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GRCC In the News, 10-17-17

October 17, 2017

Cesar Chavez gala celebrates college scholarships, community awards

Oct. 16, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The 13th annual Cesar E. Chavez Hispanic Excellence Scholarship and Community Awards Gala is Thursday, Oct. 19, at Grand Valley State University’s Eberhard Center.

… Prior to gala, Andres Chavez is scheduled to give a lecture from 11 a.m. to noon in Room 168 of Grand Rapids Community College’s Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center on “Millennials Putting into Action the Legacy of Cesar E. Chavez.”

Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club sends 10 to regionals

Oct. 17, 2017; Grand Haven Tribune

The Greater Grand Rapids Figure Skating Club will be well represented at this week’s Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships, as the program qualified 10 of its 30 skaters for the national event.

… Local skaters competing in the event are:

… Emily Scott (age 18) of Hamilton is a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, Carolyn Tinkham (age 18) of Grand Rapids is a freshman at Grand Rapids Community College, Jennifer Prillwitz (age 16) of Grand Rapids is a junior at Kenowa Hills High School, Lara Seledotis (age 13) is an eighth-grader at Northern Hills Middle School.

Tops of the conference

Oct. 17, 2017; The Philippine Star

Before the start of Game 2 of the PBA Governors Cup Finals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Sunday, the Best Player and Best Import of the third conference were announced with the awardees representing the two teams playing in the best-of-7 title series.

… Then, (Allen) Durham enrolled at Grace Bible College, a small school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He averaged 15.5 points as a freshman in 2006-07 then left the school to attend Grand Rapids Community College because of financial limitations. Durham, however, returned to Grace Bible in 2008-09 and led the varsity to three straight National Christian College Athletic Association Division II championships. In the process, he broke the school’s 44-year-old scoring record by becoming the all-time leader with 2,467 points. He also finished his career as Grace Bible’s all-time leading rebounder with 1,314 boards.

Transfer Fair is next week

October 17, 2017

GRCC Transfer Fair: Wednesday, October 25, 2017

12:30-3:30 p.m. in the Student Center, Room 301 (Student Lounge)

Over 35 schools attending!  Start Here/Transfer There

  • Learn about transfer requirements
  • Obtain catalogs and other transfer resources
  • Meet with College/University representatives

 

Sponsored by:  Counseling, Advising & Retention Services

Staff Development workshops for Oct. 25-27

October 17, 2017

Benefits 101 — 2:00-3:30 p.m. Oct. 25

These sessions will provide an overview of health plans, FSA, H.S.A and optional benefits offered through Grand Rapids Community College.

Reimbursement Policy — 2:00-3:30 p.m. Oct. 26 

This learning session will review the current employee reimbursement policy and will touch on topics related to travel reimbursements, mileage reimbursements, GSA Meal Per Diem rates, as well as Faculty Professional Development, and Tuition Benefit reimbursements for courses attended at other colleges or universities.

Heart Health — 10:00-11:00 a.m. Oct 27

Participants will have an understanding of the function of a healthy heart and implications of lifestyle choices. They will be able to identify a personally appropriate physical activity that improves heart health and name two heart healthy food choices, and will commit to making one heart healthy food change.

Register online.

Share illustrations, words of support with domestic abuse survivors

October 17, 2017

GRCC is partnering with YWCA West Central Michigan to present a small display where you can write words of support or encouragement to survivors of domestic violence. When the cards are complete, they will be made available in a display to YWCA clients — survivors seeking services such as, emergency shelter, transitional housing, advocacy, counseling, or legal assistance will see the presentation. Clients will be encouraged to take messages that connect with them.

You will find the cards in the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion. To impact the greatest number of survivors, please feel free to include illustrations or notes written in any language.

A collection box and pamphlets sit on a table in the Woodrick Center for the Words of Encouragement project.

TRIO/SSS grateful for support of fundraiser

October 17, 2017

TRIO/SSS wants to thank the GRCC community for your sustained support of our Donuts and Apples fundraiser. Every year we have been able to cover the cost of attendance for a student to attend the Power of Education Foundation (PEF) School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Because of your amazing generosity and support of TRIO’s Donuts and Apples fundraiser held every fall during late October, Mickerlange Abraham’s educational expenses have been fully covered for the last three years!

Now, Mickerlange has completed her 9th grade year, passed all her national exams, and moved to attend high school. She sent a thank you message to all of us.

Mickerlange AbrahamThis is a photo of Mickerlange taken just two weeks ago by Jen Masternak, director of communications for the Power of Education Foundation on her recent visit to the school. Jen also extended her thanks to GRCC: “I would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported the fall fundraiser. Mickerlange is a very determined young woman who continues to work hard to her goal of becoming a journalist.”

 

 

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October 17, 2017

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)

During the month of October 2017, the Department of Homeland Security offers weekly cyber security themes to aid in user awareness regarding current cyber threats and corrective responses to such threats. The GRCC IT Security team is hosting relevant security information on the IT Security webpage. Be sure to check it out weekly and remember, with all the current security breaches going on across the country, “don’t get scared…. get secured.”

