Trade snack pantry donations for free Turkey Trot registration!

As a sponsor of the 26th Annual Grand Rapids Turkey Trot 5k, GRCC has 10 free race registrations. If you are interested in participating and would like to run on behalf of GRCC, please donate a brown paper grocery bag full of nonperishable food and snacks that can be used to set up a new Snack Pantry(s) around campus or stock the 5 that already exist. If you can commit to this, email Katie Vander Meer at ASAP for a code that will allow you to register for the Turkey Trot for FREE! Only 10 codes are available! Bags of food must be delivered to Professor Vander Meer in 212 ATC by Tuesday, November 20th.

SERIOUS RESPONSES ONLY! FREE codes will be given out to the first 10 responses.


GRCC In the News, 11-13-18

GRCC honors veterans and other service members with ceremony on Monday

Nov. 12, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids Community College honored veterans and all current military service members, highlighting their importance not only to the college but to the region in a ceremony on Monday morning.

New Kent County sheriff sworn in, badge pinned on by retired sheriff father

Nov. 9, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Some 22 years after her father retired as a sheriff, Michelle LaJoye-Young has reached the same “top cop” level in Kent County.

(This article doesn’t mention it, but Michelle LaJoye-Young is a Police Academy alumna.)

GVSU to share Bb Ally experience in webinar

Bb Ally at Grand Valley State University:

Wednesday, November 14th, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Grand Valley State University went live with Ally on June 21, 2018. Presenters Eric Kunnen and Sherry Barricklow will share the story of GVSU’s implementation of this powerful accessibility tool. This webinar starts at 1:00 PM and ends at 2:00 PM, EDT.

This webinar will be administered through the Blackboard community site. To access the webinar, please click on the following link:

Future Webinar Topics:  

  • 11/15 – Badges and Gamification
  • 12/05 – Accessible Powerpoints
  • 12/12 – 7 Observations Leading to Student Success

GRCC Employees on the Move through November 12, 2018

Please congratulate those who have moved and been promoted.


B. Afeni McNeely Cobham
Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Woodrick Center for Equity & Inclusion
Effective 12/3/2018


Paul Parks
Transfer from: Contingency
Transfer to: APSS, Admissions and Enrollment Testing Proctor
Effective: 11/5/2018



Mike Boerman
Ford Fieldhouse Director, Ford Fieldhouse
Effective: 10/10/2018

Krystle Duthil
APSS, School of Workforce Development
Effective: 11/2/2018

Teddie Buchner
Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Assistant
Effective: 12/15/2018


Michael Rydman
Faculty, Language & Thought
Effective: 1/1/2019

Jody Graves
Information Technology Enterprise Analyst, Information Technology
Effective: 7/13/2019

Janice Chapman
Assistant Professor, English Department
Effective: 12/19/2018

Library and Learning Commons upcoming adjusted hours

Here are the Upcoming Adjusted Library Hours:

  • November 19 7:30 a.m. -9:45 p.m.
  • November 20 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Closed Wednesday, November 21, through Sunday, November 25

Beginning Monday, November 26, thru Friday, December 7, 2018:

  • Monday 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Exam Cram December 8 and December 9, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. both days

December 10 to 14 Regular Hours

December 17 to 21 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Closed December 22, 2018, through January 1, 2019

January 2 to 4 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

No Saturday hours December 15 through January 5–begin again January 12

Winter Semester Hours beginning Monday January 7th:

  • Monday 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Wednesday 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Thursday 7:30 a.m.-9:45 p.m.
  • Friday 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Photos from Spectrum Health scholarship event

On Monday, November 12, the GRCC Foundation celebrated with recipients of the Spectrum Health Care Professionals Education Scholarship.  We also celebrated the second year of the partnership between GRCC and Spectrum Health, which made these scholarships possible.  In just two years of this program, over $700,000 will have been awarded to sophomores in our Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Radiologic Technology, and Medical Assisting programs.   We are so thankful to Spectrum Health for providing this opportunity for our students.

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GRCC Mathematics Seminar TODAY in Cook 213

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

This month’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.”