Tutor Recommendations Needed

The GRCC faculty are the primary source for tutor recommendations, we appreciate their help and thank them for their continuing support. We are reaching out again and asking for assistance in identifying potential tutors. Please take a moment and consider the students enrolled in your classes. Are there a few you would recommend as a tutor?

Students who tutor must have an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 and a 3.0 G.P.A. in the subjects they wish to tutor. If you have a potential tutor in mind, you may use one of the following methods to submit a recommendation:

  • Download the Tutor Recommendation form at www.grcc.edu/TutorRecForm and return it to our office – Academic Support & Tutoring Services, 2nd floor Library, Room 232 LRC.
  • Request a copy of the Tutor Recommendation form be sent to you by emailing dvanoeve@grcc.edu

We are asking that you submit these recommendations by Friday, May 10, 2019. We will contact the recommended students, explain our tutor selection process, and invite them to schedule a job interview.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Don VanOeveren by phone (234-3684) or by email (dvanoeve@grcc.edu).

GRCC student part of winning MWest Challenge team

The MWest Challenge is a student venture competition designed to create cross collaboration between students that span across several universities from West Michigan. Through MWest, entrepreneurially minded students are able to develop and grow new ventures based on their own ideas.

MWest involves nine West Michigan colleges and universities, representing 75,000 students from: Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, Davenport University, Aquinas College, Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Kuyper College, and Hope College.

In this year’s competition, GRCC student Jake Dabkowski was part of the three-student team that won.

Pictured below are Felix Pierero (GRCC), Aiden Wysocki (Kendall), Jake Dabkowski (GRCC), Matthew Veenhoven (Kendall), and Jonathan Moroney (Kendall):

Felix Pierero (GRCC), Aiden Wysocki (Kendall), Jake Dabkowski (GRCC), Matthew Veenhoven (Kendall), and Jonathan Moroney (professor from Kendall) posing with the 'Camper Medication' MWest Challenge victory check.

Recap: practical nursing students participate in Community Health Fair

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GRCC Practical Nursing Students participated in a Community Health Fair at Porter Hills Village on Tuesday, April 16.

Students presented information about topics such as osteoarthritis, obstructive sleep apnea, eye disorders, hypertension, and diabetes. Residents were able to get their blood pressure and blood sugar levels checked, as well as engage with students by participating in the various activities.

Recap: CIS students mentor others in computer literacy

GRCC CIS students Daniel Hesse and Christina Sherman pose with the Noorthhoek Academy students they helped mentor this semester.

GRCC students Christina Sherman and Daniel Hesse did more than study CIS this winter – they helped teach it, too!

Sherman and Hesse served as student mentors to GRCC Noorthoek Academy students this semester. They worked side by side all semester helping them improve their computer literacy skills.

Says their professor Katie Vander Meer, “This was a great experience once again for my students to take part in. Hugs and smiles all around for their last day today!”

GRCC student leads Mathematics Seminar today in Cook 102

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its last Mathematics Seminar of 2018-2019 on Wednesday, April 17, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 102 Cook.    

Our speaker, GRCC student Luke Ellison, will be discussing Bayes’ Theorem.

Bayes’ Theorem actually is a theorem –it has a precise mathematical formulation that can be rigorously demonstrated– but its use has been controversial for more than 200 years. Luke’s presentation will emphasize historical background and applications, and thus will be accessible to a general audience. As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!

Details:

  • DATE: Wednesday, April 17
  • TIME: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Refreshments served at 2:14 p.m.)
  • PLACE: 102 Cook
  • SUBJECT: Bayes’ Theorem: Using Probability Theory to Quantify Uncertainty

Bayes’ theorem is a probabilistic equation that allows us to update our prior beliefs in the face of new evidence. This talk will explore the historical development and application of Bayes’ theorem including unique problems that it has helped solve. Specific areas of application include World War 2 codebreaking, authorship of the Federalist papers, and quantifying degrees of certainty in historical claims.

