GRCC launches U.N. Day symposium

Grand Rapids Community College is bringing together experts in geography, international relations and political science to commemorate the founding of the United Nations.

GRCC’s inaugural U.N. Day symposium starts at 2 p.m. Oct. 21. Organizers plan for it to be an annual forum devoted to fostering an understanding of the United Nations’ mission, American foreign policy and political geography.

To learn more about the event, click here.

Mid-Year (IT) Project requests due November 15

Mid-Year IT Project Requests are now being accepted.

If you a mid-year project, NOW is the time to submit it. The due date for Mid-year requests is November 15. If you have mid-year project requests, take this opportunity to submit your requests.

Visit the Project Management Office web-page,, to submit your project.

All projects will be reviewed and prioritized by the Project Prioritization Team.

Next request period will be in January for the annual request cycle.

Social Sciences Department plans Advising Days

GRCC’s Social Sciences Department will have its Advising Days on October 22 and 23. See the flier below for details:



GRCC In the News, 10-16-13

GRCC, Aquinas sign articulation agreement

Oct. 15, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Community and Aquinas colleges are entering into an agreement that will allow faculty from both schools to work together on creating a smooth transfer experience for GRCC students.

Surging auto sales a 25th birthday present for Autocam

Oct. 11, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Making precision parts for high-pressure direct fuel injection systems on automobiles is what drives the growth of Autocam, now celebrating its 25th year, and every time the price of gasoline goes up, it probably adds fuel to that growth.

… One thing Autocam is known for is its Learn and Earn program for employees. It starts as an apprenticeship, with the employee typically working four days a week and attending classes at GRCC on the fifth day. Starting pay is $13 an hour and increases each year, so by the end of the apprenticeship, a starting machinist is earning $17.50.

College Notebook: Gould, Wimberly brothers meet on GLIAC gridiron

Oct. 15, 2013; Battle Creek Enquirer

Connor Gould and brothers Jamar and James Wimberly were back on the same gridiron this past weekend, as the former prep football standouts faced off in one of West Michigan’s greatest rivalries.

… James Wimberly (Marshall) also saw action for the Bulldogs in the win over GVSU. After transferring from Grand Rapids Community College, the junior linebacker has appeared in five games for the Bulldogs, registering nine tackles.


Please join us in Room 103 Sneden Hall today from 12:00 – 1:00 pm for a quick information session.

WMEAC Home Energy Program will be on campus to provide you with information on how you can be a part of this great opportunity and to start taking advantage of energy saving measures to help you save money and promote sustainability! 

More information about WMEAC can be found at

This session is open to all Staff and Faculty at GRCC. No need to register – just drop in.


Welcome to GRCC!

  • Jeffrey Byrd, Educational Training Specialist, Training Solutions. Reports To: John VanElst. Effective Date: September 3, 2013.
  • Luis Rodriguez-Cruz, Custodian (Main/Cook). Reports to: Robert Green. Effective Date: September 30, 2013
  • Simon Kittok, Media Caption Technician. Reports To: Klaas Kwant. Effective Date: September 30, 2013.
  • David Fortuna Jr.,Custodian (Tassell M-TEC/ATC). Reports to: David Emelander. Effective Date: October 14, 2013.

Welcome back to GRCC

  • Anna Rose, ESP, Dean, Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies. Reports to: Patti Trepkowski. Effective Date: October 14, 2013.

On the Move

  • Willi J. McNeal (Toy), Transfer From: ESP, Director of Library Services. Transfer To: ESP, Center for Teaching Excellence. Reports To: Jeremy Osborn. Effective Date: September 3, 2013.
  • Penni Weninger, Transfer from: ESP, Associate Dean, Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies. Transfer to: ESP, Human Resources Assistant.  Reports to: Cathy Wilson. Effective Date: September 9, 2013.
  • Rhondo Cooper, Transfer from: College Success Coach/Contingency. Transfer to: Director of Upward Bound. Reports to: Diane Patrick. Effective Date: September 23, 2013.

Thank you for your service to GRCC

  • Christopher Armstrong, Police Officer. Effective Date: 9/8/2013.
  • Tara Wykstra (formerly Reitsma), Food Service Assistant. Effective Date: 9/20/13.
  • Joshua Aderholdt, Career Advancement Center Coordinator. Effective Date: October 1, 2013
  • Amr Abdel-Wahab, Senior Functional Analyst. Effective Date: October 19, 2013.

Wellness Student of the Week: Robert Richardson

Robert’s Wellness Story:

  • Robert Richardson

    Robert Richardson

    I’m taking WE 165: Dynamics of Fitness

  • So far, it’s my favorite class!
  • I highly recommended to others because I believe that Health, Fitness & Wellness are the foundation to a happy, productive, fulfilling, well-rounded and overall great life!
  • WE 165 helped me quit Drugs & Alcohol, which has been my biggest struggle in life since childhood (currently age 25).
  • Fun event on my Wellness journey in class: The Art Prize “Scavenger hunt was a ton of fun!
  • Fun event on my Wellness journey before class: This summer I spontaneously (1 day notice/invite!) went skydiving, non-tandem, never having been on an airplane, because of the confidence gained from becoming fit & healthy, starting at the age of 21!
  • I give way more credit to the students who are really trying in class, that aren’t used to Health, Fitness & Wellness and are still trying their best, outside of their comfort zone, than I give myself because this type working is in my comfort zone, “my thing”, and is what I love to do!
  • Professor Kennett Rocks!

Mathematics Seminar set for October 17

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.