Gerontology Panel this Thursday at DeVos Campus

Gerontology Panel poster. Poster features three images of older adults. An older woman listens to headphones with a younger woman; an older woman and man ride bikes; and an older man teaches four younger students in an academic setting. The text on the poster reads: "Gerontology Panel. Thursday, November 1, 2018. 4:30-6 p.m. GRCC's DeVos Campus, Sneden Hall, Room 108."

Information about this panel discussion:

  • What: Gerontology Panel
  • When: Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Where: GRCC’s DeVos Campus, Sneden Hall, Room 108
  • Who: A panel of community experts will answer questions about issues in Gerontology and share volunteer opportunities for working with older adults.
  • Why: Learn more about GRCC’s Gerontology Certificate program.

The Gerontology Panel is free and open to any students, faculty, staff, and community members who would like to attend.

Contact Kate Byerwalter, Ph.D. at or (616) 234-4405 for more information.

GRCC In The News, 10-29-18

Grant will help prepare Wyoming area students for college
10/26/18 (KISD newsletter)
Grand Rapids Community College is the recipient of a $2.1 million, six-year grant from the U.S. Education Department to boost chances for all students to succeed in college and beyond.

News at 6 p.m.
10/26/18 FOX 17
Restaurant Week in Grand Rapids raised more than $16,000 this year. Eighty restaurants participated in the two-week event, which raises money for scholarships to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at GRCC. Eight students were given awards this year — more than any previous year. This is the ninth year for the event, which has raised nearly $160,000 for local students.

Young officer named Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year
10/26/18 Ionia Sentinel-Standard
IONIA — Ionia County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Veenstra is only 24, but has demonstrated a willingness to work and a passion for helping the people of Ionia County.
… The Cooopersville native and Grand Rapids Community College Police Academy graduate said he pursued law enforcement as a way to help people.

6 Lakewood Club trustee candidates seek 3 seats
10/23/18 MLive
LAKEWOOD CLUB, MI – Three incumbent village trustees are seeking reelection while three challengers are running to replace them.
… (Kristina) All, 37, is a newcomer to politics and is a graduate of Muskegon High School and Grand Rapids Community College.

Energy alternatives on the rise in Michigan — slowly
10/26/18 Spartan Newsroom (MSU School of Journalism)
LANSING — Residents pay less for electricity from the grid when they produce some energy themselves from solar, wind and other alternative sources, according to a recent report.
… The amount generated in Michigan in 2017 by personal wind turbines, solar panels and hydroelectric systems is enough to meet the energy needs of 2,000 to 3,000 homes at once, said Jared Johnson, professor of physics at Grand Rapids Community College.

Search back on for new Wyoming Lee boys basketball coach
10/26/18 MLive
For the second time this year, Wyoming Lee High School is searching for a new boys varsity basketball coach.
… (Derrick) King served as an assistant coach at Grand Rapids Community College last year, and before that, he was an assistant at Catholic Central and East Grand Rapids.

Gov. Rick Snyder Makes Appointments, Reappointments
LANSING, Michigan, Oct. 26 — Gov. Rick Snyder, R-Michigan, issued the following news release:
… Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports
… Edwin Kornoelje of Grand Rapids is the director of Metro Health Sports Medicine and the Metro Health Hospital Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. He is the medical director for several local sporting events and is the head team physician for Calvin College, Grand Rapids Community College, R Athletics Gymnastics and Grand Rapids Drive. He is a team physician for the Grand Rapids Griffins, former head team physician for the West Michigan Whitecaps and serves on the advisory council for West Michigan Sports. Kornoelje holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Calvin College and a doctorate in osteopathy from Michigan State University – College of Osteopathic Medicine. He will replace Doreen Bolhuis.

Former Bulldog Mooring Drafted in NBA G-League
South Holland, IL — Former Hillcrest High School and South Suburban College (SSC) men’s basketball star player Jovan Mooring was drafted in the first round by the Grand Rapids Drive of the National Basketball Association (NBA) G-League during their annual draft on October 13, 2018. Mooring, a 6’2″ Guard, was the 13th pick overall.
… “It’s ironic that in one of the best performances I have ever seen, Jo scored 51 points for us at Grand Rapids Community College in 2016,” said Coach (John) Pigatti. “He’s the only player I have ever coached to get a standing ovation from a road crowd, when he walked off the court that night.”

Who can help with FERPA and privacy questions?

Student Records, General Counsel, and several faculty members teamed up to answer some commonly asked questions about FERPA.

Today’s question is: Who are the people at GRCC to ask when we have questions?

Search “FERPA” on GRCC Today to find more videos answering common FERPA-related questions.

For more information or additional questions about GRCC’s FERPA policy (8.6), please feel free to email

Thank you to all the stars of these videos and to Klaas Kwant for your work!

GRCC Mathematics Seminar tomorrow in Cook 102

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar tomorrow, October 30, 3-4 p.m. in 102 Cook.

Our speaker is Rebin Muhammad from Ohio University, presenting on the mathematical symmetries in traditional Islamic designs. The variety of symmetries found in Islamic geometric patterns contributes to beautiful works of art and a wealth of opportunities for interesting mathematical explorations.  Join us for a presentation that will appeal to a general audience – all are welcome!

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


Symmetries in the Alhambra

An Islamic geometric pattern is a two-dimensional wallpaper that is created by only using a compass and ruler. The history of Islamic geometric patterns dates back to the 8th century and can been seen in most Islamic countries, where it is used in decorating the walls of buildings and mosques. We will explore some of these patterns that are located in Alhambra (and other places) and see why they are mathematically interesting.