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.

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.

GRCC In The News, 01-21-19

Your guide to MLK Day in West Michigan
1/18/19 Grand Rapids Magazine
Whether you’re the type to roll up your sleeves and get busy or you’d rather sit still and learn, there are lots of ways to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day across West Michigan.
… David Stovall is a professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He will headline the 33rd-annual Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Celebration. Its hosted by Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University.

Morning News
1/21/19 WZZM
The dream and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is being honored today. MLK Day is observed every year on the third Monday in January, which is around King’s birthday on Jan. 15. … Grand Rapids Community College professor Gertrude Croom remembers working alongside King’s team, serving and living in segregated Birmingham, Ala.

News 8 Sunday Daybreak
1/20/19 WOOD TV
Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but one group in Kalamazoo is marking the holiday this afternoon. … Several places will hold daylong events tomorrow, including Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids Community College and Albion College.

Professional Development opportunity this Thursday

Spots are still available for this week’s GRCC Accounts and You session on Thursday, January 24, from 1-3 p.m. in 351 Main.

Here’s what you can expect from this learning opportunity:

Campus accounts can be confusing. As part of our commitment to provide world class customer support, Information Technology would like to offer a refresher course to staff and faculty. This course will provide a walk-through on the types of accounts available to our students and staff and some tips and tricks for getting the most out of them. We will also cover how to use the recently updated password reset tool and, of course, be available to answer other account related questions.We will go over: Online Student Center, Campus Network Login, GRCC Wireless Network, Blackboard, Student Email, Student & Employee Discounts, and printing from a personal device/cloud printing.

Sign up online HERE.

Questions? Please contact Angela Salinas: x2567 or angelasalinas@grcc.edu

 

January 24 MI-ACE Meeting: Sexual Harassment and #MeToo

Please plan to join us for our first professional development workshop for 2019 – Sexual Harassment and #MeToo: Where have we been, where are we now, and where are we going?

  • Where:  ATC 224
  • When:  Thursday, January 24, from 10-11:30 a.m.

Sheila Jones and Kimberly DeVries will facilitate a panel discussion to the perspectives on Sexual Harassment. We’ll examine the history, how far we have (or haven’t!) come and where we’re going.

Panelists:  Sheila Jones, Kathy Keating, Chief Rebecca Whitman, and Deirdre Honner (Director of Employee Relations and Safer Spaces Coordinator at Calvin College).

Bring your questions and feedback on the issue of sexual harassment and how we can be engaged in preventing the problem.