GRCC Mathematics Seminar Today in 114 Cook

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first 2018-2019 Mathematics Seminar TODAY, September 26, from 3-4 p.m. in 114 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC Mathematics Instructor John Dersch.

The study of mathematics has the potential to delight participants with beauty and surprising relationships. This talk will attempt to capture a small piece of mathematical wonder by connecting two ideas that appear to have nothing in common. Some knowledge of algebra will be useful, but, as always, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Refreshments will be served at 2:45 p.m.

 

Series and Probability DO Mix

Suppose you start adding 1 +     +      +    +  ¼  and you just keep going. As you add more and more terms, your answers will approach a unique number. It’s easy to approximate this number, but finding its exact value is a historically famous and fascinating problem.  This talk has two parts. In Part 1 we will show how Leonhard Euler first solved this famous problem in the 1730s. Part 2 reveals an unexpected appearance of Euler’s solution in our search for the answer to a question involving probability and relatively prime numbers.

TechSmith Relay Replacement

As of January 1, 2019, TechSmith Relay Recorder and Relay Server will no longer be available as their parent company, TechSmith, has discontinued both products.

If you have used TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past to create videos, SnagIt and Camtasia are more robust versions of TechSmith Relay Recorder that allow you to screen capture and edit your videos. Both SnagIt and Camtasia are available for download in the Software Center. If you have uploaded videos to RaiderCast using the TechSmith Relay Recorder in the past, those videos will still be available and you can upload to that location through December 31, 2018.

Starting January 1, 2019, videos can no longer be uploaded to RaiderCast. They can be uploaded to Google Drive or YouTube using the Share option in SnagIt and Camtasia. The video captioning process will stay the same. As a reminder, per the audiovisual captioning policy, compliance with federal law requires captioning of all created, purchased or continually used audiovisual media production shown at GRCC.

Tutorials for SnagIt and Camtasia are listed below.

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at dlit@grcc.edu or call 234-3205.

Blackboard Instant Messenger Going Away

Blackboard Instant Messenger will no longer be available for use as of January 1, 2019. This solution has been discontinued by its parent company, Blackboard.

Information Technology understands that many faculty and staff rely on the use of an instant messaging tool to communicate with students. With this, GRCC will officially support the use of Google Hangouts. Google Hangouts allows you to send chat messages, make video calls, and screen share. Whether you are new to Google Hangouts or are currently using it or have used it in the past, more information can be found in Google Hangouts. This resource includes information on all three platforms of Google Hangouts including Google Chat and Google Meet.

We encourage faculty and staff members to begin using Google Hangouts prior to January 1, 2019, to familiarize themselves with the product suite and to determine how to best use the new tool in your day-to-day operations. Faculty and staff can use the Hangouts suite by visiting the Hangouts webpage and entering their GRCC email address and GRCC network password.  To switch between Hangouts, Chat, and Meet simply click the Google Apps menu in the upper right corner of your browser.

If you need assistance with these products, please drop-in to the Distance Learning office at 316 Main, alternatively, you can email them at dlit@grcc.edu or call 234-3205.

GRCC In The News, 9-25-18

Mister Car Wash Awards 41 Scholarships
9/25/18 The Virginian Pilot
TUCSON, Ariz., Sept. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The journey from being inspired to inspiring others can be very short, as evidenced by the stories of 41 scholarship recipients selected by Mister Car Wash in 2018. Now in its third year, the Mister Car Wash Scholarship program is helping employees shape their future by helping them reach their higher education goals.
… Presented below are the names, cities and colleges of all 41 recipients of Mister Car Wash’s 2018 Inspiring Futures Scholarship:
… Anibal Hernandez Grand Rapids, MI Grand Rapids Community College
(This appeared in 40 other media outlets.)

