Posted tagged ‘human resources’

Ice Cream Socials This Week!!

July 16, 2018

Let’s beat the heat together! Come grab an ice cold treat and mingle with friends at either (or both) of our ice cream socials!

  • Wednesday, July 18th, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Tassell M-TEC.
  • Wednesday, July 18th, from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Main Campus, South Commons.

*Due to construction, an ice cream social will not be held on DeVos campus this year.

Questions or dietary restrictions? Please give Nicole Dekker a ring at x3848. Hope to see you there!

 

Ice Cream Socials Next Week!!

July 11, 2018

Let’s beat the heat together! Come grab an ice cold treat and mingle with friends at either (or both) of our ice cream socials!

  • Wednesday, July 18th, from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Tassell M-TEC.
  • Wednesday, July 18th, from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Main Campus, South Commons.

*Due to construction, an ice cream social will not be held on DeVos campus this year.

Questions or dietary restrictions? Please give Nicole Dekker a ring at x3848. Hope to see you there!

Summer Human Resources learning opportunities

July 9, 2018

QPR: Question. Persuade. Refer. – Wednesday, July 11, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Learn how you can help save lives and reduce suidical behaviors. QPR is an innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training.

Active Shooter Response – Thursday, July 12, 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Required for all employees, Active Shooter Response training provides participants tools for recognizing, reporting, and responding to an active shooter situation.

Drupal Basics: Editing Content – Tuesday, July 17 and August 18, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Attendees will learn how to navigate the Drupal website editing system.

GRCC Accounts & You – Thursday, August 2, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This course will provide a walk-through of the accounts available to our students and staff, as well as tips and tricks to get the most out of them.

Going the Distance @ GRCC: A Walking Challenge

July 9, 2018

Going the Distance @ GRCC is a friendly walking competition that encourages faculty, staff, and students to band together to face off against other teams in the pursuit of garnering the most steps!

We’re promoting wellness, but also the opportunity to build relationships with our colleagues across campus and, especially, the students. This is an opportunity for them to get to know the GRCC family and our campus.

This short, four-week challenge begins July 9. So, go ahead, join the movement … at any time!

Please visit our website for more information or to register. Each team must have between 4-6 members, and are encouraged to include at least one student. Pedometers will be provided while supplies last!

Questions? Please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848, nicoledekker2@grcc.edu)

Going the Distance. A GRCC Walking Challenge.

Going the Distance: A GRCC walking challenge

June 26, 2018

Going the Distance @ GRCC is a friendly walking competition that encourages faculty, staff, and students to band together to face off against other teams in the pursuit of garnering the most steps!

We’re promoting wellness, but also the opportunity to build relationships with our colleagues across campus and, especially, the students. This is an opportunity for them to get to know the GRCC family and our campus.

This short, four-week challenge begins July 9. So, go ahead, join the movement.

Please visit our website for more information or to register. Each team must have between 4-6 members, and include at least two students. Pedometers will be provided while supplies last!

Questions? Please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848, nicoledekker2@grcc.edu)

Recap: Summer Canning Fun with Human Resources

June 18, 2018

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Several GRCC staff members got together last Friday to attend a two-hour workshop by The Canning Diva® to learn the basics of home canning, dehydrating, and proper long-term storage methods.  Each participant was able to leave with a jar of their culinary creation.

Cheese Cards: A Note of Thanks

June 4, 2018

Cheese cards are a fun and easy way to appreciate your colleagues! These colorful postcards can be found in most departmental break rooms, as well as online. So, go ahead, send a little note of thanks. It’s sure brighten someone’s day!

If you are in need of cheese cards, please connect with Nicole Dekker (nicoledekker2@grcc.edu) or Rachel Paulucci (rpaulucci@grcc.edu).

Inclusion Advisor Information Session Next Week

May 30, 2018

Join Human Resources and The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion for lunch to learn more about “Inclusion Advisors.”

The Inclusion Advisor role is a pilot program for interested GRCC full-time tenured faculty or staff to serve on screening committees. The purpose of the Inclusion Advisor role is to support our committees in exercising equitable and inclusive practices in screening, hiring and advancement for all individuals.

