Payroll: Labor Day reminder

As we prepare for the long holiday weekend, the Payroll Team has a reminder about your timesheets for the 9/16/22 pay date (for the pay period of 8/22 – 9/4/22). We don’t want the due dates to sneak up on you!

Because of the Labor Day holiday on Monday, 9/5/22, timesheets will be due one day later than normal, on Tuesday, 9/6/22. We know some of you may be taking some extra time off. Please take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the most accurate version of your timesheet is submitted on or before Tuesday, 9/6/22.

And, supervisors, if you’re out for any additional time around the holiday, please ensure you have a backup approver in place to review and approve timesheets by the deadline of Wednesday, 9/7/22 (also one day later, as approvals are usually due by the Tuesday following a pay date). More information on setting up a backup approver can be found here.

As always, please reach out to us with questions at

Teaching, Learning, and Distance Education Open House & Upcoming Events

Have you heard? 

The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies (DLIT) have joined forces! 

Please join us for an open house celebration in the new Teaching, Learning and Distance Education (TLDE) space in 373 RJF.  TLDE staff will be on hand to provide snacks, resources, and support for all of your start of the semester needs.

Open House Dates/Times:

  • Wednesday 8/31:  12:30-2:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday 9/1:  3:00-4:30 p.m.

Featured Upcoming Events:.

1. Learning Circle – Think Again: The power of knowing what you don’t know by Adam Grant

“This book has changed how I ask questions in my class,” according to one reader of Think Again by Adam Grant. Did you receive a copy of the book from the CTE this summer? Have you already read Think Again?  Are you intrigued by the author’s premise that in a rapidly changing world, we need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking? Please join us for a learning circle

Learning Circle – Think Again: The power of knowing what you don’t know by Adam Grant

“This book has changed how I ask questions in my class,” according to one reader of Think Again by Adam Grant. Did you receive a copy of the book from the CTE this summer? Have you already read Think Again?  Are you intrigued by the author’s premise that in a rapidly changing world, we need to spend as much time rethinking as we do thinking? Please join us for a learning circle to discuss the reading and explore strategies to build cultures of learning in our work. Contact to reserve your book and spot in the learning circle (space is limited to 20 participants). The meeting date/times and session modality will be scheduled once all participants are enrolled.

2. ETOM Fall 2022 Conference @ GVSU on Friday, Nov 4

Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) Fall 2022 Conference – “Moments”

November 4 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Grand Valley State University

Russel H. Kirkhof Center

1 Campus Drive

Allendale, Michigan 49401


Dr. Tazin Daniels is an educational developer, consultant, and coach with over 15 years of experience in higher education and over a decade of experience preparing instructors to teach online. She holds a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology which gives her a unique perspective on how to create equitable and engaging teaching-learning spaces in the midst of a global pandemic. Currently, Dr. Daniels is an Assistant Director at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan, where she consults with graduate students, faculty, and administrators to improve their curriculum and teaching practices across STEM, Health Sciences, Social Science, and the Humanities. She also runs, a platform to connect with educators and educational developers committed to improving education everywhere.

Keynote – Meeting the Moment: Centering equity, inclusion, and care for students during de-stressing times

Workshop – Handling Hot Moments: Strategies for preventing and addressing conflict in the classroom

For more details on the conference, see

Call for Proposals

The conference is back to “in-person.” ETOM’s first F2F conference since 2019! We’ll offer 45-50 minute sessions in four (4) breakouts. This may change depending on the proposals. As always, the FOCUS of our fall conference is on faculty – on what they need to hear and what they have to say! Our theme this year is “Moments.”

Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to submit a proposal by October 4. We’ll let you know if your proposal is accepted soon after that. Submit your proposal here.

Registration cost and link will be announced soon! Meanwhile, mark your calendar and please consider submitting a proposal.

3. Community of Practice ImpACT Grant applications due on October 21, 2022! 

As previously announced during the latest Read to Act Collective, this opportunity is still available.  See the attached document for all of the details.

Please visit for the current listing of all Fall 2022 Professional Development opportunities being offered by TLDE!

My GRCC Story: Student Hailey Cone overcomes adversity to study, perform, and write about music

Hailey Cone, a 25-year-old GRCC voice major.

Where some people saw a blind woman, Grand Rapids Community College saw a burgeoning musician.

“This is the polar opposite of how I was treated in the rest of my school life,” said Hailey Cone, a 25-year-old GRCC voice major. “GRCC is an environment where they see me past my blindness and see me for my love of music.”

Along with singing, Cone has developed a keen interest in musicology, or the study of music. She recently joined the writing staff for “Inside the Score,” a YouTube channel with 272,000 subscribers that produces content to deepen the appreciation of classical, film and art music.

Cone’s first script about Maurice Ravel’s “Piano Concerto for the Left Hand” debuted Aug. 22 on YouTube and had nearly 86,000 views in its first week.

In the video, Oscar Osicki, creator of “Inside the Score,” included Cone’s personal reflection on how the Ravel composition inspires her as a person with a disability — and motivates her music studies.

“As a music student with my own disabilities and hardships to navigate, I come back to the left-hand concerto when I am consumed by self-doubt or fear,” Cone said. “Hearing that triumphant ending reminds me that adversity can be overcome – and even celebrated.”

But her musical path has had its challenges.

Cone’s vision impairment stems from complications from her extremely premature birth in 1996 at just 5 months gestation. She has no sight in her right eye and minimal vision in her left eye, even with glasses.

“I’m considered legally blind,” she said. “But I can cook, clean and I live life independently; the only real issue is I can’t drive.”

