GRCC In the News, 10-26-16

Colleges ink transfer deal

Oct. 25, 2016; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two local colleges have signed an agreement to smooth the path for students to transfer between institutions.

Grand Rapids Community College and Calvin College announced a partnership on Oct. 24 that will allow GRCC students to map out and lock in what classes they need to transfer to Calvin College for their third and fourth years.

Beerducation at Fountain Hill Brewery

Oct. 25, 2016;

Grand Rapids is now home to another new brewery — but this one might not be one you know about, yet. Say hello to Fountain Hill Brewery & Peters Pub, the first and only federal and state-licensed brewpub owned and operated on a college campus.

GRCC board candidates field questions at forum

Oct. 25, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The candidates for the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees shared their thoughts Tuesday, October 25, on the college’s values, student outcomes, and the role of a trustee during a forum hosted by the Faculty Association, Student Alliance and Academic Governing Council.

Green Party candidate Yankovich speaks at GRCC

Oct. 26, 2016; The Lowell Ledger

Cliff Yankovich, Green Party candidate for the Michigan House in the 86th district and owner of Main Street business Chimera Design, spoke at an event at Grand Rapids Community College last week. The main speaker at the event on Wednesday, Oct. 19 was Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka. Yankovich spoke for about seven minutes at the event and introduced Baraka.


IT to offer Google workshop on Oct. 27

Information Technology will be facilitating another Google Workshop tomorrow, Thursday, October 27th from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.! Do you have an idea that you’d like to try in your classroom and/or office that would work using the Google Drive tools, but can’t determine how to make it happen? Or would you simply like some one-on-one training in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, or Forms? Come join us for an open session offering one-on-one assistance with making your idea happen! This session allows users to bring their idea’s to life and offers additional training opportunities for those simply looking to learn more about the tools we rolled out earlier this fall.

This workshop will be held in the Main Building room 351 on the following dates:

  • Thursday, October 27 (8 a.m.-12 p.m.)
  • Monday, November 14 (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

This is an open format session for walk-ins, join us at any time during the workshop for help, no need to stay the whole time! The room has 16 computers available for your use, however you are welcome to bring a laptop instead.

Looking forward to see you there!

Mathematics Seminar to be held October 26

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.

GRCC hosts forum for Board of Trustee candidates

The Academic Governing Council (AGC), Faculty Association and Student Alliance hosted a community forum yesterday for the five candidates running for the three open Board of Trustee seats.

The format allowed each candidate to provide a five-minute introduction, biography and statement of reason for wanting to represent the community as a Board of Trustee member, including their philosophy of higher education, and perspective on our mission.

The candidates were also asked three questions in the following areas: the college’s values, the college’s ends as a series of pathways, and the role of the board and its members in a policy governance model.

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