Vaccine opportunity for GRCC employees and their families

There is an opportunity for GRCC employees and their families to obtain a Pfizer two-dose COVID vaccine.

GRCC is partnering with the Urban Church Center and Spectrum Health as part of the “Shot of Love” campaign to provide COVID vaccines for GRCC employees, students and their families on Thursday, April 15 and beyond.

If you have not yet been able to obtain the safe and effective COVID vaccine, this is a great opportunity to make your appointment and get vaccinated this week! 

If you were scheduled to receive the now-paused Johnson & Johnson vaccine and want to move more quickly, this is your opportunity.

This will be the Pfizer vaccine, which is approved for those age 16 and older. Reserve your vaccine and make an appointment following this process:

  • Call the remediation line, (616) 391-9031 
  • Tell them you are from GRCC and are calling to make a vaccine appointment. Please provide the following code when calling: GRCCVOL2021.
  • These vaccines will be available at the West Michigan Vaccine Clinic, DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. in Grand Rapids.

Feel free to share this code with your family members and allow them to make appointments. Our goal is to keep the GRCC family – and its extended family – safe.

GRCC Nursing faculty and students will be volunteering at the clinic on Thursday, April 15 to assist with the effort!

If Thursday doesn’t work for you, they will attempt to schedule you for another day this week!

Highlighting staff who help our students

Sarah Brooks smiling.

Always remember, at GRCC, you are surrounded by people who want you to be successful and are ready to walk with you on your educational pathway. We are here to help!

Meet Sara Brooks. Sara is an academic adviser in GRCC’s Academic Advising and Transfer Center.

Sara is able to assist you in determining your best path to success, and supporting you by connecting you with resources here at GRCC to help you along the way.

“I am passionate about assisting people in becoming the best versions of themselves,” she said. “I am passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging; instructional design, and applied neuroscience and metacognition.”

Sara loves serving students who are at-risk while helping them discover their potential and self-actualization. Her professional experience includes: recruitment, program management, project management, case management, advocacy, consulting, facilitation, teaching, training, and advising.

She has earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing from San Francisco State University, and a Master of Arts in Family Studies (Human Development) from Spring Arbor University.

“I love being able to show up every day unapologetically myself while impacting lives and I hope to help students do the same in their own lives,” she said.

Connect with Sara and other members of the Academic Advising and Transfer team to get assistance and learn how GRCC is your best choice for pursuing your academic or professional goals. You can email advising@grcc.edu, call (616) 234-3900 and schedule a virtual appointment at grcc.edu/students/academic-advising-transfer-center

Library adds hours for technology returns due by April 29

The due date for Library laptops, hotspots, and other technology items – borrowed by students – is Thursday, April 29.  All technology must be returned in person to the Library Circulation Desk.

IT must update software on all laptops before the technology will be redistributed to students for summer classes. 

Staff with borrowed technology due April 30 should contact the Circulation Desk at 616-234-3872 with any questions. 

During the last week of the semester, in addition to normal hours (M- Th 8-6), the Library will be open two extra days for returns:

  • Friday, April 30 from 8 AM – 3 PM.
  • Saturday, May 1 from 8 AM – 1 PM. 

All GRCC Library books are due on or before Wednesday, April 28 and can be returned either inside the Library or in the blue Book Return box located on the Ransom Avenue plaza.

For updates on library services, see the Virtual Services Subject Guide.

Tech Tips: GRCC Post-It Board

Did you know GRCC has a place where you can buy, sell, or trade with your fellow GRCC employees?

The GRCC Post-It Board is an online marketplace where you can also share information about events or ask for recommendations for services from the campus community.

Once you join the GRCC Post-It Board you’ll receive an email notification whenever a new post is made. 

To locate and join the GRCC Post-It Board, follow these steps.

  1. From your GRCC Email click the “waffle”  (located in the top right corner) then select “Currents”.
  2. Navigate to “All Posts” located in the middle left then click the green text reading GRCC Post-It Board.
  3. Lastly, click the “Join” button located in the middle left.

Congratulations! You’ve successfully joined the GRCC Post-It Board community!

For more information, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at extension 4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu

Learn how to “Recruit Your Barista”

Do you ever run into students in the outside world, but aren’t sure of how to promote GRCC to them?

Sign up for the GRCC employee learning opportunity – Recruit your Barista to get tips on how to inform anyone about the opportunities that GRCC can provide.

Join us on Monday April 26 from 3-4 p.m. on Zoom. Register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account.

Learn Google Sheets

Do you use Excel for Spreadsheets? Google Sheets is a great alternative to Excel, with the added benefit of easier team collaboration. Interested in learning more about Sheets?

We have a course for that! Sign up for Google Sheets 1.0 (Beginner) hosted by GRCC IT staff.

This course covers creating sheets, building content, some basic functions, charts/graphs and more!

Join in on April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Register via the Professional Development tile of your Online Center account.