GRCC In The News, 11-16-18

Eating Clean: Spectrum Health culinary medicine team teaches students healthy habits
11/16/18 FOX 17
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Studies show that eating well improves brain function and promotes learning. That’s why Spectrum Health is putting on a culinary medicine class for Grand Rapids Public School students at Grand Rapids Community College.

Turkey cooking tips during salmonella outbreak
11/15/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As millions of Americans prepare for Thanksgiving, theres a deadly salmonella outbreak in raw turkey products.
… Chef Bob Schultz, a professor at Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, showed us how. He had a chicken on hand, but same rules apply.

Transitions: Alderson Broaddus U. Names President, U. of Texas Campus Appoints Inclusive-Excellence Chief
11/15/18 The Chronicle of Higher Education
… Appointments
… B. Afeni McNeely Cobham, a visiting associate professor at Salem State University and former associate dean of institutional equity at Connecticut College, has been named chief equity and inclusion officer at Grand Rapids Community College.

Mott women’s basketball team remains unbeaten in league play
11/15/18 MLive
FLINT, MI — After building a nine-point lead at halftime, Mott Community College’s women’s basketball team held off a second-half rally by Grand Rapids CC to post a 65-64 victory at Ballenger Field House.

Four free registrations available for 26th Annual Grand Rapids Turkey Trot 5K

There are 4 free registrations available for the Grand Rapids Turkey Trot, next Thursday, November 22. This event supports student achievement, while supporting after-school opportunities for the students of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

If interested, please contact Katie Vander Meer in 212 ATC, email or call x3991 by Tuesday, November 20.

Wellness at Work – Winter Series (formerly Weight Watchers at Work)

Get a head start on your 2019 wellness goals! Wellness at Work (formerly Weight Watchers) is ready to launch yet another GRCC series to help bring you closer to your personal health goals.

Enjoy a 15% discount if you register at Meeting 1! Cost for the program is $132.60 for 12 weeks of on-campus meetings (on Thursdays at 12:30 p.m.) beginning December 13 and online e-tool access. After December 13, the cost for the program will be $156.

Bonus: On-campus meetings will not be held December 27 or January 3, but you will still be able to join a community meeting and have continued access to your online e-tools. That’s like getting two weeks free!

If you are interested in participating, please contact Angela Salinas (x2567, and join us at a meeting on Thursday, December 13, at 12:30 p.m. in the Far Side Room (1st Floor Student Center). Please note that should you choose to register for the program, payment is due at this session. Members can pay with cash, check, or a credit or debit card. You can also take advantage of a three-check split payment method.

Did you also know that if you take advantage of the Flex Spending Account, the cost of the program could be covered with a medical necessity doctor’s note? For more information, please contact the Benefits Office.

Construction reminder: Bostwick Ave partially closed Monday-Wednesday

Beginning Monday, November 19, Rockford Construction will be installing a large crane to swing equipment on to the roof top of the Ford Field House.

As a result, Bostwick Avenue, north of Lyon Street, will be closed up to the Lyon student parking entrance.

The pedestrian sidewalk on the east side of the street will also be closed. Pedestrians will need to use the sidewalk on the west side of the street, and then cross back over at the corner of Bostwick and Crescent.

The sky walks from the Lyon ramp and from the Science building will also be closed. Students will need to enter the parking ramp coming from the north, either up Crescent or on Bostwick from Michigan.

The crane will be in place Monday-Wednesday. Rockford will have additional safety personnel on site and positioned in areas to assist with directing students.

Online Center has new pdf check stubs available

The payroll department is happy to announce that a new pdf check stub is available with the latest PeopleSoft upgrade.

The new pay stub will be available for viewing each Thursday before the pay date.

In addition to easier printing, the new functionality will offer the following:

  • Masked direct deposit account numbers
  • Leave bank balances will be viewable on each pay stub with more detail
  • Access to view from cell phone

Important note for non-exempt (hourly) employees: In an effort to improve the compensatory time leave bank view, accrued comp time hours will now be added during payroll processing and available for view on your pay stub under the earn code “CTA.”

