GRCC In The News, 01-18-19

The Right Place names board officers and members
1/17/19 Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local economic development organization is welcoming a group of new faces to its board.
… Executive Committee appointments
Bill Pink, president, Grand Rapids Community College

World Affairs Council kicks off discussion series next month
1/16/19 MLive
Migration, cyber security, China and trade are just a few of the global issues to be discussed in the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan’s Great Decisions series.
… World Affairs Council of Western Michigan’s Corporate and Senator members attend free — as do the students, faculty and staff of WACWM member institutions: Aquinas, Calvin, Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State, Kendall, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

Weekday Morning Sports Report — Friday 1/18/19
1/18/19 WSJM
… MCCAA Junior College Basketball
Women’s Basketball
Lake Michigan College at Grand Rapids Community College, 5:30 p.m.
Men’s Basketball
Lake Michigan College at Grand Rapids Community College, 7:30 p.m.

GRCC In the News, 1-17-19

Grand Rapids area holiday events celebrating Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan. 16, 2019; MLive

The federal holiday honoring the life of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is Monday, Jan. 21.

… Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University will host the 33rd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration featuring speaker, David Stovall.

Teen charged with murder in EK student’s death

Jan. 16, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A 17-year-old boy is charged with murder in the shooting death of East Kentwood High School senior James King.

… King’s mother said he planned to go to Grand Rapids Community College and become an architect.

Cheryl Edwards Cannon joins the Afternoon Throwdown

Jan. 16, 2019; 104.9 FM

Today I will talk with Cheryl Edwards-Cannon, Author of “Taking Care of Miss Bee Bee.”

Cheryl Edwards-Cannon is the CEO of President of Clear Path Choices, LLC, a consulting company that helps families to make informed end-of-life decisions. She holds a Master of Management degree from Aquinas College, a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University and a Certificate in Gerontology from Grand Rapids Community College. She is an adjunct faculty member at Grand Rapids Community College in the Social Sciences Department. ~ Lee Stephens

Homecoming games — special premium court-side seats still available

There are a few seats still available for the men’s and women’s basketball games this Friday, January 18. See below for details on how to enter. Seats will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis.

On Friday, January 18, we will host a tailgate and cheer on our women’s and men’s basketball teams as they play Lake Michigan College.

A family-friendly tailgate begins at 5 p.m. inside the Hunsberger Arena, and will continue throughout both basketball games. There will be free food (while it lasts) and activities for kids and adults. The women’s basketball game begins at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s basketball game begins at 7:30 p.m.

We want to provide a few lucky employees with a chance to have premium court-side seating. For each game, we have designated premium seats for our GRCC employees to sit along the baseline of the court. A total of 12 spots per game are available. Please email Erin Van Egmond ( with the game you would like to sit court-side at (women’s or men’s), and how many people are in your party.

We hope to see you all there to cheer on our Raiders and celebrate Homecoming, GRCC style! Don’t forget to show your Raider pride and wear your blue and gold!

Homecoming is planned and sponsored by Campus Activities Board, Alumni Relations, Athletics, Student Life and Conduct, and Human Resources.

GRCC In the News, 1-16-19

Speaker Announced for 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week

Jan. 15, 2019;

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College and Grand Valley State University will host the 33rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Celebration featuring renowned speaker, Dr. David Stovall. Dr. Stovall is a professor of African-American Studies and Criminology, Law & Justice at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

Grand Valley State closes all campuses due to inclement weather

Jan. 15, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – All Grand Valley State University campuses closed at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 because of inclement weather, officials announced.

… Grand Rapids Community College canceled all evening classes and activities, Aquinas College canceled all classes that begin after 4 p.m., and Grand Rapids Public Schools canceled all evening activities. Davenport University’s Holland campus was closed Tuesday.

De Montmort’s Matching Problem subject of Mathematics Seminar

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its first Mathematics Seminar of 2019 on Wednesday, January 23, 3-4 PM in 101 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC student Branden Wilson.  For the title and abstract of his talk, please see below.

