GRCC Retiree Biography: Vicki Maxa

Vicki Maxa has been at GRCC for eleven years, and worked in education for over thirty years. At GRCC, she worked as a Counselor and Advisor, both on the Main Campus and at Tassell M-TEC. she has really enjoyed her assignment at M-TEC, what a phenomenal team of dedicated professionals.  She is also a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) team, and have such respect and admiration for our colleagues in Institutional Research. In her work at GRCC, she has been fortunate to work with many students and listen to their stories as they set both career and life goals… that is, to her, both an honor and a privilege. In her experience, many students have demonstrated how to turn setbacks into opportunities, and how to keep on struggling until their challenges have been met. She is proud of their accomplishments.

Vicki plans for retirement include forays into astrophotography and learning about drone navigation. She is considering painting classes at the Art Institute in South Haven, and piano lessons in Holland. She is getting a puppy, a German Shepherd, and will train and show in conformation, obedience and agility. She hopes to learn new things each and every day. Vick is truly excited to begin this next chapter of her life!


GRCC In the News, 6-21-19

Musical Matrimony Folias Duo to Play Presbyterian

June 20, 2019; Pasadena Now

The Folias Duo ensemble for flute and guitar are set to play Pasadena Presbyterian Church’s “Music at Noon” series June 26.

… In 2018, their self-booked summer tour included twenty concert performances throughout the western U.S., while recent Michigan performance highlights include the Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series; the Scarab Club Chamber Music Series in Detroit who presented the duo’s arrangement of Piazzolla’s “Angel Suite” for flute, guitar and string quartet; and the Grand Rapids Art Museum Classical Series who produced a program of Bergeron and Maret’s original works.

GRCC In the News, 6-20-19

Morgan Beers named Holland Sentinel Girls Water Polo Player of the Year

June 19, 2019; The Holland Sentinel

ZEELAND — Morgan Beers was a force in front of the net.

… Beers will attend Grand Rapids Community College next year with hopes of transferring to Grand Valley State.

Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra opens season with local talent

June 19, 2019; Manistee News Advocate

BENZONIA — The Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra (BASO) will launch its 2019 summer season with a stunning performance by talented local musicians.

… She (Carrie Brannen) completed her Bachelor of Music degree at Western Michigan University, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2013, and her Associate of Music degree at Grand Rapids Community College, where she graduated in 2011.

Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame names 2019 members

June 19, 2019; White Lake Beacon

MUSKEGON – The Michigan Irish American Hall of Fame has announced its 2019 class of inductees.

… In the field of Education, the Hall of Fame has selected for membership Roger Schlosser. Schlosser is the retired founder and director of the Irish Studies Program at Grand Rapids Community College, believed to be the only Irish Studies Program at a community college in the U.S.

Policies updated

Please familiarize yourself with the with policy changes made when all policies are updated. For more information, visit the policy website. This month, there are several changes that we would like to highlight:

  • Employee Reimbursement:
  • Employees may purchase their own airfare up to a limit of $500. Airfare in excess of $500 must be purchased through the College approved travel agent.
  • Airfare for student travel and employee groups of three (3) or more must be arranged with a College approved travel agent.
  • The College will reimburse the cost of 2nd class airfare, coach or main cabin seating.
  • Travel permitted the day before and after conference, when necessary. Consideration must be given to having a balance between convenience for the employee and lowering costs for the College. 
  • If you use bonus miles, you will not be reimbursed for the cost of the airfare.
  • Baggage fees for one bag only will be reimbursed.
  • If you drive your own car, you will be reimbursed for the lower of actual mileage or economy airfare.
  • Reasonable tipping up to 20% for meals.


  • FMLA:
    • If the College has enough information to determine that a period of incapacity of more than three consecutive days is for an FMLA qualifying reason, Human Resources will complete the appropriate documentation in its HRIS system, to designate leave as FMLA.


9.9 Naming Opportunities

  • Added language in Section III, Paragraph E, subsection 1, “The naming of buildings in recognition of a donor or honoree implies a promise to that donor or honoree that the facility will be permanently maintained, or if change is unavoidable, that an alternative means of recognizing the donor or honoree will be found at that time.”
  • Removed language in Section III, Paragraph E, subsection 1, “Should the building be demolished or sold, the designation shall be terminated.”


