GRCC In the News, 4-13-16

Wixom police welcomes Pulaski to department

April 13, 2016; Spinal Column (West Oakland)

The City of Wixom recently welcomed officer Eric Pulaski to the Wixom Police Department. Pulaski was sworn in on the morning of Monday, March 21 by Clerk Cathy Buck. He is a former part-time police officer for the City of Walled Lake and is a graduate of Grand Rapids Community College and Police Academy. He is pictured above with Director of Public Safety Charles Yon.

Mathematics Seminar looks at infinite, divergent series, hyperreal numbers

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, April 20, 3:00-4:00 PM in 101 Cook.  Our speaker, GRCC student Logan Gaastra, will discuss the infinite, divergent series, and hyperreal numbers.  The title and abstract of his talk are below.

Logan’s talk will focus on ideas related to the study of infinite sequences and series.  Parts of his presentation will appeal to a general audience, while other topics may be more accessible to those with knowledge of Calculus 2.  As always, everyone is welcome.

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


How Hilbert’s Infinite Hotel

Can be Used to

Evaluate Divergent Series


Everyone knows that infinity plus one is still infinity, but did you know that we can use this property to assign values to divergent series?  We will use the famous thought experiment of David Hilbert and basic knowledge of hyperreal numbers to systematically assign real values to certain divergent series.  We will also look at other famous examples of attempts to assign values to divergent series, and examine their veracity against our system.

Raider Salute for MWest Challenge success

Assistant Professor Matheta Righa, Professor Jeffrey Spoelman, Assistant Professor Orletta Caldwell, Adjunct Professor John Rumery, Adjunct Professor John Schwalm, and Adjunct Professor Jorge Sanchez, as well as Brian Daily and his great team in our Business Lab, went above and beyond the call of duty in helping GRCC students successfully compete in the 2016 MWest Challenge, according to Professor Felix Pereiro, Business Department Head, Meijer Center for Business Studies.

The student business competition drew more than fifty teams from eight West Michigan colleges and universities. In addition to the contest for more than $40,000 in prizes, the event included workshops and opportunities for students to network with investors. Twenty-three GRCC teams submitted executive summaries for this competition and ten of those teams went on to present their business ideas on April 1, 2016 at GVSU during the day long event. GRCC’s Keyon Hall and Bessie Hall won an award totaling $1000 for The Shop Supermarket.

One of the most impressive things was that GRCC students competed against many students who are juniors and seniors, as well as MBA students at top four-year universities in West Michigan. The coaching and encouragement that our professors and staff provided GRCC students in preparing their executive summaries, PowerPoint slides, and oral presentations was invaluable. Professors and our Business Lab Team’s dedication to student success and excellence showed clearly the value-added proposition that exists in our business programs at GRCC.

A Big Raider Salute to Our Professors, Business Lab Team, and Staff for helping our GRCC students compete at MWest Challenge this year!

Retirement party to honor Mike Kiss, David Dye

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Time: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (there will be no formal program just stop by if you are able any time between 12-2)

Place: 122/124 Applied Technology Center (located at the corner of Ransom and Fountain streets)

Parking: Limited parking is available under the building by entering off of Ransom Street. If the ramp under the building is full please, park in student parking across the street and we will provide you with a parking pass.

GRCC Employees on the Move through April 8, 2016

Please welcome our new employees and congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.


 Dareck Brown

Custodian, 3rd Shift, Music Building

Effective 4-11-16


Samantha Sprague

Assistant Professor, Psychology, Tenure Track

Effective 8-25-16



Bryson Dolly-McGlothin

From: Custodian, 3rd shift

To:     Custodian, 2nd shift, Ford Fieldhouse and Calkins Science Center

Effective 3-28-16


Christine Coon

From: HR Generalist, Meet & Confer, APSS, Campus Police

To:     HR Generalist, Faculty and CEBA

Effective 6-6-16


Brian Hadley

From:  Adjunct Instructor, Math

To:      Assistant Professor, Math, Tenure Track

Effective 8-25-16



Frank Minervini

Support Professional, Financial Aid

Retiring after 7 years of service

Effective 5-13-16


Deborah Sanders

Labor Relations and EO Generalist

Effective 4-6-16


Brynne Roberts

Coordinator of Scholarships and State Financial Aid

Effective 4-22-16