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Sprin� &Summer




CONTENTS Contents............................................2 Introduction. ......................................3 Special Events.................................... 4 Healthy Challenges..............................7 Workshops and Classes........................8 Ongoing Programs and Services.............10 Contacts and more information...............13


In an effort to expand informational seminars and learning opportunities for faculty and staff, Grand Rapids Community College and GVSU are collaborating on programming for the 2012-2013 school year. What does this mean for you? Programming at either college will be available to you as a GVSU faculty or staff member. GRCC programming includes both personal and professional development. GRCC will be offering programming throughout the summer on topics such as Making Change Happen, Flourishing at Work, and Excel Functions and Formulas. Simply go to and register as you would for a GVSU program. For a complete listing of events, please visit Grand Rapids Community College website for learning at GVSU Human Resources works diligently to bring you timely, meaningful professional development opportunities. In order to continue to provide this service, we ask for your cooperation. If you sign up for a class, please come. If you need to cancel, please remove your name from the class list at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to attend or to notify us regarding cancellation may result in financial loss to the University. We expect you and your supervisor to keep your commitment to your registration for any of our offerings.

Faculty and staff at Grand Valley State University are immersed in a vibrant and stimulating workplace that fosters professional growth while serving the university’s mission of educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. Human Resources provides a broad spectrum of resources and services to Grand Valley employees including Health and Wellness and Career Development opportunities. You will find a number of programs, services, and resources throughout this guide to assist you in making healthy choices for your personal and professional development for the Spring and Summer 2013.

All activities listed in this guide are qualifying activities for Healthy Choices Incentive Program the Healthy Choices Incentive Program for benefit eligible faculty and staff.

Clerical, Office Technical Staff Qualified training event




Medical, Dental, Retirement, Life Insurance information and resources



Nutrition, physical activity or weight loss resources and programs

Emotional health, stress management, and everyday life resources






Enriching your career, employment experience, or exploring a new occupation


Special Events Active Commute Week 2013 May 13-17

Active Commute Week Challenge (W)

May 13-17 Help GVSU beat other area Universities and organizations by participating in the Active Commute Week Challenge. Beginning May 13th, track your trips online at and win prizes.

Bicycling as a form of transportation, recreation and fitness (W)

May 14 Presentation: 4:30-5:15pm GVSU Location TBD Ride: 5:30-7pm May is bicycle month! Learn the ins and outs of this "perfect machine" when it comes to learning to ride - in comfort. Learn about the different types of bikes and opportunities to bicycle as a mode of transportation, recreation and competition. Presented by Joseph McCargar a bicycle mechanic, performance cyclist, advocate and GVSU faculty member in the School of Communication. Ride between Allendale and Pew campus to follow. Riders take Lake Michigan Drive and Obrien between Allendale and Grand Rapids and have the choice of riding out and back or one way and hopping on the Rapid 50 route to take them back to the starting point. Register online at

Bike to Work Day CHS Pit Stop 7am - 9am (W)

Friday, May 17 7-9:00 am Ever wanted to try riding your bike to work? Today is the day with a number of Pit Stops throughout Grand Rapids to support your ride! Stop by a Pit Stop between 7-9am on major commuting routes for refreshments and good cheer. Register online at

Active Commute Week Celebration (W)

Friday, May 17 5-9:00 pm Come join your fellow commuters for a night of fun! Vendors and sponsors will take over Rosa Parks circle to celebrate Active Commute Week. Corporate and individual winners will be announced at 6:00pm in between live entertainment. Come join us at Rosa Parks Circle! Stick around for the “Bicycle Dreams� viewing @ 9pm in Rosa Parks Circle.

Register online at


Special Events




Wednesdays June 5-September 25 10am-1:30pm Parking Lot H (by the Children’s Enrichment Center on the Allendale Campus) E at He a lth y

Healthy eating is made easier with fresh local produce at your fingertips.

Opening day Summer Grill Challenge

June 5 12-1pm Join us for a market day kick off to remember! Faculty and staff submit healthy grilling recipes online to the Human Resources Wellness team, April 15- May 24th, for a chance to compete in the Summer Grill Challenge Cook-off June 5th!