Lumberjacks run like the wind at Firebird Classic
9/24/18 The Alpena News
GRAYLING — When the weather is awful and the course is extremely tough, the 2018 Alpena Community College Cross-Country team seem to run their best. With wind gusts up to 30 mph along with the cold and rain, the Lumberjack men ran one of their best races in team history. ACC took third place overall out of eight teams Friday night at the Kirtland Firebird Classic held at Hanson Hills in Grayling. The Lumberjacks finished behind nationally ranked Lansing Community College and Grand Rapids Community College while beating Kellogg CC, St. Clair CC, Oakland CC, Kirtland CC and Wayne County CC.

Three Hope College student-athletes receive weekly MIAA honors
9/24/18 The Holland Sentinel
Hope College’s Brett Slayton has been selected the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week.
The sophomore from Holland, Michigan (Hamilton HS) recorded a personal-best time of 25 minutes, 21 seconds to lead the Flying Dutchmen at the Grand Rapids Community College Invitational on Saturday at Prairie Wolf Park in Caledonia, Michigan.

Hope’s Brett Slayton named MIAA Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week
9/25/18 MLive
Hope College’s Brett Slayton has been selected the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week.
The sophomore from Holland, Michigan (Hamilton HS) recorded a personal-best time of 25 minutes, 21 seconds to lead the Flying Dutchmen at the Grand Rapids Community College Invitational on Saturday at Prairie Wolf Park in Caledonia, Michigan.

Petoskey’s Hoffman, Kartes earn high marks for NMU, GVSU
9/25/18 Petoskey News
… Rochester College junior and Boyne City graduate Dominic Santina finished 95th with a time of 27:18.9 at the Grand Rapids Community College Invite on Saturday.
… Charlevoix native and Aquinas freshman runner Ben Peterson took 110th at the Grand Rapids Community College Invite on Saturday. Peterson finished the race with a time of 27:55.5 to help Aquinas place 1st overall as a team.

Learning Opportunities Scheduled This Week: Benefits, Drupal, and Workplace Health

Here are the professional development opportunities Human Resources has prepared for staff and faculty this week:

Wednesday, 9/26: Benefits 101

  • These sessions will provide an overview of health plans, FSA, HSA, and optional benefits offered through Grand Rapids Community College.

Thursday, 9/27: Drupal Basics

  • In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.

Friday, 9/28: Fitness in the Workplace (NEW Session)

  • Most Americans with desk jobs report not getting enough exercise. Additionally, prolonged sitting, especially at a computer, can cause strain on muscles and joints, particularly of the neck and back, and cause pain. Simple changes can be incorporated into your workday to help to you become more active, reduce stress, and feel good! This seminar will discuss proper desk ergonomics, stretches, and light exercises you can do around your workplace; stress reduction strategies; and how to make easy behavior changes that can help you feel great throughout the day!

Go to the Registration webpage to see details on these sessions and to register. Seats are filling up fast, so register today!

GRCC Mathematics Seminar this Wednesday in Cook 114

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first Mathematics Seminar of 2018-2019 tomorrow, September 26, from 3-4 p.m. in 114 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC Mathematics Instructor John Dersch.

The study of mathematics has the potential to delight participants with beauty and surprising relationships. This talk will attempt to capture a small piece of mathematical wonder by connecting two ideas that appear to have nothing in common. Some knowledge of algebra will be useful, but, as always, everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Refreshments will be served at 2:45 p.m.

 

Series and Probability DO Mix

Suppose you start adding 1 +     +      +    +  ¼  and you just keep going. As you add more and more terms, your answers will approach a unique number. It’s easy to approximate this number, but finding its exact value is a historically famous and fascinating problem.  This talk has two parts. In Part 1 we will show how Leonhard Euler first solved this famous problem in the 1730s. Part 2 reveals an unexpected appearance of Euler’s solution in our search for the answer to a question involving probability and relatively prime numbers.

Help identify students to join the GRCC Honors Program

A photograph of a female instructor working with a female student in the Honors program.

