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Golden Raider Retiree Happy Hour tomorrow afternoon

October 18, 2018

Image that says "Friday Happy Hour" in hot pink and grey, with bubbles and a cartoon, olive-garnished martini.

The GRCC Golden Raider Retirees are hosting their first happy hour! Come connect with your colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks in the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship.

When: Friday, October 19th, from 3-6 p.m.

Where: Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

What else:

  • Cash bar and food.
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant.
  • Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome.
  • Current retirees are welcome to bring friends.

Golden Raider Retiree Happy Hour next Friday afternoon

October 11, 2018

Image that says "Friday Happy Hour" in hot pink and grey, with bubbles and a cartoon, olive-garnished martini.

The GRCC Golden Raider Retirees are hosting their first happy hour! Come connect with your colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks in the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship.

When: Friday, October 19th, from 3-6 p.m.

Where: Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

What else:

  • Cash bar and food.
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant.
  • Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome.
  • Current retirees are welcome to bring friends.

GRCC Employees on the Move through October 4, 2018

October 8, 2018

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.

WELCOME TO GRCC

Debra Davis

Support Professional, Human Resources Benefits

Effective 9/24/2018

 

Sonja Hernandez

Program Coordinator, Woodrick Center for Equity & Inclusion

Effective: 9/24/2018

 

Danielle Flaumenhaft

Human Resources Generalist

Effective: 10/15/18

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW POSITION

Lisa Dopke

Transfer from: Associate Director of Grants and Resource Development

Transfer to: Director of Grant Development, Grants and Resources Development Department

Effective: 9/10/2018

 

Lakisha Beck

Transfer from: Support Professional, Records Office

Transfer to: Systems Functional Analyst

Effective: 9/17/18

 

Angela Salinas

Transfer from: Coordinator of Adult Enrollment & Outreach

Transfer to: Employee Events, Engagement, and Onboarding Coordinator

Effective: 10/29/18

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Retirement:

Brenda Cary

Support Professional, Records Office

Effective: 1/1/2019

Golden Raider Retiree Happy Hour: Friday, 10/19

October 4, 2018

Image that says "Friday Happy Hour" in hot pink and grey, with bubbles and a cartoon, olive-garnished martini.

The GRCC Golden Raider Retirees are hosting their first happy hour! Come connect with your colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks in the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship.

When: Friday, October 19th, from 3-6 p.m.

Where: Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

What else:

  • Cash bar and food.
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant.
  • Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome.
  • Current retirees are welcome to bring friends.

GRCC Employees on the Move through September 11, 2018

September 14, 2018

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

WELCOME TO GRCC

Katherine Pena

Support Professional, CIS/MANU/Applied/MADD

Effective 5-21-2018

 

Kanyn Doan

College Success Coach, Student Success Center

Effective: 7/2/2018

 

Abbey Atanasoff-Spencer

Support Professional, Child Development & Education

Effective: 7/16/2018

 

Leigh Jajuga

Web Content Manager, Communications

Effective Date: 7/30/2018

 

Nicole Evans

Assistant Professor of Biology

Effective: 8/23/2018

 

Jenifer Bourcier

Assistant Professor of Micro Biology

Effective: 8/23/2018

 

Teddie Buchner

Assistant Professor-Occupational Therapy Assistant Program/Academic Fieldwork Coordinator

Effective: 8/23/2018

 

Lilian Daisy Henderson

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Effective: 8/23/2018

 

Jessica Davis

Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Effective Date: 8/27/2018

 

Camille Milkie

Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Effective Date: 8/27/2018

 

Jessie Ortiz

Utilities Supervisor-Evenings

Effective Date: 9/4/2018

 

Heather Denhouter

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

Effective Date: 9/4/2018

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW POSITION

Delicia Wilondja

Transfer from: Support Professional, Human Resources Professional Development

Transfer to: Administrative Assistant, Human Resources

Effective: 5-21-2018

 

