It Takes a Village to Pull off the Graduation Procession

No graduate is left alone to find his or her precise spot in the long blue line during the hour before commencement begins. Volunteers are at every turn and at the head of every section. The grads and their leaders can be seen laughing and getting every last hair and button in place. Then the volunteers escort their groups right up to the fieldhouse door. Some of these GRCC folks have been volunteers for years in a row, like Cathy Wilson, Diane Patrick; Chris Arnold, Jill Nutt (shown here) …the list goes on.

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Communications caught several more of these volunteers in action.   Click here for a photo gallery.

Raider Sports Update: 5/3/10

GRCC’s Joey Sutherlin has updates from the world of GRCC Athletics:

  • Thanks to four straight wins at home on Thursday (Jackson CC 5-4, 8-6) & Saturday (St. Clair CCC 3-2, 6-1) the GRCC Men’s Baseball Team has officially qualified for the Region XII Tournament (to be held in Battle Creek May 14-17).  The Raiders (26-24 overall & 17-9 in the conference)  have overcome losing their first twelve games of the season and have a shot this week at finishing 2nd in the MCCAA Conference.  Their final regular season conference doubleheader is scheduled for Saturday May 8, 2010 at Kellogg Community College.  For more information click here.
  • For the 2nd year in a row, Coach Bruce VandenBeldt’s team has captured the MCCAA Western Conference Golf Tournament Friday at Bedford Valley Golf Club in Battle Creek, MI.  The Raiders finished 3 strokes ahead of 2nd place Kalamazoo Valley CC.  Individually Alex Fleming (70, 78 148) finished 1st in the tournament with fellow Raider Miles Guy taking 2nd with (76, 75 151).  For complete results of the tournament please click here.
  • The Raiders will now head to Augusta, MI and play Stonehedge North today and Tuesday for the Conference tournament and as a tune up for the Regional Golf Tournament next week at Bedford Valley Golf Course in Battle Creek.

Keep Watching GRCC Today for more sports updates, but until then … GO RAIDERS!!!!

GRCC in the News: 5/3/10

Dan Balgooyen leads Muskegon Community College golf team to second place in invitational
By Tom Kendra | Muskegon Chronicle | April 19, 2010, 9:34PM

Dan Balgooyen picked a perfect time to play his best golf round of the year.  Balgooyen shot a 1-over par 73 to finish second at Monday’s Muskegon Community College Invitational, the only tournament the Jayhawks host all season, at sunny Chase Hammond Golf Course. […] Garrett Branch shot a 72 and was the medalist, leading Grand Rapids Community College to the team title with a 302 score. MCC was second at 311 and Kalamazoo Valley third at 314.  (More)

GRCC Class of 2010: Holland area students among almost 2,000 that received diplomas Friday night
By STEPHEN KLOOSTERMAN | The Holland Sentinel | Posted May 01, 2010 @ 05:30 AM

Grand Rapids, MI –  Nearly 2,000 graduates  – including about 100 from the  Holland area – reached a milestone in their lives during the Grand Rapids Community College commencement ceremony.  Students from all over West Michigan gathered in the Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse in Grand Rapids to receive their diplomas Friday evening.   (More)

Smith skipping graduation … for NFL tryout – ECSU receiver gets a shot with Ravens
By WILL HARRIS | Friday, April 30, 2010

Over the past two seasons, Reggie Smith dazzled Elizabeth City State fans with his speed and big-play ability, assets NFL teams are looking for. At least, they’re something the Baltimore Ravens are seeking.  Baltimore invited Smith to attend its minicamp on May 7-9, giving the 5-foot-11, 195-pound receiver a shot at achieving his dream.  […] In his two years at ECSU after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College, Smith proved himself a threat to score every time he touched the football.  (More)

Grand Rapids graduates enter a new kind of job market
Christa Graban | Updated:5/1/2010 10:24:53 AM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-More than 1,900 students are one step closer to a career.  Grand Rapids Community College held its graduation ceremony and reception Friday night. While most of the graduates come from the West Michigan area, for some it wasn’t their first trip to the podium.  “My plans after graduation are to get back out in the workforce, find a job in juvenile justice, maybe like the social work area, child protective services. That’s my plan,” says graduate Tia Cleveland.   (More)

GRCC Student Newspaper Wins Honors from MCCPA

GRCC’s student newspaper, the Collegiate, won first place General Excellence for print edition and second place General Excellence for website from the Michigan Community College Press Association, on April 17, 2010.

GRCC journalism students Christina Kim, Jacqueline Prins, Dave Westra, Stephanie Sicard, Ryan Tyrell, and Dana Finkler also won individual honors in writing, page design and photography. Jacqueline Prins was also honored by being named second place Journalist of the Year by the organization.

Photos: GRCC Spirit Award Presented to Teri Dilworth

This month’s Raider Spirit Award winner was Teri Dilworth in Disability Support Services.  As stated in her nomination, Teri does an excellent job of assessing student needs. Her calm voice and manner, her honest concern and exceptional listening skills allow her to help many students.”  Please congratulate Teri on this special recognition.

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If you would like to nominate a colleague for the GRCC Spirit Award please go to From there you can click on recognition forms and complete your nomination.

Faculty: Drop-in for Instructional Technology Help Today (5/3/10)

Members of the Distance Learning and Instructional Technologies team will be available today in help to faculty in Blackboard, Camtasia, and other instructional technologies. No registration needed; just drop by Room 125 Main Building, Downtown Campus, between 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Can’t make it in person? Drop an email any time with your help request to

For other faculty professional development opportunities, visit or contact
Center for Teaching Excellence
310 Main Building, Downtown Campus
(616) 234-2278

American Cancer Relay for Life – Downtown Grand Rapids

American Cancer Society Relay for LifeThe GRCC ESP will again be participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, May 14-15, 1 p.m.-1 p.m. and they need your help.

There are a variety of ways to participate this year to help raise funds for the American Cancer Society:  Make a donation by clicking here, become a walker to support all who are at the Relay, or provide baked goods and/or candy to sell during the Relay.  Please contact Tracy Payne (3673) at if you want to become involved.

SSPD Grants: May Funding Opportunity

The deadline for the submission of grant applications for the Support Staff Professional Development (SSPD) program is 4:30 p.m., May 21, 2010. The SSPD application packet and SSPD Guidelines are available in the GRCC Internal Grants area of the Grants Office website at Please note that applications must include a Supervisor’s Approval form, a budget form and budget documentation. If you have any questions about SSPD grants, please contact Lisa Dopke, Grants Coordinator at 234-3340 or Good luck!

Safety and Security Night

The Whitecaps are having a fundraiser for the Officer Robert A. Kozminski Memorial Scholarship to GRCC (awarded to a student at GRCC who is pursuing a career in Law Enforcement).  Saturday, May 15, at 7:00 PM the Whitecaps will play the South Bend Silver Hawks and $2.50 from each reserved ticket purchased with the fundraiser will go to benefit the scholarship fund.

To purchase tickets, contact Dean Exoo (616) 726-7071 or send in the completed order form to the address below to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee your spot in the Law Enforcement Sections or present this flyer at the window on the night of the game to purchase tickets with the fundraiser (seating cannot be guaranteed the night of the event).