GRCC In The News, 01-22-19

News 8 at 6 p.m.
1/21/19 WOOD TV
Today we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. … Davenport University worked with GRCC and GVSU to put on this event going on here at Fountain Street Church.

Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards $65,000 to Aid Aspiring HVACR Technicians
1/22/19 HVAC Insider
The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced on January 10, 2019, scholarship awards totaling $65,000 to 39 students, including five military veteran program recipients, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.
… HVACR and Water Hearing Technician Program Recipients:
… Paul Paiz, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids, MI

GRCC employee ‘Winter Warm Up’ event coming this February

Stock photo of two bowls of tomato soup with herbs on top

Winter Warm Up

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Room 212 — Ford Fieldhouse

Come join your colleagues for a comforting cup of soup and grilled cheese along with warm conversation and connection! This is a new event replacing the February Sweets & Treats/Flowers & Cupcakes.

Use this as an opportunity to see the upgraded Fieldhouse space if you haven’t already.

Drop by and cozy up!

Communications welcomes Alissa Raddatz

Please join us in welcoming Alissa Raddatz as GRCC’s new lead designer in the Communications Department.

Alissa brings more than 10 years’ experience in higher education design work, including serving as senior graphic designer for Lone Star College in Texas. The Houston college has about 100,000 students and is one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation.

Most recently, the Mount Pleasant native has been a graphic designer for Ferris State University, focusing on statewide and online programs and efforts to develop awareness, recruit and retain students, and support online and campus programs.

Alissa’s Ferris office was in GRCC’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center. So while it’s a short move for her, we know she’ll take us very far!

Student Branden Wilson to present Mathematics Seminar on Jan. 23

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first Mathematics Seminar of 2019 on Wednesday, January 23, from 3-4 p.m. in 101 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC student Branden Wilson.  For the title and abstract of his talk, please see below.

The basic idea behind De Montmort’s Matching Problem:  A number of people attend a party.   Each wears his/her own (different) hat, which is tossed into a dark room.  As people leave the party, they fumble around in the dark, each person taking a randomly chosen hat.   A match occurs when someone is fortunate enough to grab their own hat.  Branden will discuss the probabilities associated with such events.  Participants at this seminar get to play cards and will be rewarded with a surprising appearance of one of the most famous numbers in mathematics.  All are welcome!

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

De Montmort’s Matching Problem

Probability theory originated in the analysis of games of chance, beginning with the correspondence of Pascal and Fermat on dividing stakes in games of dice (1654-1660), and continuing with the first book on probability, Huygens’s ‘On Reasoning in Games of Chance’ (1657).   Pierre Raymond de Montmort extended this work in his 1708 ‘Essay on the Analysis of Games of Chance,’ in which he considered probabilities in popular games of cards and dice.  Among the card games he analyzed was Treize (or Recontre).  It is for this analysis that de Montmort’s matching problem is named.  After a few rounds of Treize, I will present a solution to the problem using the inclusion-exclusion principle developed by Nikolas Bernoulli.