GRCC In The News, 02-20-19

Fall in love with STEM
2/19/19 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – If you have school-aged students, listen up! According to the Smithsonian Science Education Center, STEM-related jobs grew three times the rate of non-STEM jobs between 2000 and 2010, and it’s now projected that 2.4 million STEM-related jobs go unfilled. In addition to that, STEM occupations out-earn non-STEM fields by up to 30-percent.
That’s where a special program at Grand Rapids Community College comes in. We have Dr. Lauren Woolsey in studio with us.

GVSU hosting STEM event for middle school students on Saturday
2/18/19 WGRD
“Fall in Love with STEM” takes place on Saturday, February 23, on Grand Valley State University’s Allendale campus.
… Additional events focusing on geology, math, biology, astronomy and chemistry will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the first floor of the Calkins Science Center at Grand Rapids Community College.
(This article also appeared on 95.7 FM)

University hires provost
2/19/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local university has named an experienced college administrator as its next provost.
… Previously, (Gilda) Gely was provost and EVP for Aquinas College, as well as provost and EVP at Grand Rapids Community College.

News at 4 p.m.
2/19/19 FOX 17
Just over two weeks to go until LaughFest and organizers are still searching for volunteers. … Several events will take place throughout LaughFest. … Again this year several family friendly events: … Saturday Kids Zone, March 16 at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse.

Tell students: Exercise Science hosts academic advising next week

The Exercise Science Department will be holding two academic advising days next week:

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019: 7:45–11 a.m. in Ford Fieldhouse Room 213
  • Wednesday, February 27, 2019: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Ford Fieldhouse Lobby

Students interested in exploring the Health and Exercise Sciences Pathway or an Exercise Science transfer program are invited to come and meet with an advisor. Some things students can do at advising day include: declare a major; make a schedule for summer, fall, and winter; apply to graduate; and ask questions related to the field and/or transfer opportunities.

Possible career options in Exercise Science include coaching, health promotion and disease prevention, corporate health and fitness, sports management, sports media, clinical sports medicine, recreation, and teaching. The Exercise Science Department also offers drop-in advising every Tuesday from 2–3 p.m. in FFH 211D.

Please email Jodi Gee with questions:

Road Closure tomorrow: Lafayette Ave NE

On Thursday, February 21, Lafayette Ave NE will be closed from Fountain St. to Lyon St.

WHERE: Lafayette Ave NE, from Fountain St. to Lyon St..

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2019, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

CLOSURE TYPE: Full closure.


  • Northbound: Fountain to College to Lyon.
  • Southbound: Lyon to Ransom to Fountain.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Water service line replacement.

Come enjoy a ‘Winter Warm Up’ lunch today in the Ford Field House

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Winter Warm Up

  • TODAY, 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!

Instructor Brian Hadley to present Mathematics Seminar on Feb. 21

Image of GRCC Mathematics classroom. Focus is on a student's hand holding a mechanical pencil and writing in a notebook. Three other students are out of focus in the background.

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, February 21, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in 103 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC faculty member Brian Hadley.  For the title and abstract of his talk, please see below.

The realm of mathematical forecasting is vast but fundamentally based on common sense ideas: Examine historical trends, assume that whatever was responsible for creating the past will continue to operate beyond the present, then use mathematical and/or statistical techniques to predict the future.  Brian will discuss how this relates to classroom resource management.  As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!

Refreshments will be served at 10:45 a.m.

Mathematical Forecasting and Classroom Resources

Forecasting student attendance in class has allowed for a reduction of wasted paper.

Each semester I print quizzes, test, and worksheets for class use. Unfortunately, some of this paper is wasted primarily due to absent students. As a solution to this problem, I began forecasting student attendance, greatly reducing the amount of wasted printing.

Forecasting is a mathematical model that allows for a prediction of future trends. We will examine various forecasting methods that can provide reliable guidelines to classroom attendance trends and result in the reduction of paper waste.