Winter 2019 professional development opportunities

New Year = more learning!

Dedicate time this year to grow professionally and personally by participating in the several sessions offered for our GRCC family!

Sign up for a Human Resources Professional Development Opportunity. Various topics, days, times and locations are available!

And don’t forget to get “Google ready” at the G Suite training sessions! You can find those dates and times and sign up on the Google for GRCC Professional Development page.

Questions? Contact Angela Salinas at angelasalinas@grcc.edu or ext. 2567.

Hope to see you soon!

Winter Online and Hybrid Certification Course (OHCC) registration is open!

Registration for Winter OHCC is open!

Winter Online and Hybrid Certification Course (OHCC) starts January 11, 2019.

The OHCC is designed to provide instructors with the knowledge and skills needed to deliver a high-quality online/hybrid course. Successful participants will also be able to teach effectively online through active facilitation and a variety of student engagement techniques and technologies. Training in Blackboard Basics (on the latest version of the LMS) is a prerequisite. Blackboard Basics may be taken online in a self-paced format or in-person on Friday,  January 11, from 10:30 a.m. – noon.

The OHCC is a six (6) week, rigorous course that includes weekly participation and assignment requirements. This training is much more than “Blackboard training,” as it includes elements of instructional design and strategies for building, developing, sequencing, and delivering online content. When you are done, you will have a template for your online and/or hybrid course. You must complete the course, including the assignments for all six weeks, for certification. This includes the completion of your final presentation.

The campus sessions are on Friday, 1:00-2:30 p.m. in 351 Main and virtually using Zoom. This is a hybrid course (online course with some classroom instruction).

Only one session is offered during the winter, so sign-up today!

For more information, visit the Online and Hybrid Certification Course website.
To sign up, visit the Faculty Professional Development Registration website.

Raider salute for 488 lbs of Holiday Food Pantry donations!

The Office of Student Life and Conduct would like to sincerely thank all of you for an AMAZING Holiday Food Pantry Drive. In the last week, we received 488 pounds of food, personal hygiene products, and clothing items for our Food and Snack Pantries across campus, as well as a monetary donation from Ferris faculty and staff.

We will be going into the Winter 2019 well-stocked with great food and personal items available for our students, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Special thanks to the Dental Clinic for a sizable donation of dental products, organizers, and donors at the Holiday Breakfast, and our friends over at Ferris that ran a successful donation drive as well.

Again, we appreciate you all immensely, and we hope you all have a fantastic holiday season!

Don’t forget to pick up your new RaiderCard!

Reminder: All students and employees are receiving new RaiderCards as part of an ongoing commitment to campus safety and security.

Preprinted RaiderCards for faculty and staff are available for pick-up at the Raider Grille between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. TODAY through Friday (Dec. 19-21).

RaiderCards will also be available to be picked up Jan. 2 through Jan. 5, 2019.

The new RaiderCards will be used for parking, point-of-sale registers on campus, cash-to-card machines, vending machines, printing and in some cases door access. The new cards will be “contactless” cards, where you will tap instead of swipe the cards at parking gates.

Remaining balances will be transferred to the new cards following the end of the fall semester.

The new RaiderCards have larger photos, are easier to read, and longer names can be printed in full. The improved security measures allow the college to electronically control and monitor all exterior doors on campus. As a result, new building access hours will be posted in the online center and additional information will be sent prior to the start of Winter 2019.

Digital rendering of new GRCC Raider Card design. Image show the front of the card, with sections of blue, gold, and cream, and the words "GRCC RaiderCard." There is also a sample student photo with the words "GRCC Student Name. Student" underneath.

GRCC employees: get your Holiday Breakfast on this Friday morning at the Student Center!

The 2018 GRCC Holiday Breakfast – Friday, December 14

Reminders:

– Doors open to serve breakfast at 7:30 a.m. in the 2nd floor of the Student Center!

Program begins in the Raider Grille at 8:30 a.m.

– Wear your ugly sweater for the 2nd annual competition!

– Bring a donation of either 1. food for the Food or Snack Pantry, or 2. new winter gear for students (hats, scarves, gloves, & mittens).

 

Can’t wait to see you there!

Free parking during new RaiderCard pick up

GRCC students can pick up their new RaiderCards on campus beginning Dec. 17.

Digital rendering of new GRCC Raider Card design. Image show the front of the card, with sections of blue, gold, and cream, and the words "GRCC RaiderCard." There is also a sample student photo with the words "GRCC Student Name. Student" underneath.

All students and employees are receiving new RaiderCards as part of an on-going commitment to campus safety and security.

Preprinted RaiderCards for students enrolled in classes on Main Campus or DeVos Campus for Winter 2019 will be available for pick-up at the Raider Grille between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Dec. 17 through Dec. 21, 2018, and then Jan. 2 through Jan. 5, 2019.