Cone enrolled at GRCC in 2016 after graduating from East Kentwood High School. Uncertain about a career, she considered English or social work degrees. But while taking an elective choir class at GRCC in 2018, her professor encouraged her to pursue a music degree.

“Music called to me a little louder,” Cone said. “I had this massive spark for music for so long, but it was extinguished over and over and over until I got to college, where it was finally ignited and taken seriously.

“From the start, all my GRCC professors have been extremely accommodating, encouraging and really generous with their time — I’m just sort of blown away by that,” she said.

Unable to read paper sheet music, Cone relies on her tablet to enlarge the music enough so that she can read it. She’s already enjoyed several semesters performing in GRCC’s Music Department’s College Choir, Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers.

Her love of singing, musicology and creative writing made her a perfect fit for “Inside the Score.” She chose “Piano Concert for the Left Hand” as her first script because Ravel is her favorite composer. He was commissioned a century ago to write the concerto for Paul Wittgenstein, a concert pianist who lost his right arm in World War I.

This semester, Cone is attending school, working on her second script and debating the next step on her musical career path.

“Hailey is one of our very best,” said Caleb Wenzel, GRCC’s director of choral and vocal activities.

This story was reported by Beth McKenna.

GRCC In the News 08/30/2022

New funding to help three local technology career training centers

8/29/22 WOOD TV

ZEELAND, Mich. (WOOD) — A Zeeland company is providing some big money that’s expected to help students in their future careers.

… The money was awarded to the Allegan County Area Technical Education Center, Grand Rapids Community College and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. It will be used for new equipment that will help train students in growing fields like robotic welding.

Griffins Youth Foundation Names Jennifer Lardie as Executive Director

8/29/22 Grand Rapids Griffins press release

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Griffins Youth Foundation’s board of directors on Monday named Jennifer Lardie as the organization’s new executive director.

… Lardie has compiled an impressive background in child care and advocacy, after earning an associate’s degree with an emphasis on early childhood and family studies from Grand Rapids Community College, then owning Alpha-Omega Child Care from 2008-15. In 2015, she took part in Parents Partnering for Change and met with state representatives to draft legislation benefiting at-risk children. Lardie also served as the Great Start to Quality spokesperson in 2014 and worked with licensed childcare providers to repeal a redundant city ordinance.

LEAP cohort begins in September

Lead. Engage. Apply. Perform — A supervisory cohort experience is returning for Fall 2022.

This an exciting professional development opportunity for those who hold leadership and/or supervisory roles at GRCC.

The cohort will meet every 3 weeks beginning in late September 2022 and concluding in early November 2022.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please review the flier below for more details. 

Email Laura Caulk at to indicate your interest by answering the following question: How do you think this program would benefit your current role?

LEAP A Supervisor Cohort Experience. Lead Engage Apply Perform GRCC Human Resources is partnering with Though Design on an exciting opportunity for those who hold leadership and/or supervisory roles. We will be offering the LEAP Program again this fiscal year! We will focus on creating relationships, accountability and consistency across the college. The program will provide a foundational learning experience that prepares participants for the challenges of everyday management and supervision. Participants will take deeper responsibility for their own learning, development and performance. The program will include a cohort model where participants will meet once a month. Specific details to follow. LEAP topics may include: Foundations for leading/supervising, including leading self and others. Creating healthy culture. Practices for feedback and communicating with candor. Creating healthy agreements and accountability. Inclusion and connection. Managing change. The leader’s toolbox – skills and strategies for emotional intelligence, problem solving, decision making and other leadership tools. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Laura Caulk at Indicate your interest by answering the following question: How do you think this program would benefit your current role? GRCC. Thought Design. LEAP will be led by Denise VanEck, a veteran in the design and delivery of learning. Currently the owner of Thought Design in Rockford, Michigan, Denise has developed learning experiences for teams and individuals around the world for more than 25 years. Denise’s background includes a role as Chief Learning Officer in the financial services industry, 15 years as an executive coach, and author of the bestselling Leadership 101. Denise has four adult children, four grandchildren, and she lives in Rockford, Michigan.

Reminder to update your webpages

So much has changed this past summer! The Web and Digital Strategy Department wanted to share a reminder to check your webpages to make sure they are reflecting those changes with up-to-date information.

This may include updating:

  • hours listed on your webpages.
  • any location changes.
  • event information.
  • dates.
  • bios or contact information.

We know you are all busy gearing up for the fall semester. If you need help with any of these updates, please submit a ticket to and we would be happy to assist you.

Thank you for helping us provide the best information and user experience for our students.


The Web Team

Your EAP is available 24/7, 365 days a year

Did you know? Your Employee Assistance Program is available 24/7, is CONFIDENTIAL and available to all employees (except student employees), their spouses and children living in their household.

We encourage all employees to take advantage of these services offered. EAPs deal with a variety of issues such as depression, anger management, anxiety and physical illness.

All EAP consultations and referrals are CONFIDENTIAL and the services are provided at no cost. You can access EAP services 24-hours, 7 day-a-week the hotline number is (800) 442-0809 or (616) 455-6210.

EAP – A Guide to Your Benefits

Technology Workshops for students

Help students navigate the technology they’ll need for classes! 

The Academic Support and Tutoring Services department is hosting workshops that will walk students through how to use their GRCC accounts and tech resources, including:

  • Student Email
  • Navigate
  • Remote Access to software
  • Usernames and Passwords
  • Blackboard
  • Online Student Center

Workshops will be held throughout September on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1–3 p.m.

Students can sign up on the Academic Support and Tutoring Services webpage.