GRCC In the News, 3-22-16

Wildcats look for WMC repeat title

March 21, 2016; White Lake Beacon

Montague will miss one of its top players coming into the 2016 season, but the pieces are still there for a good year for the Wildcats.

Senior Cameron Brayman, slated to catch for Montague this season, suffered a torn ACL and meniscus early in basketball season and will miss the year. Brayman, who’s been offered to play baseball for Grand Rapids Community College, will instead help coach up his replacement, junior Max Mickelson, who played third base last year.

New Student Orientation Information

Our orientation program has begun for new Fall 2016 students. Orientation is mandatory this year so we are expecting more new students on campus over the next few months.

All students, for every session, check in at the Enrollment Center on first floor Main. Sessions take place on Tuesday mornings (9-1), Wednesday afternoons (12-4), and Thursday nights (5-9). We also have some Saturday sessions. Check our the website for more information ( If you encounter any lost students on campus, please give them a warm welcome and direct them to the Enrollment Center.

Sessions are also available at the Lakeshore campus. Please check the website for more information or call the Lakeshore.

Please email Lori Cook if you have any questions. Thank you for your support in welcoming our new students to campus.

Officer Peters trains Metro Honor Guard members

Last week, Officer Bo Peters (Campus Police) spent four days training new members of the Metro Honor Guard. The Metro Honor Guard contains members of police departments throughout West Michigan. Among the 35 students in the class, 11 were former students of Officer Peters while they attended the GRCC Police Academy. The 11 GRCC Police Academy alumni graduated throughout the last 11 years. Nine of them are pictured here with Officer Peters.

From left to right:

  • Officer Ryan Smith, Kentwood PD, session 78.
  • Deputy Brandon Allen, Montcalm County Sheriff Dept., session 78.
  • Officer Ryan Doornbos, Newaygo PD, session 73.
  • Officer Chris Armstrong, Grand Haven Dept of Public Safety, session 77.
  • Officer Dustin Cook, Wyoming PD, session 73.
  • Officer Steve Ritzenhein Walker PD session 79.
  • Officer Teddy Vanvliet Grand Rapids Police Dept., session 81.
  • Officer Travis Schippers Grand Haven Dept of Public Safety session 79.
  • Officer Michael Thomas Rockford Dept of Public Safety, session 75.
  • Officer Bo Peters GRCC PD.

Ten men, all wearing different police uniforms, stand in a row in Ford Fieldhouse.

Curt Baragar to speak at Mathematics Seminar

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, March 23, 3:00-4:00 PM in 101 Cook.  Our speaker, GRCC Mathematics Instructor Curt Baragar, will discuss the history and some fundamental concepts of statistics, including a glimpse into the lives of those who helped develop modern statistics. The title and abstract of his talk are below.

Curt’s talk will be accessible to a wide range of students and faculty.  A strong background in statistics is not required.  As always, everyone is welcome.

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

Stories of Statistics

We will take a brief walk through the history of statistics, occasionally stopping off the path to take a look at some of the colorful characters who have contributed to this field.  Also, along the way we will consider questions such as: How much longer should you expect to live?  What do you mean by “average”?  What do actuaries do?  What is a p-value, what is a double-blind study, and why are these important?