College Success Center creates web series to focus on the GRCC student perspective

The College Success Center Presents: The Success Soapbox!

The Success Soapbox is a web series that focuses on the student perspective regarding success subjects. The purpose is for students to learn what their peers are doing to be successful, foster community, and educate on important success subject. Check the first episode below:

Visit (and LIKE) the GRCC College Success Center Facebook page for the complete first season of The Success Soapbox, and encourage your students to do the same!

Final Mathematics Seminar of 2018-19 tomorrow in Cook

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its last Mathematics Seminar of 2018-2019 on Wednesday, April 17, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 102 Cook.    

Our speaker, GRCC student Luke Ellison, will be discussing Bayes’ Theorem.

Bayes’ Theorem actually is a theorem –it has a precise mathematical formulation that can be rigorously demonstrated– but its use has been controversial for more than 200 years. Luke’s presentation will emphasize historical background and applications, and thus will be accessible to a general audience. As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!

Details:

  • DATE: Wednesday, April 17
  • TIME: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Refreshments served at 2:14 p.m.)
  • PLACE: 102 Cook
  • SUBJECT: Bayes’ Theorem: Using Probability Theory to Quantify Uncertainty

Bayes’ theorem is a probabilistic equation that allows us to update our prior beliefs in the face of new evidence. This talk will explore the historical development and application of Bayes’ theorem including unique problems that it has helped solve. Specific areas of application include World War 2 codebreaking, authorship of the Federalist papers, and quantifying degrees of certainty in historical claims.

Exam Cram at the GRCC Library begins today

A digital poster advertising Exam Cram at the GRCC Library.

What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, stress-relieving workshops, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up and stress levels down!

When is it? Monday, April 15 – Saturday, April 20

  • The event will be held during normal Library hours during the week and during the Library’s EXTENDED HOURS on Saturday (10 a.m.–10 p.m.)

ALSO! Be sure to take advantage of the fun and relaxing (and free!) workshop that will be held next week:

Embroidery Workshop:

  • Wednesday, April 17, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Feeling stressed about final exams? Relax and treat yourself to a free make & take embroidery workshop with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, host of the CraftSanity Podcast and GRCC adjunct journalism professor. Embroidery samplers and all supplies will be provided. No experience necessary. See you there!

Recap: Phi Theta Kappa National Conference 2019

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This past week, the GRCC Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (Alpha Upsilon Kappa) attended our national conference, Catalyst, in Orlando, Florida. The conference is an opportunity for our students and advisors to attend educational forums which focus on leadership, service, career development, transfer planning, and more. The GRCC Chapter was for the fourth year in a row recognized as a 5-star chapter. This requires that they complete a college project, an honors in action project, service projects, fellowship activities, participate in fundraising, attend regional and national conferences, collaborate with other chapters, and more each year to earn 5-star status. This year our chapter officer team (Tikvah Finn, Phillip Kamp, Stephany Mendez Ortega, Brian Guadarrama, and Drewyn Talley) went above and beyond and were recognized at Catalyst for all of their accomplishments.

Below is a summary of the team’s accomplishments from the event:

  • Our chapter officer team won outstanding chapter officer team (15 teams were recognized out of over 1300 teams nationally).
  • Morgan Brown was recognized as an outstanding chapter team member (one of 15 recognized nationally).
  • Tikvah Finn was GRCC’s first Coca-Cola All-American Silver Scholar winner.
  • Stephany Mendez Ortega and Phillip Kamp are both Jack Kent Cooke semi-finalists (they find out later this month if they won this scholarship). The JKC scholarship is for up to $40,000 a year for up to 3 years to complete a bachelors. There were over 1600 applications, only 500 are semi-finalists and 50-70 will be awarded the scholarship.
  • We entered our first ever “ScholarBowl” team (Phillip Kamp, Stephany Mendez Ortega, Brian Guadarrama, and Drewyn Talley).
  • Tikvah Finn participated in the Job Interview competition.
  • Morgan Brown designed the shirt worn by the entire Michigan Region.
  • This year, we submitted proposals which were chosen and we presented two of the educational forums. We presented on “effective communication for leaders” and “building a successful transfer plan.” We had over 70 students attend each of these presentations and our students did an amazing job as this was the first national forum for which they had ever presented.
  • Morgan Brown, who will graduate in May 2019 with her AFA in Photography, was hired by PTK Headquarters to be one of the three photographers for the conference (a paid position).

