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Pine Rest offers free online counseling

May 18, 2017

Many people prefer to sit face-to-face with their counselor. Many prefer the convenience and increased confidentiality of connecting online from their own home or office. Pine Rest now offers a team of specially trained and credentialed counselors to provide this service option. Research has shown that teletherapy is just as effective as traditional in-person therapy. Employees can schedule appointments the same way they schedule office-based sessions-by dialing 800-442-0809 or 616-455-6210 and stating their wish for the online EAP counseling option. The scheduling Call Center will also check insurance to make certain that if they wish to extend counseling past their free EAP sessions they will be covered.

Pine Rest now offers the option of EAP counseling via an online video connection! Many people prefer to sit face-to-face with their counselor. Many prefer the convenience and increase confidentiality of connecting online from their own home or office. Pine Rest now offers a team of specially trained and credentialed counselors to provide this service option. Research has shown that teletherapy is just as effective as traditional in-person therapy. Employees can schedule appointments the same way they schedule office-base sessions-by dialing 800-442-0809 or 616-455-6210- and starting their wish for the online EAP counseling option. The scheduling Call Center will also check insurance to make certain that if they wish to extend counseling past their free EAP sessions they will be covered. Appointment time? Just close the door. Free online counseling with licensed therapists now available. Your day is already hectic. With telehealth online video therapy, you can conveniently connect with a highly qualified, state-licensed and certified mental health professional without leaving the privacy of your home or office. Call today to learn more. An operator will answer any questions you have, verify that your computer or device can be used for telehealth and set up your first appointment. Contact us today. Available 24/7. Convenient. Confidential. Available for all adult household family members. 800-442-0809. Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Employee Assistance Program. Church Assistance Program. School Assistance Program.

Counseling available online

May 16, 2017

Pine Rest now offers the option of EAP counseling via an online video connection.

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WMHIP information meeting on May 16

May 15, 2017

The WMHIP-Informational Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16, 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the ATC 168 Auditorium. Our Gallagher representative will be reviewing our current plan options and answering health insurance questions.  If you wish to make health plan enrollment changes, the Mid-Year Open Enrollment deadline is Friday, May 19, at 5:00 p.m.

Mid-Year Open Enrollment information and BC/BS resources can be found on our HR webpage.

You do not need to complete a mid-year open enrollment form if you want to maintain your current plan.

If you have questions, please contact Vicki Vicencio (ext. 4175) or  Maria Belmares Herrera (ext. 4052) for assistance.

GRCC adjunct retiree biographies

April 25, 2017

Human Resources will be starting a new communication for our retirees. This idea was submitted via the PACE feedback meetings or the Community Luncheon sessions — so we thank you for your feedback on this opportunity to improve communications about our retirees.

The following adjuncts will be retiring from GRCC on Friday, April 29. With their permission and input, here’s some information about their teaching experience at GRCC:

Barbara Egeler

Barbara has worked at GRCC as an adjunct instructor since January 2004.

She initially started teaching communication courses in the Language and Thought Department and then went back to grad school at WMU to get a M.A. in Counseling/Psychology. In 2007, she began teaching psychology courses for the Psychology Department at GRCC.

Here’s what Barbara shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

“Over the years, I have met so many diverse, funny and inquisitive students that made teaching exciting and fun. Some classes were more memorable than others. In some of the classes the students and I ‘clicked,’ making the semester fly by. In some instances, I actually didn’t want the semester to end because the class was more like a colloquium where everyone shares ideas. In my retirement, I want to pursue painting and decorating houses. I’d like also to learn new skills and travel.  I’ve been privileged to work at GRCC with great faculty, department chairs and especially the students. I wanted to teach ever since I was in elementary school, so having the opportunity to teach students from all backgrounds and ages and learn from them has been a gift. Teaching at GRCC has truly been satisfying.”

Robin Connell

Robin Connell sits at a keyboard.

Robin Connell

Robin has worked at GRCC as an adjunct instructor since January 2001 in the Music Department, mostly teaching music theory.