The Honors Program is a small community of highly motivated students who want more out of their college experience. Success in this program is not only measured by academic performance, degree completion or transfer, it includes building collaborative relationships with faculty and peers.  Students gain a competitive edge through the development of strong leadership, research and service-learning skills.

Students begin the program every fall by taking Honors 101, a 1-credit course offered in a 7-week format.  The next section starts Wednesday, October 17.

Program Benefits:

  • Unique opportunities to learn alongside influential college and community leaders.
  • The opportunity to create a collaborative research project.
  • A dedicated advisor to help you develop a clear pathway to degree completion and/or a successful transfer to a four-year institution.
  • A competitive edge for transfer and employment applications upon completion.
  • Scholarship award for program completion (up to $500).

 

Application Process:

Students may submit applications online at www.grcc.edu/honors.

GRCC In The News, 9-24-18

Grand Rapids New Advanced Manufacturing Laboratory Will Train Next Generation
9/21/18 Industry Week
The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory located in downtown Grand Rapids on at Western University Michigan opened on Sept. 19. It occupies 15,000-square-feet but houses a lot of dreams.
A collaborative effort between the Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan manufacturers, it aims to serve as a program to cultivate the next generation of engineers, designers and other skilled individuals to serve the manufacturing industry.

Morning News
9/23/18 FOX 17
Western Michigan University is opening a new lab for manufacturing students. The $3 million facility opened its doors earlier this week on Ionia and Cherry Street in downtown Grand Rapids. Just a year ago, the university announced a collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan manufacturers addressing industry needs. The facility will include opportunities for students to earn college credits in prototyping, training, small-scale manufacturing. The president of GRCC says that the program will benefit the community and students in the area for the future. Bill Pink, GRCC president: “This is a collaboration of people and organizations that got together and said, ‘We need to do more in the area of advancing manufacturing in West Michigan because we all know the talent need is huge and it’s not going away tomorrow.'”

Kalamazoo-based WMU Opens Manufacturing Lab in Downtown Grand Rapids
9/21/18 dbusiness.com
Kalamazoo’s Western Michigan University Wednesday announced it has opened its 15,000-square-foot AMP Lab in downtown Grand Rapids.
The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory comes a year after the university announced a collaborative effort with Grand Rapids Community College and western Michigan manufacturers to address talent needs in the manufacturing industry.

The talent gap opportunity
9/24/18 Crain’s Detroit Business
Growing up, Derrek Schwab listened as everybody even his wood-shop and metal-shop teachers told him he needed to go to college.
… For details on how to begin, including a step-by-step guide to the process and an ROI calculator for your business, visit miapprenticeship.org or call the apprenticeship hotline at 734-229-3559. Here are some specific apprenticeship programs, to give you an idea of the diversity of options.
… Michigan Apprenticeship Program Plus (MAP+), a partnership between Grand Rapids and Macomb community colleges, MIWorks!, employers and others. Learn more: grcc.edu.
… Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College and local employers.

College notes: Autumn Severn on a roll for Raiders
9/21/18 The Argus-Press (Shiawassee County)
Autumn Severn is on a nice roll at the setter position for Grand Rapids Community College.

Late commitment to golf at GRCC left Rohrback feeling nervous
9/23/18 Traverse City Record-Eagle
SUTTONS BAY — Suttons Bay graduate Evan Rohrback looked around and felt a little nervous.
… Rohrback first reached out to Grand Rapids Community College coach John Forton last December, expressing interest in joining the team. The interest proved mutual, but Rohrback played football, basketball, and golf, and he was never able to schedule an official visit to the school.

Artist paints forgotten history along the Grand River
9/21/18 Grand Rapids Magazine
Growing up, Grand Rapids artist Alan Compo was surrounded by art all the time. He attended Grand Rapids Community College and took art classes, but most of his learning about art came from Native American artists.

