Volunteers needed for the GIANT Awards 40th Anniversary Celebration

The event will be at the DeVos Place (303 Monroe Ave NW) on Saturday, February 25th. 

Are you available during the evening of Saturday, February 25 from 4 p.m.- 9 p.m.? Would you like to assist in making this event a success?  Yes? Then volunteer!  

Volunteers will be provided with dinner and positions will be assigned.  

Contact Mary Reed at 3930 or mreed@grcc.edu to sign up. 

My GRCC Story: Lizzy Hornack shares her journey from England to becoming GRCC’s first women’s soccer coach

Lizzy Hornack smiling.

The passion for soccer runs deep in Lizzy Hornack’s family.

“I played it all my life! It’s the only sport I know. It’s the only sport I did.”

Hornack is the coach of Grand Rapids Community College’s first women’s soccer team, which will take the field in fall 2023, along with a men’s team coached by Damiekco Smith.

Hornack appeared on the My GRCC podcast to talk about her journey from growing up in Manchester, England to becoming a two-time collegiate All-American to building a program from scratch.

She was introduced to the sport, called football in the rest of the world, by her brother and father.

“I have an older brother. He’s 18 months older than I was,” she said. “I was pretty much just following his footsteps. He wanted to play football, so I wanted to play football. He joined a boys’ team, so I joined a boys’ team. It’s been a thing since I was four. Whatever he did, I did. My dad played and he coached us.”

She came to the United States in 2010 to play with Davenport University, earning All-American honors in 2010 and 2013. She is atop Davenport’s leaderboard in nine categories, including points, with 131; goals, 55; and game-winning goals, 14.

She has been coaching at the collegiate and youth level since graduating with has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management, and was thrilled when she learned GRCC started a program.

 “When the athletic director, Lauren Ferullo, said, ‘Hey, I have a women’s soccer program,’ I was, like, ‘Love it! It’s got my name on it!’ and we went from there.”

With the addition of both soccer programs, GRCC now offers 10 athletic programs, including men’s and women’s cross country, golf, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball.

The My GRCC Story podcast is available here, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and other hosting sites.

Sally Merrill matches her career-high 27 points to lead GRCC women’s basketball team to victory over Delta College

Sally Merrill  shooting a basket.

Sally Merrill matched her career-high of 27 points to lead the Grand Rapids Community College women’s basketball team to a gritty, 71-61 win at Delta College.

The men’s team snapped a three-game winning streak, losing in overtime 91-81.

GRCC’s women’s team jumped out to a 23-7 first quarter lead and seemed to be in control.  But the Pioneers fought back from a 22-point deficit to make it just a three-point game with just 30 seconds remaining. 

Delta was forced to foul and it nearly worked out to perfection. But after GRCC missed both free throws, Delta called a time out it didn’t have, resulting in a technical foul.

Merrill knocked down both technical free throws to seal the victory for GRCC, which has won two in a row and improved to 10-6 overall, and 4-2 in the conference.

Head coach David Glazier was extremely proud of the way his players executed the game plan and was happy to see their hard work pay off in a big game.

“Can’t say enough about how this group battles together in the high and low moments throughout a game,” Glazier said.

Merrill added seven rebounds and a career-high six steals, playing in all 40 minutes.

Allison Kellogg and Grace Lodes both nearly had double-doubles with 12 points, nine rebounds for Kellogg and 11 points, eight rebounds for Lodes.

The men’s game was within three points nearly the entire game and each team had a chance to win in regulation. But GRCC missed a free throw and Delta’s three-point attempt was blocked as time expired.

In the extra session GRCC was out-scored 16-6, and falls to 14-5 overall and 3-3 in the conference after the loss.

“It’s really hard to win on the road in this league, and it’s even harder when you don’t make free throws down the stretch,” head coach Joe Fox said. “It’s always tough to lose games you have a chance to win, especially on the road. We just have to pick ourselves up and be ready for Saturday.”

Saginaw native Danyel Bibbs put up some big stats in his return home, scoring a team-high 22 points, grabbing a team-high nine rebounds and led the team in assists and steals with five and four.

Bashir Neely totaled 16 points and Brockton Kohler and Herman Brown added 14 and 11.

Both teams will be back at home on Feb. 4 to take on North Central College.  The women will tip-off first at 1 p.m.   

GRCC In the News 02/02/2023

40th anniversary of GIANT Awards will salute decades of Black leadership in Grand Rapids

2/1/23 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – This year is the 40th anniversary of the esteemed annual GIANT Awards, and Grand Rapids Community College is hosting a special celebration to salute the decades of Black leaders who have contributed to the city of Grand Rapids.

Holland Christian pitcher Trevor Nagelkirk signs with GRCC

2/1/23 The Holland Sentinel

HOLLAND – Trevor Nagelkirk just wants to get better.

… He will get a chance to continue his career and improve some more next year. He signed a natinal letter of intent to play baseball at Grand Rapids Community College.

Leading the band, on field and off

2/1/23 School News Network (Kent Intermediate School District)

Godwin Heights — Carlos Soto-Castillo’s interest in the saxophone started with a YouTube video.

… Because his dad works in construction, he quickly discovered it as a potential career. Carlos plans to head into construction management by first attending Grand Rapids Community College and then on to Ferris State University.

Grant expands GRAAHI’s power to eliminate health disparities

1/30/23 Rapid Growth Media

Thanks to a $1 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant awarded by Kent County, the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute (GRAAHI) will expand and enhance programming aimed at reducing health disparities within the county’s BIPOC communities. Founded in 2002 in reaction to a Kent County Health Department community needs assessment, the grassroots organization has leveraged community input and collaborations with other organizations to address disturbing racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality, diabetes, access to mental and medical health care and more.

… The grant will also expand GRAAHI’s Pathways to Healthcare Careers program, which seeks to increase underrepresented students in health care professions.
Launched in Grand Rapids Public Schools in fall 2022 at Stocking Elementary and UPrep Middle and High Schools, Pathways connects educators, healthcare professionals, academic tutors and mentors with students during after-school sessions. Additional Pathways pilot programs are being developed with Grand Rapids Community College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University as well as with three Grand Rapids area hospitals — Spectrum Health Butterworth, Trinity Health Saint Mary’s and University of Michigan Health-West.

HR is conducting a poll for interest in Weight Watchers at GRCC

HR is exploring the possibility of GRCC being a community WW site — providing space for a weigh in location and in person WW staff led workshops.

We’re curious how many GRCC employees would take advantage of this. This would be somewhat different than WW at work has been in the past. 

Please respond to this short poll to indicate your interest.

Thank you! We’ll keep you posted.

February employee learning opportunities

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

Thursday, February 2
Supervisor Technology Course

Wednesday, February 8
Building Healthy Team Culture

Thursday, February 9
Where Do I Go For What I Want To Know?

Monday, February 13
Navigating Challenging Situations

Wednesday, February 15
How To Get It Wrong

Thursday, February 16
Intro To Peoplesoft

Tuesday, February 21
Formula for Success – Google Sheets

Thursday, February 23
25Live Pro Training

Friday, February 24
Mindfulness Made Simple

Tuesday, February 28
Student Records & Privacy

February 6, 2023 Economic Club of Grand Rapids opportunity for GRCC students

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids has gifted us with the opportunity to have GRCC students participate in an upcoming luncheon FOR FREE.

The next event is with Governor Gretchen Whitmer (“Building a Brighter Future”) on February 6. 

Limited seats are available so please complete this google form and get more information here: https://forms.gle/1ujRb4fxGwT2ExFT6