GRCC In the News, 10-25-16

GRCC students provided seamless path to Calvin College programs

Oct. 24, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College and Calvin College announced Monday, Oct. 24, an institutional agreement that will provide GRCC students a seamless path to Calvin’s programs.

Experience GR Restaurant week Scholarship winner

Oct. 19, 2016; WJRW

Interview with SICE program director Werner Absenger

Aquinas hosts college fair

Oct. 17, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Aquinas College will host a college fair this week with more than 80 representatives on hand to talk with high students and their parents.

… Colleges and military branches at the fair

… Grand Rapids Community College

DDA eyes boundary expansion

Oct. 21, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The downtown boundaries could receive an update before the end of the year.

… (Tim) Kelly said along with the city commission, DDA officials are in discussions with organizations and jurisdictions affected by the proposed boundary changes, including Kent County, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Community College, Monroe North Tax Increment Finance Authority and the West Side and North Quarter Corridor improvement districts. Kelly said the DDA does not collect increments where corridor improvement districts already exist.

Business Cafe series: Pursuing a law-related career

On Thursday, October 27, from 3-4 p.m., Professor Garry Brand will be exploring multiple paths from GRCC to an undergraduate degree and law school. In addition to the presentation, representatives from WMU Cooley Law School will be available to answer student questions.

This drop-in session will be held in room 213 Cook Academic Hall (right around the corner from the Business Tutorial Lab). As always, this is a drop-in conversation, so students may stay for the entire time or for 5 minutes and enjoy some free coffee and snacks.  There will also be drawings for prizes!

More information is at

Small Business Management students visit Moosejaw, Start Garden

On Monday, October 11, GRCC’s BA283 Small Business Management students took a field trip to Moosejaw in downtown Grand Rapids. General Manager Chris Hagist spoke with the students about the recently opened pop-up shop, Moosejaw. Hagist discussed the company philosophy, why a pop-up shop in Grand Rapids, why and how they chose their location, and the toughest part of opening and maintaining a business.

On October 24, the class took a field trip to Start Garden in downtown. Austin Dean, coordinator of planning and staffing, spoke with students about the role Start Garden plays in new business start-ups. He also spoke about Start Garden’s 5×5 Night, where 5 new start-ups have the opportunity to win $5,000 for their business idea. He also discussed their new initiative, the Tech Shop, which is in its initial stages of development. Successful businesses who have used Start Garden include Sportsman Tracker and Varsity News Network.

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Last chance!  Dining to donate with Divani

Divani is teaming up with the GRCC Foundation and will be donating 10 percent of its sales every Tuesday in October to a new scholarship fund established in the Foundation. This scholarship fund was established in honor of their executive chef and Secchia Institute for Culinary Education alumnus, Jeff Baird. Enjoy some wonderful food made by a SICE alum, while supporting current GRCC SICE students.

Mathematics Seminar to look at sums

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.