GRCC Employees on the Move through October 3, 2014

Please welcome our new employees and congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.




Dominique Couch

Custodian, 2nd Shift, Main and Cook Buildings

Sept. 29, 2014


Gayle Johnson

Assistant Professor, English

Aug. 21, 2014


Louis Kaan

Custodian, 3rd Shift, Main and Cook Buildings

Sept. 29, 2014


Jermaine Reese

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Aug. 21, 2014


Christopher Remley
Educational Support Professional, Experiential Learning

Aug. 18, 2014




Michelle Allen

From:   Adjunct Instructor

To:       Assistant Professor, English

Aug. 21, 2014


Jessica Berens
From: Meet and Confer Generalist, Human Resources

To:      Associate Director, Human Resources

Aug. 18, 2014


Christine Davis

From:  HRIS Coordinator

To:       Meet and Confer Generalist, Human Resources

Aug. 18, 2014


Amy Kudrna

From: Adjunct Instructor

To:       Assistant Professor, Physical Science

Aug. 21, 2014


Andrew Masters

From: Student Loan Specialist

To:     Associate Director, Financial Aid Operations

Sept. 22, 2014


Angie Ramirez

From: Human Resources Assistant

To:     Coordinator of Contingency Employees/Health Care Reform Data

Sept. 1, 2014


Matheta Righa

From: Adjunct Instructor

To:       Assistant Professor, Business, Tenure Track

Aug. 21, 2014


Michael Schavey

From: Associate Director, Experiential Learning

To:       Director, Experiential Learning

Sept. 1, 2014


Amanda Vanderhill

From: Educational Training Specialist, JET

To:     Educational Training Specialist, MCAM

Aug. 25, 2014




Sara Brooks

Urban Enrollment and Dual Enrollment Coordinator

Aug. 21, 2014


Scott Merlo

Lieutenant, Campus Police

Sept. 19, 2014


Jennifer Mitchell

Educational and Training Specialist Work First/JET

Sept. 30, 2014


Britt Price

Assistant Professor, Physical Science

Aug. 13, 2014


Megan Stewart

Instructional Designer, Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies

Aug. 29, 2014


Ric Underhile

Associate Dean, Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies

Oct. 3, 2014


Greg White

Custodian III

Retired after 15.75 years of service

Aug. 30, 2014

Announcing SkillPort Online Training Software

This past spring Staff Development implemented a new online training software, SkillPort. SkillPort offers over 800 e-learning courses covering a broad range of topics. In addition, you are able to access this robust library of offerings 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

One of the modules in SkillPort includes compliance trainings (i.e. Ethics, Title IX, FERPA, AUA,etc.). Throughout this fiscal year you will be required to complete each of the compliance trainings. More information will come shortly on the first compliance training you will need to complete.

Staff Development encourages you to login to your SkillPort account and check out the online trainings available.

To access SkillPort go to

(You will see a Quick Start Guide that provides directions on how to update your computer. Please be sure to complete this step prior to logging into SkillPort.)

As always, Staff Development continues to also offer face to face trainings. For a complete list of learning opportunities go to

If you experience technical problems please contact IT Help x3688, for account and assignment questions please contact Staff Development x4285.

Allegro Coaching for the 2014-15 year

10- Minute Workouts

Fri Dec 5, 2014 from 1-2 PM in Room 140 Calkins Science Center

The number one reason not to be more active is a lack of time. Yes, we are busier than ever, but what if you could carve out 10 minutes every other day and achieve great results? What should you be doing and what can you cut out? 10-minute workouts can be efficient and help you develop a lean body and strong core. Learn how to make the most out of those 10 minutes with simple program design rules.

Presented by: Allegro Coaching


Making Your Resolutions Stick

Tue Jan 6, 2015 from 10:30-11:30 AM in Room 140 Calkins Science Center

Did you know that only 10-12% of those that make resolutions actually keep them? Don’t be another statistic. Keep your resolutions by making smaller goals and understanding your readiness to change. Goals are powerful in achieving progress towards better health. Learn how to set goals that can be personalized and attainable for you!

Presented by: Allegro Coaching


Resistance Band Workout

Wed Feb 11, 2015 from 2-3 PM Location TBD

A resistance band is a great tool for working out at home or on the go. Learn to use this piece of fitness equipment correctly and progress it with your goals. You’ll get a 10-minute full body workout and group interaction is guaranteed for optimal fun and learning!

Presented by: Allegro Coaching


Change Your Mental Talk

Thu Mar 19, 2015 from 10:30-11:30 AM Location TBD

Let’s face it – we all have conversations with ourselves internally. When the mind focuses on only negative self-talk, we begin to believe this and limit our true potential when it comes to overall health. How can you harness the power of positive thoughts? What does research show about health and happiness? If you can get your mind right, your body will follow suit. Learn the best rules for being happy, positive, and radiating joy to others in our daily lives.

Presented by: Allegro Coaching



Desire Stress Relief – Try the 4 A’s

Wed Apr 15, 2015 from 2-3 PM Location TBD

The effects of stress can weigh us down. Coping with daily life can be very difficult. Try using one of the four A’s: Avoid, Alter, Accept or Adapt. Learn to restore the balance back into your life!

Presented by: Allegro Coaching


Importance of Sleep

Tue May 19, 2015 from 10:30-11:30 AM Location TBD

Sleep is just as important as nutrition, exercise and stress management. In fact, it is in the limelight for research shedding light into weight gain and hormone imbalances. Find out how much sleep is enough, why you should go to bed earlier, and how to change your behavior with simple bedtime tips and goal setting! Your energy (and your waistline) will thank you!

Presented by: Allegro Coaching

Call Jennifer Kelly with questions at x3848 or at


Did you know you can help elect GRCC’s Board of Trustees?

Did you know that if you are a Kent County resident, you elect GRCC’s Board of Trustees? This year, four candidates are running for two seats on the November ballot. In order to vote you must be registered. The deadline for registration is Monday, October 6.

You can register at any of the following offices:

  • Secretary of State Branch Office
  • County Clerk’s Office
  • City, Township, or Village Office
  • With an Assistant Clerk for Voter Registration
  • With a mail-in voter registration application

If you are already registered to vote, you should know that a) Registration in the State of Michigan is considered permanent. However, if you move you must re-register at your new address and b) persons changing their names as the result of marriage or a legal action should report this to their local clerk by re-registering.

For more information, visit

All four candidates have been invited to attend an open forum on Tuesday, October 21 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM in the Multipurpose Room in Sneden Hall.

Last nitrous oxide class for 2014 scheduled in October

Would you like to fulfill state Board of Dentistry rules on nitrous oxide administration for dental hygienists and registered dental assistants? GRCC’s program will show you the latest equipment and methods of nitrous oxide administration.

Registered hygienists must complete both the lecture and the hands-on clinical portion of the program to fulfill the eight-hour state requirement. Registered assistants need to complete a five-hour requirement.

The course — the last that will be offered in 2014 —  is scheduled for October 25. To register, click here.