Five GRCC athletic teams participated in national tournaments, shined in a year marked by challenges

Women's volleyball and basketball teams, and Men's golf and track teams.

Five Grand Rapids Community College athletic teams participated in national tournaments this season, reflecting hard work, talent, and determination in overcoming challenges created by the pandemic.

Three GRCC teams finished in the top 10 nationally, with the golf team falling just shy. The college also celebrated five student-athletes earning All-American honors, including a Player of the Year. Three coaches were named Coach of the Year.

“I’m proud of our student-athletes, who this year faced challenges we never could have imagined,” GRCC Interim Athletic Director David Selmon said. “We made student success and safety a priority. Seasons were delayed and abbreviated, and we made safety a priority. Everyone pulled together to compete, and demonstrated our GRCC programs are among the best in the nation.”

The women’s cross-country team finished fourth in the nation, with Audrey Meyering earning National Junior College Athletic Association and Coaches Association All-American honors, and Kiah Becker earning Coaches Association All-America honors.

The men’s cross-country team claimed ninth place in the nation, with Josh Kipkoech earned First-Team All-American honors.

Former Coach Matt Sicilia was named Coach of the Year by both the MCCAA and the NJCAA Region 12.

The volleyball team’s season was delayed for months and shortened due to the pandemic, the program continued to be successful.

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Thank-you note from Kathy Schoen – Library Specialist-DD/ILL

I want to thank my GRCC family and friends for your thoughts, prayers, emails, notes, and meals to carry me through the passing of my father.  Your kindness goes a long way in comforting me during my loss; your heartfelt caring means the world to me.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me during this painful time.  Your caring words give me warmth and peace.

-Kathy

Today: Courageous Conversation to look at community policing

Join us for a Courageous Conversation on the topic of Community Policing: Bridging the Gap, provided by CAP 3.2. 

As our community discusses how to begin taking action to bridge the gap between police officers and marginalized communities, this Courageous Conversation will provide a space to ask questions and discuss how community policing can assist in these efforts. We look forward to you being courageous and joining this conversation. 

The discussion will be led by Grand Rapids Police Chief Eric Payne, GRCC Police Chief Rebecca Whitman and Jermaine Reese, director of GRCC’s Police and Corrections academies.

Date: May 25, 2021

Time: Noon

Zoom Meeting ID: 939 4274 4715

Zoom Link: https://grcc.zoom.us/j/93942744715

Tech Tip: Preview of the Lightboard Room

Would you like to make a fun and engaging video for you students or a hosted event? We have the perfect solution for you! In this video, Jim, from IT Media, will introduce you to the lightboard room and how you can access this resource.

How To Use the Lightboard

For more information and helpful tips, please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk at x4357.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing techtips@grcc.edu 

Walking & Wellness Challenge going strong

Two people walking.

Our participants are awesome – in just two short weeks (we started this year’s challenge on May 10) we have completed over 4.6 million steps, which is equivalent to over 2300 miles, 88 marathons, over 100 trips from the US East Coast to the West Coast. Wow!! And we’re only just getting started!!

Join us for fun, friendship, and wellness this summer! Participants can join the Challenge anytime! This year we’re going all summer long – 16 weeks! Each week brings something new and exciting to do and explore!

The Google Community (now Currents) page is back up and running again as well. Participants are enjoying sharing photos of summer adventures, walking trail recommendations, encouragement, and just some happy, smiling faces!

Please register to participate via this Google registration form

For questions or more information, please email angelasalinas@grcc.edu