Excellence in Education Award nominations available now

Here at GRCC, we are truly fortunate to work with staff and faculty who go above and beyond their role at the college, in the community, or in higher education. These individuals make learning at GRCC a meaningful and impactful experience for our students and working at GRCC an honor and inspiration for fellow employees.

To recognize them, please consider nominating them for the Excellence in Education Award! The Excellence in Education Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual Grand Rapids Community College employee. In 2000, the award was expanded to provide recognition in the form of a staff award, and a separate full-time faculty award. In 2010, an additional award was added for an exemplary adjunct faculty member.

There is a cash award of $1,000 for full-time faculty who have taught at GRCC for at least 5 years, and for adjunct faculty who have taught at least 2 years, with a $750 cash award. Staff members also receive a cash award of $1,000.

Anyone can nominate! Deadline for nominations is May 10, 2019.

Questions?

Thank you for taking the time to nominate a deserving member of the GRCC family for these awards.

Come enjoy a ‘Winter Warm Up’ lunch today in the Ford Field House

Stock photo of two bowls of tomato soup with herbs on top

Winter Warm Up

  • TODAY, February 20, 2019
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Room 212 — Ford Fieldhouse

Come join your colleagues for a comforting cup of soup and grilled cheese along with warm conversation and connection! This is a new event replacing the February Sweets & Treats/Flowers & Cupcakes.

Use this as an opportunity to see the upgraded Fieldhouse space if you haven’t already.

Drop by and cozy up!

Don’t miss tomorrow’s tasty ‘Winter Warm Up’ in the Ford Fieldhouse

Stock photo of two bowls of tomato soup with herbs on top

Winter Warm Up

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Room 212 — Ford Fieldhouse

Come join your colleagues for a comforting cup of soup and grilled cheese along with warm conversation and connection! This is a new event replacing the February Sweets & Treats/Flowers & Cupcakes.

Use this as an opportunity to see the upgraded Fieldhouse space if you haven’t already.

Drop by and cozy up!

Enjoy ‘Winter Warm Up’ in the Fieldhouse this Wednesday

Stock photo of two bowls of tomato soup with herbs on top

Winter Warm Up

  • This Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Room 212 — Ford Fieldhouse

Come join your colleagues for a comforting cup of soup and grilled cheese along with warm conversation and connection! This is a new event replacing the February Sweets & Treats/Flowers & Cupcakes.

Use this as an opportunity to see the upgraded Fieldhouse space if you haven’t already.

Drop by and cozy up!

GRCC Employees on the Move through February 12, 2019

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.

 WELCOME TO GRCC

  • Jay Tucker
    • Grounds Maintenance, Maintenance
    • Effective Date: 11/26/2018
  • Whitney Marsh
    • Director, Ford Fieldhouse
    • Effective Date: 12/10/2018
  • Erin Belinger Goossen
    • Support Professional, Ford Fieldhouse
    • Effective Date: 12/17/2018
  • Sarah Adkins
    • Support Professional, Registrar Department
    • Effective Date: 1/2/2019
  • Robin Pegg
    • Faculty, Assistant Professor – Occupational Therapy Assistant/Academic Field Coordinator
    • Effective Date: 1/2/2019
  • Kim Squiers
    • Grants Specialist, Grants Department
    • Effective Date: 1/7/2019
  • Alissa Raddatz
    • Lead Graphics Designer, Communications
    • Effective Date: 1/21/2019
  • Steven Beauclair
    • Director of GEAR UP Wyoming, Academic Outreach
    • Effective Date: 2/11/2019

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW POSITION

  • Ashley McLary
    • Transfer from: APSS, Cashiers Department
    • Transfer to: APSS, Accounting/Budgets
    • Effective Date: 11/26/2018
  • Bryan Vliem
    • Transfer from: Associate Registrar, Student Records
    • Transfer to: Enterprise Analyst
    • Effective Date: 2/12/2019
  • Robin Sterk
    • Transfer from: Adjunct Faculty
    • Transfer to: Director of High School Partnerships
    • Effective Date: 1/21/2019

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Separation:

  • Teddie Buchner
    • Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy
    • Effective Date: 12/15/2018
  • Kayla Leonard
    • Student Success Coach, College Success Center
    • Effective Date: 1/5/2019
  • Lisa Brown
    • Database Coordinator, College Advancement
    • Effective Date: 1/12/2019
  • Paul Krieger
    • Professor, Biology Department
    • Effective Date: 5/11/2019

 Retirement:

