GRCC in The News, 8-24-18

GRCC volleyball team seeks to leave Hawaii ahead of hurricane
8/23/18 MLive
Grand Rapids Community College’s volleyball team won’t depart Hawaii tonight as planned due to safety concerns. GRCC officials released the following statement Thursday evening:

GRCC volleyball players will weather storm on Hawaii
8/23/18 WOOD TV
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — As Hurricane Lane continues to move toward Hawaii, a team of local athletes is preparing to wait out the storm on the Big Island.
The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team was originally scheduled to board an 8 p.m. Thursday flight to Michigan. But after consulting with local authorities, school officials decided it would be safest for the players to remain where they are in the town of Hilo.

Women’s Volleyball Team Out Of Grand Rapids In Midst Of Hurricane Lane
8/23/18 WWJ Radio
GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ) – Hurricane Lane is disrupting travel plans for a group of Michigan college students.
The Grand Rapids Community College women’s volleyball team is in Hawaii for a series of preseason games.

Safety ‘top priority’ for GRCC volleyball’s return from Hawaii
8/23/18 WOOD Radio
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) As Hurricane Lane continues to move towards Hawaii, a team of local athletes is hoping to return home safely.
The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team is scheduled to take an 8 p.m. flight to Michigan Thursday and is hoping there are no cancellations because of the storm. If their flight is cancelled, the team would likely have to ride out the storm in Hawaii.

News 8 at 6
8/23/18 WOOD TV
Susan Shaw: “The Grand Rapids Community College volleyball team is hoping to get out of Hawaii by 8 tonight — right as Hurricane Lane hits the west side of the big island. That’s according to MLive. The school says the team is getting ready to board the plane, and hoping there won’t be any cancellations.” Brian Sterling: “Right now, they’re on the east side of the island, but have to get to the west side to catch a flight — bringing them even closer to the storm. GRCC says they’re keeping in touch with parents and watching alerts carefully to keep everyone safe.” Susan Shaw: “The school sent us a statement about a half hour ago saying the safety of their students is top priority and that they’re keeping in touch with officials to monitor the conditions. We will keep an eye on their travel plans and bring you updates. We’ll have more on the preparations underway in Hawaii in about five minutes.”

News 8 Daybreak
8/24/18 WOOD TV
Teresa Weakley: “The women on the volleyball team at Grand Rapids Community College will be stuck in Hawaii as the storm hits. 24 Hour News 8’s Lynsey Mukomel is in the studio with their plans to get home.”
Lynsey Mukomel: “Unfortunately, their flight that would have gotten them out of Hawaii last night had to be canceled. The team travels each year for competitive play — but this trip to Hawaii for the team was a special occurrence They saved several years’ worth of fundraising money to cover costs. GRCC released a statement to us yesterday about their situation. It says, ‘We have ensured that the students and staff can remain in the hotel and are working with the agency coordinating the team’s travel to place them on alternative flights. We continue to remain in close contact with the coaches, and are committed to keeping our athletes’ families informed.’ We’ll work to remain in contact with the school and team as well — as for Hurricane Lane — Matt’s keeping a close eye on the track.”

Morning News
8/24/18 FOX 17
As Hurricane Lane gets closer to Hawaii, an athletic team from West Michigan will remain stuck there. The volleyball team with Grand Rapids Community College has been in the Aloha State for a tournament. They were hoping to catch a flight home last night, but college officials say that after monitoring conditions, they believe the safest course of action is to ride out the storm at their current location in Hilo.

One goal
8/23/18 The Daily News (Greenville)
IONIA — Abby Frost knows what she has in front of her with her final year with the Ionia Bulldogs varsity volleyball team. She also knows what it will take to reach the one goal everyone on the team has for this season a conference championship.
… (Lisa) Getty’s team has many players who played with her during her club coaching days, and her assistant, Kelsey Darling, is a former player of hers, as well, playing collegiate volleyball at Mott and Grand Rapids community colleges, giving her players exposure to a former collegiate player and one who knows her game plan and system well.

Is Arizona junior college football dead after this season?
8/23/18 Arizona Republic
Gerald Wilbon won a football scholarship from Southern Utah University for 2018. But what appeared to be the fulfillment of a long-standing dream to play Division 1 college football turned to disappointment when the 18-year-old cornerback’s grades weren’t good enough to enroll.
… Among the junior colleges that have cut football since 2010: Rock Valley College, Joliet Junior College and Harper College, all in Illinois, and Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. All of the schools cited financial reasons.

GRCC Science Talks to tackle the Sun, species conservation in new lecture series

A new series of presentations on a variety of scientific topics begins this academic year. This lecture series is called ‘GRCC Science Talks.’ These lectures are free and open to the public. There will also be light refreshments available. Here are the first two presentations that may be of interest to you and your students this fall 2018 semester:

Unlocking the Sun: Spectroscopy in the 1800s

  • Who: Dr. Lauren Woolsey
  • When: Monday, September 17, 2018, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Where: Calkins Science Center (CSC) Auditorium (Room 348)
  • Description: Have you ever wondered how we know what the Sun is made of, even though it is far too hot for humans to visit? The story of how we discovered the chemical makeup of our own star combines chemistry, physics, and astronomy in a tale of mystery, far-flung expeditions, and unexpected discoveries. After an overview of spectroscopy for general audiences, GRCC Assistant Professor, Dr. Lauren Woolsey will take us through the secrets of the Sun from this turning point in science history.

Species Conservation: How We Got Here and What Can Still Be Done

  • Who: Dr. Greg Forbes
  • When: Monday, November 5, 2018, at 3:45 p.m.
  • Where: Calkins Science Center (CSC) Auditorium (Room 348)
  • Description: An examination of the reasons that animal and plant species are endangered today, the current status of species worldwide, nationally and in Michigan as well as some possible strategies to save some of these species as well as humanity. Dr. Forbes is an evolutionary biologist and a certified wildlife biologist with research experience

We look forward to participating in these events with you and our students. Please email Tim Periard ( with any questions.