CTE May newsletter available

The CTE May Newsletter is available here!

Thank you to the 55 different faculty and staff members who have contributed their time and expertise to the CTE this year!  

Highlights in the May Newsletter

Ben Benefiel joins Communications Department

A big Raider welcome to Ben Benefiel, who joined the Communications Department earlier this year.

Ben Benefiel
Ben Benefiel

Ben is a graphic designer who worked for nearly two decades for a well-respected brand development and marketing firm.

Much of Ben’s work has been focused on building brands that connect with people and deliver compelling messages.

Ben is a lifelong resident of West Michigan and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from Grand Valley State University. 

Men’s basketball coach Jeff Bauer stepping down after leading Raiders for two seasons

Jeff Bauer is stepping down after two seasons leading the Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team to spend more time with his young children.

Bauer said the decision to leave GRCC was difficult. He has three children below the age of five, the youngest born in September.

The Raiders were 21-24 during his tenure, making the NJCAA Region XII tournament each year.

Jeff Bauer
Jeff Bauer

“I will always be grateful for the opportunity and the support given to us both of these seasons,” Bauer said. “However, after our third child was born last fall, our family decided that it would be too difficult to continue to juggle all of my jobs and still attempt to be the father that our three young sons need.”

Bauer is in his third year of teaching biology and chemistry at West Ottawa High School.  He resides in Allendale.

“I will always value the relationships with the great people at GRCC from the administration down to the student-athletes,” he said. “I would like to thank my staff as they worked very hard to make this the best experience possible for our student-athletes.”

The 2021 season was delayed and shortened due to the pandemic. The team played tough, losing a string of games in the final seconds.

“I certainly didn’t want to end my tenure here after the challenging season that we had during this COVID-stricken time. We spent the final half of our season with only three of our projected top 10 student-athletes while trying to navigate one of the most challenging schedules that the program has ever participated in,” Bauer said. “To our team’s credit, it battled every night as we were in every game. This is a very proud program and I have been blessed to be a part of it. I know our administration will choose the best fit to take the Raiders into the future!”  

Bauer in 2006 began his 10-year career at Grand Valley State University coaching alongside Head Coach Ric Wesley. His success there included winning 72 percent of his team’s games and participating in five NCAA tournaments, including two “elite eight’ appearances. 

His best GVSU season was 2007-2008 when the Lakers went 36-1, eventually losing in the “elite eight” while being ranked No. 1 in the nation. 

“Jeff worked hard and led the basketball team through a season with many challenges, GRCC Interim Athletic Director David Selmon said. “We appreciate all he has done for GRCC and the Athletic Program, and I wish him and his young family well.”

COVID-19 vaccination appointments available

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available for all residents 16 and older. There are now numerous locations throughout Kent County to make it easy for you to get a vaccine. You can learn about community clinics, and sign up, online. The largest clinic is at DeVos Place; you can sign up for an appointment there online.

The Kent County Health Department has teamed up with local organizations to provide rides to and from vaccination clinics for seniors, people with disabilities, or those who don’t have access to transportation. You can also sign up for this service online.

2021 Walking & Wellness Challenge is coming soon!

Thank you to past participants of the Walking & Wellness Challenge for providing feedback via a recent survey.

GRCC Walking & Wellness Challenge

This summer’s challenge will begin May 10 and end August 27 — essentially all summer long! 16 weeks of fun this year!

This year, we’ll feature weekly themes again, weekly downtown locations to visit, greater Grand Rapids & West Michigan locations to explore, and more!

Given that some GRCC family members are working on campus while others are working from home, it will be an individual challenge again this year. However, if you’re up to it and can do it safely, by all means, enjoy a stroll outdoors with your work buddies!

The Google Community (now Currents) page will get back up and running again as well. Participants love to share photos of our summer adventures, walking trail recommendations, encouragement and more!

Please register to participate via this Google registration form

For questions or more information, please email angelasalinas@grcc.edu

Tech Tips: Google Team Drive Security

Do you have an employee leaving, transferring, or joining your department and you would like to update their access to the department Shared folder in Google Drive? IT has empowered managers of Google Team Drives to update access for their employees.  You can add/remove users from your team drive by following these steps

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

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

Van & Marinus Travel award for 2021

The coronavirus has transformed life as we know it, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have fun!

The GRCC Foundation is happy to once again offer the Van & Marinus Travel award for 2021 – with a twist.  Employees may submit essays telling us how they intend to travel or relax, and still have fun during the pandemic this summer!

Please view the attached file for rules and deadlines.