GRCC In the News, 9-21-17

New Sheriff’s Corrections Academy launched by GRCC with local agencies

Sept. 20, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The new Sheriff’s Corrections Academy launched by Grand Rapids Community in partnership with local sheriff’s departments will graduate its first students on Sept. 29.

G.O.A.T: Marshall Top 10 football players of all time – No. 5 – 6

Sept. 20, 2017; Battle Creek Enquirer

The countdown continues as the Battle Creek Enquirer ranks the top 10 high school football players ever at Marshall.

… No. 6: Jamar Wimberly Class of 2010

Wimberly is one of the top running backs ever at Marshall as he helped the Redhawks to a state championship in 2009 with a dominating senior season. Wimberly holds the school record for rushing yards in a season with 2,509 and in a career with 3,899. He is also No. 1 for touchdowns in a season with 32 and in a career with 48. An all-state selection, Wimberly was a standout on both sides of the ball as well as being a shutdown defensive back on defense. Wimberly went on to play defensive back at the next level, helping Grand Rapids Community College to an undefeated regular season with 37 tackles and 12 pass breakups. He later went to star at Ferris State, where he had 56 tackles and two interceptions as a senior.

Guitarist Brian Morris in conversation

Sept. 20, 2017; Interlochen Public Radio

Brian Morris is a professor and director of guitar studies at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s also a member of the Grand Rapids Guitar Quartet, and that ensemble will be performing this Saturday with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra.



GRCC, GVSU sponsor Tournees Film Festival

The French programs at GRCC and GVSU will present the second annual Tournees Film Festival in October and November!

Admission to all the films is free, and everyone is welcome.

This year’s lineup:

“Frantz” — 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in GVSU’s Loosemore Auditorium.

Pierre Niney. Paula Beer. Frantz. Un film de Francois Ozon. Collection Ernst Stotzner, Marie Gruber, Johann Von Bulow, Anton Von Lucke, Cyrielle Clair, Alice de Lencquesaing.

“Ma Vie de Courgette” — 7 p.m. Nov. 15 in GVSU’s Loosemore Auditorium.

Golden Globe Award Nominee Best Animated Feature. Academy Award Nominee Best Animated Feature. Will Forte, Nick Offerman, Ellen Page, Amy Sedaris. My Life as a Zucchini.” A Claude Barras Film. “Nothing Short of a Miracle!” Hollywood Reporter. PG-13.

“Le Fils de Joseph” — 4 p.m. Nov. 16 in the ATC auditorium.

Coffee and Films/Les Films du Fleuve presentment Le Fils de Joseph. Un Film de Eugene Green. Avec Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Regnier, Fabrizio Rongione, Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medieros. Coproduction Jean Pierre et Luc Dardenne.

“La Noir de … ” — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the ATC auditorium.

La Noire de … un film de Sembene Ousmane. Prix Jean Vigo 1966. “Tanit D’Or” au Festival International de Carthage 1966. Prix du Meilleur Realisateur Africain au Festival Mondial des Arts Negres de Dakar 1966. Une lucidite critique constant … L’Humanite-Dimanche. Le geste et la parole sont enfin donnes a ceux qui en ont la veritable maitrise! Jen Rouch. Grace a Sembene Ousmane, le continent noir a pris enfin place dans l’histoire du cinema mondial. Georges Sadoul. Le chemin de l’independence et d l’art, au cinema comme dans la vie, passent par la meme veritable lucidite …. Louis Marcorelles. Le jury du Prix Jean Vigo, preside par Claude Aveline, et ou siegeaient notamment Henri Sauguet et Pierre Prevert, a attribute au premier tour Le Prix Jean Vigo a Sembene Ousmane. Le Figaro. Un talent, une sesibilite, une precision qui forcent le respect. Combat. Ce realisateur Senegalias, qui fut docker a Marseille, qui a travaille en urss avec le cineaste Marc Donskoi, est aussi un romancier deja connu. Le Monde. Co-production les actualites Francaises Iparisi Domirev Films Idakari.

“L’Avenir” — 4 p.m. Nov. 17 in the ATC auditorium.

Isabelle Huppert. L’Avenir. Mia Hansen-Love. Andre Marcon. Roman Kolinka. Edist Scob.

“Marguerite” — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the ATC auditorium.

Catherine Frot. Andre Marcon. Michel Fau. Christa Theret. Marguerite un film di Xavier Giannoli. Sceneggiatura, adattamento, dialoghi di Xavier Giannoli.

Series of classes focuses on mindfulness

Aging is a continual process that happens when we are not even looking. As we age, things change within our bodies and minds. We now have the advantage of knowing how to keep our bodies strong and our brains sharp as we grow older. Join us in learning how to age mindfully and keep your body and brain strong!

The Older Learner Center is offering a series of classes on mindfulness. They run 11:15 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 and 20 and Nov. 3 at Tassell M-TEC. The cost is $12 per class.

While the classes are offered through the Older Learner Center, there is no age requirement. All are welcome. You can register online.


New York Times Online now available to students off campus

The New York Times Online now is available to GRCC students off campus! Now all GRCC students, faculty and staff can create a NYT Group Pass Account by signing up with their GRCC email address whether they are on or off campus. Group Passes are provided by GRCC’s Library and Learning Commons and the Social Sciences Department on a one-year trial. GRCC students, faculty and staff have free access to the extensive news, multimedia and archives of The New York Times without needing to pay for their own subscription!

To activate your pass while on campus:

  • While on GRCC’s network, visit
  • Click on [CREATE ACCOUNT], then use your GRCC email address to create an account.
  • You’re done! After your pass has been activated, you can enjoy access to from any network or location

To activate your pass while off campus:

  • Visit
  • Enter “Grand Rapids Community College” in the [Find school] field.
  • Click [GO] and then [Create Account] using your GRCC email address and a password of your choice.
  • Follow the screen prompts to activate your Group Pass.

To download the free NYTimes smartphone app: Visit

Other questions?  Take a look at GRCC’s New York Times Subject Guide, or, call a reference librarian at 616-234-3868.

Mathematics Seminar to be held today

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first Mathematics Seminar of the 2017-2018 academic year on Thursday, September 21, 3:00-4:00 p.m. in 101 Cook.  Our speaker will be Ph.D. student Javier Ronquillo.  His topic is the mathematics of mosaics.  The title and abstract may be found below.

Sufficient background for this talk requires nothing more than an appreciation of beauty and a willingness to see how mathematics may be used in its creation.  Everyone is encouraged to attend.

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

 An investigation of angles, polygons and mosaics

Have you noticed that the New Year’s Eve ball that comes down every year in Times Square is not perfectly round? It is really made out of a bunch of smaller triangles! Could we make a ball like this using just stop signs? Have you noticed that soccer balls are hybrids of pentagons and hexagons? Could we do a hybrid ball with stop signs and triangles?

All these questions have to do with arranging regular polygons (these arrangements need not form a ball; for example, the polygons could also be sitting on a wall). We will call one of these kinds of arrangements a mosaic. Throughout history mosaics have been some of the most beautiful pieces of art, and mathematics is used to help create their harmony and beauty.

In this talk we will explore the questions listed above and many more. This material is accessible to everyone and provides a great opportunity to see math and art interact.