GRCC In the News, 9-17-13

GRCC offers health care to 15 positions ahead of implementation of Affordable Care Act

Sept. 16, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees approved a proposal Monday to offer health care to 15 part-time positions, a move aimed at putting the school in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.

What’s your civil rights concern? State agency to hear what Grand Rapids has to say

Sept. 16, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A state agency’s 50th anniversary tour of Michigan will make a stop Tuesday, Sept. 17, at City Hall for a public hearing of civil rights concerns.

… A 5:30 p.m. reception is planned, followed by a 6 p.m. panel discussion moderated by Mayor George Heartwell. The expected panelists: Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk; Grand Rapids schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal; Eric Williams, executive director for equity, community and legislative affairs at Grand Rapids Community College; Kemal Hamulic, chairman of the city’s community relations commission.

Zoe Stahl: Hungry for more

Sept. 16, 2013; Michigan Daily

As I walked down South University Avenue yesterday, I counted one liquor store, two pizza parlors, four bars and countless restaurants. State Street didn’t look much different either.

… The University isn’t alone, though: Food insecurity plagues other campuses across the country. Michigan State University, San Diego City College, University of Central Florida and a host of others have all identified hunger as an issue. However, unlike the University, these schools, along with University of California, Los Angeles, Grand Rapids Community College and University of Michigan, Dearborn, have been proactive, starting either food banks or free bag-lunch programs in response to high hunger rates among their students. Given the University’s concern for students’ health and well-being, we should do the same.

Muskegon Community College recap: Jayhawk volleyball team has No. 4 national ranking

Sept. 16, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Community College women’s volleyball team is making its way up the national rankings.

… The Jayhawks return to action Tuesday at Grand Rapids Community College and host Kellogg Community College on Thursday.

Local athletes competing at collegiate level

Sept. 17, 2013; The Cadillac News

… Grand Rapids Community College’s Katlyn Agren (Cadillac H.S) recorded seven digs in the Raiders 3-0 loss to Scottsdale, Ariz., CC on Friday. In a 3-0 win over Chandler-Gilbert CC on Friday, she had two kills, two aces and five digs.

Walkers raise $100 for Alzheimer’s Association

Pat Turner, Christie Bolter, and Delicia Wilondja, adviser to the GRCC Gerontology Student Organization, along with many others participated in the “Walk to END Alzheimer’s” Saturday, September 14, and raised $100.00 for the Alzheimer’s Association. Together we can put an end to a disease that is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

Walk to END Alzheimers 2013 Gerontology Student Organization


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Transfer Scholarship application now available

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and universities. This Scholarship makes it possible for the nation’s top community college students to complete their bachelor’s degrees by transferring to a four-year college or university. The Foundation provides up to $30,000 per year to each of approximately 75 deserving students selected annually, making it the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer students in the country.

For more information visit:

GRCC’s JKC representative is Fátima Nieves (

Health plan meetings scheduled for ESP, Campus Police

ESP and Campus Police: We have scheduled informational meetings where a Representative will be on site with a presentation on Priority Health and WMHIP Health plans.

It is important that you attend one of the scheduled meetings listed below so that you can learn about health plan coverage options and make an informed decision on your health care.

Health Care Informational Meeting

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

AM Session 9:00-11:00 OR PM Session 1:00-3:00

Meeting Location: SCC 234 N Multi-Purpose Room

Health Care Informational Meeting

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

AM Session 9:00-11:00 OR PM Session 1:00-3:00

Meeting Location: SCC 234 N Multi-Purpose Room


Canning class set for September 20

Fall Canning Fun

Friday Sept. 20, 2013

10 AM – 12 PM

130 ATC (Culinary Amphitheater)

As we enter into autumn in Michigan we are blessed with a harvest of healthy fruits like apples and tomatoes. In this class, learn how to home-can Tomato Apple Chutney which embodies a variety of flavors and combines these two Michigan greats! This delicious condiment can be served with cheese trays, atop grilled meats and used as colorful addition to relish trays. This is a participative class where you can help prep foods we are canning or you may simply relax and watch the hands on demonstration from start to finish. Session facilitated by Diane Devereaux, The Canning Diva.

Please register online at or call Staff Development at ext. 4285.

Math instructor Nancy Forrest to talk about history of abacus

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its first Mathematics Seminar of the 2013 – 2014 academic year on Wednesday, September 18, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our presenter, GRCC Mathematics Instructor Nancy Forrest, will speak on the history and use of the Chinese abacus.  Please see the title and abstract for more information.

The mathematics in this seminar will be accessible to all, and the combination of a historical overview with hands-on experience should provide a great experience for those who attend.  Everyone who is a part of the GRCC community is welcome.

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

 Abacus 101

The Chinese abacus has been used to calculate and record numbers for over nine hundred years. This introduction to its use will include an overview of the rich history, as well as instruction on how to perform basic mathematical operations. There will be a hands-on opportunity to use the abacus … no batteries needed!