Baseball team ends season while tied for 1st place, following health and safety protocols

GRCC’s baseball team is ending its season with a 24-11 record, following health and safety protocols.

The baseball team is tied for first place in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association’s Western Conference, but won’t play its final four games of the regular season and won’t qualify for the postseason.

“The health and safety of our players and our opponents is our top priority,” Interim Athletic Director David Selmon said. “Our team was playing very well and we’re proud of our student-athletes. But health comes first. This is unfortunate and disappointing, but it’s the right thing to do.”

The baseball team returned in 2021 with limited out-of-state travel and enhanced health and wellness protocols after the 2020 season was canceled due to the pandemic.

After dropping the opener, the team won 10 consecutive games and emerged as a conference power.

Ryan Dykstra, Aaron West and Jake Paganelli shared the team lead with 3 homers, with West and Dykstra sharing the lead with 37 RBI.

Dykstra led the team with a .432 batting average, with West right behind at .398.

On the mound, Drew Murphy led starting pitchers with a sparkling 2.23 ERA and a spotless 6-0 record. He threw a three-hit, 12-strikeout game against Kalamazoo Valley on April 30. Garrett Cheslek posted a 6-3 record.

The team played a dramatic doubleheader against nationally ranked Kellogg Community College at LMCU Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, on April 16.

Playing before the largest crowd of the season in the ballpark’s first game since 2019, Colin Bradley took a no-hitter into the last inning, before KCC pushed runs across to take the lead. The second game found the Raiders trailing 5-0 before mounting a comeback, falling just short 6-5.

The team is optimistic about its chance for a strong 2022 season. All but two players had freshman eligibility for 2021 and could potentially return.

Is your training summary up to date?

Take a moment to review your Training Summary and ensure it is up to date and accurate.

To access your Training Summary:

  • Log in to your Online Center.
  • Choose Employee Self Service, then select Professional Development Tile.
  • Select Training Summary from the Left Navigation menu.
  • Select the appropriate Fiscal Year.

Here are a few friendly reminders regarding the recording of Professional Development Hours:
Self Reporting: Did you know you’re able to self-report professional development? You may record items such as webinars, college courses, and even volunteer time! To do so:

  • Log in to your Online Center.
  • Choose Employee Self Service, then select Professional Development Tile.  
  • Choose Training Summary from the Left Navigation menu
  • Click the Add Professional Training link, followed by the Add Professional Training Course button.
  • Populate the training information in the fields provided and Save. 
  • Please note: Training must be added in 0.5 hour increments.

LOA Submissions: If you’re attending a conference, in person or virtual, please be sure to submit a LOA and specify the total hours attributed to professional development. This will automatically be added to your training summary by HR after the conference occurs. Please do not self-report conferences for which you have submitted an LOA form.
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Van & Marinus Travel award for 2021

The coronavirus has transformed life as we know it, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have fun!

The GRCC Foundation is happy to once again offer the Van & Marinus Travel award for 2021 – with a twist.  Employees may submit essays telling us how they intend to travel or relax, and still have fun during the pandemic this summer!

Please view the attached file for rules and deadlines.swets-travel-award-guidelines_2021-1Download

Interviews scheduled for athletic director candidates

Interviews for the Athletic Director position at GRCC will be held next week.  We would like to invite our campus community to attend a 45-minute presentation/Q & A session for each candidate.  The schedule and Zoom links are listed below:

  • Candidate 1 – Wednesday, May 12, from 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Click here for Zoom meeting
  • Candidate 2 – Thursday, May 13, from 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.  Click here for Zoom meeting
  • Candidate 3 – Friday, May 14, from 12:45 pm.. – 1:30 p.m.  Click here for Zoom meeting