‘Black Panther’ movie showing – Thursday, April 26th

Hey Raiders!

GRCC Campus Activities Board is EXCITED to announce the showing of Black Panther on Thursday, April 26th at the ATC Auditorium. Students with a GRCC ID will get in FREE, non-students will have to pay $2*. Doors open at 6:00 pm, movie starts at 7:00 pm.

FREE refreshments will be provided, and only 150 people will be allowed in to watch the film.

*Cash and RaiderCard only. — ATM located by the entrance of the ATC.

Weight Watchers At Work – New Series!

GRCC would like to continue offering Weight Watchers at Work and are looking for 15 or more employees to join in our success in order to continue the program. Our current members have collectively lost over 365 pounds in just 12 weeks!

Enjoy a 15% discount if you register by April 26th! Cost for the program is $132.60 for 12 weeks of on-campus meetings (on Thursdays) beginning June 7th and online e-tool access. After April 26th, the cost for the program will be $156. Did you also know that if you take advantage of the Flex Spending Account, the cost of the program could be covered with a medical necessity doctor’s note? For more information, please contact the Benefits Office.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Nicole Dekker (x3848, nicoledekker2@grcc.edu) and join us at a meeting on Thursday, April 19th or April 26th, at 12:30pm in the Far Side Room (1st Floor Student Center). Please note that should you choose to register for the program, payment is due at this session. Members can pay with cash, check, or a credit or debit card. You can also take advantage of a three-check split payment method.

Take the step and join the GRCC Kidney Walk team

The National Kidney Foundation has made a difference in the lives of individuals living with kidney disease because of the dedication and support of people like you!  Come join the GRCC team, and Dr. Pink who is this year’s honorary chair on Sunday, April 22, at Millennium Park! Registration starts at 1:00 pm, and the walk begins at 2:00 pm.  Bring your family, friends, relatives, neighbors, and pets are welcome too! Meet up at the GRCC flags near the check-in to receive a free GRCC bandanna for you, or your furry friend!   To register with the team click on this link.

Photos from Student Employee Appreciation Week

Student Employee Appreciation Week took place April 9-12 with a lunch and event each day (see below). The goal of each event was to show just how much we appreciate everything our wonderful Student Employee do for GRCC throughout the year. This year’s events were:

Monday: Pizza buffet and henna tattoos

Tuesday: Taco bar and authentic paleta (Mexican ice pops)

Wednesday: Baked potato bar and caricatures

Thursday: Pasta bar and “mystery guests”! (A great selfie opportunity!)

Over the course of the week, Student Employment Services was able to provide lunch & fun to approximately 525 Student Employees & their Supervisors (cumulative). Attached are a few pics of Friday’s “Mystery Guests”!

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Student employees receive recognition

On Friday April 13, Student Employment Services held a special luncheon to announce the annual “Student Employee of the Year” recipients.  Listed below are the top 3 winners:

  • 2018 Student Employee of the Year:  Allison Bouma – FFH (Nominated by Sue Goeman)
  • 1st Runner-up: Stacie McCarthy – Music Department (Nominated by Kevin Dobreff)
  • 2nd Runner-up: Maria Andrea Calles Tamay – Academic Support (Nominated by Laurie Witczak)

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Mathematics Seminar TODAY in 103 Cook

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is hosting its last Mathematics Seminar of 2017-2018 today, Tuesday, April 17, 3:00-4:00 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.

GRCC Employees on the Move through April 3, 2018

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.


Patricia Young

Senior Accountant, Accounting & Budgeting Services

Effective 3-12-18


Isabel Vargas

Support Professional, MAP+

Effective 3-12-18


Ronald Luyk

Carpenter, Facilities-Maintenance

Effective 3-12-18


Corey Turner

Development Manager Alumni and Planned Giving, College Advancement

Effective 4-2-18


Jeffrey Hackbarth

Junior Enterprise Analyst, Enterprise Applications

Effective 3-26-18



Lauren Shirey

From:    Support Professional, Education

To:        Support Professional, School of Arts and Sciences

Effective 4-17-18



Kelly Kozloski

Program Coordinator, College Success Center

Effective 3-17-18


Heath Chelesvig

Research Analyst, IRP

Effective 3-13-18


James Steensma

Carpenter, Facilities-Maintenance

Effective 3-30-18

Retiring after 24.5 years of service


Rick VanderVeen

Director of Fieldhouse Events, Ford Fieldhouse

Effective 6-1-18

Retiring after 37.75 years of service


Gretchen Robinson

Support Professional, Visual Arts and Language & Thought

Effective 7-10-18

Retiring after 17 years of service


Retirement celebration for Gretchen Robinson, Bernie Manker is today

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!