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G Suite Tip – Departmental Transition Assistance

Our Google Guides would like to thank the Counseling, Student Success & Retention, and Music departments for inviting us to their departmental meetings to discuss in depth what GRCC’s transition to GMail will look like and how it will impact their business practices.

If your department would like to have a Google Guide attend your team meeting, simply contact one of our many Google Guides. Alternatively, for in-depth support in migrating your business practices, you (or your team) may request a consultation request through our service catalog.

GRCC Science Talks Continue Today with “Epigenetics”

A close-up image of a tissue sample.

Epigenetics and Colon Cancer: A tale of mice, microbes, and methyl groups

  • TODAY, February 21, 2019, at 4 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Have you ever wondered how there can be numerous cell types in your body (skin, muscle, etc.) even though they share the same DNA code? This is explained by epigenetics, the branch of science that studies how chemical modifications on or near DNA influence how genes are expressed. We’ll learn about epigenetics and its important role in maintaining healthy cells.

Nicole Vander Schaaf is a doctoral candidate at the Van Andel Institute Graduate School.

Future GRCC Science Talks will include:

  • 03/25/2019: “Gene Modifications: CRISPR” – 3:45 p.m., Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Grand Rapids Community College Science Talks are open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Please email with any questions.

Road Closure today: Lafayette Ave NE

From 8 a.m.–3 p.m. today, 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.

Mathematics Seminar today in Cook

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.



Seminar: learn lifesaving skills to ‘Stop the Bleed’ this Monday at the Library

Become prepared to Stop the Bleed on Monday at the GRCC library!

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, so quickly stopping the bleeding is critical. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide immediate care if they are equipped with the appropriate training and resources. Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

  • WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2019, 12-1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: SCC 234 Multi-Purpose Room
  • ORGANIZATION: GRCC Library and Learning Commons

Please RSVP to

Tonight: the poetry of ‘Quiet Woman’ fills the library

Tonight in the Library & Learning Commons: GRCC English professor Katrina “Katie” Kalisz will read from her recently-published volume of poetry, Quiet Woman, and you are invited!

  • Tonight, February 21
  • GRCC Library, 2nd Floor
  • 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

The cover of the poetry book 'Quiet Woman' by author Katie Kalisz. The cover depicts a black background. There is a small wooden bowl with a blue base sitting on a wooden surface in the foreground. Around the bowl's base is a loosely-coiled pile of rough thick twine. The text reads: "Quiet Woman. Poems by Katie Kalisz."

Kalisz teaches composition, women’s literature, and creative writing. She earned degrees from the University of Michigan, Loyola University of Chicago, and Queens University of Charlotte.

The English Department and Library & Learning Commons are sponsors of this poetry reading and book signing. You’ll enjoy a display of her poetic career, and have an opportunity to purchase a copy of Quiet Woman signed by Katie. Refreshments will be served.