GRCC baseball to play Calvin University at LMCU Ballpark, home of the Whitecaps

Grand Rapids Community College baseball players will take the field at Lake Michigan Credit Union Ballpark – home of the West Michigan Whitecaps – for a special game against Calvin University and will celebrate championship teams of the past.

The team is planning a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 19, with games at 2 and 4:30 p.m.

Admission is free for GRCC students and employees with their RaiderCard. General admission is $10, and $5 for Calvin students and employees with their ID card. Parking is free.

The GRCC Athletic Department is celebrating the 26th anniversary of the 1996 team and the 25th anniversary of the 1997 team, both winning the NJCAA baseball national championship. The teams included two players – Brad Block and Joe Trigg – who were named All-Americans.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate our athletes of today and yesterday,” Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said. “We’re excited to welcome our families and fans, and our guests from Calvin University, joining us in a beautiful setting for a game that will be memorable for everyone involved. It’s also a chance for high school players to come and see two quality college programs in action.”

Ferullo said she appreciates the partnership with the West Michigan Whitecaps, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, playing in the new High-A Central League.

It’s the second year that GRCC has played at LMCU Ballpark. Last year’s doubleheader against Kellogg Community College, was the first game at the stadium since the start of the pandemic, and the first with the park’s new name.

GRCC’s baseball team has a storied tradition, with five national championships, 19 regional championships and 30 conference championships.

Legendary GRCC coach Tom Hofmann led his team to nearly 700 wins, served as an assistant coach on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and was inducted into the Community College Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame in 1988 and into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

The Raiders are now coached by Mike Eddington, who played two seasons at Grand Rapids Junior College for Hofmann. He was part of the team that placed sixth in the Junior College World Series and was an honorable mention All-American.

Eddington transferred to Michigan State University, where he broke the Spartan home run record, previously held by former Detroit Tigers star Kirk Gibson — a record that still stands today.

Raider Salute from Julie Parks

A big thank you and salute to the facilities teams at the ATC and the Tassell MTEC, and the Workforce Development Faculty and Staff for all their work planning, organizing, and running sessions for the SkillsUSA Michigan Championship held on Saturday, April 9.  

These individuals all went above and beyond to make GRCC shine.  Thank you.

Retirement Readiness session registration open

HR & Payroll are partnering with LMCU to bring a financial bootcamp learning opportunity entitled “Retirement Readiness” .

Join us on Tuesday May 10 (10-11:30am) either in person or virtually for a discussion of retirement savings options and resources available to achieve financial freedom in retirement.

During this session, LMCU will provide an overview for individuals just starting to explore retirement savings and those that need reassurance that they’re on track with their retirement goals, as well as those individuals nearing the retirement finish line.

Also, you’ll have the chance to meet with experts one on one to discuss your situation and ask questions.

Registration for this employee learning opportunity is now open. Log into your Online Center account and select the Professional Development tile.

Get to know GRCC

Have you ever been out and about and been asked about GRCC? 

Know how to respond to questions about the College and how to share the benefits of GRCC with people that cross your path.

Join us for “Recruit Your Barista” on Monday April 18 from 3-4pm in Room 109 RJF.

Register via the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account.

Tech Tip: Using the Chat feature on web Pages

Do you have a quick question for the IT Support Desk, Enrollment Center, Communication Department, or The Learning Hub? 

You can utilize the chat feature built into the GRCC website for these departments.

During business hours for each department, you can click to chat and a staff member from that department will answer your questions in real time.

If a chat is initiated when the department is offline, an email notification is sent and someone from the specified department will follow up with you. 

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

GRCC In the News 04/12/2022

4/12/22 FOX 17

(Open houses.)

 ‘Nobody can steal our joy’

4/11/22 Michigan Advance

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic confirmation last week as the first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court was widely hailed by African American women leaders in Michigan. 

… Afeni McNeely Cobham, the chief equity and inclusion officer at Grand Rapids Community College, agreed that Black women are often subjected to the harsh treatment that Jackson endured during the hearings. 

Jayhawks split baseball doubleheader with GRCC

4/11/22 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

GRAND RAPIDS – Muskegon Community College men’s baseball team split a doubleheader with Grand Rapids Community College on Sunday, losing the first game 5-4 in the last inning and rebounding for a 9-6 win in the nightcap.