Fruit and Veggie Challenge

June 17-July 22 Five a day is not always so easy to obtain. Gain the support and accountability you need with this challenge. Weekly goal setting, recipes, meal plans and incentives to win farmer’s market produce and products help motivate you to work toward your daily fruit and vegetable recommendations. Register online at

Food Demos

June 12, July 10, August 14 Campus Dining chefs select feature ingredients from the vendors at market and prepare tasty samples for market goers!

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Benefit small farmers, producers, consumers and the community when you make your purchases at market.

Sustainable Agriculture Project CSA Shares

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Here are the basics: a farmer offers a certain number of “shares” to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a “membership” or a “subscription”) and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. Enroll in the Community Supported Agriculture program at GVSU. Due by April 15. Learn more about the Sustainable Agriculture Project.



Feel good about having an impact in your community and nation when it comes to food.

Healthy matters Film and Book Club June 18-July 25

The Healthy Matters Film and Book Club welcomes conversation about issues related to our food: How it’s grown, who grows it, and how we can make our food system better and fairer for producers, consumers, and the environment. Participants are welcome to attend all viewings and read the selected book or pick and choose a combination of movies and/or reading. Participants in the selected book reading will receive reader’s guides and the opportunity to attend weekly facilitated discussions. FILM SREENINGS 12-1:00 PM FILMS Weight of the Nation Farmageddon Fresh

KIRKHOF 2270- TUESDAYS June 18 July 9 July 23

DEVOS TBD - THURSDAYS June 20 July 11 July 25

F E AT U R E D R E A D Food Politics by Marion Nestle. (Optional read: What to Eat by Marion Nestle) FOOD POLITICS DISCUSSION GROUP Parking Lot H, Farmers Market, Wednesdays 12:15-1pm Pew Campus DeVos Thursdays 4:15-5pm Register online at

Grandparent and Kids Days at Market

Grandparents Day, June 26 Kids Day, July 10 Kids and grandparents alike get hands on when it comes to fresh and healthy food. Meet the farmers and participate in a number of fun and educational activities at market.

Food Legislation Day

August 14, 10-1:30 pm Health and Wellness table In order to discuss issues involving sustainable and healthy food practices, market goers will have access to both Michigan and Washington legislation. Learn more about how you can become involved with your local politicians to impact food processes and policies in your community and nation.

GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP)

Visit the SAP hoop houses! These unheated structures are 30’ x 72’ and are covered by two layers of poly to assist in creating a micro-climate that allows an extended growing season. The houses were installed in mid-August of 2011 and 2012. Want to volunteer at the Sustainable Agriculture Project? Volunteers are welcome at the SAP Fridays 1-4:30. To schedule a visit or volunteer contact the SAP.


Healthy Challenges Summer Grill Challenge June 5


Fruit and Veggie Challenge June 17-July 22


Family Weekend Couch to 5k August 12-October 5

Train your way from the couch to a 5k run or walk! Participants will receive training plans and accountability to build their stamina to run or walk the GVSU Family Weekend 5k,October 5th. Register online at seminar.


Workshops and Classes FACULTY/STAFF GROUP EXERCISE (W) A variety of fitness classes are open to GVSU faculty, staff and family members each Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer. Two sessions are offered each semester. Ever wanted to try Zumba, Pilates, SPINNING or strength training? Now is your chance! Cost for classes is very reasonable and times are offered to fit around your schedule! Session I April 29- June 21 (Registration opens April 8th) Session II June 24- August 23 (Registration opens June 3rd)


Take the first step to living a healthier and fit life! This beginner level class consists of a small group led through fitness education and activities by qualified trainers who will meet you at your readiness level. Participants can expect pre and post fitness assessments, goal setting and guided workouts. Class is limited to 8 participants. Session I April 29 -June 21 (Registration opens April 8th) Session II June 24- August 23 (Registration opens June 3rd)


Are you ready to take your fitness level to the next step? Small group instruction is an alternative to one-on-one training. Whether it be for fat loss, general conditioning, or elite level athletics, the added motivation of having others working out in the same room with you pushes you to a new effort level. You will receive accountability, motivation, support, experience and expert guidance to reach your fitness goals at an economical rate. Class size is limited to 8 people. 16 week session: Monday, May 6th- August 2nd. Registration opens April 8th. Cost: $60/Opportunity to carry over payment into the next series! Find out how online.


