GRCC In the News, 1-20-15

Trayvon Martin’s mom speaks at local colleges

Jan. 19, 2015; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The mother of Trayvon Martin spoke at two events in West Michigan on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

… Fulton spoke at Grand Valley State University and Grand Rapids Community College on Monday. There will be another event at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Davenport University’s Lettinga Campus in Grand Rapids.

Hundreds join peace march in Grand Rapids to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 19, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Hundreds of people gathered at Grand Rapids Community College Monday, some joining arms and others standing solemnly, for a peace march honoring the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

The half-hour march began at the college’s Ford Fieldhouse at noon and ended there with a program led by Bert Bleke, chairperson of the GRCC Board of Trustees, and Jaedah Pickens, president of GRCC’s Black Student Union.

Tom Watkins: Obama right on community colleges

Jan. 19, 2015; The Battle Creek Enquirer

President Obama is right to invest in our country by proposing free Community College tuition. Community college should be free for those willing to work for it, the president said at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn.

… Other recent innovations include:

… Grand Rapids Community College has launched its new iPhone app to make the colleges information as close as a students fingertips.

(This is a guest column by former state Superintendent Tom Watkins.)

Q&A: Novelist takes on Michigan’s fracking industry

Jan. 20, 2015; midwestenergynews.com (Fresh Energy’s newsletter)

For Michigan author Maryann Lesert, an accurate portrait of the fracking industry only comes from years of visiting well sites, researching scientific literature, attending oil and gas land-leasing auctions and talking to residents who can see 100-foot-tall drill rigs from their backyards.

… Lesert, 51, began her professional writing career as a playwright, publishing and producing several plays after her first in 1998. She is an associate professor of English at Grand Rapids Community College. Pursuing the fracking industry is part of Lesert’s lifelong interest in the environment, social justice and the sciences. And seeing, not just reading, is what Lesert says has been a vital component of Threshold.

Human resources duties reassigned

Due to the College’s budget situation, we are not replacing an HR Generalist position. Here is an overview of where the significant work has been assigned.

Jessica Berens will assume all coordination and communication for staff performance evaluations and M&C and ESP position reclassifications.

In addition to her M&C responsibilities, Christine Coon will be the HR Generalist for ESP and Campus Police.

In addition to his Faculty responsibilities, Jim Fox will be the HR Generalist for CEBA.

Lydia Cruz will be assigned the role as HR representative on screening committees. Lydia will assist Christine and Jim for all employee groups.

FOIA coordination and Title IX investigations for employees will now be conducted by General Counsel’s office.

Thank you for your patience during the transition. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Wilson at x. 3971.

Midwest Institute announces workshop topics

The Midwest Institute of International/Intercultural Education has announced its invitation to Faculty (full and part-time) to participate in a 2015 Summer Workshop:

  1. Global Stewardship, Norms, and Values (August 3-7)
  2. Global Migrations and Transnational Networks (August 10-14)

Both Workshops will be 50% funded by the Midwest Institute, and both will take place at Kalamazoo Valley CC.

For more information contact Aleta Anderson aanderso@grcc.edu

Mathematics Seminar set for January 29

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its first Mathematics Seminar of Winter, 2015 on Thursday, January 29, 3:00-4:00 PM in 103 Cook. Our speaker will be former GRCC student and current GRCC Adjunct Mathematics Instructor Brian Hadley. The title and abstract for Brian’s talk may be found below.

This seminar features a result from mathematics that is both beautiful and functional: How do we most efficiently assign people/machines to perform tasks? Its solution involves combinatorics and optimization, and will be accessible to those with good algebra skills.   As is always the case with GRCC’s Mathematics Seminars, all are welcome.

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

The Hungarian Algorithm: A Solution to the Assignment Problem

In this talk we will discuss the Assignment Problem: How do we optimize the assignment of employees to work tasks? The problem of assigning “individuals” to perform specific “tasks” has special characteristics and structure, which were cleverly exploited by Harold Kuhn in 1955 to produce an efficient method that generated an optimal solution. We will work out examples of the “Hungarian Algorithm,” work together to solve the Assignment Problem, and examine Kuhn’s paper describing his remarkable method.

14 tutors earn certification

A total of 14 tutors fulfilled the training, experience and other requirements for College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) Level I certification. CRLA is a national organization of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level. The Academic Support Center would like to recognize the following tutors for completing College Reading & Learning Association Level I certification during the Fall 2014 semester:

Business & Accounting Tutorial Lab

Shaun Carter

Appointment Based Tutoring

Evan Williams

Chelsie MacIntosh

Eric Schuemann

Ashley Maas

Language Arts Tutorial Lab

Ismael Ramos-Marquez

Audrey Moore

Jacob Urlaub

Tina Wierckz

Rachel Curtis

Mathematics Tutorial Lab

Marc Rasmussen

Manuel Garcia Abonza

Minh-Huy Radics

Daniel Gebrezgiabhier