Mathematics Seminar – Buddha Loves Geometry 1/25/12

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will be hosting its next monthly Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, January 25, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 111 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Adjunct Mathematics Instructor Wayne Hsieh. The title and abstract of Wayne’s talk may be found below.

This talk should accessible to anyone with some knowledge of algebra and geometry. As always, anyone from the greater GRCC community is welcome.

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

Buddha loves geometry… at least according to Japanese?

Sangaku (or San Gaku) are Japanese geometric puzzles carved on wood tablets that are used as offerings at Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples. The puzzles consist of circles and triangles utilizing concepts from Euclidean geometry, and they typically ask the solver to find the relationship between the circles and triangles.  In this particular Sangaku, we will be looking at three circles placed inside a particular right triangle, and will investigate the radii and areas of the circles.

Search Committee Team Training

Will you be serving or expect to be serving on a search committee? If so, this session is designed for you. Staff Development is offering Search Committee Team Training facilitated by Jessica Berens, Faye Davis and Jim Fox.

January 26, 2012 | 9 – 11 AM | 351 Main

This learning opportunity is designed to brief all screening committee team members regarding their roles and responsibilities in the search process. Topics that will be covered include: Overview of the Search Process, the Position Approval Process, and Recruitment/SAAR Notebook.

Enroll today at

Security Reminder

There have been a couple of incidents on campus recently and the GRCC Police Department needs your help. We have had personal property stolen from vehicles in our employee parking lots, as well as college and personal property stolen from office space. It is not uncommon for us to walk past cars in our lots and see purses, briefcases, laptops, and electronics sitting in the open on seats. We do our best to patrol these areas but it takes just seconds for a criminal to break a window and be gone with your valuables. Even less for someone to walk in and out of your office. This is where you come in, here are a few tips that will help reduce the number of larcenies we have on campus:

Be aware of “strangers” in your office areas. If you see someone you don’t recognize, greet them and offer assistance (in finding what/who they’re looking for). If you are uncomfortable addressing someone, call Campus Police (x4010) and ask for their assistance. Providing a good description is extremely helpful.

  • Secure personal items (e.g. purses, etc.) in your desk/filing cabinet. For example, don’t leave your purse sitting on/under your desk… instead, lock it up.
  • If you leave your office or classroom, be sure to close and lock your door.
  • Do not leave valuables visible in your vehicle. Put them in the trunk, storage compartments, or other areas less open to others walking by.
  • Be observant of your surroundings, and notify Campus Police if you see something suspicious.

Thank you to those who have called, you have made a difference.

Nominate Non-Traditional or Adult Students for GRAHEN Outstanding Adult Learner Award

Please support our adult and non-traditional students at GRCC by nominating them for the Grand Rapids Area Higher Education (GRAHEN) annual Outstanding Adult Learner (OAL) award. The OAL Banquet, which will be held this year on Wednesday April 18, 2012, recognizes and honors the academic achievements, leadership, and community contributions of adult students from local higher education institutions.

Information and nomination forms are available by contacting the Admissions office.

The deadline for nominations is February 10.

Please contact Angela Zainea (Recruiter for Adult Enrollment and Outreach Coordinator) at ext. 3420 or with any questions and/or to submit nominations.

GRCC in the News – 1/18/12

Grand Rapids Huntington Bank branch robbed, police say
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7:11 PM | Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Police are investigating the 5 p.m. robbery of a Southeast Side Huntington Bank branch, but an extensive search of several neighborhoods failed to land any suspects in custody.  (More)

Online media will protest anti-piracy legislation
7:03 PM, Jan 17, 2012 | WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- In a matter of hours, you will not be able to use some of the Internet’s most popular websites. […] Students at Grand Rapids Community College say Wikipedia saves them hours of looking through books. Yet most students support the protest because they hope to keep a free flow of information.  (More)

Grand Rapids Huntington Bank robbed – Suspect fled Wealthy and Fuller scene on foot
Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012, 5:23 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – The Huntington Bank at Wealthy and Fuller streets in Grand Rapids was robbed on Tuesday at about 5 p.m. The suspect fled the scene on foot. Police were on the scene for a time on Tuesday evening, investigating. At one point, they dusted for fingerprints.  (More)

COD athletic director expects discussion on future of Chaparrals
By Michelle Manchir TribLocal reporter | Yesterday at 1:24 p.m.

College of DuPage athletic officials are still planning a fall season lineup for its football team, but discussions could be coming on the team’s future after the recent decision of two nearby community colleges to scrap their football programs. […] On Monday, Harper College in Palatine announced it would drop its football program, following the recent elimination of Midwest Football Conference teams at Joliet Junior College in Joliet and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich. Also, in January 2010, Rock Valley College in Rockford pulled the plug on its football program.  (More)