GRCC In the News, 5-28-14

How GRCC’s Board of Trustees rated President Steve Enders performance

May 27, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College President Steven Ender is a highly effective leader, and is helping the school accomplish goals ranging from student satisfaction to improving transfer rates to four-year schools.

Grand Rapids Community Foundations Challenge Scholars & Partners

May 27, 2014; WOOD TV

The Challenge Scholars Program relies on partnerships to help students achieve their dreams.

… College partners like Aquinas College, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Grand Valley State University have provided scholarship packages to our Challenge Scholars.

Davenport’s EJ Grochowalski named Capital One Academic All-America of the Year

May 27, 2014; MLive

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — Davenport baseball graduate EJ Grochowalski had well understood the balance between the academics and athletics during his senior year, and for that the College Sports Information Directors of America selected the first baseman its Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award Tuesday. The 11-man Capital One All-America College Division Baseball First Team is comprised of student-athletes from the NAIA, Canadian and two-year institutions and must own a 3.85 grade-point average.

Grochowalski, who transferred to Davenport from Grand Rapids Community College before the start of the 2013 season, graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in finance last month.

Watts to pilot John Glenn cagers

May 28, 2014; Observer & Eccentric (Farmington Hills)

Rod Watts established a winning track record during his seven seasons as boys basketball coach at Lansing Eastern and hopes parlay that same success at Westland John Glenn.

… Watts is a graduate of Lansing Waverly H.S. and played football at Grand Rapids Community College before a knee injury cut short his playing career.

GRCC In the News, 5-23-14

Have Job, Will Enroll

May 23, 2014; Inside Higher Ed

WASHINGTON — A growing number of startups want to play the matchmaker role between community colleges and employers. One of them, WorkAmerica, makes an unusual offer as part of their pitch: students get a legally binding job offer before they enroll at one of the company’s partner colleges.

… College instructors can also issue badges on the platform. Dillow said Workforce IO has collaborated with Grand Rapids Community College, in Michigan, as well as an Illinois campus of Everest College, a for-profit institution.

Graduation 2014: Hamilton High School

May 22, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

… What are your plans after graduation?

… Dillon VanDerKamp: “I’m going to GRCC for sales and marketing.”

Student Graduates after Riding Train of Death through Mexico

May 23, 2014; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

During the last day of his senior year at Wyoming High School, Jose Sanchez-Bueso completed his final chemistry exam, finishing off the semester with three A’s and two B’s on his report card.

… He is enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College for this fall, and plans to attend a four-year university after receiving his associate’s degree to become a mechanical engineer.

Growlers Land Duo of Crafty Lefty’s

May 22, 2014; MLive

Kalamazoo, MI – The Kalamazoo Growlers have added two left handed pitchers to their inaugural season roster. Dillon Haviland of Duke University and Luke Bolka of East Carolina University will bring collegiate experience as well as dynamic arms to the Growlers pitching staff.

… The Growlers have also added temporary players Jeremy Carrell of Wayne State as well as Jacob Waters and Dylan Van Putten of Grand Rapids Community College to aid the Growlers in early season games.

GRCC In the News, 5-19-14

GRCC students earn awards at national business professionals competition

May 16, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students took home eight awards at a Business Professionals of America completion in Indianapolis.

Grupos minoritarios de GRCC aumentan pese a prohibición de Acción Afirmativa

May 16, 2014; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (EVH).- Tras la aprobación de la Suprema Corte de Justicia de los Estados Unidos de ratificar la Prohibición de la Acción Afirmativa en el estado de Michigan, tal como se había aprobado en el año 2006 por un grupo de seis magistrados de la corte del estado, desde entonces universidades y colegios han acatado la ley, dejando de dar privilegios a las minorías a la hora de asistir en busca de educación superior.

Pese a la drástica ley, aun existen centros de educación avanzada donde estadísticamente los números en porcentajes de las minorías siguen aumentado.
En ese sentido, en la ciudad de Grand Rapids autoridades del Community College (GRCC) explicaron como están trabajando con los grupos minoritarios interesados en asistir al centro, tras la aplicación de la prohibición de la Acción Afirmativa.

West Ottawa seniors celebrate their next steps in Decision Day Party

May 18, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — With cheerleaders lining the halls, college mascots giving out high fives and the drum line playing, West Ottawa High School was in celebration mode on Thursday.

… “At first I didn’t want to go to college,” (Darah) Kok said. But with the urging of some friends and teachers, he decided to look into it.
“People started telling me (college) changes your life. I didn’t want to waste my life.”

Kok plans to attend Grand Rapids Community College in the fall on a full ride scholarship.

