Students volunteer at Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

A great collaboration between TRIO/Student Support Services, Campus Activities Board, and the Student Alliance allowed 14 students from all three programs to spend a fantastic evening playing Bingo with the veterans on Friday, March 13, at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. The participants were Amanda Aguirre, Facudo Santome, Ruben Pena, Hien Nguyen, Ashleigh Begres, Hayleigh Skestone, Shanyne VanStrien, Michael Powell, Leslie pacheco, Hanna Jeffers, Francis Carabellese, Hana Christoffersen, Ben Geise, Rachel Alberta, and a special guest from Roguewood Elementary School, Esteban Clark-Braendle, assisted with photography for the event.

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GRCC In the News, 3-19-15

Trustee asks GRCC to draft ‘manifesto’ to restrain spending on ‘socio-political agendas’

March 19, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College should create a “manifesto” documenting its “political goals” and the “beliefs, attitudes, behaviors and values” the college supports and opposes, according to trustee Richard Ryskamp.

‘To College, Through College’ initiative creates culture of success

March 19, 2015;

Short a few hundred dollars for books. Missing too many classes due to transportation or family problems. Simply feeling homesick or like they don’t fit in at college.

… Our Community’s Children received a grant from the Lumina Foundation to help fund the work. Other national partners include the National League of Cities Post-Secondary Success for Cities and Americas Promise Alliance. Last fall, the presidents of Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and Western Michigan University signed a pledge to participate.

100 Ways to Give: flannel board kits


Join the GRCC Lab Preschool and the Child Development Club as we create 100 flannel board kits to benefit the families of the Early Learning Neighborhood Cooperative! Come and go as you are able from 4:30-7:30 p.m. March 24 in the GRCC Laboratory Preschool. Parking is available at the preschool.

Please RSVP to Julie Sizemore at if you plan to attend —snacks will be provided!

Spring Open House a huge success!

Thank you to all departments and staff who participated in the annual Admissions & Enrollment Spring Open House that was held this past Saturday March 14th. We had approx. 550 people attend the event – a new record! Prospective students and their friends and families spent the day receiving valuable information during the Admissions, Financial Aid and Academic Advising presentations. They were also able to talk to staff from 27 of our departments in the Academic Showcase, take the Accuplacer test and take a tour of campus.

If your department was not able to attend this event, don’t worry. We will be holding Open Houses in the Fall of 2015 and Spring of 2016. Save the Date invitations for those events will be sent soon to Department Heads and Program Directors!

We’d also like to thank Bayard Brooks for his help with set up for the event and Luba Petrash for keeping everyone fed!

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Healthy Living students donate time to Kids Food Basket

Healthy Living WE 189 students recently spent time at Kids Food Basket. This class focuses on learning all aspects of healthy living, which include reaching out and engaging in their community. This offered students an opportunity to give back to children in need in our city as well as spend time getting to know each other in a setting outside the classroom.

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Mathematics Seminar links numbers, biology

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, March 26, 3:00-4:00 PM in 103 Cook. Our speaker will be GRCC Mathematics Instructor Andrea Hayes. The title and abstract for Andrea’s talk may be found below.

Whether you are a math maven or a math avoider, the question of how we learn mathematics (or anything else) is deep and difficult to answer. Are we hard-wired to “know” that 1 + 1 = 2, or do we learn it? Is such knowledge/learning unique to humans? This talk does not require a strong background in mathematics – all are welcome!

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

Number Sense: A Biological Look at How Our Minds Create Mathematics

How can an infant know that 1 plus 1 equals 2?  Why is it that, even after years of school, many of us still aren’t sure if 6 times 7 is 42 or 54?  How can animals without a language know some elementary arithmetic?  This talk will take a biological look at how the human mind creates mathematics and its implications on the teaching of mathematics.

Staff Development to host book club

Staff Development is hosting a Summer Book club, and will be reading and discussing Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath.

Would you like to join us? The commitment is to meet in May, June and July every other week for a total of 6 (one hour) sessions.

If you are interested, would you reply with whether you prefer a Tuesday or Wednesday lunch hour from 12-1?

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