GRCC In the News, 4-8-15

Senior Wellness: Aging in place

April 7, 2015; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Most adults would prefer to remain in their home of choice as long as possible. Mike Faber from the Grand Rapids Community College Older Learning Center explains what aging in place is, and the important life factors to take into consideration before making this decision.

Davenport men’s golf wins Furniture City Classic, tops GRCC, Cornerstone, Calvin & Hope

April 8, 2015; MLive

Alex Watier shot an even-par 72 tat Macatawa Legends Golf Course to help the Davenport University men’s golf team win the five-team Furniture City Classic on Tuesday.

Davenport posted a winning score of 299 to top Grand Rapids Community College (314), Cornerstone University (326), Calvin (335) and Hope (337).

Aquinas baseball downs Olivet; Wila sets triples mark

April 7, 2015; MLive

Olivet, MI- The Aquinas College baseball team continued its strong play as of late with a 9-1 victory over Olivet. The non-conference win improves the Saints’ record to 12-15 on the season. The Saints have seven wins in their last ten contests.

… Tyler Fults (Grand Ledge/GRCC) picked up the win for the Saints, giving up one run and five hits in six innings. Fults struck-out four and walked five. Phillip Holt (Holland/Madonna) and Brandon Melchert (Scottville/Muskegon CC) combined for three scoreless innings in relief.

Teacher Education Seminar to include ice cream social

The April Teacher Education Seminar will be held on Thursday, April 9th, from 3:30-5:00pm in Rooms 122 & 124 of the ATC. The topic will be “Ten Tips for New Teachers” Presented by Mrs. Carole Redwine. This will be the final seminar of the year and will include the annual ice cream social! Hope to see you there!

Students to present Mathematics Seminars

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is very pleased to announce that it will host two Mathematics Seminars in April, both to be presented by current GRCC students.

Our first talk: Wednesday, April 15, 3:30-4:30 PM in 102 Cook.

Gregory Metzner will discuss applications of Trigonometry related to his experience while serving in the United States Marine Corps. The title and abstract of his talk are below.

This talk will focus on using trigonometry to locate positions on a map, and should appeal to anyone with an interest in real-world applications of mathematics. Familiarity with basic trigonometry would be useful, but of course everyone is welcome!

Pop and cookies will be served at 3:15 PM.

Trigonometry in the Marine Corps

As a high school student, I did not appreciate math. Upon entering the “real world”, I learned that math is integral and used everywhere, and I found that I can actually learn to enjoy math. As a Marine, I was taught to use basic mathematics on a daily basis. In preparation for a combat deployment, I investigated the mathematical concepts of polar and grid coordinates that could have readily been used, but were not. I wanted an answer as to how I could use math to make my job easier and more efficient. The deeper I investigated, the more dead ends I encountered, and was even told at one point that the type of math I wanted to learn just did not exist. I now know better, and have found the answer to my question. It lies in trigonometry. In my presentation, I will discuss the specific problems I want to solve, and the functions I can use to solve these problems. I will also discuss whether my new found math can actually be employed and used efficiently in the field, compared to the traditional mechanisms in place to solve these problems.

Our second talk: Thursday, April 16, 3:00-4:00 PM in 103 Cook.

In this seminar Steven Janke will speak on the historical development and fundamental concepts of Hyperbolic Geometry. See below for the title and abstract.

For more than 2000 years, Euclidean Geometry was considered to be “the” Geometry; there were no others. The discovery of “new” geometries revolutionized mathematics in the 19th century. This talk should be of interest to the curious and open-minded, and, as always, all are welcome!

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

Triangles, Parallels, and Perpendiculars: A Story of Geometry

 One of the basic ideas in geometry is that when you add up all the angles in a triangle you get 180 degrees, but is this always true? Consider the earth and one line being the equator and two other lines being lines of longitude. If we pick two longitudinal lines that are perpendicular then these lines will form a triangle. However, this triangle has 3 right angles which add up to 270 degrees. Surely this must be a mistake, or some special case, or maybe there is something wrong with geometry…or could there possibly be alternative geometries?

Learn about the history of Hyperbolic Geometry, its creation and its discovery, and attempts to prove Euclid’s Parallel Postulate. Some of the major issues with newer geometries are finding logically consistent models, and we will explore some of the famous models for Hyperbolic Geometry and learn some of the basic constructions possible. We will finish with a qualitative investigation into curvature of a surface and what that means for geometry.