Additional campus services — such as advising and the bookstore — will also be available during those times.

The new RaiderCards will be used for parking, point-of-sale registers on campus, cash-to-card machines, vending machines, printing and in some cases door access. The new cards will be “contactless” cards, where you will tap instead of swipe the cards at parking gates.

Remaining balances will be transferred to the new cards following the end of the fall semester.

Students who are enrolled in classes only at the Lakeshore Campus for Winter 2019 will be notified when their RaiderCards are available.

The new RaiderCards have larger photos, are easier to read, and longer names can be printed in full. The improved security measures allow the college to electronically control and monitor all exterior doors on campus. As a result, new building access hours will be posted in the online center and additional information will be sent prior to the start of Winter 2019.

Course packs due this Friday

All course pack orders, planners, files, and skus are due Friday, December 7, by 4 p.m. to make sure they are ready for student purchase in a timely manner.

All files and planners should be sent to grcceprint@grcc.edu.

Please be sure to let the bookstore know if you need a course pack for your class, and be sure to let them know if it is being updated for winter semester or if it is a reprint.

This Friday: Join GRCC WIN student group at Domestic Violence Awareness Night

GRCC Women’s Issues Now student group is sponsoring Domestic Violence Awareness Night featuring Author and Poet Della Wilson. Come together as a community to help stop the growing violence in our community and make positive change.

  • TOMORROW, November 30, 2018, 6-9 p.m.
  • Raider Grill, Student Community Center, Main Campus

Agenda:

  • Welcome by Tara Aday of Safe Haven Ministries and Becky Yoder of YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
  • Keynote by Author and Poet Della Wilson

Activities:

  • Open Mic
  • Live music by local musician Alix Walma
  • Refreshments and light snacks
  • Massage Chair by Holistic Body Therapist Jess Smiles- $1 donation
  • $1 raffle tickets

Human service resources for the community will be on hand. All funds raised will go to the children of Tia Randall, who recently passed away leaving their children behind due to a Domestic Violence Tragedy.

Learn more on the GRCC Campus Labs page.

Scholarship opportunity for Police Academy, Criminal Justice, Education, and Healthcare students

Please tell your students:

The 2018-2019 Grand Rapids Community College Bragg, Harvard, MuhammadSmith (BHMS) Scholarship Application is open until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019. This scholarship awards between one and three scholarships of $1000-$3000.

BHMS scholarships are intended for students who are either:

  1. In the GRCC Police Academy, or
  2. Enrolled in a GRCC degree, pathway, or program and planning to work in a public service career related to criminal justice, education, or healthcare.

Visit the Mursalata website for details and application link.

Honors Program recruitment at GRCC

Are you aware of a dynamic student in your class or on campus that’s capable of more? Directing them to the Honors Program can connect them to community of highly motivated students who want more out of their college experience. Success in this program is not only measured by academic performance, degree completion, or transfer, it includes building collaborative relationships with faculty and peers. Students gain a competitive edge through the development of strong leadership, research, and service-learning skills.

Students begin the program every by taking Honors 101, a 1-credit course offered in a 7-week format. The next section starts January 2019!

Program Benefits:

  • Unique opportunities to learn alongside influential college and community leaders.
  • The opportunity to create a collaborative research project.
  • A dedicated advisor to help you develop a clear pathway to degree completion and/or a successful transfer to a four-year institution.
  • A competitive edge for transfer and employment applications upon completion.
  • Scholarship award for program completion (up to $500).

Application Process:

Students can learn more online on the GRCC Honors page.

Online Center has new pdf check stubs available

The payroll department is happy to announce that a new pdf check stub is available with the latest PeopleSoft upgrade.

The new pay stub will be available for viewing each Thursday before the pay date.

In addition to easier printing, the new functionality will offer the following:

  • Masked direct deposit account numbers
  • Leave bank balances will be viewable on each pay stub with more detail
  • Access to view from cell phone

Important note for non-exempt (hourly) employees: In an effort to improve the compensatory time leave bank view, accrued comp time hours will now be added during payroll processing and available for view on your pay stub under the earn code “CTA.”

More information can be found on the payroll web page.

New pdf check stubs available in PeopleSoft

The payroll department is happy to announce that a new pdf check stub is available with the latest PeopleSoft upgrade.

The new pay stub will be available for viewing each Thursday before the pay date.

In addition to easier printing, the new functionality will offer the following:

  • Masked direct deposit account numbers
  • Leave bank balances will be viewable on each pay stub with more detail
  • Access to view from cell phone

Important note for non-exempt (hourly) employees: In an effort to improve the compensatory time leave bank view, accrued comp time hours will now be added during payroll processing and available for view on your pay stub under the earn code “CTA.”

More information can be found on the payroll web page.