GRCC baseball honors past champions, provides new thrills at LMCU Ballpark

On a day when the Grand Rapids Community College baseball team celebrated past champions, the current squad showed it can provide thrills of its own.

GRCC shutdown Calvin University 8-0 in the second game of a doubleheader, and fought for a 3-3 tie in the opener when Max Varon launched a pinch-hit, three-run homer in games played at LMCU Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps.  

A three-run second inning by Calvin University in the opener put the Knights on board, and the lead looked to stand headed into the final inning. Varon’s fourth homer of the season with two men aboard sent the game into extra innings.

GRCC loaded the bases twice in extra innings, but were unable to score. Neither could Calvin, and the game was called after nine innings tied at 3-3.

In the nightcap, GRCC spread out 12 hits among 10 different batters, including season firsts from Brady Owen, Alex Liakos and Melvin Rodriguez.

On the day, Ryan Dykstra led GRCC with four hits in seven at-bats and two walks. Caleb Engelsman, Dylan Chargo, Xander Reisbig, Payton Young and Varon all contributed with two hits each.

Ten different Raiders took the mound, with Kellan Smith picking up the win in game two.

The afternoon was a celebration of GRCC athletics past and present. Nearly 20 players and coaches from the NJCAA National Champion teams from 1996 and 1997 recognized between games.

Coached by Hall-of-Famer Doug Wabeke, the teams were the first GRCC teams from any sport to win a national championship.

The alumni threw out the ceremonial first pitch to current Raiders.

The game also featured volleyball player Alena Visnovsky performing the national anthem, softball pitcher Izabella Renger, throwing to battery mate Taylor Cross, and recognition for members of GRCC cross country, basketball, and golf teams. 

The baseball team is now 15-20-1 on the season with a four-game series against conference opponent Glen Oaks Community College on April 22-23.

Tech Tips: Student Employee Access Extension

Do you have a student employee who will be working with you again next semester? Now is the perfect time to request for their access to be extended with the IT department! If you weren’t aware, access for student employees is only granted on an academic semester basis. 

We’ve simplified the process for you! Please navigate to the Network Account Provisioning Form  on our Support Portal and under request type select extend current access. From there you add the student’s information and submit the request. IT will make sure your student employee’s access is extended for them when they come back to work the next semester. 

For other great tips, visit the IT Customer Support Portal and search the Knowledge Base for other articles.

If you have a suggestion or a Technology Tip you think can be useful, you can submit them by emailing 

GRCC In the News 04/20/2022

GRCC Baseball Honors 1996 & 1997 National Championship Teams

4/19/22 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — “I say all the time. It’s the best game I’ve ever played on. All through junior college, played baseball at University of Pittsburgh, and that 9697 Team best team have ever played.” Said Doug Caraway

15 guys from the 1996 and 1997 teams were back in West Michigan today to watch their alma mater go head to head against Calvin. Also at the game was head coach Doug ball back and longtime assistant coach Greg Morris.

GRCC Lakeshore Campus earns national recognition for design transformation


The transformation of a shuttered JCPenney department store into the vibrant learning hub that is the GRCC Lakeshore Campus and the renovation of historic Steven C. Ender Hall in Grand Rapids into a new student space has earned national recognition for the architectural and engineering firms leading the projects.

Grand Rapids Community College – Lakeshore Campus

4/19/22 Education Snapshots

GMB Architecture + Engineering designed the Lakeshore Campus for Grand Rapids Community College in Holland, Michigan.

Newschannel 3 Live

4/19/22 WWMT

(Professor Andre Fields leads discussion on race.)

“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.

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