Geology lab’s seismometer records New Zealand earthquake

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand’s South Island at 12:02 a.m. Monday. The seismometer housed in GRCC’s geology lab recorded the earthquake approximately 19 minutes later. The first waves seen in the seismograms below are called body waves, they travel through the Earth, and are the fastest seismic waves. The later waves, that look more spread out, are surface waves. They travel along the surface of the Earth and are responsible for most of the damage caused by earthquake shaking. The earthquake was generated by movement along a fault close to the juncture of two tectonic plates. The nature of movement led to activation of the tsunami warning system in coastal communities close to the main shock. Evacuating residents were further rattled by dozens of aftershocks over the next 9 hours, some as large as magnitude 6.5. For more information about this and other earthquakes visit the United States Geologic Survey’s website.


Tutor recommendations due by Nov. 21

The end of the fall semester is quickly approaching and we are starting preparations for the winter 2017 semester.

The GRCC faculty are the primary source for tutor recommendations; we appreciate your help and thank you for your continuing support. We are reaching out again and asking for assistance in identifying potential tutors. Please take a moment and consider the students enrolled in your classes. Are there a few you would recommend as a tutor?

Students who tutor must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in the subjects they wish to tutor. If you have a potential tutor in mind, you may use one of the following methods to submit a recommendation:

  1. The online submission form is available at
  2. You can download a copy of the Tutor Recommendation form at and return it to our office – Academic Support& Tutoring Services, room 232 LRC.
  3. Request a copy of the Tutor Recommendation form be sent to you. Send your request to:

We are asking that you submit these recommendations by Monday, Nov. 21, 2016. We will contact the recommended students, explain our tutor selection process and invite them to schedule a job interview.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Don VanOeveren by phone, 234-3684, or by e-mail at .

Bookstore holds two-day sale

On Tuesday and Wednesday, November 15-16, 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
  • Outerwear
  • ALL cold weather accessories (Including gloves and Winter hats)
  • Backpacks
  • Drinkware
  • Emblematic blankets
  • iEssential tech accessories ($5, $10 and $15 cords, chargers and Powerbanks)

GRCC presidential candidate interviews continue today

Interviews with the presidential candidates start next week, with Bill Pink on Nov. 14, L. Joy Gates-Black on Nov. 15, and Amy Fugate on Nov. 16.

This is the schedule for the interview days:

  • 7:45-8:30 a.m. — Breakfast gathering with board members in room 118 of the ATC.
  • 8:45-9:30 a.m. — Cabinet in room 188 of the ATC.
  • 9:45-10:30 a.m. — External community panel and diversity/inclusion team (public invited) in the ATC auditorium.
  • 10:45-11:30 a.m. — Students in the ATC auditorium.
  • 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Faculty meet and greet in the ATC auditorium.
  • 12:45-2 p.m. — Lunch with Executive Leadership Team in room 118 of the ATC.
  • 2:15-3:15 p.m. — Campus presentation (all faculty, administration, staff and public invited) in the ATC auditorium.
  • 3:45-5 p.m. — Board panel interview (public invited) in the ATC auditorium.

Nursing students to participate in International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Conference

GRCC Nursing Mental Health Nursing Students will be partnering, as we have for the past 11 years, with the Survivors of Suicide Support Group by participating in the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day Conference on Nov. 19 at the Applied Technology Center. Participants can register at the conference on Saturday, or notify with their intent to attend the conference. The registration begins at 9 a.m. in the atrium of the ATC. We will have two speakers from our community, Christy Buck and Al Heystek, who will be addressing prevention efforts and ways to heal from the trauma of losing a loved one to suicide. A box lunch will be provided. There is no charge for this conference. During lunch we will view a video produced by the AFSP. Following the video, we will hear about the Suicide Prevention Grant at GRCC by Lynnae Selberg. Please consider joining us for this important event. This is valuable for professionals in addition to those trying to cope with the loss of a loved one. Survivors are encouraged to bring a photo of their loved one for the Memory Table.

Schools of Hope and high school completion

High school graduation is a powerful predictor of a young person’s future success, and research shows that students who don’t read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma.

Every school year, Hear of West Michigan United Way pairs more than 400 Grand Rapids Public Schools students who are behind in reading.



Mathematics Seminar is today

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