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Stephanie Thomas achieves All-American status at NJCAA Division I National Championship

November 17, 2017
Stephanie Thomas

Stephanie Thomas

Congratulations to Stephanie Thomas, who achieved All-American status at the NJCAA Division I National Championship!

Thomas — a freshman who ran in her first 5k only two months ago — finished 35 overall (19:20.0) in the women’s championship race at Nationals. She is the first athlete in GRCC’s cross country program to earn All-American honors.

A Grand Rapids Christian High School graduate, she was also named to the All-Region XII First Team and received All-MCCAA, MCCAA All-Freshman, and MCCAA Freshman of the Year honors.

Community Science Day this Saturday

November 17, 2017
Come and join us on Saturday, November 18th for our third annual Community Science Day. Free science and health related activities for ALL AGES! All events will be held in the Calkins Science Center and Cook Hall from 10 AM – 2 PM.

GRCC In the News, 11-17-17

November 17, 2017

Report finds gaps in funding, services for Kent Co. kids

Nov. 16, 2017; WOOD Radio

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows large gaps in services and funding for young children in Kent County.

… Claudia Jones works at one of the childcare centers that partners with First Steps Kent. As a preschool assistant instructor at the GRCC Early Childhood Learning Lab and a mother of three, she has seen the benefits of preschool.

GR Mag’s top weekend picks

Nov. 16, 2017; Grand Rapids Magazine

Get in the holiday spirit or take flight with dragons this weekend in GR. You can also join the celebration of a 10-year-old favorite, attend a performance by contestants from one of the most popular reality TV shows and in classic Beer City fashion, learn about how some of the city’s favorite brews got their distinct flavors. This weekend is jam-packed with events you won’t want to miss.

BEER & DRAGONS

(Thursday)

If the name wasn’t enticing enough, Grand Rapids Public Museum has partnered with New Holland Brewing and Grand Rapids Community College for a beer tasting and interactive presentation event. Starting with New Holland’s famous Dragon’s Milk, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the process of determining flavor that the brewers wanted for featured beers and find out which New Holland beers were accidental discoveries.

55 Holiday Gift Experience Ideas — Your Local Shopping Guide for Kids and Families

Nov. 16, 2017; grkids.com

If you’d like to give or receive experiences rather than toys this holiday, here’s your list!

… Gifts for Mom

… Sign her up for language classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Then plan an international trip to let her use her new skills!

Photos from Study Away information session

November 17, 2017

Students learned about Study Away and had a chance to mingle with the program’s alumni.

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Thanksgiving week hours for Campus Dining

November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving week hours (Nov. 20-24):

  • Raider Grille closed all week
  • Quiet Café open Monday, November 20, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. with breakfast from 7 a.m. -10 a.m.
  • Quiet Cafe closed Nov. 21-24
  • Sneden Cafe open Monday, November 20, normal hours; it will be closed November 21-24.

GRCC In the News, 11-16-17

November 16, 2017

U.S. Labor Department names West Michigan Works! medical assistant apprenticeship program a role model for other states

Nov. 15, 2017; michigan.gov (press release by state Department of Talent & Economic Development)

LANSING, Mich. — The Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program in West Michigan is helping health care providers fill a critical shortage of talent, and has been saluted as a national Promising Practice by the U.S. Department of Labor.

… Spectrum Health, Mercy Health and Cherry Street Health Services worked together and created the one-year program. Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Montcalm community colleges partnered with the health care providers, developing a shared curriculum addressing the skills common to all three employers. West Michigan Works! holds the standards for the program and serves as the intermediary between the partners.

New middle college program to provide associate degrees

Nov. 15, 2017; schoolnewsnetwork.org (KISD newsletter)

Kentwood Public Schools, MI — A goal at the high school is for every student to receive college credit from at least one class before they graduate, said Evan Hordyk, the district’s executive director for secondary education. Well-established Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities, plus a middle college launching next fall, will make that possible.

East Kentwood students are already tallying up college credits by choosing from a slate of 21 AP classes. Soon they will be able to earn a free associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College by completing a fifth year of high school while dually enrolled as a college student.

Report finds gaps in funding, services for Kent Co. kids

Nov. 16, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new report shows large gaps in services and funding for young children in Kent County.

… First Steps Kent officials will lay out exactly how they determined their numbers during a 10 a.m. news conference at Grand Rapids Community College’s Applied Technology Center.

 

IIPD Grant Awards for October

November 16, 2017

IIPD Grant Awards for October 2017:

  • Don Steeby — $1,382 to attend HVAC Excellence Educators Conference.
  • Maryann Lesert — $1,767 to attend Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference.
  • Jenna Hess — $4,499 to complete Assistive Technology Certificate Program.
  • Melissa Boman — $3,091 to acquire a certification degree in Early Childhood Technology.

