Road Closure today: Lafayette Ave NE

From 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. today, Lafayette Ave NE will be closed from Crescent St to Michigan St.

WHERE: Lyon St. NW, from Ottawa Ave to Ionia Ave.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

CLOSURE TYPE: Flagging northbound and southbound traffic around work area.

DETOUR ROUTE: No detour.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Utility work in roadway.

GRADfest volunteers needed for April 2

Corey Turner volunteering at GRADfest 2018.

GRADfest 2019 is coming up on April 2, and we need help to make this event great for our graduates!

We have 2-hour shifts that need to be covered on Tuesday, April 2, ranging from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. We will have lunch catered in for those who volunteer over the noon-2 p.m. shift. If you are willing and able to help, please add your full name to the Volunteer spreadsheet. All open shifts are highlighted in yellow.

If you have any questions, please contact Corey Turner at or at 616-234-3025.

Sign for GRADfest. The poster is blue and yellow. The text reads: "GRADfest. Get everything you need for graduation."

Math Teachers’ Circle tonight at Fountain Hill Brewery

A notice for a Math Circle. The border of the image is surrounded by zodiac symbols. The text reads: "Math Circle. What: A gathering of educators and others to socialize, enjoy some beverages and food, and play with some interesting math problems. Where: Fountain Hill Brewery on GRCC's main campus. When: March 21st 2019 from 6:30-8:30 pm."

Andrea Hayes and Meghan VanderMale from the GRCC math department are working with Javier Ronquillo Rivera from GVSU to host a Math Teachers’ Circle at Fountain Hill Brewery tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

GRCC math instructors will join K-12 math teachers in the area for socializing and doing fun math activities. The Math Teachers’ Circle may become an ongoing event if there is interest from the community.

About the event:

  • What: A gathering of educators and others to socialize, enjoy some beverages and food, and play with some interesting math problems.
  • Where: Fountain Hill Brewery on GRCC’s main campus.
  • When: March 21st 2019 from 6:30-8:30 pm.”
  • Activity: Mathematical mind reading! Participants will be able to have their minds read, then use inductive reasoning skills to figure out how the mind reader is working their magic (hint: they use a mathematical concept that we teach our students!)

Fountain Hill Brewery’s tasty brews will be available for purchase, and snacks will be provided.

Contact Meghan VanderMale at for information.

Learn to ‘Be Red Cross Ready,’ today in the GRCC Library

A graphic for the Be Red Cross Ready course. There are three illustrations, one of an emergency kit showing batteries, an aluminum can, first aid supplies, and water water; a floorplan with a path leading through it; and a screen, radio, and Red Cross pamphlet. The text reads: "Be Red Cross Ready. Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed. 1 Get a Kit. 2 Make a Plan. 3 Be Informed."

“Be Red Cross Ready” is a presentation designed by the American Red Cross to ensure that our communities are as resilient and prepared as possible in the face of natural disasters. The training covers building an emergency preparedness kit, making individual and group plans for varying disaster scenarios, how to remain informed on the risks in your area, and what your place in a possible community response would be.

  • WHEN: Today, March 21, from 12-1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Second floor of the Library & Learning Commons

*Refreshments will be provided*
Sponsored by the Library and Learning Commons and the Campus Common Reading Committee

GRCC In The News, 03-20-19

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $1 for 2019-20
3/19/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College is raising tuition by $1 for the second consecutive year.

GRCC trustees approve tuition increase below 1% for second year in a row
3/19/19 WZZM
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — In an effort to keep higher education affordable and provide opportunities for students across west Michigan, trustees at Grand Rapids Community College approved a 0.8 percent increase in tuition.

Recap: first Math, Science, & Engineering Academic Pathway Advising Luncheon a success

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The first Math, Science, & Engineering Academic Pathway Advising Luncheon was held on March 19, 2019, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Students were able to sit down and eat lunch with faculty from the Math, Physical Sciences, and Biological Sciences departments, while they discussed their courses, careers, course transfer equivalencies, and even where to find things such as research opportunities and scholarships.

Students should look forward to the Pathway Advising Luncheon each year and keep an eye out for advertisements in the future.

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success!

Upcoming professional development opportunities

There’s a seat with your name on it in any of these upcoming staff development sessions:

  • Friday, March 22 – Label Reading, noon-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 26 – StrengthsFinder, 10 a.m.-noon
  • Friday, March 29 – Fitness can be N.E.A.T., noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 10 – Coaching Skills for Managers, 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 17 – GRCC Purchasing Policy, 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19 – Game Play: Active as a Family, noon-1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 15 – Non-Verbal Communication, 1- p.m.
  • Friday, May 17 – Living a Healthy Lifestyle, noon-1 p.m.

