GRCC Alumni Enews Submissions

Do you have exciting news about what is going on in your department or with your students? Or do you know of an alumni who is doing cool things? We’d love to share this with the GRCC Alumni Association! The GRCC Alumni Enews goes out to nearly 9,000 subscribers each month and allows alums to keep connected with the college.

Please email any stories you have to Corey Turner, Development Manager, Alumni and Planned Giving, at to be included in the next Enews.

Exam Week hours for Raider Grill, Sneden Cafe, Quiet Cafe

Exam Week December 9 – December 13

Raider Grill and Sneden Closed all week

Monday 9th Quiet Café Normal Hours

Tuesday 10th Quiet Café 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wednesday 11th Quiet Café 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (Limited menu option)

Thursday 12th Quiet Café 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (No breakfast limited menu option)

 Friday 13th All Retail operations Closed.

All Locations closed December 16th – January 10th 2020

GRCC In the News, 12-3-19

New Presidents or Provosts: Castleton U, Grand Rapids CC, Ivy Tech CC-South Bend, MacMurray College, Nash CC, Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Rush U, Tyler Junior College, U of Akron, U of Leicester, West Virginia Northern CC

Dec. 3, 2019; Inside Higher Ed

… Brian Knetl, interim provost at Harper College, in Illinois, has been named provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan.

The Grand Rapids Ballet Welcomes Audiences to the Magic of The Nutcracker

Dec. 2, 2019; Women’s Lifestyle

From the ethereal notes of the “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” to the symphonic rush of the “March of the Toy Soldiers,” the music of The Nutcracker is synonymous with a season that arguably holds more magic than any other. For more than 50 years, American ballet audiences have been captivated by this story of a little girl who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve to battle an evil mouse king.

This year, the Grand Rapids Ballet returns to DeVos Performance Hall on Dec. 12-15 and Dec. 20-22 to treat audiences to a resplendent rendition of this adored tale with production design by beloved children’s book author and illustrator Chris Van Allsburg in collaboration with Tony-award winning set designer Eugene Lee, choreography by internationally sought-after choreographer Val Caniparoli and music performed by the Grand Rapid Symphony. Attendees are drawn into the story’s magical world before they even take their seats: The lobby of DeVos Hall will be transformed into a Land of Sweets by Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, featuring dancers in stained-glass sugar, bells made from blown sugar and more.

Sign up for 2nd cohort of Intergroup Dialogue

The Campus Climate Team, CAP 3.2, and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is initiating the second cohort of Intergroup Dialogue here at GRCC. Intergroup Dialogue is a dialogue process that blends theory, and experiential learning, to facilitate awareness of social identity, social inequity and intergroup relations. Might you may be interested in taking advantage of this rewarding opportunity to positively impact our campus? This initiative is designed after the University of Michigan’s evidence-based Intergroup Dialogue model, which is widely used at other colleges and universities.

Participants will have an opportunity to explore social identities and apply the resulting understanding and cultural competencies to the goal of fostering a more inclusive environment at Grand Rapids Community College. By going through this process, we hope to see GRCC employees gain increased awareness and confidence in working with diverse identities in our thriving and ever evolving environment. We want to build strong relationships with each other as colleagues and confidence to work across differences when serving, teaching and mentoring our student population.

The two-day workshop scheduled for January 16th and 17th, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., will be followed by subsequent meetings and opportunities to continue the dialogue. We do ask for a commitment for the two full days. Employees can use this opportunity for professional development credit but will not have to use professional development funds to participate.

Please consider participating! To register or if you have additional questions, please contact Sophia Brewer at or Mansfield Matthewson at .

End-of-the-year payroll information

Important 2019 Year End Payroll Information

2019 W-2 Availability

  • Electronic W-2’s will be made available to employees who have given consent by January 17, 2020.
  • Paper W-2’s will be mailed to employees who have not given consent to receive them electronically on January 31, 2020. Paper W-2’s will not be available for pick up in Human Resources.

 Verify Your Personal Information

Update your Tax Withholding Forms

  • NEW 2020 tax forms will be available in January on the payroll web page at New tax forms should be completed if:
    • You moved in or out of the cities of Grand Rapids or Walker.
    • Your filing status has changed.
    • You are currently claiming exempt, to not have any withholding for Federal or State taxes, you are required to complete a new 2020 W-4 no later than February 3, 2020.

1095-C Tax Form

  • All benefited employees will receive a tax form 1095-C from PlanSource in the mail. The form contains information regarding Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage that you may need to report as part of your 2019 tax return.

For Informational Purposes Only

  • The 2020 Social Security tax rate is schedule to remain 6.2%, and the Medicare tax rate remains 1.45%.
  • The 2020 social security wage base will increase to $137,700.00.
  • The 2019 limitation for elective deferrals under a 403(b) or 457(b) will increase to $19,500 and the additional catch up provision for individuals age 50 and over will remain $6,000.00, for a total of $26,000.00