  • Judith Larsen
    • Director, Grants and Resource Development Department
    • Effective Date: 10/13/2018
  • Janice Chapman
    • Assistant Professor, English
    • Effective Date: 12/19/2018
  • Michael Rydman
    • Professor, Language & Thought
    • Effective Date: 1/1/2019
  • Sally Zokoe
    • Support Professional, Accounts & Budgets
    • Effective Date: 2/16/2019
  • Nanci Guigue
    • Support Professional, School of Workforce Development Associate Dean’s office
    • Effective Date: 3/1/19
  • Robin Vanrooyen
    • Professor, Visual Arts
    • Effective Date: 4/27/2019
  • Robert Guigue
    • Technical Operations Tech, School of Workforce Development
    • Effective Date: 3/1/2019

Get Google-ready, GRCC

We are less than three months away from the college wide transition to GMail and Google Calendar.

Get trained and prepared by attending one of the informative hands-on sessions offered in collaboration between IT and GRCC Google Guides.

Sessions are available at various days, times, and locations on campus; sign up is quick & easy at the Google for GRCC webpage.

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

You can easily enroll online for sessions on the Learning Opportunities Registration page:

Tuesday, February 19: Conflict Strategies

  • 1:00-4:30 p.m.
  • 207 Sneden
  • Conflict is present in all aspects of our lives. An individual’s personal professional, and emotional health is greatly affected by how successfully he or she manages conflict. Individuals rely on each other to attain goals and are continually being thrown into situations where they need to handle conflict in a constructive manner – without being taught how to accomplish this. This half-day course will expose individuals to the different ways that people react in conflict situations, show them what their preferred strategy is in situations of conflict, and then help them plan to use a more integrating style of conflict resolution more effectively at work.
  • Led by The Employer’s Association

Friday, February 22: Heart Health

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • 309 Sneden
  • Participants will have an understanding of the function of a healthy heart and implications of lifestyle choices. They will be able to identify a personally appropriate physical activity that improves heart health and name two heart healthy food choices, and will commit to making one heart healthy food change.
  • Led by Sheri Orlekoski, RN

Tuesday, February 26: Resumes and Cover Letters

  • 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • 307 Sneden
  • Whether you’re interested in a resume makeover or starting from scratch, this session helps participants assess their strengths and create a paper sales document about themselves. We will walk through the basic steps in writing a resume and cover letter that fairly promotes your strengths and experience
  • Led by Laura Caulk

Wednesday, February 27: FMLA-What’s in it for you?

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • 308 Main
  • Have you ever wondered what the Family Medical Leave Act is all about? Have you ever wondered if you or one of your employee’s had a “qualifying event” but were afraid to ask? In this session you will learn the various ins and outs of FMLA, intermittent FMLA, and the GRCC FMLA policy. You will also learn what a qualifying event is for you or an immediate family member and what is covered while you are on leave.
  • Led by Jennifer Kelly

Thursday, February 28: Drupal Basics: Editing Content

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • 351 Main
  • In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.
  • Led by Leigh Jajuga

Thursday, March 7: GRCC Accounts & You

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • 351 Main
  • Campus accounts can be confusing. As part of our commitment to provide world class customer support, Information Technology would like to offer a refresher course to staff and faculty. This course will provide a walk-through on the types of accounts available to our students and staff and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. We will also cover how to use the recently updated password reset tool and, of course, be available to answer other account related questions.We will go over: Online Student Center, Campus Network Login, GRCC Wireless Network, Blackboard, Student Email, Student & Employee Discounts, and printing from a personal device/cloud printing.
  • Led by Rachel Bower

Tuesday, March 12: Signs of Marijuana Use

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • 307 Sneden
  • Scott Nuismer, a certified addictions specialist, will teach both how to recognize the markers of marijuana use and what you can safely do about it. Participants will learn how to recognize biological and physiological sign of marijuana use, as well as interventions to use.

Save department dollars; print color copies through ePrint

Still Printing Color from your Office Copier/Printer? Take a look at how GRCCePRINT can save you money!

Color Copies (8.5″ x 11″ sheet) 50 100 150 200 250
GRCCePRINT Total $20.86 $55.82 $75.11 $94.40 $113.69
Office Copier/printers Total $50.00 $100.00 $150.00 $200.00 $250.00
Difference Total $29.14 $44.18 $74.89 $105.60 $136.31

Log in to GRCCePrint Online, and we can print projects for you.

We also deliver to department offices. Our delivery times are posted on our site.

