GRCC In the News, 11-12-18

Exclusive Interview with RC Caylan: New York Fashion Week SS19

Nov. 9, 2018; Fashion Week Online

RC Caylan is a fashion designer to watch out his exquisite collections are a mixture of classic romance and modern-day fairytale. His vast array of creations ranges from fashionable red carpet gowns, bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses and contemporary suits for men. Everything is handmade, and custom made making his designs remarkable and one-of-a-kind.

Caylan started to love fashion designs at an early age of 9 through the influence of her grandmother who was a uniform seamstress in the Philippines, where he grew up. He graduated Fashion Designs in Grand Rapids Community College in 2015, the same year when he had his first big fashion show at San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Network. His success is unstoppable that he opened his studio in 2016, RC Caylan Atelièr, located at Suite 308 80 Ottawa Avenue, Grand Rapids in Michigan.

Morning News

Nov. 12, 2018; WZZM

Even though yesterday was officially Veterans Day, it is still being observed today by many places. There will be ceremonies today in Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College.

Change Ups: God’s Roamin’ Kitchen will focus on rural areas

Nov. 9, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College professor Charlotte Pease’s work developing a sustainable design course in partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools earned her the Green Schools Champion Award from the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan.

New Administrative Posts at Colleges and Universities for a Half Dozen African Americans

Nov. 9, 2018; The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

B. Afeni McNeely Cobham has been named chief equity and inclusion officer at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. She was an associate dean of institutional equity and inclusion at Connecticut College.

Hands-on career exploration via Future Focused Fridays

Nov. 9, 2018; (KISD newsletter)

Senior Ainsley Carter slipped on a pair of safety goggles, a hardhat and a tool apron and paid close attention as Steven Ray led her and 15 classmates, step by step, through assembly and disassembly of construction scaffolding.

“Now let’s get into four teams and do this yourselves,” said Ray, an instructor at Grand Rapids Community College’s Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC program.

Native American Student Organization to present ‘More Than a Word’

GRCC’s Native American Student Organization is hosting a free showing of the documentary “More Than a Word” from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 15 in the ATC auditorium. A panel discussion will follow the film.

“More Than a Word” was directed by Kenneth Little and John Little:

“More Than A Word analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than A Word presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation.”

Copyright assistance from your liaison librarian

With a looming Course Pack deadline, faculty may have copyright questions. There are legal ways to avoid having to create expensive-for students-to-print course packs. Contact your assigned library liaison for assistance with questions about using copyrighted materials in Blackboard, class handouts, or in course packs.

Librarians can help you use RightFind Academic Copyright Clearance Center‘s annual academic license.  CCC updated their system considerably this summer, and now requires a logon if you intend to use this from off-campus.  Librarians can help: verify citations; determine a copyright owner; set up a Course Reserve;  or permalink licensed library resources into Blackboard. Please take a look at the Copyright Subject Guide.

Coming soon: New RaiderCards

The front of the RaiderCard: GRCC RaiderCard. GRCC Student Name. 1234567. Student.New security measures pertaining to doors created an opportunity to update the look of RaiderCards and how they’ll be used.

The new design was created with input from students and staff. Photos will be larger, and there is a higher contrast between the color of names and the background, making it easier for the cards to be read.

The new cards will be activated at the start of the Winter 2019 semester. You will need them for parking, point-of-purchase sales and, for staff and faculty, some door access. Watch for details in the weeks ahead about how cards will be distributed.

GRCC Mathematics Seminar tomorrow in Cook 213

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is hosting its November Mathematics Seminar TOMORROW, November 13, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in 213 Cook.

Our speaker, former GRCC student Katrina 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.”

Charlotte Pease receives Green Schools Champion Award

Congratulations to GRCC assistant professor Charlotte Pease, who received the Green Schools Champion Award last night from the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan! She developed a sustainable design course for both GRCC and Grand Rapids Public Schools students.