GRCC Retiree Biography: Jody Graves

Jody Graves began her GRCC career in March of 1985 in the non-credit Business and Technical Training Department. She spent her first two years, onsite at a local manufacturing company, developing and training their workforce on software specific to their mid-range computer system. She developed and conducted word processing, spreadsheet, and database training to local businesses and became the coordinator of our micro-computer training department.

“In 1997, when Windows and the internet arrived, I moved to the Staff Development Department and trained faculty and staff on how to use this exciting new technology!,” she said. “This even included some live television on our College Channel, which was a very interesting experience!”

In 1999, Jody was transferred to the IT department and assisted with our conversion to PeopleSoft in the areas of reporting and training. She was then moved to the Learning Academy for Faculty and Staff for a short time, conducting PC training for employees. After that, she returned to IT, in her current position of Enterprise Analyst, specializing in business process, training, reporting, and implementing PeopleSoft functionality, primarily in the student records area.

“Preparing for retirement, Ron and I have sold our home and are currently living in our fifth-wheel in an RV park in Ionia,” she said. “It is tiny house living at its finest! We have recently purchased a home in Cypress Lakes, located in Lakeland, Florida. This will be our permanent residence but we will return to Michigan and our fifth-wheel for a few months each summer. We are looking forward to warm weather, sunshine, no snow, and Tigers Spring Training! We are making plans to go to the Daytona 500 next year, something that is on Ron’s bucket list!

“I have truly enjoyed the last 34 years and I have made many forever friends along the way. It’s been an incredible journey and I will miss you GRCC and all of the people that I have had the pleasure to work with. I could not have done it without all of you! Dr. Seuss said it best, ‘Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!'”

Jody, thank you for all of your dedicated service to GRCC! We will miss you and with you and Ron safe and fun travels to Florida! We look forward to hearing about your adventures!

GRCC employee Summer Ice Cream Socials

Logo: Try our hand-rolled ice cream. Ananda Ice. We put the ahhh in ice. Grand Rapids, Michigan. We would love to cater your event. 1-844-550-2444. info@anandaice.com. www.anandaice.comWe’re taking it to another level with our GRCC employee ice cream socials this summer!

On the dates and times and locations below you can enjoy a treat from Ananda Ice — local food truck owned by proud GRCC alum Josh Baker.

Stop by to cool off with a tasty shaved ice snowcone with naturally flavored syrups or a yummy fresh rolled ice cream straight from the Ananda Ice truck, which will be live and in person/truck on our campuses.

Connect with your coworkers and enjoy the sunshine and summer fun!

Tuesday, July 23

2-4 p.m.

Tassell MTEC

 

Wednesday, July 24

1-3 p.m.

DeVos Campus/Sneden Hall

 

Thursday. July 25

2-4 p.m.

Main Campus – south end of Bostwick Commons

 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Changes to maximum work weeks for part-time employees

Attention Supervisors of Professional Services (no benefits) or student employees:

If your part-time employee (no benefits or student employee) works throughout the fiscal year, we’re slightly changing the maximum allowable work weeks, effective July 1, 2019.

There is NO change for the “must work less than 28 hours per week” requirement.

The change applies to the maximum number of allowable work weeks in a fiscal year: 46 weeks will be the maximum allowable work weeks.  We must maintain less than a total 1300 hours worked in a fiscal year for these employee groups.

The reason for this change is new legislation in Michigan regarding paid leave.  We will be in compliance by maintaining the 1300 hour maximum over 46 weeks.  This maximum will also keep us below the threshold for the Federal ACA laws for health care.

As a supervisor, please continue to make sure that your part time employees are working no more than 28 hours per week, and no more than 46 weeks per year.

Please contact Cathy Kubiak (x. 3971) if you have questions.

Seminar explores workplace bullies

Workplace Bullies

July 11, 2019

1:00PM to 4:30PM

Room 224 ATC

The Employers Association

Description: Workplace Bullies

This seminar explores the behaviors of bullying and the impacts of this negative behavior on the bully’s victims and others. This course defines bullying and presents strategies for dealing effectively with bullying behavior.