Workshops and Classes

Register online

THE ONE! Career Networking Event (WL)

Thursday, May 2. 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Richard M. DeVos Center, Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall and Loosemore Gallery,Room105E Mark your calendar for THE ONE networking event of the year. Discover the power of genuine networking and how you can transform your career through building strategic alliances. We will have three presenters, Jennifer Maxson, Practice Group Leader with Varnum Consulting, Floriza Genautis, the Principal Founder of Management Business Solutions, and Renwick Brutus, founder of Achievement Resources and Principal at PRISM Wealth Management, LLC. Their presentations on career-building strategies and the importance of cultivating a strong professional network will be followed by a speed networking session. This program is open to all GVSU faculty, staff AND community professionals looking to build their networking skills, advance their careers and/or business.

How to Retire Happy and Informed (WL)

May 9th 3:00-4:30pm Russel H. Kirkhof Center, Room 2270 *This session for clerical and hourly personnel As you think ahead to the years of retirement, the door closes on one stage of your life and a new door opens up to a sea of opportunities for you to consider. Plan your new beginning by being well informed. Please join us as we help you to explore your options with regard to social security and GVSU medical plan options. All are welcome, including partners and family. Please register by visiting

Caregiver and Alzheimer’s Support Group (WL)

3rd Thursday of each month, alternating months between Allendale and Pew Campus April 18 Richard M. DeVos Room 303 C, May 16 Russel H. Kirkhof Center room 2264 11:30-12:30pm Whether you are caring for an aging loved one who can no longer live without your help or for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, GVSU recognizes the challenges that you are facing. Being a Caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or someone who is unable to live independently, is known for placing a great burden on the caregiver. The pressures can be wide-ranging, and touch the social, psychological, physical, and economic facets of the caregiver’s life. Get the support that you need by attending the GVSU Caregiver and Alzheimer’s Support Group. The group is facilitated by Cindy Beel-Bates, associate professor of nursing, and Sue Sloop, Work Life Connections consultant. Join us; You don’t have to go it alone! To register contact Sloop at For summer dates and locations please visit

healthy matters Film and Book Club (W) Films: Weight of the Nation, Farmageddon, and Fresh Feature Read: Food Politics by Maion Nestle. See Farmers Market, page 6, for more details.


On Going Programs and Services WEIGHT WATCHERS AT WORK (W)

Tuesdays 12:00 -1:00 p.m. Russel H. Kirkhof center 2270 Wednesdays 12- 1:00 p.m. Bicycle Factory Room 319 Learn how to eat right and live healthy. Health and Wellness continues to offer reimbursement for participation in the program. Register anytime.


The success of achieving health and wellness at GVSU begins with you! If you are working on making healthy choices for yourself, you will be an inspiration for those with whom you work with and work for. Following the Healthy Meeting guidelines will contribute and lead to an environment that encourages health and wellness at Grand Valley State University. Does your department offer Healthy Meetings? Submit your application to be recognized for offering healthy meetings on campus!


UMR insurance works with you to maintain good health. A variety of free resources are available to all GVSU faculty, staff and families including Care Management, Health Coaching, Nurseline services and Maternity Management. Connect with UMR today by visiting or calling 1(800) 207- 7680.


Want to go to the gym but afraid you’ll get lost inside? Tour the highlights of the GVSU Fieldhouse. Tours leave from the Recreation Center front desk at 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. every third Monday of the month. On the Pew campus and want a tour of the Winter Hall fitness room or Cook- DeVos Centerfor Health Sciences Fitness Stairwell? Register online at


Looking for weight loss solutions in the West Michigan area? A complete guide is posted on our website where faculty and staff can search by price, program type and location. Visit, and click on the Wellness tab.


