GRCC In the News, 4-16-18

Not your average vending machine

April 13, 2018; Community College Daily

In Michigan, Grand Rapids Community College students are preparing for exams with the help of an unusual resource: a laptop vending machine.

Michigan Dairy Plant Plans $21.3 Million Expansion

April 13, 2018; Dairy Herd Management

A dairy plant in Western Michigan is planning an expansion that will add 62 jobs over three years and cost $21.3 million.

… “Agropur’s decision to invest $21.3 million and create more than 60 jobs is a tremendous win for West Michigan and the region’s growing food processing sector,” says Thad Rieder, Senior Business Development Manager, The Right Place. “By partnering with the City of Wyoming, West Michigan Works!, Grand Rapids Community College and MEDC, The Right Place has been able to coordinate talent, training, and financial tools to boost Agropur’s internal return for this important expansion.”

Change Ups: Cooley Law students garner Leadership Achievement Award

April 13, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… The Pregnancy Resource Center elected its directors: chairman, Adam T. Donovan, Rim Guard; vice chair, Jason Granger, Intellisys Capital; treasurer, Rick Rusthoven, KSS Enterprises; past chair, Peter Baldwin, AMDG Architects; secretary, Lynn Prince, Grand Rapids Community College; and Andrea Reynolds, Kent Career Tech Center.

Grand Rapids Christian announces new boys basketball coach

April 15, 2018; MLive

Grand Rapids Christian’s boys basketball program is losing an experienced, successful coach now that Mark Warners has stepped down.

… Christian athletic director Jason Heerema announced Sunday that Eric Taylor has been hired to coach the Eagles. Taylor has served as an assistant under Warners for the past four seasons, and before that, he was the Grand Rapids Community College women’s coach for three seasons. He was named Western Collegiate Coach of the Year in 2010.

Human Resources professional development opportunities

Human Resources Professional Development Opportunities. You can register online.
Facilitating Difficult Conversations Workshop
Tuesdays, April 17, 2018 and April 24, 2018 (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
THIS IS A TWO PART WORKSHOP! PARTICIPANTS MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING BOTH PARTS. PART 1 will be presented on April 17, 2018 and PART 2 will be presented on April 24, 2018. Facilitation is more than discussion. Genuine facilitation requires listening, understanding and guiding the dialog process. But when you reflect on all of our assumptions, biases, unspoken emotions and behavioral idiosyncrasies, this can seem almost impossible.
Reimbursement Policy Workshop
Thursday, April 19, 2018 (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm)
This learning session will review the current employee reimbursement policy and will touch on topics related to travel reimbursements, mileage reimbursements, GSA Meal Per Diem rates, as well as Faculty Professional Development, and Tuition Benefit reimbursements for courses attended at other colleges or universities.
Aging With Grace Workshop
Friday, April 20, 2018 (9:30 am – 11:30 am)
This course is designed to give participants a holistic view of the development components of aging. This will include information on physiological, neurological, and mental-emotional aspects of the aging process. Geriatric diseases such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s, other forms of dementia, and Parkinson’s will be discussed. Participants will become familiar with resources available in the Grand Rapids community to assist in age related services, as well as provide for forum of discussion about managing their aging, as well as the aging of loved ones. We will discuss various techniques and activities utilized by attendees to reduce the impact of aging.

Distance Learning offers training in technology

It’s never to early to start thinking about new tools! Join Distance Learning & Instructional Technologies the first week of May for these face-to-face trainings and begin using these technologies this summer!
  • Let’s Hangout! – Wednesday, May 2, 10-11 am, 351 Main
    • Bring your computer (or use one of the lab PCs) to learn how to use Google Hangouts to quickly connect with your students.
  • Creating Video with Camtasia, Thursday, May 3, 1-2:30 pm, 351 Main
    • In this session, you will learn how to create a recording in Camtasia, perform basic editing on a recording, and share your recording to Relay, YouTube or simply save it as a local file.
Registration is required, visit for details.

Exam Week hours for Campus Dining

Exam Week Hours

April 23rd – 27th

The Quiet Cafe: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th

Open Normal Hours.

Wednesday 25th Open 7am-4pm (breakfast from 7am-10am)

Closed Thursday April 26th through Friday May 4th

The Quiet Café will be open through the summer starting May 7th Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm

The Raider Grille: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th

Open until 2pm. (Wok This Way Closed)

Closed Wednesday 25th- Friday 27th

Closed for the summer

The Sneden Cafe: Monday 23rd Open Normal Hours

Tuesday 24th Open 7am – 1pm

Closed Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th

Sneden will be Closed for the Summer

April Mathematics Seminar tomorrow

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is hosting its last Mathematics Seminar of 2017-2018 tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17, 3-4 p.m. in 103 Cook.

Our speaker, former GRCC student and current GRCC tutor Jeff Powers, will discuss the mathematics and science of Archimedes.  For the title and abstract of Jeff’s talk, please see below.

The mathematical and scientific accomplishments of Archimedes are impressive in their scope, depth and detail, often anticipating the work of others by many centuries.  This seminar will be accessible to everyone, regardless of their background in mathematics, and should also be of interest to those who enjoy history, astronomy, physics and science in general.  All are welcome.

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

“Archimedes: The Sand Reckoner

“There are some, King Gelon, who believe that the number of the sand is infinite in multitude…” begins The Sand Reckoner, a 3rd-century BCE manuscript by Archimedes of Syracuse (287-212 BCE). Limited by Greek numerals, Archimedes sought a new number system capable of expressing quantities larger than the amount of sand that could fill up the universe. Of course, to do this, he had to first determine the size of the universe. The Sand Reckoner is significant not only for the extraordinary mathematics it contains, but also for its profound insights into the history of science. It cites the earliest account we have of a heliocentric solar system, contains adjustments for solar parallax and the anatomy of a human eye, and is regarded as the world’s first research-expository paper. This seminar showcases Archimedes’ genius via a detailed analysis of The Sand Reckoner, demonstrating his place as the greatest mathematician of antiquity.

Library hosts Exam Cram

Monday, April 16th – Sunday, April 22nd

FREE snacks & beverages everyday

Quiet Study

Group work spaces


NEW!  Printmaking sessions with Craftsanity’s Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood

Monday, April 16th 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, April 18th 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


PLUS on Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd

Extended hours from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (both days)

Tutors available in select subjects


No registration required.

Commencement volunteers needed

Commencement is a special time for our GRCC family! Serving as a volunteer is a great way to show your support for our graduates, and to help make their celebration memorable. We have numerous roles to be filled:

  • ADA seating
  • Name card distribution
  • Graduate line-up
  • Faculty line-up
  • Guest seating/ushers
  • Greeter/program distribution
  • Ticket takers
  • Graduate seating
  • Floor support during recessional

Please consider volunteering! To see what each volunteer role involves, or to sign up please click here

Retirement celebration for Gretchen Robinson, Bernie Manker on April 17

Please join the Language and Thought Department to congratulate Gretchen Robinson and Bernie Manker on their retirements. Bernie will retire at the end of this semester and Gretchen will retire in early July. There will be a reception to thank them both for their many years of service to our department and the college in the Collins Art Gallery (Main Building, 4th floor) on Tuesday, April 17, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. You are all invited to stop by and wish them well!

Van & Marinus Swets Travel Award applications due this week


DEADLINE: Thursday, April 19, 2018

This travel award is for fun, enjoyment, and relaxation.  It is not intended to supplement any faculty, staff or administrator’s professional development travel funds.  A cash award of up to $400 will be given to any full or part-time GRCC employee who completes the following requirements and has his or her essay judged the best to fulfill the employee’s intention to relax, enjoy and have fun.


  • Submit an essay (500 words or less) telling how you intend to use the
  • cash award for fun, enjoyment, relaxation.  The more unusual, the better!
  • Essays will not be judged on spelling, writing style, organization, usage or grammar. They will be judged on creativity.
  • Steps for turning in your application for the Van Marinus Swets Travel Award
  1. Do not put your name on the essay.
  2. Write your GRCC employee ID number in the upper right corner of the first page of your essay.
  3. Attach an envelope to your essay containing the following:
  4. On the outside of the envelope, write your GRCC employee ID number.
  5. Inside the sealed envelope, place your business card or contact information.
  6. Send you application to Mary Reed in the GRCC Foundation Office.
  7. Submit your application by 5:00pm on Thursday, April 19th.

All award winners will be notified by Wednesday, April 25th

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