GRCC Online Public Sale Today 11/10/11

GRCC is having an online public sale today, November 10, 2011 from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at

You can go here to view the items available for sale, or see featured items on the Public Sale Facebook page.

Items available for pick up beginning the next day (Friday) after the sale from 9AM to 4 PM at GRCC, 133 Winchester Place NE, Grand Rapids, MI. After Friday pick up by appointment only. Email to request an appointment. See for pick up details.

This sale will contain limited computers, electronics, technology, books, lost & found, etc. Grand Rapids Community College cannot guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appointment). Purchased items not picked up will be returned to stock.

Questions should be directed to, Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing at (616) 234-3850 or email

Employee Professional Development Opportunities 11/15/11-11/22/11

The following learning opportunities still have a few available seats. Don’t wait until it is too late, register today!

Building Trusting Relationships – facilitated by MaryBeth Beighley
November 15, 2011 | 9 – 11 AM | 228 Main

PowerPoint Animations & Media – New Horizons
November 17, 2011 | 10 AM – 12 PM | 351 Main

Web Content Design – MaryBeth Beighley (last chance this semester)
November 22, 2011 | 2 – 3 PM | 351 Main

Word Intermediate II – Mark Dodd
November 22, 2011 | 9 – 11 AM | 351 Main

IT Customer Support Reminder About Email Groups

This is a reminder that the IT department is making changes to the email distribution groups to standardize the naming convention. This process started back in September with an announcement in Read IT. We continue to work on updating the email distribution groups. If you work with email distribution groups and find a problem, please contact Kurt Meinders or Kelly Webber in IT Customer Support.

GRCC Preschool Earns National Accreditation

Our preschool lab has just earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Your Children. In the 25 years since NAEYC was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high quality early childhood education. Only about about 8 percent of all preschools and early childhood programs have received this standard of excellence. Kudos!

Manufacturing Career Day a Rousing Success – Photos

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On Monday November 7, 2011, GRCC sponsored a Manufacturing Career Day featuring employers from across West Michigan and the opportunity for students and prospective students to explore a career in the field.  Prospective employers were on-hand to discuss working in the modern manufacturing sphere, and GRCC faculty were available to discuss the college’s numerous degrees and certifications in manufacturing.

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“Unintentional Blindness” open to GRCC Employees and Higher Education Community

On Saturday, November 12 from 8:00 AM to noon, Room 122 of the ATC: Tamber Bustance presents Unintentional Blindness, a powerful workshop from which participants leave with the skills necessary to recognize micro-inequities in delivering inclusive service and tools to mitigate cross cultural miscommunications. The workshop is filled with interactive activities, dialogue, skill building and even some fun. Presented as part of Adjunct Faculty Learning Day but open to all Faculty and Staff and the higher education community.

Register at or call the Center for Teaching Excellence at 234-2278.

Mathematics Seminar – Eulers Formula for Polyhedra

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will be hosting its next monthly Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, November 16, 3:30 – 4:30 PM in 108 Cook.  Our speaker will be Dan Garbowitz.  Dan teaches at Coopersville High School and is an adjunct instructor in the GRCC Mathematics Department.  The title and abstract of Dan’s talk may be found below.

This talk should appeal to anyone who appreciates beauty in mathematics, or who would like to develop an appreciation for its beauty.  As always, anyone from the greater GRCC community may attend.

Pop and cookies will be served at 3:15 PM.

Euler’s Formula for Polyhedra:  The Second Most Beautiful Theorem in Mathematics

Euler’s formula for polyhedra is so simple that a grade school student can understand it, yet this simple formula remained hidden from mathematicians and great thinkers for over 2000 years!  The results of the formula gave birth to a new branch of mathematics called topology.  This talk will focus on the history of Euler’s formula and present two proofs of it.  The proofs differ vastly in their arguments and each is quite beautiful.  One will even use a second branch of mathematics that Euler is responsible for – graph theory.

GRCC Holiday Movie – Happy Feet 2 – 11/26/11

GRCC’s Personal Enrichment Team and Staff Development invite employees to attend the GRCC Holiday Movie 2011; Happy Feet 2 (animated/rated G).

The screening will take place Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 10:30 am at Celebration Cinema North.  The cost will be $6 per person and includes admission into movie, popcorn and pop during the movie.  Note: Due to changes with the theatres’ policies weWILL NOT be able to serve pizza after the show.