The basic idea behind De Montmort’s Matching Problem:  A number of people attend a party.   Each wears his/her own (different) hat, which is tossed into a dark room.  As people leave the party, they fumble around in the dark, each person taking a randomly chosen hat.   A match occurs when someone is fortunate enough to grab their own hat.  Branden will discuss the probabilities associated with such events.  Participants at this seminar get to play cards and will be rewarded with a surprising appearance of one of the most famous numbers in mathematics.  All are welcome!

Refreshments will be served at 2:45 PM.

De Montmort’s Matching Problem

Probability theory originated in the analysis of games of chance, beginning with the correspondence of Pascal and Fermat on dividing stakes in games of dice (1654-1660), and continuing with the first book on probability, Huygens’s ‘On Reasoning in Games of Chance’ (1657).   Pierre Raymond de Montmort extended this work in his 1708 ‘Essay on the Analysis of Games of Chance,’ in which he considered probabilities in popular games of cards and dice.  Among the card games he analyzed was Treize (or Recontre).  It is for this analysis that de Montmort’s matching problem is named.  After a few rounds of Treize, I will present a solution to the problem using the inclusion-exclusion principle developed by Nikolas Bernoulli.

GRCC In the News, 1-15-19

Son feels President Gerald R. Ford’s presence at GRCC’s fieldhouse rededication

Jan. 14, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michael Ford says his family is proud to be associated with the recently renovated Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College.

Witness: Weed deal gone bad led to teen’s death

Jan. 14, 2019; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The cousin of fatal shooting victim James King said the two were trying to sell marijuana in a strip mall parking lot when one of the customers opened fire, trying to rob them.

… Her son was a senior at East Kentwood High School, with plans to go to Grand Rapids Community College, she said. He wanted to be an architect.

HCC among 30 Colleges listed as Bellwether Award Finalist

Jan. 14, 2019;

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (1/14/19) — The Community College Futures Assembly issued a call for Bellwether Award nominations in the fall of 2018 and 30 finalist colleges in three categories were competitively chosen from the applicants. Hopkinsville Community College was among that list of finalists.

… The Community College Futures Assembly has the following programs as 2019 Bellwether Finalist programs:

… Workforce Development: Public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development.

… Grand Rapids Community College Grand Rapids, Michigan – Creating the Public Works Pipeline

T2C Studio receives a $150,000 Wege Foundation Grant Award

Jan. 13, 2019;

There is never a quiet moment in T2C Studio. The sound of laughter, flipping notebook pages, and chatter constantly echoes across the glass panels ringing around this brightly colored, open-aired space in the main branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library.

… Financial issues add to the challenge of navigating the higher education system. Natasha Nash, a student at Grand Rapids Community College, cleans at a local school for thirty hours per week. Part-time work helps Nash make tuition and rent payments, but it also makes it difficult to find time to study.

Pre-proposals for Study Away experiences due Feb. 1

The Department of Experiential Learning is now accepting Pre-Proposals for short-term travel experiences during the Summer 2020 semester.

Full-time faculty submit a Pre-Proposal outlining the initial details of the travel experience (locations, budget, dates of travel, and how the experience meets course outcomes). This form is due Friday, February 1.

Upon approval of the Pre-Proposal, faculty then submit the Full-Proposal, which fleshes out more details of the travel experience. The Full-Proposal is due Monday, April 1.

If you have any questions regarding the creation of a short-term travel experience (Study Away), please contact the Study Away Faculty Coordinator, Hillery Haney at or 616-234-4380.

Faculty leading these travel experiences are supported by the Department of Experiential Learning which assists in marketing and recruitment, vetting student applications, managing student payments and provider invoices, student travel orientations, and overall risk management support.

You can find Study Away Proposal Process guidelines online.

The students take in the sights at Chartres Cathedral, a medieval Roman Catholic cathedral in Chartres, France.

TRIO will hold Summer Research Fair on Jan. 23

TRIO/Student Support Services is holding Summer Research Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 23 in the Raider Grille.

Participating programs include:

  • The University of Michigan UROP Community College Summer Fellowship.
  • Michigan Technological University MICUP.
  • The University of Michigan School of Information.
  • Van Andel Institute.
  • Summer Health Professions Education Program.
  • PTK/Office of Experiential Learning.

