Learn From the Best: Finance expert Robin Selmon enjoys investing in student success

When Robin Selmon is not teaching business classes as an adjunct faculty member, she is at her day job as an accountant at the  Bureau of Investments in the State of Michigan Treasury Department. 

While in college, and early in her career, working in finance was Robin’s career goal.

“However, over the years I’ve transitioned from real estate and banking, to investment, finance and accountancy,” she said.

Robin earned her Bachelor of Science from Spelman College, and her Masters in Business Administration, Accounting and Project Management from Strayer University.

Robin shares this breadth of experience and knowledge from her education and career with GRCC students who take BA 201 Business Communication, BA  241 Project Management and BA 283 Business Management.  She also shares the one thing she wished she had known when she was in college – advising students to intern in the field they are considering before committing to it.

Robin finds freedom in teaching, and “having the ability to empower students.” She said the strengths of GRCC’s business program are the resources available to students in the business tutorial lab. 

Teaching through the pandemic has challenged many GRCC faculty employees to stretch and meet students where they are. Robin has answered this challenge by communicating more than ever with students, checking in on their needs, and giving them the flexibility to overcome barriers.

These coaching qualities she learned from her dad, her personal hero.

“My dad has been more than a provider, she said. “He has been an example by way of his commitment to life-learning and mentorship. He has evolved, he is a Renaissance man; a man of today. He is my HERO.”

Sweet! Sixteen wins in a row for GRCC baseball team as it advances to next round of NJCAA Region XII tournament

The Grand Rapids Community College baseball team is moving ahead in the NJCAA Region XII tournament after two come-from-behind victories against Jackson College in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The team used a big eighth inning in game one to win 6-4, and were victorious in the nightcap 2-1 after scoring the go-ahead run on a double steal in the sixth frame.

GRCC has won 16 games in a row since a 3-3 tie against Calvin University on April 19 at LMCU Ballpark.

Jackson, seeded fourth in the tournament, scored early with a sacrifice fly in the first game against fifth-seeded GRCC.

Jackson tacked on one more run in the fourth inning, and GRCC got on the board after an RBI single by Xander Reisbig in the sixth inning.

GRCC scored five runs in the top of the eighth. Jackson closed the gap by scoring two runs, but GRCC held on for a two-run victory.

Jared Berkenpas picked up the victory, allowing two earned runs while striking out six. He is now 8-2 on the season.

Game two was a pitcher’s duel, with Drew Murphy on the mound for Grand Rapids against Noah Stants for Jackson.

Down 1-0, Andres Rivera-Calderon lined a single to left to score Zacarias Salinas to tie the game.

GRCC’s Ryan Dykstra scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning with runners on the corners with a double steal.

Eliott Traver picked up his 10th save of the season by retiring Jackson in order in the final inning.

Dykstra led the offense on the day with four hits and Rivera-Calderon added three.

The team will continue play in a double elimination four-team tournament starting May 19, with the opponent and game time to be determined.  

Former GRCC baseball coach Doug Wabeke named to NJCAA Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Doug Wabeke, who led the Grand Rapids Community College baseball team to four national championships over 17 years, was named to the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Wabeke was one of four people named to the National Junior College Athletic Association hall. He’s joined by Rob Fournier, from Wabash Valley College in Illinois; Jeff Johnson, from Chipola College in Florida; and Andrea Gordon, president of Diamond Sport, which produces baseballs for NJCAA.

“The GRCC baseball program has a proud history, and the team was dominating when Coach Wabeke was at the helm,” GRCC Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said. “It is wonderful to see him honored by the NJCAA, reflecting respect for his career, and the GRCC Athletics program.”

Wabeke played shortstop for what was then Grand Rapids Junior College and was a two-time All-American. He then played at Central Michigan University, earning All-MAC Conference honors and signing with the San Francisco Giants in 1980.

Wabeke enjoyed stints in the minor leagues with the Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, climbing as high as Class AA before returning to West Michigan in 1984.

He began his 17- year head coaching stint at Grand Rapids during the 1987-88 school year. Wabake, nicknamed “The General” by his players, reached 500 wins in 1998, his 11th season.

The team won four total national championships, with back-to-back titles in 1996 and 1997, then in 2003, 2004.

GRCC Athletics this year celebrated the anniversary of the 1996 and 1997 titles by welcoming the Wabeke and former players and coaches at an April game at LMCU Ballpark.

Wabeke completed his coaching career for the Raiders in 2004. He also has served as head coach at Grand Valley State University, an assistant coach at Miami University in Ohio, head coach of the USA junior national team at the Pan American Games in 2003 and was part of the USA senior national team’s coaching staff on several occasions between 1994 and 2005 and was hitting coach at Davenport University.

Raider Takeover: GRCC students, faculty, and staff inspire and inform Union High juniors about college

Union High School juniors learned about opportunities in higher education – and what it takes to succeed there – from Grand Rapids Community College staff, students and alumni during a Raider Takeover Day on Wednesday.

The event, first offered in 2019, is aimed at helping students learn about opportunities in higher education, and how they can be successful in preparing for college, and thrive once they start attending.

“Raider Takeover is an opportunity to bring the college to the community,” said Marisol Blanco, associate director of GRCC’s College Success Center. “We focused on connecting with students and engaging in meaningful discussions to help them see college as a possibility.”

Presentations included a panel of current and former GRCC students sharing their experiences and answering questions. The goal is to give the Union students a glimpse of college life and explore how to make the transition from high school to college.

