Body fat testing clinic being held today

The Wellness Department is hosting a body fat clinic next Tuesday, January 21st, from 11-1pm at the Ford Fieldhouse. No appointment necessary, just drop in! Please email Jodi Gee with questions,

GRCC In the News, 1-21-14

GRCC joins Google Glass Explorer program

Jan. 20, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College is adding Google Glass to its teaching resources.

VIDEO: Chuck D talks MLK Jr.’s legacy

Jan. 20, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Chuck D, co-founder of rap group Public Enemy, will be the keynote speaker Monday night at Grand Rapids Community Colleges MLK Day commemoration program.

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan. 20, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day is a day to honor the civil rights pioneer. There is an event in West Michigan today to commemorate Dr. King.

(GRCC student Arielle Brown appears on the program.)

Jazz musicians with Grand Rapids ties open St. Cecilia Music Center’s 2013-14 Jazz Series

Jan. 20, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The family that plays together, stays together, so the saying goes.

… Veteran music teachers Duane Davis and Paul Brewer spent most of their careers teaching music. Davis was director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College until his retirement, and Brewer is director of instrumental music at Aquinas College.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Wrestling picks up pair of wins against ranked opponents

Jan. 20, 2014; MLive

… MEN’S BASKETBALL: The Jayhawks (8-9) snapped their five-game losing streak with a 74-55 victory against Kellogg Community College on Jan. 18. Balanced scoring and hot shooting in the first half gave MCC a 16-point lead heading into the locker room and it only grew from there.

… The Jayhawks lost to Grand Rapids Community College, 80-56, on Jan. 15. Anderson led MCC with nine points and 11 rebounds. Turean Conner had 13 points.

Staff Development Highlights Feedback and Communication Skills Courses

The Employer’s Association has been invited to present three, two-part courses to GRCC Staff and Faculty in 2014. Two of which are being offered in February. They help leaders understand their strengths, overcome their weaknesses and apply their knowledge in a very practical world.

The courses that are available through Staff Development in February are:

  • Feedback Fundamentals – Monday Feb. 3, 2014 and Monday Feb. 10, 2014 from 1-3 PM in Room 103 Sneden
  • Effective Communication Skills – Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014 and Tuesday Feb. 25, 2014 from 9-11 AM in Room 125 Calkins Science Center

There are a limited number of seats available – register today!

Registration is available and detailed descriptions can be found at the following link:

Please contact Staff Development at ext. 4285 if you need registration assistance.

Study Away Training is Coming Up

The Study Away Program is one of three programs within the Department of Experiential Learning that involves extensive faculty-led off-campus study. This training is required for all faculty leading a study away experience and offers an overview of the program and explains the process and documentation involved in creating a study away experience.   Additionally, faculty wishing to lead a study away experience during the 2014-2015 must submit their Study Away Proposal by Tuesday, April 1,2014.

Study Away Training

When: Friday, January 31st from 9:30am-12:30pm

Where: 347 Main Building

Must register here:

After completing this training, participants will be able to: 1) explain the history of the program, 2) explain the philosophy of the program, 3) identify the roles played by faculty and administrators in the program, 4) identify the program components, 5) explain the benefits the program provides to faculty, students, and the College, 6) identify who can assist with creation of the experience, 7) explain the time line and approval process, and 8) cite examples of other Study Away experiences.



Raider Salute for MLK Day participants

The Office of Student Life would like to send a salute to all of the employees and Board of Trustee members who came out to participate in the MLK Jr. Day march and daytime program. We appreciate your support!

Specifically, we would like to send special thanks to Chairperson Bert Bleke, Arielle Brown (BSU President), the Music Department, the Media Department, Shelly Urbane, the Police Department, the Diversity Learning Center and the Fieldhouse staff for helping us accomplish such a great event. Everyone played a critical role in the success of the event and we thank you!

Math seminar to look at Mersenne primes, perfect numbers

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its first Mathematics Seminar of the Winter 2014 semester at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 22 in 103 Cook.  Our presenter, GRCC Adjunct Mathematics Instructor Dan Garbowitz, will discuss Mersenne primes and perfect numbers.

Prime numbers and perfect numbers have fascinated professional and amateur mathematicians for centuries, and much about them remains unknown.  This talk will provide a glimpse of the beauty and mysterious nature of these numbers and the relationships between them.  Knowledge of mathematics at or above the level of College Algebra would be helpful, but, as always, everyone is welcome to attend.

Pop and cookies will be served at 3:15 PM.

Mersenne Primes and Perfect Numbers: A Love Story

Perfect numbers were known to the Greeks and have been studied since at least the 3rd century B.C.  Marin Mersenne, a 17th century theologian and mathematician, developed a list of prime numbers, all with the same interesting form.  Sometime later, Leonard Euler proved a fascinating statement that related the perfect numbers to the Mersenne Primes.  During this seminar we will investigate this theorem in particular, and other number theory topics relating perfect numbers and Mersenne Primes.