CAP 3.4 recognizing Stonewall riots with resources

GRCC’s LGBTQ+ Inclusive Fundamentals Team, CAP 3.4, is dedicated to supporting GRCC’s greater commitment to equity and GRCC’s values of diversity, innovation, respect, and responsiveness. The CAP team wants to provide resources highlighting and celebrating LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, students, and the larger GRCC Family.

GRCC on June 18 showed its pride by having a booth at the 34th annual Grand Rapids Pride Festival. Today, our pride continues as we commemorate the 53rd Anniversary of Stonewall riots, which many consider the catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States.

In support of this day, the GRCC Library is providing a link to learn more about Stonewall on Additionally, please stop by the library to see its Stonewall book display or check out some of the resources it has supporting the LGBTQ+ community here at GRCC by visiting its LGBTQ Resources Subject Guide.

The CAP team wants to highlight our community advocates and partners: Grand Rapids Pride CenterStandOutUnited Campus Christian Fellowship, and Grand Rapids Trans Foundation.

GRCC alumni, faculty members contribute to anthology to support Ukrainian relief efforts

Grand Rapids Community College alumni and faculty are among the contributors to a poetry anthology to support Ukrainian relief efforts.

“Busy Griefs, Raw Towns” will be available at Schuler Books & Music, 2660 28th St. SE, starting July 15.

GF Korreck, who edited the collection, noted that almost all the poems were written expressly in support of the relief efforts.

“Poetry cannot stop violence,” said Korreck, who attended GRCC when it was Grand Rapids Junior College. “But it can awaken people. It can remind us of our soul, our humanity, and what it means to be part of a world.”

The anthology, produced by Schuler, includes work by:

  • GRJC alumnus David Cope, a former Grand Rapids poet laureate who taught at GRCC for 22 years.
  • GRCC alumnus Alban Fischer, author of “Fake Moon” and founding editor of Trnsfr and Trnsfr Books.
  • GRCC professor Katie Kalisz, author of “Quiet Woman.”
  • GRCC professor Mursalata Muhammad, recent recipient of the Sweeney Memorial Boat House Residency at Lines End for emerging writers.
  • Former GRCC adjunct instructor Debra Wierenga, author of “Marriage and Other Infidelities.”

Korreck was the editor of the 2007 anthology “Sins and Felonies” that included his work, and submissions form Cope and two others with GRJC ties, Frank Salamone and David Montgomery. All four were also associated with Display Magazine, which continues today.

Proceeds from sales of the book will go to the International Rescue Committee to support continuing Ukraine relief efforts. It can be ordered in advance on Schuler’s website, linked here.

GRCC baseball slugger Ryan Dykstra thriving after taking his game to the Kalamazoo Growlers of Northwoods League

Ryan Dykstra in Growlers uniform.

Ryan Dykstra is following a fantastic season on Grand Rapids Community College’s baseball team by taking his game to the next level, playing for the Kalamazoo Growlers of the Northwoods League.

The Northwoods League is a developmental league for elite college players, with players using wood bats instead of the metal bats used at the college level.

That hasn’t deterred the 6-foot, 210-pound outfielder from Byron Center. Through Sunday, Dykstra has played in 25 games, batting .292, and leading the team in hits and is second with 20 RBI.

He recently earned a promotion: a contract to play for the entire season.

“I’m glad to get it,” he said of the contract extension. “I didn’t know what to expect. But being here, I’m glad to be extended and to keep doing this thing.”

The 22-team league has existed for 27 seasons. More than 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including former Detroit Tigers Curtis Granderson and Max Scherzer and New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso.

Because Northwoods is an amateur league, players are not paid, allowing them to maintain their college eligibility. League teams play 72 games from late May until mid-August. Most live with host families during the season to keep expenses to a minimum.

The Growlers have players from across the country, and they attend colleges including Duke, University of Miami, Ohio State University, and the University of Tennessee. Dykstra has committed to playing at Oakland University next season and looks forward to entering teaching or business after graduating.

Fred Brown, GRCC assistant baseball coach, is the Growler’s hitting coach and recommended Dykstra for the team after a stellar GRCC season. Dykstra’s .422 batting average led the Raiders, and he also had the most runs, hits, doubles, home runs, and runs batted in.

That performance earned him four postseason honors from the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. He was named All-Region, All-MCCAA and First Team All-Conference. He also was named to the All-Tournament team at the regionals after batting .588 in five games.

Dykstra played baseball, football and basketball at South Christian High School, and GRCC head baseball coach Mike Eddington said Dykstra’s decision to focus on baseball helped improve his game.

“What I like about Ryan’s background is that he was a very good three-sport athlete, and he had a big upside once he focused on baseball,” Eddington said. “Ryan is passionate about being good, and he loves baseball. Playing for the Growlers this summer will prepare Ryan for Division 1 baseball.”

Dykstra was able to play before the hometown crowd last week, when the Growlers bested the Traverse City Pit Spitters 7-4 at LMCU Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps. He had three hits in five at-bats, driving in a run.

GRCC In the News 06/28/2022

Grand Rapids Community College picks presidential search firm, seeks public input

6/27/22 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is enlisting the help of the Mississippi-based search firm that helped hire outgoing President Bill Pink in 2017 to search for his replacement.

News at 6 p.m.

6/27/22 FOX 17

(Coverage of Traverse City Pit Spitters, mentioning former GRCC player Ryan Dykstra.)

Sain strives to serve whether as police chief or as a coach

6/28/22 Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS – Maurice A. Sain was an accomplished high school athlete at Muskegon Heights.

… He played a year of football at Grand Rapids Community College then returned home to play two seasons of basketball at Muskegon Community College.

GRCC Presidential Profile Focus Sessions

The Board of Trustees and Dr. Preston Pulliams from Gold Hill Associates are hosting Campus Community Presidential Profile Focus Sessions this week. 

Your feedback is important. Therefore, if you did not RSVP you may join virtually, see details and information below.

Monday, June 27 from 10 – 11 a.m. at 

Passcode: search2022

Tuesday, June 28 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at 

Passcode: search2022

Otherwise you may also share feedback at

Dean of STEM candidate presentations on 6/28, 6/29, 6/30

The Dean of STEM screening committee invites the campus community to attend the candidate presentations. 

The presentations are available in-person and virtually. We would encourage anyone who can attend in person to join us in ATC 168 (Auditorium). 

Candidate 1: Tuesday, June 28 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm in ATC 168 or live streamed

Candidate 2: Wednesday, June 29 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm in ATC 168 or live streamed

Candidate 3:  Thursday, June 30 from 11:00 – 12:00 pm in ATC 168 or live streamed.