Road Closure Notice – Lyon St NE and Ransom Ave NE starting April 18


STREET NAMELyon St NE and Ransom Ave NE
WHERELyon St: Claremont Pl to Ransom Ave. Ransom Ave: Lyon St and Crescent St.
DESCRIPTION OF WORKLong-term project to redevelop Spectrum parking ramp on north side of Lyon between Barclay and Ransom.
CLOSURE TYPEIn Phase 1, close the northern Lyon curb lane and maintain southern lane. Close and detour northbound Ransom along site, southbound will remain open.
DETOUR ROUTENorthbound Ransom: Lyon to Bostick to Crescent
STARTMonday, April 18, 2022 – 7:00 AM
ENDMonday, August 8, 2022 – 4:00 PM

GRCC baseball team honoring national champions, facing Calvin University at LMCU Ballpark on April 19

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.

“We are excited to play a local baseball game in such a fantastic facility,” Calvin head baseball coach Kevin Van Duyn said. “It will be a chance for the athletes competing to showcase their abilities in a great atmosphere. We are looking forward to it.”

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.

GRCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter earns international awards, recognition

Grand Rapids Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter received international awards and recognition during the organization’s national conference this month.

GRCC’s chapter, Alpha Upsilon Kappa, was recognized as a Top 100 Chapter and a Most Distinguished Chapter out of nearly 1,300 chapters during the four-day conference in Denver.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for two-year colleges. GRCC students attended educational forums, reviewed a five-year strategic plan and held officer elections during the Catalyst 22 event in Denver.

A survey organized by Alpha Upsilon Kappa members was named a Top 45 College Project.

“Our PTK members worked with President Bill Pink last summer on a survey of GRCC student’s feelings about returning to campus after the pandemic,” said associate professor Lynnae Selberg, Alpha Upsilon Kappa’s advisor. “After developing the survey, they studied the findings and made recommendations on how to make students feel safe and secure in returning to in-person learning at GRCC.”

Chapter President Aya Ghlaim won Distinguished Chapter Officer, and GRCC alumna Morgan Brown received the Paragon Advisor Award – both out of hundreds of entries.

Phi Theta Kappa is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations.

Photos from the Cultural Festival

The International Language Club’s Cultural Festival happened yesterday, and many students, staff, and faculty came out to enjoy the dance performances, music, and games! There was also a World Market to purchase snacks and cultural souvenirs.

Cultures that were represented include:

  • China
  • Egypt
  • India
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria
  • South Korea
  • Venezuela

“Operation United” is back

GRCC is partnering once again with Heart of West Michigan United Way – Operation United to complete yard work, landscaping, and minor outdoor home repair for veterans and active military families here in Kent County.

Groups of volunteers (that’s us!) are matched with a veteran and then complete work at their home on event day. 

GRCC sent a team to support this event in May 2019 and September 2021 and we’d love to have a strong showing again this year!

Here are the details on this exciting and rewarding volunteer service opportunity:

Friday, May 13
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
A veteran’s home in the GR area

This event is open to the first 10 full-time employees and requires an approved Leave of Absence as well as a United Way waiver.

If you have not earned professional development for this activity yet for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, you can earn four hours of professional development for your participation.

If you would like to volunteer, please obtain your supervisor’s approval via Leave of Absence form and complete the 2022 Operation United Registration Form.

This service employee engagement opportunity is brought to you through a collaboration of InteGReatCC (2018 Leadership Institute cohort) and HR.

Please contact,, or for more information and any questions you may have.

Show the Earth some love

In celebration of Earth Day on Friday April 22, GRCC will welcome Lauren Westerman from Kent County Public Works to campus to educate employees on the importance of and the process of recycling at work and at home.

Lauren will share easy practices to enhance and incorporate sustainability practices in your everyday life.

Visit the Professional Development tile in your Online Center account to enroll.

GRCC In the News 04/14/2022

Bisbee Community Chorus performs two concerts next weekend

4/12/22 Herald Review (Sierra Vista, Ariz.)

BISBEE — The Bisbee Community Chorus will  perform its spring concert and music lovers have two days to attend, Saturday, April 23, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 24, at 3 p.m. at the Covenant Presbyterian Church Annex on Howell Avenue in Old Bisbee.

… Greenway Elementary School students are participating and will be led by Stephen Barton, former director of choral activities at Grand Rapids Community College.

Language Arts Online Tutorial Lab: The lab will be open this and next weekend

Faculty and staff, please pass this on!

The Language Arts Lab will be open via Zoom the next two weekends to support you as you complete your final essays and portfolios

If you are taking a Spanish class, a tutor will be available to work with you on Sundays.

See the schedule below for dates and times.

Saturday 4/16: Noon-3 p.m.
Sunday 4/17: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (Spanish tutoring available)

Saturday 4/23: Noon-3 p.m.
Sunday 4/24: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (Spanish tutoring available)

Weekend tutoring is via Zoom only–we will not be open on campus. The Zoom link is provided in Blackboard.

Please reach out to the lab at (616) 234-4244 or email if you have questions or any trouble connecting with us. 

We look forward to working with you!

-Language Arts Lab