GRCC baseball posts an eight-run lead, then holds off Davenport University rally to win 10-8

Grand Rapids Community College baseball player, in uniform, throwing the ball.

The Grand Rapids Community College baseball team built up an eight-run lead over Davenport University’s junior varsity squad, and almost watched it slip away

But GRCC held off to cling to a 10-8 victory in a nine-inning game, evening the season record at 20-20, and one tie.

GRCC scored five runs in the fifth inning to go up 8-0, with Xander Reisbig, Max Varon, and Caleb Engelsman all driving home runs.

Davenport chipped away at the lead, scoring two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and other in the seventh before rallying for four runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Kellan Smith earned the win for GRCC, with the righty pitching three innings, allowing no runs on two hits, striking out two and walking one. Caden VanDeBurg recorded the last two outs to earn the save.

GRCC scattered 12 hits in the game. Reisbig, Varon, Dylan Chargo, Zacarias Salinas, and Jacob Gumieny all managed multiple hits.

GRCC has won five games in a row since a 3-3 tie against Calvin University a week ago at LMCU Ballpark. The team is back in action on Friday with a doubleheader on the road against Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

Photo by Steve Jessmore.

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Workforce Wednesday: Ben Mast finds success in an electrical apprenticeship program

Ben Mast smiling.

Four months ago, Ben Mast didn’t have any of the skills or knowledge required to be an electrician. Fast forward and next week he will begin his career as an electrical apprentice.

“I had been going to Grand Valley for a couple of years and was studying business. Then classes moved to all online because of COVID,” he said. “At that time, I was working full time and I just liked working more than school. I heard from a friend who went through this program and it sounded like a sweet gig. Less school sounded like a sweet idea for me just because I wasn’t having a whole lot of fun. I signed up for the waitlist and started just before Christmas. It’s been a blast!”

GRCC Workforce Training programs provide in-demand skills leading to rewarding careers. We are introducing students who are heading down an educational pathway and changing their lives by earning occupational certificates

The GRCC Construction Electrical Job Training program provides the basic knowledge and skills required to be placed in an Electrical Apprenticeship program in just 18 weeks of training.

Mast started the program with no experience in this field.

“I feel like most of the students don’t have any experience when they started. I’m super grateful to have Doug (Wiersma) as my instructor. He is super knowledgeable. He’s got an answer for everything and he also makes it super fun!”

Students participate in job site, lab area, field trip and classroom settings. Learning is hands-on in all areas of electrical installation including employability skills, construction and electrical safety, hand and power tool safety, electrical math, electrical history, electrical theory, the National Electrical Code, electrical material identification, blue print reading, underground installations and residential/commercial wiring.

Mast came into the program at the same time as five other students.

“Because we all started at the same time, there is a competitive aspect to it,” he said. “It’s always a challenge to see who is doing it faster, better, getting stuff to work the first time. We’ve grown pretty close in the past four months. It’s been really fun to be doing it with your buddies.”

An electrical apprenticeship with Windemuller Electric is next for Mast. Once graduates of this program are hired, they may register with the State of Michigan as an Apprentice Electrician. The 18-week Job Training program covers the first year of training in the four-year apprenticeship.

“The work is satisfying and fulfilling. I feel like this program is preparing me and making me feel a little bit better about going into a field I’ve never worked in before. It’s been my favorite school I’ve ever gone to.”

According to the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, there will be 16 percent job growth annually in this field from 2012 to 2022. Average wage per hour is $23.78.

New sessions of GRCC Job Training programs begin throughout the year. The next session begins June 6, 2022. For more information go to

GRCC In the News 04/27/2022

Local artist to paint mural for nonprofit

4/26/22 Grand Rapids Magazine

A local Latina artist is painting the next installation for the 49507 Project.

… (Wanda) Moreno studied fine arts at Grand Rapids Community College and currently is in her senior year of a bachelor’s degree in illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design. 

STUDY: 98% of MI students attend a university that does not respect free speech

4/26/22 Campus Reform

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) recently conducted a study on the state of free speech across 26 colleges and universities in the state of Michigan.

… The universities that received a Red Light rating include Aquinas College, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, Lake Superior State University, Muskegon Community College, Oakland University, and Western Michigan University.

Parking garage, mixed-use concept at Grand Rapids downtown library draws questions at city commission meeting

4/26/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A concept of building an up to 500-space parking garage with mixed-use space, potentially housing apartments, businesses or community space, drew pushback from Grand Rapids City Commissioners Tuesday.

… The feedback was gathered from neighborhood residents, as well as nearby institutions such as the library, Grand Rapids Community College, the Civic Theater, the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, and others. Input from developers was also gathered.

Commencement volunteers still needed

Dr. Bill Pink at 2021 Commencement.

Commencement is a not far away! Please show your support for our graduates by volunteering to help make this time memorable for our students.

Commencement will take place on Friday, April 29. Students in the School of Arts and Sciences will attend a 4:30 p.m. commencement, and students in the School of Workforce Development will be at a 7:30 p.m. service.

