GRCC Mathletes Participate in the 2010 Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition

GRCC Mathletes in the 2010 Lower Michigan Mathmatics Competition

from left to right: Travis Dempsey, Cory Williams, Nathan Shapiro, Brent Nicklas, Eric Faber, Brian Mullen, William TenHaaf, Coach Dave Friday. Not pictured: Duy "Addie" Duong.

Eight GRCC students competed in the 2010 Lower Michigan Mathematics Competition. The LMMC is a competition of 10 problems taken from a variety of undergraduate level math class or special math topics. Each problem is worth a total of 10 points, making the competition worth a total of 100 points. A team is comprised of either two or three undergraduates. This year, Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI hosted the competition.

A total of 33 teams from 13 different Michigan colleges and universities competed. GRCC was the only two-year school that competed. Our teams held their own with the four-year schools. Team GRCC-1, comprised of Brian Mullen and William TenHaaf scored 24 points and tied for 22nd place with Lawrence Tech. Team GRCC-2, comprised of Cory Williams, Eric Faber, and Brent Nicklas scored a total of 40 points and tied for 14th place with Albion College. Team GRCC-3, comprised of Travis Dempsey, Duy “Addie” Duong, and Nathan Shapiro, score 54 points and placed 8th at the competition, missing 7th place by a mere 1 point (7th place was a team from Grand Valley).

Our top scoring team placed higher than every team sent from the following institutions: Alma College, Aquinas, Ferris State University, Hope College, Lawrence Tech, Olivet College, Saginaw Valley State University, and University of Michigan – Flint.

The competition was won by Albion College, who scored a very impressive 90 points.

GRCC in the News: 5/8/10-5/10/10

Men’s basketball team inks GRCC transfer
By GREG MONAHAN | Grand Valley Lanthorn | Updated: April 21, 2010, 11:21 PM

After struggling mightily all season from the 3-point line, the Grand Valley State University men’s basketball team entered the offseason searching for a threat from behind the arc. After announcing the addition of junior college transfer James Thomas, they have addressed that need. Thomas is a 6-foot-3 inch shooting guard from Grand Rapids and has spent the last two seasons playing junior college ball for Grand Rapids Community College. Last season, he averaged 21 points and shot 47 percent from the field for GRCC while averaging just more than seven rebounds a game.  (More)

GRCC men’s golf team wins MCCAA tournament
By The Grand Rapids Press | May 04, 2010, 10:25PM

AUGUSTA — The Grand Rapids Community College men’s golf team won the Michigan Community College Athletic Association tournament Tuesday at Stonehedge North. Led by individual runner-up Cody Britton, who fired a 5-under-par 67 in Tuesday’s final round, the Raiders won by 16 strokes over Mott, which led GRCC by nine strokes entering play Tuesday.  (More)

GRCC baseball team drops doubleheader, prepares for national tournament appearance
By The Grand Rapids Press | May 09, 2010, 9:00PM

BATTLE CREEK — The Grand Rapids Community College baseball team ended its regular season Sunday by dropping a doubleheader to Kellogg Community College, which won this year‘s Michigan Community College Athletic Association championship. The Raiders (26-26 overall, 17-11 in the conference) lost to the Bruins 6-4 and 7-2 Sunday in a doubleheader that was postponed by rain Saturday afternoon.  (More)

Competition drives friendships among remote racers
By Cathy Runyon | Advance Newspapers | May 03, 2010, 3:57PM

The echo of the P.A. system bounces off the metal walls surrounding the track as sleek, colorful cars, only inches above the clay track, round the curves, fly over the humps, and sometimes, tumble headlong over the protective barriers. […] Shayna Pattison, 18, of Caledonia, is currently the club’s only female member. A few younger girls come with their dad. “Dad got me started,” said Shayna. “We went to races every Saturday. I thought it was fun.” Her dad, Ed Pattison, bought her first car and before long she was racing with other club members as an equal. Shayna is now a student at Grand Rapids Community College studying occupational therapy. She admits she’s pretty competitive, a quality nurtured on the race track that also will serve her well in her career.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College baseball team’s doubleheader postponed
By The Grand Rapids Press | May 08, 2010, 3:55PM

The end of the regular season has been delayed one day for the Grand Rapids Community College baseball team because of poor weather conditions. The Raiders’ doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek was postponed until 11 a.m. Sunday.  (More)

Help Students Pass Classes With the Literacy Empowerment Project

Join the Literacy Empowerment Project and support GRCC’s struggling reading students. This project allows faculty and staff to reach out to one or two struggling students and provide them the reading practice they require to pass their classes.

What is the Literacy Empowerment Project?

  • A reading mentorship – volunteers (hopefully you!) read with a student 30 minutes per week
  • You set the time and place of the meetings and work with the same student the entire semester
  • Together, you and the student read a book the student has chosen
  • What are our goals?
  • The reading student increases in reading fluency and comprehension
  • The reading student persists and passes their reading class
  • The mentorship provides unique benefits to the mentor, for example (noted by Winter 2010 mentors):
  • bonding as a result of rich investment in a student’s life
  • collaboration with colleagues across disciplines and groups
  • campus unity

If you would like to invest 30 minutes per week into a reading student’s success this coming Fall 2010 semester, please contact Vikki Cooper ( or Kellie Roblin (