Vending machine inventories may drop over holidays

As we prepare the campus for the holiday break, we are pulling down inventory that is perishable in vending machines campus wide. This will be a gradual reduction; however, please be aware that there some product shortages will develop as we get closer to the 22nd of the month, when power to all vending equipment will be turned off for the holidays.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

GRCC In the News, 12-16-14

Business Journal names Newsmaker nominees

Dec. 11, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The more, the merrier, right?

The Grand Rapids Business Journal has expanded its Newsmakers of the Year awards for 2014, adding several new categories that reflect continued economic expansion.


John Dunn, Western Michigan University

Steven Ender, Grand Rapids Community College

Richard Pappas, Davenport University

GRCC names provost

Dec. 15, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The new provost at Grand Rapids Community College is an experienced administrator and educator.

Inside Track: His vision for the theater is to be part of the change

Dec. 12, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

In November, Kyle Los joined Actors Theatre as managing director.

… (Fred) Sebulske, who was a faculty member with the Grand Rapids Community College theater department, founded Actors Theatre in 1980. He was a strong leader with a clear vision, and Actors thrived under his tutelage, but by his retirement, funding had become a challenge and remains so today.

CWIS to be down for maintenance

On Thursday, December 18th, starting at 8:00 PM CWIS (PeopleSoft Student and Online Centers), Blackboard, ImageNow, GroupWise, and the GRCC website will be down for scheduled maintenance, service is expected to be restored by 8:59 PM.

Any intermittent updates will be posted at:

Volunteers needed for information, roaming stations

It’s that time of year again and we are looking for volunteers to help staff the Winter 2015 Information/Roaming Stations, from Monday, January 12, to Thursday, January 15.

You may pick up your apron and lanyard at the Information/Roaming Station, which will be an “information table” that will have materials for students to pick up such as maps, RaiderCard information, etc., as well as the binder with the class schedule for you to use as necessary.

You have the choice to stay at the information table or roam and assist students in your area, in whatever style fits for you. When your shift is done, you will meet your replacement at the information table in your area (or leave your apron there if your replacement does not show.)

Please sign up to help! This system does not work without a LOT of wonderful volunteers. The links for sign up spreadsheets are listed below.

1st Floor Main Information Station Sign-Up (outside Enrollment Center):

4th Floor Main Information Station Sign-Up:

ATC 2nd Floor Information Station Sign-Up (outside Art & Bev’s):

Sneden 1st Floor Information Station Sign-Up:

If you experience any issues with the sign up process, please contact Liz Tyrell at or extension 3531. Thank you for your commitment to our students! Your help is greatly appreciated!

Food Drive Thank you!

On behalf of the Office of Student Life and Conduct, we want to thank all staff and faculty who donated to the GRCC Student Food Pantry at last week’s holiday breakfast (including the large, special donation from John Cowles and Art Johnson). The number of students utilizing the pantry continues to grow, so it can be challenging to keep it well-stocked and provide a variety of items. The donations that came in last week were overwhelming! It took an army to sort and stock all of the food. We are truly grateful and we are positive the donations will be well-received by the students right before the holidays.

Here’s a personal quote that shows you how much your support impacts our students:

Thank you so much! This (food pantry) was such a big help for me and my children. God bless you and your family this holiday! You sure blessed mine! You guys are so awesome and if it were not for GRCC’s food pantry I would have been starving this year. You have been such a big light in my life! Thank you so much! My tears are full of joy!

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Employee Reimbursements – Change to Procedures

Financial Services is converting the payment of employee reimbursements from check to ACH deposit. Financial Services will pay all reimbursements on the employee’s paycheck for any reimbursement submitted after January 5, 2015.   The funds pertaining to the employee reimbursement will be electronically deposited into the same bank account designated for your payroll direct deposit.  The details of this reimbursement will appear on your payroll remittance advice that can be accessed online.

How does this impact you?

  • The submission process will be the same for the employee. The employee will continue to scan forms/supporting documents and send information to Financial Services according to current procedures.
  • Nontaxable employee reimbursements will have no effect on payroll taxes when paid on the employee’s paycheck.
  • Employee will receive an email notification from ImageNow when reimbursement has been approved. Then, the reimbursement will be paid on the next available paycheck.
  • If staff would like to view any reimbursements submitted after 1/5/15, you will be able to access them any time on campus via WebNow at or at You must log into WebNow using your GRCC Network UserId and Password to view your reimbursements.

GRCC In the News, 12-15-14

Tom Rademacher: Author squeezes GRCC’s entire 100-year history in captivating book

Dec. 14, 2014; MLive

It’s amazing to fathom how Walt Lockwood was able to squeeze the entire 100-year history of Grand Rapids Community College into fewer than 200 pages.

Dentists donate time for healthier senior smiles

Dec. 12, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Some local dentists and hygienists donated their time Friday to provide free dental care to more than 50 low-income seniors.

This was the fourth year for Senior Dental Day and the third year Grand Rapids Community College has hosted the event. Participants received free cleanings, any necessary x-rays and follow-up referrals.

Talent 2025 report pegs strengths, weaknesses

Dec. 12, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

An extensive labor market analysis showcases the region’s strengths and the need to bridge potential gaps among education, training and industry demands.

… Other business and education stakeholders represented were Muskegon Community College, Ferris State University, Lake Shore Advantage, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Amway, Wolverine Coil Spring and Alliance for Health.

