GRCC In the News, 1-28-15

LCC student loan default rate dangerously high

Jan. 27, 2015; The Lansing State Journal

LANSING — If Lansing Community College doesn’t bring down its student loan default rate in the next two years, students at the college could lose their eligibility for federal loans and grants.

… Student loan default cohort rates for two-year colleges in the state

… Grand Rapids: 26.4 percent

Message to girls: you are beautiful

Jan. 27, 2015; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — The meaning of inner and outer beauty was the message at the fifth Beautiful U event. More than 100 girls from middle schools across greater Grand Rapids gathered at Ferris State University for the day-long empowerment workshop.

… Part of being beautiful is being healthy. At Beautiful U, this message was displayed with healthy snacks and lunches from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan and Meijer. Participants also got to tour the kitchens at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC. The tour showed them how culinary students prepare food and see first-hand what it might be like to explore a career in the culinary arts.


Work less ‘sitting’ time into your day

Fact to get you to “Move more; sit less”:

The average American spends 55 percent of his or her waking time sitting. — Vanderbilt University Study, American Journal of Epidemiology, 2008.

“Sitting disease has a direct correlation to all cause mortality … We are essentially moving from chair to chair.” — David Dunstan, Ph.D., Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Australia

“In a 65-year life, we will have sat in front of a TV for over 9 years.” — “Television & Health,” California State University-Northridge

It isn’t the act of sitting that is the problem – it is how much of it we are doing. Consider the amount of sitting you do each day:

  • during your morning commute.
  • at your desk.
  • in meetings.
  • at meals.
  • during your evening commute.
  • relaxing in front of the TV.
  • helping kids with homework.

What can you do? Here are some ideas:

  • Park as far away from the door as you can and walk.
  • Take a 15-minute break in the morning and afternoon and walk, take some stairs, and get away from technology.
  • Take a walk after dinner.
  • Take a walking meeting.
  • Find a physical activity you enjoy – and schedule it in your calendar three times per week to make it a priority.

Teacher Education Seminar for February 4 canceled

The Teacher Education Seminar originally scheduled for February 4th has been canceled. It will be re-scheduled for sometime in March. Keep your eyes to Facebook for further updates!

Former GRPS elementary teacher Betty Burton Grice will speak on “Teaching the Whole Child: How Does Your Garden Grow”  at 3:30 p.m. February 18 in room 168 of the ATC.

At 2 p.m. March 24, Karen Hayes, GRCC Lab Preschool assistant instructor, will talk about “Creative Math Ideas” in room 120 of the ATC.

To see the entire schedule of seminars, click here.

Exercise Science Department hosts Career Exploration event

Hi Faculty, Staff and Students:

Consider attending the Exercise Science Department Career Exploration Event on February 18, 2015 from 9-4 PM.

Check out all the latest information at

This event is not only great for students interested in the field of Exercise Science but for any one who wants to learn how to improve their health, fitness and wellness and personal skills.

See attached schedule of events and presenters!



Mathematics Seminar to look at Hungarian Algorithm

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.