Welcome Week

GRCC Campus Activities Board presents Welcome Week 2021, September 7-9!

If you are staff or faculty, please inform your student about these activities.

~ Get to know campus ~ Make friends ~ Have fun ~ Eat food ~

Tuesday: Open House at Student Life

Wednesday: Involvement Day & Virtual Scavenger Hunt

Thursday: Outdoor Movie Night

Campus Events

Back-to-back: Ola Nowak is second GRCC volleyball player in a row to earn MCCAA Player of the Week honors

Ola Nowak and Annie Holesinger in their volleyball uniforms, smiling.

Ola Nowak has been named MCCAA Western Conference Player of the Week, the second week in a row a Grand Rapids Community College volleyball player earned the honor.

Nowak, a freshman setter/libero from Grandville, was selected after superb performances at the Owens Express Invitational Tournament in Perrysburg, Ohio on Aug. 27 and 28.

Nowak totaled a team-high 94 assists and 52 digs, while chipping in five kills and four aces. Nowak racked up a career-high 19 digs and three blocks while helping her team to victory in the opening match.

“The Raiders faced some of the best teams in the nation during the first tournaments of the season,” GRCC Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said. “Back-to-back Western Conference players of the week awards reflect the hard work from our student-athletes and coaches and outstanding performances against top competition. This is going to be an exciting season.”  

The Raiders defeated No. 12 Catawba Valley Community College and Waubonsee Community College on the first day of the tournament. The team lost to No. 2 Parkland College and concluded tournament play with a four-set loss to Terra State Community College, which placed ninth at the NJCAA D2 National Tournament last year.

Nowak follows Annie Holesinger in earning Player of the Week honors. Holesinger, a sophomore from Rockford, was saluted for her performance in the season-opening tournament where she totaled 45 kills, averaged 3.46 kills per set, and had five blocks across the four matches on Aug. 20 and 21. Holesinger tied her career high of 17 kills against No. 3 Iowa Central Community College while hitting .500.

After two tournaments on the road, the Raiders return to GRCC for the team’s first home match of the year at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2 at the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. The team is facing Glen Oaks Community College. General admission is $3 per person, and season passes for all games will be available for $50 at the admissions table.  Students and staff are admitted free with their RaiderCard

National Payroll Week

The Payroll Team would like to remind you all that next week is National Payroll Week. It’s no coincidence that the week coincides with the week of Labor Day since it highlights the achievements and symbiotic partnerships between America’s employees, payroll professionals, and various government programs and agencies.

Since Monday, 9/6/21, is the Labor Day holiday and GRCC is closed, this is also your reminder to please submit your timesheet for the 9/17/21 pay date (for the pay period of 8/23-9/5/21) so you don’t forget over the long weekend.

Learn about Evidence Based Selection

Are you applying for an internal position? Have you wondered how the open position in your department will be filled? Learn about the new hiring process – Evidence Based Selection – from the HR team. 

Multiple sessions throughout the upcoming Fall and Winter semesters. Sessions are held virtually via Zoom.

Friday, September 10 (9-10:30 a.m.)

Tuesday, November 16 (3-4:30 p.m.)

Enroll via your Online Center account Professional Development tile. 

GRCC In the News, 09/02/2021

One Good Thing: Lina Blair

September 1, 2021; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Time for One Good Thing — someone or something that makes West Michigan a good place to live. A Grand Rapids Community College staff member was recently honored by her alma mater for her work during the pandemic.

ABC/WMC launching West Michigan Construction Institute

September 2, 2021; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter (ABC/WMC) is launching a new trade education center to fill the talent gap in construction.

… The electrical program is a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, which will move its more than 400 students currently enrolled in electrical apprenticeships to the WMCI facility beginning in January.

92% of college freshmen are optimistic about their lives, poll finds

September 2, 2021; NBC News

The pandemic, a not-so-distant recession and a politically polarized America notwithstanding, first-year college students are overwhelmingly optimistic about their future, even if they’re less confident about the direction of the country and the world, a new poll found.

… “I’m super optimistic about my life because, if I can go to college and have all these opportunities in the midst of a pandemic, I don’t think that there’s much that can stop me,” said Kelsi VanOrder, 17, who’s attending Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan.