GRCC In the News, 3-20-18

Brothers coaching biggest games of their careers on same day

March 19, 2018; MLive

Andy and Luke Bronkema, brothers and college basketball head coaches who talk nearly every day, will really have something to discuss late night Tuesday.

… Luke Bronkema will lead Grand Rapids Community College in the opener of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at 7:30 p.m. in Danville, Ill., against host Danville Area Community College.

Live from the League, Day 2

March 20, 2018; Inside Higher Ed

The cheerleaders were gone on Monday, leaving a noticeable void in their wake. But the show must go on.

… Kathy Mullins, the development director at Grand Rapids Community College, did a talk on the use of scholarships to improve student success. I went in thinking that it would be about front-loading scholarship offers in a student career, to use them for recruitment, but it wasn’t. Instead, she focused on Sara Goldrick-Rab’s data on student food and housing insecurity, and the ways that carefully re-targeted scholarship aid allowed students with complicated lives to remain in, and complete, their programs.  I was happy to have been wrong.

(From the Confessions of a Community College Dean blog.)

Honoring the legacy of César Chávez

March 19, 2018;

The legacy of César Chávez was honored Thursday, March 15, 2018 as residents and community leaders gathered at the Cook Library Center, 1100 Grandville Ave SW and marched to Potter House Chapel for a community gathering for the 18th annual César E. Chávez Social Justice March & Community Gathering.

… Daniel Carachero, a freshman at Davenport University; Kevin Curiel-Vazquez, a junior at Western Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University senior Juan Mascorro-Guerrero walked in unity with community leaders.

(Although this article doesn’t mention it, Kevin Curiel-Vazquez and Juan Mascorro-Guerroro are GRCC alumni.)

Course packs due April 18

It’s time to start planning for the summer semester. Course Pack orders, files, planner, and SKUs are all due Wednesday, April 18, for summer 2018 semester. Please let the bookstore know if you plan to have a course pack and also let them know if it is going to be a new course pack or if it is a reprint of your previous file without changes. If you have a new file, please send the file and planner sheet to If you do not have a planner sheet, please state if you would like the course pack printed 1-sided or 2-sided. If you have any questions, we can be reached at 234-3960.

Message of thanks from Dale Betts

A message from Dale Betts:

To my GRCC Colleagues,

On behalf of my family, I would like to express our gratitude for all the kind words of encouragement we received during our time of grief. The outpouring of support was truly humbling and has served as  a source of strength for all of us during this difficult time. I’m incredibly grateful to work with such wonderful people.

From my family to all of yours, our deepest thanks.


Dale Betts

Mathematics Seminar looks at mathematics as language

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.

GRCC Employees on the Move through February 27, 2018

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.



Jordan Dack

Support Professional, Dental Clinic

Effective 2-19-18


Dave Murray

Director of Communications

Effective 3-5-18



 Theresa Kent-Williams

From:   Support Professional, College Success Center

To:       Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Finance & Administration

Effective 2-26-18


Ashley Ruthruff

From:    Contingency

To:        Support Professional, WIOA

Effective 3-5-18



Kristen Doneth

Support Professional, School of Arts & Sciences

Effective 3-7-18