Information on a variety of opportunities will be available. Come, learn, get involved and make a difference! Snacks will be provided.



A student points to a posterboard describing his research project.

Photos from rededication of Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse

It was a full house for the rededication of the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse on Monday. Mike Ford, son of President Ford and first lady Betty Ford, was joined by community leaders, students and GRCC staff in celebrating the transformation of the fieldhouse to enhance learning, support student-athletes’ performance, and create a more comfortable environment for spectators and community events.

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GRCC In the News, 1-14-19

Jan. 12, 2019; MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College has funding to train 60 people for an initiative to help increase the diversity of the health care workforce, according to Julie Parks, executive director of GRCC Workforce Training.
Jan. 11, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal
A local college has created a new program to prepare students for supply chain management.
Grand Rapids Community College said last month it is now offering the 30-week program Supply Chain Operations Management Certificate to prepare people to manage the transport and storage of raw materials, inventory and finished goods from where they are made to where they are used.
Jan. 11, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal
… Mike Ford, son of former President Gerald R. Ford and first lady Betty Ford, will speak during a rededication of the renovated Grand Rapids Community College building named for his father.
News 8 Daybreak
Jan. 14, 2019; WOOD TV

A former first son will be in West Michigan today for a rededication ceremony. Grand Rapids Community College will celebrate the renovations at the Ford Fieldhouse. Mike Ford, President Gerald R. Ford’s son, will speak at the ceremony for the building named after his father. It will start at 3:30 today. GRCC spent $8 million on upgrades and new facilities for their student-athletes.
Jan. 11, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)
Days before the start of second semester, volleyball players Dani Johnston, Jamie Wellet and Jasmine Wellet, stopped in to see the newly renovated Ford Fieldhouse, which hosts the teams home games and other athletic events.
… Grand Rapids Community College officials say upgrading the fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE, provides a state-of-the-art facility for athletes and students.
Jan. 12, 2019; The Arab American News
DEARBORN — Late last year, former Gov.  Snyder appointed Henry Ford College President Russell Kavalhuna to a two-year term on the state’s 21st Century Talent Creation Subcommittee.
… In addition to Kavalhuna, Snyder appointed Grand Rapids Community College President Dr. Bill Pink; Alpena Public Schools Supt. Dr. John VanWagoner; Dr. Joseph Lubig, associate dean of the School of Education at Northern Michigan University; Megan Schrauben, executive director of the MiSTEM Network for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget; Alycia Meriweather, deputy superintendent of external partnerships, enrollment & specialty programming at the Detroit Public Schools Community District and Dr. Mark Pogliano, principal at the Jackson Area Career Center.

Exercise is Medicine workshops look at lower back care, heart health

Students, staff and faculty are welcome at two free Exercise is Medicine workshops this semester:

“How to Take Care of Your Lower Back While Doing Physical Work”

When and where: 6-7 a.m. Jan. 29 at Ford Fieldhouse’s Fitness Center.

Presenters: Jodi Gee, Exercise Science professor, and Jim Van Dokkumberg, executive director of Facilities.

Description: In this session, you will learn exercises and techniques to use to strengthen, stretch and take care of your lower back and core while doing physical work. Towards the end of the session, we will demonstrate how to use some of the new equipment in our Fitness Center that will also help with core and low back help. Who needs to attend? Anyone who wants to learn about low back and core health!

“Heart Health: The Good, the Bad and the Down-Right Ugly Consequences of Not Loving Your Heart”

When and where: 10:15-11:15 a.m. FEb. 22 in room 123 of the Calkins Science Center.

Presenters: Leigh Kleinert, Biological Sciences professor, and Melanie Schiele Gady, Exercise Science professor.

Description: February is Heart Health Month, and we want to guide our participants on the importance of taking care of your heart as this is the No. 1 cause of death in our country and worldwide of men and women. We will learn about the heart and how it works, lifestyle choices we should be making or changing, what happens when you do not take care of your heart, and how to care for most common heart issues.