Second Annual “Fall in Love With STEM” Outreach Event a Success

On Saturday, February 10th, GRCC hosted the second annual “Fall in Love with STEM” event, and 40 middle-school aged students attended over the course of the afternoon. This free event is part of a series of events co-organized by the Association of Women in Science West Michigan Chapter; Grand Valley and Hope College each lead their own events this month. Assistant Professor Lauren Woolsey from the Physical Science Department led the organizational effort for the event.

The GRCC site had an “Exploration Station” format that sets it apart from the other events in the series. Faculty and students from GRCC as well as members of Van Andel Institute and Michigan State organized activities that spanned across the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

This event would not have been possible without the assistance of members of the Van Andel Institute, who were essential to running the logistics side of things during the event, including event registration, the Ask-A-Scientist station, and key assistance throughout the day at the stations that needed them most. Thank you to Patty Farrell-Cole, Kelly Foy, Chelsea Newton, Erica Siebrasse, and Nicole Vander Schaaf for your time and energy!

In the Physical Sciences Department, Lauren Woolsey led a station on the sizes and scales of the solar system; Tari Mattox designed a station on paleontology and fossil identification, and Sean McKillop co-led a station on engineering and robotics with MSU professor Alison Bernstein.

This was an interdepartmental effort, and from the mathematics department, GRCC Honors student Rachel Walker ran the Mathematical Magic and Mysteries station. Professor Leigh Kleinert in the Biological Sciences department organized a station called “Who Stole the iPod?” that was run primarily by the following GRCC students in the service learning program: Kate Gyurnek, Jaubre Quinones, Jasmine Wright, Lejla Husic, Nicole Sowa, Rogelio Linares, and Adriyanna Jones. Everyone involved in this successful day of science are already looking forward to next year’s event!

January 2018 SSPD Awardees

Congratulations to our January 2018 SSPD Awardees!

  • Lydia Cruz ($2,500): PHR/SPHR exam preparation workshop
  • Victoria Vicencio ($2,025): PlanSource Eclipse 2018 Conference
  • Jody Graves ($1,800): 2018 HEUG/Alliance Conference
  • Susan Hansen ($1,800): 2018 HEUG/Alliance Conference
  • Benjamin Thompson ($700): ScrumMaster® Certification Training
  • Amanda Kruzona ($1,800): 2018 HEUG/Alliance Conference
  • Brandan McBride ($1,590): College Board – A Dream Deferred Conference
  • Kevin Perrin ($1,700): 2018 HEUG/Alliance Conference
  • Rebecca Rahn ($1,800): 2018 HEUG/Alliance Conference
  • Deb Stout ($1,750): Associated Builders and Contractors Annual Conference
  • Bruce Morrison ($2,340): Effectively Leveraging Data in Enrollment Management Workshop
  • Kayla Leonard ($1,800): NASPA Foundation Conference
  • Azusena Nevares ($1,800): NASPA Foundation Conference
  • Kathy Schoen ($1,938): OCLC Resource Sharing Conference 2018
  • Toni Harrison ($2,133): American Library Association Annual Conference 2018

Donate to Puerto Rico for Valentine’s Day!

On Valentine’s Day – Let’s extend our hearts to Puerto Rico!!!  TRIO/Student Support Services is partnered with the TRIO/SSS Program at the Universidad del Turabo – Puerto Rico!  Their needs are extensive – their situation still devastating!!!

For TRIO’s Love Puerto Rico Flash Campaign, we are sending out the request list that came from the program:

  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Solar powered bulb lights
  • Portable battery-operated fans
  • Pen drives
  • Pencils and pens
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Filler paper with lines
  • Highlighters
  • Small staples
  • Scientific calculators
  • White glue
  • Manila folders
  • Sheet protectors
  • Correction paper or Liquid Paper
  • Rulers
  • Spiral Notebooks
  • Backpacks
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil cases
  • Lunch boxes
  • Tablet Notebook/printer/iPad/…

We can pick-up your donations from your offices – or you can drop them by our offices located on the 3rd Floor of the Student Center – Room 332!  Let’s Love Puerto Rico tomorrow!!!!   Contact Email:

Four images in one graphic; clockwise from top left: map of Puerto Rico; crest of Universidad del Turabo; Grand Rapids Community College logo; and TRIO Student Support Services logo

Sweets & Treats is Tomorrow! (Valentine’s Day)

Sweets and Treats. Brought to you by Human Resources. Daytime event: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., ATC Atrium. Night shift event: Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, 10 p.m.-11 p.m., Raider Grille.

Sweets and Treats is tomorrow!

Grab a friend and join us on Wednesday, February 14th, between 11:30am – 1:30pm in the ATC Atrium for some cupcakes and conversations. The event is open-house style, so come when you can, stay as long as you’re able.

Questions? Contact Nicole Dekker, x3848.


GRCC In the News, 2-13-18

Student senate looks at credit structuring, upcoming elections 

2/12/18 The Lanthorn (GVSU’s student newspaper)

At its general assembly Thursday, Feb. 8, the Grand Valley State University student senate discussed the current credit block at GVSU, a potential partnership with the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and the upcoming Student Senate Week.
… “All I did was email [the UICA],” said Rachel Jenkin, chair of the campus affairs committee. “I asked about, on average, how much it costs per month for these universities, how many students are coming and how long the partnership has happened. They said that they had just created the partnership with GRCC (Grand Rapids Community College) a month ago, so they’re fairly new to all of it. Then they explained how it’s $5, and they just contact the university at the end of each month, and the university pays $5.”

Student Fisher Pham to lead Mathematics Seminar

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, February 14, 3:00-4:00 PM in 515 Cook.

Our speaker, GRCC student Fisher Pham, will discuss mathematics related to solving Rubik’s Cube.  For the title and abstract of Fisher’s talk, please see below.

If you’ve ever solved Rubik’s Cube, attempted to solve it, glanced at it occasionally as it gathered dust on a shelf, or simply watched in amazement as someone else solved it in a few seconds, there will much of interest in this seminar.  As always, everyone is welcome!

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 PM.

God’s Algorithm: A Simple Solution for the Rubik’s Cube

The Rubik’s Cube–a puzzle that seems impossible to solve, yet some have managed to solve it in mere seconds. Whether you know how to solve it or if you’ve spent hours twisting and turning it to no avail, you might have wondered, “Is there a simple pattern that I could repeat over and over to eventually solve the Rubik’s cube?” This hypothetical pattern is called “God’s Algorithm”. In this talk, we will find out if “God’s Algorithm” exists and discuss other mathematical aspects of the Rubik’s Cube.