GRCC In the News, 11-6-13

Speaker Boehner tweets WZZM 13 story

Oct. 31, 2013; WZZM

(WZZM) — WZZM 13 has gotten the attention of House Speaker John Boehner over the problems with the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.

Wednesday we told you about 26-year-old Jordan Cloud, a part-time worker and Grand Rapids Community College student. He had his own policy through Blue Cross and Blue Shield but it didn’t meet the requirements of the ACA and was cancelled.

November Events from the Center for Teaching Excellence

This month, the Center for Teaching Excellence is hosting a variety of workshops and special events. All of our workshops are open to any faculty member (full-time or adjunct) or staff member at GRCC and you can register online at You can also see our schedule in calendar form at There you can click on individual events to see details.

Below is a list of our upcoming events…

Michigan State Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education Program Open House

Wednesday, November 6, 12:00 – 1:30 in 347 Main

Refreshments will be provided

Addressing Student Behaviors of Concern

Tuesday, November 12, 12:00 – 1:00 in 347 Main

What is an Honors Contract?

Thursday, November 14, 3:15 – 4:15 in 347 Main

Training for Rank and Tenure Portfolio Committee Members

Monday, November 18, 3:00 – 4:00 in 347 Main

Faculty Lecture: “A comparison of the wildlife of Panama and Costa Rica with the wildlife of Tanzania”

Matt Douglas will present on his IIPD grant research on Monday, November 18, 2:00 – 3:30 in 333 Calkins

Refreshments will be provided

Evaluating Web Resources

Tuesday, November 19, 12:00 – 1:00 in 347 Main

Using Blackboard Discussions to Increase Student Engagement

Tuesday, November 19, 5:30 – 6:30 in 351 Main

Creating Rubrics

Wednesday, November 20, 3:15 – 4:15 in 347 Main

Disability Dynamics: Effectively Teaching Veteran Students with Disabilities

Friday, November 22, 9:15 – 10:45 in 347 Main

If you need help with registration or have any questions, please contact us at or 234-2278.

We hope to see you soon!

GRCC to be closed December 23

There’s a schedule change for the upcoming holiday season: GRCC will now be closed on Monday, December 23, 2013.

CEBA, Campus Police, ESP and Meet & Confer employees will have the option to use one of their personal, vacation, comp time or sick days for December 23. Employees may opt to take the day unpaid.

The last day scheduled day for 2013 will be Friday, December 20.  You will be required to submit your time sheet early; more details will come as we get closer to that last week of work in 2013.

Office Depot Holiday Delivery Schedule

Below is the Office Depot Holiday Schedule. Please note the following dates, as deliveries will not be made on the dates we are closed. PLEASE ALSO NOTE: If an order is placed on a date that our delivery centers are closed, they will not deliver the next open business day. It will be PICKED on the next open business day and delivered on your next scheduled delivery date. It’s never too soon to inform your end-users and have them mark their calendars!! 🙂 Have a great holiday season!!



All Delivery Centers work Wednesday 11/27 for Monday 12/2 Delivery.

All Delivery Centers are closed Thursday and Friday, 11/28 and 11/29. Orders placed Thursday to

Sunday will be picked on Monday 12/2 and delivered on Tuesday 12/3.



All Delivery Centers work on 12/23 for 12/24 delivery.

All DC’s are closed on 12/24 and 12/25.

Orders placed on 12/24 and 12/25 will be picked on 12/26

and delivered on 12/27.


New Year’s:

All Delivery Centers work Tuesday 12/31 for Thursday 1/2 Delivery

Mathematics Seminar to take scientific look at lines

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, November 13, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our presenter, GRCC Chemistry Instructor Tom Neils, will discuss fitting lines to sets of data from the point of view of a scientist.

The mathematics in this seminar will be accessible to anyone with a good understanding of slope and equations of lines, and will give attendees a scientist’s perspective on an important topic in mathematics, the sciences and related fields.  Everyone in the greater GRCC community is welcome.

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

“What’s My Line?”

 Many scientific experiments are carried out to determine the mathematical relationship between two or more variables. Graphing the experimental data is often the most effective way of finding this mathematical relationship, because one can determine a curve of best fit for the trend in the data and also obtain a visual of the relationship between the variables. During this interactive seminar we will discuss the extent to which chemists will go to obtain a linear fit for their data and get some practice fitting the slope-intercept formula to various data sets.