Construction Update: Lab moved, classroom rotations and departments relocated for Winter 2014

Departments have moved to temporary locations to accommodate the beginning of Phase 2 of GRCC’s bond construction, which started in December 2013. Secchia Institute for Culinary Education faculty and staff have moved to the Applied Technology Center rooms 122 and 124. They will move back to their space by late February 2014. Computer Information Systems, Mechanical & Architectural Design and Manufacturing faculty offices have moved to the Data Center – the offices on the SW corner of the Bostwick Ramp. These departments will be moving back to their space in the ATC mid semester.

Most Computer Information Systems classes that are traditionally held in the ATC have been moved to Cook Hall for the semester.  Many other classes have been moved to temporary meeting locations to allow work to be done in phases and zones. As renovations on the first rotation of classrooms is completed, other classes will be moved to allow work to continue.

A temporary open computer lab and tutorial lab is available for students in Cook Hall room 307.  The ATC lab will continue to provide student support in various classrooms in the ATC as construction continues.


This month, Staff Development is offering a variety of workshops. All of our workshops are open to GRCC staff and any faculty member (full-time or adjunct). You can click on individual events to see details, and also register online at Below is a list of our upcoming events…

GRCC Screening Committee Training

  • Fri Jan 10th from 9-11:30 AM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center)
  • Fri Jan 10th from 1-3:30 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center)
  • Wed Jan 15th from 1-3:30 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center)
  • Thu Jan 16th from 1-3:30 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center)
  • Fri Jan 17th from 1-3:30 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center)
  • Thu Jan 23rd from 1-3:30 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center)
  • Fri Jan 31st from 1-3:30 PM in Room 122 LRC (Diversity Learning Center)

Profitable Time Management

Tue Jan 14th from 1-4:00 PM in Room 123, Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences-GVSU, 301 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids.

Work/Office Organizing 101

Tue Jan 14th from 1-3:00 PM in Room 103 Sneden Hall.

Personal Listening Profile

Wed Jan 15th from 2-4:00 PM in Room 103 Sneden Hall.

Powerful Presentations

Thu Jan 16th from 9-11:00 AM in Room 103 Sneden Hall.

Diabetes Prevention-Getting Started

Thu Jan 16th from 12-1:30 PM in Room 125 Calkins Science Center

Cancer Warriors Network

Fri Jan 17th from 12-1:30 PM in Room 2270 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

Create Optimism in the Workplace

Wed Jan 22nd from 8:30-11:30 AM in Room 2266 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale Campus

Wed Jan 22nd from 1:30-4:30 PM in Room 1008A Seidman Center, GVSU GR Campus

Caregiving 101

Tue Jan 28th from 10-11:00 AM in Room 336, Student Center

Institute on Healing Racism – (2 day session)

Thu Jan 30th from 8:45 AM – 5:00 PM and Fri Jan 31st from 9 AM – 3:30 PM at Kent Intermediate School District (KISD) facility.

SSPD Grants: January Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., January 24, 2014. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Grants Coordinator at 234-3340 or Good luck!

Sign up to be a Roamer

Jamie Kolean took time from her own schedule to help out her fellow students.

Jamie Kolean took time from her own schedule to help out her fellow students.

It’s that time of year again when we have new students wandering campus trying to prepare for their first experience at GRCC, anxiously awaiting their first classes. As we have in the past, we are again asking you to help us out with information roaming and still have spaces to fill.

However, even when you are not “officially” roaming or in your office working, remember anyone can help anywhere. A great demonstration of that spirit came from a student employee this past fall. Jamie Kolean is a student employee at the Lakeshore campus, but she takes classes downtown. In the fall, while she was sitting on a bench waiting for her class to start, a welcome table was moved in front of her. Students started asking her questions because she was there and due to her knowledge from working at the Lakeshore, she was able to help students find their classes, read the maps, find the shuttle, etc. She sat there and helped on her own time for two hours!

Employees like Jamie truly capture the essence of the GRCC Service Excellence Guidelines. We thank her for that and thank all of you in advance for the work you will do to welcome students this Winter! If you haven’t already signed up to be a Roamer, please do so today! (And if the spots are all filled, feel free to pick an hour and wander anywhere, engaging with students as you go!)

4th Floor Main Info/Roaming Station Sign Up:

 ATC, 2nd Floor Info/Roaming Zone Sign Up:

Sneden, 1st Floor Info/Roaming zone Sign Up:

Cook/Main, 1st Floor Entrance Area Info/Roaming Zone Sign Up:


How well do you manage stress?

Staff Development is fortunate to be able to bring in Denise VanEck, owner of Thought Design LLC, to present her stress management workshop at GRCC. This workshop will provide insight into what triggers stress and tools for managing it. Please consider attending either of the two sessions available.  All Staff and Faculty welcome! Please register online at, or call ext. 4285 if you need registration assistance.

De-Stress:  The Art and Science of Managing Stress

In this 90 minute workshop, you will learn what’s really happening in your brain when you get stressed out, and some easy (even fun!) ways to manage. You will discover some of your personal stress triggers, how to prevent triggering and how to manage in the moment. You’ll also get some new insight into how the culture and context of your workplace impacts your stress level and some strategies specifically for managing your stress at work.

  • Thu February 13, 2014 from 2-3:30 PM in Room 103 Sneden
  • Tue March 18, 2014 from 9-10:30 AM in Room 103 Sneden