Professor Mursalata Muhammad to present at Third Thursday Speaker Series

Third Thursday Speaker Series: Claude Harvard, Dublin Georgia, and Me

Even though inventor Claude Harvard lived in Dublin, Georgia, until he was about 10, he was a Detroiter. He NEVER spoke of his life in Georgia or his original first name, which was not “Claude.” No amount of prompting could move him past this statement: “I was born when my mother brought me to Detroit.” As a 10-year-old “newborn” – Claude set to the task of learning as much as possible about radios and machinery. These interests gave him the engineering foundation for his later inventions, the bulk of which were invented while he worked at Ford Motor Company.

GRCC instructor and educational architect Mursalata Muhammad will gather and present the fragments of Claude Harvard’s life scattered about the internet, printed in an oral history, and rooted in her lived experiences with him. In the words of Mursalata, “This presentation is my attempt to tell you a story that brings together what is most worth telling in this moment.”

Details:

  • WHERE: Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI  48202
  • WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 6-9 p.m.
  • RSVP: Tickets for the event are free. Registration is available through Eventbrite.

GRCC Science Talks Continue Next Thursday with “Epigenetics”

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Epigenetics and Colon Cancer: A tale of mice, microbes, and methyl groups

  • Thursday, February 21, 2019, at 4 p.m.
  • Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

Have you ever wondered how there can be numerous cell types in your body (skin, muscle, etc.) even though they share the same DNA code? This is explained by epigenetics, the branch of science that studies how chemical modifications on or near DNA influence how genes are expressed. We’ll learn about epigenetics and its important role in maintaining healthy cells.

Nicole Vander Schaaf is a doctoral candidate at the Van Andel Institute Graduate School.

Future GRCC Science Talks will include:

  • 03/25/2019: “Gene Modifications: CRISPR” – 3:45 p.m., Calkins Science Center auditorium, Room 348

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

Please email timothyperiard@grcc.edu with any questions.

Become prepared to ‘Stop the Bleed’ this February!

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, so quickly stopping the bleeding is critical. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide immediate care if they are equipped with the appropriate training and resources. Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Facilitated by Mikki Grit, Emergency Nurses Association of West Michigan

  • WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2019, 12-1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: SCC 234 Multi-Purpose Room

Lunch will be provided (please specify any dietary needs)

Everyone is welcome! Student employees may be paid for the time with supervisor approval.  PLEASE RSVP to antoinetteharrington@grcc.edu

Instructor forecasts student attendance at next week’s Mathematics Seminar

Image of GRCC Mathematics classroom. Focus is on a student's hand holding a mechanical pencil and writing in a notebook. Three other students are out of focus in the background.

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its next Mathematics Seminar on Thursday, February 21, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in 103 Cook.

Our speaker is GRCC faculty member Brian Hadley.  For the title and abstract of his talk, please see below.

The realm of mathematical forecasting is vast but fundamentally based on common sense ideas: Examine historical trends, assume that whatever was responsible for creating the past will continue to operate beyond the present, then use mathematical and/or statistical techniques to predict the future.  Brian will discuss how this relates to classroom resource management.  As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!

Refreshments will be served at 10:45 a.m.

Mathematical Forecasting and Classroom Resources

Forecasting student attendance in class has allowed for a reduction of wasted paper.

Each semester I print quizzes, test, and worksheets for class use. Unfortunately, some of this paper is wasted primarily due to absent students. As a solution to this problem, I began forecasting student attendance, greatly reducing the amount of wasted printing.

Forecasting is a mathematical model that allows for a prediction of future trends. We will examine various forecasting methods that can provide reliable guidelines to classroom attendance trends and result in the reduction of paper waste.

 

 

Student Leadership Banquet nominations and RSVPs now open for March event

The Student Leadership Banquet is an annual event where students are recognized for their contributions as a student leader at GRCC. The event is planned by Student Alliance and Campus Activities Board and is funded by the Campus Activities Fee. All student organizations, advisors, faculty, staff, and award nominees are encouraged to attend. Registration is now open and people can RSVP online.

