Archive for November 14, 2017

Upcoming professional development sessions

November 14, 2017

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

November 14, 2017

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

November 14, 2017

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.

Coin challenge raises $129.74 for United Way

November 14, 2017

Three GRCC teams competed for sweet treats in the United Way Coin Collection Competition: IT, Tassell M-TEC, and Human Resources.

Between the three teams, we raised a total of $129.74! The overall winners were HR with $63.02 raised; next was IT with $50.71, and then M-TEC with $16.01.

Paul Krieger completes 2nd edition of chemistry book

November 14, 2017

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.

Tell students about trip to Spain

November 14, 2017

Encourage your students to participate in this Study Away opportunity:

GRCC Faculty-led Program. Study Away. Salamanca, Spain: Global Studies through International Travel. This 17-day international travel course will provide students with an in-depth study of the Spanish language and culture, civilization, art and history. While in Salamanca students will enjoy Spanish daily life with host families, and experience life in a city which has been a cultural and educational center in Spain. The program will encompass daily Spanish lessons with a broad range of cultural understandings together with field trips, and the opportunity to participate in the 800th anniversary of the University of Salamanca. Along with Salamanca other locations we will explore include Avila, Segovia, Aveiro and Madrid. Apply by February 1, 2018.

Eligibility: All degree-seeking students with a 2.0 cumulative GPA, and no money owed to the institution. Date: June 29-July 15, 2018 (17 days). Course: HU 219 Global Studies through International Travel (three credits). Housing: Program participants will be housed with host families. Excursions and Highlights: Two-week Spanish language classes at student proficiency level. Host family stay. Daily afternoon excursions. Guided visit to Segovia and Avila. Excursion to Aveiro Beach (Portugal) – weather permitting. 800-year celebration of the University of Salamanca. Service learning project with Puente Ladrillo. Ruta de Tapas (exploring Tapas’ restaurants). Castanet lesson. 4th of July celebration—Spanish style. City tour of Madrid. Contact: Department of Experiential Learning, Main Building, Level G2, Room 59. (616) 234-4162 Costs* Program fee (paid to GRCC): $3,850. What is included: Round trip airfare. Accommodations. Breakfast, lunch and dinner while in country. Field trips, excursions and entrance fees. Criminal background check. Travel insurance. Deposit – Due upon acceptance into program: $500. Tuition [plus fees (in-district) paid to GRCC]: $339. What is included: Three (3) credits (based on residential rate) and fees. Potential Additional Expenses: Items listed below may or may not apply to all participants: Passport. Personal expenses. Additional meals beyond what is offered. Travel provider phone (in country use only). How to pay for study abroad? Students are encouraged to pursue financial aid, scholarships and grants to fund Study Abroad. In addition, they may consider personal funds and alternative loans to fund Study Abroad. For more information on funding, visit Contact program directors for more information: Carmela Zapata, Department of Language and Thought, (616) 234-4666. Anna Maria Clark, TRIO/Student Support Services,, (616)234-4131. Applications are taken on a first come first serve basis. Apply through February 1, 2018 at *All program information, including courses, duration of program, dates and other logistics are subject to change. Fee subject to adjustment based on actual exchange rates and international airfare. Programs may be canceled due to extenuating circumstances. GRCC Grand Rapids Community College. All participants are welcome. Those in need of accommodations, please contact the Department of Experiential Learning at (616) 234-4162. GRCC is an Equal Opportunity Institution. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Bookstore — the best place to bundle up

November 14, 2017

The bookstore is having a two-day sale from November 14 to 15.

Get 25% off:

  • Backpacks.
  • Long sleeve tees.
  • Fleece.
  • Cold weather accessories.
  • Blankets.
  • Frames.
  • Drinkware.

Meghan VanderMale to present Mathematics Seminar

November 14, 2017

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.