GRCC In the News, 3-13-18

Chinese satellite falls toward Earth; odds of a Michigan landing ‘very, very small’

March 12, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Chinese space station dropping closer to Earth could possibly land somewhere in West Michigan. The odds are incredibly small, but it has been enough to catch people’s attention.

… Dr. Lauren Woolsey, professor of astronomy and physics at Grand Rapids Community College, has been watching the path of the Tiangong-1. She says you’re 10 million times more likely to be struck by lightning than to see any sort of debris from the satellite.

Downtown museum and brewery partner on Beer Explorers class

March 12, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

There’s a class downtown this week for beer enthusiasts who are interested in learning about hops.

… Students from Grand Rapids Community College will direct the class in a tasting session.

Southern grads Mooney, Nocco excel at NCAA indoor track meet

March 12, 2018; Press of Atlantic City (Pleasantville, N.J.)

… Softball

… Monica Brignola (Lacey) singled, scored three runs and drove in one in Ocean County Colleges 16-0 win over Grand Rapids Community College in the first of two games Friday. In the second game, an 18-9 loss to Henry Ford, she went 3 for 4 with two runs.

Toner scam phone calls

Just a refresher on toner ordering: Konica Minolta copier/printers — Toners are ordered through the departments and is not charged.

Desktop printers — Toners are ordered on the GRCCePRINT online ordering through the Store Ordering.

No one from Konica Minolta will call you to order toner. If you receive a call, this is a scam, hang up.

If you need assistance, please call Customer Service at 616-234-3960


GRCC ceramics workshop

The Ceramics Department held a clay workshop on February 28th for all students within the Visual Arts. The guest artist was Madeline Kaczmarczyk. Madeline is a professional clay artist and Professor of Ceramics at Aquinas College. Madeline presented a visual lecture on the philosophy of her work, a clay demonstration of how she creates her work, and a student’s hands-on period trying out the new techniques.

Professor Scott Garrard stated: “It is so important to expose our students to as many artists as possible. Madeline demonstrated new techniques and creative ideas that will benefit each of our students as they move forward within their arts. It was a great educational experience for all.”

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TRIO collecting supplies for Puerto Rico

A quick update on TRIO’s ongoing Love Puerto Rico Campaign: We were able to ship successfully 6 small boxes with supplies. We have attached a picture of two of our students getting the boxes ready! We have kept in touch with our colleagues there — we have one student who is visiting Puerto Rico right now and will be meeting with the director of the SSS Program, and we are hoping to have a student-to-student Skype session.

We are coming to you to seek your support one more time and create a rainbow for Puerto Rico. We will be collecting supplies on Tuesday, March 13, during our TRIO/Palooza event from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in Room 122 ATC! Or 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) by March 14th!

Contact Anna Maria Clark at if you have any questions!

Thank you for all your support and contributions!

  • Help students at the Universidad del Turabo by donating:
  • Flashlight 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
  • Backpack
  • Graph paper
  • Pencil case
  • Lunch box
  • Tablet Notebooks, printers, and iPads
GRCC student Paulina Cartes-Brito with the staff at the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico

GRCC student Paulina Cartes-Brito with the staff at the Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico.

GRCC Student Paulina Cartes-Brito meets with students at the Universidad del Turabo.

GRCC Student Paulina Cartes-Brito meets with students at the Universidad del Turabo.

Two students hold up boxes of school supplies.