GRCC In the News, 2-22-17

Suicide up almost 10 percent, mother shares her son’s story to save others

Feb. 21, 2017; FOX 17

WEST MICHIGAN –  After losing her son to suicide, a mother is now telling her story to help save others from the same grief.

… Professionals studying in the field of mental health are also trying to break the stigma. Lynnae Selberg at Grand Rapids Community College says they’ve received a $300,000 federal grant this year to educate and help students with these same struggles.

Middle school girls receive empowering messages at Beautiful U

Feb. 21, 2017; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) — If you could go back, what would you tell yourself in middle school? Empowering mind, body, and soul is what Maranda’s Beautiful U is all about! 140 seventh and eighth grade girls from five school districts across West Michigan came together for an afternoon of fun and education.

… An exciting part of Beautiful U is the tasty food and snacks! Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, Meijer, and Milk Means More partnered up to educate girls on what they need to fuel their bodies. Calcium and protein are extremely important for girls in the developmental teen and pre-teen years. With snacks like yogurt and cheese, girls got a healthy (and yummy) boost of nutrients they need.

Respondus Monitor Webinar is today

Join Meegan Willi for a 1-hour webinar, “Preventing Cheating during Online Exams: An Instructor’s Perspective on Respondus Monitor,” in 347 Main from 2:00-3:00 p.m. TODAY!

This webinar offers an overview of Respondus Monitor along with insight from an educator successfully using the application to maintain the integrity of online tests.

First, you’ll see a demonstration of how Respondus Monitor adds webcam and video technology to LockDown Browser for exams taken in non-proctored environments. Then hear from one instructor about her testing process, student feedback, and other insights from her experience with Respondus Monitor. The webinar is 45 minutes, plus a Q&A period at the end.

Co-presenter Tammi Kolski is an Online Instructor in Psychology at Central Michigan University, Adjunct Faculty at Muskegon Community College, and Adjunct Online Faculty at Southern New Hampshire University. She is also a limited licensed psychologist and has worked for 26 years in clinical practice in crisis intervention and integrated behavioral health services. Tammi is currently pursuing her Doctorate of Educational Technology at Central Michigan University.

Pre-registration is not required. You can just show up!

Instructor Sang Lee to lead Mathematics Seminar

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, February 23, 3:00-4:00 PM in 101 Cook.  Our speaker, GRCC mathematics instructor Sang Lee, will discuss mathematics related to the Tower of Hanoi puzzle.  The title and abstract are below.

In 1883 Édouard Lucas, working under the pseudonym M. Claus, created a puzzle that may have been inspired by an ancient legend.  Anyone who attempts to solve this puzzle will notice the need for logical thinking and pattern recognition, which means mathematics is close at hand.  Sang will discuss various aspects of this mathematics and related applications.  Regardless of your puzzle-solving ability or background in mathematics, you are encouraged to attend – everyone is always welcome to our mathematics seminars.

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

Mathematics in the Tower of Hanoi

The Tower of Hanoi puzzle was first introduced by the Frenchman M. Claus in 1883.  The puzzle has been popular ever since, and it can be found in toy/game shops around the world.  The puzzle has drawn interest from a wide range of people, especially those who plan to study computer science.  In this math seminar we will look at some fascinating, beautiful and powerful mathematics hidden in the Tower of Hanoi, along with those mathematicians related to the puzzle.  Tower of Hanoi puzzles will be available for those attending the seminar.

IIPD Grant Applications are due on March 17, 2017, at 4:30 pm.

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., March 17, 2017.  Information about how to apply for an IIPD grant can be found at this website: IIPD Application and Guidelines. Please note that applications must include Dean’s and Department Head Approval forms, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!