Here’s what Robin shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

“Several stories come to mind, most of which are examples of simple things that, when put together, help build the community. For example, a few years ago a student was knitting winter ‘Pokemon’ hats. Some students were wearing them to class and they were quite surprised when I asked her if she could make me a Charmander hat. I started naming the various Pokemon and we had fun taking a short break from music theory to discuss our favorite characters.  As an adjunct juggling more than one job, as well as family, I was not able to be as involved with students as much as I wanted. So it came as a surprise when, over the years, I would run into former students who remembered me. One student in particular talked with me several times after he was enrolled at GVSU and was struggling with ‘what to do with his life.’ Others are out in the world working as musicians or music educators and keep in touch. It’s just a delight to see what former students are doing, whether they continue in a music career or move on to something else. These encounters have made me feel like I was truly a part of GRCC even though I was only teaching part time.  Although I am retiring from GRCC, I am continuing to work my other part-time jobs because I’m not old enough, or financially sound enough, to completely retire! I’ve been a self-employed musician since I graduated from GVSC in 1979. Some of that employment is performing (a dozen or so events a month) but I also teach jazz studies at Aquinas College, at my home, and as a clinician at schools and festivals. This is my third year co-directing the Youth Jazz Ensemble program at St Cecilia Music Center as well as the third year of a jazz piano concert series I host at Fountain Street Church, called, Jazz in the Sanctuary [next concert is May 7]. I hope to find a little more time for family and friends now too!  I can’t even imagine what my life would have been like without these past sixteen years at GRCC. I am so grateful for being able to teach music theory, a subject I am just geeky about and love sharing. Although I was the teacher, I always felt like I was learning, too. I also have a deep appreciation and respect for my GRCC colleagues who have been wonderful to work with and I’m excited about attending future concerts in the newly renovated music building next year.”

 Susan Wallsteadt

Susan Wallsteadt

Susan Wallsteadt

Susan has worked at GRCC as an adjunct instructor since August 2000.  For most of those years she has been an adjunct instructor in the Psychology Department and for a short period of time she was a temporary assistant professor.

Here’s what Susan shared with us about her teaching experience at GRCC:

“Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see my former students achieve such wonderful things.  I recently was invited by one of my previous students to attend the Delta Pi Alpha dinner.  She is graduating from GRCC this semester and was recognized as one of the students to have achieved an overall 4.0 GPA.  How amazing is that!  After 17 years, I don’t think there is any doubt that I belonged to GRCC. My constant reminder is the number of times I have been out in public, such as at a restaurant or store, and have a student ask me, ‘Aren’t you a professor at GRCC?  I had you back when…..’  I have always had two jobs, but will for now have one. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family, especially my five-year-old grandson.  I’m also going to travel more and visit my sister in Florida and my brother in California.  I have so enjoyed my time at GRCC.  I’m grateful for all the wonderful people I’ve been able to work with and socialize with, and also for the opportunity to be a part of so many students’ academic lives.  They have taught me so much!”

We would like to congratulate our adjunct retirees and thank them for their commitment and service to GRCC.  Their contributions to our students’ lives can never be measured.  Happy retirement!

GRCC Employees on the Move through March 3, 2017

March 14, 2017

Please welcome our new employees and congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.

WELCOME TO GRCC

Cody Robinson

Support Professional, Academic Advising & Transfer Center and Counseling (AATC) & Career Development (CCD)

Effective 2-20-17

 

Jacob Gladfelter

Technician Level 1, IT Customer Support

Effective 2-20-17

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW POSITION

Nicole Dekker

From:  Support Professional, HR – Staff Development

To: Employee Events, Engagement & On-Boarding Coordinator, HR – Staff Development

Effective 2-27-17

 

Julie Lackscheide

From: Assistant Professor, Radiologic Technology

To:  Program Director, Radiologic Technology

Effective:  Fall 2017

 

Pam Miller

From: Associate Dean-Faculty Evaluation & Hiring, School of Workforce Development

To: Associate Dean of Operations, School of Workforce Development

Effective:  5-1-17

 

Amy Koning

From: Associate Dean of Operations, School of Workforce Development

To:  Dean-School of Workforce Development

Effective:  4-3-17

 

Sarah VanDeWege

From:  Contingency, Preschool

To:  Assistant to Preschool Instructor

Effective:  3-13-17

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Rolando Bocanegra

Student Success Coach, College Success Center

Effective 2-18-17

 

Deborah Nordman, Retiring

Program Director, Radiologic Technology

Effective 6-30-17

 

James Peterson, Retiring

Executive Director of Financial Services, Accounting & Budget Services

Effective 6-30-17

GRCC offers QPR training

February 8, 2017

Want to make a difference?