Most volunteer positions will require you to arrive approximately 1.5 – 2 hours prior to the start of commencement.

Complete this quick form to let us know your interest in volunteering. We will respond with additional information and your specific volunteer assignment at a later date.

2022 Walking & Wellness Challenge registration is open

Lace up your shoes, it’s time to hit the pavement! The annual GRCC employee Walking & Wellness Challenge is back!

We begin on Monday May 9 and go all summer until August 21. Fifteen weeks of wellness and fun!

This year we’re bringing back team participation and meet ups!

Getting started is simple!

Get your team together, come up with a name  [teams are 4-6 people]

Each participant completes a registration form.

Join the WWC Google Currents page if you haven’t already.

This year we will have a Kick Off, monthly meet ups around downtown (with swag giveaways), weekly West Michigan trail excursion recommendations, and much more! Of course, posting to the Currents page is strongly encouraged as it creates community and enhances the fun factor!

Those who sign up will receive detailed information about this year’s challenge very soon.

For questions or more information, please email

Paul Krieger to receive 2022 Faculty Emeritus honor after 30 years in his ‘dream job’ teaching biology

Paul Krieger smiling.

A Grand Rapids Community College biology professor will cap a 30-year career with the 2022 Faculty Emeritus designation during commencement this week. 

Paul Krieger, a biology professor who retired in 2019, says working at GRCC was his “dream job.”

“I taught courses in anatomy and physiology, general biology, and personal health,” he said. “My former students have launched their own successful careers as nurses, dental hygienists, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, physician assistants, occupational therapists, and medical doctors, as well as many other careers.”

Krieger will be recognized during ceremonies on April 29 at Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE. Students in the School of Arts and Sciences will attend a 4:30 p.m. commencement, and those in the School of Workforce Development will be at a 7:30 p.m. ceremony.

Krieger credits what was then Grand Rapids Junior College for setting him on his career path. He loved both art and science, and his instructors suggested he consider teaching.

“I decided this would allow me to combine my passions for art and science in a meaningful way,” he said. “This turned out to be a great decision for me and worked out even better than I could have imagined.”

After receiving his Associate of Science in 1984, he earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Michigan and a secondary teaching certificate. He received a master’s in biological sciences from Wayne State University in 1991.

Before starting at GRCC in 1991, Krieger taught at high schools in Beijing and Jackson. After retiring from the classroom, he wrote and illustrated the four-book Visual Analogy Guides series, which cover anatomy, physiology and chemistry.

GRCC Foundation holds Creating Connections breakfast on April 22

The GRCC Foundation held Creating Connections breakfast on Friday, April 22.

This wonderful morning was spent with scholarship “owners” connecting with their scholarship recipients. Donors Christinia and Michael Rosloniec were featured.

Guests were treated to a hot breakfast, a warm welcome by Dr. Mullins and Dr. Pink, and heard from GRCC students Fabiola Esparza and Corey Wright.

Special thanks to Facilities, Libor Ondras, the Creative Dining team, and Media team for always helping to pull this event together.

GRCC 2022 Distinguished Alumnus Loyd Winer, an acclaimed civil engineer, was once told higher education wasn’t for him

Distinguished Alumnus Loyd Winer.

Grand Rapids Community College’s 2022 Distinguished Alumnus was told that higher education wasn’t for him when he graduated high school.

Loyd Winer’s sister was an excellent student, but after their father paid for her to attend Michigan State University, she didn’t go. Winer was told to get a job at Michigan Bell as he wasn’t college material. Michigan Bell required at least a two-year degree, so he enrolled at what was then Grand Rapids Junior College.

Winer’s father made him pay his own way. The first year at GRJC, he took all the classes he should have taken in high school: chemistry, calculus, trigonometry. The second year, he “finally figured things out” and started to excel.

“You have to apply yourself and it will come,” he said. “Keep trying – you can do it.”

Winer will be recognized during GRCC’s commencement on April 29 at Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE. Students in the School of Arts and Sciences will attend a 4:30 p.m. commencement, and those in the School of Workforce Development will attend a 7:30 p.m. ceremony.

After graduating from GRJC in 1950, Winer went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from MSU.

After serving in the Navy on the USS Ticonderoga, he joined J. & G. Daverman Co. His engineering work took him across the United States and many countries. One of his most memorable projects was designing the original runways and taxiways for Gerald R. Ford International Airport – he still checks up on them from the public viewing area once or twice a week.

In 1969, he co-founded Grand Rapids Testing Service and Newhof and Winer Inc. He helped design buildings for Herman Miller and Amway and foundries in Newaygo, Ionia and Mexico. After selling his share in the businesses to his partner, Paul Newhof, he worked for insurance agencies, reviewing building liabilities and often testifying in court.

