Faculty in Business, English departments get sneak peek at College Park Plaza renovations

Some GRCC faculty members recently got a look at how College Park Plaza is shaping up.

Business Department faculty members did a walk through of the third floor to preview their new office spaces, and English Department faculty got to see their future area on the fourth and fifth floors.

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GRCC In the News, 2-13-13

Can gun violence be stopped? Live chat with Grand Rapids Community College experts on Wednesday

February 12, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In the wake of a December mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, educators at Grand Rapids Community College have launched a series of community conversations on gun violence in America examining both its causes and solutions.

On Wednesday, two college faculty members who helped spearhead the initiative will participate in a live chat with readers on MLive.com. Between 11 a.m. and noon, they’ll discuss what issues a three-day symposium on gun violence has tackled and take reader questions.

Grand Rapids Community College programs computer technology career fair

February 12, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Grand Rapids Community College is offering anyone interested in finding a computer technology job a chance to begin their journey at a career fair Wednesday.

Teens give out ‘condom pops’ as part of Planned Parenthood’s pre-Valentine’s safe-sex campaign

February 12, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — In the spirit of love, Valentine’s Day and safe sex, Planned Parenthood volunteers handed out condom pops Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Grand Rapids Community College.

Ammo in short supply during gun debate

February 12, 2013; WOOD 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Business at Al & Bob’s Sports gun shop in Grand Rapids has been good lately. Very good.

… The central question then becomes: Does America have a gun problem or does America have a violence problem?

Grand Rapids Community College anthropologist Dr. Dillon Carr framed the debate.

GRCC is holding a three-day symposium on gun violence in America, breaking down the issue that even some high school students found informative.

Training downtown’s next culinary masters

February 12, 2013; downtowngr.org

Check out our Q&A with Dan Gendler of the Heritage Restaurant

GRCC staff, faculty can attend GVSU wellness classes

Due to our partnership with GVSU, GRCC Staff and Faculty are welcome to attend any of the wellness exercise classes at GVSU. Here are a few:

Starting the week of March 4-April 26

Each class is $26 for the 8 week series

Zumba Mondays 12-12:45pm GVSU DeVos building Pew Campus

Healthy Back, Strong Abs Mondays 5:00-5:45pm CHS building Pew Campus

SPINNING Wednesdays 4-4:45pm DDH YMCA

The full class list is on the GVSU website. Any GRCC faculty or staff who want to register can contact Lindsey DesArmo at desarmoli@gvsu.edu to do so.

Student Learning Beyond Grand Rapids

During the next few months, GRCC is piloting three off-campus learning experiences that are each connected to credit-bearing courses. Housed within the Department of Experiential Learning, the Study Away Program offers faculty support to ensure a quality and safe teaching and learning experience. Congratulations to the following faculty for participating in the pilot.

Susan Baglien, Business Department, IF 289 “Interiors Exploration”, Traveling to New York City.

Sherry Knoppers, Nursing Program, AD 248/258 “Community/Transcultural Nursing”, Traveling to Costa Rica.

Hillery Haney, Language & Thought Department, HU 293 “French Culture and Civilization”, Traveling to France.

For more information about the Study Away Program, please contact Michael Schavey, Associate Director for the Department of Experiential Learning.

Diversity Lecture Series features journalist LZ Granderson

LZ Granderson

LZ Granderson

LZ Granderson, journalist, commentator and sports writer, will discuss “Dare You to Move” on February 13 as part of GRCC’s Diversity Lecture Series.

Mr. Granderson writes a weekly column for CNN.com, and is a senior writer and columnist for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com. He is a contributor to ESPN’s “Sports Center,” “Outside the Lines” and “First Take.” This former Detroit gang member rose to be selected a Hechinger Fellow at Columbia University. His commentary reaches well beyond the world of athletics tackling subjects such as use of the N-word in the black community, the presence of gays in the locker room, and the truths and lies of reverse racism. Prior to joining ESPN, Mr. Granderson was a sports columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Grand Rapids Press.

His free lecture starts at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE. ASL interpretation will be provided. On-campus parking is available for $3 with a discount pass. For more information,  call (616) 234-3390

Mathematics Seminar set for February 20, 2013

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, February 20, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Instructor Sang Lee.  The title and abstract for Sang’s talk are at the bottom.

This talk will take a very common idea from basic algebra, multiplying polynomials, and examine its relationship to something even more fundamental, counting.  Knowledge of mathematics at the level of Intermediate Algebra (Ma 107) or above will be helpful, as would some familiarity with counting techniques.  As always, everyone is welcome to attend.

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

Counting with Polynomials

Do we obtain any valuable information from the product of polynomials?  Specifically, what do coefficients and exponents tell us when polynomials are multiplied?  In this talk, we introduce a counting technique that utilizes the coefficients and exponents in the product of polynomials.  We then examine some counting problems such as determining the number of ways for different routes, muffin orders, changing a dollar, solutions to an equation, and partitions of an integer.