GRCC In the News, 10-14-15

‘Avenue Q,’ ‘Other Desert Cities’ score big at 2015 Grand Awards

Oct. 12, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The 2015 Grand Awards winners were announced at a ceremony held at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 11.

(Alumnae Jean Reed Bahle and Mary Lohman and faculty members Fred Sebulske, Tom Kaechele and Catherine Marlett Dreher won awards; GRCC Players’ “Anton in Show Business” was named Outstanding College Production, and alumnus Patrick Nowak and student Josh Regan received scholarships.)

Morning News

Oct. 14, 2015; WZZM

Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is hosting an event to present a check to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education and to award scholarships. The ceremony runs from 11:30 to noon inside the Heritage restaurant at the Applied Technology Center at Grand Rapids Community College.

A television screen shows a photo of food on plates and says: Check presentation. Scholarships awarded. 11:30 to Noon. Heritage Restaurant at GRCC. Results frmo Restaurant Week to be announced.

Things to do on Friday, Oct. 16

Oct. 13, 2015; MLive

This is only a highlight of events. For more activities, please visit

… Stage

… Oct. Thru Oct. 24 Heathers – The Musical: Spectrum Theater at GRCC, 160 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids. 8 pm.

Meditation session set for today

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Meditation will once again be held today in Cook 427 from 12:15 until 12:45. Today there will be quiet meditative drumming for a portion of the time and we invite all to attend.

Some benefits of meditation can include:

  • Building skills to manage stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reduce high blood pressure
  • Reduce symptoms of depression

Please join us!

Any questions – contact Julie Otte at x3490 or .

Volunteers needed for United Way campaign

The United Way Campaign coordinators are seeking volunteers to serve as United Way captains. The campaign will be starting on November 2nd and ending on November 20th this year. Captains are charged with attending one training session and, handing/mailing out forms to their team, which is comprised of 20 employees or fewer. Additionally, we ask that captains send reminders to their team about submitting their completed forms by the deadline.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christine Coon at or x3132 by Friday.

APSS collecting items for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans

The APSS employee group is collecting donations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veteran’s, from 10/16 – 12/18/15, for the Holiday season. Your support is needed. Thank you.

Items needed:

  • Gift cards or certificates to fast food restaurants
  • (such as McDonald’s)
  • Small lap blankets
  • 100 piece puzzles
  • Stationery sets
  • Personal toiletries such as body wash, mouthwash, deodorant, cologne (for men or women)

Donations will be accepted at the following locations:

  • Colleen Copus (x2103) – Math Tutorial Lab – (Rm 105) Cook Bldg.
  • Julie Otte (x3490) – Human Resources – (2nd Floor) Cook Admin Bldg.
  • Janice Holton (x4129) – Rm 118 Main Bldg.
  • Janis Qualls (x4248) – Rm 320 – Science Bldg.
  • Theresa Kent-Williams – (x4389) – College Success Ctr – Rm 113 Sneden Hall
  • Kim Musser (x4253) – College Park Plaza – 2nd Floor Lobby

Mathematics Seminar to focus on trigonometry

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, October 21, 3:00 – 4:30 PM in 102 Cook. Our speaker, Dr. Radu Teodorescu, will discuss topics from Trigonometry. The title and abstract of his talk are below.

Radu’s talk will focus on topics from Trigonometry that go beyond what is usually encountered in introductory trig courses. Some background in Trigonometry would be helpful, but of course everyone is welcome to attend!

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


A Topic Full of Surprises

At the conclusion of my February talk, I was asked to speak about Trigonometry at a future seminar. This is a challenging subject! Why? Because Trigonometry, with its trigonometric functions, is a topic full of surprises.

In this talk I will start with some less common theorems about triangles (!!) and go through several nontrivial examples of conditional identities. Finally, with the help of trig functions, I will introduce some special polynomials, including the Tchebycheff Polynomials. Using them we will end with two results: one about the values {cos(rp), sin(rp) : r ϵ Q} , and the other, a minimax property of Tchebycheff Polynomials, which will take us into advanced mathematics territory.