Over the last year, the Human Resources and Woodrick Center teams have worked in developing this new role, and we plan to cover the following information on June 5th:

  • Our proposal document….that explains the purpose, benefits, objectives, roles, and responsibilities.
  • Our “commitment estimate” for the Inclusion Advisor role on a screening committee.
  • An overview of the workshops/training for the role.
  • The application form and process.

Please join us on Tuesday, June 5th, at noon (Student Success Center….336 in the Student Center Building). We will be providing lunch, so please indicate any dietary restrictions.

To sign up, please visit the registration page.

 

Professional Development Recap: ‘Food for Life’ class

May 15, 2018

GRCC staff and faculty enjoyed the Food for Life programs nutrition and cooking classes, Foods that Fight Heart Disease and Foods for Healthy Weight this summer.

The Food for Life program is a community based nutrition education program, designed by physicians, nutrition experts, and registered dietitians aimed at preventing disease.

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GRCC Human Resources Professional Development

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

Food for Life: The Power of Food for Health

Presented by: Sheri Olekoski

Human Resources professional development opportunities

May 2, 2018

Human Resources Professional Development

You can register online at: https://www.grcc.edu/humanresources/professionaldevelopment/learningopportunitiesregistration

 

Effective Feedback Principles

Wednesday May 2, 2018 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

With many organizations, the use of effective feedback and recognition are communication tools that many leaders do not take advantage of to increase performance, build productive relationships, and maximize retention. Often feedback is given only if a problem exists and unknowingly the techniques used for this corrective feedback actually have the opposite effect intended. As human beings, we often hunger for feedback. However, many people will tell you that when they do get feedback, it’s often because of something they have done wrong. This course is designed to help workplace leaders learn how to provide feedback any time that the message is due. Whether feedback is formal or informal, and whether it is provided to employees, peers, or someone else, there are ways that it can be structured to be effective and lasting. This course will help participants learn why the way we deliver is feedback is important, how to deliver a message so that people accept it and make changes that may be needed, and how to accept feedback that we are offered.

 

GRCC Accounts and You: A Comprehensive Primer

Thursday, May 3, 2018 (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)

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.

 

Foods that Fight Heart Disease

Friday, May 4, 2018 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

This course is designed to give participants a holistic view of the development components of aging. This will include information on physiological, neurological, and mental-emotional aspects of the aging process. Geriatric diseases such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia, and Parkinson’s will be discussed. Participants will become familiar with resources available in the Grand Rapids community to assist in age related services, as well as provide for forum of discussion about managing their aging, as well as the aging of loved ones. We will discuss various techniques and activities utilized by attendees to reduce the impact of aging.

 

Selfcare in the Midst of Change

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (10:00 am – 11:30 am)

This workshop will explore some of the brain science related to change and why people react and experience change the way they do?

We will also explore strategies for self-care during times of change, keeping stress, resistance and struggle at bay.

– Explore brain science related to change

– Learn about types of resistance to change

– Learn strategies to lower stress and increase resilience

 

Time Management Workshop

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

In this workshop, participants will learn the keys to effectively managing your time, tips to being efficient, and how to ensure that the most important things are accomplished. Participants will learn how to eliminate non-productive behaviors and minimize the distractions that fill their day.

 

Excel Basics

Thursday, May 10, 2018 (10:00 am – 11:00 am)

This course is designed to give users a good introduction to the basic concepts of Excel. It explores the structure of the Excel workbook and demonstrates basic techniques required for working with spreadsheets.

 

GRCC Accounts and You: A Comprehensive Primer

Thursday, May 10, 2018 (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)

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.

 

Foods for a Healthy Weight

Friday, May 11, 2018

In this course you will learn about foods that will free you from counting calories and measuring portions… Power up your plate and maintain a healthy weight and feel great! Class includes cooking demonstration and sampling.

