GRCC In the News, 2-17-15

Divided GRCC board rejects proposed ‘Respect for Law’ policy

Feb. 16, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – On its face, the idea sounded simple enough: Grand Rapids Community College should have a policy requiring employees to respect the rule of law.

Students offer free tax assistance for low-income families

Feb. 16, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Students from colleges across West Michigan and other organizations are offering free tax filing assistance for low-income families.

… Accounting students from Davenport University, Aquinas College, Cornerstone University, and Grand Rapids Community College as well as members of the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA) are participating.

Event to benefit female entrepreneurs

Feb. 16, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A big event is planned on February 19 to empower women and help them get their start in the business world. The Michigan Women’s Foundation’s Young Women for Change program is a group made up of high school girls who work to empower women in their community. The group is hosting a screening of “Miss Representation” on Thursday, February 19. The documentary focuses on the view of women in society. There is a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $2 for students. All proceeds will benefit women entrepreneurs in the community.

The screening is on Thursday at the GRCC Wisner-Bottral Applied Technology Center Auditorium. There is a reception at 5:30 p.m. and the film starts at 6 p.m.

Iron Chef Cheese competition benefits Make-A-Wish

Yesterday, Chef Bob Schultz and his students partnered with Make-A-Wish Michigan for the Iron Chef Cheese Competition. The event raised over $600 for Make-A-Wish Michigan by selling the opportunity to judge the cheese competition. Each team had a local wish kid participate in the preparation of the delicious food using various cheeses and a secret ingredient: root vegetables! Everyone was a winner! The food was fabulous and everyone had fun!

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Changes made to policies

Changes were recently made to several college policies:

Summary of changes:

Revised Policy 3.7 Contracting Authority

  • Added provision which requires agreements for goods or services in excess of $1000 to be authorized by the Budget Control Officer and reviewed by the Director of Purchasing. This change makes this policy consistent with the Purchasing Policy.

Revised Policy 11.15 Purchasing Policy

  • Added provision under Procedures (Section X, paragraph F) requiring best economic approach, e.g. purchase vs. lease alternative analysis
  • Added provision under Procedures (Section X, paragraph F) for periodic review for procurement duplication
  • Updated non-discrimination paragraph to reflect updated EEO statement

Revised Policy 11.6 Use of College Equipment off College Property

  • Format Changes
  • Updated “use agreement” under Related Documents to “Acceptable Use Agreement”
  • Removed VP Finance/Admin from contacts
  • Added Procurement Specialist to contacts
  • Deleted cell phones and palm pilots (college no longer provides)
  • Added provision under Section X, Paragraph C, subsection 1 to include statement “college equipment assigned to employees for their normal daily work is exempt from this procedure.”

Revised 14.5 Campus Closing Due to Inclement Weather & Emergency Conditions

  • Added provision under Section X, Paragraph B, subsection 1 to include delayed start option
  • Modified factors considered in the decision to close:
    • Removed evaluation of local businesses closing
    • Added consideration of the current weather conditions and anticipated length of storm
  • Modified statement under Section X, Paragraph B to indicate 5:30 AM as a target decision time (the decision may not always be made at that exact time).