More information can be found on the payroll web page.

How the passage of Proposal 1 affects GRCC

Students and employees may have questions about how the passage of Proposal 1 will affect Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). The passage of Proposal 1, The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, does not change federal law or college policy, both of which prohibit marijuana in all forms on campus. GRCC policy prohibits students, employees, and members of the public from possessing, using, or being under the influence of marijuana for any reason, including medicinal, on college property or during any college activity.

In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act (41 U.S.C. 701) and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act (20 U.S.C. 1145g), the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, use or sale of a controlled substance or alcohol on property owned or controlled by the college or as part of any college-sponsored program off-campus is strictly prohibited. As a recipient of Title IV Federal Financial Aid funding, GRCC is required to follow the federal Controlled Substances Act, which states growing or using marijuana is a crime, regardless of state law. As an employer, GRCC will follow the federal Drug Free Workplace Act, which prohibits the possession of marijuana in the workplace.

Violating the college’s policies may be grounds for discipline or corrective action as stated in College policy and the Student Code of Conduct. Relevant GRCC policies and resources are listed below:

GRCC would also like to remind students and employees that the use of tobacco, e-cigarettes and vaporizer pens are also prohibited on campus, per GRCC Policy.

Thank you for your continued adherence to college policy and federal laws.

Proposal 1 Q&A

Below are answers to some of the common questions surrounding Proposal 1:

    1. What is Proposal 1?

Statewide Ballot Proposal 18-1, known as the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, amends state and local law to allow the personal possession and use of a limited amount of marijuana by individuals 21 years and older. It also permits the taxation of revenue from commercial marijuana and industrial hemp facilities and creates the framework for how the government will administer and enforce the legislation.

    2. Now that Proposal 1 has passed, is it the law?

Not yet. The amendment goes into effect ten days after the Michigan Secretary of State certifies the election and changes the state law regarding possession of marijuana in Michigan.  Michigan results are certified about three weeks after Election Day. Therefore, legalization of marijuana would likely occur in December 2018.

    3. When it is law, can I use marijuana in public?

Being under the influence of marijuana remains illegal while operating motor vehicles, aircrafts, motorboats, off-road recreational vehicles, or snowmobiles. Smoking marijuana remains illegal in all public places.

Property owners may prohibit leaseholders from smoking marijuana on their properties. Employers may punish employees for violating workplace drug policies and working under the influence.

The Michigan Legislature will have to create laws regulating marijuana businesses before the product becomes commercially available.  Municipalities are authorized to ban or limit marijuana establishments within their boundaries.

    4. Will marijuana use be permitted on GRCC’s campus?

No. The use of marijuana in any form, including edibles and extracts, will remain prohibited by GRCC’s policies and federal law. GRCC prohibitions will not change when the new legislation goes into effect.

GRCC must comply with federal laws regarding the possession, distribution and consumption of marijuana, which is still a Schedule I drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970. In addition, GRCC is obligated to follow the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and prevent the illicit use of drugs and abuse of alcohol by students and employees on GRCC property or at events.

    5. Can GRCC prohibit me from engaging in conduct that is permissible under state law?

Yes. Like alcohol, tobacco and other controlled substances that may be permissible under state law but are restricted by GRCC policies, GRCC will not permit the use of marijuana on GRCC property. GRCC, as a higher education institution and property owner, has the authority to regulate the drug on campus grounds and at events.

    6. How do federal laws that prohibit marijuana use interact with the drug’s legality on a state level?

Federal law prohibiting marijuana preempts state law. The possession, use, distribution, etc. of marijuana is still subject to prosecution under federal law, regardless of what state laws permit.

    7. What is permissible under Proposal 1?

 The state law allows individuals 21 years of age or older to possess, use, transport or process up to 2.5 ounces or less of marijuana or 15 grams of marijuana public. At home, users are allowed to have up to 10 ounces and 12 plants, as long as they are not grown in a location visible from outside. There are additional restrictions on storage.