GRCC In the News, 1-18-17

Posted January 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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Inmate graduates from new Kent Co. jail high school program

Jan. 17, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The first Kent County jail inmate to graduate from a new schooling program received her high school diploma Tuesday.

… (Brittany) Rodgers plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College when she is released from jail.

GRCC to test emergency notification systems on Jan. 25

Posted January 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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Grand Rapids Community College will test its emergency communications systems — including email, phone, text messaging and digital sign alerts — at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25. These emergency communications systems are one way in which you may be notified of an emergency closing by the college. Please note that the Jan. 25 communications are only a test.

Review the college’s Emergency Closing Procedures for 2016-17 online to familiarize yourself with these procedures should, for any reason, the college need to delay opening, close early, or cancel services because of unforeseen circumstances such as winter weather, power outages, etc.

Mathematics Seminar to look at Central Limit Theorem

Posted January 18, 2017 by grcctoday
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The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first Mathematics Seminar of 2017 on Wednesday, January 25, 3:00-4:00 PM in 101 Cook.  Our speaker, GRCC mathematics adjunct Steve Harris, will discuss the Central Limit Theorem.  His title and abstract are below.

In 1920 the Hungarian-born mathematician George Pólya first used the name Central Limit Theorem to describe the result that has become so important in the study of probability and statistics.  Usefulness is not fully appreciated without understanding, and Steve’s presentation is designed to give participants a visual comprehension of the meaning of the Central Limit Theorem.  Some background in statistics would be helpful, but it is not required.  As always, everyone is welcome to our mathematics seminars.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

Why People Trust Statistics

Many students in an introductory Statistics course sail along fine until “Distribution of a Sample Mean” sinks their boat.  After failing to find an illustration that explained the concept in a way I could use with both math-oriented and non-math-oriented students, I built my own.  The result is an Excel spreadsheet that visually demonstrates the power of the Central Limit Theorem. 

GRCC In the News, 1-17-17

Posted January 17, 2017 by grcctoday
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News at 5 p.m.

Jan. 16, 2017; WOOD TV

Grand Rapids Community College will host its Dr. King commemoration program at Fountain Street Church.

Epsilon Phi Delta

December 2016; American Association of Teachers of German newsletter

Epsilon Phi Delta (ΕΦΔ) National Honor Society for Community College Students of German recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of learners of German. The organization was founded to reward scholastic achievement in the study of German and to promote interest in the study of German language, literature, and culture.

(This article features GRCC’s German Honor Society.)

I Didn’t Know We Could Do That

Jan. 11, 2017; In-Plant Graphics

With the EFI Connect user conference starting next Tuesday in Las Vegas, this is a good time to examine the value of user conferences, particularly for Web-to-Print and MIS users.

… “The edu [Business Solutions] user group conference is not only a gathering of other users, the company also uses this opportunity to do onsite review/training based on the recommendations from [a] committee of users,” notes Danelle Sedore, of Grand Rapids Community College. “I really like the last day of session where the group creates a the wish list for the following year.”

 

Condolences to Dykstra family

Posted January 17, 2017 by grcctoday
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We extend condolences to Don Dykstra and Dan Dykstra, both in Facilities, and to Karen Dykstra, in Business, upon the death of their father, Donald Fredrick Dykstra.

Armen grant recipients announced

Posted January 17, 2017 by grcctoday
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Please congratulate the Armen Innovation Grant recipients for Winter 2017:

  • Kate Byerwalter – Psychology
  • Brian Daily – Academic Support and Tutoring Services
  • Hillery Haney – Language and Thought
  • Scott Garrard – Visual Arts
  • Megan Lockard – English
  • Susan Mowers – English
  • Felix Periero – Business
  • Sheila Schindler – Psychology
  • Brent Spitler – Business
  • Katie Vander Meer – Computer Information Systems

You can find a title and brief description of their projects at www.grcc.edu/armen2017

Instructional Support will hold a showcase near the end of the winter semester to share more about how these projects impacted our students.

Thank you again to Armen Oumedian for his generosity and support for this important work for our students.

 

Important message from the Supplier Inclusion Team

Posted January 17, 2017 by grcctoday
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Are you aware of the recent revision to the Purchasing Policy that took effect last month, December 2016? One of the business improvements captured in the revised policy is the departmental ability to make one-time purchases up to $15,000, with three supporting written quotes. Additionally, purchases of $2,500 and less are permissible without the execution of a purchase order.

