GRCC In the News, 2-24-16

Morning News

Feb. 24, 2016; WZZM

Summer might seem like a long way off, but many of the employers appearing at a job fair in Grand Rapids today are looking for summer help. Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting the hiring event, which runs from 9 o’clock this morning until noon. That’s in room 234 of GRCC’s Student Community Center on Lyon Street.

Marco Rubio makes his case at rally in Kentwood: ‘I didn’t become a conservative a year and a half ago’

Feb. 23, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — Leveling an attack at Republican rival Donald Trump, Sen. Marco Rubio said he would hold his conservative record up against any other candidate in the race for the GOP presidential nomination.

… Jordan Spaans, 20, is a student at Grand Rapids Community College. Undecided in the primary race, he said he’s considering all issues in the race as he discerns his candidate, highlighting economics in particular due the to slow economy.

“I want someone who can do business, I guess,” Spaans said. “But not Trump.”

As winter lingers, Michigan college teams head south

Feb. 23, 2016; Battle Creek Enquirer

The first pitch of the NCAA baseball and softball seasons were delivered on Feb. 16.

… The Kellogg Community College men’s basketball team is scheduled to wrap up its 2015-16 season on Saturday when the Bruins host Grand Rapids CC.

Cap and gown orders due Friday

The GRCC Bookstore is taking orders for caps and gowns for staff and faculty through February 26th. If you are in need of any commencement regalia please stop in the bookstore and fill out the form to order yours today! Due to turnaround time and production needs, all orders and prepayments must be in by February 26, 2016 to be ready in time for the April GRCC Commencement ceremony.

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!

Mathematics Seminar is today

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.