Remembering Sandi Glennemeier

Our GRCC family lost a very special person today: Sandi Glennemeier passed away this morning after a short illness.

Sandi, as a student loan specialist, helped thousands of students find the financial resources to attend college and change their lives. But what she really loved was helping other employees grow and thrive in their roles, and, in turn, seeing them help thousands more students – a tremendous impact on our college and greater community.

Sandi started at GRCC as a student employee in the Financial Aid department, and stayed for nearly 33 years.

Colleagues describe her as the anchor of the department — the one who not only knew everything, but happily shared what she knew.

“Sandy was a true servant-leader,” said Ann Isackson, associate dean of Student Success – Support and Retention. “She had a wonderful smile and an infectious giggle. She truly cared for the people she worked with. She was a mentor to many people over the years, and touched so many people.”

Erin McGill, associate director of Financial Aid Operations, said would remember details from conversations and follow up to check in.

“Always with a smile and words of encouragement,” she said. “It is hard to choose the right words to describe Sandi because she truly exhibited all of the positive adjectives. But caring, warmhearted, and thoughtful are just a few at the top of that list. She was always the first person to volunteer her expertise or time in situations where help was needed. She could sense when you were stressed or feeling overwhelmed and would always offer a ‘What can I do to help?’”

Erin Van Egmond, associate director of College Advancement, said Sandi hired her, and stayed close over the years, as she did with others she helped launch a career of service at the college.

Misty McClure-Anderson, executive deputy to the president and board liaison, said Sandi always had a warm smile – and a story about her dog, Sam.

“You’ve never met a happier person,” she said. “She was so happy to help students get their education. And whenever you needed anything, you’d call Sandi.”

Victoria Powers, program director for TRIO, worked closely with Sandi in the Financial Aid office and said she made the best holiday desserts, which she loved to share with friends and coworkers. And she was so proud of her niece, Stephie.

“Sandi was always looking for ways to make other people feel special,” she said. “That’s just who she was. She loved her job because she knew that what she did made it possible for people to come to GRCC.”

Powers said Sandi had tremendous knowledge of the process of financial aid, and was never too busy to stop and help a colleague or student find what they needed.

“It will take a lot of people to replace the work she did, but you can never replace her as a person,” Powers said.

CAP 3.4: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team: Call for clothing donations for “Wear the Rainbow: A Trans & Genderqueer Free Clothing Event”

Time to clean out your closets. GRCC’s CAP 3.4 is working with community partners for “Wear the Rainbow: A Trans And Genderqueer Free Clothing Event,” in November. This event creates access for Trans and Genderqueer community members to safely find gender-affirming clothing and to explore gender expression in a safe and celebratory environment.

There is a drop-off box outside ODEI’s front door in the Library & Learning Commons. Donation cutoff is Friday, November 4, at 5 PM.

Questions may be directed to Ximón Kittok <>. Thank you!”

Applying for a grant: Learn about our process

Interested in applying for a grant? Your first step is to contact the Grants Department! 

We are the college-wide point of contact that manages all aspects of grant-seeking and grant administration to ensure that projects are developed and managed in compliance with the sponsor’s terms and College policies.

As a full-service department, we’re here to assist you and your team with all things grant-related.

As such, please be reminded that no work should begin on a grant until the Grants Department has been contacted. 

Want to learn about our process? Check out our new Grant Development Guide.

Benefits Fair on October 26: Retirement Readiness learning opportunity and Open Enrollment session included

The Benefits Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, at the ATC banquet rooms from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

As part of this event, there will be two informational sessions for employees, held in the ATC auditorium (ATC-168).

The sessions will be offered in a hyflex format — both in person and virtual.

Retirement Readiness – Wednesday October 26 from 11:.00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

HR & Payroll are partnering with LMCU to bring a financial bootcamp learning opportunity entitled “Retirement Readiness”.

Join us either in person (ATC 168) or virtually (via Zoom) for a discussion of retirement savings options and resources available to achieve financial freedom in retirement.

During this session, LMCU will provide an overview for individuals just starting to explore retirement savings and those that need reassurance that they’re on track with their retirement goals, as well as those individuals nearing the retirement finish line.

Registration for this employee learning opportunity is open. Log into your  Online Center account and select the Professional Development tile.

Open Enrollment Informational Session-Wednesday October 26 from 1:00 pm-2:30pm

Join GRCC Benefits staff and representatives to learn more about the 2023 updates and changes to GRCC health plans. The six health plans will be reviewed and details on coverage and monthly cost will be shared.

Join us either in person (ATC 168) or virtually (via Zoom). Log into your  Online Center account and select the Professional Development tile.

Open Enrollment begins, Monday October 24, and runs through Friday, November 4.

Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for you to make changes to your benefits and to add or drop eligible dependents from coverage. Changes made at open enrollment are effective January 1, 2023.