Update on United Way campaign

November 16, 2017

An update on GRCC’s United Way campaign:

  • 116 donors have submitted pledge forms.
  • $30,830 raised.

You still have time – through next week – to submit your form!

A special thanks to the 20 campaign captains!

Campus Dining surveys end today

November 16, 2017

Campus Dining wants to know how we are doing. Come to the Raider Grille, Quiet Cafe or Sneden Cafe and take a survey. You will get a coupon at each location and you can also enter to win a Google Home Mini or two tickets to the Grand Rapids Griffins game on December 29. We will be doing surveys at the Raider Grille and Quiet Cafe from November 14 through November 16. Sneden Cafe will be doing surveys on November 15 and 16.

SLT Profile: New Employee Orientation

November 16, 2017
The New Employee Orientation (NEO) team oversees the on-boarding of all newly hired employees via a traveling orientation. This process allows the new employee to receive tours of both the Main and DeVos Campus, while meeting employees from various departments. The on-boarding process is guided by the college’s desire to integrate new employees into our culture, and to create a firm foundation of knowledge about our mission, vision, and values.
Within the last year, we have implemented an enhanced mentorship program in which new employees are paired with a current employee to use as a resource for college information and orientation throughout their first year. Through the program, mentors also disseminate information about the college, and its various departments and functions, through monthly spotlight communications.

One goal of the NEO team is to implement a process for introducing new employees to campus via a short, but interesting, biography delivered via campus-wide communications. Excerpts will include a photograph of the new employee so others will know who to look for to introduce themselves.

The team is comprised of Nicole Dekker, Christine Coon, and Laura Caulk from Human Resources; Tony Myers from Campus Police; and Rachel Bower and Kelly Webber from IT.

GRCC In the News, 11-15-17

November 15, 2017

GRCC hosts Community Science Day, Nov. 18

Nov. 14, 2017; La Prensa

GRAND RAPIDS — Families can explore robotics, light and color, and DNA during Grand Rapids Community College’s Community Science Day on Nov. 18, 2017.

Learn about Study Away program on Nov. 16

November 15, 2017

Anyone who is interested in traveling abroad is welcome to attend. There will be resources and information about Study Away experiences at GRCC, a chance to mingle with GRCC Study Away alumni, global music, food, games, and more!

Parking passes will be provided to attendees who used the Bostwick or Lyon ramps.

Know Before You Go. Thursday, Nov. 16, 12-3 p.m. Main Building, Level G2, Room 55. Learn about study away experiences at GRCC. Mingle with Study Away alum. Passport and travel representatives. Henna tattoo, mini language lessons, and activities. Global music, food and refreshments. GRCC Department of Experiential Learning. Grcc.edu/studyaway grcc.edu/studentaway facebook.com/grccstudyaway

Thanksgiving Week hours for Campus Dining

November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving week hours (Nov. 20-24):

  • Raider Grille closed all week
  • Quiet Café open Monday, November 20, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. with breakfast from 7 a.m. -10 a.m.
  • Quiet Cafe closed Nov. 21-24
  • Sneden Cafe open Monday, November 20, normal hours; it will be closed November 21-24.

Mathematics Seminar is today

November 15, 2017

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, November 15, 3:30-4:30 PM in 103 Cook.

Our speaker, GRCC Mathematics Instructor Meghan VanderMale, will discuss how mathematics has been used to determine if U.S. Congressional districts have been gerrymandered.  For the title and abstract of Meghan’s talk, please see below.

This timely presentation will appeal to a wide range of students and faculty; no previous mathematics background is required.  All are welcome!

Pop and cookies will be served at 3:14 PM. You can watch a livestream of this presentation on Facebook.

Measuring Fairness: Beyond the “Eyeball Test” for Detecting Gerrymandering

At the beginning of October, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case of Gill v Whitford. It is one of the only cases on partisan gerrymandering to reach the Supreme Court and it challenges the redistricting of Wisconsin following its 2010 census. In this landmark case, a relatively simple mathematical measure called the efficiency gap was featured. This talk will discuss the efficiency gap and explore what exactly it measures and where it may fall short of being a miracle gerrymander measure. We will also discuss other mathematical measures that apply to gerrymandering cases and the challenges of using them in legal settings. The mathematics involved is very accessible and requires no previous math background, nor is it necessary to know much about gerrymandering. The talk will be of particular interest to students of mathematics, government, political science, law, and statistics. You are encouraged (though not required) to bring a laptop or iPad as a portion of the talk will have computer interactive elements.

Take surveys on Campus Dining

November 15, 2017

Campus Dining wants to know how we are doing. Come to the Raider Grille, Quiet Cafe or Sneden Cafe and take a survey. You will get a coupon at each location and you can also enter to win a Google Home Mini or two tickets to the Grand Rapids Griffins game on December 29. We will be doing surveys at the Raider Grille and Quiet Cafe from November 14 through November 16. Sneden Cafe will be doing surveys on November 15 and 16.