GRCC In the News, 10-18-17

Morning News

Oct. 18, 2017; WOOD TV

Grand Rapids Community college is inviting the public to attend a lecture tonight from Andres Chavez. He’s the grandson of civil rights and immigration reform activist Cesar Chavez.

Business Journal publishes ’40 Under 40′

Oct. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Business Journal’s October 16th issue features a special insert 40 Under 40 which can also be viewed online.

(Among this year’s ’40 Under 40′ are Chris Sain Jr., GRCC’s coordinator of Retention, and alumni Sara Sherry Knoester, Amanda Brand and Terry Rostic.)

Nearly 200 artists featured in juried exhibition

Oct. 16, 2017; The Elkhart Truth (Ind.)

The Midwest Museum of American Art has chosen nearly 200 artists to feature in the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional exhibition. … The judges who selected works for the exhibition were Nick Antonakis, head of the Grand Rapids Community College Art Department, and Bill Hosterman, associate professor, Grand Valley State University Art Department.

Benefits Fair and Flu Shot Clinic on October 26

The Annual Benefit Fair and Flu Shot Clinic will be Thursday, October 26, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. -Sneden Hall Room 108.

Don’t forget to bring your BC/BS insurance card to receive a flu shot at no charge. Employees covered under the WMHIP- health plans must bring their BC/BS insurance cards in order for Spectrum Health to bill on your behalf. The cost to GRCC staff will be $20 cash or check payable to “GRCC.” Flu shots will be administered by Spectrum Health Visiting Nurses.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Maria Belmares Herrera at ext-4052, Victoria Vicencion at ext-417 or Cathy Kubiak at ext-3971.

Be well, GRCC, at the Annual Benefits Fair & Flu Shot Clinic. When: Thursday, October 26th, 2017. Where: Sneden Hall -- 108 & 103. Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Employees and family members welcome. Play Benefit BINGO for your chance to win big prizes! Get your bingo card at the door and simply visit the vendor booths to receive your stamps. Once you complete a line on your card, you are eligible to win a raffle prize! Fall is Flu Shot season! GRCC employees can get a flu shot at the fair. Be sure to bring your insurance card or pay $20! Vendors at the fair. Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan, Pine Rest, Flex Administrators, Rx Optical, Lake Michigan Credit Union. Aflac, MEEMIC, United Way, GRCC Wellness and Development, VALIC, GLP & Associates, Legend Group.

Meetings, Lunch-and-Learn sessions cover benefits

Human Resources is holding open enrollment informational meetings. All benefit-eligible employees are welcome!

If you have any questions regarding WMHIP health plan options or coverage, or need assistance with completing open enrollment forms, HR staff will be available to help.

WMHIP informational meetings:

  • Thursday, October 19, 1-2 p.m. in the ATC auditorium (room 168).
  • Tuesday, October 24, 11 a.m. to noon in the Calkins Science Center auditorium (room 348).

Want to learn more about Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts?

To help you better understand how Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Saving Accounts work, we will be holding a FSA & HSA Lunch and Learn Session on Monday, October 23, at 1:00 p.m. in SCC- Room-234.

  • Ashley Young from Flex Administrators Inc., will be presenting on Flexible Spending Accounts, including yearly limits, carry over, claim submission and eligible FSA expenses.
  • Colleen Bolthouse from Lake Michigan Credit Union will be presenting on the advantages of Health Savings Accounts.

If you interested in attending FSA & HSA Lunch and Learn session, please RSVP to Victoria Vicencio at call ext-4175 or Maria Belmares Herrera at ext-4052. Please RSVP by October 20 as we will be providing lunch and need an exact count.


TRIO/SSS to hold doughnut fundraiser for new Power of Education student

Samuel TRIOTRIO/Student Support Services is supporting a new student through the Power of Education Foundation School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Samuel is a 5-year-old student with a warm and shiny personality!

TRIO/SSS is hosting a Krispy Kreme fundraiser for Samuel in a few weeks: Staff and faculty will be invited to pre-order delicious doughnuts for your divisions!

Students will be able to find the doughnut fundraiser on Monday, October 30 – Thursday, November 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Main G2, Main 4th Floor, Library Commons, and 1st Floor Student Center!

We thank you in advance for your amazing support! If you have any questions or would like more information about the Power of Education, please contact Anna Maria Clark at or 616.234-4131.

Mathematics Seminar today in Cook

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its October Mathematics Seminar today from 3-4 p.m. in 103 Cook.

This presentation will appeal to a wide range of students and faculty.  Much of it requires no understanding of mathematics beyond arithmetic.  All are welcome!

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

Our speaker, GRCC Mathematics Instructor Andrea Hayes, will discuss division by zero in various forms of mathematics from basic arithmetic to higher-level mathematics.  For the title and abstract of Andrea’s talk, please see below:


Division by zero is often confusing and misinterpreted.  Is (1/0) undefined or infinity?   The answer often depends on who you ask and can lead to lively discussions, even arguments.  The source of such discussions usually resides in the difference between actual division by 0 and what happens when the denominator approaches zero.  This talk will provide an in-depth look at the complexity of division by zero at various levels of mathematics.




GRCC Homecoming 2017 is THIS WEEK!

Homecoming 2017 is taking place RIGHT NOW! There are activities that you can take part in throughout the week. On Thursday, October 19th, faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all invited to a Raider Tailgate. The tailgate will take place in the Raider Grille from 5-6:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and there will be family-friendly activities. Then head on over to the Fold Fieldhouse to cheer on our GRCC Volleyball team as they take on the Lake Michigan Red Hawks.

For more information about all of the Homecoming activities, please visit

GRCC Homecoming 2017 flier

Business Cafe session looks at steps to accounting degree

Business Department faculty discuss various topics throughout the semester in the Business Cafe series. All the sessions are drop-in — and open to all students, not just those in business majors — so stay for 10 minutes or the entire time. Snacks are provided!

Professor Richard Barnhardt  guidance to students planning on getting an Associate of Business with an Accounting major at GRCC as well as those planning to transfer to a 4-year school from 5-6 p.m. Oct. 19 in room 201 of Cook.