GRCC In the News, 9-19-17

Juan Palacios: ‘We are not stealing these jobs’

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine (newsletter for The Center of Michigan)

DACA status: Expires August 2019. “It means I have two years to figure it out, to talk to lawmakers and as many people as I can,” Palacios said.

… Ambitions: Palacios said he’s putting $6,000 aside to become a certified electrician in a six-month program offered by Grand Rapids Community College. “They hook you up with a job,” he said. “My goal is to eventually buy a house.”

Monserrat Velazquez: She canceled her flight to Mexico when DACA was announced

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine

DACA status: Expires in December. She will seek a two-year extension.

… Achievements: She is a manager in a suburban Grand Rapids restaurant. She earned an associate degree in business administration from Grand Rapids Community College.

Denis Martinez: ‘Sometimes, I feel like America doesn’t want me.’

Sept. 18, 2017; Bridge magazine

DACA status: Expires in January 2020.

… Achievements: He graduated from Godwin Heights High School, joining in wrestling, football, track and cross-country. He now attends Grand Rapids Community College. He also works a part-time job at a mall and lifts weights six days a week to stay fit.

The Rapid seeks patron feedback for possible transit improvements

Sept. 18, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Rapid has announced the launch of an online feedback tool aiming to gather information from the community on the area’s transit system.

… Although she had not heard of the study, Grand Rapids Community College nursing sophomore Anna Peterman said improvements are needed at bus stops.

Mathematics Seminar looks at mosaics

Graduate student Javier Ronquillo will look at mosaics in the first Mathematics Seminar of the semester.

Have you noticed that the New Year’s Eve ball that comes down every year in Times Square is not perfectly round? It’s really made out of a bunch of smaller triangles! Could we make a ball like this using just stop signs? Have you noticed that soccer balls are hybrids of pentagons and hexagons? Could we do a hybrid ball with stop signs and triangles?

All these questions have to do with arranging regular polygons to form a mosaic. Throughout history, mosaics have been some of the most beautiful pieces of art, and mathematics is used to help create their harmony and beauty.

This Mathematics Seminar — 3-4 p.m. September 21 in room 101 of Cook — requires nothing more than an appreciation of beauty and a willingness to see how math can be used in its creation. The material will be accessible to anyone and will provide a great opportunity to see math and art interact.

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


Stephanie Thomas, Chris Santana lead GRCC runners at Spartan Invitational

GRCC’s men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Spartan Invitational in East Lansing on September 15.

tGRCC’s women were paced by Stephanie Thomas and Jessica Sluiter, who finished with times of 26:36.1 and 26:37.8, respectively, for 170th and 172nd place overall.

Cierra Ensign was next to cross the line for the women’s team at 27:08.0 for 191st. Tegan Jackson‘s 33:11.5 earned her 284th. Rachel Aalny of Bowling Green State University took first overall with a time of 21:19.0. Lansing Community College’s Kristen McGahan was the first NJCAA finisher with a time of 23:36.6 for 57th overall.

GRCC’s men’s team was led by sophomore Chris Santana, who finished the race with a 27:35.6 for 96th place. Nate Edwards and Sam Borisch finished shortly behind him with times of 28:10.8 and 28:23.7, respectively, for 134th and 148th. Trystan Thayer earned 179th with a time of 28:50.4. Bruce Buurstra‘s 28:57.7 earned him 186th. Isaac Arp and Jacob Kenny finished last for the Raiders with times of 29:57.9 and 30:35.6.

Iowa Central Community College’s Karim Anchengli took first overall with a time of 24:31.7. Lansing Community College’s Alex McCormick was the first MCCAA finisher with a time of 26:38.8.

GRCC hosts the Grand Rapids Raider Invitational on September 22 in Riverside Park.

GRCC In the News, 9-18-17

Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA

Sept. 17, 2017;

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

… Universities and colleges across Michigan including Western Michigan University, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College have responded with resolutions of support for their DACA students and called for a legislative fix from Congress.
GRCCs Faculty Council recently passed a resolution opposing the DACA decision and supporting the positions of the GRCC administration and Board of Trustees.

Call to action issued on Challenge Scholars

Sept. 15, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The president of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation says Challenge Scholars is more than about giving families money to pay for college, but preparing and guiding teenagers through the transition from high school to college for a successful career and life.

… Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) announced that all incoming freshman to Union, starting with the class of 2020, will have at least a two-year, tuition-free option for college or career training at the college. GRCC has also committed Success Coaches to work with students to identify college and career goals.

Women in Auto Care Announce 2017 Scholarship Winners

Sept. 15, 2017; Tire Review

Women in Auto Care awarded $65,000 in scholarships this year to 22 female students who are studying to enter the auto care industry.

… The 2017 scholarship winners are listed below:

Post-Secondary Students

… $2,500 Brooke Peckham, Grand Rapids Community College

In Trump era, politics are more visible than ever at Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize

Sept. 17, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

GRAND RAPIDS — When Donald Trump stumbled into last year’s ArtPrize competition, he was still a long-shot presidential candidate running what looked like a losing campaign.

… Her (Patricia Constantine) entry, “Sineater,” on display at Grand Rapids Community College’s Collins Art Gallery, is a mixed-media triptych. Presented using carnivalesque imagery, its middle panel is a self-portrait that conveys the artist’s guilt about teaching within a system that buries students in debt. Images of Trump and Betsy DeVos also appear with the phrases “I want to build a wall” and “No free lunch,” respectively.

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