GRCC In the News, 4-19-16

GRCC, McDonald’s partner to put employees on path to degrees

April 18, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College and McDonald’s have entered into a partnership that provides restaurant employees in various managerial roles the opportunity to earn college credit toward an associate degree.

Grand Rapids Community College students can earn credits with McDonald’s

April 18, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Grand Rapids Community College is working with McDonald’s on an “earn and learn” partnership.

Physical Sciences Students of the Year award winners

The Physical Sciences Department is proud to announce their award winners for Physical Sciences Students of the Year. The awards were presented at the Student Leadership Banquet on April 15, 2016. This year’s winners for Physical Sciences Students of the Year are:

Daniel Caylor for Excellence in Organic Chemistry. Dan will be attending GVSU in the fall for Cell and Molecular Biology and future plans are going to medical school for his DO.

Trey Pankratz for Excellence in Analytical Chemistry. Trey will transfer this fall and is majoring in chemistry and plans on obtaining his PhD in chemistry.

Daniel Ridderbos for Excellence in Physics. Dan is attending University of Michigan in the fall to study civil engineering.

Hannah Noorman for Excellence in Geology. Hannah plans on receiving her Associates from GRCC and transferring to study environmental geology.

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Radiologic Technology Department hosts consortium orientation

The Radiologic Technology Department hosted the MRI Consortium Orientation on Thursday, April 14, 2016. In attendance were the entire new student cohort for 2016 and Program Directors from Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kellogg Community College, lake Michigan College, and Mid Michigan Community College. The program ran from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

A woman stands on a stage next to a lectern. A video screen shows MRI images and is labeled "Neurovascular Imaging." Students are seated in the audience.

GRCC Bookstore – April 19 & 20 – Two Day Sale!

On April 19 and 20 (Tuesday and Wednesday) the GRCC Bookstore will hold a two-day sale. During this event, we will have 25% off items in the following categories:

25% Off!

  • Spring apparel (short sleeve, long-sleeve, tanks)
  • Headware (hats)
  • Backpacks, fashion bags and totes
  • Drinkware
  • Writing Instruments
  • Kids’ Books
  • JVC Gumy headphones
  • Emblematic Supplies

Student Logan Gaastra to lead Mathematics Seminar

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.