  • Theme: “Grow Where You Are Planted”
  • Event Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Location: Goei Center (818 Butterworth St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504)
  • Doors Open: 5:00 p.m.
  • Caterers: San Chez
  • Evening Activities: Photo Booth and DJ following the awards ceremony
  • Deadline to RSVP: March 14, 5 p.m.

Student leadership award nominations are now available through Raider Connect. Students, staff, and faculty can submit nominations. All nominations are due by March 8 at 5 p.m. Most of these awards are associated with a scholarship, so please consider nominating a student that you feel deserves recognition for their leadership and involvement.

Recap: ‘Cupcake Wars’ students present a sweet take on Dr. Seuss

 

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Bakery students took a mental vacation from the cold last Thursday to heat up the kitchens in GRCC’s third annual “Cupcake Wars” event. Students worked in teams to create over-the-top cupcakes which they then presented in elaborate, Dr. Seuss-themed dioramas. Teams prepared, baked, and decorated cupcakes from 7:30-10:30 a.m., and judging began at 11 a.m.

Here are this year’s winners in all categories:

  • Best overall cupcake: Horton’s Whos – Kortni Dicks, Laura Kersten, Kris Poleski
  • Best display/presentation: Gio and the Pussycats – Gio Toffolo, Alison Dopke, Katie Courtney
  • Best packaging: Horton’s Whos – Kortni Dicks, Laura Kersten, Kris Poleski
  • Overall highest score: Gio and the Pussycats – Gio Toffolo, Alison Dopke, Katie Courtney (the second place team was only 0.5 points behind – the closest competition yet!)

Congratulations to GRCC’s 2019 Cupcake Wars winners and to all of the students who worked so hard to create these amazing displays!

‘Winter Warm Up’ event for GRCC employees next week Wednesday

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Winter Warm Up

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Room 212 — Ford Fieldhouse

Come join your colleagues for a comforting cup of soup and grilled cheese along with warm conversation and connection! This is a new event replacing the February Sweets & Treats/Flowers & Cupcakes.

Use this as an opportunity to see the upgraded Fieldhouse space if you haven’t already.

Drop by and cozy up!

February Seminar: learn lifesaving skills to ‘Stop the Bleed’ at the GRCC Library

Become prepared to Stop the Bleed this February at the library!

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene. A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes, so quickly stopping the bleeding is critical. Those nearest to someone with life threatening injuries are best positioned to provide immediate care if they are equipped with the appropriate training and resources. Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign and a call to action. Stop the Bleed is intended to cultivate grassroots efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

  • WHEN: Monday, February 25, 2019, 12-1:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: SCC 234 Multi-Purpose Room
  • ORGANIZATION: GRCC Library and Learning Commons

Please RSVP to Antoinetteharrington@grcc.edu.

Third Annual ‘Fall in Love With STEM’ set for February 23

Important update: The “Fall in Love with STEM” event, originally scheduled for Feb. 9, has been postponed because of weather. It has been rescheduled for 1-4 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Calkins Science Center, 226 Bostwick Ave. NE.

GRCC faculty and students will lead sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in “exploration stations,” with activities designed to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and math skills. It’s one of several events organized by the West Michigan chapter of the Association of Women in Science. No advance signup is needed for “Fall in Love with STEM.”

Final day of ‘Who Cares? Why Bother?’ writing workshop in the ATC

A graphic for a writing workshop. The text reads: "2019. Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People. Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7. What your teacher told you is true: writing is a part of every job."

Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People

  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7
  • Sponsored by the English Department, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost

Speaker Schedule for Thursday, February 7 –

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: David Cope, Former Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids and GRCC Professor; ATC Auditorium
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: Caitlin Horrocks, GVSU Writing Professor; ATC 122-124
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Penni Weninger, Former GRCC employee and Business Communication specialist; ATC 122-124
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Paul Krieger, Biology; ATC Auditorium
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.: Sean Mackey, English; ATC Auditorium
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.: Laura Caulk and Danielle Flaumenhaft, GRCC Human Resources; ATC 122-124
  • 2-2:45 p.m.: Patrick Prominski and GRCC Student Panel; ATC Auditorium
  • 2-2:45 p.m.: Maryann Lesert, English; ATC 122-124
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m.: Student Writing Success Stories; ATC Auditorium

 

For full presentation details and descriptions, visit GRCC’s Who Cares page.

Retirement party for Sally Zokoe this afternoon in White Hall

Sally Zokoe Retirement Party

Please join us this afternoon for a Retirement party for Sally Zokoe in the Financial Services department:

  • When:  Today (Thursday), February 7, 3-5 p.m.
  • Where: White Hall Dining Room

Come and celebrate Sally’s retirement and thank her for her years of service!

‘Who Cares? Why Bother?’ writing workshop today and tomorrow in the ATC

A graphic for a writing workshop. The text reads: "2019. Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People. Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7. What your teacher told you is true: writing is a part of every job."

Who Cares? Why Bother? Real Writing for Real People

  • Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Thursday, Feb. 7
  • Sponsored by the English Department, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost

Speaker Schedule:

Wednesday, February 6 –

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: Katy Leady, Corporate Writer for Gordon Food Service; ATC 120
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: Dale Johnson, Williams Group; ATC Auditorium
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Ann Alexander, Business; ATC 120
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Devon Swanigan, GRCC Labor Relations; ATC Auditorium
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.: Kimberly DeVries, GRCC Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance; ATC 120
  • 2-2:45 p.m.: Klaas Kwant and Noah De Smit, GRCC Media Department; ATC Auditorium
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m.: Rebecca Whitman, GRCC Chief of Police; ATC 120

Thursday, February 7 –

  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: David Cope, Former Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids and GRCC Professor; ATC Auditorium
  • 9:30-10:15 a.m.: Caitlin Horrocks, GVSU Writing Professor; ATC 122-124
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Penni Weninger, Former GRCC employee and Business Communication specialist; ATC 122-124
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Paul Krieger, Biology; ATC Auditorium
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.: Sean Mackey, English; ATC Auditorium
  • 12:30-1:15 p.m.: Laura Caulk and Danielle Flaumenhaft, GRCC Human Resources; ATC 122-124
  • 2-2:45 p.m.: Patrick Prominski and GRCC Student Panel; ATC Auditorium
  • 2-2:45 p.m.: Maryann Lesert, English; ATC 122-124
  • 3:30-4:15 p.m.: Student Writing Success Stories; ATC Auditorium

 

For full presentation details and descriptions, visit GRCC’s Who Cares page.

You’re Invited to ‘Quiet Woman’ at the Library & Learning Commons

Mark your calendars for this special event! GRCC English professor Katrina “Katie” Kalisz will read from her recently-published volume of poetry, Quiet Woman, and you are invited!

  • Thursday, February 21
  • GRCC Library, 2nd Floor
  • 6:30 – 7:45 p.m.

The cover of the poetry book 'Quiet Woman' by author Katie Kalisz. The cover depicts a black background. There is a small wooden bowl with a blue base sitting on a wooden surface in the foreground. Around the bowl's base is a loosely-coiled pile of rough thick twine. The text reads: "Quiet Woman. Poems by Katie Kalisz."

Kalisz teaches composition, women’s literature, and creative writing. She earned degrees from the University of Michigan, Loyola University of Chicago, and Queens University of Charlotte.

The English Department and Library & Learning Commons are sponsors of this poetry reading and book signing. You’ll enjoy a display of her poetic career, and have an opportunity to purchase a copy of Quiet Woman signed by Katie. Refreshments will be served.