Allow investment amounts to be based on payroll requirements, available rates and the security of principal.

2. New: Criminal History Check Policy

  • Codifies GRCC’s current practices regarding conducting criminal background checks for new employees and students entering health and education programs as well as the Police Academy.
  • Directs persons to websites where they can obtain more specific information pertaining to unique departmental criminal history screening procedures.

3. Revised: Purchasing Policy

  • Updates supplier non-discrimination clause to match GRCC EEO policy.
  • Modifies language to allow for advertisement /solicitation/acceptance of bids in appropriate media (online – e.g. Bid4Michigan.com)
  • Adds $25 limit on personal gifts from suppliers.
  • Prohibits the use of College funds to purchase gifts and gift cards except for student incentives. The purchase of gift cards for student incentives requires EBCO approval.
  • Adopts Micro Local Business Enterprise bid discount to provide enhanced competitiveness for suppliers engaging certified MLBEs.
  • Adds language to allow bids to be postponed for extraordinary circumstances (e.g. – extreme weather)

Reminder: Brett A. Sokolow on Campus Tomorrow (3/2/11)

Tomorrow,  Student Affairs will host a visit from a national speaker to discuss difficult and disruptive student behaviors. Please join us at the following sessions:

Wednesday, March 2 | Multi-purpose Room, SCC | Brett Sokolow, J.D.

  • 8:15-9:45 Preventing difficult situations and responding to difficult people (designed for Staff)
    This workshop is a discussion of best practices for managing a wide range of disruptive behavior. Should you confront it? Where? When? How do you confront it? Should police be called? The counseling center? What if I am the target of a threat or retaliation? [More Information]
  • 1:30-3:00 Preventing and responding to disruptive students in and out of the classroom (designed for faculty)
    Over the last ten years, there has been an increase in the number and severity of behavioral incidents in the classrooms and on campus. More and more, it is incumbent upon instructors to intervene in the classroom to address behaviors that can interfere with teaching and learning. Using a combination of lecture and case studies taken from actual incidents, this workshop will provide instructors with tools to appropriately address these behaviors. Participants will be provided with skills to prevent disruptive behaviors, to react to them, and tips on how to enhance their own campus procedures to address abhorrent behaviors. [More Information]