Upcoming professional development sessions

Upcoming professional development opportunities:

Question. Persuade. Refer. — Nov. 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help.

GroupWise Basics — Nov. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

GroupWise Basics is an introduction to the necessary functions of the GroupWise mail and calendar software used at GRCC. The session covers sending email to individuals and groups, archiving, creating tasks, appointments and notes along with a basic understanding of the calendar functions and folders. This is a perfect session for new employees or those unfamiliar with GroupWise and its components.

Mid Career: Expand Your Household — Nov. 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Learn how to manage credit and safeguard against identity theft, find the right mortgage to buy a house, and care for older relatives.

Drupal Basics: Editing Content — Nov. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.
Intro to Windows 10 — Nov. 29 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Windows 10 has arrived at GRCC! This new operating system has replaced Windows 7 and there are some changes we would like to share with you. Come and join us for this basic introduction to Windows 10 and learn how to navigate the changes

Who Bounces Back? The Characteristics of Resilient People and Organizations — Dec. 1 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

This presentation will describe characteristics of those who bounce back and propose personal and organizational resilience strategies. Crisis leadership communication skills and development of a resilient organizational culture will be emphasized.

You can register for any of these sessions online.

Self care follow-up from Nov. 1 on-campus incident

The Employee BIT is offering a follow-up session to discuss the recent incident that took place on campus. Please join Bob VandePol, executive director of Pine Rest Employee Assistance Program on Friday, November 17, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. This session will focus on processing emotions regarding the incident that took place on our campus on November 1, discuss ways to take care of yourself after the incident, and offer other resources.

You can register online.

Campus Dining seeks survey responses

Campus Dining wants to know how we are doing. Come to the Raider Grille, Quiet Cafe or Sneden Cafe and take a survey. You will get a coupon at each location and you can also enter to win a Google Home Mini or two tickets to the Grand Rapids Griffins game on December 29. We will be doing surveys at the Raider Grille and Quiet Cafe from November 14 through November 16. Sneden Cafe will be doing surveys on November 15 and 16.

Paul Krieger completes 2nd edition of chemistry book

Paul Krieger, professor of Biology, just completed the second edition of his book with Morton Publishing entitled A Visual Analogy Guide to Chemistry. It is currently being printed and will be available in January 2018 in both in-print and electronic versions. It includes 44 new pages and lots of new practice problems. This book is part of a best-selling, four-book series that has been helping students in the United States and Canada succeed in their science classes for the past 13 years. His other books cover the fields of anatomy and physiology.

A Visual Analogy Guide to Chemistry. Second edition. A graph shows electronegativity increases for hydrogen and oxygen. An illustration shows two men, one representing hydrogen and the other representing oxygen playing tug-of-war with a rope that represents unequally shared pair of electrons. The oxygen man has a thought bubble over his head that says "I'm winning!" A drawing of a man says, "A dipole is like a bar magnet." Paul A. Krieger.

Meghan VanderMale to present Mathematics Seminar

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, November 15, 3:30-4:30 PM in 103 Cook.

Our speaker, GRCC Mathematics Instructor Meghan VanderMale, will discuss how mathematics has been used to determine if U.S. Congressional districts have been gerrymandered.  For the title and abstract of Meghan’s talk, please see below.

This timely presentation will appeal to a wide range of students and faculty; no previous mathematics background is required.  All are welcome!

Pop and cookies will be served at 3:14 PM.

Measuring Fairness: Beyond the “Eyeball Test” for Detecting Gerrymandering

At the beginning of October, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case of Gill v Whitford. It is one of the only cases on partisan gerrymandering to reach the Supreme Court and it challenges the redistricting of Wisconsin following its 2010 census. In this landmark case, a relatively simple mathematical measure called the efficiency gap was featured. This talk will discuss the efficiency gap and explore what exactly it measures and where it may fall short of being a miracle gerrymander measure. We will also discuss other mathematical measures that apply to gerrymandering cases and the challenges of using them in legal settings. The mathematics involved is very accessible and requires no previous math background, nor is it necessary to know much about gerrymandering. The talk will be of particular interest to students of mathematics, government, political science, law, and statistics. You are encouraged (though not required) to bring a laptop or iPad as a portion of the talk will have computer interactive elements.