GRCC In the News, 3-14-18

News 8 at Noon

March 13, 2018; WOOD TV

City officials from Grand Rapids will get together with WMU leaders today to celebrate a growing partnership. Western has expanded several campuses from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids in the last few years. That includes the satellite campus on the East Beltline, and more projects are coming. The focus of the event tonight will be the manufacturing lab that will open soon. Businesses in the area and Grand Rapids Community College will partner with the lab.

DACC seeded eighth at NJCAAs

March 13, 2018; Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)

DANVILLE — The NJCAA Division II National Tournament bracket was revealed on Tuesday with host Danville Area Community College at the eighth seed.

The Jaguars will take on No. 9 seeded Grand Rapids Community College, who is not a stranger to the tournament.

College Sports Roundup

March 13, 2018; Huron Daily Tribune

… Breyton Meeks (Bad Axe 2017): Delivered a season-high 26 points with seven rebounds, two blocks, one rebound and one assist at forward for the Mid Michigan Community College women’s basketball program (21-4) in a 75-56 victory at Jackson College (8-17) on Feb. 26 in Jackson.

In the freshman’s most recent outing, the freshman nabbed her 18th double-digit scoring effort of the season in a 68-65 loss at home to Grand Rapids Community College (14-14) on March 6 in Harrison.

‘Fake News’ session features author Paul Levinson

Plan to attend the next program in the Combating Fake News series when Paul Levinson will discuss his book Fake News In Real Context.  Dr. Levinson will sign copies of his book after the presentation; the Library and Learning Commons has complimentary book copies for GRCC students, faculty and staff (while supplies last) available at the Circulation Desk.

The presentation will be 1-2 p.m. March 20 at the Library & Learning Commons 2nd – West. There will be refreshments.

For more information or accommodations, contact library circulation specialist Antoinette (Toni) Harrington at 616-234-3555 or


IIPD grant applications are due on March 16, 2018, at 4:30 p.m.

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) Grants program is 4:30 p.m., March 16, 2018. Information about how to apply for an IIPD grant can be found at this website: IIPD Application and Guidelines. Please note that applications must include Dean’s and Department Head Approval forms, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director, Grants and Resource Development Department, at 234-3910 or Good luck!

SCHOLARfest honors alumna Sara Smolenski

This year’s SCHOLARfest — 6-9 p.m. March 27 at DeVos Place — will honor Judge Sara J. Smolenski.

While a Grand Rapids Junior College student, Judge Smolenski was a leader in the classroom, on the softball field and on the basketball court. Now a leader in the courtroom and the community, she has actively supported the Grand Rapids Community Foundation in its mission to help students achieve their dreams.

The event includes a strolling dinner, music by Yellow Brick Dueling Pianos and a brief program at 6:45 p.m. Dress is business casual.

Individual tickets cost $150, with proceeds benefiting GRCC scholarships. You can RSVP online.

For more information, contact Mary Reed at (616) 234-3930 or

A woman stands behind a lectern that says “Grand Rapids Community College”; her hands are raised in the air.

Judge Sara Smolenski


GRCC alumna Katrina Teunis 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, March 21, 3:00-4:00 PM in 515 Cook.

Our speaker, former GRCC student and current GRCC tutor Katrina Teunis, will discuss mathematics as a language.  For the title and abstract of Katrina’s talk, please see below.

When discussions of a “universal language” arise, mathematics is usually at or near the top of the list.  But at the same time, many people admit that they don’t understand mathematics very well, and some may go on to say that they don’t like it very much.  In her presentation Karina will endeavor to show that treating mathematics as a language may make it more understandable, and, by extension, more likable.  No mathematics background is needed for this talk, and, as always, everyone is welcome!

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

The Language of Mathematics

Have you ever joked about math being a language you don’t understand? Have you ever wondered what the purpose was in learning algebra when you have absolutely no plans to use math in your future careers? Well, what if math really is a language, and treating it as one could both help you understand mathematics and why it applies to your daily life? Seeing math as the language it is can open the door to understanding why math works the way it does and how it is more than just manipulating numbers.  This talk will answer the question “is math a language” and address how viewing math in this way will improve your ability to work with numbers, use logic in your daily life, and truly understand mathematics.