‘Open Door’ traces early history of Black Student Union

Did you know that the largest and most active GRJC student organization in the 1970s was the Black Student Union? BSU’s first adviser was new Language Arts instructor Pat Pulliam, followed by counselor Tempi Hoskins. Established to celebrate the beauty of blackness and the collective strength of the race, the group served as a focal point for a rapidly growing African American population at the college.

Read about this and much more in Open Door, the newly published 100-year history of GRJC-GRCC. The book can be purchased at Schuler Books, the GRCC Library or online here. 

Banquet celebrates student leaders

GRCC recognized the accomplishments of student leaders during a banquet on April 3.

Student Life awards:

  • Jerry Benham Award for Staff and Faculty — Andre Fields.
  • Cedric and Sandy Leadership Award — Brandon Sinclair.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award — Flora Garcia.
  • Benham Service and Civic Engagement Award — Daniel Eggerding.
  • Brian Kloet Campus Involvement Award — Hana Christoffersen.

Athletic awards:

  • Donald R. Black Outstanding Female Athlete Award — Shelby Ruffner.
  • Donald R. Black Outstanding Male Athlete Award — Cameron Burhannon.
  • Merle Storr Athletic/Academic Award — Taylor Young.
  • Gordon Hunsberger Award — Ben Brown.

Biological sciences:

  •  Biological Sciences Department Award — Cassondra Ruso.

Campus Dining:

  • Creative Dining Services Student Employee Scholarship Award — Phong Nguyen.

Exercise science:

  • Wellness Student of the Year – Courtney Tolar.


  • Distinguished Music Student Academic Leadership Award — Amy David.
  • Distinguished Music Student Academic Leadership Award — Avalon Cutts-Jones.
  • Emerging Music Student Academic Leadership Award — Wesley Weidig.
  • Emerging Music Student Academic Leadership Award — Madelyn Ballard.
  • Emerging Music Student Academic Leadership Award — Clay Towery.

Physical sciences:

  • Outstanding Physical Science Student of the Year Award — Randy DeYoung.
  • Outstanding Physical Science Student of the Year Award — Daniel Gebrezgiabhier.

Social sciences:

  • Lambda Upsilon Academic Service Award — Hannah Cluley.
  • Elizabeth Knapp Scholarship — Stuart Miller.
  • Elizabeth Knapp Scholarship — Norma Zondervan.
  • Social Science Research Paper Award — Melissa Foster.
  • Social Science Research Paper Award — Eyssy Moore.
  • Social Science Research Paper Award — Gretchen Robinson.
  • Social Science Research Paper Award — Carla Villasana-Acosta.

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Celebrate Month of the Young Child

Each April, Michigan celebrates Month of the Young Child® (MOYC®). This is a time when communities and individuals recognize the needs and rights of young children and their families.

Since 1971, one week in April has been celebrated nationally as Week of the Young Child. In 1985, Michigan expanded the celebration to the entire month of April, with each week having a specific focus.

The week of April 13th, the Child Development & Education Department will be celebrating the Week of the Young Child with activities each day!

Monday, April 13th – Stop by the Child Development & Education Department Office (room 266 Main) to pick up a purple ribbon to wear in support of the Month of the Young Child

Tuesday, April 14th – Wear purple in support of the Month of the Young Child

Wednesday, April 15 – Stop by the Child Development & Education Department Office (room 266 Main) and enjoy some purple snacks

Thursday, April 16th – Stop by the Child Development & Education Department and donate food or decorate a bag for a sack supper for Kids Food Basket (see link for wish list of items needed

Student Employee Appreciation Week runs April 13 to 17

Below is a run down of the specials that will be offered during Student Employee Appreciation Week, which is April 13 – April 17 this year:

  • Daily basket raffles (put together by various department around campus).
  • Free Muffin at Patatas.
  • Free Meal upgrade at Subway.
  • Free Bag of chips at the Bookstore.
  • Complementary dessert, beverage OR appetizer with the purchase of an entree or salad at The Heritage Restaurant.
  • $2.00 off any purchase at the Raider Grille, Quiet Cafe or Sneden Café.
  • Free Ice Cream Sundae at Art & Bev’s on Wednesday, April 15 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Student Employee & Supervisor Celebration on Friday April 17th from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (see below for details).

On Friday, April 17 we will be providing a special lunch prepared by ATC Banquet and Catering in the ATC Atrium starting at 11:30 a.m. This will run until approximately 12:30 p.m. when we will begin making our way over to the Spectrum Theater for a special performance by a singing impressionist, comedian and magician (one of the tops in the world) that has a show in Vegas! Here is a short clip of our performer: