Blood Drive – Give Blood!

Please consider donating blood to help support our community and our country. There is a significant blood shortage due to the weather the Midwest experienced back at the beginning of January. Many drives across the region were canceled and the ones that did go as scheduled had only a few people show. Campus Activities Board is hosting another blood drive, Wednesday, January 29th from 12 pm to 5:45 pm.

Please email or call Evan Macklin if you would like to setup an appointment.

GRCC In the News, 1-22-14

The 2014 Festival of the Arts poster

Jan. 21, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Festival of the Arts officials on Tuesday unveiled the poster for this year’s event in downtown Grand Rapids.

… She (Dana Ziebarth) studied art at Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College, University of Michigan and Michigan State University. She also studied art history in Florence, Italy and attended master watercolor workshops in Florence, Paris, and Oxford University in England.

MLK Day Celebrations Held Nationwide

Jan. 21, 2014;

KING HOLIDAY celebrations to honor the life and legacy of slain civil rights leader MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. were in full force yesterday. Stations, musicians and dignitaries from coast to coast took part in a variety of activities; here is a snap shot.

… GRAND RAPIDS, MI Rap star CHUCK D, who co-founded the famed hip-hop group PUBLIC ENEMY, was the keynote speaker at GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE 28th Annual DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR Day Commemoration.

LaughFest 2014 adds 4 more acts

Jan. 22, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Four more shows and activities have been added to the 2014 Gilda’s LaughFest lineup.

… The Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge has been added to the Meijer Family Friendly Series. This free, fun-filled competition will send teams racing across downtown Grand Rapids, engaging in fun and exciting challenges that require quick thinking, fast acting and many laughs. It is designed for ages 12 and up, and all athletic abilities, or none at all. The event takes place March 16, with on-site registration beginning at noon at Grand Rapids Community Colleges Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse. To pre-register, please visit

Nominations Now Open for the Newman Civic Fellows

Newman Civic Fellows Award

The nomination period is now open for the Campus Compact’s Newman Civic Fellows Award, which recognizes community-involved student leaders. The Newman Civic Fellows Award honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for the civic engagement of higher education. You can learn more about the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows here.

In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, we are seeking nominations of undergraduate students who are proven leaders with both the motivation and ability to make substantial contributions toward public problem solving. They will have also gone beyond traditional service activities in their community involvement. Each president and chancellor can nominate one student to become a Newman Civic Fellow who will then represent your school in a national group of student leaders. Students will receive an award certificate and an invitation to join the Newman Civic Fellows online network. They will also be featured prominently on the Campus Compact national website and invited to participate in state-specific activities as appropriate.

The online nomination process is simple and the application can be found here. Nominations will be accepted until March 6, 2014.

Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award

Campus Compact recognizes one senior faculty member each year with the Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award. The Ehrlich Award is given for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good.

The online application will be available February 3, 2014 and will be due April 1, 2014. The announcement of the 2014 Ehrlich Award winner will be made in early Fall 2014.

The award winner is granted $2,000 and the opportunity to conduct a session at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Annual Conference. Up to four finalists are also featured in a panel presentation at the conference.

Annual IT Project requests due THIS Friday (January 24)

If you have a project for the next fiscal year, NOW is the time to submit it. The due date for these requests is January 24. If you have projects that will need IT resources, 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 Fall for the Mid-Year request cycle.

Mathematics seminar scheduled for January 22

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.