GRCC In the News, 8-5-19

Change Ups: Wierich appointed to separate art positions

Aug. 2, 2019; Grand Rapids Business Journal


Grand Rapids Community College launched a new degree in pre-sports management. Students who complete the associate program can then transfer to complete a Bachelor of Science in sports management at Grand Valley State University.

Jets Sign TE Nick Truesdell, Waive OL Tyler Jones

Aug. 4, 2019;

The Jets made a pair of moves Sunday, signing TE Nick Truesdell and waiving OL Tyler Jones.

The well-traveled Truesdell, who played collegiately at Cincinnati and also attended Grand Rapids Community College, had a couple of stints in the Indoor Football League (IFL) and multiple stops in the Arena Football League (AFL). He also had brief stays with the Colts and the Vikings and most recently played with the Salt Lake Stallions in the Alliance for American Football. The 6’5”, 246-pounder combined to catch 127 balls for 1,527 yards with 38 touchdowns in the AFL.

Tough spring took a toll, but mid-Michigan generational farmer hopeful

Aug. 4, 2019; The Hastings Banner

Tim Stuart is a 36-year-old farmer who manages approximately 750 acres that he shares with his dad.

… Stuart attended Grand Rapids Community College and earned an associate’s degree in automotive technology, but he returned to the farm with his father.

Memorial tourney going strong in 14th year

Aug, 4, 2019; The Hastings Banner

It has been long enough now that the young men and women chosen to receive the Emily Duits Memorial Scholarship Award, for a graduating senior at Lakewood High School each spring, don’t have their own memories of Duits.

… She’ll (Savannah Stoepker) use the award towards her coming years at Grand Rapids Community College, where she will be a member of the women’s softball team. She has plans right now to study towards a degree in secondary education, eventually moving on to a school like Grand Valley State University.

Volunteers needed for Raider Rally

This year’s Raider Rally is Saturday, August 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.* This is an opportunity to welcome our new students, their friends and families as they begin on their academic journey.  We have multiple volunteer spots to fill, from check-in to wayfinders, and your help is needed! If you have volunteered in the past, we hope you will do so once again, as this is a great way to show your Raider spirit in kicking off the new academic year!  Please click here to sign up!

*Please note shift start/end times when signing up.

Two young men, wearing GRCC T-shirts and standing behind a table of giveaway plastic cups, talk to a student on the other side of the table.

Say goodbye to your favorite barista

This is Mackenzie’s last week working for us. Stop by the Quiet Cafe this week, Monday through Wednesday, to say goodbye, and grab a $1.00 bagel and $1.00 off your favorite speciality drinks. Mackenzie’s last day in the cafe will be Wednesday, August 7. We’re sad to see her go, but we are so happy for her opportunity to continue her education in Community Outreach and Non Profit Organizations at Aquinas.

Mackenzie stands in the Quiet Cafe.

Greenville High School graduates compete at GRCC

Mackenzie Larsen

Mackenzie Larsen

Calvin Syrjala

Calvin Syrjala

Sophomore Calvin Syrjala competed in his second season for the GRCC Raiders baseball team. This season Syrjala started in 42 of the Raiders 43 games, while batting .328 with 41 hits, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 35 rbi’s. Syrjala was named 2nd team all conference and was also named NJCAA Region XII DII Golden Glove team. In addition to excelling on the field, Syrjala was named academic All-MCCAA and academic All-Conference. Calvin has committed to continue his academic and athletic career at Concordia University.

Sophomore Mackenzie Larsen competed in her second season for the GRCC Raiders baseball team. Larsen played in 38 games, making 37 starts. Recorded a .907 fielding %. Larsen also recorded a 2.06 batting percentage, recording 21 hits, and 3 doubles.

Student-Athletes interested in competing for one of GRCC’s 8 athletic teams should fill out a recruiting questionnaire at

Grandville High School graduate competes for GRCC

Brady Paganelli

Brady Paganelli

Sophomore Brady Paganelli competed in his second season for the GRCC Raiders Baseball team. Paganelli played and started in 42 games for the Raiders. Paganelli recorded a .328 batting percentage, while recording 43 hits, 5 doubles and 3 triples. Brady was named Honorable Mention all-conference at the conclusion of his sophomore season. In addition to excelling on the field, Paganelli was named NJCAA 2nd Team All-Academic, and academic All-Conference and academic All-MCCAA.

Student-Athletes interested in competing for one of GRCC’s 8 athletic teams should fill out a recruiting questionnaire at