GRCC In the News, 4-14-15

Aquinas track & field impressive in outdoor debut

April 13, 2015; MLive

Hillsdale, MI — The men’s and women’s track & field teams traveled to Hillsdale College this past weekend to compete against Cornerstone, Davenport, Ferris State, Grand Valley State, Northern Michigan and the host Chargers of Hillsdale.

… The dynamic duo in the hurdles continued to impress, as Tori DeSira (Dewitt/GRCC) and Erika Heston (Haslett/Haslett) both punched their tickets to Gulf Shores. DeSira placed second with a time of 14.05, while Heston clocked in at 14.53. DeSira’s time puts her at #2 on the All-Time list for the Saints. DeSira teamed up with Kaitlyn Henniger, Marissa Ingersoll and Adri Sigafoose to hit the “A” standard for the 4×400 meter relay. The quartet finished in 3:52.97 to achieve the third fastest time in school history. Sigafoose (McBain/Northern Michigan Christian) would also win the 800 meter dash with a time of 2:14.50 to hit the automatic qualifier for Nationals. Her time missed Cari Blind’s school record by just .20.

Baseball, softball teams on tear at Muskegon Community College

April 13, 2015; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI – The baseball and softball teams have been hot at Muskegon Community College.
In baseball, the Jayhawks swept four games over the weekend by taking both ends of doubleheaders against Henry Ford Community College and Lansing Community College.

In softball, it was even better as MCC swept four doubleheaders last week. The Jayhawks took two from Glen Oaks Community College, Lake Michigan College, Jackson Community College and Grand Rapids Community College.

Moms get motivated to be healthy

April 13, 2015; WOTV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — West Michigan families are making the change to live healthier, more active lives. Some of them dedicate themselves to this new lifestyle by becoming Priority Health Champions.

… The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K kicks off at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 19 at Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids. Participants can enjoy the Expotique on Saturday, April 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College. For information on how to sign up, visit

Reservations for Armen Awards celebration due April 20

Mark Friday, April 24 from 3-5 p.m. on your calendar and join us for the 2015 Armen Awards Celebration. This inspiring event will feature the work of each Armen Awards team and an awards presentation. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served and GRCC parking ramp passes will be provided. RSVP is required by Monday, April 20; click here. The awards are held at the Kendall College of Art and Design.

2015 Armen Awards

Volunteers needed for commencement

We will be celebrating our Commencement on Friday, May 1st at 7:00 pm. This year we will be in the Van Andel Arena for the first time, so we are seeking more volunteers than normal to help our students and their families have a wonderful evening.

If you have always wanted to help with Commencement or have never known that was an option, please consider yourself invited to help at this great event! We will likely need volunteers to arrive around 4-4:30 pm (still being determined) and most volunteers will not need to stay once the event begins (unless you want to.)

Please contact Sara Dorer at or x3924 if you are willing to volunteer! (Please note: Full time faculty are required to process, so may not serve in the role of volunteer.) Thanks!

Campus Dining Hours of Operation Week of April 27-May 1

Raider Grille

10:30am-3pm on April 27th

10:30am-1pm on April 28th

CLOSED – April 29, 30, May 1

The Quiet Café

Monday-Tuesday: 7am-6pm

Wednesday: 7am-1pm

Thursday: 7am-11am

Friday: CLOSED

The Sneden Café

Monday-Tuesday: 7am-6pm

Wednesday: 7am-1pm

Thursday-Friday: CLOSED


The Sneden Cafe will re-open for business Monday-Thursday from 8am-2pm beginning Monday May 11.

**Due to construction in the Student Center, the Raider Grille and Quiet Cafe will be closed during the summer semester.


Campus Dining Catering Services will be shut down during the week of May 4-8 as we move to our temporary location in the ATC. All catering operations will resume as normal on May 11th.

Golf team wins tournament

The 8th ranked GRCC Raider Golf team won their own tournament Monday at Egypt Valley CC in cold, windy, and rain conditions. A total of 10 teams competed in the tournament and the Raiders shot a 313 to outdistance Muskegon CC by three shots. Kurt Sprague, a sophomore from Byron Center and Zach Bialik, a sophomore from Manistee Catholic Central, tied for Medalist honors with 74’s. Sprague defeated Bialik on the first sudden death playoff hole to win the individual award. The Raiders are next in action Friday at Bedford Valley competing in the first two rounds of the Western Conference Championship. The team is seven time defending champions of the conference tournament.

Free screening of ‘The Hunting Ground’ on April 16

This documentary on college campus sexual assault has the power to fuel the movement to end campus assault, but we need to show a strong turnout at theaters to demonstrate the growing public concern and demand institutions change their ways. Come to a free screening and panel discussion at Celebration Cinema North Thursday, April 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Brought to you by GRCC and the Kent County Young Leaders Against Violence.

‘Open Door’ shares history of Calkins Science Center

Calkins Science Center

Calkins Science Center

Did you know that the Richard W. Calkins Science Center, which opened in January of 2000, contains a 150-seat auditorium, a greenhouse, a Jurassic Learning Garden, and a cadaver laboratory that uses cadavers rented from Michigan State University?  The building was conceived and planned by the science faculties of the college — a dream they made a reality.

Read about this and much more in Open Door, the newly published 100-year history of GRJC-GRCC. The book can be purchased at Schuler Books, the GRCC Library, or online here.