Archive for the ‘Staff’ category

Drupal 8 web editor training this January

December 18, 2017

This week the Web Team will be migrating to Drupal 8, and are excited for the improvements this will bring to our website and web editor interface.

Website updates include a slight tweak in the font and appearance of our navigation menus found in the left-hand sidebar. This will give users a clean menu presentation that is easy to navigate.

Web users will see some slight changes, but this upgrade is intended to enhance web editors’ current toolset and add features that will help them manage their content workflow.

Training for web editors will be offered twice in January through Staff Development. If you have any questions or comments, please contact

GRCC Homecoming 2017 is THIS WEEK!

October 18, 2017

Homecoming 2017 is taking place RIGHT NOW! There are activities that you can take part in throughout the week. On Thursday, October 19th, faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all invited to a Raider Tailgate. The tailgate will take place in the Raider Grille from 5-6:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and there will be family-friendly activities. Then head on over to the Fold Fieldhouse to cheer on our GRCC Volleyball team as they take on the Lake Michigan Red Hawks.

For more information about all of the Homecoming activities, please visit

GRCC Homecoming 2017 flier

GRCC Homecoming 2017

October 12, 2017

“GRCC has not had a homecoming in a long time. That changes now!”

Homecoming 2017 will take place the week of October 16th. There are activities that you can take part in throughout the week. On Thursday, October 19th, faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all invited to a Raider Tailgate. The tailgate will take place in the Raider Grille from 5-6:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and there will be family-friendly activities. Then head on over to the Fold Fieldhouse to cheer on our GRCC Volleyball team as they take on the Lake Michigan Red Hawks.

For more information about all of the Homecoming activities, please visit

GRCC Homecoming 2017 flier

Additional Windows 10 workshops added to Fall Staff Development

October 11, 2017

Additional Windows 10 workshops have been added to Staff Development’s fall schedule of offerings:

  • November 29, (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • December 7, (10:00-11:30 a.m.)

Course Description:

Windows 10 has arrived at GRCC! This new operating system has replaced Windows 7, and there are some changes we would like to share with you. Come and join us for this basic introduction to Windows 10, and learn how to navigate the changes.

Register at:


Butts & Guts is now 45 Minutes!

October 10, 2017
You’ve asked, we’ve listened! Butts and Guts has been extended to 45 minutes, so enjoy an extra 15 minutes of strengthening your lower body and core with Beth Damon on Tuesdays at 5:30pm in 140 CSC!
And don’t forget to check out all of the other great wellness offerings!

Next week’s Staff Development workshops

October 10, 2017

Understand and Manage Stress – 9:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 17


Full Title: “Using Awareness and Compassion to Understand and Manage Stress”. We live in a culture where on-going stress is a part of our very existence. While a certain amount of stress is normal (and productive), stress can lead to dissatisfaction, unhappiness, and even health problems. This class is designed to give participants a holistic perspective on the components of stress. An additional component of this program addresses the roles of various social-emotional aspects of stress management. Participants will become familiar with self-compassion, vulnerability, and resilience as methods to help reduce sources of stress in their lives. Participants will learn techniques related to mindfulness to help cope and manage stress.

Strategic Planning at GRCC – 2:00-4:00 pm. Oct. 18

This session will provide a general overview on the process of strategic planning at GRCC and how it connects to other key endeavors such as accreditation, department planning, performance evaluation and budgeting.  GRCC uses a 90-person teamed called the Strategic Leadership Team to develop and implement the strategic plan including 3 ends, 6 strategies, 17 College Action Projects, and 8 indicators of success.  If you have ever been curious about the SLT, why we have a strategic plan, or how you fit into the strategic planning process, this session is for you.

Supporting Those Who Are Grieving – 12:00-1:00 p.m. Oct. 20

Full Title: COMING ALONG SIDE: SUPPORTING THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING.There are no magic words that immediately take away the pain so we say nothing or we say too much. This presentation discusses how to support those who have lost a loved one.

Register at


Cider & Donuts this week!

October 10, 2017
Join us later this week for some delicious cinnamon sugar donuts and hot apple cider to warm your spirit!  Hope to see you there!


Night Shift Event:
Thursday, 10/12/17, from 10 p.m. -11 p.m.
Raider Grill

Daytime Event:
Friday, 10/13/17, from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
ATC Atrium

Cider & Donuts Event flier

Sharing the GRCC Story: staff convocation

September 25, 2014

Birthday wishes for us during the staff convocation! You can share your GRCC story — our Story Van will be on Pearl Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

GRCC In the News, 9-8-14

September 8, 2014

Guest column: GRCC is here to stay as it reaches its 100th birthday, president says

Sept. 6, 2014; MLive

Grand Rapids Community College is marking a momentous occasion this fall: its 100th birthday! As president, it is an honor and humbling to serve at the helm of the college during this amazing milestone. Founded in 1914 as Grand Rapids Junior College, there were 49 students enrolled. This past year, GRCC served more than 33,000 students.

