GRCC retiree biography: Janice Chapman

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Janice Chapman will be retiring from GRCC at the end of fall semester. Janice has worked for GRCC for 9 ½ years as an Assistant Professor in the English Department and prior to this worked at an Alternative High School in Wyoming.

Janice taught developmental English and currently is teaching Integrated Reading and Writing. When asked about her favorite memory at GRCC, Janice said “I have enjoyed reconnecting with some of the students I taught from the Wyoming School District. I have also enjoyed being at the frontlines, acting as a bridge to help students that are underprepared for college. I would say this has been my calling.”

In retirement, Janice is going to enjoy more of her role as Mimi-Jan to 6 amazing little Chapmans. Janice looks forward to having more time for her art and The Arts. Janice and her husband, Don, plan to hike and camp- immersing themselves in the National Parks. They want to play hard while they are healthy. They plan to continue managing their rental properties and if they get bored might flip a few houses.

We wish you all the best in your retirement, Janice. 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. Enjoy retirement!

GRCC retiree biography: Ron Graves

Ron Graves has worked for GRCC since January 2000 and noted that he will be just shy of 19 years at the College. Ron began in the Cashier’s Office as the Student Tuition Refund Specialist and currently works in Financial Services as one of the two Accounts Payable Support Professionals. Ron stated that “the people I have worked with at GRCC have made coming to work each day so enjoyable. In my current position, my coworkers really care about each other and their families. That is what I will miss most, the friendships we shared every day.”

Ron shared story where he and his wife were invited to their daughter’s nursing program open house a few years ago. He noted that “all the quests were asked to say their name and where they worked. After the ceremony, the instructor came up to me and asked me if I worked in the Cashier’s Office. I said yes, and she told me it was I that helped her get through college. You see, she was stressing about how she was going to pay for classes at GRCC, and she told me it was I that helped explain the FACTS program, and it allowed her to concentrate on her classes instead of her finances. When she told me that, I felt great. I didn’t think I ever made a difference in someone life here at GRCC, but in fact I did!” This is such a powerful story and only one of the many students, faculty, staff, and community members Ron helped throughout the years.

Ron has great plans for his retirement, which involves a lot of warm weather! Ron’s wife isn’t retiring until July 2019, but that hasn’t stopped them from planning. “We are going to Florida in March 2019 to look for a spot to take our fifth wheel and park it for the winter months starting Oct. of 2019. We are also planning to take my youngest granddaughter to Cancun this spring as a graduation gift. We are planning to be in Florida Oct. – April, and here in Michigan the rest of the time.”

Ron is so thankful that Jane Mohr gave him a start in the Cashier’s Office 18 plus years ago. “I love my co-workers, and I hope we can get together on occasion to rehash the good times we had here at GRCC.”

Ron, we look forward to having you return and rehash all of the wonderful memories – you have made a difference at GRCC and had a large impact on the lives of our students and campus community. We wish you the best in your retirement and hope you stop by throughout the year to share your adventures!

Please join Ron Graves at his retirement reception on Thursday, December 13, from 3-5 p.m. in the White Hall Dining Room.

 

GRCC Golden Raider Happy Hour happening this Thursday

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The GRCC Golden Raider Happy Hour is back! The first happy hour was a great success and left everyone wanting more, so come connect with colleagues and friends, and throw a few bucks into the collection box for the Golden Raider Scholarship while you’re at it.

This Thursday, December 6, from 3-6 p.m. at Derby Station (2237 Wealthy St SE #130, East Grand Rapids, MI 49506)

  • Cash bar and food
  • Free parking in the ramp behind the restaurant

Folks who are planning on retiring are most welcome, and current retirees are welcome to bring friends!

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Sparks at (616) 690-0009 or Sparkle6045@gmail.com

Golden Raider Retiree Happy Hour tomorrow afternoon

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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

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

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

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

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