Artistic Achievement
9/22/18 The Daily News (Greenville)
A dozen local artists have created offerings for the 10th annual ArtPrize contest, ranging in inspiration from Michigan nature and wildlife to Haitian creations to Greek mythology to Japanese art.
… Lisa Spielmaker
… Background: I enjoy all forms of art, and appreciate all forms of creation. Art in all forms is a thing of beauty. I strive to bring that realistic natural beauty into my art. Art is like an eloquent language that everyone can understand and appreciate. It brings everyone together without words and can have a profound impact on society. That is why I enjoy art so much. I am a 1998 graduate of Grand Rapids Community College focusing on art and art history. I have two pieces of art that are part of their permanent collection.

Morning News at 6 a.m.
9/24/18 WZZM
With the November election just around the corner, the Secretary of State is making it easy for people to get ready for the election. Starting today, their mobile offices will visit state universities across the state, offering voter registration and other services to students, faculty and staff and area residents. Here are some of those stops. It will be at Grand Rapids Community College today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. then GVSU on Tuesday and Western Michigan on Wednesday.

Hope women’s cross country places fifth at GRCC Raider Invite
9/22/18 MLive
The Hope College women’s cross country team had another outstanding meet on Saturday by placing fifth out of 14 teams at the Grand Rapids Community College Invitational.

Hope men’s cross country takes seventh at GRCC Raider Invite
9/22/18 MLive
The Hope College men’s cross country team came in seventh place overall out of 13 teams overall competing at the Grand Rapids Community College Invitational on Saturday.

Cross Country Finishes Eighth at Raider Invitational
9/22/18 MLive
Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Alma College men’s and women’s cross country team ran in the Raider Invitational on Saturday (Sept. 22), hosted by Grand Rapids Community College.

Visual Arts Professor Filippo Tagliati receives ArtPrize Artist Seed Grant

Associate Professor Filippo Tagliati in the Visual Arts department attended an awards ceremony on September 20th for the Frey Foundation’s Artist Seed Grants, where he and his collaborative team were awarded a $2,000 grant to support their submission into this year’s competition.  The grants were awarded to artists who “demonstrated both financial need and artistic merit.”

Here a link to the ArtPrize article regarding the awards: http://www.artprize.org/blog/artprize-awards-165000-in-grants-to-artists-ahead-of-10th-event

And here is Filippo’s ArtPrize entry for this year: http://www.artprize.org/67830

His project will be on display at the SiTE:LAB venue, 415 Franklin SE, for the duration of ArtPrize.

Deadline for SSPD grant applications is approaching!

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is September 28, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available on the Grants Department web page at www.grcc.edu/sspdgrants. Please note that applications must include a supervisor’s approval form, a budget form, and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Interim Director of Grant Development, at 234-3340 or ldopke@grcc.edu. Good luck!

Recap: Making Friends and Food at GRCC’s First ‘Seasonal Cooking’ Event

The GRCC Foundation and Secchia Institute for Culinary Education hosted a new seasonal cooking experience last Thursday – “Seasonal Cooking: A physician, a farmer, and a chef walk into a kitchen…”

Image of the Seasonal Cooking advertisement. The image features a variety of garden vegetables above the words, "Seasonal Cooking. "A physician, a farmer, and a chef walk into a kitchen..." Learn about the importance of local, seasonal produce to your overall health and well-being through this hands-on cooking class, presented by the GRCC Foundation. Come cook with us!"

This GRCC Foundation friend-raiser gave guests time to experience GRCC as they never have before, beginning the evening in the Pietro and Regina Amphitheater, followed by time spent cooking together in the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education kitchens, and ending with dinner and discussion.

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Thanks to everyone who helped make this Seasonal Cooking event such a wonderful experience!

GRCC In The News, 9-21-18

Morning News
9/21/18 FOX 17
Western Michigan University is opening a new lab for manufacturing students. … Just a year ago, the university announced a collaboration with Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan manufacturers addressing industry needs. The facility will include opportunities for students to earn college credits in prototyping, training and small-scale manufacturing. Bill Pink, GRCC president: “This is a collaboration of people and organizations that got together and said, ‘We need to do more in the area of advancing manufacturing in West Michigan because we all know that the need is hugs and it’s not going away tomorrow.'”

