Faculty member’s daughter to dance as Clara in ‘Nutcracker’

Those going to see the Grand Rapids Ballet‘s 2012 production of “The Nutcracker” could see Matisen L. Douglas — daughter of Biology Department faculty member Matt Douglas — front and center.

Mattie,  a student at Forest Hills Northern, will dance the part of Clara in the performances at 2 p.m. December 16  and 7:30 p.m. December 22 at DeVos Performance Hall. She will also portray Clara during “Clara’s Nutcracker Party” at the University Club on December 16 before the 2 p.m. performance.

Retail Bakery students prepare for tasting of international holiday treats

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Retail Bakery students in the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education have spent much of the past week preparing for their international holiday cookie/truffle/pastry social on December 4, 2012.

You can buy tickets for $10 at Art and Bev’s for the event, which runs 10 a.m. to noon December 4 at the Spectrum Theater Atrium. Enjoy international holiday music, spiced eggnog, hot coffee and hot chocolate while you taste international cookies, pastry and truffles. Take home a gift box of 25 assorted classic international holiday treats.

Nominations sought for student service awards

Do you know a student who has gone above and beyond his or her service learning requirements for a course? A student who has made a significant impact while volunteering? Or maybe you know a student who has devoted multiple years to one program or has demonstrated leadership by making multiple contributions through community service involvement.

Nominations are being accepted through December 7, 2012, for these awards, sponsored by the Michigan Campus Compact:

  • The Heart and Soul Award recognizes undergraduate students for their time, effort and personal commitment to their community through service.
  • The Commitment to Service Award recognizes two students for either the breadth or the depth of their community involvement or service experience and the demonstration of meaningful reflection.

It’s easy to nominate students: Send an email to Leah Kicinski at lkicinski@grcc.edu detailing their name, email address, which award you are nominating them for, and three to five sentences about their service to the community.

Nominated students will be contacted to complete a short survey, allowing them to be recognized at the 17th annual Outstanding Student Service Awards on April 13, 2013, in East Lansing. Remember: Send your nominations by December 7.

Payroll Department issues ‘to-do’ list

A 2012 year-end “to-do” list from Payroll:

  • Using your most recent electronic pay stub, please verify the spelling of your first and last name, mailing address and withholding allowances.  If any information is incorrect, please immediately contact the Payroll Office at extensions 4018, 3965 or 4038.  The information on your pay stub is what will be printed on your W-2.
  • New W-4s should be filled out if you’re filing status or exemption allowances have changed.  Forms are available on the payroll website,  or stop by the payroll office in the Cook Administration Building.
  • If you are currently filing “exempt” on your W-4 (State and/or Federal), you are required to complete a new W-4 no later than February 1, 2013. Forms are available on the payroll website,  or stop by the payroll office.
  • If you would like a copy of your last 2012 pay stub with year-to-date information, please remember to print your December 21, 2012, pay stub no later than January 2, 2013. Year-to-date amounts will only be available on your last pay stub of 2012, until we process the first pay check for 2013.

GRCC In the News, 11-29-12

GRCC announces plans to close West Side Learning Corner; move classes to M-TEC building

November 28, 2012; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College will close a community learning center on the city’s west side in July and move operations to the college’s M-TEC workforce training building on Godfrey Avenue.

Newly updated course prepares students for Pharmacy Technician Certification exam

A newly revised and updated 18 week pre-certification class from Workforce Training will take you through everything you need to know to be ready to take the national exam to become a certified pharmacy technician.

The need for pharmacy technicians is growing dramatically in the West Michigan area, and those who have achieved certification are in high demand and have great earning potential. If you are interested in working in the medical field or are working in a pharmacy but would like to be certified, GRCC’s Pharmacy Technician program will prepare you for the next step. Using textbooks from the American Pharmacists Association, this course will prepare you to be a pharmacy technician at the retail or hospital level. Course goals include completing an internship at a local pharmacy and taking the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam.

For more information, click here.

Unlock the secrets of ‘Magic Squares’ in Mathematics Seminar

An example of a magic square from Albrecht Durer’s 'Melanchloia.'

A magic square is a square array of the numbers 1,2,3,…,n2, arranged so that the sum of these numbers along any horizontal, vertical or main diagonal line is always the same. Here is an example from Albrecht Durer’s ‘Melanchloia,’ 1514; note that the sum along any horizontal, vertical, or main diagonal line is always 34.

“Magic Squares” will be the topic of the Mathematics Department’s last monthly Mathematics Seminar for fall 2012. Brian Hadley, a former GRCC mathematics student and current Western Michigan University mathematics major, will give the presentation from 3-4 p.m. on December 5 in 107 Cook. Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 p.m.

Parts of this talk will be accessible to anyone. Those with an interest in number patterns or who plan to teach mathematics are especially encouraged to attend.

Magic squares have fascinated professional mathematicians as well as mathematical hobbyists for over 4,000 years.  The Lo Shu magic square, with its uniqueness, captures the symmetry and beauty of mathematics, Dürer’s square backdrops his famous engraving “Melancholia,” and Benjamin Franklin constructed them to keep his mind sharp.  We will explore a few magic squares and unlock some of their mysteries.

Teacher education students learn how to bring state standards to life in the classroom

Susan Thomasma lectures to teacher education students.

Susan Thomasma, a curriculum specialist and teacher in Kentwood schools, talks to teacher education students about the importance of incorporating all subject matters.

Susan Thomasma, a curriculum specialist and teacher in the Kentwood school district, recently offered GRCC teacher education students great ideas on how they can bring the Common Core State Standards to life in their future classrooms.

Her presentation, “No More Boring Lessons,” gave these prospective teachers several examples of hands-on materials that they can use to help foster a better understanding of mathematical, reading and even science concepts. She emphasized how teachers can incorporate all subject areas so that students see the interconnectedness of their learning.

Retail Bakery class hosts tasting of international holiday treats

The Secchia Institute of Culinary Education’s Retail Bakery students are having an international holiday cookie/truffle/pastry social from 10 a.m. to noon December 4, 2012, at the Spectrum Theater Atrium. Enjoy international holiday music, spiced eggnog, hot coffee and hot chocolate while you taste international cookies, pastry and truffles. Take home a gift box of 25 assorted classic international holiday treats.

Tickets are on sale now for $10 at Art and Bev’s.