Lorena Aguayo-Marquez

Transfer from: Support Professional, Adult Education

Transfer to: Kellogg Community Recruitment Specialist

Effective: 5/22/2018

 

Traci Nichols

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Support Professional, Instructional Support

Effective: 6/2018/2018

 

Grace Blanchard

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Support Professional, Training Solutions

Effective: 6/19/2018

 

Kristen Spoelman

Transfer from: Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Transfer to: Faculty, ECCL Instructor

Effective Date: 6/25/2018

 

Claudia Jones

Transfer from: Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Transfer to: Faculty, ECCL Instructor

Effective Date: 6/25/2018

 

Kathleen White

Transfer from: Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Transfer to: Faculty, ECCL Instructor

Effective Date: 6/25/2018

 

David Houseman

Transfer from: IT Customer Support Tech

Transfer to: Application Packager, IT

Effective Date: 7/16/2018

 

Leann Garrison

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Support Professional, Language & Thought and Visual Arts

Effective date: 7/30/2018

 

Elino Cortes Figuereo

Transfer from: Support Professional, Enrollment Center

Transfer to: Support Professional, Adult Education

Effective date: 7/30/2018

 

Jermaine Reese

Transfer from: Faculty

Transfer to: Police & Corrections Academy Director, Criminal Justice

Effective: 7/2/2018

 

Laura Kennett

Transfer from: Faculty

Transfer to: Interim Associate Dean of Operations, School of Arts & Sciences

Effective: 7/2/2018

 

Lydia Cruz

Transfer from: FMLA Coordinator & Adjunct Faculty

Transfer to: Human Resources Recruiter

Effective: 7/16/2018

 

Jennifer Kelly

Transfer from: Payroll Specialist

Transfer to: Payroll & FMLA Coordinator

Effective: 7/16/2018

 

Angie Ramirez

Transfer from: Coordinator of Contingency Employment & Healthcare Reform

Transfer to: Coordinator of Adjunct Faculty & Contingency Employment

Effective: 7/16/2018

 

Jonathan Wheeler

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Support Professional, College Success Center

Effective date: 7/30/2018

 

James Setchfield

Transfer from: Student Success Coach

Transfer to: Program Support Coordinator, College Success Center

Effective Date: 7/30/2018

 

Nicole Dekker

Transfer from: Employee Events, Engagement and On-Boarding Coordinator

Transfer to: HRIS Specialist, Human Resources

Effective: 8/6/2018

 

Jennifer Batten

Transfer from: Interim Associate Dean of Operations, SAS

Transfer to: Faculty, Physical Sciences

Effective Date: 8/13/2018

 

Mandy Tomlinson

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: IT Customer Support Tech I

Effective Date: 8/13/2018

 

Kailee Whitcomb

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Effective Date: 8/20/2018

 

Sydney Goebel

Transfer from: Contingency

Transfer to: Assistant to the Preschool Instructor

Effective Date: 8/20/2018

 

Daniel Estes

Transfer from: Adjunct

Transfer to: Assistant Professor of Mechanical Design

Effective: 8/23/2018

 

Arthur Ward

Transfer from: Adjunct

Transfer to: Assistant Professor of Mechanical Design

Effective: 8/23/2018

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Domingo Hernandez-Gomez

Director, Woodrick Center for Equity & Inclusion

Effective Date: 6/30/2018

 

Tamber Bustance

Diversity Development Manager, Woodrick Center for Equity & Inclusion

Effective Date: 7/6/2018

 

Christine Coon

Human Resources Generalist

Effective Date: 7/6/2018

 

Derek Brunn

Support Professional, Ford Fieldhouse

Effective Date: 8/11/2018

 

John Cowles

Dean, Student Success & Retention

Effective: 9/8/2018

 

Matthew Coullard

Coordinator of Graphic Services, Communications

Effective: 9/8/2018

 

Retirement:

Sara Yob

Professor, Training Solutions

Effective: 8/22/2018

 

Mary Lou Kersjes

Support Professional, Information Technology

Effective Date: 9/29/2018

 

Judith Larsen

Director, Grants and Resource Development

Effective Date: 10/13/2018

 

Ronald Graves

Support Professional, Financial Services

Effective: 1/1/19

Retirement cookout for Sara Yob today at the Tassell M-TEC

August 21, 2018

Join us in celebrating faculty member Sara Yob’s retirement today with a cookout from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the MTEC Atrium.