(Guest column by President Ender.)

Change Ups: Cooley Law student earns Great Deeds Award

Sept. 5, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community College has announced the recipients of its 2014 Excellence in Education Awards: Faculty Award, Tom Neils, chemistry professor in the physical sciences department; Adjunct Award: Mary Beth O’Rourke, adjunct instructor, physical sciences department; and Staff Award, Mary Kay Bethune, customer service manager in the financial aid office.

Recession’s End ‘A Bad Thing’ for GRCC

Sept. 5, 2014; WOOD Radio

While the big Universities report enrollment increases this year, the Community Colleges are losing students.

GRCC says that’s because the Recession is over, more people have secure jobs, and no longer need re-training.

Men’s Cross Country to Race in Titan Invitational

Sept. 5, 2014; EMU Eagles (Eastern Michigan University athletics department website)

YPSILANTI, Mich. ( — Eastern Michigan University’s men’s cross country team is set to run in its second meet of the 2014 campaign after opening up the season with a win at the Toledo Home Opener, Aug. 29. This week, the Green and White will stay close to home to compete in the 28th Annual Running Fit-Detroit Titan Cross Country Invitational, Sept. 6 in Northville, Mich.

… Fifteen teams will headline the men’s race, including: Bucknell, Concordia, Detroit, EMU, Grand Rapids Community College, Lawrence Tech, Macomb Community College, Madonna, Marygrove, Michigan-Dearborn, Northwood, Oakland, Rochester, Schoolcraft, and Wayne State. Last year, Martin Nelkie won the overall title in 20:44 and led the Titans to a team victory with 37 points. Nelkie has since graduated, but Detroit returns eight runners from last season’s roster.

Tom Neils, Mary Beth O’Rourke, Mary Kay Bethune win Excellence in Education awards

August 27, 2014

The Excellence in Education Awards were established in 1989 to honor GRCC employees — all of whom are nominated by their peers — for their contributions to the college, higher education and the community. Tom Neils, a chemistry professor in the physical sciences department, is the winner of this year’s Faculty Award, and Mary Beth O’Rourke, an adjunct instructor in the department, received the Adjunct Award. Mary Kay Bethune, a customer service manager in the financial aid office, is the winner of the Staff Award.

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Photos from convocation

August 27, 2014

The academic convocation on Thursday marked the beginning of the college’s 100th anniversary celebration.  Steve Abid and Laurie Foster, master and mistress of ceremonies, opened the ceremony.  Guests enjoyed hearing the GRCC Brass Ensemble led by Mike Gillan and the national anthem by Kevin Dobreff. Former Provost Dr. Gely and Dr. Ender shared their thoughts about the college’s great past and bright future. The event was followed by a reception on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza.

If you would like a program from the convocation, you can email Art Johnson at

Check GRCC Today this Thursday and Friday for photo galleries of the Excellence in Education Award presentations and the employee mixer that also took place last week.

To learn more ways you can join the yearlong centennial celebration, click here.

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Sharing the GRCC Story: convocation

August 25, 2014

All employees invited to convocation on Thursday

August 20, 2014

In celebration of the GRCC’s 100th anniversary, an academic convocation will be held instead of the all-staff opening day meeting. The convocation will give all of us an opportunity to reflect on GRCC’s Great Past and look forward to its Bright Future.

The Faculty and Staff Excellence in Education Award recipients will be recognized during the event, and a reception on the Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza will follow.

The convocation starts at 10 a.m. August 21 in Fountain Street Church with the reception following on the plaza. If it rains, the reception will be held in G1 Main Building.

Faculty, adjuncts, staff — if you work at GRCC, we want you to celebrate with us!


GRCC In the News, 2-13-14

February 13, 2014

‘American Idol’ Top 30: Live shows to feature Grand Rapids native Maurice Townsend

Feb. 12, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Top 30.

… And Grand Rapids native Maurice Townsend will be one of those to watch as live shows give aspiring stars screen time in front of viewers across the country.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Maurice Townsend is a former GRCC student.)

GVSU holds training workshop for bias incident

Feb. 13, 2014; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

Faculty and staff from Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College met Tuesday for training on how to handle biased incidents.

No mail delivery Thursday, Jan. 2

January 2, 2014

Due to the large amount of mail received over the break, mail will not be delivered to departments until Friday, Jan. 3, at the normal times. This does not apply to the Administration Building.