GRCC In the News, 8-3-15

West Michigan native Wally King named Ferris State softball coach

Aug. 1, 2015; MLive

Wally King, who has been with the Diamond Sports Training in Grand Rapids, was named Friday the new softball coach at Ferris State.

… A National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) member, King began his coaching career on the collegiate level at Grand Rapids Community College as the assistant softball coach and head recruiter. During his three seasons with GRCC, King helped develop the program into a national title contender with back-to-back World Series appearances.

Security bumped up for festival week

July 31; 2015; Grand Haven Tribune

For local police, it’s the busiest time of the year.

… Planning for the festival security details starts early in the year. Agencies assisting this year include Michigan State Police, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, Grand Valley State University Police Department, the GVSU and Grand Rapids Community College police academies, Hudsonville Emergency Management, Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue, and North Ottawa Community Hospital paramedics.

Open house for Jeremy Osborn

Please join us on tomorrow, August 4th as we say, “thank you, good bye and good luck” to Jeremy Osborn, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. As you may know, Jeremy has taken a teaching position at Cornerstone University, effective August 17th. Mark your calendar to stop by for light refreshments while we wish Jeremy all the best in his new position.

Date: August 4, 2015

Time: 12:00-2:00 pm

Location: 122 ATC

Screening Committee Training

A GRCC Screening Committee Training session has been added to the Staff Development schedule. It will take place on Tuesday, August 11th from 2-4 PM in Room 304 Sneden Hall. If you are scheduled to participate on a committee, or have an interest in participating on one in the future, please consider attending this training session. Registration is available online at

Pool expected to reopen August 4

By late Thursday afternoon, July 31, 2015, we had received the necessary parts to repair our filtration plant and were able to resume filtering and water circulation for our pool.  It appears that the mechanical repairs are holding and the system continues to do its work.  However, we need to bring our water quality back to safe levels, and have lab tests confirmed by the Kent County Department of Public Health.

At this point, we feel confident that we will be able to open the pool for regular operation at 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 4, 2015.  Our lead pool technician has over 30 years experience handling large public pools.  He is very confident that excluding any unforeseen developments, we will in fact be able to hit the Tuesday time.

We truly apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused for anyone.  It has been as frustrating for us as a team as for anyone.  The systems are carefully and meticulously monitored and checked on a daily basis, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including Christmas. The valve that failed had given absolutely no warning signs that it was getting weak or about to fail. We appreciate in advance the patients of all of our valued students, staff, and community friends.   We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday.