GRCC In the News, 9-17-14

Who’s riding the Rapids new Silver Line

Sept. 16, 2014; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The new Rapid Silver Line buses hit the road late August, promising a shorter commute down one of the busiest stretches into downtown Grand Rapids.

… Rapid officials say Medical Mile employees and Grand Rapids Community College students make up a bigger percentage of the Silver Line Riders.

CultureMesh builds cultural networks for those a long way from home

Sept. 16, 2014;

OMAHA — America has been known as the melting pot of creeds and cultures since the early 1900s. After more than a century, the nickname remains relevant today.

… “When I was a student at Grand Rapids Community College, I was hired as a campus academic tutor, and my first student was from Ethiopia who needed help with English,” (Ken) Chester said. “I thought, ‘This person is totally different than me; they won’t want to talk.'”

College Notebook: Locals hit D-1 links

Sept. 16, 2014; Battle Creek Enquirer

The Lakeview High School boys and girls golf teams have been perennial powers in the area, thanks in part to a steady stream of talent to come through each program.

… (Jared) Multer transferred to the Eastern Michigan University men’s golf team after two years playing at Grand Rapids Community College. The junior currently sports a 74.33 average over six rounds for the Eagles. He was in action Tuesday at the Golfweeks Conference Challenge in Burlington, Iowa.

Math seminar scheduled for September 18

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its first Mathematics Seminar of the 2014-2015 academic year on Thursday, September 18, 3:00- 4:00 PM in 104 Cook. Our presenter, Duy Duong-Tran, is a former GRCC student currently at Western Michigan University double-majoring in Mathematics and Industrial-Entrepreneurial Engineering. He will discuss applications of mathematics in the field of engineering. See below for title and abstract.

This talk should be of interest to students considering a career in engineering or applied mathematics, or to anyone who would like to learn more about real-world applications of mathematics. A working knowledge of Intermediate Algebra (Ma 107) would be helpful. As always, everyone is welcome to attend GRCC Mathematics Seminars.

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

Mathematics in the World of Industrial Engineers

The influence of mathematics in our society is amazing. For example, mathematics plays a role in the infrastructure of the automobile industry (aerodynamic simulation through the use of math modeling), bioengineering (footwear design through piecewise linear interpolation and modeling), and the aviation industry (cubic spline interpolation at Boeing Research and Development to replace “lofting” technique).

This seminar will discuss the use of mathematics in the world of industrial engineering. Specifically, we will talk about Optimization Problems in the industry using Linear Programming (LP). Surprisingly enough, LP problems often do not employ any computer algorithm techniques, and most mathematics students are exposed to LP problems early in their careers without an official introduction to the topic. Well-known LP techniques can be applied to scheduling, transportation, assignment, capacity planning, network optimization models, project management, facility planning, and capital budgeting problems.

All of these reside under the applied mathematics field called Operations Research (OR). We will go through the technique of solving a couple of problems, and will be surprised at how much impact OR (or more generally mathematics) has upon the success of a manufacturing based corporation.

Students with knowledge of Intermediate Algebra (Ma 107) or above are encouraged to attend; no knowledge of calculus is necessary. The seminar is also designed to encourage students with a passion for both mathematics and engineering to move forward with confidence.

IIPD Grants: October 2014 Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., October 10, 2014.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically. The IIPD Application Packet and IIPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation.

If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or

Changes made to policies

Changes were recently made to several college policies:

Effective July 1, 2014

  • Revised the Withdraw and “I” policy language.

–Language regarding the potential impact of W grades on financial aid and at transfer schools was added.

–A statement indicating that the incomplete grade is only applicable in extenuating circumstances was added. A statement regarding the approximate portion of the course that must be completed (90%) in units of time or points before an incomplete grade can be assigned was added.

  • 18 Children in the Classroom (revised) Policy Section 8.0 Subsection 8.18

Effective July 1, 2014

  • This policy was revised to include a classroom and campus policy. Children accompanying visitors, employees or students of GRCC must be under the constant supervision of a responsible adult while on GRCC property.

  • 27 ACT Cut Scores(revised) Policy Section 8.0 Subsection 8.27

Effective July 1, 2014

  • This policy was reviewed and upon review of bench marking data, the team determined that GRCC’s ACT composite score of 18 was consistent with other community colleges. No change was made.

  • 5 Student Rights/Program Requirements-Catalog Year (new) Policy Section 8.0 Subsection 8.5

Effective July 1, 2014

  • This policy clarifies for GRCC students what program requirement will be used for their graduation audit, to allow students to align their course selections to these Catalog requirements.

  • 8 Audiovisual Captioning Policy (new) (revised) Policy Section 3.0 Subsection 3.8

Effective July 1, 2014

  • Captioning in a given situation may be Required, Advised, or Not Required, as indicated in the full policy. This policy complies with a federal mandate to provide access to equal and effective communication for all students, staff, and community members. The purpose of this policy is to make the campus community aware of our responsibility, resources available to address shortcomings, and appropriate courses of action to take in select scenarios.

6.4 Sexual Misconduct (revised) Policy Section 6.0 Subsection 6.4

Effective September 16, 2014

  • Amended in 2014 to implement changes to the Clery Act made by the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA)
  • Amended the investigation procedures to provide legally required procedural rights for both parties
  • Outlined reporting options and for victims and for those receiving the complaint, including recommended steps following any act of sexual misconduct
  • Outlined the institutional response to complaints of sexual misconduct
  • Added a statement that the institution prohibits the crimes of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, non-consensual sexual contact, sexual exploitation and stalking, including the applicable definitions under Michigan law.
  • Added the definition of consent, in reference to sexual activity
  • Outlined awareness and prevention programs for ongoing employee and student education including bystander intervention and risk reduction
  • Outlined who are “confidential/privileged employees” for reporting on campus and the reporting requirements for all employees.
  • References separate document listing community and GRCC resources