GRCC In The News, 03-27-19

GRCC counselors reach out to help students with mental health needs

3/26/19 (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

College students can face unfamiliar uncertainty: What career path fits? What degree will land a good job? Is there enough money for tuition and rent? What are the ramifications of an E on a test?

… GRCC student Stanesha Lee, who attended the session for a course she’s taking, said the workshop resonated. “Everybody goes through something and we all need coping skills,” she said. “It’s good GRCC offers these for students.”

One extra year nets big reward: free college degree


Senior Sarah Galloway never doubted that she wanted to enroll in the Middle College option offered at her high school, since she saw the benefits firsthand with her brother. “It has been an exceptional opportunity,” she said.

Kevin Galloway was among the 20 students in the first group (called a cohort) graduating last spring with both his high school diploma and a Grand Rapids Community College degree.

Lakewood’s Zari Kruger signs with Grand Rapids Community College

3/26/19 Ionia Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Zari Kruger is eager to tackle the challenges of collegiate basketball.

The Lakewood basketball standout has signed to attend Grand Rapids Community College and her high school coach is high on her potential.

GRCC to host Guided Pathways Institute and the Michigan Center for Student Success Spring Meeting

Grand Rapids Community College will be hosting the Michigan Community College Association’s upcoming Guided Pathways Institute on Thursday, March 28, followed by their Michigan Student Success Network Spring Meeting March 29 on their main campus.

The March 28 Guided Pathways Institute will be facilitated by Dr. Hana Lahr, Senior Research Associate, Community College Research Center, and Nika Hogan, Assoc. Professor of English, Pasadena City College; College National Coordinator, Strategic Literacy Initiative/WestEd, and Professional Learning Coordinator, 3CSN. The session will focus on Program Maps for Student Learning Plans, with attendees consisting of cohort groups from colleges across the state of Michigan to focus on developing curriculum maps to create individualized student learning plans from a faculty perspective.

Friday’s Michigan Center for Student Success Meeting will focus on embedding active learning strategies within introductory course sequences in the MiTransfer Pathway Programs in Biology, Communication and Psychology. Participating colleges are encouraged to send six faculty members, Teaching/Learning Center Directors, and academic administrators to this meeting.

Recap: first InteGReatCC event offered art for all

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The 2018 Leadership Institute cohort held its first InteGReatCC social event last Friday, March 22, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Over 25 GRCC faculty, staff, and guests attended a Campus Canvas event lead by Visual Arts Instructor Nick Antonakis with assistance from Visual Arts students, Rachel and Linnea. It was a fun evening of painting and conversation. All the participants did a stellar job with their works of art!

The Leadership Institute 2018 cohort would like to thank Nick Antonakis, Rachel, and Linnea. This event would not have been possible without their support.

Stay tuned for more information on the InteGReatCC M-TEC Open House event on Monday, April 22, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

G Suite Transition: Department Absence Calendar

Many departments currently rely on using reminder notes in GroupWise to post when someone will be absent for the day so that colleague are able to quickly check a calendar to see if someone is out of the office.

If your department does something similar, this process will be evolving to the use of a shared department calendar in G Suite. With this method, individuals can quickly add an all-day event to their department calendar, while also including their detailed out-of-office event on their personal/default calendar.

To start, one person within your department will need to create the shared calendar. Once created, share the calendar with everyone in your department who needs access. If your department has a Google Group set up you can add that group and it will be shared with all individuals within that group. Note that anyone who is given the “make changes and manage sharing” access permissions will become a shared owner of that calendar.

Sharing a calendar will email the individual, notifying them of the new calendar and prompting them to add it to their calendar list. You can now simply add an all-day event to the calendar with your name and status. The benefit of using a shared calendar for this process is that you can toggle that calendar on and off to see who is out that day, without it cluttering up your calendar.

Keep in mind, it’s still important to update your personal calendar with the details of when you’ll be out. Google Calendar has an Out of Office status when creating events to let others know you’re not in if they try to invite you to an event at that time. Populating your default calendar will also allow your colleagues to busy search you, so don’t forget to keep this up to date!

For additional support, register for one of our Professional Development offerings!

Still time to register for the GRCC Golf Scramble and Cookout

Sign for the GRCC golf outing. Image shows a pink golf ball with the dark blue GRCC label in the crook of a tree. The text reads: "GRCC Scramble & Cookout. May 3, 2019. Alpine Golf Course, 6320 Alpine Ave NW, Comstock Park, MI. Come join your coworkers for a fun day of golf and dinner! $55.00 per person for golf and dinner. $20.00 per person for dinner only. 10:00 a.m. Registration. 11:00 a.m. Shotgun Start. 4:00 p.m. Social Hour. 5:00 p.m. Dinner Buffet."

The GRCC Golf Scramble and Cookout returns!

For those of you participated last year, and for those of you who missed out on the fun, mark your calendar for Friday, May 3, 2019.

Don’t miss out on a great time with lots of golf, food, and prizes!

The registration form is available on Google Drive.

REGISTRATION FORM: Payment must accompany your registration. First come, first served basis (25 team limit/limited seating). Registration will be accepted through April 12, 2019, or until team/dinner limit has been reached.

GRCC Mathematics seminar this afternoon

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar today from 3-4 p.m. in 102 Cook.

Our speaker, GRCC faculty member Alejandro Saldivar, will be discussing Linear Programming.

Linear Programming, developed in the 1940s to help with the war effort, found many uses in the post-war economy.  With the principle goal of allocating resources in the best possible way, it continues to find important applications in areas as diverse as airline crew scheduling, creation of investment portfolios, and developing communications networks.  It also possesses inherent mathematical beauty, and its fundamental principles are accessible to anyone who can graph lines and find points of intersection.  As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!


  • DATE: TODAY, March 27
  • TIME: 3-4 p.m. (Refreshments served at 2:45 p.m.)
  • PLACE: 102 Cook
  • SUBJECT: Systems of Linear Equations, Linear Programming, and the Simplex Method

The Simplex Method is used to optimize logistic problems such as transportation scheduling.  In this talk, we review some history and insight into the method from geometric and vectorial points of view.

This talk is suitable for anyone with an intermediate algebra background.