Linn Maxwell Keller Recital Hall Dedication
Watch the dedication of our beautiful new recital hall at our newly renovated Music Building. The October 18th dedication was a great tribute to one of our most ardent supporters, mezzo-soprano Linn Maxwell Keller.
Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory
Take a virtual tour of our new preschool facility!
Open Educational Resources - Free / low cost / digital textbooks
Check out the GRCC Open Educational Resources (OER) site.
Student Highlights . . .
Geography alumna accepts New Zealand post
Cadey Korson, a 2008 GRCC graduate, recently accepted a permanent faculty appointment in human geography at Massey University in Auckland. Massey is considered New Zealand’s national university with an enrollment of 35,000 students.
Following award of the associate degree, Cadey completed her BA at Aquinas College, MA at University of Missouri and PhD at Kent State University. Subsequently, she took a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oulu in Finland, where she contributed much in terms of geographical scholarship.
Cadey has explored the realms of cultural geography, political geography and geographic education by conducting fieldwork in the South Pacific with special reference to indigenous peoples, as well as research devoted to the teaching of world regional geography. These efforts over the past few years have resulted in six articles published in peer-reviewed publications, nine papers delivered at conferences in England, Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Finland and Sweden and an invited lecture given in Hawaii.
A charter member (and former president) of Lambda Upsilon, the GRCC chapter of the International Geographical Honor society, Cadey is among a number of former GRCC students who have pursued graduate degrees in Geography and the first alumna in recent years to be awarded a PhD in the field. On New Zealand’s North Island, she can be expected to serve as an inspiration for geography students in the country largest city, which is known for its rich cultural diversity.
Students speak at Math Department Seminar
The speaker for the next Mathematics Seminar on March 21 in Cook 515 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm is former GRCC student and current GRCC tutor Katrina Teunis, who will discuss mathematics as a language. For the title and abstract of Katrina’s talk, please see below.
When discussions of a “universal language” arise, mathematics is usually at or near the top of the list. But at the same time, many people admit that they don’t understand mathematics very well, and some may go on to say that they don’t like it very much. In her presentation Karina will endeavor to show that treating mathematics as a language may make it more understandable, and, by extension, more likable. No mathematics background is needed for this talk, and, as always, everyone is welcome! Pop and cookies served at 2:45 PM.
The Language of Mathematics
Have you ever joked about math being a language you don’t understand? Have you ever wondered what the purpose was in learning algebra when you have absolutely no plans to use math in your future careers? Well, what if math really is a language, and treating it as one could both help you understand mathematics and why it applies to your daily life? Seeing math as the language it is can open the door to understanding why math works the way it does and how it is more than just manipulating numbers. This talk will answer the question “is math a language” and address how viewing math in this way will improve your ability to work with numbers, use logic in your daily life, and truly understand mathematics.
GRCC student Fisher Pham will speak on February 14 in Cook 515 from 3:00-4:00 pm, as part of the Math Departments’ seminar series. He will discuss mathematics relating to solving Rubik’s Cube, entitled “God’s Algorithm: A Simple Solution for the Rubik’s Cube”. Abstract: The Rubik’s Cube - a puzzle that seems impossible to solve, yet some have managed to solve it in mere seconds. Whether you know how to solve it or if you’ve spent hours twisting and turning it to no avail, you might have wondered, “Is there a simple pattern that I could repeat over and over to eventually solve the Rubik’s Cube?” This hypothetical pattern is called “God’s Algorithm”. In this talk, we will find out if “God’s Algorithm” exists and discuss other mathematical aspects of the Rubik’s Cube.
Student Events . . .
Dr. Jonnell Robinson, Director of Community Geography at Syracuse University, will be delivering this year’s Visiting Geographical Scientist lecture on the evening of March 27. She’s done much in applying geographical analysis and mapping to ameliorate social injustice in urban areas and is among the most popular Visiting Geographical Scientists listed by the American Association of Geographers. She’s sure to talk about matters relevant to many disciplines in the arts and sciences, as well as workforce development. Lecture takes place on Tuesday, March 27 from 6:30 - 7:30 in Sneden Hall, Room 108.
2nd Annual Tournees Film Festival 2017
This international festival, which features a total of six films, was the result of a partnership between the French programs at GRCC and GVSU and a generous grant. Running October 30 - November 17, two films will be shown at GVSU Loosemore Auditorium, with an additional four films shown at GRCC ATC Auditorium. Admission for all films is free. Click here for schedule.