Cathy has been in the Human Resources department at GRCC for 23 years. Her position changed and grew over the years. As of her retirement, her leadership responsibilities included core human resources, staff training and development, student employment and payroll and benefits.
“Like most employees that work in the Human Resources profession….I am an advocate for the employees as they encounter challenges. My favorite stories are those employees who are so grateful for the assistance you provided…. it’s so special when someone takes the time to say thank you. I’ve received countless emails and cards and notes over the years.
It’s been great to work within an organization where ALL EMPLOYEES share the passion for student success. And not only do our employees support our students in many ways….but they also support each other. Our culture provides the foundation of a caring environment….for our students and each other. I could genuinely feel this part of our culture very early in my career here….and knew that I belonged at GRCC.”
Cathy’s has big plans for retirement. Her daughter is getting married in August, so she will be busy assisting with final wedding details. In September or October, Cathy and her husband are taking a cross-country trip to Seattle….by car and by train. She’s looking forward to leisurely seeing more of this great country. After some of her “bucket list” travel plans, Cathy will be volunteering and continuing my adjunct teaching at GRCC. She has plans to go to Florida and Arizona during some of the winter to visit with friends and family.
“This truly has been such a great place to work. I’ve been blessed to work with a great staff of Human Resource professionals as well as great colleagues across this campus.”
Twins Maddie and Kyla Wiersema this summer are working at Coasters, a restaurant inside the Michigan’s Adventure amusement park. But there is no coasting when it comes to their careers as student-athletes.
Previously two-sport competitors at Western Michigan Christian in volleyball and basketball, both Maddie and Kyla became three-sport athletes their senior year, when they made good on a forgotten promise to an old friend and joined the track and field team.
Both competed in multiple events at the state meet, including a third-place finish for Maddie in the shot put and a seventh in the hurdles and a fifth-place finish for Kyla in both the discus and the hurdles. Their performances helped WMC win the state championship team title.
“It was always one of our goals to win a state championship in high school,” Maddie said. “We just didn’t think it would be in track.”
That’s because the twins’ two main sports have always been volleyball and basketball. They love them both, admitting that their favorite generally is whatever season they happen to be in.
They’re both a touch over 6 feet tall, and they’re both good athletes, strong and mobile.
They play the post in basketball, and both can score and rebound. In volleyball, Maddie plays the right side and Kyla is a middle hitter. Both are equally adept at the net, blocking the opposition attack or putting the ball away with a well-placed kill.
Volleyball and basketball are the two sports they’ll compete in at GRCC, and they can’t wait.
“Oh my gosh, we’re so excited,” said Kyla. “We wanted to go to a school where we could do both (sports), and GRCC ended up being perfect.”
Added Maddie: “We weren’t really planning on GRCC, but we thought, ‘We’ll just visit and see how it is.’ So, we did a campus tour; we met the coaches, and – wow — we were so impressed.”
And it wasn’t just the athletic facilities that the twins said were the highlight, though both were wowed by the gym, the locker rooms, the gear and more.
They also appreciated the overall campus, including the classrooms.
“All of the facilities are so nice,” Maddie said.
“Everything is so clean and bright, and the classrooms are amazing, too,” Kyla added.
Amazing is how opposing coaches often described the performances of the Wiersema sisters during their stellar high school careers.
Their many awards and accolades are too numerous to detail in full, but at the end of the 2021-22 basketball season, Kyla was named First-Team All-State after averaging a school-record 23 points per game, while Maddie was All-State honorable mention and averaged 12 points and nine rebounds per game, even after suffering a serious ankle injury midway through the season.
Kyla also was First-Team All-State in volleyball her senior year, while Maddie was a Second-Team honoree.
GRCC head coach Chip Will said the Wiersemas will be the fifth set of twins he has had during his 15 years at the helm of the Raiders.
“The previous four sets were great volleyball players but also great people,” he said. “Kyla and Maddie are the same. They are dynamic athletes, but, more importantly, they are great people, on and off the court.”
Seventh-year women’s basketball coach David Glazier is also excited.
“Our program has always leaned on being strong defensively, looking to pressure teams on the perimeter when we have a rim protector behind our guards,” he said. “With Maddie and Kyla, we have secured that ability for the next two years, given we have the reigning (MCCAA West) Defensive Player of the Year in Grace Lodes who can help them grow even more as rim protectors. We are excited for how they fit our program coming in and the ways they could possibly help the program grow.”