3.1 Institutional Review Board

No changes


11.1 Employee Reimbursement


Section VI – changed to include EBCOs & BCOs

Section VII – Added Employee Reimbursement Request Form and Employee Mileage Reimbursement Request form to Related Documents

Section VIII – changed policy owner to Director of Budget & Business Services

Section X

  • Removed “if required” from leave of absence
  • Added sentence regarding “six-month limitation”
  • Clarified and condensed acceptable forms of supporting documentation to reimbursement requests.
  • Removed current section and replaced with existing F.
  • Added employee responsibility verbiage regarding uncompleted travel and reimbursements prior to.
    • a.i Added $500 limit for employee purchased airfare.
    • a.ii Clarified definition of reimbursable airfare and related expenses.
    • a.iii Added from section 1.a.vii sentence to include non-payment for coupons, sky miles, and/or complimentary tickets.
    • a.iv Removed last portion of section regarding example of acceptable travel days before and after conference.
    • a.vii Deleted and added to section 1.a.iii
    • b.i Clarified mileage reimbursement language
    • b.ii Defined mapquest as company recognized mileage site.
    • b.iv Added language regarding denial of extra travel day(s) allocation for driving in lieu of air travel.
    • b Clarified language of acceptable proofs of payment.
    • c Clarified language of non-reimbursable hotel room charges
    • d Clarified language of reasonable tips.
    • e Clarified language of in-room dining expenses
    • b Removed example of meal per diem calculation from policy. Referenced Reimbursement Procedures.
    • c Removed example of meal per diem calculation.
    • e Clarified language of reasonable tipping.
    • a. Removed

Section XI. – changed Online Leave of Absence form to Leave of Absence Electronic Form


14.16 Health & Safety Policy

  • No changes recommended for this policy. It is general enough to stand the test of time but specific enough that the policy is still relevant.


6.14 FMLA 

  • Section IV.C. – Added the words “domestic partner**” after “spouse*,” and added the following verbiage at the end of the section:


**Note: Effective January 1, 2016, the Domestic Partner program expands eligibility criteria for enrollment in specific Grand Rapids Community College’s benefit plans. Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Domestic Partners will be treated the same as spouse.


  • Section VIII Policy Owner – Removed the words “Coordinator for Adjunct Faculty & FMLA” and replaced with “Payroll & FMLA Coordinator”


  • Section IX.A. – Removed the words “12 months” at the end of the first sentence and replaced with “fiscal year.”


  • Section X.A. – Expanded definition of notification process


  • Section X.B. – Added specifics regarding timelines


  • Section X.E. – Condensed to broadly cover and define paid and unpaid leaves


  • Section XI. Forms – added Disability Accommodation Request Form

GRCC In the News, 6-19-19

John Bos all-star games honor OK conference baseball and softball players

June 18, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — All-conference baseball and softball players from the OK Conference got a final chance play a high school game and represent their league Tuesday night at Cornerstone University.

Plan failed? Draw up a new one

June 18, 2019;

Two years ago, Chris Hribek will tell you, his high school career was a disaster with failing grades, attendance issues and a big attitude problem.

… Thanks to some tough love by teachers at the Career Academy and a new attitude toward school, Chris got his diploma this spring. Now he’s thinking about going to Grand Rapids Community College to learn welding.

Hausserman named Sentinel-Standard Boys’ Golfer of the Year

June 18, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA — Consistency.

… (Tyler) Hausserman was referring to Egypt Valley Country Club, where he’ll play as a member of golf team at Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 6-18-19

Elected officials, parents, educators bid GRPS superintendent farewell at final meeting

June 18, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – At the end of Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal’s final school board meeting Monday, there was emotional public comment from elected officials, parents, educators and community leaders praising her leadership.

… City Commissioners Senita Lenear and Joe Jones, County Commissioner Robert Womack, and GRCC President Bill Pink were also among those who spoke of her positive impact and influence on the district and the city.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Teresa Weatherall Neal is a GRJC alumna.)

Attention Supervisors of Professional Services (no benefits) or student employees

If your part-time employee (no benefits or student employee) works throughout the fiscal year, we’re slightly changing the maximum allowable work weeks, effective July 1, 2019.

There is NO change for the “must work less than 28 hours per week” requirement.

The change applies to the maximum number of allowable work weeks in a fiscal year: 46 weeks will be the maximum allowable work weeks.  We must maintain less than a total 1300 hours worked in a fiscal year for these employee groups.

