GRCC In the News, 2-17-16

GRPS specialty schools earn recognition

Feb. 16, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — Several Grand Rapids Public Schools are being recognized for beating the odds.

… (Superintendent Teresa) Weatherall Neal was also recently awarded the Giant Among Giants award from Grand Rapids Community College’s Woodrick Diversity Learning Center, which recognizes African Americans who make a big difference in our community.

Dine Local: In the Kitchen with DJ Flynn, corporate chef, Stafford’s Hospitality

Feb. 17, 2016; Harbor Light (Harbor Springs)

When it comes to food, this community is known for farm and lake fresh, sweet treats, and cult favorites. What is less known (or at least, less thought of) is the important impact our local food providers make on our economy. In addition to the countless jobs provided and endless support of school and community groups, our local restaurants, farms, and grocery stores play a key role in helping define our sense of place.

… (DJ) Flynn is a graduate of the Culinary School at Grand Rapids Community College, and has served as Chef de’Cuisine at Tapiwingo for five years, executive chef at Bay Harbor Yacht Club, spent time in the culinary world of New Orleans, and was most recently executive chef at Barrel Back Restaurant and Walloon Lake Inn.

College advertising features successful alums

GRCC Billboards and bus ads across Kent County feature GRCC alum Kaylee Hanson and Joreine Patrick Landoy.  Joreine has successful career in nursing and Kaylee is completing her bachelor’s degree in business sustainability at Aquinas College.  You will also see alum Trayvone Garrett in our education section print ads over 2016. Trayvone is now in pre-seminary at Kuyper College. Trayvone, Kaylee and Joreine are also featured in the college’s new recruitment viewbook.

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Mathematics Seminar looks at Galtron Board, Central Limit Theorem

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, February 24, 3:00-4:00 PM in 101 Cook.  Our speaker, former GRCC student and current adjunct faculty member Brian Hadley, will discuss the Galton Board and the Central Limit Theorem.  The title and abstract of his talk are below.

In addition to Brian’s talk being accessible to a wide range of students and faculty, it will feature a working Galton Board…you don’t want to miss that!  Those with a little background in Statistics are especially encouraged to attend, but, as always, all are welcome.

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

The Bean Machine, Sir Francis Galton, and the Central Limit Theorem in action!

English statistician Sir Francis Galton invented the Galton Board, also known as the Bean Machine, to demonstrate the Central Limit Theorem.  This mechanical device drops balls onto a series of pegs.  At each level, as the ball hits a peg, the ball must bounce left or right creating an exciting visual display.   This experiment in binomial probabilities gives us insight into how seemingly random events are actually tied to the normal distribution.


Know an awesome grad? Let us know!

We are looking for your help in identifying outstanding students in your program who plan to graduate this April.

The testimonials we gather will be used on college blogs and social media to celebrate our graduates this spring, and again in the fall as part of a retention campaign on social media. This year, students will also be given an opportunity to participate in college branding and recruitment videos.

Please send student names, with their student ID number and GRCC email address, by Wednesday, Feb. 24.

GRCC to host online sale on February 18

Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting an Online Sale on February 18. 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
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).

IIPD Grants: Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., March 18, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically. The IIPD application packet and IIPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at

Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!