GRCC In the News, 9-20-16

Community college becomes Fiat Chrysler training site

Sept. 19, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local community college is now a certified Fiat Chrysler training site.
Grand Rapids Community College announced that it has joined the network of Fiat Chrysler-certified technical training sites.

Area students receive Law Enforcement Education Program scholarships

Sept. 16, 2016; The Holland Sentinel

The Law Enforcement Education Program recently named Jenna Klokkert, of Fennville, and Austin Lynema, of Zeeland, among the 22 students nationwide who will receive $1,000 scholarships to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement and public safety careers.
Klokkert is a student at Grand Rapids Community College, and Lynema is a student of Grand Valley State University.

GRCC’s 11th ranked men’s XC take 2nd at MSU, women take 3rd

Sept. 19, 2016; MLive

On Friday September 16th GRCC’s men’s and women’s cross country teams made the trek down I-96 for the MSU Spartan Invitational and toed the line for what was their toughest race of the season.

Kelley: A family guide to visiting ArtPrize

Sept. 19, 2016; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – ArtPrize in Grand Rapids used to be like the World’s Biggest Ball of Yarn. It was fun because it was large and bizarre and a good excuse to stretch your legs after a car ride.

… Local artists:

… Stanley Skopek of Battle Creek, Flight in Wind at GRCC Spectrum Theater Lobby, 160 Fountain NE

GRCC to test emergency notification systems Wednesday, September 21

Please familiarize yourself with Grand Rapids Community College’s Emergency Closing Procedures should, for any reason, the college need to delay opening, close early, or cancel services because of unforeseen circumstances such as winter weather, power outages, etc.

The college will test its emergency communications systems — including email, phone, text messaging and digital sign alerts — at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. These emergency communications systems are one way in which you may be notified of an emergency closing by the college. Please note that Wednesday’s communications are only a test.

Mathematics seminar focuses on magic tricks

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first Mathematics Seminar of 2016-2017 on Tuesday, September 27, 3:00-4:00 PM in 102 Cook.  Our speaker, GRCC mathematics instructor Meghan VanderMale, will discuss the mathematics that underlies a variety of magic tricks.  The title and abstract of her talk are below.

A significant background in mathematics is not necessary to appreciate this talk, so, as always, everyone is welcome to attend.  Join us to enjoy the mathematics of magic and the magic of mathematics!

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

Magical Mathematics

In 1959, when he was 14 years old, Perci Diaconis dropped out of high school to travel with a legendary magician, a slight-of-hand expert.  Where did this bold move lead him? It brought him to the world of mathematics, which he found was the key to being able to improve and create his own magic tricks.  Now Diaconis is a Mathematics and Statistics professor at Stanford University and has teamed up with Ron Graham, former trampolinist and juggler turned mathematician, to write about the mathematical ideas behind magic tricks.  We will be looking at a few of the tricks that they discuss in their book Magical Mathematics: The Mathematical Ideas That Animate Great Magic Tricks.  In this talk we will learn about gray code, linear-shift registers, de Bruijn sequences and graphs, and other mathematical ideas behind magic tricks such as Coluria and the Royal Hummer.  Not only will you learn some interesting math, you’ll also learn the secrets of some quite elegant card tricks!  Most of the talk is accessible to anyone, but those interested in computer science and/or advanced algebra will find a few gems in these tricks.


Putting Input Into Action sessions to be held

GRCC has received our PACE (Personal Assessment of the College Environment) survey results. We are now offering “Putting Input Into Action” sessions for employees to learn more about the results and to talk about what improvement looks like. We hope to see you at one of our sessions where you can take advantage of the opportunity to engage in the discussions around improvement.

  • Thursday September 29 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM in Room 302 Main
  • Thursday October 6 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM in Room 302 Main
  • Monday October 10 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM in Room 309 Sneden
  • Monday October 17 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM in Room 304 Sneden
  • Friday October 21 from 1:00 to 2:30 PM in Room 214 Main

Online registration is available at