Retirement celebration for Sara Yob tomorrow at the Tassell M-TEC

August 20, 2018

Come celebrate faculty member Sara Yob’s retirement with us on Tuesday, August 21, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with a cookout in the MTEC Atrium.

GRCC retiree biography: Bob Leunk

June 19, 2018

Bob will be retiring from GRCC at the end of July. He has worked at GRCC for eleven years in the Biologicals Sciences department as a faculty member, focusing on teaching Microbiology.

Bob Leunk in a lab classroom posing with equipment.

Bob Leunk

When asked about his favorite story about GRCC students he said he couldn’t think of just one particular story, stating, “I’ve found that every student has a story if I am willing to listen.  There are gifted students who sail through their classes and stressed students who struggle through their classes.  There are youthful students seeking their life’s work, returning students seeking a new career, and seasoned students seeking a new opportunity.  Each student comes with unique abilities, accomplishments, circumstances, and challenges.  Students juggle a lot, struggle at times, stumble occasionally, and excel frequently.  There are so many students and so many stories that I’ll remember for years to come.  I’m a better person because of my students.”

Bob also said, “coming from industry, with limited teaching experience, I was pretty new to education when I arrived at GRCC. I didn’t know what to expect in the classroom or how to get anything done in the organization.  I want to thank my colleagues in the Biology Department for answering all my questions from their wisdom and expertise, for picking me up, calming me down, and helping me find my way at GRCC.  Everyone here has been so generous in offering help and support during my entire time at GRCC.  Thanks to all of you.”

In retirement, Bob plans to spend time with his grandkids, make progress on a long list of house projects, volunteer and travel.

If you can, please stop by to celebrate with Bob on June 20th from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. in room 320 of Calkins Science Center.

We wish you all the best in your retirement, Bob. Please stay in touch! Thank you for all that you did for GRCC and our students. You have really made difference in the lives of many.

GRCC retiree biography: Penny Folsom

June 19, 2018

Penny is retiring from GRCC at the beginning of July. We had asked her a few questions about her experience here at GRCC and here is what she had to say:

“I graduated with my Associate degree (Child Development) from GRCC in May of 1992. I was hired that fall for the preschool. I have worked at the Early Childhood Learning Lab for 26 years. I have both my Bachelor and Master degree in Early Childhood from WMU. During my years I have had an opportunity to work in each of the classrooms, from the infant room to the oldest classroom.

“I have always been passionate about connecting children and their families to the natural world. To this day children demonstrate their excitement for when they find “bugs” and other nature related items. Parents often share with me “new” things they have discovered as well. It brings me joy to know I have touched so many lives and have sparked their passion for learning about and protecting our world.

“Mentoring the college students in our program has provided me many opportunities to feel like I belong to GRCC. Watching them progress through the program, seeing them graduate, and then watching as they work in the field for which I helped train them brings great joy. Many come back to say “thank you” and to let me know they continue to build their confidence and professional skills because of the great start I have provided.

“I am excited to be able to spend long hours engaging with nature, whether gardening, birdwatching, hiking, or sharing my “traveling nature center” with others (www.sayyestonature.com). I will be sharing my love of nature with those who visit FMG Children’s Garden this summer, hosting six of the Science Sunday presentations.

“GRCC has been my home for over 30 years. I have enjoyed my many college “family” connections. I will miss them.”

We wish you all the best in your retirement, Penny. Please stay in touch! Thank you for all that you did for GRCC, the ECLL families, and our students; you’ve made an amazing difference in the lives of many.

