Mathematics Seminar – 50 Centuries in 50 Minutes

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its first monthly Mathematics Seminar of the 2012-2013 academic year on Wednesday, September 19, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 107 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Instructor John Dersch. The title and abstract for John’s talk may be found below.

The history of mathematics is vast, fascinating and sometimes surprising. Most of this talk will be accessible to those with a modest background in mathematics; as always, anyone from the greater GRCC community is welcome to attend.
Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

50 Centuries in 50 minutes
(A Brief History of Mathematics)

How did we get the mathematics that is studied today? Who was responsible for major advances in the mathematics that we now take for granted? When and where did this work take place? Such questions will be addressed by tracing the development of mathematics from 3000 B.C. to the dawn of the 21st century. There will be time for questions and suggestions for further study will be made.

GRCC Golf Team Finishes Second at Indiana Wesleyan Invitiational

GRCC Golf Team 2012Congratulations to the GRCC Golf Team as they finished 2nd at the Indiana Wesleyan Invitational. The Raiders were the only two year school at the twelve team tournament. Also congratulations to Jake Siegel from Sparta who finished 2nd overall in the individual competition. The team travels to Notre Dame next Monday for their second tournament of the season.

Karen Walker and Husband Join Attempt to Make World’s Largest Flotilla

Karen Walker from the Occupational Therapy Assistant program with her husband Terry joined other kayaker to attempt to paddle into the Guiness Book of World Records to make the world’s largest flotilla. The event was on September 1st at Suttons Bay, Michigan. The final count was 1,750 which fell short of the record 1,902 set in Inlet, New York last fall. The event was a fund raiser for the Suttons Bay school district. Attached is the aerial picture of the flotilla. Where’s Walker?

suttons bay flotilla

ETOM Fall Conference Invitation

All faculty are invited to attend the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan Fall Conference. The focus of this conference is to equip faculty with ideas and best practices in the use of technology in teaching and will take place at Northwood University in Midland, MI on Friday, November 2, 2012.

This year, the keynote speaker is Garry Brand, GRCC Business Department Professor, who was the winner of the ITC (Instructional Technology Council) Outstanding Online Faculty Award for 2012. His session title is: Don’t “Just Do It!” #makeitcount

This is a great opportunity to learn, network, and share with faculty from across the state!

Adjunct faculty may apply for a professional development funds (up to $300 per person per year) to attend this event. Here is more information:  [Microsoft Word File] about the funds available for adjunct faculty.

Register for the Fall Conference Here

GRCC’s David Cope to Read with Jack Ridl – 9/13/12

GRCC English professor and Grand Rapids Poet Laureate David Cope will read from his poems with acclaimed poet and former Hope professor Jack Ridl at Downtown Schuler Books and Music on Thursday, September 13, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

David’s most recent accomplishments include designing and overseeing the successful Grand Rapids Poets’ Conference last spring at the college, and the recent landing of a publisher for the anthology of 16 Grand Rapids poets he edited, Song of the Owashtanong: Grand Rapids Poetry in the 21st Century. The book is tentatively scheduled for an early 2013 release under the Ridgeway Press imprint.

Jack Ridl was a Hope College professor for 37 years, author of several books of poetry, and editor of three anthologies published by Bedford/St. Martin’s. Recognized with numerous awards and cited as the Carnegie Foundation’s 1996 Michigan Professor of the Year, Ridl continues to give regular readings and workshops. Please join us for an enjoyable evening of poetry.

GRCC in the News – 9/12/12

Michigan’s Bowne happy to be new Ivy Tech regional chancellor
Submitted by Rick Yencer on Tue, 09/11/2012 – 6:29pm | Muncie Free Press

MUNCIE, IN – Michigan educated and experienced administrator Andrew W. Bowne was poised, appealing and direct in his approach accepting the leadership role of chancellor of the Muncie, Marion and Anderson region of Ivy Tech Community College. “I am glad to be here,” said Bowne, to this new family of Ivy Tech staff and administrators via a Skype teleconference from the Muncie downtown campus on Tuesday.  (More)

Grand Rapids Community College turns to residents to help create its 100th anniversary logo
Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 10:00 AM | By Joanne N. Bailey-Boorsma | On-the-Town

Grand Rapids Community College celebrates its centennial year during the academic school year of 2014—2015. During this yearlong celebration GRCC will mark its one hundredth year of serving the Grand Rapids—and the entire West Michigan—community. And because of the special relationship the college has with the community, GRCC officials are asking for the community’s participation throughout the celebration including with the design of the logo that will represent this important commemoration in the college’s history.  (More)

Ivy Tech names East Central chancellor
5:32 PM, Sep 11, 2012 | The Star Press

MUNCIE — Ivy Tech Community College announced this afternoon it has selected Andrew W. Bowne as chancellor of the college’s East Central Region. Bowne, 49, said his wife Ruth, son Michael, 19, daughter Elizabeth, 16, and dog Norman would join him in Muncie as soon as the family can sell its home in Michigan.  (More)