GRCC In the News, 9-22-15

WZZM did a preview of Monday’s Peace Day events and reported live from the event itself, but there is no link to that coverage.

No Time for Retirement — Hall of Fame Coach Jack Schugars enjoying second career on Ferris State football staff

Sept. 21, 2015;

BIG RAPIDS — When Jack Schugars retired from Muskegon’s Oakridge High School in early 2011, he figured his days as a football coach were over.

… Those plans changed less than a year into his retirement when Schugars longtime friend, former Muskegon High School Coach Tony Annese, asked him to serve as life coach and chaplain for his Grand Rapids Community College football team.

Tassell M-TEC to celebrate Manufacturing Week

Come celebrate Manufacturing Week at GRCC’s Tassell M-TEC: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 4 – 6pm at the Tassell M-TEC, 622 Godfrey SW, Grand Rapids 49503.

Tour our newly upgraded Machine Tool Lab, Virtual Welding Lab, Computer Lab, Automotive and Construction Labs. Meet our faculty and talk with our Career Coaches and Job Developers. The Discover Manufacturing Mobile Manufacturing Trailer will also be open for tours.

Staff development offers mindfulness exercises

What is mindfulness?
According to Mayo Clinic “Mindfulness is the act of being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling at every moment — without interpretation or judgment.

Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming, or thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining. It can also make you more likely to experience stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Practicing mindfulness exercises, on the other hand, can help you direct your attention away from this kind of thinking and engage with the world around you.”

What are the benefits of mindfulness exercises?

Practicing mindfulness exercises can have many possible benefits, including:
  • Reduced stress, anxiety and depression
  • Less negative thinking and distraction
  • Improved mood
Drop in classes – all are welcome
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Wednesdays 12:15-12:45 p.m.
Cook Room 427
We will always follow a format of welcome, ground rules and a brief guide and or tools of meditation followed by meditation.
Questions – please email or call Julie Otte x3490

Athletic Oversight Team is looking for faculty membership

The Athletic Oversight Team is looking for faculty members. The time commitment is four 1-hour meetings during the academic year. The purpose of the team is:

  • To act in an oversight and advisory capacity with attention to academic progress and welfare of student athletes.
  • To review policies and guidelines related to the athletic program.
  • Monitor, access and promote interventions to achieve high standards in academics in student athletes.
  • Suggest strategies to promote campus wide support for intercollegiate athletics.

If you are interested in joining the team, please contact Tina Hoxie at x3926 or


Mathematics Seminar set for September 23

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first Mathematics Seminar of the 2015-2016 academic year on Wednesday, September 23, 3:00 – 4:00 PM in 102 Cook. Our speaker, Sang Lee, will discuss topics from graph theory. The title and abstract of his talk are below.

Sang’s talk will focus on the concepts and applications of graph labeling. A working knowledge of arithmetic and a desire to learn more about mathematics are the only things needed to appreciate the ideas to be presented, so, as always, everyone is welcome to attend!

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

Graph Labeling

The concepts of graph labeling began about 50 years ago, and have been research topics for many mathematicians all over the world. While there are many different graph labeling techniques, in this seminar talk we will focus mainly on the three most popular graph labelings: a vertex labeling called graceful labeling, and edge labelings called magic and super-magic labeling. We will also investigate how these graph labelings are applied to graph decompositions and well-known magic squares.