Union students then returned to classrooms to hear presentations from specialists from GRCC’s College Success Center, Academic Advising, Admissions, Financial Aid, Occupational Support Services, Student Employment, Student Success and Retention, and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Students learned about topics including student activities, workforce training programs and other aspects of attending college.

Students also learned how Challenge Scholars and the Grand Rapids Promise Zone scholarship work cohesively to remove cost as a barrier to higher education, covering all expenses for eligible students.

Presenters shared their own educational journeys, and helped students realize there are support services across GRCC to help them be successful.

Windows updates for Business

Beginning Tuesday, May 17, GRCC Information Technology will begin deploying Windows Update for Business for all GRCC Windows machines. The changes may take up to two weeks to be fully implemented across campus. 

What is Windows Update for Business?

Windows Update for Business will keep user’s computers up to date with the latest security defenses and Windows features by directly connecting the system to Windows Update service. 

When will the automatic updates take place?

The updates should take place when the computer is inactive. Users can choose to allow Windows to set active hours based on the user’s utilization, or they may update their active hours in the device’s settings. Once set, Windows will schedule updates outside of the user’s active hours. 

There are two exceptions to this rule: 

  • If the computer has been idle for six hours or more, an update may be completed. 
  • If the update is critical, it may be deployed outside of your active hours. However, users will be prompted to complete the update and have the ability to defer it to a later time. 

If you have any questions or concerns in regards to Windows Updates for Business please reach out to the Customer Support Desk at 616-234-4357 or submit a ticket at supportdesk.grcc.edu

GRCC In the News 05/13/2022

Former GRCC baseball coach Doug Wabeke inducted into NJCAA Hall of Fame

5/12/22 FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A former baseball coach for Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) has been inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame!

Former GRCC baseball coach named to NJCAA Hall of Fame

5/12/22 WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Doug Wabeke, a former Grand Rapids Community College baseball coach, has been named to the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

 “Bridges to College de Verano,” Gratuito en GRCC: El programa Raider Ready ayuda a los recien graduados de la escuela secundaria a prepararse para el èxito Universitario

5/13/22 El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH/GRCC) – Un programa de verano gratuito de Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) para estudiantes de último año que se gradúan de la escuela secundaria tiene como objetivo impulsar las habilidades fundamentales de matemáticas y lectura, y prepararlos para el éxito.

(GRAND RAPIDS, MI (EVH/GRCC) – A free Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) summer program for graduating high school seniors aims to boost foundational math and reading skills and prepare them for the success.)

WMC declares Justin Canan as new boys basketball coach

5/12/22 Grand Haven Tribune

MUSKEGON – There will be a different face barking out plays and walking up and down the sidelines at Western Michigan Christian boys basketball games.

… “I am honored to take on the role as coach at WMC,” the Grand Rapids Community College graduate (Justin Canan), where he played basketball and football. “WMC’s basketball program has always been a tradition of excellence, inspired by talented, hardworking, Christian athletes.

WMC’s Maddie Wiersema heading to Grand Rapids CC to play basketball and volleyball

5/13/22 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

NORTON SHORES–Western Michigan Christian two-sport athlete Maddie Wiersema has signed her National Letter of Intent to attend Grand Rapids Community College to play basketball and volleyball. Maddie, and her twin sister Kyla, signed on Monday to pursue an academic and athletic career at the next level.

Complimentary tickets to Kinky Boots & Networking

The LGBTQIA Think Tank has complimentary tickets to the OutPro Happy Hour & Theater event.

For tickets please submit your name, preferred pronouns, and email address to ODEI@grcc.edu by Monday, May 16. Edit: SOLD OUT

OutPro is a professional group within the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce that promotes a welcoming culture in the West Michigan Community for LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies. OutPro offers opportunities for education and networking, with an emphasis on policy impact, and assisting businesses in creating a more inclusive and welcoming work environment for LGBTQIA+ individuals.

We’re excited to team up with the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre for our May OutPro event. We will gather for a happy hour at Lambert & Co’s rooftop patio to network and then head to the Civic Theatre for a showing of the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots”.
We will be joined during the happy hour by Bill Anderson Jr., the director of Kinky Boots. This is a Chamber event you won’t want to miss!

About the Musical
Charlie, a straight-laced business owner, and Lola, an ambitious drag performer overcome their differences and discover that if you change your mind, you can change the world. Charlie Price reluctantly inherits his family’s failing shoe factory. Uninspired by the work but desperate to succeed, Charlie forms an unlikely partnership with cabaret performer and drag queen Lola. Together, they produce a line of custom high-heeled boots to save the business. In the process, Charlie and Lola discover that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots, winner of six 2013 Tony Awards (including Best Musical) features a joyous score by Cyndi Lauper and a hilarious, inspiring book by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein.

Community Screening & Discussion: Warrior Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred Justice

Warrior Lawyers (2021) is a one-hour PBS documentary that is particularly timely and relevant given our country’s current reckoning with racial inequity, institutional racism, and social injustice.

The program focuses on the stories of Michigan Native American Lawyers, Tribal Judges, and their colleagues who work with Native Nations and their citizens to achieve Sacred Justice. These unseen role models strive daily to address and resolve unique and complicated historical, governmental, legal, judicial, and social welfare issues, most often rooted in discrimination, historical trauma, and cultural destruction.

Take a journey into past and present-day Indian Country to learn of untold stories that shine a light on Native Americans rising up to create a new path for today and the next seven generations.

Thursday, May 19 at Noon
RSVP: tinyurl.com/grccequity

**Access to the film will be granted to registered attendees on May 16.