GRCC In the News, 2-5-20

Former Grand Rapids CC provost dies

Feb. 4, 2020; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Former Grand Rapids Community College Provost Velvie Green died on Saturday. She was 64.

Organizations to receive $7.6M in millage funding

Feb. 4, 2020; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The organizations to receive the next round of Ready by Five millage funding have been selected.

… “Play and learn communities” service providers were awarded $1.6 million. Facilitated play groups guide parents and caregivers through group and individual play activities that model learning opportunities and build understanding of child development, First Steps said. Recipients include Grand Rapids Community College, Camp Fire West Michigan 4C, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, Comprehensive Therapy Center and Cherry Health.

Outstanding alumni in the spotlight

Feb. 4, 2020; Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges)

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) will honor at the AACC Annual Convention next month four exceptional alumni from member colleges — a heart doctor, an anesthesiology, a community housing advocate, and an owner of an interior design and build company — who not only excelled professionally, but also gave back to their alma mater.

… Dave Custer says he owes his success to Michigan’s Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). But GRCC also owes much to him.

2019 NJCAA Cross Country Academic Awards

Feb. 4, 2020; ustfccca.org (U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association)

NEW ORLEANS — The NJCAA Cross Country Coaches Association announces academic honorees for the 2019 cross country season.

NJCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country

… Teams with individual nominations (less than five)

… Grand Rapids Community College

… Scholar All-Americans

… 3.45 Jack Kehoe (Grand Rapids CC)

… NJCAA Division I Women’s Cross Country

Academic All-Scholar Teams

… 10. 3.645 Grand Rapids Community College

… Scholar All-Americans

… 3.95 Allison Hoop (Grand Rapids CC)

… 3.80 Paige Bodine (Grand Rapids CC)

… 3.65 Kiah Becker (Grand Rapids CC)

… 3.49 Supriya Poelman (Grand Rapids CC)

Morning News at 5:30 a.m.

Feb. 5, 2020; WZZM

Anchor: “A beloved Grand Rapids basketball coach has died. Edward ‘Mike’ Murphy was a legend at South High School. We profiled him in an installment of ‘Our Michigan Life.’ He coached at South from 1949 to 1964. Although South closed in 1968, Murphy stayed in touch with many graduates. He died Friday at the age of 99. Funeral details have not yet been released. People are encouraged to make a donation to the Edward ‘Mike’ Murphy Scholarship at Grand Rapids Community College.”

Maranda’s Beautiful U inspires young girls to love themselves

Feb. 4, 2020; WOTV4Women

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) – Nearly 140 middle school girls from 5 different school districts throughout Kent County attended Maranda’s Beautiful U event today to empower their mind, body, and soul. Ferris State University Grand Rapids hosted the event and open their doors for a day of empowerment, education, and encouragement.

… All in all, today was such a great day that wouldn’t have been made possible without the help of community partners! Thank you to Ferris State UniversitySecchia Institute For Culinary EducationMeijerPriority HealthPine RestHelen DeVos Children’s HospitalWedgwood Christian ServicesMilk Means MoreDouglas J Aveda Institute.

Check out February professional development opportunities

As always, visit the webpage to register and for session descriptions, times, and locations.

  • Friday, February 14 — Love Your Heart
  • Monday, February 17 — Title IX Training
  • Wednesday, February 19 — FMLA – what’s in it for you?
  • Friday, February 21 — Signs of Marijuana Use
  • Wednesday, February 26 — GRCC Reimbursement Policy
  • Friday, February 28 — Strengths Finder and Essential Oils 101

Alum Jose Garcia to present Mathematics Seminar

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, February 12, 3-4 PM in 102 Cook.

Our speaker is former GRCC student and current GVSU student José Garcia.  For the title and abstract of his talk, please see below.

Of the three famous “unsolved problems of antiquity” (duplication of the cube, trisection of an angle, quadrature of the circle), the duplication problem has the most interesting historical background, yet it still finds relevance in modern mathematics in the realm of field extensions.  Come listen to José discuss this problem and attempts to solve it.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Refreshments will be served at 2:45 PM.

A Challenge!  Geometry and Constructible Numbers

The year is 430 BCE and a plague is spreading in the city-state of Athens. In response, a delegation was sent to the Temple of the Delians at Delos to ask the priests for help. The priests then asked the Greek gods for advice. The gods requested of the Athenians that the altar in the temple be doubled in size in order to lift the plague.

What did the Athenians do?

Where they able to fulfill the request?

What does this have to do with mathematics?

The ancient Greeks are known to have contributed a great deal of knowledge to what is now called Euclidean Geometry. Come and see what the challenge that the Athenians received has to do with Geometry, Constructible Numbers, and the field of mathematics called Algebra.