GRCCePRINT new business card templates

GRCC Design Team has created a new look for Business Cards and GRCCePRINT has a new way to create your card and place the order. Please review the presentation GRCC Business Card Ordering for how to create and place your order. Please remember once you have created your card and authorized approval, your order is sent directly to our production area so read the proof carefully. If you have any questions please give us a call at 3960.

Psi Beta students collect items for Arbor Circle

GRCC’s chapter of Psi Beta, the National Honor Society in Psychology for Community Colleges, recently conducted a supply drive for Arbor Circle, a homeless shelter for youth ages 11-17 here in Grand Rapids. The Psi Beta students collected over 880 items of clothing, toiletries, food, and more and delivered them the week prior to Thanksgiving. Thanks to everyone who made the collection a huge success!

A reminder from the Purchasing Department

We have seen an increase in sales tax being applied to online purchases, particularly Please remember that GRCC is sales tax exempt and both online and live purchases should be processed accordingly. To aid you in this effort, we have provided links for Amazon’s tax exemption procedure and GRCC’s tax exempt certificate.
Thank you for your diligence and feel free to contact the Purchasing Department at x3850 with any questions.

Mathematics Seminar to look at graph theory

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, December 10, 3:00-4:15 PM in 103 Cook. Our speaker, GRCC student Grant Jenkins, will discuss applications of Graph Theory. The title and abstract of his talk are below.

Grant’s seminar should be of interest to a wide cross-section of the college community. There will be cool mathematics with applications to romance and personal choice – what a combination! Very little background in mathematics is required, and everyone is welcome to attend.

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

The Stable Marriage Problem: An Intersection of Social Choice and Mathematics

The problem: Imagine that we are playing matchmaker. We have 10 male clients and 10 female clients who wish to be matched with someone of the opposite sex. Each of the 20 clients gives us a list of rankings of who they wish to be matched with. How do we use these lists to arrange 10 happy marriages?

This talk will rely on a field of mathematics called graph theory to match together people based upon a list of preferences.   We aim to create a “stable marriage” in order to cater to as many individuals’ preferences as possible. This is accomplished with the Gale-Shapely Algorithm, which allows us to identify a definitive set of matchings. In reality, peoples’ rankings of each other – preferences – are not always strict and sometimes include indifferences. In this case, we can extend Gale-Shapely to find matchings. This introduces many new classifications of stability and gives us a glimpse into interactions between social choice and mathematics.