Anchor Award Winner for December 2011 – Ericka Ford


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Student Employment Services sponsors The Anchor Award, which is a monthly award that recognizes Student Employees for contributions to their department and to the college based on a different trait/skill each month. The nomination quality for December is Change/Adaptability.

The Anchor Award Winner for December is Ericka Ford. Ericka is an Office Assistant in Experiential Learning and was nominated by Tiffany Falcon-Ewigleben, who wrote that:

“Ericka is willing to adapt as our department has (and continues to) adapt, going with the flow while maintaining her positivity and friendly demeanor. She has an inherent understanding of how organic and varied our work in the Dept. of Experiential Learning is, while allows her to be comfortable while remaining professional, with any situation that comes her way.”

Congratulations Ericka!

Next month’s recognized skill/trait is Humanity/Diversity (January). If you would like to nominate a deserving Student Employee, please contact Chris Allen at or extension 3738.

GRCC in the News – 12/7/11

Mott Community College to feature award-winning guitar quartet from Grand Rapids
Published: Tuesday, December 06, 2011, 9:24 AM | Flint Journal

Mott Community College will host a free concert this week featuring an ensemble of four Michigan-based musicians. […] The Quartet is comprised of four award-winning guitarists who currently make their homes in the West Michigan area: Andrew Bergeron, David Martin, Brian Morris and Michael Stockdale.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College investigates housing allegations
Published: Tuesday, December 06, 2011, 5:15 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Community College is conducting an investigation into allegations that coaches worked out a deal for housing for football players. Meanwhile, the head football coach said most of the students involved in the controversy weren’t on the football team – and disputed allegations that his coaches reached a verbal monetary deal with the landlord for housing.  (More)

GRCC investigating football program – Answer came in response to housing questions
Tuesday, 06 Dec 2011, 4:35 PM EST | By Tony Tagliavia

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College is conducting “an internal investigation into concerns about the football program,” a college spokesman told 24 Hour News 8 on Tuesday. The statement came in response to a question about whether college coaches had entered into a deal to connect football players with housing.   (More)

Experiential Learning Open House – 12/13/11

The Department of Experiential Learning, provides students with unique experiential learning opportunities, instructors with alternative teaching methods, and community partners with needed resources and services. We strive to understand and advocate for the needs of each stakeholder simultaneously to make a meaningful difference in the lives of all!

  • Receive helpful support from our department staff
  • Learn more about our great programs and events
  • Network with GRCC staff, students, faculty, and community partners
  • Refreshments are available

Find out more about the department and its numerous offerings Tuesday, December 13, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. at t he Raider Grill (Room 203, Student Center)

Final Three Days of the Student Art Sale – Ends 12/9/11

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GRCC’s Visual Arts Department is holding a Student Art Sale in the GRCC Collins Art Gallery on the 4th Floor of the Main Building from now until December 9, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  There are a number of great gifts for the holidays at very reasonable prices, and it’s a great way to support the Visual Arts program.  Here are just a few examples of the work for sale:

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2011 Year-End To Do List From Payroll

GRCC’s Payroll Department wants to make employees aware of these three important steps they need to take as the year comes to a close:

1. Using your most recent check or payroll advice, please verify the spelling of your first and last name, mailing address and withholding allowances. If any information is incorrect, please immediately contact the Payroll Office at ext. 4038, 3965 or 4018. The information on your paycheck/advice is what will be printed on your W-2. If your W-2 is different than your social security card, your earnings may not be credited properly into your social security account.

2. New W-4’s should be filled out if you’re filing status or exemption allowances have changed. Forms are available on the payroll web site, or stop by the payroll office.

3. If you are currently filing “exempt” on your W-4 (State and/or Federal), you are required to complete a new W-4 no later than February 1, 2012.