GRCC retiree biography: Karen Walker

June 19, 2018

Karen Walker will be retiring from GRCC at the end of June. Karen joined the Grand Rapids Community College Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program in January 1987 as faculty and academic fieldwork coordinator. She developed fieldwork sites throughout West Michigan where a Certified Occupational Therapist (COTA) was not employed. Many of these facilities identified the benefit of a COTA and created this position after supervising a student. She developed several courses and unit topics in the OTA curriculum such as therapeutic relationships, adult development, and mental health.

Karen was appointed program director in August 2000. She serves as program director and faculty in the program. She facilitated and supported the OTA faculty (Matthew Mekkes, Lynda Jansen, and Sarah Ryder) to develop learning activities for the students throughout the college and community. These activities help the students to develop awareness and empathy for people with disabilities to be able to treat and advocate for them. The faculty partnered with facilities and programs such as; Lincoln School, Huntington Woods pre-primary impaired program, Martindill Wellness Center, Pilgrim Manor, Oak Ridge Retirement, Brookcrest Rehab, Adam Park apartments, GRCC dental clinic, GRCC preschool, and Michigan Works First.

Karen created unique hands-on learning experiences such as a wheelchair scavenger hunt. This hunt involves teams of students in wheelchairs ranging from sports wheelchairs, scooters, and standard wheelchairs to travel around the campus in search of clues while practicing their mobility skills and identifying campus accessibility.

Karen identified a need for a student conference so she developed and co-chaired the West Michigan Educational Consortium 2001-2015 which focuses on Occupational Therapy specialty practice areas. This was an annual conference for students in West Michigan Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy Assistant educational programs.

To keep current with OT practice she created externships for herself under the supervision of OT practitioners, many of whom were OTA program graduates. It was a pleasure being mentored by former students in areas of physical disabilities, home and community health, work hardening, and mental health.

Presently Karen volunteers in community and church activities. She has always been an outdoor enthusiast enjoying snowshoeing, rowing, kayaking, and backpacking. She enjoys traveling with family and friends. She plans to continue these activities in retirement and to explore new ones.

We wish you all the best in your retirement, Karen. Please stay in touch! Thank you for all that you did for GRCC and our students; you’ve made such a difference in the lives of many.

Recap: Michigan map party at the Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

June 18, 2018

On Friday, June 15, GRCC family and friends celebrated the arrival of a ‘Michigan and the Great Lakes’ map in our Preschool Outdoor Learning Environment at the Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory.  Participants, including Dr. Pink, brought their favorite rock to help leave a permanent mark on GRCC’s new map.

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The event also celebrated the retirements of learning lab instructors Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom, who have a combined 99 years of GRCC teaching experience!  Happy retirement, Cheryl, Paula, and Penny!

Learning Lab instructors Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom pose for a retirement party photo. Each wears a sash that read "Retired and Fabulous!"

Celebrate Retirees at GRCC Preschool Open House TOMORROW, 6/15

June 14, 2018

Join us for a punch and cookie reception to say happy retirement to Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom — are all retiring this semester from the Laboratory Preschool. Combined they have worked at GRCC for 99 years!

Friday, June 15, from 4-5:30 p.m.

Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

Celebrate Retirees at GRCC Preschool Open House on Friday, 6/15

June 7, 2018

Join us for a punch and cookie reception to say happy retirement to Cheryl Botham, Paula Kunst, and Penny Folsom — are all retiring this semester from the Laboratory Preschool. Combined they have worked at GRCC for 99 years!

Friday June 15 from 4-5:30 p.m.

Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory

Retirement celebration for Rick Vanderveen tomorrow at Heritage Restaurant

May 29, 2018

Please join us in celebrating Rick Vanderveen! He has served GRCC for over 30 years and will retire May 31st. Come wish him well tomorrow, May 30th, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Heritage Restaurant.

Light refreshments will be served.

Reminder: retirement celebration for Rick Vanderveen on May 30

May 23, 2018

Please join us in celebrating Rick Vanderveen! He has served GRCC for over 30 years and will retire May 31st. Come wish him well on Wednesday, May 30th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in the Heritage Restaurant. Light refreshments will be served.