GRCC In the News, 10-10-13

International students to battle ‘Master Chef’-style at Secchia Institute for Nations Cup Competition

Oct. 10, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Fans of television shows such as “Master Chef” and “Chopped” will want to take note of a local cooking competition featuring culinary students from around the world happening in the kitchens of Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.

‘Spanning the Centuries:’ Chamber orchestra performs Sunday in Harbor

Oct. 9, 2013;

HARBOR SPRINGS — “Energetic with a genuine will to see students achieve their musical goals,” writes one of Dr. Libor Ondras’ music students at Grand Rapids Community College, where he not only teaches, but serves as director of orchestras and string specialist. He is also the music director of Kent Philharmonic Orchestra in Grand Rapids, and will be the guest conductor and soloist at the 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra concert at the First Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs.

Halloween and hauntings happenings taking place in West Michigan

Oct. 9, 2013; MLive

… 25 Kent Philharmonia Orchestra: Ghoul Fest Hansel and Gretel (Music), Grand Rapids Community College, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE. Contact for details. Information:

Who wins rivalry game between GVSU and Ferris State? Make your picks in Can You Beat Pete?

Oct. 9, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It wasn’t until last year that the Grand Valley State-Ferris State game became relevant again, and it appears that will continue Saturday.

… (Tony) Annese, the former head coach at Grand Rapids Community College and Muskegon High School gathered his team on the field and yelled, “Now do you believe?”

Sign up for screening committee training


GRCC Screening Committee Training                            

Fri Oct 11, 2013 from 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM in Room 122 LRC

Fri Oct 18, 2013 from 3:00 – 5:30 PM in Room 103 Sneden

This learning session is designed to brief all screening committee team members regarding their roles and responsibilities in the search process. Topics that will be covered include:

A.  Overview of Search Process

B.  Position Approval Process

C.  Recruitment/ SAAR Notebook Review Including:

  1. Screening Committee & Leadership Roles
  2. Candidate Screening/ Recruitment Solutions Training
  3. Interview Questions, Presentations/Demonstrations
  4. Diversity Considerations and Goals
  5. Effective Evaluation Tools and Consensus Decision-Making
  6. Human Resources Responsibilities.

Learning Objectives: Participants will understand their role in the selection of excellent candidates for staff and faculty positions and the hiring objectives, and legal parameters for assessing and recommending future staff and faculty members.

Workshop facilitated by employees in the Diversity Learning Center and Human Resources Department.


Mental Health Screening

Have you been feeling sad, anxious, irritable, not up to the challenge or just plain stressed out and overwhelmed? If you are worried about yourself or a friend, free confidential mental health screenings are taking place today until 3 p.m., 3th Floor Student Center. Come take a quick mental health screening, talk with a counselor, or pick up informational materials.

Sponsored by Disability Support Services and the Counseling and Career Center

Mathematics Seminar looks at percentages

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, October 17, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our presenter, GRCC Adjunct Mathematics Instructor Radu Teodorescu, will speak an alternative approach to the concept of percent.  Please see the title and abstract for more information.

The mathematics in this seminar will be accessible to all, and should give attendees a new perspective on a very familiar topic.  Everyone in the greater GRCC community is welcome.

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

 Old News About Percentages

 Everyone has heard of percent.  Beginning with pre-algebra, it is taught at GRCC in a variety of courses.  Many of the current methods for teaching percent problems have been used for decades.  This talk will submit an idea slightly different from traditional concepts.  Some may agree with it, many others may have reservations and even objections.  However, it is hoped that many in the audience will be surprised by some of the interpretations revealed during the talk.