Also – Learn how to update a webpage with Drupal Training! Available:

  • Thursday, March 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, April 25, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, May 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

More Information about these interesting sessions can be found on the Professional Development page.

And there is LOTS of Google going on – get ready! The Gmail/Google Calendar transition is only six weeks away!

Visit Google for GRCC to sign up for upcoming GMail/Google Calendar training.

Questions? Contact Angela (

GRCC Science Talks continue Monday with “Gene Modifications”

A graphic representation of gene modification, featuring colored strands of DNA with a background of gears that vaguely resembles a blueprint.

Gene Modifications: CRISPR

  • Monday, March 25, 2019, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Have you heard of CRISPR? It stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. Promises of cured disease, designer organisms, and dangerous consequences all surround this fascinating topic. The background and origin of the CRISPR technique will be presented along with a brief description of applications and potential difficulties.

Bill Faber is a GRCC chemistry professor who has researched physical and biochemical applications focused on identifying and characterizing larger bio-molecules using spectroscopy.

Grand Rapids Community College Science Talks are open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.

Please email with any questions.

Mathematics seminar on March 27

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Wednesday, March 27, from 3-4 p.m. in 102 Cook.

Our speaker, GRCC faculty member Alejandro Saldivar, will be discussing Linear Programming.

Linear Programming, developed in the 1940s to help with the war effort, found many uses in the post-war economy.  With the principle goal of allocating resources in the best possible way, it continues to find important applications in areas as diverse as airline crew scheduling, creation of investment portfolios, and developing communications networks.  It also possesses inherent mathematical beauty, and its fundamental principles are accessible to anyone who can graph lines and find points of intersection.  As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!


  • DATE: next Wednesday, March 27
  • TIME: 3-4 p.m. (Refreshments served at 2:45 p.m.)
  • PLACE: 102 Cook
  • SUBJECT: Systems of Linear Equations, Linear Programming, and the Simplex Method

The Simplex Method is used to optimize logistic problems such as transportation scheduling.  In this talk, we review some history and insight into the method from geometric and vectorial points of view.

This talk is suitable for anyone with an intermediate algebra background.



GRCC In The News, 03-19-19

Businessman Raleigh J. Finkelstein donates $2M to GRCC, building renamed
3/18/19 MLive
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Longtime Grand Rapids businessman Raleigh J. Finkelstein is donating $2 million to Grand Rapids Community College to transform its Main Building into a 21st-century learning environment.

3/14/19 Community College Daily (American Association of Community Colleges publication)
Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink (center, left) catches up with Metallica guitarist James Hetfield (center, right). The colleges welding crew presented Hatfield with a custom-made thank you gift. Metallica gave GRCC a $100,000 grant to help nontraditional students gain in-demand welding skills that will lead to rewarding jobs. (Photo: GRCC)

Chargers set a first for Indiana colleges
3/19/19 Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)
DANVILLE — In Indiana, most everything and anything in basketball has been accomplished by its college teams.
… Ancilla College was able to break out of that with a 93-70 win over Grand Rapids Community College last week in the Region 12A Championship game in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Sign ups are now available for Commencement 2019 volunteers

Commencement is a special time for our GRCC family! Serving as a volunteer is a great way to show your support for our graduates, and to help make their celebration memorable. We have numerous roles to fill:

  • ADA seating
  • Name card distribution
  • Graduate line-up
  • Guest seating/ushers
  • Greeter/program distribution
  • Ticket takers

Please consider volunteering! To see what each volunteer role involves and to sign up to help, please check the 2019 Commencement Volunteer Roles.

Final day to RSVP for the 2019 Salute to Women reception

Calligraphic fonts in shades of blue read: "21st Annual Salute To Women."

You are cordially invited to the Salute to Women reception!

Please RSVP by 5 p.m. TODAY, March 19, to if you would like to attend the 21st Annual Salute to Women Reception.

  • WHEN: Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 1–2:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: GRCC Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center Banquet Rooms

Award presentations begin at 1:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.


Join us as we celebrate the 2019 Salute to Women Nominees:


  • Sara Brooks, Academic Advisor, Counseling and Career Center
  • Keri Davis, Faculty, Department of Child Development
  • Sonya Hernandez, Coordinator, ALAS Program
  • Luba Petrash, Chef, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education
  • Victoria Powers, Director, TRIO/Support Services Program


  • Mandy Boos, Nursing Program
  • Magdalena Montes-Spruit, Administrative Professional, TRIO/Support Services Program


  • Lesley Bos, Major: Social Justice and Social Welfare
  • Stephany Mendez-Ortega, Major: Pre-Med, Biology


  • Judith Kienitz, Faculty Emerita, Department of Language Arts