 

 

Human Resources professional development opportunities

April 30, 2018

Human Resources Professional Development Opportunities

You can register online at: https://www.grcc.edu/humanresources/professionaldevelopment/learningopportunitiesregistration

 

Performance Evaluation Feedback

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (10:00 am – 11:30 am)

In this session, we will discuss providing feedback as it relates to GRCC performance evaluations for staff. Performance evaluations are a source of information and feedback for employees and are key to ongoing and future development. In this session, supervisors will learn how to note progress, summarize key skills and abilities as well as identify challenges and opportunities for improvement for employees. Conducting effective performance evaluations take time, thought, and planning. Supervisors are expected to evaluate employees realistically, objectively, and fairly. The supervisor’s evaluation ratings and comments should be objective and based on actual performance, factual data, and direct observation. Target Audience – Supervisors

 

Effective Feedback Principles

Wednesday May 2, 2018 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

With many organizations, the use of effective feedback and recognition are communication tools that many leaders do not take advantage of to increase performance, build productive relationships, and maximize retention. Often feedback is given only if a problem exists and unknowingly the techniques used for this corrective feedback actually have the opposite effect intended. As human beings, we often hunger for feedback. However, many people will tell you that when they do get feedback, it’s often because of something they have done wrong. This course is designed to help workplace leaders learn how to provide feedback any time that the message is due. Whether feedback is formal or informal, and whether it is provided to employees, peers, or someone else, there are ways that it can be structured to be effective and lasting. This course will help participants learn why the way we deliver is feedback is important, how to deliver a message so that people accept it and make changes that may be needed, and how to accept feedback that we are offered.

 

GRCC Accounts and You: A Comprehensive Primer

Thursday, May 3, 2018 (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)

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.

 

Foods that Fight Heart Disease

Friday, May 4, 2018 (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

This course is designed to give participants a holistic view of the development components of aging. This will include information on physiological, neurological, and mental-emotional aspects of the aging process. Geriatric diseases such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia, and Parkinson’s will be discussed. Participants will become familiar with resources available in the Grand Rapids community to assist in age related services, as well as provide for forum of discussion about managing their aging, as well as the aging of loved ones. We will discuss various techniques and activities utilized by attendees to reduce the impact of aging.

 

Selfcare in the Midst of Change

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

This workshop will explore some of the brain science related to change and why people react and experience change the way they do?

We will also explore strategies for self-care during times of change, keeping stress, resistance and struggle at bay.

– Explore brain science related to change

– Learn about types of resistance to change

– Learn strategies to lower stress and increase resilience

 

Time Management Workshop

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 (10:00 am – 11:30 am)

In this workshop, participants will learn the keys to effectively managing your time, tips to being efficient, and how to ensure that the most important things are accomplished. Participants will learn how to eliminate non-productive behaviors and minimize the distractions that fill their day.

 

Excel Basics

Thursday, May 10, 2018 (10:00 am – 11:00 am)

This course is designed to give users a good introduction to the basic concepts of Excel. It explores the structure of the Excel workbook and demonstrates basic techniques required for working with spreadsheets.

 

GRCC Accounts and You: A Comprehensive Primer

Thursday, May 10, 2018 (1:30 pm – 3:00 pm)

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.

 

Foods for a Healthy Weight

Friday, May 11, 2018

In this course you will learn about foods that will free you from counting calories and measuring portions… Power up your plate and maintain a healthy weight and feel great! Class includes cooking demonstration and sampling.

 

 

GRCC retiree biography: Bernie Manker

April 27, 2018
Bernie Manker

Bernie Manker

Bernie Manker will be retiring from GRCC at the end of November. Bernie has taught at GRCC for a total of 27 years, 25 being in a full time faculty position. Bernie taught Spanish in the Language and Thought and provided leadership to that department for 13 years as Department Head.

When asked what his favorite story about GRCC was, he stated that he doesn’t have a single story, but instead an observation. He stated, “I have been very fortunate to have been able to interact with many of my students for four semesters. They started with me in SP 101 and finished with SP 232. I even had students continue after completion of our regular course offerings with independent studies, seminars and service learning. It was very exciting for me to see a student who succeeded academically turn that into practical application at the Hispanic Center, Clínica Santa María, the migrant camps in and around Sparta, the Alternative High School in GRPS or with Service Learning in Mexico in Monterrey or Medellín. The community we created in the classroom was safe and inviting, the interaction between the students and each other and with me was exciting and challenging and the teaching and learning that took place was genuine and heartfelt.”