On Going Programs and Services




Make Summer 2013 one for the books. Make Summer 2013 one for the books. THE ADVENTURE STARTS HERE. To learn more about area summer camp options for school age children, K-12. follow this link . By doing THE ADVENTURE STARTS HERE. this you will find information about local camps and summer daycare programs for school children. A stressfree way, for you to make your child’s summer a success! Toagelearn more about area summer camp options DON’T FORGET: Work place options, through Encompass, can also help you find summer care for options for your school-age child. Callrefer 1-800952-3586 and press number 4 to school age children, K-12, to speak with a child care referral specialist who will help you find child care to make your child’s summer experience safe, fulfilling, and fun. and type summer camps into the search engine . There you will find information about local camps and summer daycare programs for school age children. A stressfree way, for you to make your child’s summer a success! BENEFITS WELLNESS WORKLIFE 616-331-2215



Encompass is GVSU’s employee assistance program. Faculty, staff and their dependents have access to 5 free counseling sessions with a trained and licensed professional counselor. All visits are strictly confidential and can be set up by calling Encompass directly at 1-800-788-8630 Encompass is available to help with life’s stressor’s including marriage counseling, relationship challenges, parenting, anxiety, depression and more.


Through Encompass, work place options is a resource referral service for most any life event – from womb to tomb – that faculty and staff will likely encounter during their career here at GVSU. Resources for financial and legal services, child and elder care, convenience services, and more are available to faculty and staff. Simply call 1-800-788-8630.


GVSU recognizes the need for good quality child care for the children of our faculty and staff.Families have a wide range of child care needs – ranging from infant care, care for special needs children, part time care to after school care and summer care for school age children. Finding child care can be a daunting task. The average person spends over 30 hours searching for child care. Work Life Connections, along with Encompass/Work Place Options, can help you find daycare tailored to your particular needs. We will assist you through providing child care searches and offering programs that address the issues related to child care. Simply call Work Place Options at 1-800-788-8630 or contact Sue Sloop at

ELDER CARE (WL) Do you have a family member suffering from Alzheimer’s? Maybe your parents are no longer able to remain in their home safely. Are you a primary caregiver for an aging relative? Are you sensing that your parent’s mental status is changing? What elder care services are available in West Michigan? GVSU recognizes the challenges that faculty and staff are facing when providing care for an aging parent or loved one. By 2030, there will be about 71.5 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. To support this trend, GVSU has Elder Care Resource and Referral available through the Work Life Connections Program. Navigating the complex and often confusing maze of elder care-services can be overwhelming. Let Sue Sloop, our Work Life Consultant, or GVSU’s employee assistance program, Encompass/Work Place Options, help you with this challenge. To contact Sue Sloop, email her at To contact Work Place Options for resources and referrals, call 1-800-788-8630.



Financial troubles affect us all - they can be very stressful and frustrating. Let Encompass/Work Place Options provide you with the tools and support that you may need to alleviate some of that stress and make financial worries a lot smaller. Below are some of the resources available to GVSU faculty, staff, and their immediate family members. MONTHLY FAMILY BUDGET WORKSHEET Go to and click on Worklife Services, Worklife Links & Resources to open the Monthly Budget Worksheet. This worksheet will help you to identify where your monthly income is going. It will help to locate areas where you can cut back on spending and increase saving. FREE BUDGETING COACH For help with basic budgeting and month-to-month expenses, call ENCOMPASS at 1- 800788-8630. Meet with a counselor to get that help and support you need. One Hour Free Phone Consultation. As a GVSU faculty or staff member, you are entitled to a one hour free phone consultation with a certified financial planner through Work Place Options, part of our employee assistance service. Simply call 1-800-788-8630. Don’t suffer alone. Let us help! For questions contact Sue Sloop, Work Life Connections, at


Are you facing a legal issue and not sure where to turn? GVSU has partnered with Encompass & Work Life Options to offer legal assistance. Work Life Options offers an expanded service program that can provide faculty, staff, family members, and retirees with referrals and discounted services to address legal issues. This service will carry out an analysis for personal circumstances and challenges that faculty and staff may be encountering and provide them with recommendations, referrals, and printed information. GVSU Faculty and Staff will receive a halfhour free consultation and 25% off subsequent visits for Legal Services. For more information on contact Work Place Options 1-800-788-8630 or Sue Sloop at

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GVSU 2013 Spring and Summer Resource Guide  
GVSU 2013 Spring and Summer Resource Guide  

Information from the GVSU Human Resources Department about events, challenges, classes, and services being offered to faculty and staff duri...