Winer hasn’t forgotten his beginning in higher education: He and his wife, Suzanne, who passed away in 2018, established the Loyd and Suzanne Winer Scholarship through the GRCC Foundation. The fund targets students enrolled in STEM programs – science, technology, engineering and math – at GRCC.

Brad Dunn throws one-hitter, Ryan Dykstra flashes power in GRCC baseball sweep over Glen Oaks

GRCC baseball player swinging at a pitch.

Brad Dunn pitched a five-inning one-hitter to lead the Grand Rapids Community College baseball team in a 10-0 shutout of Glen Oaks Community College, part of a doubleheader sweep and the team’s fifth win in a row.

GRCC snagged a late lead to claim victory in the first game, 11-7 on Monday.

The GRCC golf team also fared well, with a third place finish in its annual home invitational at Egypt Valley Golf Course.

Dunn, a freshman from Saugatuck, was in command in the second baseball game, allowing just a second-inning single. He struck out six and walked none to earn the win.

Ryan Dykstra jump-started the GRCC scoring on the first inning, hitting a triple on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. The team scored four runs in the third inning with Dykstra – who homered — Zacarias Salinas, and Andres Rivera-Calderon all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.

GRCC had 11 hits, with Rivera-Calderon, Dykstra, Dylan Chargo, and Jacob Gumieny all managed multiple hits in the shortened game.

The opener was tied at two in the bottom of the fifth when Ryan Dykstra singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run, and Xander Reisbig hit a solo homer.

GRCC scored five runs in the sixth inning. Caleb Engelsman, Chargo, and Reisbig each had RBIs in the big inning.

Engelsman was on the mound, lasted five and a third innings, allowing seven hits and five runs while striking out two.

GRCC is now 19-20-1 on the season, and is next in action on Tuesday against Davenport University in a scheduled nine-inning game.

In the golf tournament, Matthew Denhartigh and Connor Oman finish among the top-10 helping GRCC to a third place finish in its annual home invitational at Egypt Valley.

Denhartigh was one of just seven golfers to break 80 on the tough windy course in Ada. The sophomore finished with a 79, good enough to tie for fifth place. Oman cracked the top-10 shooting an 80.

Arie Jackman shot an 81, finished all alone in 11th place while Brad VandenHout, 84, and Sam Foss, 85 finished 17th and 19th respectively in the field of 37.

Muskegon Community College dominated the field with a 305, finishing 17 strokes ahead of second-place Oakland Community College and 19 strokes better than GRCC.

Steve Cullen, of Muskegon Community College took home the medalist honors with an even par 72 performance.

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Campus Dining Exam hours & Summer offerings

The Quiet Café will be open Monday – Wednesday (normal hours) & closed
Thursday, April 28.   

It will reopen for the Summer Semester on May 9, Monday – Thursday, from 8am until 2pm.  Panini’s and your favorite Lunch menu items will be back!

The Sneden Cafe & Raider Grill will be closed Wednesday, April 27 for the Summer & will reopen for the Fall Semester on August 29. 

Thank you for another AMAZING year!

Grand Rapids Community College, 122 Lyon St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI. 49503
810-877-8186 Direct
616-234-4169 Office

Additional EBSP training session added

The HR EBSP team has scheduled an additional learning opportunity to share more about the EBSP process with the GRCC community. Whether your department is filling a position or you’re applying for an internal position, learn about how the process works and the data supporting its success.

Our next session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 from 9:30-11:00am via Zoom

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

Tech Tip: How to tell if an email is Spam or Phishing

Here at GRCC, the protection of our staff, faculty and student’s personal and financial information is of utmost importance and it is our goal to make sure that information is always secure. One way to make sure that information stays safe is to keep our end users knowledgeable of online threats. As GRCC’s first line of defense against unwarranted phishing and malware, here are some ways to help to keep yours and the college’s information safe.

  • Do not click on links in emails unless you are certain what the link is. Malicious emails can come from a trusted person’s account if their credentials have been compromised. Just because you know the person, does not mean it is safe. Stay cautious everywhere online, especially in communications where the sender can be spoofed. To verify the validity of a link, hover over it. The full link will display in the bottom left hand corner of your email. Read through it carefully to see if the address appears correct. If you believe you may have clicked on a phishy link by mistake, please contact GRCC’s IT Customer Support immediately at (616) 234-4357.
  • Do not open unsolicited attachments in emails. If you are not expecting an invoice or document, call the sender to ensure they actually sent it to you, and it is not coming from someone impersonating them. If you believe you may have opened a suspicious attachment by mistake, please contact GRCC’s IT Customer Support immediately at (616) 234-4357.
  • Use extra caution with emails sent from other school districts. We recognize that there are many emails coming in from other districts this time of year due to student transfers. Please be extremely cautious when opening any attachments or links found in those emails.
  • If you would like to report a phishing email you can click on the kabob (three vertical dots) in the upper right hand corner of the opened email and select Report phishing.

For more information on phishing and how to avoid it please visit the IT Customer Support Portal or contact the IT Customer Support Desk.