Course Goal: Provide participants with a clear understanding of bullying and its impacts as well as presenting strategies for dealing effectively with bullying behavior. Course Objectives, after completing this course, participants will be able to: Describe what motivates a bully at work, Identify how bullying behavior affects employees, Recognize and address bullying behavior, Know what not to do with the bully, and Communicate the importance of having an anti-bullying policy and what it might include.

If you are interested please register at our Learning Opportunities webpage.

Attention Supervisors of Professional Services (no benefits) or student employees

If your part-time employee (no benefits or student employee) works throughout the fiscal year, we’re slightly changing the maximum allowable work weeks, effective July 1, 2019.

There is NO change for the “must work less than 28 hours per week” requirement.

The change applies to the maximum number of allowable work weeks in a fiscal year: 46 weeks will be the maximum allowable work weeks.  We must maintain less than a total 1300 hours worked in a fiscal year for these employee groups.

The reason for this change is new legislation in Michigan regarding paid leave.  We will be in compliance by maintaining the 1300 hour maximum over 46 weeks.  This maximum will also keep us below the threshold for the Federal ACA laws for health care.

As a supervisor, please continue to make sure that your part-time employees are working no more than 28 hours per week, and no more than 46 weeks per year.

Please contact Cathy Kubiak (x. 3971) if you have questions.

There’s still time to sign up for the 2019 GRCC Summer Walking Challenge!

Lace up your walking shoes Raider Nation! Back by popular demand: It’s the GRCC Summer Walking Challenge!

Monday, June 24 — Friday, August 2, 2019

The 2019 planning team: Brian Beecher, Nicole Nyenhuis, Kurt Meinders, David Houseman, and Angela Salinas

Generously supported by various campus departments

We’ve “stepped it up” with TWO fun improvements this year:

The competition increases to SIX weeks! (Competition begins June 24 and ends August 2).

Location of the week: Each week (on a specific day and time) the Walking Challenge (WC) planning team will meet participants at a featured location within walking distance of Main Campus, WC participants can take a selfie at the designated location to claim their weekly prize! Can you go the distance?

Weekly locations will be announced via the Google Communities page that all WC participants will be invited to join.

As was the process last year, team members’ weekly total steps will be compiled for the entire team’s weekly average to determine who will take the lead each week. Competition is fierce — and friendly of course!

The WC is a great way to get out and enjoy the lovely summer weather, see various parts of downtown GR, and interact and engage with your fellow members of the GRCC family!

Team Captains: Gather your fellow colleagues and form a team (minimum of 4, maximum of 6 members; students are encouraged to participate too!)

Sign your team up online at www.grcc.edu/walk!

If you don’t have a team, but want to participate, fill out the opt in form and we’ll put you on a team with new GRCC friends! Simply go to www.grcc.edu/walk!

 

Definitely let anyone on the planning team know if you have any questions or need further information.

GRCC Retiree Biography: Teri Dilworth

Teri Dilworth

Teri Dilworth

Teri started working part-time in August of 1986 and went full-time in 1988. Her entire career has been dedicated to GRCC and our students in the Disability Support Services and Occupational Support office. “That response has always been met with surprise. I truly liked where I work and what my role entailed in the department. It offered me the opportunity to interact with students, parents, community and staff. I’ve seen many students struggle with various barriers which included students with learning disabilities, mental illness, physical and health limitations as well as those who were single parents and low income, etc. Seeing these students find success, whether it was completing a two-year degree, transferring or even a couple of classes for personal interest, allowed me to be a part of their journey. I loved watching them grow and build confidence within themselves. I am proud of the fact that this was my one and only position at GRCC.”

When asked about a favorite story the students she has served, Teri said: “The staff I work with are incredible. They are talented, hard-working and caring people. That will be the most difficult part of retiring for me as I leave my co-workers and friends.”

Teri has helped many students feel and recognize that they belonged in our GRCC community. When asked about an experience that demonstrated she belonged at GRCC, she shared: “For me, the definition of belonging is when I see and feel there is strong leadership within the college community. Example: During my years on the APSS Executive Board, I felt most valued when Dr. Pink requested to meet with the Board President (Sandy Gregory) and Vice President (Me). I felt a true sense of engagement during our meetings as well as being invested in what we brought to him with our concerns and opinions.”

