GRCC hosts Mechatronics Showcase

GRCC is holding Mechatronics Showcase sessions from 7:30-9 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. November 13 in ATC rooms 122-124.

Local employers will get a first-hand look at the new mechatronics lab and equipment and will receive information on this emerging field.  The event also includes breakfast or hors d’oeuvres, depending on the session, and demonstrations of the new equipment — Labvolt motors, generators and transformers, controls and microprocessors. Parking will be free in the Bostwick ramp.

To register, click here.



Proposals due November 1 for Armen Awards projects

The Armen Awards- Excellence in Service Learning invites all faculty to participate in this event showcasing best practices in service learning. Watch this [video] to learn how it works.

The event includes a professional video highlighting your service project, a celebration event honoring your team’s efforts, a chance to win up to $3,000 and an opportunity to share your hard work on a local network morning show.

See a video of last years winner Sarah Krajewski and her Biology for Educators course! [video]

Participants must submit their proposal by November 1st. The proposal includes a short description of how your course learning outcomes are met through your service learning project.

Click [here] to begin your proposal.

Need help? Please call Mike Schavey at 234-4180

Raider Golfers Capture Third Tournament Victory

The 10th-ranked GRCC Raider Golf Team won their third tournament this fall yesterday, winning the Taylor Invite at Egypt Valley CC. After falling behind by eight strokes to Bethel College after the first round, the Raiders came back the second round and defeated Bethel by ten strokes winning the tournament by two. Taylor University came in third, Cleary University fourth and Purdue NoC fifth. The team concludes their fall season at the famous Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, WI Oct. 20/21 in a sixteen team tournament.

Construction students tackle wheelchair ramp project

Students in John Doane’s construction class will be hard at work this week building a wheelchair ramp on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. They will start building on Thursday and continue on October 13 and 14 if needed.

This is the fourth year that GRCC construction classes have worked with Home Repair Services, a nonprofit organization that provides resources, repairs, a tool lending library and hands-on workshops to lower-income homeowners in Kent County.

RJG Master Molder series begins in January

The RJG Master Molder Certification Series is designed for the process technician, engineer or manager who needs to understand and demonstrate injection-molding skills at the machine. Anyone responsible for implementing a processing strategy in a plant or anyone held accountable for quality-control issues is a prime candidate for this training.

GRCC RJG Master Molder I class starts in January.  For more information, call (616) 234-3400 or click here.

GRCC In the News, 10-8-14

ArtPrize 2014: Meet Final 20 artist Gretchyn Lauer, ‘Outcry’

Oct. 6, 2014; MLive

Name: Gretchyn S. Lauer, Grand Rapids

… About the artist: I am a pianist living and working in Grand Rapids as a piano teacher, currently going to school at Grand Rapids Community College and hoping to transfer to the University of Michigan for a master’s degree in piano. I have never had art lessons, and this is my first large oil painting.

Michigan’s 1st fashion incubator boosts state’s clothing and accessory designers

Oct. 8, 2014; MLive

LANSING, MI — Michigan’s first incubator devoted solely to fashion design will give budding clothing and accessory designers a shot at developing a collection and taking it to production.

… Higher education institutions including Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University and Lansing Community College have fashion programs. But (Jeff) Henry said no single school had access to all of this equipment. Some are working on non-industrial home sewing machines, and others use large printers instead of the plotter for patterns. The software they use also may not be as robust, he said.

Paying for college with a credit card rings up extra fees

Oct. 7, 2014; The Detroit Free Press

Paying for one’s college tuition by going online and using a credit card sounds super convenient. But it’s also a really easy way to get hit with hundreds of dollars in extra fees.

… At the other extreme, many community colleges including Macomb County Community College, Wayne County Community College and Grand Rapids Community College do not have an extra fee for using a credit card to pay tuition.

Volleyball rivalry renewed: Grand Rapids Community College remains in first after sweeping Muskegon CC

Oct. 7, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Each season, the premier volleyball rivalry in the MCCAA comes between Western Conference foes Muskegon Community College and Grand Rapids Community College. And this season is shaping up no different.

Area Briefs

Oct. 8, 2014; South Bend Tribune (Ind.)

… Bethel College’s Brian Ulrich carded a 5-over 77 to post a 149 and earn medalist honors and lead the Pilots to a runner-up finish at the Taylor Invitational Tuesday.

Grand Rapids Community College bested the Pilots by two strokes, 605-607, for the tournament crown.

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 Professional Development Grants: IIPD & SSPD 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

Math seminar looks back at 100 years

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, October 15, 3:00-4:00 PM in 215 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Instructor John Dersch. The title and abstract for John’s talk may be found below.

Did you know that total enrollment in our mathematics classes once stood at 7, and that the cost of running classes with low enrollment has been a concern (to some) for at least 98 years? That we used to have a course called Math X? That during WWII the college nearly closed and we stopped offering Calculus for two years? That one of the most prominent mathematicians in the United States was significantly influenced by someone who helped create GRJC and eventually taught math for us? That the college once had yearbooks, and that in a ten-year a span two of them were dedicated to mathematics instructors? All this and more will be discussed. Expect a talk that is high on history and low on mathematical content; all are welcome.

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

100 Years of Mathematics at GRJC/CC

In Fall 1914 the GRJC Mathematics Department offered one math class, taught by one instructor to fewer than twenty students. One hundred years later we offer 22 courses, taught by approximately 75 faculty to more than 5000 students each semester. We’ll discuss the people and courses that got us to where we are today. Emphasis will be on personalities, course development and anecdotes.