WMU opens manufacturing lab in Grand Rapids
9/20/18 WKRF
A year ago, Western Michigan University announced a collaborative effort with Grand Rapids Community College, and with West Michigan manufacturers to help ease the need for talent in manufacturing. Wednesday, the first examples of that effort were put on display.

WMU Opens Manufacturing Lab in Downtown Grand Rapids
9/20/18 advancedmanufacturing.org
One year after announcing a collaborative effort with Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC; Grand Rapids, MI) and West Michigan manufacturers addressing talent needs in the manufacturing industry, the AMP Lab @ WMU opened its doors for industry leaders to have a first look at the new 15,000-sq.-ft. instructional manufacturing facility.

WMU opens manufacturing lab in downtown Grand Rapids
9/20/18 WMU News (Western Michigan University’s website)
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — One year after announcing a collaborative effort with Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan manufacturers addressing talent needs in the manufacturing industry, the AMP Lab @ WMU opened its doors for industry leaders to have a first look at the new 15,000-square-foot instructional manufacturing facility.

Towers art featured at 10th annual ArtPrize competition
9/20/18 The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)
COLDWATER — Paul Tower of Coldwater is an artist under the disguise of a flooring guy, the owner of H & S Supply.
… It’s a sculpture, “Ferocious Funnel” on display at the Grand Rapids Community College Spectrum Theater lobby. Tower was elated when he learned the piece was accepted. He had entered in the past without success.

Lorena Aguayo-Marquez receives Civil Rights Award

Lorena Aguayo-Márquez

Lorena Aguayo-Márquez

Congratulations to Lorena Aguayo-Marquez, a recipient of the 2018 Helen Jackson Claytor Civil Rights Award!

She will receive the award tonight from the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission. Also receiving the award is Elias Lumpkins, a former 3rd Ward city commissioner, former dean of students at Grand Rapids Junior College, and member of the GRCC Foundation board.

Aguayo-Marquez, now GRCC’s Kellogg community recruitment specialist, received an Excellence in Education Award and an ALAS Latinas Emerging Leader Award last year.

The Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission established the Helen Jackson Claytor Civil Rights Award in 1998. A statue of Claytor, the first African-American president of the national YWCA, stands on GRCC’s Dr. Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza.

GRCC In The News, 9-20-18

New Western Michigan manufacturing lab open in Grand Rapids
9/19/18 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A new $3 million manufacturing lab for Western Michigan University students is open in Grand Rapids.
… The university announced a collaboration a year ago with Grand Rapids Community College and West Michigan manufactures addressing industry needs, the release said.

News Channel 3 at 6 p.m.
9/19/18 WWMT
Beginning next week, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will launch a new effort to get more college kids to register to vote. A mobile office will tour the state and make a few stops here. It’ll visit Grand Rapids Community College on Monday.

UIX: Sustainable printing in Grand Rapids goes back decades before B Corps were cool
9/20/18 rapidgrowthmedia.com
Imagine someone hands you a business card. A rectangle about three-and-a-half inches long and two inches wide. Their name is embossed on the front, their company and phone number.
… Local partnerships are a mainstay of Crop Marks’ business, which handles print projects for Experience Grand Rapids, Local First, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, and Grand Rapids Community College, as well as the City of Grand Rapids, the City of Walker, and Kent County.

Dan and Faran put their artistic skills to the test in 13 ON YOUR SIDE ArtPrize competition
9/19/18 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The 13 ON YOUR SIDE Mornings team launched their coverage of ArtPrize 10 from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Wednesday, Sept. 19, with their own version of the contest.
… Arbor Circle’s ArtPrize entry was created by youth receiving the community based services. It’s a group of masks created by youth ranging from age 5 to 17. They are all on display together at GRCC’s Spectrum Theatre. Click here to learn more about the entry.