GRCC In the News, 9-18-14

Pastor Provides Support for College Students with Disabilities

9/12/14 The Banner (Christian Reformed Church’s magazine)

Going to college can be a challenging experience. For people with a disability, the experience can be daunting.

… Now a commissioned pastor in the Christian Reformed Church, (Peter) Gordon works with students who have disabilities through Jabez Ministries, a ministry at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) in Mich. Two years ago Gordon founded the ministry, which is supported by Christian Reformed Home Missions and several Grand Rapids-area classes (church regions).

Collins Art Gallery, Spectrum Theater to host ArtPrize entries

ArtPrize 2014 opens September 24 and runs through October 12. Before you complete your ballots, be sure to stop by GRCC’s two venues: Spectrum Theater and the Collins Art Gallery.

The Collins Art Gallery, on the fourth floor of the Main Building, will be open additional hours during ArtPrize: 5-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. Learn more about the art you’ll find there by clicking here.

The Spectrum Theater lobby will be open 1-8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. For a preview of the pieces displayed there, click here.

Do you know somebody with a GRCC connection who has an ArtPrize entry? Let us know by emailing communications!

GRCC sponsors Fox 17’s ‘Classroom of the Week’ segment

This academic year, GRCC is sponsoring the “Classroom of the Week” segment on Fox 17.

If you know a K-12 teacher in West Michigan with a classroom of motivated and caring students, nominate them!  You’ll see GRCC highlighted during the news segment every Friday morning, our ads online and our recruitment commercial, featuring alumna Azusena Ruby Nevarez.

Fox 17 Screen Shot


100 Ways to Give: special Heritage lunches to benefit Kids’ Food Basket


The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education has developed a tasty 100 Ways to Give project: For four Fridays throughout the semester, The Heritage lunch menu will feature a special dish celebrating the different decades. These dishes will be prepared by Chef Campbell and his students, and proceeds from the sale of these special menu items will go to Kids’ Food Basket.

On September 19, the special dish — celebrating 1914 and the “Teen Decade” is Saddle of Veal Prince Orloff, which was popular in Europe and American during that time. It’s a French-Russian dish from classical French haute or high cuisine. There are many stories associated with the origin of this dish: The most famous is that Urbain Dubois, a 19th-century French chef, named the dish in honor of his employer, Prince Orloff, the Russian ambassador to France. A second story states that it was created even earlier by the much more famous Marie-Antoine Carême, who was called “the king of chefs, and the chef of kings.” A third story attributes its invention to a French chef who worked in Russia for Prince Grigoryevich Orlov, a one-time lover of Catherine the Great.

The Heritage serves lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. To learn about the other “decade dishes,” click here.

Story Van volunteers needed for Carter lecture

President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will be here Monday, September 22 as the first speakers for the 2014-2015 Diversity Lecture series.  The GRCC Story Van will be set up to record birthday wishes and GRCC stories at the event, which is being held in the Ford Fieldhouse.

We are looking for volunteers to work at the van from 4 to 5:30 and from 6 to 7.  If you are available, please contact Liz Timmer at

Math seminar is today

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.

Changes made to policy

Changes were recently made to a college policy:

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