GRCC In the News, 11-8-16

Royal withdraws as GRCC presidential finalist

Nov. 7, 2016; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Just two weeks before the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees intends to make a decision about the school’s 10th president, one of the four finalists — Inver Hills Community College Provost Christina Royal – has removed her name from consideration.

Kent County Veterans Council names ‘Veteran of the Year’

Nov. 7, 2016; MLive

KENT COUNTY — The United Veterans Council of Kent County has chosen William Schaefer, of Belmont, as its 2016 “Veteran of the Year.”

The retired Air Force command chief master sergeant served his country for 37 years. He began his career in 1966, after graduating from Ottawa Hills High School and receiving an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, and a degree in business administration and industrial engineering from Western Michigan University.

Clinton, Trump stops to cost W. MI taxpayers nearly $40K

Nov. 7, 2016; WOOD TV

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have raised hundreds of millions of dollars for their campaigns, but when it comes to security for West Michigan visits, local taxpayers are footing the bill.

… Costs associated with presidents and presidential candidates in West Michigan during the 2004 and 2008 campaigns:

July 30, 2004: Campaign stop by President George W. Bush in Grand Rapids. It cost a total of $63,654.06: $39,705 in police protection, which the city did not issue a bill for; and $18,800 in public works, also not billed. Grand Rapids Community College billed the campaign $5,149.06, which was paid in full.

… Sept. 17-18, 2008: Campaign stop by U.S. Sen. John McCain and then Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in Grand Rapids. It cost a total of $20,756.01: $14,262.81 for Grand Rapids police and $5,200 for the sheriff department, neither of which issued a bill. Grand Rapids Community College billed the campaign $1,293.20, which was paid in full.

Muskegon Community College volleyball team barely misses a regional title

Nov. 7, 2016; Local Sports Journal

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team came within a single point of winning a regional championship on Sunday.

… MCC met archrival Grand Rapids Community College in the regional finals, which took place at MCC’s Bartels-Rode Gymnasium.

Rattlers Sign Five

Nov. 7, 2016;

Phoenix, Ariz. – The Arizona Rattlers announced Wednesday that they have signed quarterback Aaron Aiken, offensive lineman DeShawn Byrd, defensive lineman Edward Mosley, offensive linemen Keyun Swinney, and running back DeJaun Wright for the team’s inaugural season in the Indoor Football League (IFL).

… Byrd (6-5, 320, Tennessee State) attended Tennessee State where he was a two-year starter for the Tigers. Prior to transferring to Tennessee State, Byrd also attended Grand Rapids Community College where he earned MFC East All-Region and First Team All-MFC honors.

Community College Students React To New Campus Vending Machines

Nov. 7, 2016; Automatic Vending

Students at Grand Rapids Community College located in Grand Rapids, MI, got to try out several new vending machines on campus this year. The Collegiate Live reports that the college added a few new vending machines with flashy features and credit/debit card readers.

FY 2017 / 2018 IT project request window is now open

The FY 2017 / 2018 IT project request window is now open. BCOs can submit their IT project requests for the 2017 / 2018 fiscal year as of Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The project request window will remain open until 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 28th, 2017. This is the only IT project request cycle for the 2017 / 2018 fiscal year.


As project requests are received, the IT Project Management Office will set appointments with requesters to research their requests. The information gained from these meetings will aid in properly assessing and prioritizing each request in relation to the others.

Please contact Jeff Kissinger (4098) or Olwen Urquhart (3054) in the IT Project Management Office if you have any questions.

Business class learns from Daddy Pete’s BBQ owners

Cory and Tarra Davis, husband and wife, and co-owners of Daddy Pete’s BBQ were guest speakers on Monday, November 7, 2016, at GRCC’s Small Business Management class. Daddy Pete’s formally started as a food truck company in 2013. Their immediate popularity caused them to take on the motto, “The Lines Don’t Lie.” They are well known for being at ArtPrize and Movies in the Park. They recently won the Bacon Fest People’s Choice Award. At the end of November 2016, Daddy Pete’s plans to open a restaurant at 2921 Eastern. They will still have their food trucks present around Grand Rapids. Students in the Small Business class were inspired by the story of Daddy Pete’s beginning and their incredible growth. The couple discussed their challenges of owning a family business, the importance of a business plan, and a message to students: “Do what you love.”

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Thanksgiving, exam week hours for Campus Dining

Important Info:

Thanksgiving Week Hours (11/21 – 11/25)

Raider Grille Closed all week

Quiet Café open Monday November 21st 7am-5pm with breakfast

Closed 11/22 through 11/25

Sneden Cafe Open Monday November 21st 7am to 5 pm.

Closed 11/22 through 11/25

Exam Week Dec. 12- Dec. 16

Raider Grille Closed all week

Monday 12th Quiet Café and Sneden Cafe Normal Hours

Tuesday 13th Quiet Café and Sneden Café 7am-4pm

Wednesday 14th Quiet Café 7am-1pm (Limited menu option)

Sneden Café Closed

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th All Retail operations Closed.

Re-opening on January 9th 2017

Exam Cram runs Dec. 5-11

In collaboration with Academic Support & Tutoring and Student Alliance, the GRCC Library will be holding an expanded Exam Cram event this semester.

Come in during regular library hours, Monday, December 5, through Friday, December 9, to partake in quiet study, group study, and free refreshments!

Then, over the weekend before exams, on Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11, take advantage of expanded tutoring services (limited subjects available), extended hours, and more free refreshments!

Exam Cram at the GRCC Library. Sponsored by Academic Support & Tutoring Services and the Library & Learning Commons. Dec. 5-11: Drop-in tutoring sessions with free snacks. Extended hours on Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. -10 p.m. No registration required.


GRCC to observe moment of silence on Veterans Day

On Oct. 7, 2016, President Obama signed the S.1004: Veterans Day Moment of Silence Act which amends title 36, United States Code, to include:

“The President shall issue each year a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe two minutes of silence on Veterans Day in honor of the service and sacrifice of veterans throughout the history of the Nation.”

Please join us to observe a moment of silence on Veterans Day at 2:11 p.m. in honor of the service and sacrifice of veterans throughout our country’s history.

GRCC will also hold a Veterans Day observance, featuring instructor Denny Gillem, at 10:45 a.m. Nov. 11.


Mathematics Seminar on Nov. 15 looks at geometric constructions

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Tuesday, November 15, 3:00-4:00 PM in 102 Cook.  Our speaker, GRCC mathematics instructor Alejandro Saldivar, will explore geometric constructions in which only a compass is used.  The title and abstract are below.

For centuries, the classical approach to solving geometry problems required that solutions be demonstrated using only a compass and straightedge.  It was later discovered that the straightedge, while useful, was not really needed.  This talk will be accessible to anyone with an interest in geometry and an appreciation for understanding different ways of solving problems.  As always, everyone is welcome!

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

Compass-Only Geometric Constructions

In the geometry of straightedge and compass constructions, it turns out that the straightedge is not necessary.  This math seminar will cover the following:

  • a bit of history involving compass-only geometry
  • why a collapsible compass is sufficient
  • some examples of constructions with just a compass
  • at least one reason why the straightedge is superfluous in the geometry of straightedge and compass