We are so proud of our students and all they have accomplished this year. They represented GRCC with pride, worked hard, and had a great time during the conference.

 

Mathematics Seminar on April 17

The Grand Rapids Community College Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that it will host its last Mathematics Seminar of 2018-2019 on Wednesday, April 17, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 102 Cook.    

Our speaker, GRCC student Luke Ellison, will be discussing Bayes’ Theorem.

Bayes’ Theorem actually is a theorem –it has a precise mathematical formulation that can be rigorously demonstrated– but its use has been controversial for more than 200 years. Luke’s presentation will emphasize historical background and applications, and thus will be accessible to a general audience. As is the case with all of our seminars, everyone is welcome!

Details:

  • DATE: Wednesday, April 17
  • TIME: 3:30-4:30 p.m. (Refreshments served at 2:14 p.m.)
  • PLACE: 102 Cook
  • SUBJECT: Bayes’ Theorem: Using Probability Theory to Quantify Uncertainty

Bayes’ theorem is a probabilistic equation that allows us to update our prior beliefs in the face of new evidence. This talk will explore the historical development and application of Bayes’ theorem including unique problems that it has helped solve. Specific areas of application include World War 2 codebreaking, authorship of the Federalist papers, and quantifying degrees of certainty in historical claims.

Exam Cram at the GRCC Library starts next week Monday

What is Exam Cram? Think extended quiet study hours in the library, smiling tutors and librarians, stress-relieving workshops, along with beverages and snacks to keep study strength up and stress levels down!

When is it? Monday, April 15 – Saturday, April 20

  • The event will be held during normal Library hours during the week and during the Library’s EXTENDED HOURS on Saturday (10 a.m.–10 p.m.)

ALSO! Be sure to take advantage of the fun and relaxing (and free!) workshop that will be held next week:

Embroidery Workshop:

  • Wednesday, April 17, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
  • Feeling stressed about final exams? Relax and treat yourself to a free make & take embroidery workshop with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, host of the CraftSanity Podcast and GRCC adjunct journalism professor. Embroidery samplers and all supplies will be provided. No experience necessary. See you there!

A digital poster advertising Exam Cram at the GRCC Library.

Open leadership positions for students in CAB

Student Life and Conduct is looking for student leaders to apply for Campus Activities Board! Please pass on the message to students that would be great at it! This is a paid position and students get great “real-world” experience! CAB plans Homecoming, Finals Relaxers, the Leadership Banquet, and Welcome Weeks. We have 4 spots open: CAB President and 3 VP positions.

Interested students need to submit a one-page letter of intent as to “why you are interested in becoming a CAB E-board team member and for what role you’re interested in applying.” All letters should be sent to Thalia Guerra-Flores at thaliaguerraflores@grcc.edu by Tuesday, April 15.

Elections will take place April 19 from 1:15-2:15 p.m. If students are interested but unable to attend on the 19th, they should email Thalia Guerra-Flores (thaliaguerraflores@grcc.edu) to reschedule.

 

Math Awareness Month contest open to all at GRCC

April is Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month and that means it is time for the Math Awareness Month Contest. You may pick up an entry form from the Math Tutoring Lab on 1st Floor of Cook or download the form online.

The contest is open to any GRCC student or staff member. Of all the correct entries, three students and three staff members will be randomly drawn to receive a prize.

Entry forms must be returned to the Math Tutoring Lab or to Nancy Forrest in the Math Department by Monday, April 15.