GRCC In the News, 10-21-15

International culinary students compete in ‘Chopped’-style Nation’s Cup at GRCC

Oct. 20, 2015; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College’s Secchia Institute for Culinary Education will host a competition of international culinary skills. The Nation’s Cup International Student Culinary Competition will take place Oct. 22-24 when students from six countries will showcase their skills and creativity.

Laura Armenta celebra 30 años de carrera artística

Oct. 20, 2015; La Prensa (Toledo, Ohio)

Grand Rapids: Laura Armenta celebrará con su compañía de danza sus 30 años de vida profesional artística en Antología II, el próximo viernes 23 y sábado 24 de octubre [2015] en Armentality Movimiento Arts Center, ubicado en el no. 233 de la calle E. Fulton – Suite 620 (En el interior del Centro Masónico).

… Ha dado conferencias en Hope College, Grand Valley State University, la Universidad de Davenport y Grand Rapids Community College.

(Grand Rapids: Laura Armenta celebrated with her dance company 30 years of an artistic career in “Anthology II”, on Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October [2015] in Armentality Movement Arts Center, located at 233 E. Fulton Street – Suite 620 inside the Masonic Center.

… She has lectured at Hope College, Grand Valley State University, Davenport University and Grand Rapids Community College.)

Things to do on Friday, Oct. 23

Oct. 20, 2015; MLive

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

… Stage

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

Mathematics Seminar to be held today

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.

GRCC hosts online sale on October 22

Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting an Online Sale on October 22. This sale, running from 7 am to 7 pm, will feature retired College technology and resources including laptops, desktops, monitors, electronics, lost & found items, and many others! A specific inventory listing will be available the day of the sale.

The online sale may be accessed by visiting GRCC’s Online Store. Please keep in mind that no inventory will be displayed until 7 am. For more information please visit GRCC’s Purchasing Department website.

Disclaimer: Grand Rapids Community College does not guarantee complete sets. All items will be sold as is. Inventory must be picked up the following day of the sale. Purchased items must be removed from the college campus within two weeks from date of sale as indicated above (by appt).

SICE hosts Nations Cup

SICE is hosting the biennial Nations Cup, a competition among teams of culinary students representing six countries, from October 22 to 24.

The students will showcase their skills and creativity by tackling six “mystery box” contests plus participating in a National Team Dish cookoff. You can view the action, starting at 8 a.m. October 22, through a live feed or by following #nationscup of #GRCC on Instagram and Twitter.

Starting at 8 a.m. October 22, you can catch the action through a live feed or by following #nationscup or #GRCC on Instagram and Twitter.

Teams and coaches:

  • United States, chef Sasha Ahmed.
  • Canada, chef Kevin Boyce.
  • Italy, chef Vitoantonio Mangini.
  • Mexico, chef Rodrigo Ibanez.
  • Scotland, chef Gary Maclean.
  • Barbados, chef Antonelle Colarita Byer.