The Supplier Inclusion Team would like purchasers campus-wide to consider small or diverse businesses for buys within the thresholds mentioned above. You can find a number of resources for locating small and diverse businesses to meet your departmental needs at http://www.grcc.edu/purchasing/resources. Additionally, see below for current small and diverse GRCC vendor resources (please consider allowing one of these or other small/diverse businesses to quote your needs):

GRCC In the News, 1-16-17

Posted January 16, 2017 by grcctoday
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‘She would want people to forgive,’ father of hit-and-run victim says

Jan. 13, 2017; MLive

WYOMING, MI — Cliff Fender isn’t sure what motivated a plow truck driver to flee after striking and killing his daughter along a Wyoming street.

… (Chelsea) Crawford grew up in the Wayland area and attended Wayland Union schools. She took some classes at Grand Rapids Community College after high school.

Inside Track: A long, winding road

Jan. 13, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Bill Pink believes one of the biggest favors you can do for yourself in life is to grab hold of the thing you love and chase after it.

So, its no surprise to the 10th president of Grand Rapids Community College life has led him to this point.

Events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in W MI

Jan. 16, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — People across the nation will honor civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday.

In West Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College will host a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Program at 6:30 p.m. at Fountain Street Church. The program will feature keynote speaker Kevin Powell.

Library liaisons can help with copyright questions

Posted January 16, 2017 by grcctoday
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copyright symbolFaculty  – do you have questions about using copyrighted materials in your courses?  If so, please contact your  assigned library liaison  for assistance with: utilizing our Copyright Clearance Center Annual License; verifying citations and determining a copyright holder; and, permalinking licensed library resources into Blackboard.  Please take a look at the Copyright Subject Guide.

Free preschool for 4-year-olds at GRCC

Posted January 16, 2017 by grcctoday
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The Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory has openings for children who turned 4 by Sept. 1, 2016.

The openings are part of the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP), a free program for qualifying families.

The program runs 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, with before- and after-program hours available for a small fee. Call the preschool office at (616) 234-4004 for an application or for more information.

GRCC Preschool Class Sledding

College Channel programming through Jan. 20

Posted January 16, 2017 by grcctoday
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The latest schedule, through Jan. 20, for the College Channel includes Faculty Learning Day presentations.

GRCC Employees on the Move through January 6, 2017

Posted January 16, 2017 by grcctoday
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Please welcome our new employees and congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.

WELCOME TO GRCC

Victoria Vicencio

Support Professional, Human Resources

Effective 12-5-16

 

Kristina Cox

Support Professional, Human Resources

Effective 12-19-16

 

CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW POSITION

Mellisa Ruskey

From:          Contingency Employee – Preschool

To:              Assistant to Instructor

Effective 1-3-17

 

Lindsay Passenger

From:         Contingency Employee – Preschool

To:             Assistant to Instructor

Effective 1-3-17

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

Penni Weninger

Support Professional, Human Resources

Effective 1-1-17

 

Terri Tillman

Professor, Counseling & Career Center

Effective 1-8-17

 

John Stewart

Assistant Professor, Culinary Education

Effective 12-20-16

 

Ann Marie Birr

Support Professional, College Advancement & GRCC Foundation

Effective 1-7-17

GRCC marks MLK Day

Posted January 16, 2017 by grcctoday
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day events on campus today include a Day of Service and showings of “Selma.”

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GRCC In the News, 1-13-17

Posted January 13, 2017 by grcctoday
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Partners opening Southern restaurant

Jan. 6, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A new takeout restaurant in town is cooking up a Southern-style menu.

… Michael Stapert, a graduate of the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC, will serve as executive chef.

9 names for the Western Michigan football coaching job

Jan. 11, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

It’ll be tough for Western Michigan to find someone to fully replace football coach P.J. Fleck, who is headed to Minnesota.

… One of the best offensive minds in the Midwest, (Tony) Annese has won at multiple levels, including taking the Bulldogs to the NCAA Division II semifinal this fall. He won three Division 2 state championships at Muskegon High, two national championships in three seasons at Grand Rapids Community College and has taken Ferris from the GLIAC basement to a national power. His veer offense has been unstoppable, and three Bulldogs are in the NFL. One of his biggest achievements was turning a hardly recruited defensive end in Jason Vander Laan into one of the greatest rushing quarterbacks in college football history. Vander Laan won back-to-back Harlon Hill trophies, and his 5,953 career rushing yards are the most by any college QB.

Collegiate podcast features Molly Maczka Leadership Hub

Posted January 13, 2017 by grcctoday
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The Collegiate podcast features the renaming of the Club Hub to the Molly Maczka Leadership Hub. Students voted to change the name to honor the Molly Maczka, the former Student Life Office manager who died Oct. 26. The Club Hub was opened this semester in the Student Life office as a place for student leaders and club members to network and collaborate.