GRCC In the News, 4-11-14

Aquinas baseball sweeps Cornerstone

April 10, 2014; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College baseball team swept a conference double-header from cross-town rival Cornerstone yesterday at DeWitt Field. The Saints took game one 7-1, and won 6-4 in the nightcap. Aquinas is now 14-11 on the season and 6-5 in WHAC play.

The top of the lineup was key for the Saints in game one. Kyle Orlowski (Grand Rapids/GRCC), Brendan Penny (Grand Rapids/Catholic Central) and Taylor Pawlanta (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern), the Saints’ 1-3 hitters, each had three hit games. Orlowski scored three runs and Pawlanta drove in two. Third-baseman Greg Baranyai (Hillman/Alpena) had two RBI for the Saints. Junior David Foster (Mt. Pleasant/MCC) earned the win, allowing just one run in seven innings while striking out six.

Hawkins inks letter-of-intent with MU

April 10, 2014; Observer & Eccentric (Farmington Hills)

Livonia Stevensons Amanda Hawkins is among Madonna University women’s volleyball coach Jerry Abraham initial 2014 recruiting class that was announced on Wednesday.

Hawkins, a first-team All-Observer selection, is joined by junior college transfers Emily Johnson (Grandville), a 6-foot outside and middle hitter from Grand Rapids Community College, along with 5-8 setter Spencer Stokes (Clio) of Oakland Community College.

Senior sharpshooter earns Grand Rapids Press/ Player of the Year honors

April 10, 2014; MLive

HAMILTON, MI — Hamilton senior Ashley Overbeek wasn’t in high school yet when her future varsity coach first realized that she was going to be a special player.

… “I have been talking to some coaches, but I might take some time off, go to Grand Rapids Community College next year and then see what happens next,” Overbeek said.

After stepping up in Sugar Bowl, OU’s Dionte Savage fueled by competition

April 10, 2014; Tulsa World (Okla.)

NORMAN — Prison is a hard place, but Dion Savage didn’t mind shedding a few tears.

… Savage (Dion Jr.) attended Arizona Western for one football season, then returned home because he was homesick. He enrolled at nearby Grand Rapids Community College but stopped attending classes.

Architectural Design Student Wins Scholarship to Lawrence Technological University

Micah Wiersma won the Best of Show, in the Motor City mixed-media arts competition. It was an arts competition sponsored by Lawerence Technological University. The muse for the competition was founded upon Detroit’s classic nickname, The Motor City, and challenged aspiring artists, designers, and architects to deconstruct, challenge, expand, contract and otherwise reposition this well-worn phrase.

This is the second year in a row, an Architectural and Mechanical Design Student has won a $40,000 Scholarship to Lawrence Technological University. The award is $10,000 annually renewable for four years.

Tess Alliston joins library staff

Tess Alliston

Tess Alliston

Please welcome Tess Alliston to GRCC! Tess works in the Library and Learning Commons as an ESP. Her title is Library Specialist — Circulation Associate. Tess was previously a student worker at GRCC for three years in the library and also in the student records office. She earned her Associate in Arts w/ MACRAO and is now finishing her Associate in Business. She intends to transfer for her Bachelors. She loves reading, traveling, photography, and spending time with her hilarious four year old. She is really happy to be back at GRCC as a staff member. She says, “Everyone has been very kind and welcoming thus far!”


As we near the end of the 2013-14 fiscal year, Staff Development is winding down its offerings. If you still need professional development hours, please take a minute to check out the April workshops shown below. All of our workshops are open to GRCC staff and any faculty member (full-time or adjunct). You can click on individual events to see details, and also register online at

Moving Up-Preparing for Career Advancement

Mon Apr 14th from 11 AM – 1 PM in Room 1142 Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

Wed Apr 16th from 12-2 PM in Room 302E, DeVos Center, GVSU GR campus

Even though you excel at your job there’s always room for improvement. And when it comes to taking a leap to the next position, it’s prudent to plan in advance. A new role with a new team, under new leadership in perhaps a new division brings an entirely new set of expectations. Whether you’re planning to transition soon or not for several years, it’s wise to start implementing strategies that will increase your chances for success. In this workshop, we’ll discuss mandatory professional development expectations, strategies for building your career portfolio and tips for increasing your transition potential. Presented by Kim Monaghan, GVSU Human Resources Career Services for Faculty and Staff.

A2: Through Our Eyes: Understanding and Engaging Differently Abled Students *Accessibility Advocates workshop training facilitated by Dominic Dorsey, Director of Accessibility at GRCC

Mon Apr 14th from 12-1:30 PM in Room 125 CSC

By examining the learning challenges associated with various diagnoses, participants will feel, hear, see, and touch through exercises designed to immerse them into an inaccessible world where frustration, distraction, stress, fear and mental fatigue are daily realities for many of our students.

After completing this session, participants will be able to:

1.) Serve as an advocate for accessible course content and program design in their respective units

2.) Move beyond language and action centered on tolerance and into engagement

3.) Develop tools to incorporate into a greater accessibility advocate toolbox centered accommodation   through communication and an interactive process.

Alzheimer Support Group

Wed Apr 16th from 11:30 AM -12:30 PM in Room 2264, Kirkhof Center, GVSU Allendale campus

Thu Apr 17th from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM in Room 302C, DeVos Center GVSU GR campus

Whether you are caring for an aging loved one who can no longer live without your help or for a loved one with Alzheimer’s, GVSU recognizes the challenges that you are facing. Being a caregiver is known for placing a great burden on the caregiver. The pressures can be wide-ranging, and touch the social, psychological, physical, and economic facets of the caregiver’s life. Get the support that you need by attending the GVSU Caregiver and Alzheimer’s Support Group.

Going from Good to Great

Wed Apr 16th from 2-3:00 PM in Room 103 Sneden

Life is coasting along. No, it’s flying by and not going to slow down anytime soon. Are you content? Could you take it up 1% everyday with some of the best tips to make your everyday go from good to GREAT? Step it up this year and unwrap your full potential in mind, body and spirit. Facilitated by Kendra Bylsma, Allegro Coaching.

PNC Bank Lunch & Learn – Raising Money-Smart Kids

Thu Apr 17th from 12-1 PM in Room 016 Admin

Part of the PNC Bank ‘Community Development Banking Lunch & Learn’ series. By teaching your children about money at an early age, you can help them develop good financial habits-ones they may carry with them for the rest of their lives. Learn which money skills a child should master before leaving home and how to teach young children to save toward a goal. PNC Bank will be providing a complimentary lunch to all attending this presentation.

Learning Styles

Fri Apr 18th from 9-10:30 Am in Room 103 Sneden

Explore learning styles and teaching strategies that will fit your departments’ needs. Participants will: Identify their own different intelligences; Solve hypothetical problems using alternative learning styles; and create an alternative learning style plan for a lesson in their subject area. Facilitated by MaryBeth Beighley, Director of Staff Development at GRCC.