GRCC In the News, 11-19-19

GRCC partnering with 2 expanding companies to train 49 new employees

Nov. 18, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Two expanding West Michigan manufacturing companies are partnering with Grand Rapids Community College to train a total of 49 new employees over the next three years.

Stella Royce, Longtime Grand Rapids Philanthropist and Business Owner Passes Away at the Age of 92

Nov. 18, 2019; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

One of Grand Rapids’ longtime and dedicated community members, Stella Royce, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the age of 92. Stella Royce and her husband Chuck Royce, who passed away in June 2015, were long-time supporters of St. Cecilia Music Center with over 60 years of service to the organization as board members, committee members, campaign chairs and dedicated donors.

… Chuck and Stella Royce supported a variety of arts and other organizations in West Michigan. They gave money and volunteered their time not only to St. Cecilia Music Center, but also to the Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Rapids Ballet, Michigan Ballet Academy, Opera Grand Rapids, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Girls Choral Academy, Choir of Men and Boys, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids Civic Theatre, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grandville Center for the Arts and Humanities, Michigan Council for the Arts, Interlochen Center for the Arts and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. They funded scholarships or contributed in other ways to many area educational institutions, including Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, Davenport University and the Student Advancement Foundation. They were active supporters of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Rotary International, Sister Cities International, YMCA, YWCA, St. Mary’s, Spectrum Health, Porter Hills Foundation, Arthritis Foundation, Literacy Center of West Michigan and Senior Neighbors, among others.

Grander Magazine features UW-Madison’s Burt as its person of the week

Nov. 19, 2019; SoE News Connections (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

The Grander Magazine, an online publication from Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently featured UW-Madison’s Brian Burt as their person of the week.

… Burt was profiled prior to the keynote speech he gave at Grand Rapids Community College’s inaugural STEMulating Diversity Praxis. His talk, “STEMulating Diversity Praxis: Lessons from Black Men in Engineering Graduate Programs,” discussed his research and aimed to provide new understandings of the complexity of science participation and offer recommendations for the (re)design of supportive learning environments.

Ugly sweater contest, prizes part of holiday breakfast

Join us for this year’s Holiday Breakfast!

Friday December 13th

Breakfast available starting at 7:30 a.m.

Program begins in Raider Grille at 8:30 a.m.

Food stations on 2nd floor Student Center, in and near Raider Grille


  • 3rd annual Ugly Sweater contest — wear your hokey holiday gear folks!!
  • Enjoy a tasty & hearty breakfast!
  • Prizes!

Lastly, we encourage employees to donate food and snack pantry items and again this year, we’re asking for NEW hats, gloves, scarves, and mittens (must be unused)!

2019 GRCC Employee Holiday Breakfast. Friday, December 13. Raider Grille & 2nd floor Student Center. 7:30-10:00 a.m. Wear your ugly sweaters for a chance to be the new champion. Brink food and snacks for the student pantry. Donate new winter gear: hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens to keep our students warm this winter.


Blackboard Ally Training on Nov. 22

The DLIT department will be facilitating a Blackboard Ally Training!

Blackboard Ally is a tool that focuses on making your online course content more accessible; this tool will help you understand and tackle accessibility in a way that benefits all students.

This training will take place this Friday, November 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is opened through the CTE, and you can access it online.

For more information, please contact the DLIT office at 616-234-3205 or

Dental Assisting Club holds toothbrush sale

GRCC’s Dental Assisting Club is holding a toothbrush sale. To order, email before Nov. 23.

Items for sale:

  • 12 adult manual brushes for $10.
  • 12 child manual brushes for $10.
  • 12 toddle manual brushes for $10.
  • 6 adult manual brushes for $5.
  • 6 child manual brushes for $5.
  • 6 toddler manual brushes for $5.
  • Powerbrush for $80.
  • Packages of whitening strips for $35

Golden Raider Happy Hour on Nov. 21

Golden Raider Happy Hour
Thursday, November 21

4-7 p.m.
Vitale’s Sports Bar – 834 Leonard NE

Just ask for our group and they’ll show you where! Cash bar and a full menu is available. Parking is next to the building. Come and join some friends for fun and a chance to throw a few bucks into the Golden Raiders Scholarship Fund box.

Those of you who are still working are also welcome!

After all, your day will come.

Brian Hadley to present Nov. 20 Mathematics Seminar

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, November 20, 3-4 PM in 102 Cook.

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

In mathematics, “cardioid” refers to a heart-shaped curve introduced to many students using equations of varying complexity.  Brian’s talk will offer the opportunity to appreciate the beauty of one of the most famous curves in mathematics, without using complicated equations.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Refreshments will be served at 2:45 PM.

A multiplication table getting to the “heart” of Mathematics

We will look at a simple use of multiplication to construct the mathematical shape known as the cardioid. While attempting to build a bridge between the discrete and continuous branches of mathematics, we will pause a moment to appreciate the visible beauty and patterns that Mathematics uncovers.