Heritage Restaurant Needs Patrons – Special Offer Today

GRCC’s student-run Heritage Restaurant needs customers today (Tuesday, September 20th) so that the students can practice their craft.  As an incentive, the first 30 people that call and make a reservation for September 20th receives a free dessert with a purchase of an entree.

Please call 234-3700 for a reservation.

Haiku Middle Passage ArtPrize Exhibit at Fountain St Church

On Wednesday, September, 21, 2011 Fountain Street Church opens its ArtPrize exhibition which includes GRCC connection – Professor Murslata Muhammad is part of the HMP Collaborative art entry hosted at Fountain Street Church.

This collaboration uses poetry, visual art & music to remind us that human literacy is a process that must be learned, practiced & lived. Even though it’s been over 200 years since Great Britain abolished the TransAtlantic Slave Trade – human trafficking continues today. During the creation of these works, each haiku (a Japanese poetic form that uses 17 syllables) was interpreted with little to no explanation between the poet and other artists.

Each artist had the poem and their understanding of past and present issues of slavery to influence their interpretation. This process ensured our
determination to show that human experiences are universal when dealing with large and seemingly complex issues of social justice. Haiku Middle Passage is an ongoing artistic collaboration.

GRCC in the News – 9/20/11

Caledonia woman who died Saturday, a month after crash into cable barriers, planned to be nurse
Published: Monday, September 19, 2011, 7:37 PM | John Tunison | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Even at 19, Courtney Coulson had a clear direction planned for her life. The Caledonia area teen was working two jobs and taking a full load of classes at Grand Rapids Community College in efforts to become a nurse.  (More)

Bar set high for Tech volleyball
Published: September 20, 2011 3:00 a.m. | Steve Warden | The Journal Gazette

In her fifth season as the women’s volleyball coach at Indiana Tech, Kirsta Solberg knows where the mines are hidden and where the pitfalls lie: Don’t get caught up in your early-season success; don’t celebrate too soon; wait for the season to play out before the celebration begins. […] The player at the head of the middles is newcomer Kelsey Cox, a 6-foot-2 junior transfer from Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Prices tweaked for second year of Restaurant Week Grand Rapids
Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 7:00 AM | Chris Knape | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — More than 70 eateries have signed on to participate in the second go-round for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. […] Last year’s event generated an estimated $1.2 million in additional sales at area restaurants and raised more than $19,000 to establish a new culinary program scholarship at Grand Rapids Community College.  (More)

Citizens for GRPS prepare to lobby voters for a yes vote on building improvement tax
Published: Monday, September 19, 2011, 7:00 PM | Monica Scott | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – The “Yes for Kids” campaign launched today with the mission of convincing voters to support Grand Rapids schools 1-mill, 5-year sinking fund tax Nov. 8. […] The group put out a list of more than 40 supporters, including Mayor George Heartwell and wife, Susan; Peter and Joan Secchia, GRCC President Steven Ender, Judge Benjamin Logan; County Commissioners Jim Talen, Candace Chivis and Dick Bulkowski and City Commissioners Ruth Kelly, Jim White and Elias Lumpkins. (More)

College Channel Special Programming Listings 9/19/11-10/3/11

The Special Programming listings for GRCC’s College Channel beginning September 19th are now available. The College Channel can be viewed on Comcast Cable Channel 28 and 903 (digital as well as AT&T U-Verse Channel 99).   The new offerings include 2011’s Opening Day Proceedings, Aquinas College presents James Ruland “Patents,” a presentation by Michel Pichot, and Kendall College presents: Design Thinking. Programming is also streamed live at www.grcc.tv and most programming is available on our Youtube Channel at www.youtube.com/grcc.

These listings are also posted at www.grcc.edu/channel28.

Art and Bevs Specials Week of 9/20/11

Art & Bev’s Weekly Specials – Week of September 20, 2011


  • Soups: Butternut Squash or Chicken Wild Rice
  • Vegan Wrap $3.50


  • Soups: Shrimp Bisque or Bean with Ham
  • Vegan Wrap $3.50
  • Slice of Margherita Pizza $2.00


  • Soups: Loaded Baked Potato or Fire Roasted Vegetable
  • ¼ lb. Chili Cheeseburger $3.50
  • Pasta Bar w/fresh Charlie bread $7.00


  • Soups: It’s a surprise! Come see us!
  • BLT on home made sundried tomato bread w/chips $4.00

Mathematics Seminar – Dynamical Systems, Andrei Markov, and the Stochastic Matrix Today

The GRCC Mathematics Department will host the first Mathematics Seminar of the 2011-2012 academic year on Tuesday, September 20, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 108 Cook.

The speaker is Brian Hadley, currently a WMU student and a former GRCC student. Brian’s topic is Dynamical Systems, Andrei Markov, and the Stochastic Matrix; an abstract may be found below. Brian tells us that only a basic knowledge of matrices is needed to understand the talk, and it should be appropriate for students at the level of Ma 110 (College Algebra) and higher.

Please encourage your students to attend this talk by a former GRCC student. We also hope that you will attend.

Refreshments will be served at 2:45 PM.


In a system with a finite set of variables we can use the powerful tool of a Stochastic Matrix to examine how the state of a dynamical system will change with time. It was the Russian mathematician Andrei Andreyevich Markov who set the groundwork for a completely new branch of probability theory, and launched the theory of the stochastic processes. Today stochastic processes are used to study social sciences, physics, biology, economics and differential equations. We will examine simple dynamical systems utilizing the stochastic matrix, and take a look at practical applications of stochastic processes.

SafeZone Learning Opportunity for Employees 10/18/11

The SafeZone program is a diversity education program that includes all individuals in a personal journey toward greater understanding and inclusion

(regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, weight, height, marital status, status as a Vietnam era veteran, and disability, as a reflection of the GRCC EEOC statement). The program philosophy provides not only a safe space for all people, but also increases communication and understanding among people. One of the goals of SafeZone is to emphasize that all individuals will be treated and respected as human beings. Further, the program emphasizes that ignorance, bigotry, and harassment will not be tolerated in an environment of learning.

The next session will be held on: Tuesday, October 18, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (breakfast & lunch provided) please register at dlcregistration@grcc.edu.