‘Winter Warm Up’ event for GRCC employees next week Wednesday

Stock photo of two bowls of tomato soup with herbs on top

Winter Warm Up

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Room 212 — Ford Fieldhouse

Come join your colleagues for a comforting cup of soup and grilled cheese along with warm conversation and connection! This is a new event replacing the February Sweets & Treats/Flowers & Cupcakes.

Use this as an opportunity to see the upgraded Fieldhouse space if you haven’t already.

Drop by and cozy up!

Upcoming Learning Opportunities

The following classes can be registered for online on the Learning Opportunities Registration page:

Tuesday, January 29: Coaching Skills for Managers

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Rm 207 Sneden
  • It would be a wonderful workplace if everyone did a perfect job all of the time. But sometimes, people need coaching to help them improve. This program explains the process of effective coaching that you can use to help improve performance and behavioral issues.
  • Led by: Lynn Goede of Master Skill Builder

Thursday, January 31: Drupal Basics: Editing Content

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Rm 351 Main
  • In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.

Wednesday, February 6: GRCC Purchasing Policy

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Rm 308 Main
  • The Purchasing Department at GRCC serves the needs of the college for all purchases in excess of $1000. Responsibility and authority to make commitments for these purchases are assigned to the Purchasing Department. Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing, and Melissa Davis, Procurement Specialist, will present the college’s Purchasing Policy, and provide a forum for open discussion and Q & A with participants.

Thursday, February 7: Writing for the Web

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Rm. 307 Sneden
  • Full Title: Writing for the Web: Universal Accessibility and Best Practices in UX. This course is an introduction to writing for the web, exploring search engine optimization, and learning how to increase your conversion rates through creating universally accessible content.

Thursday, February 7: Online Ordering

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Rm 351 Main
  • This course will review the printing online ordering from the login and profile set-up how and when to use the quick copy options, how and when to us the print ordering options along with the differences in the categories of each area, paper selection and order history. You will learn the techniques of looking up your past orders and copying into a new order to streamline ordering repeated items.Want to keep track of your budget, What do I need to know when placing my store orders. Administrative staff can look at reports of each budget your area is responsible for and how a minimum and maximum can be put in place to keep you on track.

Friday, February 8: Restoring your Digestive Function

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Rm 309 Sneden
  • This session will give participants a clear understanding of the functions of the digestive system. Discussions will center around identifying abnormal digestion, how to prevent digestive disorders, and how to incorporate natural solutions to these issues into your everyday life.
  • Led by: Dr. Michael Kwast of iChiro

Tuesday, February 12: Signs of Marijuana Use

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Rm 307 Sneden
  • Scott Nuismer, a certified addictions specialist, will teach both how to recognize the markers of marijuana use and what you can safely do about it. Participants will learn how to recognize biological and physiological sign of marijuana use, as well as interventions to use.
  • Led by: Scott Nuismer of Pine Rest

Friday, February 15: Retirement Planning Resources

  • 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Rm 309 Sneden
  • Is retirement planning on your mind? If so, this session is for you! We will look at the available resources to help prepare you for this chapter of your life. Whether you’re retiring in the near future, or simply planning ahead, you’ll gain knowledge and tools to help you plan accordingly. Come join us in our discussion!

 

And don’t forget to get Google-ready with G Suite Training! Additional sessions recently added! Sign up for Introduction to GMail, Intro to Google Calendar, and Advanced G Suite on the Google for GRCC page.

GRCC employee ‘Winter Warm Up’ event coming this February

Stock photo of two bowls of tomato soup with herbs on top

Winter Warm Up

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Room 212 — Ford Fieldhouse

Come join your colleagues for a comforting cup of soup and grilled cheese along with warm conversation and connection! This is a new event replacing the February Sweets & Treats/Flowers & Cupcakes.

Use this as an opportunity to see the upgraded Fieldhouse space if you haven’t already.

Drop by and cozy up!

January 24 MI-ACE Meeting: Sexual Harassment and #MeToo

Please plan to join us for our first professional development workshop for 2019 – Sexual Harassment and #MeToo: Where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going?

  • Where:  ATC 224
  • When:  Thursday, January 24, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Sheila Jones and Kimberly DeVries will facilitate a panel discussion to the perspectives on Sexual Harassment. We’ll examine the history, how far we have (or haven’t!) come and where we’re going.

Panelists:  Sheila Jones, Kathy Keating, Chief Rebecca Whitman, and Deirdre Honner (Director of Employee Relations and Safer Spaces Coordinator at Calvin College).

Bring your questions and feedback on the issue of sexual harassment and how we can be engaged in preventing the problem.

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!