Teri isn’t making plans right away, she wants to ease into retirement. “I have a new grandbaby coming in July, which will make four grandchildren for my husband and I. I have a scheduled trip for a few days in August. I also have a big project to start this summer. Renovations on a newly purchased vintage trailer.”

“I have always felt fortunate and proud to be an employee of GRCC. I have raised a family while working here and now I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to retire at 58.  I will miss the people but I am ready to do something on my own time clock.”

Teri, how can we thank you enough for the time, care and dedication you have shown to GRCC students? Enjoy retirement, have fun with your grandbabies and traveling in your vintage trailer, and visit your friends at GRCC as often as possible. Congratulations!

GRCC Retiree Biography: Jan Boynton

Jan began working at GRCC in February 2005 in the Financial Aid office. Jan has worked within Financial Aid for 40 years. “Financial Aid folks are a close knit group of people. I have stayed in touch with many of my colleagues from Western Michigan University (where I started my Financial Aid career), along with friends at Davenport, where I worked before starting at GRCC. I have enjoyed the camaraderie and many friendships I have acquired over the years.”

When asked about a story that demonstrated she belonged at GRCC, Jan said: “It was always a lot fun to help out at graduation and see students I had helped throughout the years graduate.”

Jan will be keeping busy following retirement. Jan and her husband are expecting their first grandbaby June 15th. “Our son and daughter-in-law live in Alaska! So we are planning a trip up there soon after I retire! Along with traveling to Alaska, we hope to do some other traveling around the country to national parks. We will also be spending more time at the family cottage on Elk Lake (north of Traverse City).”

Congratulations on your retirement, Jan! Your dedication to GRCC and our students is recognized and appreciated. We wish you the best in your retirement, enjoy your new grandbaby!

 

Help payroll team by turning in timesheets on time

Attention employees and supervisors!

We all appreciate the great work of our payroll team here in HR.  Please help us help them by turning your timesheets in on time.

While most of us are great about getting timesheets turned in on time, our payroll team spends still spends way too much time correcting timesheets that have been turned in without complete and accurate data, and chasing timesheets that have not been turned in at all.  Last pay date alone, we sent out over 40 emails trying to get timesheets submitted so that we could process payroll.

Please help us by taking the time to complete, review and approve timesheets within provided timelines.  Consider adding a reminder appointment in your calendar if that might help.  Call us if you have questions about how to complete your timesheet.  We are here to help!

 

IT offers summer training sessions in Google

To continue honing and perfecting your Google skills, consider attending one of the summer trainings offered by the IT department. Openings are still available!

 

Wednesday, June 19

Intro to GMail & Calendar

8:30-10:30 a.m.

Room 351 Finkelstein Hall (Main Building)

 

 

Thursday, June 27

Advanced G Suite for Education

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Room 351 Finkelstein Hall (Main Building)

 

 

Tuesday, July 9

Advanced GMail

10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Room 351 Finkelstein Hall (Main Building)

 

 

Thursday, July 25

Intro to GMail & Calendar

8:30-10:30 a.m.

Room 351 Finkelstein Hall (Main Building)

 

 

Tuesday, July 30

Advanced Calendar

2-4 p.m.

Room 351 Finkelstein Hall (Main Building)

 

 

Wednesday, August 7

Advanced G Suite for Education

2-4 p.m.

Room 351 Finkelstein Hall (Main Building)

 

See course descriptions and register ONLINE HERE

 

Important Drug and Alcohol Policy and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP)

The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP) has been updated. Both the DAAPP and Drug and Alcohol Policy and are available for your review on the Drug and Alcohol Abuse webpage.

The alcohol and drug related health risks, prevention and intervention resources, college discipline, and legal sanctions are outlined in these two documents.

Questions please contact Jessica Berens at jberens@grcc.edu or x.3179

New employees, mentors share celebration breakfast

GRCC’s employee mentoring program was designed to help people become acclimated to our campus, its programs and people.

Mentors are a resource, a guide and, especially, a good listener as new employees learn their roles and responsibilities as members of the Raider family.

This week, everyone who became part of GRCC since October 2017 was invited to a special breakfast with their mentors to share their experiences, celebrate the partnership and give some thanks to the folks who helped them along the way.

Provost Laurie Chesley shared her thoughts about the valuable role mentors play at GRCC, but also throughout our lives.

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