Here to Help: Once a GRCC student, Sheena Weaver now helps student organizations be successful

Sheena, from the Student Life and Conduct Office, smiling.

Always remember, at GRCC, you are surrounded by people who want you to be successful and are ready to walk with you on your educational pathway. We are here to help!

Meet Sheena Weaver. Sheena is here to help in the Student Life and Conduct Office. As the office manager, Sheena handles the daily administration and support of student clubs and organizations.

This includes budgeting, room and event registrations, and guiding students through starting up a student organization.

Sheena also works with Phi Theta Kappa, GRCC’s international honor society, by processing and accepting applications for eligible students.

Another big part of her work, and one of her favorites, is ordering supplies for the GRCC Student Food Pantry and making sure the shelves are stocked and ready for students.

“The look on a student’s face when you are able to help them reduce their stress and worry, about feeding their family, is so rewarding and makes me love what I do,” she said.   

Every day, Sheena looks forward to working with new students, staff and faculty. She is inspired by meeting students from all walks of life, and enjoys learning about them.

 “We have a diverse population of students that I can relate to,” she said. “And learning about them motivates me to help them in any way I can.”

Sheena shared that attending GRCC was the best decision she ever made, and she wants current students to have the same experience.

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Reference sheet for Academic Advisement (GRCC’s new Degree Audit)

As we all know, MyDegreePath is going away after next week and is being replaced by other systems. Academic Advisement (Academic Progress for students) is the new degree audit tool.

Academic Advisement will not be providing course planning tools, that will be available through EAB Navigate.

For more information on academic advisement please utilize this reference sheet in google drive. As we gather more questions and feedback we will continue to expand this document.

If you need access to academic advisement and do not have it, please email valeriebutterfield@grcc.edu.

Additional training requests can be submitted on this form.

Tech Tip: Quickly create a desktop shortcut

Do you use a website every day and want easy access to it on your desktop? You can easily create a desktop shortcut from within the browser: 

Creating Website Desktop Shortcut

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu 

COVID vaccine booster shots available for GRCC students, employees, and community members at Oct. 27 clinic

Student getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Grand Rapids Community College is planning a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students, employees and community members that includes booster shots for those who are eligible.

The clinic comes as the deadline approaches for students to take advantage of a $200 incentive to receive the vaccine. More than 4,200 students so far have gained the incentive payment. Students must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15 to be eligible.

The clinic is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center auditorium, 151 Fountain St. NE.  A parking pass will be provided for individuals getting the vaccine. Walk-ins are welcome.

The clinics are part of an effort to help students, employees and community members have access to an effective COVID-fighting tool. All three COVID-19 vaccine options will be available.

It is recommended that people bring their vaccine card if they are getting a second vaccine dose or Pfizer booster vaccine.

The Pfizer booster vaccine will also be available for those who qualify. Eligibility information is here.

Additional vaccination location information is available at vaccinatewestmi.com

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GRCC In the News 10/22/2021

GRCC to host vaccination clinic next week

October 21,2021; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is scheduled to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic next week.

First lady Jill Biden adds visit with Saginaw Chippewa tribe to Michigan trip

October 21, 2021; The Detroit News

Washington — First lady Jill Biden has added a stop to her Michigan trip on Sunday, planning to hold a listening session on youth mental health with members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, the White House said Thursday.

… The first lady also was in Michigan in May to tour a pop-up vaccine clinic at Grand Rapids Community College’s DeVos campus, where she stressed the importance of vaccinations and voiced support for states that have offered incentives, including cash prizes, to entice people to get their doses.

Booster shots available for students, employees, community at Oct. 27 vaccination clinic

Grand Rapids Community College is planning a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students, employees and community members that includes booster shots for those who are eligible.

The clinic comes as the deadline approaches for students to take advantage of a $200 incentive to receive the vaccine. More than 4,200 students so far have gained the incentive payment. Students must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 15 to be eligible.

The clinic is planned for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 27 at the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center auditorium, 151 Fountain St. NE.  A parking pass will be provided for individuals getting the vaccine.

The clinics are part of an effort to help students, employees and community members have access to an effective COVID-fighting tool. All three COVID-19 vaccine options will be available.

