Special Offer at the Heritage Restaurant for GRCC Employees and Students


GRCC’s student-run Heritage Restaurant is giving away a complimentary dessert with the purchase of an entree today for GRCC Staff and Faculty members. The Heritage will also be running this staff and faculty appreciation special next week for both lunch and dinner.

Call 234-3700 to make a reservation.

Congratulations to Mark Nordblom on Earning Three Certifications From Blackboard

Meegan Willi, William Frikken, Mark Nordblom, Eric Kunnen, Garret Brand

Meegan Willi, William Frikken, Mark Nordblom, Eric Kunnen, Garret Brand

Mark Nordblom, an Enterprise Analyst in Information Technology at GRCC has recently received 3 certificates from Blackboard Inc. Consulting and Training Services in his successful completion of the following training:

  • Blackboard Course Delivery GUI Administration
  • Blackboard Learn Server Administration
  • Blackboard Content Management GUI Administration

The Blackboard Team (pictured), Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies, and Information Technology are committed to advancing teaching and learning through providing leadership, strategic direction, planning, ongoing perfective maintenance, innovation, advancement, and implementation of GRCC’s enterprise course management system.

Raider Salute to IT

This salute was submitted by Eric Kunnen in DLIT:

Just wanted to recognize this statement from the HLC report on our IT infrastructure. This is a Raider Salute to IT for being committed to providing top quality services for faculty and students with regard to their use of Blackboard and also the support of instructional technologies at GRCC and in their support for DLIT.

Excerpt from HLC Distance Learning Program Accreditation Draft: “IT infrastructure for online degrees is highly satisfactory and improving. Servers for Blackboard have ample capacity for existing and increased demand. Since 1 July 2011 they have operated at 99.986% “uptime,” which is basically at the widely recognized industry goal of 99.999%. It represents a marked improvement over previous percentages at GRCC.”

IT supports Blackboard and provides an exemplary set of examples of GRCC’s values of excellence, responsiveness, and innovation.

Eric Kunnen
Director, Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies

GRCC in the News – 3/16/12

Former Grand Rapids Community College football standout finds a new home
Published: Thursday, March 15, 2012, 1:29 PM | Grand Rapids Press

BIG RAPIDS – Former Grand Rapids Community College football player Terrance Moore has landed with Ferris State. Terrance Moore, who started at quarterback and receiver during two seasons at Grand Rapids Community College, has signed to play at Ferris State. First-year coach Tony Annese, who came from GRCC, announced the arrival Wednesday afternoon of the former two-year starter with the Raiders.  (More)

GRCC kicks off bond campaign
2:17 PM, Mar 14, 2012 | WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) – Another election is fast approaching nd several community leaders want to make sure you get out and vote. They held a kick-off this morning for their effort to pass a bond proposal for Grand Rapids Community College. Today’s event included school leaders, business people, Republicans and Democrats.  (More)

Mathematics Seminar – Fractals and Chaos 3/22/12

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next monthly Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, March 22, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 103 Cook. Our speakers will be GRCC Adjunct Mathematics Instructor Julia Moore and retired GRCC Mathematics Instructor Tom Worthington. The title and abstract of their talk may be found below.

This seminar should be of interest to a wide audience; the beauty and complexity of fractals can be appreciated by anyone. As always, anyone from the greater GRCC community is welcome.

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

Fractals and Chaos

Beyond their captivating images, why are fractals so interesting to mathematicians? The answer comes from their unique history, recent discovery and their many interesting properties of symmetry, simplistic complexity and self-similarity. Fractals are very different from the lines and curves created by most simple equations, yet these complex graphs come from very basic functions that only reveal their complexity as they are recursively applied. Many mathematicians believe they may be used as a way of predicting seemingly “random” events in the natural world, and their applications have greatly improved the advances of the field known as Chaos Theory.

For the talk, bring in your TI-83 or TI-84 calculators and get programs that combine Newton’s Method with fractals.