GRCC In the News, 4-20-16

GRPS ‘Bring Our Kids Home’ campaign announced during State of our Schools

April 19, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal said choosing your neighborhood school is investing in your community, remarks that came Tuesday as she announced the launch of the district’s “Bring Back Our Kids” campaign during her State of our Schools address.

… The district will launch a new Middle College program in 2017 in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. The program, which will target students in the Ottawa Hills High School and its feeder schools, allows students to earn both a diploma and an associate’s degree by attending a fifth year of high school.

Morning News

April 19, 2016; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College leaders are working with McDonald’s on an “earn and learn” partnership.

Who’s your imam? 10 things to know about leader of Islamic mosque

April 19, 2016; MLive

KENTWOOD, MI — Seated upon the ornate carpet of the Masjid At-Tawheed, a class of Grand Rapids seventh-graders was hearing about the Quran and the pillars of the Islamic religion when a big, bearded man wearing a white cap on his head and a black coat over a white robe came flowing into the room.

… When (Morsey) Salem came here from Egypt in 2006, he didn’t know any English. After five years of English as a Second Language training at Grand Rapids Community College, Salem still prepares his sermons in Arabic and apologizes constantly for his English.

Helping teen parents ‘go as far as they want to go’

April 19, 2016;

Cedar Springs Public Schools, MI — It had been a week since Robert Brant met with Shelley Bauer, a teen parent educator, and he had big news. He could now begin visiting his nearly 2-year-old son by an estranged former girlfriend.

… The good news didn’t stop there. Robert had also received approval for $5,500 in financial aid at Grand Rapids Community College, just as he was about to graduate from New Beginnings. And he was getting more hours at his job, helping him to pay child support and save for a car.

LHS grad Snyder is disc golf All-American

April 19, 2016; Battle Creek Enquirer


The Kellogg Community College baseball team now sits 1 1/2 games behind Jackson Community College in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association West Division standings after the Bruins lost a doubleheader to the Jets on April 16.

Campus Dining hours during exam week, summer

Campus Dining Hours for Exam Week

& Summer

(April 25th through April 29th)

The Raider Grille

Open Monday and Tuesday normal hours (10 am – 3 pm)

Closed Wednesday – Friday

The Quiet Café and The Sneden Café

Open Monday Normal hours (7 am – 6 pm)

Tuesday and Wednesday open 7 am – 4 pm

Closed Thursday and Friday

Summer Hours

The Raider Grille will be closed

The Quite Café and The Sneden Cafe

will be re-open on May 9th

Monday–Thursday 8 am – 1:30 pm

Closed on Friday

Learn about transgender policy through video, links

Were you unable to attend the Transgender Policy Training last week? Not to worry! Catch up on the overview and discussions by viewing the session at the link below:

Additionally, the full Transgender Policy can be reviewed here:

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding the policy, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kimberly DeVries by email ( or telephone (616-234-2120).

Online Store to hold sale on April 21

Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting an Online Sale on April 21. 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

Disclaimer: 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).

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, 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.