GRCC In The News, 03-21-19

VERIFY: Five myths about the spring equinox
3/20/19 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — With the spring equinox, come many misconceptions about what it means and why it happens.
Lauren Woolsey, an astronomy professor at Grand Rapids Community College, helped debunk five of the most common myths about the change of season.

GRCC Tuition Increase with Dr. Bill Pink
3/20/19 WOOD Radio
President of Grad Rapids Community College, Dr. Bill Pink joined West Michigan’s Morning News to talk about how GRCC managed to keep a tuition increase under 1%. This is the second year in a row that trustees voted this way. We have the details.

Breaking Out of the Shadow College
3/21/19 Inside Higher Ed
One of the most important developments within the modern American community college is the formation of the shadow college. This term originated in the early 1990s at Macomb Community College in Michigan to describe the assortment of occupational courses sprouting up at the periphery of the institution.
… With the growth of the shadow college, community colleges also became far more likely to fashion programs that could lead to employment for adults who either had been displaced from their jobs or were entering new occupational activities. For instance, Grand Rapids Community College is implementing an online introductory information technology class developed by Google to prepare students for entry-level IT work.
(This is an opinion piece by Jim Jacobs, president emeritus of Macomb Community College.)

Road Closure today: Lafayette Ave NE

From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. today, Lafayette Ave NE will be closed from Crescent St to Michigan St.

WHERE: Lyon St. NW, from Ottawa Ave to Ionia Ave.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

CLOSURE TYPE: Flagging northbound and southbound traffic around work area.

DETOUR ROUTE: No detour.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Utility work in roadway.

GRADfest volunteers needed for April 2

Corey Turner volunteering at GRADfest 2018.

GRADfest 2019 is coming up on April 2, and we need help to make this event great for our graduates!

We have 2-hour shifts that need to be covered on Tuesday, April 2, ranging from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. We will have lunch catered in for those who volunteer over the noon-2 p.m. shift. If you are willing and able to help, please add your full name to the Volunteer spreadsheet. All open shifts are highlighted in yellow.

If you have any questions, please contact Corey Turner at or at 616-234-3025.

Sign for GRADfest. The poster is blue and yellow. The text reads: "GRADfest. Get everything you need for graduation."

Math Teachers’ Circle tonight at Fountain Hill Brewery

A notice for a Math Circle. The border of the image is surrounded by zodiac symbols. The text reads: "Math Circle. What: A gathering of educators and others to socialize, enjoy some beverages and food, and play with some interesting math problems. Where: Fountain Hill Brewery on GRCC's main campus. When: March 21st 2019 from 6:30-8:30 pm."

Andrea Hayes and Meghan VanderMale from the GRCC math department are working with Javier Ronquillo Rivera from GVSU to host a Math Teachers’ Circle at Fountain Hill Brewery tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

GRCC math instructors will join K-12 math teachers in the area for socializing and doing fun math activities. The Math Teachers’ Circle may become an ongoing event if there is interest from the community.

About the event:

  • What: A gathering of educators and others to socialize, enjoy some beverages and food, and play with some interesting math problems.
  • Where: Fountain Hill Brewery on GRCC’s main campus.
  • When: March 21st 2019 from 6:30-8:30 pm.”
  • Activity: Mathematical mind reading! Participants will be able to have their minds read, then use inductive reasoning skills to figure out how the mind reader is working their magic (hint: they use a mathematical concept that we teach our students!)

Fountain Hill Brewery’s tasty brews will be available for purchase, and snacks will be provided.

Contact Meghan VanderMale at for information.

Learn to ‘Be Red Cross Ready,’ today in the GRCC Library

A graphic for the Be Red Cross Ready course. There are three illustrations, one of an emergency kit showing batteries, an aluminum can, first aid supplies, and water water; a floorplan with a path leading through it; and a screen, radio, and Red Cross pamphlet. The text reads: "Be Red Cross Ready. Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed. 1 Get a Kit. 2 Make a Plan. 3 Be Informed."

“Be Red Cross Ready” is a presentation designed by the American Red Cross to ensure that our communities are as resilient and prepared as possible in the face of natural disasters. The training covers building an emergency preparedness kit, making individual and group plans for varying disaster scenarios, how to remain informed on the risks in your area, and what your place in a possible community response would be.

  • WHEN: Today, March 21, from 12-1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Second floor of the Library & Learning Commons

*Refreshments will be provided*
Sponsored by the Library and Learning Commons and the Campus Common Reading Committee