Gov. Snyder Appoints Ramirez-Saenz and Srivastava to the Ferris Board of Trustees

Dec. 12, 2014; Ferris State University news service

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Ana Ramirez-Saenz, of Rockford, and Rupesh Srivastava, of Franklin Village, to serve on the Ferris State University Board of Trustees. Ramirez-Saenz and Srivastava will serve eight-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2022. Their appointments, effective Jan. 1, 2015, are subject to the confirmation by the Michigan senate.

… Ramirez-Saenz is CEO and owner of La Fuente Consulting LLC. She was previously the assistant product manager, and marketing and training manager in leasing and financial services, for Steelcase Inc. Ramirez-Saenz served as past chair of the Clark Retirement Community Finance Committee, board member and events chair for the Ellington Academy for Arts and Technology, and serves on boards for the Grand Rapids School Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids and the Grand Rapids Community College Foundation Board. She earned both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

GRCC In the News, 12-12-14

GRCC names new provost

Dec. 11, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Laurie Chesley, dean of Grand Rapids Community College’s school of arts and sciences, will take over as the school’s provost.

‘Out of the blue,’ against the odds, one man’s journey to dream job

Dec. 11, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI — Derrick Johnson was attending Grand Rapids Community College and struggling to pay his bills, when he picked an obscure profession out of a list: Water plant manager.

Raider Salute to all who helped with Holiday Breakfast

A Raider Salute from Julie Otte:

Huge Shout Out and High Five to the employees at the Ford Fieldhouse, Media Technologies and Creative Dining for all of their tireless help and work to make the Holiday Breakfast a success! It’s a little-known fact that it takes an entire village to put on a Holiday Breakfast – and I’m so grateful for those who helped!

100 Ways to Give: Radiologic Technology Program


For the college’s 100-year celebration, the Radiologic Technology Program’s first- and second-year students collected and donated “100 Items to Warm Your Bones” for the 100 Ways to Give project. The 100 items were donated to the Mel Trotter Ministries and were handed out to the public in need of winter clothing items.

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Dental Assisting Club holds sale today

Dental Assisting Club Toothbrush and Crest Professional Whitestrip Sale:

We have adult and children’s Oral B toothbrushes for sale – $10.00/dozen or $5.00/ 1/2 dozen

Crest Professional Whitestrips (can’t buy in a retail store – 4 times stronger than retail) – $30.00

They will be available to pick up in the Dental Clinic – 3rd Floor Cook on Friday December 12, from 9:30 am – 2:00 only. Or until they sell out.

Checks made out to GRCC or cash accepted.

GRCC In the News, 12-11-14

Community College Programs Can Lead To Big Payoffs In The Right Fields

Dec. 11, 2014; NPR

When it comes to higher education, we’ve all heard the talking points: More people than ever are pursuing four-year degrees despite skyrocketing tuition costs because they don’t have many other choices if they want to be competitive in the workforce.

(Article includes a photo of GRCC dental students.)

Learning at the University of Life

Dec. 11, 2014;

Compassion. Selflessness. Balance. Character. Social consciousness. Humility. Uplifting. And peace, love and understanding.

… Michael Schavey is the director of the department of experiential learning at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). He points to their school’s Armen Awards, an annual program that recognizes faculty and students for service learning work, as a specific example of GRCC’s commitment to make service learning a significant part of the student experience.

Grand Rapids shelter helps one teen find escape

Dec. 11, 2014; Bridge magazine

Looking back, DaVionte Shannon recalled a time when each day seemed like a tightrope walk.

… He graduated from Union High School in Grand Rapids in June 2013 and plans to enroll in January at Grand Rapids Community College. He pays the rent through a job as a caretaker at an area nursing home.

Campus Security Authorities (CSA) Training

All GRCC employees who are considered Campus Security Authorities (CSA) based on Job Description, Advisor Role, or other assigned duty must attend training in the CSA responsibility.

The training is required annually by the Clery Act (Federal Law). During the training CSA’s will be provided with definitions of Clery reportable crimes, the GRCC Clery Geography, and other information to ensure all CSA’s properly meet their federally mandated requirements. All sessions will be presented by Chief Rebecca Whitman.

Three training dates have been added to the Staff Development schedule:

  • Tue Jan 20, 2015 from 9-10 AM in Room 234 Student Community Center
  • Thu Jan 29, 2015 from 1-2 PM in Room 234 Student Community Center

Please register online at or call Staff Development ext. 4285 if you need assistance.

GRCC Geography Alumna’s Article Published in Prestigious Scholarly Journal

“Political Agency and Citizen Journalism: Twitter as a Tool of Evaluation,” a groundbreaking article by GRCC Geography alumna Cadey Korson (A.A. 2008), was recently published in the prestigious scholarly journal, The Professional Geographer. Ms. Korson conducted an analysis of tweets about United Nations Peacekeeping Operations in Haiti and C^ote d’Ivoire, which revealed the usefulness of Twitter, as a medium for citizen journalism, in evaluating phenomena like peacekeeping missions. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Kent State University, having just returned to the U.S. from fieldwork in the South Pacific French territory of New Caledonia. Before pursuing doctoral studies in Geography, Ms. Korson was awarded the B.A. at Aquinas College and the M.A. at the University of Missouri. Her research interests include critical geopolitics, social media and citizen journalism, peacekeeping, and political development in francophone regions.