GRCC In the News, 3-18-14

2012 Guitar Foundation of America Winner Russian Guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev

March 17, 2014; MLive

On March 20, the GRCC International Guitar Series will present the 2012 Guitar Foundation of America Winner Russian guitarist Rovshan Mamedkuliev.

GRCC board unanimously approves 2.9 percent tuition increase: ‘We’re still a very affordable option’

March 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Tuition will rise 2.9 percent at Grand Rapids Community College next fall.

Kalamazoo Bach Festival Society Announces Winners

March 17, 2014;

The most promising college and high school singers from the Midwest competed at the annual Kalamazoo Bach Festival Young Vocalists Competition last Saturday, March 15, at Kalamazoo College. Eight of the competitors will be showcased in the Young Vocalists Concert on April 12, 3 pm, at Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Center. The purpose of the competition and concert is to encourage the study and performance of vocal music.

… There were 36 competitors from the Midwest. Colleges represented were Alma College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College, Indiana University South Bend, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, and University of Michigan School of Music.

One Wyoming 1 on 1 will connect our youth with positive adult mentors so they can be tomorrows leaders.

March 17, 2014;

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… Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Women’s basketball team receives several postseason honors

March 17, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball teams season is over, but the Jayhawks collected several postseason awards when they were announced on March 11.

… SOFTBALL: The Jayhawks (0-5) will next be in action on Friday when they host Grand Rapids Community College.

Greyhounds to take on experienced Bulldogs

March 18, 2014; The Fort Scott Tribune (Kan.)

Fort Scott Community College’s men’s basketball team will be making its first appearance in a national tournament since 1948 when it takes the court at the Mary Miller Complex in Danville, Ill., for a first-round game in the NJCAA Division II Basketball Tournament at 11 a.m. Wednesday morning.

… South Suburban, located just 120 miles north of Danville, has won its last eight games, including the District IV championship game against Triton College by a 93-75 score on March 8 in Elgin, Ill. The Bulldogs’ last loss came on February 10 at Grand Rapids, Mich., by a 96-88 score in overtime, which was their second straight defeat following a 58-57 loss at Kishwaukee, Ill., two days earlier.


English Department Advising Days

Wednesday, March 26 & Thursday March 27 from 7:45am-7:30pm

507 Cook Hall

Our goal is to:

  • support the achievement of your goals
  • offer academic guidance
  • provide you with resources about the English program at GRCC
  • give you information about courses to take at GRCC
  • discuss transfer options and provide you with information about four-year institutions

There is no need for an appointment. Please stop by so we can meet you and discuss your classes and your academic plans.

There will be snacks!

Every Voice Counts! Campus Climate Survey, Take it TODAY!

The GRCC Campus Climate Survey is available for faculty, staff and students to share how they experience the current campus climate at the college. The survey takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and is completely confidential.

Once you complete the survey, enter your name in a separate drawing for:

  • One of three $50 gift certificates to the Heritage Restaurant (FACULTY, STAFF ONLY)
  • One $1,200 tuition scholarship to be used during the 2014-15 academic year (STUDENTS ONLY)
  • One 16 GB iPad Air (STUDENTS ONLY)

Submitting your contact information for a prize is optional. No survey information is connected to entering your information for a prize.

Visit the Campus Climate Study website to learn more about the survey. Questions may be directed to Eric Williams at 234-3720 or

IT Project Management Office Weekly Update – 3/18/14

PMO Term of the Week

This is the first of many project management terms that will be published weekly by the IT Project Management Office (IT PMO). The purpose of this information is to inform GRCC about essential project management terminology and how it applies to its projects and stakeholders.


Requirements include the conditions or capabilities to be met by the project or present in the product, service, or result to satisfy an agreement or other formally imposed specifications.  Requirements include the quantified and documented needs and expectations of the sponsor, customer, and other stakeholders.

(2013) A guide to the project management body of knowledge (PMBOK guide) Fifth edition. Newtown Square, Pa.: Project Management Institute, Inc., pg. 112.

Gathering, recording, and analyzing project and product requirements is an essential part of managing a project successfully.  This process makes it possible for project teams to define the scope (i.e., boundaries) of a project, which makes it possible for project plans to develop properly.

At GRCC, the project managers in the IT Project Management Office carefully gather many types of requirements using a wide variety of techniques, depending on the type of project, stakeholders, and constraints inherent with a project. This is essential to project planning and project success because one of the most costly and primary indicators of project failure are unidentified and undocumented project requirements.

Next week’s topic: types of requirements.



Mathematics seminar looks at new teaching methods

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, March 19, 3:00 – 4:00 in 103 Cook.  Our presenter, GRCC Mathematics Instructor Andrea Hayes, will discuss recent developments in the teaching of arithmetic operations to elementary school students.  See below for title and abstract.

This talk should be of interest to anyone who teaches or plans to teach basic computational mathematics, and should also appeal to those looking for alternative methods of doing arithmetic.  As always, everyone is welcome to attend GRCC Mathematics Seminars.

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

 Same Result, New Approach

Basic mathematical operations such as addition, multiplication, division, and subtraction are now being presented to elementary school children using algorithms that are different than the traditional ones that many of us are used to.  This talk will look at some of these different methods of computing sum, product, quotient, and difference, as well as discuss why these methods are being taught to students and how they may actually help with number sense and mathematical comprehension.