We’ve all noticed a student, faculty, staff or friend who might seem down or appear to be struggling with life. You can make a difference by asking questions and referring that person to resources.

QPR … Question, Persuade, Refer  is called the “gate keeper training,” and we are bringing it to GRCC. QPR is used to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. It is believed that quality education empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

Gatekeepers can be anyone, but include parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. According to the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001), a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide.

We are offering five one-hour QPR training sessions. If you are interested, please RSVP through Staff Development at http://www.grcc.edu/humanresources/staffdevelopment/learningopportunitiesregistration :

  • Feb. 21 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Feb. 22 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • March 9  9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • March 22  5:00-6:00 p.m.
  • March 24 1:00-2:00 p.m.

 

GRCC employees on the move through Feb. 3, 2017

February 7, 2017

Please welcome our new employees and congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.

WELCOME TO GRCC

Flora Garcia

Entry Level Custodian, Facilities

Effective 1-24-17

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW POSITION

Art Johnson

From: Support Professional, Communications Department

To: Support Professional, College Advancement & GRCC Foundation

Effective 2-27-17

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

 Julie Otte

Events and Wellness Coordinator, Human Resources

Effective 1-11-17

 

Kelly Klotz

Support Professional, Instructional Support

Effective 1-21-17

 

Hayden Butcher

HVAC Technician, Maintenance

Effective 1-28-17

 

GRCC retiree biography: Hayden Butcher

January 25, 2017

Human Resources will be starting a new communication for our retirees. This idea was submitted via the PACE feedback meetings or the Community Luncheon sessions — so we thank you for your feedback on this opportunity to improve communications about our retirees.

Hayden Butcher will be retiring on Friday, January 27th. With Hayden’s permission and input, here is a little more detail about his GRCC experience and dedicated service.

Hayden has worked at GRCC for 25 years and has been in the Facilities Department working with the HVAC team for all of his 25 years. He has provided great leadership to his colleagues and also has served in leadership positions for the CEBA Bargaining Group.

Hayden stated, “I have always felt like I belonged at GRCC and I still do. Don’t think for a minute you have seen the last of me. In the 25 years I have been here, I have seen the college change in many ways, for better, and worse, and witnessed the deaths of team members along with the births of their children. I have made friends, memories — so many that it is impossible to recall them all. I know that I belonged at GRCC because it helped to shape my life, and in many ways, I have helped shape it, as many of my ideas and designs will live on in the buildings I maintained for years after I am gone.”

Hayden has a lot planned for his retirement: He plans to enjoy time with his wife, and they plan to travel together. They are already planning a trip to England for the summer to spend time with his family and friends where he grew up.

Hayden, on behalf of your GRCC community, we are happy to hear you’ll remain in contact and we all wish you many happy, healthy years enjoying retirement!

As a reminder, his retirement party will be held in the Multipurpose Room from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. today, January 25th.

Join us for Penni Weninger’s retirement party

December 12, 2016
Penni Weninger

Penni Weninger

Please join us to celebrate Penni Weninger’s retirement! There will be an Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 14, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. in White Hall.

Penni has been with us at GRCC for 10 years, working both on the academic side of the college and, most recently, in Human Resources. She has been actively involved with the APSS Board, helping our TRIO students with different initiatives and Kids’ Food Basket. She is such a vibrant part of the GRCC community; her positive energy and laughter will be missed on a daily basis.

GRCC Employees on the Move through Dec. 5, 2016

December 6, 2016

Please welcome our new employees and congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.

