GRCC In the News, 10-19-16

GRCC seeks $6M from state to help renovate, expand Applied Technology Center

Oct. 18, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center needs to be renovated and expanded to better prepare students for the workforce, and school officials want the state to cut the $12.7 million price tag in half.

Collaborative film festival to showcase French cinema at GVSU, GRCC

Oct. 18, 2016;

A collaborative film festival, hosted by the French programs at Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Community College, will introduce the West Michigan community to films with a bit of international flavor.

Green Party VP hopeful in Detroit: Time to “break two-party monopoly”

Oct. 18, 2016; Michigan Radio

It’s time to reject the politics of fear, and embrace third-party alternatives in American politics.

… (Ajamu) Baraka then heads to Grand Rapids, where he’ll watch the final presidential debate and speak at Grand Rapids Community College.

IHCC harriers wrap up regular season in Barnes’ home state

Oct. 18, 2016; Ottumwa Courier (Iowa)

OTTUMWA — Who says you can’t go home again? Scott Barnes has not only been returning to his home state of Michigan each fall, he’s brought along his Indian Hills cross-country runners for the trip.

… “We were probably a little too fast, which as a coach you always worry about because you’re worried the guys will hit a wall and start to fade too early in the race,” Barnes said. “The nice thing was that, instead of dying and fading, the guys hung tough and ended up beating (20th-ranked) Muskegon. We also were pretty close to 10th-ranked Grand Rapids Community College. We kind of put it all together.”

John Dersch to discuss sums in Mathematics Seminar

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, October 26, 3:00-4:00 PM in 107 Cook.  Our speaker, GRCC mathematics instructor John Dersch, will discuss sums, both finite and infinite, and a variety of related ideas.  The title and abstract are below.

Much of this talk will be accessible to those with very little background in mathematics, and nearly all of it requires nothing at a level higher than a basic understanding of logarithms.  As always, everyone is welcome!

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

Some Sums

In the process of preparing assignments for a Precalculus course, Professor Dersch encountered a pair of intriguing problems.  Their ultimate purpose was this: If you keep adding the numbers 1+ 1/2 +1/3 + 1/4 + 1/5 + 1/6 + …, how many must you add to exceed a given number?  Professor Dersch’s talk will range over a variety of topics related to this question, including sums, infinite series, logarithms, prime numbers, twin primes, factorials and the Gamma function, history, physics, music, the Black Death and a #1 hit from the late ’60s.


Bookstore to host two-day sale

On October 19-20 (Wednesday and Thursday) the GRCC Bookstore will hold a two-day sale. During this event, we will have the following discounts:

25% Off!

  • Clearance merchandise
  • Men’s, women’s and kids’ fleece apparel
  • Short sleeve t-shirts
  • Long sleeve t-shirts
  • Columbia and Cutter and Buck polo shirts
  • Stadium and tailgating items

Volunteers needed for United Way campaign

It is that time of year again, and we are gearing up for our annual United Way campaign! This year we are calling for volunteers to serve as team captains! We know that many of you have been nominated over the years and enjoy being involved, and we want you to be able to continue to serve as a captain. If you’d like to take a step back from this responsibility this year, we understand and respect that decision.

We will try to place you with your department, or in the same building as your team, to make it as easy as possible. Additionally, Human Resources is planning to distribute all United Way forms to our employees, removing that responsibility from the team captains.

This year we are holding the team captain training in our new Fountain Street Brewery! There will be snacks and drinks (sorry, the non-alcoholic type) along with great information about the amazing things that United Way does for our community and also the incentives they are offering this year for donors. We will also give captains an update on GRCC’s plan for the campaign and what responsibilities are left to the team captains. Then, if you want to stay after to enjoy all the Fountain Street Brewery has to offer, you will be welcome to do that.

Please email Christine Coon ( ) if you would like to volunteer to serve as a team captain, no need for declines, thanks!

United Way Team Coordinators

  • Cathy Kubiak
  • Christine Coon
  • Kristen Doneth
  • Malinda Powers

Child development and education department hosts Kids’ Food Basket event

The Child Development and Education Department and the CD 215 Adult/Child Interaction class was proud to host a Kids’ Food Basket brown bag decorating event! Students decorated over 200 paper bags that will be used by Kids Food Basket to provide children with nutritious meals. A big thank you to all students who stopped by to decorate a bag for a great cause. Make sure to look out for other opportunities to decorate a bag around campus this week!

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