GRCC In The News, 10-30-18

Dillard picked to repeat as GCAC champions
10/29/18 The New Orleans Advocate
The Dillard Bleu Devils have won two consecutive Gulf Coast Athletic Conference regular-season championships, tying with Xavier last season, and three conference tournament titles in a row.
… Like last year’s Bleu Devils, who reached the Elite Eight in the NAIA Championships, Newell said the team’s guard play again will be good. Jeffery Drake-Todd, a point guard from Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College, and Malik Amoss, a shooting guard from Coastal Bend Junior College, join Ward in the starting lineup.

GV expands health campus with new building on Medical Mile
10/29/18 The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)
Grand Valley State University is continuing to grow its presence in Grand Rapids as it held a groundbreaking ceremony for its newest building on Tuesday, Oct. 23. The Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health will compliment GVSU’s existing Cook-DeVos Health Science Building as well as the recently constructed Finkelstein Hall. The five-story, 160,000 square foot building will serve as an additional anchor to the Medical Mile corridor, illustrating the growing demand for health professionals in the greater Grand Rapids area.
… The new buildings location will be just as important as the technology-integrated learning experience. The Medical Mile, located north of downtown Grand Rapids along the sloping Michigan Street corridor, is the largest employment center in west Michigan with over 50,000 nurses, doctors, researchers and students working within the area daily. Institutions such as Ferris State University, Michigan State University, Grand Rapids Community College and others are tapping into the medical districts resources, working closely with the hospitals that line the street. Coordination between local colleges, hospitals and institutions ensures that the next generation of health professionals practice the hands-on experience so valuable within the medical field.

Free ‘Rock the Vote’ concert Thursday features The Crane Wives and GRCC music students

Poster for Rock the Vote concert. The poster art includes a School House Rock-style illustration of a hand dropping a paper into a ballot box. The text reads: “November 1, 6:30 p.m. Rock the Vote with The Crane Wives. WSG Ben Traverse and Kaitlyn Zittel. At GRCC.” There are logos on the bottom of the image for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the GRCC Music Department, and Lakeside House Shows and Music Sales.

WHAT: Rock the Vote – a free concert in the Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall

WHO: The Crane Wives, a Grand Rapids-based Americana band, with special guests GRCC students Ben Kolk and Kaitlyn Zittel

WHEN: Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall, room 200, in the Albert P. Smith Music Center

This free concert is presented by the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, NextGen America, Lakeside House Shows, and the GRCC Music Department.

Interested in a Higher Education Graduate Degree (masters or PhD)?

Western Michigan University will be at GRCC to host an information session regarding their Higher Education master’s and doctorate programs.

This session will be held 1 p.m. on Friday, November 2, in Main 112.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Eric Mullen at ext. 3752 or

Board of Trustees forum today to meet candidates

The Faculty Association, Academic Governing Council, and Student Alliance are hosting a forum today which will bring together the four candidates running to fulfill two, six-year terms as members of the college’s Board of Trustees.

The forum will be from 3 – 5 p.m. in 108 Sneden Hall on DeVos Campus.

The format will allow for each candidate to provide a five minute introduction, biography, and statement of reason for wanting to represent the community as a Board of Trustee Member. There will be three questions asked of each candidate in the following areas:  The College’s Values, The College’s Ends as a series of pathways, and the Role of the Board and its members in a Policy Governance Model.

During the final segment of the forum, attendees will be allowed to ask general questions as time permits.

There is no need to register to this event, simply attend.


Free employee fraud protection program informational sessions today, Wednesday, Thursday

GRCC Employees are eligible to receive a full year of Aflac Fraud Protection, powered by EZShield, at no cost.

Learn more and sign up on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, October 30, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Main 308
  • Wednesday, October 31, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Sneden 115
  • Thursday, November 1, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m., Leslie E Tassell M-Tech Room 202

Questions? Contact Aflac Agent Bill Johnson: or call (616) 350-5555

New DLIT Webinar tomorrow: Techsmith

Techsmith webinar: Wednesday, October 31, 3-4 p.m.

Currently, G.R.C.C. licenses three Techsmith products – Relay, Camtasia, and SnagIt. This webinar will explain when you would use these products (for video or images) and how they are being used to improve student learning. There will be a short demonstration, as well as time for Q&A.

To register, go to


Future Webinar Topics:

  • 11/07 – Respondus Monitor
  • 11/14 – Blackboard Ally
  • 11/15 – Badges and Gamification
  • 12/05 – Accessible Powerpoints
  • 12/12 – 7 Observations Leading to Student Success

GRCC Science Talks Continue Monday with ‘Species Conservation’

An underwater photograph of manatees.

Species Conservation: How we got here and what can still be done

  • Monday, November 5, 2018, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Professor Forbes will examine some of the reasons that animal and plant species are endangered today, the current status of species worldwide, nationally and in Michigan, as well as some possible strategies to save some of these species as well as humanity.

Dr. Greg Forbes, evolutionary biologist and certified wildlife biologist.

Future GRCC Science Talks will include:

  • 02/21/2019: “Epigenetics and Colon Cancer: A tale of mice, microbes, and methyl groups” – 4 p.m., Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348
  • 03/25/2019: “Gene Modifications: CRISPR” – 3:45 p.m., Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Grand Rapids Community College Science Talks are open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Please email with any questions.

How does FERPA work with the Middle College?

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

Today’s question is: How does FERPA work with the Middle College?

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!

TODAY: Mathematics Seminar on Islamic design in Cook 102

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar TODAY, 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.