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Faculty Highlights

Congrats to Laura Byers, Psychology adjunct . . .

Laura received an Employee Service Award for her long-standing commitment to the healing ministry of Jesus Christ at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services on March 7, 2019. Laura is a psychologist working at the Pine Rest Patient Consultation Center in neuropsychology.

GRCC professor published in national peer-reviewed journal . . .

Dr. Matthew Douglas, professor of Zoology and Botany at GRCC, has recently published a paper in the Great Lakes Entomologist, a national peer-reviewed journal, that documents the change of nectar-providing plants used by migrating monarch butterflies (from goldenrod to the invasive Star Thistle/Spotted Knapweed) in the Beaver Island Archipelago of northern Lake Michigan. The paper is titled: Use of Spotted Knapweed/Star Thistle (Asterales: Asteraceae) as the Primary Source of Nectar by Early Migrating Monarch Butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) from Beaver Island, Michigan.


Department Highlights


Math Seminars

Psychology Speaker Series

Biology Science Talks

Geography Speaker


Student Highlights

GRCC Geography Student Receives Award at Academic Conference . . .

Geography major MaryAnne Flier was awarded first place in the undergraduate student paper competition with her presentation, “Assessing the Political Impact of Evangelical Christians in a Midwestern Battleground-State Community” at the annual meeting of the East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers. All geography programs at colleges and universities throughout Ohio and Michigan are part of the association’s East Lakes Division. Students at the undergraduate and graduate levels had their independent research critically assessed by a judging panel made up of faculty from some of the region’s leading geography programs.

Flier’s work examines the intersection of politics and religion on the social landscape of Grand Rapids. She intends to transfer to Aquinas College after graduating from GRCC in 2020 and to pursue graduate studies in Geography after completion of the baccalaureate. GRCCC students and alumni have received ten awards at the East Lakes conference over the past decade. At the awards ceremony, the GRCC Geography program also was recognized as a national finalist for the 2020 American Association of Geographers Award for Associates Program Excellence.

GRCC geography students and alumni have received awards ten awards in the past decade for the papers they’ve presented at the annual regional conference.


Geology Students head to research project in Texas . . .

This summer, GRCC geology students Maegan Bouwens and Madison Jones are heading to Texas to conduct field research in geology! They were two of only seven students nationwide invited to participate in a fully-funded research experience at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).

UTEP collaborates with El Paso Community College and the National Science Foundation to bring two-year college students interested in pursuing a career in geology to study 34 to 56-million-year-old igneous rocks exposed in the El Paso area.

Maegan and Madison will spend 4 weeks conducting field work from UTEP, after which they will continue their research back home in Michigan. In addition to learning skills and methods employed by professional geologists, our students will work with peer and faculty mentors who will assist them with their research. Maegan and Madison will also participate in activities with members of their cohort that include weekend field trips, practicing their science communication skills, and attending professional meetings, workshops, and seminars with geoscience professionals. Upon completion of their research projects, Maegan and Madison will have the opportunity to present their research to both the local community and at a professional meeting for geoscientists.

We congratulate both students and look forward to hearing about their experiences!


GVSU / GRCC Women's Math Circle

This group has been meeting about once a month and doing fun math activities to foster socialization, math curiosity, and mentorship relationships between upper and lower level students.  We've also invited people from Meijer, Founders, and Priority Health to come talk about how they use their math degrees in their careers.

It has been shown that having a community helps students succeed in an academic program and, by partnering with GVSU, we've been able to create a larger community (that is women and math specific) for our students than we would be able to have at GRCC alone.  As we know, GRCC students are coveted at GVSU, so this is a mutually beneficial partnership.  The group hopes to also include high school students and teachers from the community next year.   This could be a great way to make a very smooth transition for PromiseZone students.  By inviting them to be part of the group, they can form a community here before even starting classes.


School of Arts & Sciences embracing advantages of Open Education Resources (OER) . . .

Recent articles highlighting GRCC's OER initiative

School News Network article

Mlive article

Career Online Transfer