Health care information 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

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

GRCC In the News, 9-18-13

A New Line of Credit at Wyoming

Sept. 17, 2013; (KISD blog)

Wyoming Public Schools, MI — Talk about a head start.

… Students dually enrolled at Wyoming High School and Grand Rapids Community College through the Wyoming Middle College program can complete 60 credits transferable to state colleges and universities and/or an associates degree without paying tuition. The cost for classes is paid for through the per-pupil foundation allowance from the state.

5 marching orders from Grand Rapids, and why 1 soon might be a civil right

Sept. 18, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Make your wager now: the interim director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights bets sexual orientation and gender identity will get added to the state’s civil rights law in 2015.

… Here are four other issues:

… immigration reform and migrant worker housing and education

These were identified by Kemal Hamulic, chairman of the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission, and Eric Williams, executive director for equity, community and legislative affairs at Grand Rapids Community College.

In Sappi’s shadow: Habs Good Eats at ground zero of paper mill’s planned power plant implosion

Sept. 18, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — As word spread of the details of the former Sappi paper mill power plants demolition by explosives, restaurant owner John Habetler was left with more questions than answers.

… Habetler is a 1994 graduate of Mona Shores High School and a 1999 graduate of the Grand Rapids Community College culinary school. He began his restaurant career at Greek Tony’s Pizza and Sub Shop on Grand Haven Road and Ponderosa Steakhouse while in high school.

Fall Education & Career Expo to kick off Wednesday at Civic Center

Sept. 17, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Holland — The annual Fall Education & Career Expo begins 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at the Holland Civic Center.

… Career fair participants include Grand Rapids Community College, Stone Plastics, Holland Inc., Allied Business Services, M-TEC, Plascore, Request Foods, NOVO 1, Metal Flow, GVSU, Quincy Street Inc., Trans Matic, Challenge Mfg., BuhlerPrince, Manpower, Workforce Management, Taco Bell, Thermotron, Uniform Color Company, Key Personnel, Crossroads Careers.

Jackson College baseball program finds success on the field and at the next level

Sept. 17, 2013; MLive

JACKSON, MI — As he weighed his options for continuing his baseball career beyond high school, Caleb Baragar had options. The Jenison native had nearly identical offers from nearby Grand Rapids Community College, Kellogg Community College and Jackson College.

Middleton allows one hit and no runs

Sept. 17, 2013;

Tyler Middleton of Port Elgin had a successful outing on the mound for Kalamazoo Valley Community College on Sunday.

Middleton, a freshman, threw one inning in relief allowing just one hit and no runs in a 9-3 win over Grand Rapids Community College. It was the final game for the KVCC Cougars in the JUCO Showcase Tournament held in Battle Creek, Michigan over the weekend.

Former GRCC Biodiversity Student Exhibits Artprize Entry At GRAM

Brandy Van Zalen

Brandy Van Zalen

Brandy Van Zalen, former biodiversity student of Grand Rapids Community College and a recent graduate of GVSU, has been selected to exhibit her artwork entitled Pollen of the Great Lakes at the Grand Rapids Art Museum for the Artprize Competition, 2013.

Pollen of the Great Lakes is a series of four canvases (40 x 40) illustrating the unparalleled biodiversity and intricate beauty of tree pollen found in the Great Lakes Region. Each pollen grain depicted was created by hand-carving blocks of the actual microscopic pollen grains that were then printed with ink followed by heat embossment powders and glitters.  The powders and sparking glitters enhance the incredible three-dimensional aspects of each pollen grain.

Brandy is committed to revealing the intricacies of the natural landscape as an educational and artistic expression of her love for the intersection and connection of nature and art.  In Pollen of the Great Lakes she reveals the microscopic “Art of Nature” that is the foundation of the Earth’s reproductive and transformational potential.”

Like an artist, each pollen grain is an individual creation—no two alike—all adrift in a sea of hopeful serendipity.  But although cast on the fate of the winds, the result of this airborne pollen excess provides the underpinning of future life, ecosystem stability, and the continual remodeling of the landscape. The amazing three-dimensional diversity of tree pollen is just one portal to an unseen world awash with microscopic wonders. Pollen grains are the mobile, but fragile pioneers that define the very nature of life on Earth.  They are every bit as phenomenal as the trees that produce them and give us eternal hope for the greening of our landscape.

Brandy is currently an independent artist who illustrates children’s books authored by Dr. Matthew Douglas of GRCC. These books (Mattie the Monarch, Buddy the Buzzbomber, Zoe the Blue and Velcro) explore family values through the use of scientifically accurate animal life.  Brandy strives for connections between the fine arts, the literary world, and the natural sciences. Their children’s books have been featured on EightWest, local media, and are sold at the Frederik Meijer Garden, Schuler Books, Pooh’s Corner, and a number of other venues such as the John Ball Zoo and Blandford Nature Center.

GRCC to host online auction for United Way

To help raise money for the GRCC United Way Campaign, we will be holding an online auction. The campaign will be run October 14 through October 25. To make this auction successful, we need your help! Would you be willing to donate your time, talents, works of art, or gift certificates that we could auction off to raise money for the United Way?

If you would be willing to make a donation for the auction, please contact Julie Otte in Staff Development by October 11, 2013, at extension 3490

Advanced Manufacturing courses begin in October

The Advanced Manufacturing Series is an introduction or update for those in manufacturing or interested in manufacturing. You may take one workshop, a combination of workshops, or the entire series. If you successfully complete four core courses (16 hours) plus an additional four courses (12 to 16 hours), you will receive an Introduction to Advanced Manufacturing Certificate from GRCC.

Core Courses:

  • Lean Manufacturing Overview
  • Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing I
  • Basic Metrology – Using Precision Measurement Tools
  • Problem Solving – 8 Steps and 5 Whys

Elective Courses:

  • Manufacturing Terminology, Processes and Practices
  • Blueprint Reading for Manufacturing 2
  • Working Better in Teams
  • Sustainability – Greening the Workplace
  • Quality Products and Quality Management Systems
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC 1
  • Statistical Process Control – SPC 2

Courses start in October 2013. For more information or to register, click here.

Mathematics Seminar to look at 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!

Journalist to speak in first Diversity Lecture Series session

The 2013-2014 Diversity Lecture Series kicks off October 2 with journalist Jose Antonio Vargas. For details about the series, click here.