DHS NCSAM Week Three Theme: Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet

Smart cities, connected devices, digitized records, as well as smart cars and homes have become a new reality. Week 3 will remind citizens that their sensitive, personal information is the fuel that makes smart devices work. While there are tremendous benefits of this technology, it is critical to understand how to use these cutting-edge innovations in safe and secure ways.

College Channel programming through Oct. 20

October 17, 2017

The latest schedule, through October 20, for the College Channel includes the ArtPrize panel.

Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair is Oct. 23

October 17, 2017

The goal of the Mental Health and Wellness Resource Fair is to raise awareness among students about mental health resources and to encourage them to seek help when they hit roadblocks or have a life crisis that is creating barriers to their success.

A flier for the GRCC Mental Health & Wellness Resource Fair

 

October 18 Mathematics Seminar

October 17, 2017

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its October Mathematics Seminar this Wednesday, October 18, from 3-4 p.m. in 103 Cook.

This presentation will appeal to a wide range of students and faculty.  Much of it requires no understanding of mathematics beyond arithmetic.  All are welcome!

Pop and cookies will be served at 2:45 p.m.

Our speaker, GRCC Mathematics Instructor Andrea Hayes, will discuss division by zero in various forms of mathematics from basic arithmetic to higher-level mathematics.  For the title and abstract of Andrea’s talk, please see below:

Undefined

Division by zero is often confusing and misinterpreted.  Is (1/0) undefined or infinity?   The answer often depends on who you ask and can lead to lively discussions, even arguments.  The source of such discussions usually resides in the difference between actual division by 0 and what happens when the denominator approaches zero.  This talk will provide an in-depth look at the complexity of division by zero at various levels of mathematics.

 

 

 

GRCC scholars poster presentation on October 25

October 17, 2017

GRCC students who participated in the summer MICUP program at Michigan Technological University, UROP at the University of Michigan, and the Study Away trip to Salamanca, Spain, will exhibit their research from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, in the Raider Grille.

Learn about their work and the amazing opportunities that might be there for you! Snacks will be provided.

Daniel Lopez stands next to his poster of "The Content of Your Color: Skin Color Identity and Its Determinants."

 

GRCC In the News, 10-16-17

October 16, 2017

Josh McCown and John Morton a good combo for Jets

Oct. 14, 2017; Newsday (Long Island, N.Y.)

The unlikely alliance was born of necessity, a partnership between an itinerant assistant coach ready to gamble with his career and an aging journeyman quarterback looking for one more chance.

… An overachieving former receiver who made it to the NFL from his humble beginnings at Grand Rapids Community College, Morton embraced the challenge, even if it might end up in failure.

Evening session added for Active Shooter Response Training

October 16, 2017

If you have not had the opportunity to attend the Active Shooter Response Training during the day, an evening session has been added to the schedule on Thursday, November 30, 2017, from 6:00-7:30 p.m in Sneden 309.

This training is required for all college staff and faculty.

The 90-minute training session will be presented by GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman. The training will describe what an active shooter is; detail the ‘Run Hide Fight’ response to an active shooter situation; explain ways to recognize and report potential threats to our campus, and answer any questions attendees may have.

Register online.

Leadership Institute applications due October 27

October 16, 2017

The Grand Rapids Community College Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership program committed to strengthening new or emerging leaders from across campus. This program is geared to foster a broader understanding of the campus community, accelerate talent development and hone individual and team leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is designed for individual employees who have the capacity and desire to make a positive influence on our campus. Leadership Institute includes content pertinent to talent identification, leadership development, and addressing issues relevant to the college community.

If you are interested in Leadership Institute 2018, please visit www.grcc.edu/leadershipinstitute for additional information or to obtain an application packet. The application packet must be received by Jessica Berens in Human Resources by Friday, October 27, 2017.

APSS, Campus Police collecting donations for veterans

October 16, 2017

The APSS employee group and the Campus Police will be collecting donations of new items for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, from Oct. 16 to Dec. 14 for the holiday season.

Items needed:

  • Gift cards or certificates to fast food restaurants (McDonald’s, Burger King, etc.)
  • Small lap blankets
  • 100-piece puzzles
  • Stationery sets
  • Personal toiletries:  toothbrushes, soap, body wash,
  • mouthwash, deodorant, cologne for men or women

Donations will be accepted at the following locations:

  • Lt. Robert Decker (x3579) – Campus Police
  • Colleen Copus (x3119) – Math Tutorial Lab – Rm 105 – Cook Bldg.
  • Kim Zinger (x4253) – Math Dept. – College Park Plaza – 2nd Floor
  • Janice Holton (x4129) – Rm 118 – Main Bldg.
  • Janis Qualls (x4248) – Rm 320 – Science Bldg.
  • Tracy Payne (x3673) – Rm 313 – Student Center

Donations will be collected each Friday.  The total collection will be delivered to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans on Thursday, December 14.  Please help us support our veterans!

Education Department holds Transfer Fair

October 16, 2017

The Education Department hosted a successful Transfer Fair last Thursday, October 12. The transfer fair allowed our current Child Development & Education students to connect with the education departments at potential transfer institutions.

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