GRCC In The News, 11-06-18

Rising Grand Rapids Community College enrollment translates to GV growth
11/5/18 The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)
A local community college within west Michigan has seen a sharp enrollment increase from Grand Rapids Public School (GRPS) graduates. Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) had 116 GRPS graduates enrolled in 2017 compared to 152 students this academic semester a 31 percent increase. The number of GRPS high-school students enrolled in dual-credit programs at GRCC has also grown since 2016, with 239 students dual-credit students enrolled this semester compared to 121 students in 2016.

Raiders Represent in 2018 MCCAA Western Conference Awards
11/5/18 MLive
GRCC’s 2018 volleyball team is shaping up to be another one for the record books. So far this team has accomplished winning a conference title, their 8th in 11 years, topping MCCAA’s outright championship for the third straight season and their 6th overall, and on Saturday captured the 2018 Region XII District F Championship after coming back from a loss against Muskegon CC, to then defeat Glen Oaks CC and Muskegon CC twice for the semi and final match. That sealed the deal for this team to book their tickets to the 2018 NJCAA Division II Volleyball Championship in Charleston, West Virginia on November 15th!

Vote: For the nation, state, and, most of all, our community
On November 6, we, who are of voting age and registered, will have a chance to add our voice to the ballot box as the nation goes to vote in one of the most anticipated votes of my lifetime. With so much on the line in an ever-polarizing world, sane voices are needed at the polls more than ever.
… Also, if you are (or know anyone) who is a student, we want to encourage you to accompany them or just point them in the direction of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC), who will be hosting on Thursday, Nov. 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. a Rock the Vote concert at the Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall (courtesy of GRCC’s Music Department).

Campus-wide fire alarm drills scheduled for this Friday

Campus Police and Facilities will be conducting fire alarm drills of all GRCC Campus buildings on Friday, November 9, 2018, starting at 9 a.m. with the Main / Cook Building. The M-TEC Campus will also conduct a fire alarm drill later in the day.

Each Campus building fire alarm will be activated separately with all students, staff, and visitors temporarily evacuated until the buildings are cleared. Once cleared, classes and operations will resume as normal.

The only building that will NOT be conducting a fire alarm on November 9, 2018, is the Early Childhood Preschool; this building already conducts monthly fire alarm drills.

Please contact Lt. Bob Decker, GRCC Campus Police, at 234-3579 with any questions or concerns.

Bootcamp classes have new location starting today

Beginning TODAY, November 6, Bootcamp with Lannie (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) has found indoor space for the rest of the Fall semester!

  • Tuesdays: meet in 025 Student Center (Farside Room)
  • Thursdays: meet in 336 Student Center

Please note: there will be NO employee wellness classes held the week of November 19-23. Happy Thanksgiving!

Fall 2018 employee wellness classes run through Friday, December 14 (i.e. there will be no classes the week of December 17).

Questions or more information? Please contact Angela Salinas – Employee Events, Engagement, and Onboarding Coordinator at ext. 2567 or email:

GRCC’s November Mathematics Seminar next Tuesday in Cook 213

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Tuesday, November 13, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in 213 Cook.

November’s seminar will be lead by former GRCC student Katrina Teunis. Ms. Teunis will discuss her research on mathematical patterns in the folding of RNA.

Recent research in mathematical biology includes areas such as genomics, biochemistry and cell biology, heart physiology, kidney function, and protein folding.  Everyone is welcome!

Refreshments will be served at 2:15 p.m.


The Math Behind the Foldability of RNA

“This summer I was given funding to do some undergraduate math research on the mathematical patterns in how RNA folds. RNA, much like DNA, is made up of four building blocks called nucleotides: Adenine, Guanine, Cytosine, and Uracil. These nucleotides form a string that likes to fold in on itself and bond together – Adenine with Uracil and Guanine with Cytosine. So, the order and number of nucleotides present will determine how many ways the string of RNA can fold. By assigning these properties to letters, we can study this in a general context. Doing this I was able to find several new ways of determining how many times a string will fold as well as how to build a string with a specific number of foldings. I was also able to find or strengthen connections between RNA and other areas of mathematics. In this talk, I will walk through how RNA folds, what I found in my research, and how RNA connects to other areas of mathematics. This research was funded by the Modified Student Summer Scholars Program from the Office of Undergraduate Research at Grand Valley State University.”

How does FERPA impact GRCC’s name change policy?

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

The final question in our video series is: How does our name change policy impact us (if it doesn’t match the e-mail)?

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!