HR Notification: Payroll reminder

As we prepare to enjoy some time away from work next week for the Thanksgiving campus closure starting on Wednesday, 11/23/22, the Payroll Team has a reminder about your timesheets for the 12/9/22 pay date (for the pay period of 11/14-11/27/22). We don’t want the due dates to sneak up on you post-break!

While timesheets are still due by Monday, 11/28/22, many employees (students, especially!) are in the habit of submitting them at the end of the pay period. Since we will all be out on Friday, 11/25/22, you may want to submit your timesheet by Tuesday, 11/22/22 (or sooner if you’re out all week).

Please take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that the most accurate version of your timesheet is submitted by Monday, 11/28/22.

And, supervisors, if you’re out for any additional time around this shutdown, please ensure you have a backup approver in place to review and approve timesheets by the deadline of Tuesday, 11/29/22. More information on setting up a backup approver can be found here.

Bashir Neely leads GRCC men’s basketball to fifth-straight win, topping Schoolcraft College

The Grand Rapids Community College men’s basketball team stayed perfect on the year, improving to 5-0 after overcoming an eight-point halftime deficit to defeat Schoolcraft College 91-82 on Wednesday.

Bashir Neely, a freshman graduate of Grand Haven High School, led GRCC with a game-high 18 points.

Jordan Houser scored 11 points in his starting debut.

“We put together an incredible team effort tonight for a comeback win on the road,” head coach Joe Fox said. “I’m impressed with the mental focus the team showed. Jordan Houser played great in his first start, and Bashir Neely played with great energy. A lot of guys had great individual efforts. Rico Wade hit a big shot late, and Myron Brewer hit a three with 1:30 left to put us up seven. Chris Coleman made some plays down the stretch as well. I am looking forward to seeing the guys hit the road on Friday”.

Brockton Kohler and Danyel Bibbs each chipped in with 14 points.

The team hits the road again for its next game at Harper College in Illinois on Nov. 18. Tip-off scheduled for 5:30 p.m. 

New GRCC softball players have extensive experience with travel programs, building solid foundation

The newest players for the Grand Rapids Community College softball team have extensive experience with travel teams, creating a solid foundation for the season ahead, coach Chuck White said.

White celebrated the signings of five players, building a program that did not field a team in 2022.

“This class was my first, and will be a huge catalyst in keeping the program turning in a great direction, White said. “As far as the upcoming season goes, I will have a great group of hardworking student-athletes who set a positive culture. We’re looking to be capable of being competitive from day one.”

New players are:

  • Macey Springer, who pitches and plays second base. She is from River Valley High School in Three Oaks. She played on the Lakeshore Pirates travel team, and was named to an All-State team last year.
  • Maddie Miller, who plays catcher and shortstop. She attends Coopersville High School and played on a travel team with the Blaze organization.
  • Joslyn Vander Hart, who plays second base and third base. She attends Grandville High School and played for the Diamonds travel team.
  • Amara Kline, who pitches and plays in the outfield. She attends Portage Central High School and played for the Chaos travel organization.
  • Sophia North, who pitches and plays first base. She attends Grand Rapids West Catholic High School and played for the Rockford Krush travel team.

White and assistant coach Steve Roersma are in their first year coaching the GRCC softball team. The season begins in late February.

There are still opportunities for students looking to be a part of the team. A recruiting questionnaire is available here.

GRCC Stuff the Sled 2022

There are a lot of great ways you can help make someone’s holiday a little brighter this year.

One way is to join the GRCC United Way campaign and Stuff the Sled — formerly Adopt a Family. This program provides holiday gift bags to children in Kent County Head Start.

Donations can be made November 1 through December 7

How to Donate:

Go to the GRCC Holiday Helpers page, click on the Donate Now button top right, add items you would like to purchase to your cart and check out. It is that easy!  

Thank YOU in advance!

HR Notification: Check your vacation hours

Make sure you are not at risk of losing any vacation hours as of December 31, 2022 with the Vacation Bank Calculator

Reminder, as of December 31 employees are allowed to have their current fiscal vacation accrual plus an automatic 10 day carry over.

Employees can request to have these 10 days transferred to their sick bank by sending an email to the Director of Payroll.

Any vacation hours above the limits allowed by your employee contract/handbook will be forfeited.

Holiday schedule and building access reminder

Please be aware of the following changes to building schedules for Thanksgiving week:

There are no classes on Tuesday, Nov. 22. Doors on some buildings will be locked that day, though staff will be able to enter using their RaiderCards. The affected buildings are:

  • Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Lab.
  • Smith Music Building.
  • Spectrum Theater.
  • Calkins Science Building.

All other buildings will be open for business services from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Wisner-Bottrall Advanced Technology Center will remain open until 9:30 p.m. due to Ferris State University Classes, but a limited number of entrances will be available.

All campus buildings will be closed for the holiday Wednesday through Saturday. 

Wishing you all well-deserved rest and relaxation.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Member Purchase Program exclusive deals with Dell


Shop online through your Member Purchase Program page:

  • BLACK FRIDAY – Live now for members – deals last through 11/26.
  • CYBER MONDAY – coming soon, 11/27-12/4 – details below

Best way to shop is online as offers will sell out fast:

As a reminder: Additional Limited Quantity Deals each weekday through 11/24-11/26. These will be limited in quantity and first come, first served. Shop early as these deals will sell out quickly!  


Please note: I highlighted a few offers below. These are only a few.

There will be other deals launching daily throughout this time period.

  • Inspiron 14 2-in-1 Laptop $549.99 (save $250)
    • AMD® Ryzen™ 5 Series
    • Windows 11 Home, 8GB memory*,512GB SSD*
  • Dell 24 Monitor – SE2422H $79.99 (save $70)
    • Enjoy the view on this 23.5″ slim-bezel
      Full HD display featuring AMD FreeSync™,
      75Hz refresh rate, and a fixed stand.
  • XPS 13 Plus Laptop Laptop $1349 (save $350)
    • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 Processor,
      Windows 11 Home, 16GB Memory*,
      512GB SSD*, OLED Touch Display*
  • XPS Desktop $649.99 (save $100)
    • 12th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 Processor,
      Windows 11 Home, 8GB Memory*,
      256GB SSD*