WELCOME TO GRCC

 

Victoria Vicencio

Support Professional, Human Resources

Effective 12-5-16

 

Kristina Cox

Support Professional, Human Resources

Effective 12-19-16

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

 

Brian Moore

IT Customer Support Tech Level 1

Effective 12-5-16

 

Stephen Barton

Assistant Professor, Music

Effective 12-31-16

Payroll improvements and National Payroll Week survey feedback

December 6, 2016

Thank you to all those who completed Human Resources’ National Payroll Week survey. The feedback you provided was very helpful in making sure we are providing you with useful information that is easily obtained. We hope the following provides answers to some of the comments or suggestions we received:

Holiday Schedule

The 2016-17 Holiday Schedule is now available on our webpage.

Printing Pay Advices

We are currently researching new functionality, and hope to provide an easier print option in 2017.

YTD Totals and Leave Bank Balances

These balances are only available on current pay advice documents, because our payroll software does not store historical balance data with each paycheck. We are constantly monitoring improvements and new functionality and would enable this feature should it be delivered in a subsequent release.

Meanwhile, we recommend saving a copy of your pay advice after each period if you wish to track YTD totals and Leave Bank balances from previous pay periods.

Webpage improvements

A clearer list of deductions and earn codes can be found  on the payroll webpage under the “Understanding Your Paycheck” category on the right.

We will continue to look for ways to improve our webpage, and hope to provide easier accessibility to forms and a page dedicated to retirement information in 2017.

Timing of Adjunct & Overload checks

It is our always our goal to pay adjunct and overload classes as close to the start of the semester as possible, according to the college’s payroll schedule, on the 1st available pay date following count date.

For example, the first date of classes for the fall 2016 semester was on August 29, and the first pay was on September 23rd which covered the pay period of August 29th through September 11th, making the first pay timely. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as the first date of classes can change from semester to semester, not allowing for enough processing time.

Important 2016 year-end payroll information

December 2, 2016

2016 W-2 Availability

  •  Electronic W-2’s will be made available to employees who have given consent by January 17, 2017
  • Paper W-2’s will be mailed to employees who have not given consent to receive them electronically on January 31, 2017. Paper W-2’s will not be available for pick up in Human Resources.

 Verify Your Personal Information

Update your Tax Withholding Forms

  • Complete new city tax form(s) if you moved in or out of the cities of Grand Rapids or Walker.
  • New 2017 tax forms should be completed if your filing status or exemption allowances have changed.
  • If you are currently claiming exempt, to not have any withholding for Federal or State taxes, you are required to complete a new 2017 W-4 no later than February 1, 2017.
  • 2017 tax forms will be available in January on the payroll web page at http://www.grcc.edu/humanresources/payroll/forms

Print a copy of your December 30, 2016 pay stub with year to date information

  • If you would like a copy of your last 2016 pay stub with year to date information, please be sure to print it no later than Thursday, January 5, 2017. Year to date information will only be available on your last pay stub of 2016, until we process the first check of 2017.

 1095-C Tax Form

  • All benefited employees will receive a tax form 1095-C from Next Generation Enrollment (NGE) in the mail. The form contains information regarding Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage that you may need to report as part of your 2016 tax return.

For Informational Purposes Only

  •  The 2017 Social Security tax rate is schedule to remain 6.2%, and the Medicare tax rate remains 1.45%.
  • The 2017 social security wage base will increase to $127,200.00.
  • The 2017 limitation for elective deferrals under a 403(b) or 457(b) will remain at $18,000 and the additional catch up provision for individuals age 50 and over will remain $6,000.00

Important 2016 year-end payroll information

December 1, 2016

2016 W-2 Availability

  •  Electronic W-2’s will be made available to employees who have given consent by January 17, 2017
  • Paper W-2’s will be mailed to employees who have not given consent to receive them electronically on January 31, 2017. Paper W-2’s will not be available for pick up in Human Resources.

