Flu Shots for Employees 10/27

Flu injections will be provided to GRCC staff (excluding students) on Monday, October 24, between 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM in the Bookstore (Student Community Center).  Reservations are not required.  The cost to staff is $17 cash or check payable to GRCC.  Priority Health participants will be covered for flu shots administered on-site on October 24th.  Please have your Priority Health card with you, and Spectrum Health will bill on your behalf.  Flu shots administered on October 24th will not be covered by WMHIP or MESSA.  Contact Jan Benham 234-3905 (jabenham@grcc.edu) with any questions.

Hispanic Leader Jaime Martinez to speak here as part of Hispanic Heritage Month activities

As part of Hispanic Heritage Month activities
Grand Rapids Community College in partnership with the
GR Committee to Honor CESAR E. CHAVEZ
cordially invites you to a presentation “on our campus” 
from one of the nations top Hispanic leaders
Jaime Martinez
Founder & Board Chair of the
CESAR E. CHAVEZ Legacy & Educational

Foundation in San Antonio, Texas

Date: Thursday, October 20

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Calkins Science Center Auditorium

Faculty members are encouraged to bring their class to the presentation

GRCC In The News – Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

IA report shows white majority at GVSU

The student population at Grand Valley State University has maintained its predominantly white ethnic background, according to data from the Office of Institutional Analysis (IA)… “Admissions reached out to me to go to GRCC and communicate and talk with their BSU there to see if some of those students there would be interested in transferring to Grand Valley.

Mathematics Department Seminar 10/19/11

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will be hosting its next monthly Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, October 19, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 108 Cook. Our speaker will be former GRCC student Brian Deurloo. Brian is the lead engineer in Ford’s automatic transmission development center, and he is currently working on “very new and exciting technology for Lincoln that will be coming out late next year.” The title and abstract of Brian’s talk may be found below.

This presentation should be of interest to students and faculty in Mathematics, Physics, Engineering and Automotive Technology. Knowledge of algebra, trigonometry and statistics would be helpful. Anyone from the greater GRCC community may attend.

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

Mathematics is with me every time I shift

ABSTRACT: In the world of manufacturing and design, mathematics is the backbone which governs the systems we build for use in the real world. As an engineer it is essential to understand how these theoretical models perform so that each design can be optimized to ensure flawless function in the presence of the many noise factors from manufacturing.

In this presentation we will look at the theoretical “nominal” design of an automatic transmission shift system through the eyes of the trigonometry and algebra that governs it. Synchronization of these “cord length” travels between the shift lever and transmission lever are critical to all of the aspects of the shift system function. Finally, we will use some computer generated normally distributed statistical distributions to add in the variability of the system components to understand how to bring the theory into real world practice.

Employment opportunities at ATC Wednesday

Student Employment Services encourages students to stop by the ATC this Wednesday, October 19 to speak with one of two (or both!) companies that will be on-site seeking to hire new employees and/or interns!
K&M Machine Fabricating will be outside Art & Bev’s from 10 am – 2 pm.   They are hiring for various opportunities, such as CNC Machinists, Industrial Painters, Welders, and more.  Additional information about their current openings is available here: http://www.k-mm.com/page.php?menu_id=38
The Disney Internship Program will be hosting their “Apply Now Event” from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm.  They will have a table located outside of Art & Bev’s, as well as a computer lab reserved to assist any individuals who would like to begin the internship application process!  More information about the Disney Internship Program is available here: http://cp.disneycareers.com/en/default/
Please feel free to share this information with any students/staff you think may be interested!

Free Blood Pressure Screening by GRCC Nursing Students 10/17/11

GRCC’s nursing students will be conducting free blood pressure screening at these locations for staff, faculty and students. Please take the opportunity to help students gain practical experience and get your blood pressure checked.

Monday, Oct 17th 1:15 – 2:15

  • ATC 2nd floor (by Art and Bev’s)
  • Tassell M-TEC
  • G2 Winchester Alley corridor
  • Ford Fieldhouse Main level corridor (outside of gym area)

English Dept. presents extensive event for writers

The English Department is hosting an event titled “Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People.”  The event will be held on campus on Wednesday, October 26 and Thursday, October 27.  At this event, you will learn how writing relates to your future career, goals and interests.  The workshop presenters come from a variety of backgrounds, and you will walk away with knowledge and tools that support your professional and academic success.  For a full list of the 32 workshops and to find the time and location of the presentations please visit http://www.grcc.edu/whocares

HVAC students get delicious lesson in pasteurization

Don Steeby’s Refrigeration class and Ron Stevenson’s Controls class had the opportunity to tour Aseltines Cider Mill in Comstock Park last Tuesday.  The two classes are part of GRCC’s HVAC curriculum (Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning).

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Aseltines is one of the very few cider mills in the Midwest that has the capability of pasteurizing their cider and sells to such customers as Meijer, Sam’s Club and Spartan Food Stores.
The tour allowed Don and Ron’s students to see how cider is processed from apple to bottle. Students also observed the ammonia refrigeration system at work as well as the cold storage facility. They also learned how the refrigeration system is used through the custom-made pasteurizer.