The reason for this change is new legislation in Michigan regarding paid leave.  We will be in compliance by maintaining the 1300 hour maximum over 46 weeks.  This maximum will also keep us below the threshold for the Federal ACA laws for health care.

As a supervisor, please continue to make sure that your part-time employees are working no more than 28 hours per week, and no more than 46 weeks per year.

Please contact Cathy Kubiak (x. 3971) if you have questions.

Retirement party for Dr. Vicki Maxa, Teri Dilworth, Theresa Freiberg on June 20

Student Success and Retention is excited to announce a retirement party for Dr. Vicki Maxa, Teri Dilworth, and Theresa Freiberg! Dr. Maxa had been an academic advisor with the college for 11 years; Teri Dilworth has been with the college as a Support Professional for 33 years, and Theresa Freiberg has been with the college as a support professional for 22 years. The advising area is excited to honor our colleagues with a retirement party on June 20 from 3-5 p.m .on the 3rd floor SCC terrace. Please join us to say bon voyage!

GRCC In the News, 6-17-19

Electric vehicle charging station at GRCC now available for public use

June 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The public can now use the electric vehicle charging station in the lower level of the Grand Rapids Community College parking ramp on Bostwick Avenue, officials announced this week.

Metallica Gives Back

June 14, 2019; (All Within My Hands Foundation)

Our extended Metallica Family at Blackened American Whiskey had a chance encounter with a Metallica fan whose buddy, it turns out, is a Metallica Scholar. That brief encounter led to us learn all about our first Spotlight Scholar, Jason Church. We think his story is worth sharing, and it all started over whiskey…

Jason was the recipient of AWMH’s Metallica Scholars grant funding at Grand Rapids Community College, encouraging him to continue his training and get his welding certification.

Brother and sister work hard for ‘a better future, a better life’

June 14, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School district)

Anyelin and Yustin Vasquez Lopez are well aware of the Guatemala they came from, the America they came to, and what it will take to succeed here.

… She and her brother are powered by their dreams, as they go from their graduation ceremony at Calvin College toward Grand Rapids Community College this fall.

Fundraising Lunch in Grand Rapids to Help Former Foster Youth Go to College

June 13, 2019; (press release)

LANSING, Mich. – Seat reservations are still available for the fifth annual Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Benefit to be held on June 26 at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.

… Seventeen Michigan colleges and universities have programs to assist former foster care students:  Delta College, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Northwestern Michigan College, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of Michigan-Flint, Washtenaw Community College, Wayne County Community College, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

Pewamo-Westphalia falls in extras in Division 3 baseball semifinal

June 14, 2019; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

EAST LANSING — The Pewamo-Westphalia baseball team had allowed under 40 runs total to its opponents this season en route to a school-record 31 wins.

… “I tried to get them off-balance by throwing my curveball and then slider, plus I was able to locate my fastball well and trust my fielders to make plays behind me,” (Ethan) Thelen said, who will continue his baseball career next season at Grand Rapids Community College, said. “My arm feels really good right now, but it will probably be a different story tomorrow.

Grant opportunity: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Research Stipends

The National Endowment for the Humanities’ Research Division is accepting applications for the Summer Stipends program. The purpose of this program is to stimulate new research in the humanities and its publication. The award supports continuous full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two consecutive months. NEH funds may support recipients’ compensation, travel, and other costs related to the proposed scholarly research. Summer Stipends provide $6,000 for research and writing and the deadline is September 25, 2019.

For more information, please contact Kim Squiers in the GRCC Grants Department at extension 2577 or

GRCC In the News, 6-14-19

Heavy metal meets metal joining

June 13, 2019; Engineering 360

Rock band Metallica has awarded Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Michigan with a $100,000 grant to connect more nontraditional students to in-demand welding jobs.

Ionia’s Hausserman finishes just outside of top 10 at state golf finals

June 13, 2019; The Daily News (Greenville)

IONIA — Ionia senior Tyler Hausserman, the school’s first regional golf champion, performed well at the Division 2 state finals at Forest Akers West Golf Course in East Lansing on June 7-8, finishing three strokes away from clinching a top 10 finish.

… Hausserman will now take his golfing talents to Grand Rapids Community College, in which he signed a letter of intent to play with the Raiders on May 15.