It is recommended that people bring their vaccine card if they are getting a second vaccine dose or Pfizer booster vaccine.

The Pfizer booster vaccine will also be available for those who qualify. Eligibility information is here.

Walk-ins are welcome.

GRCC choral students celebrating Dia de los Muertos, Latin American heritage with bilingual concert

Grand Rapids Community College choral students are celebrating Día de los Muertos, and Latin American heritage and culture with a bilingual concert on Friday.

Caleb Wenzel, GRCC’s director of Choral and Vocal Activities, said while choirs often perform in multiple languages, this program is specifically focused on Latin American languages. Songs will be performed in Castilian Spanish, but also Nahuatl, the native language of Mexico; and Quechua, the native language of Perú.

The program will feature reading of poetry and short stories in English and Spanish in between musical selections. Most of the reading literature comes from award-winning author Sandra Cisneros.

Wenzel noted the bilingual performance comes just after the end of Hispanic Heritage Month and a couple weeks before the celebration of Los Muertos.  

He said the choral music of Mexico remains one of the most overlooked portions of North American choral literature, and the goal is to expand the canon of what music professionals consider standard repertoire. Wenzel also noted GRCC and the greater community has a growing and vibrant Hispanic community.

“We want our students to have bold imaginations,” he said. “Being able to see themselves and their family history as crucial to the arts life of today is critical. In the same way, it’s about expanding the imagination of our students whose families have lived in West Michigan for many generations. We often think of classical music in America as something that started on the East Coast, but as we will teach our audience on Friday night, the first piece of music published in the Americas came from Perú and was a composition not in Latin, English, or even Spanish; it was a composition in Quechua!”

Professional development breakfast sponsored by GEAR UP Wyoming

Asking for help is a privilege.

This week at Sneden Hall guidance counselors and support staff from Wyoming districts attended a professional development breakfast sponsored by GEAR UP Wyoming.

GRCC’s Admissions and Enrollment Director Lori Cook, GVSU’s Associate Vice President and Director of Admissions Jodi Chycinski, and Calvin University’s Director of Undergraduate Admissions Melissa Rousseau discussed admissibility for first-generation students.

Cook emphasized the importance of completing the FAFSA and noted the college’s flexibility to accept applications throughout the year for fall, winter, or summer enrollment.

Chycinski noted that first-generation parents need both support and knowledge to understand the value of higher education. She added that institutions that mandate mentors for first-generation students, who may not otherwise ask for help, show higher completion rates.

For her part, Rousseau spoke about doubts students have when writing application essays. She said students must consider both content and style to represent themselves to admissions officers well.

Tuesday’s event marked the first in a series of three professional development sessions for middle and high school counselors and support staff at Kelloggsville, Godwin Heights, Godfrey Lee, and Wyoming as part of the GEAR UP Wyoming federal grant to support 850 students in the Class of 2024.

November HR sponsored employee learning opportunities

November 2
Data Literacy – virtual

November 4
Google Tips & Tricks – in person

November 5
Student Records & Privacy – in person
and
Building Blocks for Social Equity Series: It Starts With You – Self- Identity – in person

November 9
GRCC Reimbursement Policy – virtual

November 11
Overcoming Emotional Hijacking – in person
and
25Live Searches and Reports – virtual

November 12
Be Healthy At Your Desk – in person

November 15
Active Shooter Response Training – in person

November 16
Evidence Based Selection Process training – virtual

November 17
Setting Healthy Boundaries – virtual

November 18
GRCC Accounts Explained – virtual

November 19
Mindfulness Made Simple – virtual
and
All About CBD – virtual

Join us by registering online in the Professional Development tile of your Online Center account.

New CAP 3.4: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team – Celebrate Spirit Day on Oct. 21

The purpose of the new CAP 3.4 LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team is to celebrate GRCC as a college of choice by providing a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive experience for LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, students, and the larger GRCC Family.

CAP 3.4 is dedicated to support GRCC’s greater commitment to equity and GRCC’s values of diversity, innovation, respect, and responsiveness. Through a data-driven and culturally competent approach, we will ensure our LGBTQ+ family is both celebrated and protected.