Both Wiersemas have terrific high school GPAs but are still deciding what exactly they’d like to study with Maddie leaning toward business and marketing as a springboard to a possible career as a pharmaceutical sales rep and Kyla considering a Criminal Justice major.
“We didn’t know exactly what we wanted to do, and we didn’t want to waste money not knowing what we wanted to do at a four-year college,” said Maddie. “The price is so right at GRCC, and we can take our time and figure out what we want to study.”
Eventually, they’d both like to use their degrees and athletic careers at GRCC as a launching pad to a four-year university, where they’d complete bachelor’s degrees and continue their volleyball or basketball careers — or both.
“We think GRCC will be the perfect place to develop as students and athletes,” Maddie said. “The goal is definitely to use what we learn to go on to a four-year university. GRCC will give us a chance to see what college is like, and we’re ready.”
The area’s best high school players will square off today in the annual John Bos Baseball and Softball All-Star Games to benefit Grand Rapids Community College scholarships after a two-year hiatus.
Grand Rapids Community College and Davenport University are hosting the games on June 21 at Davenport University’s Farmers Insurance Complex. Baseball games are scheduled for 3, 5, and 7 :30 p.m., and softball games are 5 and 7 p.m.
Admission for spectators age 8 and over is $5, with proceeds going to GRCC’s John Bos Scholarship Fund.
“The John Bos games are a tradition that goes back to 1959, and we’re thrilled to bring them back after missing the last two years due to the pandemic,” GRCC Athletic Director Lauren Ferullo said. “Generations of baseball and softball players have competed in the games, and many others have benefitted from scholarships supported by the event.”
Bos started as a physical education teacher at what was then Grand Rapids Junior College. By the 1920s, he coached all the men’s sports teams: football, basketball, baseball, track, tennis and swimming. His teams were known as the “Bosmen” and won state championships in football (1923, 1924, 1926 and 1928), basketball (1925, 1927 and 1928), tennis (1927) and swimming (1928). He left GRJC in 1938 to head the Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department.
GRCC now competes in baseball, softball, basketball, cross country, golf and volleyball. Student-athletes receive academic counseling and advising, along with tutoring and peer academic coaching.
The proceeds from admissions benefit the Bos Scholarship, awarded to GRCC student-athletes who compete for at least one of the college’s teams and maintain Michigan Community College Athletic Association eligibility.
Baseball games involve players from the following high schools: Mona Shores, Reeths Puffer, Holland, Zeeland West, Union, Muskegon, Comstock Park, Belding, Sparta, Hopkins, Calvin Christian, West Catholic, Fruitport, Unity Christian, Allendale, Coopersville, Hamilton, Spring Lake, Cedar Springs, Forest Hills Eastern, South Christian, Kenowa Hills, Grand Rapids Catholic Central, Jenison, West Ottawa, East Kentwood, Caledonia, Rockford, Grandville, Hudsonville, Grand Haven, Forest Hills Central, Lowell, East Grand Rapids, Greenville, Forest Hills Northern, Northview, and Byron Center.
Softball games involve players from the following high schools: Hamilton, Spring Lake, Allendale, Fruitport, Unity Christian, Sparta, Hopkins, Godwin, North Pointe Christian, Kelloggsville, Calvin Christian, Wayland, Byron Center, East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills Central, Greenville, Holland, Wyoming, East Kentwood, Jenison, Grand Haven, West Ottawa, Caledonia, Hudsonville, Zeeland West, Zeeland East
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Every student has a dream school — whether it’s a realistic dream or a longshot. For a trio at Grand Rapids Community College, their dream just became a reality, one they never thought possible.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Three Grand Rapids Community College Radiologic Technology students have been accepted into a prestigious postgraduate program at Johns Hopkins Hospital Schools of Medical Imaging. They are class of 2022 students Kyle Cottrell, Alen Dzafic, and Emma Seeber.
Nominations are open for the 39th Annual GIANT Awards, scheduled to be presented Oct. 1, 2022.
The GRCC Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is accepting nominations for several awards and scholarships, including the distinguished GIANT among GIANTs honor. The deadline is Wednesday, June 22.
Grand Rapids Community College since 1983 has hosted the annual awards recognizing African-American people and organizations for their exceptional contributions in shaping the history and quality of life in Grand Rapids.
Each award is named after a community pillar that has demonstrated excellence and is a perpetual memorial to those notable contributions.
Honorees are scheduled to be announced in July. Ticket sales and sponsorships open on Aug. 12.