United Way stories of impact: financial disaster

GRCC employees do a great job of supporting our community through their annual commitment to the West Michigan Heart of United Way. Each month we are sharing a story that demonstrates the outcomes of your commitment.

Learn how “paying yourself first,” and other money management techniques from Financial Opportunity Services, can set you up to weather financial storms when disability payments or insurance don’t fill the gap.


GRCC In the News, 9-26-16

This college is the first in the US to have a licensed brewery and pub fully run by its craft brewing students

Sept. 23, 2016; matadornetwork.com

This may seriously make you rethink your law degree you never really wanted to get anyway. Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Michigan has a craft brewing program.

Doctor given Caledonia Education Foundation’s Honored Alumnus award

Sept. 26, 2016; MLive

CALEDONIA — A renowned oncologist is this year’s Caledonia Education Foundation Honored Alumnus.

… Olivier said he was not an honor student in high school but learned he could improve academically with hard work while attending Grand Rapids Junior College, now Grand Rapids Community College.

Aquinas Men’s XC Win GRCC Raider Invitational

Sept. 24, 2016; MLive

The Aquinas College men’s cross country team placed 1st out of ten schools at the inaugural GRCC Raider Invitational hosted by Grand Rapids Community College. The meet was contested on the grounds of Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Aquinas Places Second at GRCC Raider Invitational

Sept. 24, 2016; MLive

The Aquinas College women’s cross country team placed 2nd out of nine schools at the inaugural GRCC Raider Invitational. The meet was contested on the grounds of Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Michael Boerman temporarily handling vending program

The day to day operational control of the college’s food and beverage vending program will be temporarily changing hands, as Rick Vander Veen will need to be away from the college starting Thursday, September 29, for 4-6 weeks.  During this time, Mr. Michael Boerman will assume this function.  He is very familiar with our programs, and has direct access to our account management teams.  Beginning Thursday, please communicate any vending issues or concerns to Michael at mboerman@grcc.edu and he will respond.

In your communication, it would be helpful if the following information would be included.

  1. Is the problem with a food or beverage machine?
  2. What building, and floor is it located on?
  3. A brief description of what the problem seems to be.

Meghan VanderMale to lead mathematics seminar on September 27

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.