GRCC In The News, 01-23-19

AP or early college? What’s a student to do?
One thing’s for sure: Students have more options than ever to earn college credit while still in high school.
… Dan Clark, GRCC dean of Academic Outreach, said about 500 students are involved in the middle college opportunities, and interest is growing statewide.

Platoon system, senior captains help Rockford girls to 8-2 start this winter
1/18/19 MLive
ROCKFORD — The ample depth on the Rockford girls basketball team allows coach Brad Wilson frequent substitution and to thoroughly confuse opposing teams and coaches.
… Adding depth and height under the basket, 6-foot senior captain and center Danielle Lamancusa grabs her share of attention. Lamancusa recently signed to play at Grand Rapids Community College next winter.

News 8 at 5:30 pm.
1/22/19 WOOD TV
This weather is canceling dozens of events, shutting down both Western Michigan and Grand Rapids Community College for the evening.

Mark your calendars for February writing workshop at GRCC

A graphic for a writing workshop. The text reads: "2019. Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People. Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7. What your teacher told you is true: writing is a part of every job."

Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People

  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7
  • Sponsored by the English Department, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost

Speaker Schedule:

Wednesday, February 6 –

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: Katy Leady, Corporate Writer for Gordon Food Service; ATC 120
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: Dale Johnson, Williams Group; ATC Auditorium
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Ann Alexander, Business; ATC 120
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Devon Swanigan, GRCC Labor Relations; ATC Auditorium
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.: Kimberly DeVries, GRCC Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance; ATC 120
  • 2-2:45 p.m.: Klaas Kwant and Noah De Smit, GRCC Media Department; ATC Auditorium
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m.: Rebecca Whitman, GRCC Chief of Police; ATC 120

Thursday, February 7 –

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: David Cope, Former Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids and GRCC Professor; ATC Auditorium
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: Caitlin Horrocks, GVSU Writing Professor; ATC 122-124
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Penni Weninger, Former GRCC employee and Business Communication specialist; ATC 122-124
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Paul Krieger, Biology; ATC Auditorium
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.: Sean Mackey, English; ATC Auditorium
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.: Laura Caulk and Danielle Flaumenhaft, GRCC Human Resources; ATC 122-124
  • 2-2:45 p.m.: Patrick Prominski and GRCC Student Panel; ATC Auditorium
  • 2-2:45 p.m.: Maryann Lesert, English; ATC 122-124
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m.: Student Writing Success Stories; ATC Auditorium


Upcoming Learning Opportunities

The following classes can be registered for online on the Learning Opportunities Registration page:

Tuesday, January 29: Coaching Skills for Managers

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.
  • Rm 207 Sneden
  • It would be a wonderful workplace if everyone did a perfect job all of the time. But sometimes, people need coaching to help them improve. This program explains the process of effective coaching that you can use to help improve performance and behavioral issues.
  • Led by: Lynn Goede of Master Skill Builder

Thursday, January 31: Drupal Basics: Editing Content

  • 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Rm 351 Main
  • In this course, participants will learn to navigate the Drupal system, understand and use content types, and edit existing content.

Wednesday, February 6: GRCC Purchasing Policy

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Rm 308 Main
  • The Purchasing Department at GRCC serves the needs of the college for all purchases in excess of $1000. Responsibility and authority to make commitments for these purchases are assigned to the Purchasing Department. Mansfield Matthewson, Director of Purchasing, and Melissa Davis, Procurement Specialist, will present the college’s Purchasing Policy, and provide a forum for open discussion and Q & A with participants.

Thursday, February 7: Writing for the Web

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Rm. 307 Sneden
  • Full Title: Writing for the Web: Universal Accessibility and Best Practices in UX. This course is an introduction to writing for the web, exploring search engine optimization, and learning how to increase your conversion rates through creating universally accessible content.

Thursday, February 7: Online Ordering

  • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Rm 351 Main
  • This course will review the printing online ordering from the login and profile set-up how and when to use the quick copy options, how and when to us the print ordering options along with the differences in the categories of each area, paper selection and order history. You will learn the techniques of looking up your past orders and copying into a new order to streamline ordering repeated items.Want to keep track of your budget, What do I need to know when placing my store orders. Administrative staff can look at reports of each budget your area is responsible for and how a minimum and maximum can be put in place to keep you on track.

Friday, February 8: Restoring your Digestive Function

  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Rm 309 Sneden
  • This session will give participants a clear understanding of the functions of the digestive system. Discussions will center around identifying abnormal digestion, how to prevent digestive disorders, and how to incorporate natural solutions to these issues into your everyday life.
  • Led by: Dr. Michael Kwast of iChiro

Tuesday, February 12: Signs of Marijuana Use

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m.
  • Rm 307 Sneden
  • Scott Nuismer, a certified addictions specialist, will teach both how to recognize the markers of marijuana use and what you can safely do about it. Participants will learn how to recognize biological and physiological sign of marijuana use, as well as interventions to use.
  • Led by: Scott Nuismer of Pine Rest

Friday, February 15: Retirement Planning Resources

  • 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Rm 309 Sneden
  • Is retirement planning on your mind? If so, this session is for you! We will look at the available resources to help prepare you for this chapter of your life. Whether you’re retiring in the near future, or simply planning ahead, you’ll gain knowledge and tools to help you plan accordingly. Come join us in our discussion!


And don’t forget to get Google-ready with G Suite Training! Additional sessions recently added! Sign up for Introduction to GMail, Intro to Google Calendar, and Advanced G Suite on the Google for GRCC page.

Summer Research Fair today in the Raider Grille

A flyer for the TRiO Summer Research Fair. There are photos of previous TRiO students presenting their work. The text reads: “Research is for you! Summer Research Fair. Programs Participating: University of Michigan UROP Community College Summer Fellowship, Michigan Technological University MICUP, University of Michigan School of Information, Van Andel Institute, Summer Health Professions Education Program, PTK / Office of Experiential Learning. Wednesday, January 23, 2019. Stop by anytime between 11:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m. Student Center 2nd Floor. Rooms 205/207. Inside Raider Grille. Information on a variety of opportunities will be available. Come, learn, get involved, and make a difference!!! Snacks will be provided.”

TRIO/Student Support Services is holding Summer Research Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the Raider Grille.

Participating programs include:

  • The University of Michigan UROP Community College Summer Fellowship.
  • Michigan Technological University MICUP.
  • The University of Michigan School of Information.
  • Van Andel Institute.
  • Summer Health Professions Education Program.
  • PTK/Office of Experiential Learning.

Information on a variety of opportunities will be available. Come, learn, get involved, and make a difference! Snacks will be provided.

Mathematics Seminar today in Cook

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, 3-4 PM 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 PM.

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.