Celebrate Spirit Day with us by wearing purple or adding a purple border to your Facebook picture.

GLAAD, an advocacy group, says LGBTQ youth disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Each year, millions of people wear purple for Spirit Day to support LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying.

The group says pledging to “go purple” on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — global and local brands and companies, world leaders, celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with youth and to take part in the largest, most visible LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign in the world.

Learn more about Spirit Day

Take a stand against bullying and support #LGBTQ youth by going purple for #SpiritDay on Oct. 21 (glaad.org/spiritday)

GRCC In the News 10/21/2021

GRCC offering new industrial sewing certificate program

October 20, 2021; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Rapids Community College is offering a new industrial sewing class to help train students for the profession.

Former football star from the 1940’s takes the field at Homecoming game

October 20,2021;  schoolnewsnetwork.org (Kent Intermediate School District)

Caledonia — Eugene “Gene” Raab graduated from Caledonia High School in 1948 with only 45 students in his class. 

… “We were going to live at home and go to junior college – what GRCC is now – but I was fortunate enough to get a scholarship to Michigan State with the help of the superintendent,” Raab said. “That was my ticket.”

New CAP 3.4: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team – Celebrate Spirit Day on Oct. 21

The purpose of the new CAP 3.4 LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team is to celebrate GRCC as a college of choice by providing a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive experience for LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, students, and the larger GRCC Family.

CAP 3.4 is dedicated to support GRCC’s greater commitment to equity and GRCC’s values of diversity, innovation, respect, and responsiveness. Through a data-driven and culturally competent approach, we will ensure our LGBTQ+ family is both celebrated and protected.

Celebrate Spirit Day with us by wearing purple or adding a purple border to your Facebook picture.

GLAAD, an advocacy group, says LGBTQ youth disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Each year, millions of people wear purple for Spirit Day to support LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying.

The group says pledging to “go purple” on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — global and local brands and companies, world leaders, celebrities, neighbors, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with youth and to take part in the largest, most visible LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign in the world.

Learn more about Spirit Day

Take a stand against bullying and support #LGBTQ youth by going purple for #SpiritDay on Oct. 21 (glaad.org/spiritday)

Workforce Wednesday: Lynnae Looyenga wants to ‘put people at ease during a stressful time’ as a medical assistant

GRCC Workforce Training programs provide in-demand skills leading to rewarding careers. Each Wednesday we’ll meet students who are heading down an educational pathway and changing their lives by earning occupational certificates.

Not everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up. But when Lynnae Looyenga graduated from Covenant Christian High School five months ago, she had a goal.

“I have always been interested in the medical field,” she said. “I have had some health issues and been in a lot of doctor’s offices. A good medical assistant can make all the difference. They can put you at ease during what can be a stressful time. I want to be that for others.”

GRCC’s Medical Assistant Program prepares students to take a national certification exam and empowers them to succeed in a changing healthcare environment. Through the program, students develop skills to perform administrative and clinical tasks required to keep health practitioner offices and clinics running smoothly. The focus of the program is to prepare capable medical assistants in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains. 

This course combines classroom lecture, group activity, simulation learning, and a competency-based practicum experience and is delivered in a hybrid format. Instruction takes place in class, online, and through a practicum.

“After graduation, I really didn’t want to go to school for a super long time,” Looyenga said. “This program is just the right length and it’s so good! I am already halfway through and I really enjoy how much of the program is hands-on learning. I was a little skeptical about the hybrid format but I love it. It is just the right amount of in-person and online. I feel like it gives me a little bit of freedom with how I schedule my school work hours.”

The 772-hour program is designed to take 22 weeks to complete.

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Virtual Police Academy Meetings

The Criminal Justice Department will be offering Police Academy virtual information sessions in November for those who are interested in learning more about GRCC’s Police Academy. The dates and times are:

Wednesday, November 10 at Noon

Wednesday, November 17 at 3 p.m.

If you are interested in attending you can fill out the link below and then we will send you a Zoom link. The link is also available on the GRCC Police Academy website.

https://forms.gle/hRMXHSW7V67bt4A67

If you have any questions, please contact the Criminal Justice Department at criminaljustice@grcc.edu.