Marlene Bussler dominates as GRCC women’s basketball tops Mott, men fall to top-ranked team

Marlene Bussler in basket uniform, smiling.

Marlene Bussler carried the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team to a 57-48 over Mott Community College, while the No. 1 ranked Mott men’s team defeated GRCC 86-64 on Wednesday.

The women’s team has won two games in a row and is now 3-5 on the season. The team got off to a slow start against MCC, trailing 18-4 after the first quarter and 24-16 at the half. But the team exploded in the second half, scoring 41 points and out-scoring the opposition by 17.

Defense clearly won the ball game for the Raiders. The team held the Bears to just 27.3 percent from the field, forcing 14 turnovers while blocking a staggering 13 shots, including six from Sally Merrill and four from Grace Lodes.

Coach David Glazier was proud of his team’s fight.

“Credit tonight goes to each kid in our locker room for never letting up, calmly going about our business, and executing the game plan,” he said. “I think this group grew as a team tonight, gained a broader idea of what they can be by the end of the year.”

Bussler, a freshman from Battle Creek, played in all 40 minutes and scored 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds, dished out a team-high five assists and had a team-high five steals. 

Merrill, of Allegan, totaled eight points and 11 rebounds while Lodes, a freshman from Comstock Park, added 14 points and nine rebounds.

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My GRCC Story: Jodi Holland uses Michigan Reconnect to start college at 58, plan a career as a baker

Jodi Holland in GRCC Culinary uniform smiling.

It all started with a turquoise Easy-Bake Oven.

“My parents bought it for me when I was 7 and I baked everything with it. It was the coolest gift I ever had,” said Jodi Holland, now 58.

Never in a million years did that little girl dream she’d one day be baking at the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College.

“It never occurred to me to go to college,” she said. “I’m the youngest of eight children and while our parents never discouraged college, they never really encouraged it either.

“Then earlier this year a friend posted something on Facebook about the Michigan Reconnect program and I knew this was a golden opportunity for me to do something I should have done a long time ago: get a college degree.”

Michigan Reconnect is a state scholarship program providing free in-district tuition for those ages 25 and older who don’t already have a college degree. This fall, 998 students at GRCC are enrolled through Reconnect.

Holland enrolled at GRCC this summer and is working toward an associate degree in culinary arts with a baking and pastry arts certificate.

“I’m so lucky not to be racking up a bunch of student loans at my age. I’ve paid for a few books, but that’s it. Reconnect has taken care of everything else,” said Holland, who’s worked her entire life, often just earning enough money to get by and raise her three children.

But she’s not pursuing a college degree just for herself. She also hopes to inspire her 15-year-old grandson, Gavin Lietz.

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Ford Fieldhouse schedule changes

Students in the Ford Fieldhouse.

Hello GRCC Family,

Happy December!  I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! As the snow begins to fall and we get ready for the remaining holidays of the season, I wanted to give you one last update of the year. Happy Holidays and we will reach back out to you all in 2022!

Fieldhouse Closures

  • December 23rd-January 2nd (Winter Break)

Fitness Center Locker Room Closures to support athletic events

  • December 17th at 4pm – only women’s public locker room and women’s f/s 
  • January 3rd at 4pm – women’s and men’s public and faculty/staff locker rooms

Winter 2022 Semester Hours 

Fitness Center Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday: 6 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

 Weight Room Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Track Hours

  • Monday/Tuesday/Thursday: 6 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 
  • Wednesday: 6 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. 
  • Friday: 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. and 11a.m. – 1:45 p.m. 
  • Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Pool Hours

  • Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. – 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 
  • Friday-Sunday: CLOSED

Important Links: 

For Ford Fieldhouse Membership Application – Click Here 

Fitness Center Information 

Pool Information 

Course Packs due Friday, December 10

All course pack files, planners, orders, and SKUs are due on Friday, December 10 to make sure they are in the bookstore in a timely manner for the students to purchase prior to the start of classes.

If you are planning to do a course pack and it is a reprint, please notify the bookstore.

If you are doing a new or updated course pack, please send your file and planner sheet (if needed) to and notify the bookstore that you are needing a new course pack for your class.

If you have any questions, we can be reached at (616) 234-3960 or

Thank you,

Language Arts Online Tutorial Lab: End of semester hours

Two tutors standing by lab sign.

The last fifteen weeks have flown by and we are nearing the end of the semester. As you complete your final projects, essays, and portfolios, please don’t forget that the Language Arts Lab is here to support you.

We will be open through finals week and are also offering extended virtual hours this weekend. Please refer to the schedule below. 

This week:
Wednesday 12/8 and Thursday 12/9: 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (in-person and virtual), 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (virtual only)
Friday 12/10: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (in-person and virtual)

Extended Weekend hours:
Saturday 12/11: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. (virtual only)
Sunday 12/12: 4 p.m.-9 p.m. (virtual only)

Finals Week:
Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (in-person and virtual), 7 p.m.-9 p.m. (virtual only)
Thursday, Dec. 16: We will be available in-person and online from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and the lab will close for the semester at 6 p.m. (we will not be open 7 p.m.-9 p.m. that evening). 

To get working with someone, come by 501 Cook Hall or click our Zoom link in Blackboard and a tutor will get you started, no appointment necessary. We look forward to working with you as the semester comes to a close! 

This final push to the end of the semester can be difficult–please feel free to reach out if there’s anything we might be able to help you with. 

All the best, 
Maria & the Language Arts Lab