GRCC In the News, 11-13-14

‘Frontlines of Freedom’ radio host speaks out on Veterans Affairs shakeup

Nov. 12, 2014; MLive

ZEELAND — A nationally syndicated radio talk show host based in West Michigan says this week’s shakeup at Veterans Affairs is a step in the right direction, but fears it may be a case of too little, too late.

… Gillem received two Purple Hearts, five Bronze Stars and a Silver Star for his valor in battle in Vietnam. He currently teaches American government at Grand Rapids Community College.

Tony Annese and Ferris State’s fast rise to success: What veteran coach did to turn around the Bulldogs

Nov. 12, 2014; MLive

BIG RAPIDS, MI — Tony Annese remembers Dec. 22, 2011 “like it was yesterday.”

… What’s happening at Ferris State has happened before with Annese. He went 195-41 in 22 years at the high school level, including three state titles, and then went 30-4 in three seasons at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s won everywhere he’s been.

Psi Beta members collect items to help homeless families, youth


Amber Bailey, Chris Blik, and Michele Day are getting ready to deliver over 700 items collected by Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology at the Community College, all donated by students in Psychology classes at GRCC. Sponsored by the Psychology Department, these items will be shared by 3:11 Youth Housing, an agency that provides transitional housing for homeless youth helping in their transition to self-sufficiency, and Family Promise of Grand Rapids, which helps homeless families with children find permanent housing with a continuum of supportive programs and mentors helping them achieve sustainable self-sufficiency.

To see other #100waystogive projects, click here.

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Protect yourself and your loved ones and get your flu shot!

Flu shot

Even healthy people can get the flu, and it can be serious. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine. This means you! This season, protect yourself – and those around you – by getting a flu vaccine Tues., Nov. 18 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in room 25 of the Student Center.

Open to all GRCC Students and Staff!  The cost is $25.00 and payment can be made with cash, check, or RaiderCard. For questions, call Student Affairs at (616) 234-3925 or email

Tackle holiday gift lift with shopping trip to Chicago

Anyone up for a bus trip to Chicago? Check out the information below and let Julie Otte know!


Who? You and 54 of your closest friends (GRCC and non-GRCC people welcome). The bus does have a DVD player and monitors – so bring your favorite movie along and arm wrestle to see whose movie gets watched.

What?  Day trip to Chicago for holiday shopping

Where?  Meet in the Administration Building parking lot (415 Fulton Ave.) hop on the bus and head to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

When? Saturday, December 13th, departing 7:30 AM and departing Chicago at 6:30 PM (Michigan time) returning to Grand Rapids around 10:00 PM.

Why?  Last minute food, fun and shopping!

How?   A $30.00 (non-refundable) ticket must be purchased from Julie Otte before November 25, which includes your transportation to and from Chicago as well as a tip for the driver.

**Disclaimer: we need to have at least 45 people to attend to make this trip be a go. If we do not have enough individuals signed up, the money will be returned to the employees. Space limited to the first 55 individuals who purchase a ticket.

***There will be no actual arm wrestling on the bus, movie selection will be done by a majority vote.


Math Seminar looks at line segments

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, November 20, 3:00-4:00 PM in 104 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Instructor Alejandro Saldivar. The title and abstract for Alejandro’s talk may be found below.

This seminar will focus on a result that appears to be impossible: How can there be a one-to-one correspondence between the points on a line segment and the points in a square that has that line segment as its base? Those who attend can expect to have their intuition challenged and will be exposed to ideas that are at once surprising, powerful and beautiful. This talk is intended for anybody who likes and enjoys mathematics for mathematics’ sake; of course, all are welcome.

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

A Quest to find a One-to-One and Onto function from the line segment [0,1] to the square plane region [0,1]x[0,1]

Many theorems in mathematics address the existence or non-existence of mathematical objects such as solutions to equations; however, finding an actual and precise mathematical object can be an exciting and, at times frustrating, quest. In this seminar we will talk about one-to-one and onto functions between sets, and the challenges involved in finding a one-to-one and onto function. Along the way, we will discuss decimals extensively.


TONIGHT the GRCC International Guitar Series Presents: Anton Baranov

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 7:30 PM

Russian guitarist Anton Baranov is a prizewinner of more than fifteen prestigious international guitar competitions, including the Koblenz Guitar Competition, Andrés Segovia Competition, Agustín Barrios Competition, Robert Vidal Competition, and Pittaluga Guitar Competition. At the height of his young career, he won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition in 2013.

Known for his daring interpretation and innovative programming, guitarist and composer Roland Dyens calls him, “a real musician, one of those rare guitarists who are able to have their attendees almost forget the instrument they play, managing to have them focus on the expressivity of the music and only this.”

As part of his prize from winning the GFA competition, Mr. Baranov will embark on a 50-city concert tour throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Brazil, and has just recorded his first album on the Naxos label. Mr. Baranov has been a D’Addario artist since 2013. He currently teaches at his alma mater, the St. Petersburg Conservatory.

Anton Baranov was born in 1984 in the Northwest region of Russia. He graduated from the famous St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory in 2010 under grants from the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Performing Arts Foundation.

The concert will be held in the Recital Hall (Room 200) of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at the corner of Ransom and Lyon.

Admission is $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

One dollar parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp with a GRCC guest parking voucher sold at the door.

Call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail: