GRCC In the News, 3-14-17

New partnership focuses on affordable homes in Grand Rapids

March 13,2017; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College is working with the non-profit group LINC Up to train residents in construction trades — tuition-free.

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $2 per contact hour

March 13,2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students will pay 1.8 percent or $2 more per contact hour in tuition for the 2017-18 academic year.

Celebrate spring’s coming with music

March 13,2017; Charlevoix Courier

PETOSKEY — The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra will celebrate the coming of spring with music that celebrates and creates the mood for romance. Whether its a minuet, a czarda or a tango, the performance will deliver a special warmth to chase away the chill of winter beginning at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, for the Sunday Series Concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Harbor Springs, 7940 Cemetary Road, Harbor Springs.

… Brian Morris, guitarist, will perform in the Piazolla, Schubert and Hubay pieces. Brian has twice been director of the Mid-America Guitar Ensemble Festivals and has been a member of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Faculty.

Big week ahead for basketball teams from Grand Rapids area

March 13, 2017; MLive

Take a look at what’s happening in Grand Rapids sports for the week of March 13.

… Grand Rapids Community College is still around, too. The Raiders play in the NJCAA DII National Tournament March 21-25 in Danville, Illinois.


Center for Teaching Excellence presentation features Attah Obande

Part of the Tribe:
  • As human beings we all have a need to belong; the need to feel acceptance as a member or part. A sense of belonging to a greater community improves motivation, health, and happiness. In this session we will discuss the importance of being part of a tribe, the effects of not feeling included, what we can do to create a sense of belonging with people around us.
  • Attah Obande is the Director of Business Development for Spring GR; a business training, mentoring and networking program designed to help budding entrepreneurs in communities of high unemployment turn their ideas into thriving businesses.
March 24, 2017
11:00 a.m. to Noon
246 Main Bldg.
Hosted by the Center of Teaching Excellence

GRCC Employees on the Move through March 3, 2017

Please welcome our new employees and congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.


Cody Robinson

Support Professional, Academic Advising & Transfer Center and Counseling (AATC) & Career Development (CCD)

Effective 2-20-17


Jacob Gladfelter

Technician Level 1, IT Customer Support

Effective 2-20-17



Nicole Dekker

From:  Support Professional, HR – Staff Development

To: Employee Events, Engagement & On-Boarding Coordinator, HR – Staff Development

Effective 2-27-17


Julie Lackscheide

From: Assistant Professor, Radiologic Technology

To:  Program Director, Radiologic Technology

Effective:  Fall 2017


Pam Miller

From: Associate Dean-Faculty Evaluation & Hiring, School of Workforce Development

To: Associate Dean of Operations, School of Workforce Development

Effective:  5-1-17


Amy Koning

From: Associate Dean of Operations, School of Workforce Development

To:  Dean-School of Workforce Development

Effective:  4-3-17


Sarah VanDeWege

From:  Contingency, Preschool

To:  Assistant to Preschool Instructor

Effective:  3-13-17



Rolando Bocanegra

Student Success Coach, College Success Center

Effective 2-18-17


Deborah Nordman, Retiring

Program Director, Radiologic Technology

Effective 6-30-17


James Peterson, Retiring

Executive Director of Financial Services, Accounting & Budget Services

Effective 6-30-17

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, March 14, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in 101 Cook.  Our speaker will be GRCC mathematics instructor Nancy Forrest, and she will discuss the number pi.  Her title and abstract are below.

Numbers, like people, are all special in their own way, but pi is one the very few numbers that has its own day.  Mathematicians, teachers, students and mathematical aficionados of all stripes will take a few minutes on March 14 to pause and reflect on a number that has fascinated (some might say obsessed) people for over 2000 years.  This talk will have something for everyone, so a high level of mathematical sophistication is not required.   Everyone is always welcome to our mathematics seminars.

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 p.m.

Pi, My Favorite Number

One might argue that there is an infinite supply of interesting numbers.  But no other number has generated as much curiosity, international competition, and mathematical passion as pi.  Plus it even boasts a holiday; Pi Day is on 3/14. This talk will include highlights of the history of pi, how it was named, calculation of its value, and various ways people have memorized some of its digits.