 Verify Your Personal Information

Update your Tax Withholding Forms

  • Complete new city tax form(s) if you moved in or out of the cities of Grand Rapids or Walker.
  • New 2017 tax forms should be completed if your filing status or exemption allowances have changed.
  • If you are currently claiming exempt, to not have any withholding for Federal or State taxes, you are required to complete a new 2017 W-4 no later than February 1, 2017.
  • 2017 tax forms will be available in January on the payroll web page at http://www.grcc.edu/humanresources/payroll/forms

Print a copy of your December 30, 2016 pay stub with year to date information

  • If you would like a copy of your last 2016 pay stub with year to date information, please be sure to print it no later than Thursday, January 5, 2017. Year to date information will only be available on your last pay stub of 2016, until we process the first check of 2017.

 1095-C Tax Form

  • All benefited employees will receive a tax form 1095-C from Next Generation Enrollment (NGE) in the mail. The form contains information regarding Employer-Provided Health Insurance Offer and Coverage that you may need to report as part of your 2016 tax return.

For Informational Purposes Only

  •  The 2017 Social Security tax rate is schedule to remain 6.2%, and the Medicare tax rate remains 1.45%.
  • The 2017 social security wage base will increase to $127,200.00.
  • The 2017 limitation for elective deferrals under a 403(b) or 457(b) will remain at $18,000 and the additional catch up provision for individuals age 50 and over will remain $6,000.00

Raffle prize winners for Benefits Fair

November 9, 2016

Many thanks to all the staff and faculty who came out to the Benefits Fair and helped make it a great success!

Congratulation to all the raffle prize winners! Please stop by the HR/ Benefits office to pick up your prize:

  • Miguel Espinoza, luggage from vendor Horace Mann.
  • Tim Zerfas, Spectrum Health bag and water bottles from vendor Spectrum Health Visiting Nurse Association.
  • Malinda Powers, a wine set from vendor AIG.
  • Mary Rudd, an Ihome  from vendor Plan Member Services.
  • Jennifer Kowalski, a stadium blanket from vendor Pine Rest- EAP.
  • Yan Bai, a duffle bag and workout supplies from vendor Lincoln National.
  • Randy Creswell, a duffle bag and workout supplies from vendor Lincoln National.
  • Kathy Kolehouse, golf balls from vendor Valic.
  • Laura Moody, golf balls from vendor Valic.
  • Deb DeWent, golf balls from vendor Madison National Life Insurance.
  • Robin Kerkstra, 249 RX Optical Sunglasses gift card  from vendor RX Optical.
  • Quynh Pavlov, a $100 Heritage gift card from vendor Lake Michigan Credit Union.
  • Susie Hansen, four Griffins tickets from vendor Blue Cross Blue Shield.
  • Denyse Bening, an Olive Garden gift card from vendor Flex Administrators.
  • Keith St. Clair, a Panera gift card from vendor Madison National Life Insurance.
  • Simon Kittok, a $25 Panera gift card from vendor Flex Administrators.
  • John Van Elst, a $25 Meijer gift card  from vendor Madison National Life Insurance.
  • Tina Hoxie, a $25 Meijer gift card from vendor Meemic.
  • Julie Bera, a $25 Meijer gift card from vendor Meemic.
  • Magda Phillips, a $25 Meijer gift card from vendor Meemic.
  • Jonathan Greer, a $25 Meijer gift card from vendor Meemic.
  • Gloria Thomas, a $25 GRCC Bookstore gift card from the GRCC Bookstore.
  • Jimmie Taylor, a $25 GRCC Bookstore gift card from the GRCC Bookstore.
  • Laura Caulk, a $25 GRCC Bookstore gift card from the GRCC Bookstore.
  • Jodie Boelens, a $25 GRCC Bookstore gift card from the GRCC Bookstore.

Thanks again for your participation, and we look forward to next year’s Benefits Fair!

Leadership Institute 2017 deadline extended

October 28, 2016

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development, and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for individual employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus. Leadership Institute includes content pertinent to talent identification, leadership development, and addressing issues relevant to the college community.

If you are interested in Leadership Institute 2017, please visit www.grcc.edu/leadershipinstitute for additional information or to obtain an application packet. Please submit the application packet to Jessica Berens in Human Resources. The deadline for submission has been extended to Friday, November 4, 2016.