Human Resources Town Hall April 14, Performance Evaluations Due Soon
Human Resources Town Hall April 14, Performance Evaluations Due Soon
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Human Resources Town Hall

Thursday, April 14, 12:00-12:30 p.m.

GVSU Human Resources is continually transforming to better meet the needs of the GVSU community. We aim to serve as a key partner and collaborator with our employees and departments across campus. During the first phase of the transformation in late January, we introduced HR Strategic Business Partners to the GVSU community. We also conducted a Kaizen event to evaluate the recruitment process at GVSU in the end of February. Learn more about progress in these areas and next steps to continue our transformation to align with GVSU's Reach Higher 2025 strategic vision and goals.

Transformation progress and goals are continually updated on our website.

Performance Evaluations Due Soon

Deadline: April 28, 2022

By this time, all staff members should have completed their self-evaluations and supervisors should be working toward completing and finalizing their employee evaluations. As the deadline quickly approaches for performance evaluations, review the remaining timeline below to see if you are on track:
  • March-April: Supervisor completes employee evaluations
  • April: Supervisor and employee meet to review and discuss evaluations
  • April: Employee acknowledges evaluation
  • April: Supervisor reviews final acknowledgement
  • April: Evaluation complete
If you need assistance, please contact Human Resources (
Douglas Ayers smiling with his wife and newborn daughter


Douglas Ayers, Simulation Coordinator

Doug Ayers, simulation coordinator at the GVSU Simulation Center, and his wife Danielle were blessed with their first child, Aria, this past winter. Thanks to GVSU's updated parental leave policy, Doug was able to spend ample amount of time with Aria and Danielle. "When I discovered GVSU updated the parental leave, I was overjoyed," he said. "There is a growing body of research surrounding the father-infant dyad and the long-term benefits over the child's life. The extended leave allowed me to establish an incredible bond with my newborn daughter. I will never forget the memories of being fully present for the first two months of her life."
Additionally, Doug shared, "Being at home throughout the day allowed me to better support my wife with sleep, meal prep, and self-care. I was able to attend doctor and lactation consultation visits with my wife to work through feeding difficulties with our newborn. I feel empowered as a new father because of the time I spent with my family. I can confidently say that I used the paternal leave to the fullest, making the transition into parenthood less stressful than anticipated. Thank you again for implementing this change!"

Your HR Strategic Business Partners: Available on Pew Campus

In addition to our office in Allendale, JHZ 1090, we are now available (by appointment) on Pew Campus in DEV 315.1C, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Contact your HR Business Partner to schedule an appointment.

Cornhole Tournament

Thursday, May 19, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us for the second annual GVSU Cornhole Tournament, but this time, in Lubbers Stadium! All faculty, staff and students are eligible to participate. Registration is free–just pick a teammate and a team name. The first 16 teams to register will be guaranteed a spot in the tournament.
50th Irwin Club Golf Outing at GVSU, logo with a golf ball, text, and a large

50th Annual Irwin Golf Outing

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Registration is now open for the 50th Annual Irwin Golf Outing! Register by April 15 to be entered into a drawing for a free round of golf for four with carts at the Meadows Golf Club.

Farmers Market Opening Day: June 8

We are excited to announce that the GVSU Farmers Market – following a two year hiatus – will return on June 8, 2022! Opening day will bring new and returning vendors, the second annual Faculty & Staff 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk with GVPD, and a renewed sense of community to campus. The full 2022 Farmers Market will be held on the second Wednesday of the month, June through October. Stay tuned for more details!

Run with GVPD

2 Mile Fun Run/Walk for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and staff, lace up your sneakers and join us for the second annual 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk with GVPD on campus! All GVSU faculty, staff, family members and fitness levels are invited to participate. Grab a colleague or your whole department to join in on the fun.
Krista McFarland smiling for her GVSU professional headshot

HR Team Member Feature

Krista McFarland, HR Generalist

Krista McFarland is the HR liaison for the following divisions: Enrollment Development & Educational Outreach, Finance & Administration, University Development, University Relations and General Counsel. Her primary duty is to serve as the central contact for employees and university leadership in those divisions. She is also a liaison for the four campus bargaining unions, is responsible for communication and implementation of HR initiatives, and is an expert of principles and practices of Human Resources at GVSU.
Krista holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Grand Valley State University. As an alum and employee for over 26 years, Krista is honored to be a Laker for a Lifetime. In her free time, she enjoys traveling near and far.

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