GRCC In the News, 11-12-14

GRCC trustee declines Actors Theatre invitation following controversy over play with male nudity

Nov. 11, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College Trustee Richard Ryskamp says he’s not accepting an invitation to a performance by Actors Theatre, a local arts group partly funded by the college that generated controversy for staging a play with nudity.


Film highlights National Senior Olympics




Age of Champions is the inspirational story of a group of athletes–a 100-year-old tennis champion, 86-year-old pole-vaulter, team of basketball grandmothers, and a pair of swimming brothers–all chasing gold at the National Senior Olympics. The film captures the triumphant spirit of these competitors as they tackle the challenges of old age with grace, humor, and optimism.

The Gerontology Student Organization (G-Club) will present the film on NOVEMBER 21, 2013 from 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m. at Calkins Science Center, Auditorium Room 348. It is co-sponsored by the Student Occupational Therapy Assistant Organization (S.O.T.A).

Faculty and staff who would like to register for this event may do so here.

For more information contact Delicia Wilondja at 616-234-2122 or

Center for Teaching Excellence hosts open house

Fall (Winter) is in the air. The temperatures are dropping, the leaves are changing, and everyone is hard at work. If you need a little break, sprinkled with some Fall spirit, please attend the Autumn Cider and Donuts Open House, hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Staff Development. The Open House will take place this Thursday November 14, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 120 of the ATC. There is no need to RSVP–just drop in. Snacks, cider, and great conversation will be provided.

Francisco Ramirez picked as finalist for Advocate Award

On November 7, 2013, Francisco Ramirez was among one of the finalists for the Advocate Award at the 2013 Young Nonprofit Professionals of Grand Rapids Leadership Awards. The Advocate Award will go to an individual who is always advocating for their cause. You can’t see this person anywhere without hearing about their favorite green organization, how many children are hungry in our community, or how voting will change everything! This person is on the street talking about their cause and raising community-wide awareness each and every day.

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Academic Testing Center – Scheduled Software Upgrade

The Academic Testing Center will be performing a software upgrade on Friday, Nov 15, 2013 from 8:00 AM until 12:00 PM. It is anticipated that there will be minimal interruption to our standard testing services.

If you have any question or concerns, please feel free to contact: Don VanOeveren, Associate Director of Academic Support, (616) 234-3684 or

Heritage celebrates with lobster boil

Join the Heritage Restaurant

for an

 Old Fashion Lobster Boil

December 3rd at 6:00 p.m.



Whole Maine Lobster (1 ¾ lb.)

New England Clam Chowder

Grilled Sweet Corn on the Cob


Boiled Potatoes

Mussels and Little Neck Clams

$38.99 per person

 (plus tax and gratuity)

Not Available With Any Other Discount

 Beer, Wine, and Dessert

 (available for purchase)

 For reservations, please call 616-234-3700 by November 25th or

Make reservations online at

Lines to be Mathematics Seminar topic

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.