Bernie Manker stands by lockers.When asked about an experience that demonstrated his belonging to the GRCC community and he said, “Once again there is no single story that covers how I feel but rather a constant appreciation for the opportunity to do what I do where I do it. In the winter of 1973 I was a student on my Junior Semester Abroad in Spain. Every morning I walked up Gran Vía toward the University of Valencia on Paseo Valencia al mar. It was winter in Valencia, the air had a chill, the sun was brilliant even at 7:45 and the air was filled with sounds and smells; the smell of diesel, cigarette smoke, fresh bread from the “panaderías” were ever present every day. For 25 years I have walked into GRCC usually before 8:00 am and there have been moments especially in the winter and sunny days that I pick up the scent of diesel in the air and cigarette smoke (not so frequently nowadays) and I am transported back to those days in Valencia. Looking back I realize that I knew then that I was in the right place, at the right time doing what was right for me. The 17 years I taught for Grand Rapids Public Schools were wonderful years and taught me methods, classroom management, patience and when to be more structured and in control of the classroom environment. But it was when I came to GRCC that I felt that feeling again of being in the right place, at the right time doing what was right for me. I will always be grateful for the opportunity to teach here. I have had a career full of fun in class with my students, reward when I saw them succeed, excitement when they “got it”, challenges when presented with difficult concepts to introduce, introspection when trying to figure out how to better present those concepts given the restrictions of the calendar and sometimes anger and frustration when what we do in the classroom does not seem to be enough. I have had the privilege to work with many wonderful people: colleagues and students have become friends and I have established lifelong relationships with many of them.  So, why do I belong at GRCC? Because I understood our mission, performed my tasks and played my role as I understood it to be and I believe that I contributed to the nationwide reputation GRCC has as a premier academic institution. I lead a great department, we had a superior program in Spanish thanks to the help of my adjunct colleagues, we developed curriculum that challenged and improved our students’ performance and we adapted and changed as the needs of our transfer institutions, our students and the college changed.”

In retirement, Bernie plans to visit family and friends out of the area. He is hoping to visit Spain within the next year for a month or more to take in the sights, drink “cafe con leche” in local cafes and visit some childhood friends. He has many trips he is planning; bike riding in the West, visiting chalets in our National Parks, taking grandchildren on vacation and spend quality time with his children having conversation while enjoying a glass of wine. He said, “we will now have the time to indulge in those dreams.” His relationships in his life will be his top priority in retirement.

It sounds like a wonderful retirement, Bernie! Thank you for all that you have done for GRCC and your students. Congratulations on your retirement! We hope you will stay in touch and send some photos from the adventures you have planned.

 

Join us for summer wellness classes — starting next week

April 27, 2018

Summer wellness classes start next week and we hope you’ll join the fun! We have something for everyone. So please, check out the schedule, grab a friend, and come sweat!

As always, there’s no need to sign up – just show up and see what the fun is all about. You are welcome to bring your spouse, child over 18, or friend(s) to these classes. Non-GRCC participants are asked to pay a small $20 fee per semester. All are welcome!

**Please note wellness classes will not be held on May 28th or the week of July 2-6 in observance of holidays.**

Contact Nicole Dekker (nicoledekker2@grcc.edu, x3848) with any questions.

All Employee Appreciation to be held in the Raider Grille — this Friday

April 24, 2018
Please join us in the Raider Grille for this year’s All Employee Appreciation celebration this Friday, April 27th. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Weight Watchers at Work — new series!

April 24, 2018
GRCC would like to continue offering Weight Watchers at Work and are looking for 15 or more employees to join in our success in order to continue the program. Our current members have collectively lost over 365 pounds in just 12 weeks!
Enjoy a 15% discount if you register by April 26th! Cost for the program is $132.60 for 12 weeks of on-campus meetings (on Thursdays) beginning June 7th and online e-tool access. After April 26th, the cost for the program will be $156. Did you also know that if you take advantage of the Flex Spending Account, the cost of the program could be covered with a medical necessity doctor’s note? For more information, please contact the Benefits Office.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848, nicoledekker2@grcc.edu) and join us at a meeting on Thursday, April 19th or April 26th, at 12:30pm in the Far Side Room (1st Floor Student Center). Please note that should you choose to register for the program, payment is due at this session. Members can pay with cash, check, or a credit or debit card. You can also take advantage of a three-check split payment method.