GRCC In the News, 10-20-15

Black Lives Matter Founder to Speak at GVSU

Oct. 19, 2015; 100.5 FM

Grand Valley State University’s 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week will feature the social activist behind #BlackLivesMatter.

… Touré will also speak on January 18 at the 30th annual Grand Rapids Community College program and on January 19 at Davenport University.

New GVSU Scholarship Named at Cesar Chavez Gala

Oct. 19, 2015; WGVU

Grand Valley State University representatives surprised the 300 people who drove in from around the state for the 11th Cesar E. Chavez Hispanic Excellence Scholarship and Community Award Gala when they announced an endowment funding two $3,500 scholarships would be named after Lupe Ramos-Montigny.

… The committee also granted $1,000 scholarships to Jim Arizola, Nareida Arroyo, Rosanna Barrera, Leslie Cueva, Flora Garcia, Oscar Rico, and Federico Santos toward their tuition at Grand Rapids Community College. A four-year scholarship for tuition at Davenport University went to Michael Tejada.

Mathematics Seminar looks at 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.

Students to present summer research projects on October 21

The GRCC Campus Community is invited to attend the GRCC Scholars Poster Presentation on Wednesday, October 21 from 12 – 4 in the Multi-Purpose Room (2nd Floor / Student Center). Students who participated in summer research programs at The University of Michigan, Michigan Tech, Hope College, Western Michigan University, and Case Western will be presenting their posters. The poster presentation also includes a presentation by a student who participated in a 4 week summer Study Abroad Program in Salamanca, Spain.

Come and participate in this important event for our GRCC Scholars!!!!

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services. Snacks will be provided.