GRCC In the News, 2-19-14

4 places for people to say what they want in new Grand Rapids police chief

Feb. 18, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — City Manager Greg Sundstrom wants help determining what qualities to seek in a new police chief. In addition to an online survey here, three public forums are scheduled this week and another is planned next week.

… Sundstrom on Tuesday, Feb. 18, also announced formation of a Police Chief Search Advisory Team including these people: Tom Almonte, assistant to the city manager; Christine Arnold, director of the Woodrick Diversity Learning Center at Grand Rapids Community College; restaurateur Johnny Brann, Jr.; Mari Beth Jelks, the city’s managing director of administrative services; Joe Jones, Grand Rapids Urban League president; Ralph Mason, retired Grand Rapids police lieutenant; Catherine Mish,city attorney.

Who has highest scoring game this season? See a list from Grand Rapids area basketball teams

Feb. 18, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Below are the top scoring individual games among Grand Rapids area college basketball teams.

… Grand Rapids Community College 37, by Courtney Hills, against Lansing CC on Jan. 22.

… Grand Rapids Community College 25, by Stephanie Stevens, against Ancilla on Jan. 18.

Staff and Faculty Externship Program

Are you aware that GRCC offers a professional development opportunity designed to support faculty and staff connections to regional businesses?  The Faculty/Staff Externship program is available to all GRCC staff and faculty.

Details and applications can be found at:

Completed applications and supporting documentation must be provided to the appropriate department by the March 30, 2014 deadline for a summer externship.


GRCC hosts ACF dinner

From Dan Gendler:

Once again we put on a wonderful dinner for the ACF, our accrediting body. The flow went very well, the night progressed on schedule and the comments from guests were wonderful. As always, I am proud to be a part of this department and these evenings really help me to feel a part of what you, the SICE Faculty and Staff, do every day and do so very well! Thank you!

Attached is the picture of Chef Andrew Eggert presenting us with another $2,000 for our SICE/ACF Scholarship funds. And the dinner itself should raise about another $1,500 in proceeds for our student competitions fund.

Many faculty came together to make this a great event. Unfortunately we had a couple of missing faculty due to injury and sickness, but because of the dedication and teamwork throughout this SICE department, we came together, filled in the missing pieces, and did not miss a beat.


GRCCePRINT hosts open house

Seats still available for tomorrow’s sessions

GRCCePRINT Open session Thursday February 20th

GRCCePRINT is holding an open session on how to use the GRCCePRINT Online Ordering system as well as opportunities for you to see all the options for your print promotional material needs. Each session will hold 10 seats so please respond to to reserve your seat.

Snacks and refreshments will be available.

Session one is from 3:00pm-3:50pm

Session two is from 4:00pm-4:50pm

Come to Main, G1 room 7, and learn while you earn another learning plan hour.

IT Open House This Thursday!

Mathematics Seminar scheduled for today

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, February 19, 3:30 – 4:30 in 103 Cook.  Our presenters, GRPS teachers Pat Bentley and Erin Burke, will discuss their recent experience teaching a uniquely designed summer course in Introductory Algebra to high school students.  See below for title and abstract.

This talk will address challenges faced by all teachers, and will be particularly appropriate for anyone interested in the teaching of elementary mathematics.  As is always the case with GRCC Mathematics Seminars, everyone is welcome to attend.

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


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Mental Abuse To Humans



Why do so many college students need remedial math?  Why do so many of those students then continue to struggle with the subject?  Why does the thought of even having to take a math class cause immediate anxiety?  Two math teachers taught an Introductory Algebra course at a unique summer program through Ferris State University that was designed to combat those specific problems.  During this seminar, they will share some of their strategies for teaching remedial math at the college level, emphasizing reading and writing in the discipline.


GRCC to host Ronald L. Mallett

GRCC’s Diversity Learning Center and the physical science and math departments are teaming up to present a lecture by Ronald L. Mallett, a physics professor at the University of Connecticut. At 7 p.m. February 26, he will talk lecture on “Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality.”