Tickets are on sale from November 9-18 (sorry – no tickets will be sold AT theater) and are limited to GRCC employees and their families.  To purchase tickets see one of these great people:

  • Tracy Payne (Sneeden)
  • Nanci Gigue (ATC)
  • Janis Qualls (Science bldg)
  • Tammy Mosley (Tassell M-TEC)
  • Mary Reed (College Park)
  • Amy Kirkbride (Cook 4th Fl)
  • Kathy Kolehouse (Music)
  • Penni Weninger (Main)
  • Julie Lenger (Cook Admin)

Occupy Sneden Hall – IT is on the Move

November is going to be a busy month for our IT staff. Most of them will be moving into the new I.T. office space at Sneden Hall this week. Later this month (Thanksgiving weekend to be exact), they’ll be moving the entire data center to its new location at Sneden Hall!

What’s NOTchanging?

  • Media Technologies and Support will continue to be housed in the Learning Resource Center.
  • Classroom support – Technicians are in every building, every day! They will still have a service hub in the Main Building to support classrooms and employees on the Main Campus.
  • Support Desk call numbers, services, etc. There will be no down time!

What IS changing?

  • The physical location of the Support Desk will move from the LRC to Sneden
  • The folks who are currently working out of temporary space (5 years!) on G2 are moving to Sneden
  • All the folks and equipment in the current Data Center will be moving to Sneden.


  • The space at Sneden allows for the Support Desk staff to have much quicker access to the Enterprise and Infrastructure staff who need to respond to major system issues. Quicker response time!
  • Sneden provides much more efficient shipping/receiving access for computer equipment, as well as storage and work space for work system deployment.
  • The physical location of the server room in the Data Center has been a risk issue for years and this move addresses that risk.
  • The move to Sneden will free up space on the main campus as we continue to make changes and renovations!

Once in and settled, watch for an invitation to come visit!

Campus Dining Closings for the Holiday Break

The last day of service at The Raider Grille will be Tuesday, November 22nd. It will remain closed from Wednesday, November 23rd until Sunday, November 27th. It will reopen on Monday, November 28th.

The Quiet Cafe will be open normal hours on Monday, November 21st. I will be closed from Tuesday, November 22nd until Sunday, November 27th. It will reopen on Monday, November 28th.

The Sneden Cafe will be closed from Friday, November 18th until Sunday, November 27th. It will reopen on Monday, November 28th.

GRCC in the News – 11/10/11

Western Michigan University students can use credits toward Kalamazoo Valley Community College degree
Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 10:00 AM | BY ELIZABETH SLOWIK

Western Michigan University plans to begin notifying students who have credits but no degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College that they may be eligible for an associate’s degree. […] WMU inked a similar reverse transfer agreement with Grand Rapids Community College in the spring, said Keith Hearit, WMU vice provost for strategic enrollment management. (More)

LaughFest 2012: Whoopi Goldberg, SNL alums coming to Grand Rapids
Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 8:18 AM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Whoopi Goldberg is coming to Grand Rapids for LaughFest 2012. So are “Saturday Night Live” alumni Kevin Nealon and Martin Short together with former SNL writer Alan Zweibel for the second festival of seriously funny stuff. […] Goldberg, award-winning actress for “The Color Purple” and “Ghost,” former star of the NBC-TV sitcom “Whoopi,” and current moderator of ABC-TV’s talk show “The View,” will appear on March 9 in Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse.  (More)

Tae Kwon Do World Class Championship coming to GRCC this weekend
Published: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 9:30 AM | Grand Rapids Press

Grand Master Tae Zee Park of Ann Arbor is an inspiration to approximately 1,500 students across the Grand Rapids area since they attended his Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Institute. […] The Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse is hosting the Tae Park Tae Kwon Do World Class Championship on Friday and Saturday, with the tournament scheduled to begin 10:30 a.m. Saturday.  (More)

The Weekend List: Reba McEntire & The Band Perry, The Doors’ Manzarek-Krieger, Meat Puppets, Chico DeBarge, The Crane Wives, Drumline Live
Published: Wednesday, November 09, 2011, 6:15 AM | Grand Rapids Press

Thursday – Attention guitar geeks: Award-winning Swedish guitarist and composer Johannes Moller plays the Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Room 200 of the GRCC Music Center at the corner of Ransom Avenue and Lyon Street NE. Admission is $10 ($7 students). Call 234-3940.  (More)