SECOM-GRCC Partnership Recognized at Annual Armen Awards Celebration

May 16, 2014; SECOM newsletter

Service, innovation, and collaboration are at the heart of Grand Rapids Community College’s annual Armen Awards, a competitive program designed to promote innovative thinking. Created and supported by longtime GRCC supporter Armen Oumedian, the program rewards student teams who design and implement projects that benefit a community organization.

Muskegon sports briefs: Muskegon Community College drops 13-inning marathon in regional baseball

May 16, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — It’s going to be a quick turnaround for the Muskegon Community College baseball team.

… The game ended after midnight and MCC (35-17) faces an elimination game at 11:30 a.m. Friday against Grand Rapids Community College in Battle Creek.



GRCC In the News, 5-15-14

Higher One college debit card provider faces federal fines for marketing to students

May 14, 2014; MLive

LANSING — Higher One, the nation’s largest college debit card provider, now faces potential fines and penalties from federal banking regulators over how it marketed its services to students, thousands of them in Michigan.

… In Michigan, the company has partnered with Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University, Baker College, Lansing Community College, Macomb Community College, Grand Rapids Community College, Aquinas College, Davenport University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Muskegon Community College, Spring Arbor University, St. Clair County Community College, North Central Michigan College and Madonna University.

KCC baseball advances in tourney

May 14, 2014; The Battle Creek Enquirer

A mound visit from Kellogg Community College coach Eric Laskovy early in the top half of the first inning of this postseason opener against Grand Rapids Community College seemed to set the tone for the rest of the day for the Bruins.

GRCC In the News, 5-14-14

GRCC to host Empower Michigan community forum

May 13, 2014;

On Thursday, May 15 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the GRCC Calkins Science building Empower Michigan will present a community forum follow up discussion titled “The Future of the Michigan Workforce.” The event is part of an ongoing series that will evaluate and compile data into a report.

Classes before 5 p.m. at GRCCs Spectrum Theater and ATC are canceled

May 13, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Classes before 5 p.m. at Grand Rapids Community Colleges Spectrum Theater and the Applied Technology Center have been canceled because of a power outage, according to a notification sent by the college.

Muskegon Community College golfer Oliver Shepardson qualifies for NJCAA national tournament

May 13, 2014;  MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Muskegon Community College golfer Oliver Shepardson qualified for the NJCAA national tournament with a seventh-place individual finish in the two-day NJCAA Region XII Tournament that wrapped up Tuesday, May 13 in Battle Creek.

Shepardson shot 10-over for a 226 total in the three rounds of the tournament while leading his team to a fourth-place finish at Bedford Valley Golf Club behind Owens (Ohio) Community College, Grand Rapids Community College and Oakland Community College.

KCC baseball ready to make a run at regional

May 13, 2014; The Battle Creek Enquirer

The Kellogg Community College baseball team recently saw its two-year reign atop the Michigan Community College Athletic Association come to an end.

… The Bruins open regional play against Grand Rapids CC (17-23, 16-10 MCCAA) today at Nichols Field, beginning at noon. The loser of that opening-round contest in the double elimination tournament will play again today at 7:30 p.m. at C.O. Brown Stadium. Play resumes Thursday at 11:30 a.m., with the championship game scheduled for Friday at noon.

GRCC In the News, 5-13-14

From prison to restaurant manager: ‘McDonald’s has been really good for me’

May 13, 2014; MLive

HOLLAND, MI — Andrew Monroe considers himself lucky. At 30, he is a married father of two with a good-paying job. He’s also finishing a bachelor’s degree in operations management at Grand Valley State University.

… Within six months of going to work at McDonald’s, Monroe was promoted to assistant manager. That same year, he began taking classes at Grand Rapids Community College. Within four years, he graduated as one of the college’s top students, earning a 4.0 GPA while working more than 40 hours a week at the restaurant.

Pillared home on Heritage Hill Weekend Tour preserves its 162-year-old origins as a cottage

May 12, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Visitors on this weekend’s 45th Annual Heritage Hill Weekend Tour of Homes may be tempted to overlook the pillared house that’s almost hidden in the back of the lot at 151 Lafayette Avenue NE.

… Tickets on the weekend of the tour will be $20 and available only at the ticket booth in the Sneden Center on the Grand Rapids Community College DeVos Campus, 435 E. Fulton Street.

MIAA Names Penny Allen-Cook Commissioner

May 12, 2014; ABC 13

The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has announced the appointment of Penny Allen-Cook as the conference’s ninth commissioner.

… Prior to joining the GLIAC, Allen-Cook served as compliance and academic services coordinator for the athletic department at Saginaw Valley State University from 2005-08. She also served as head volleyball coach at Grand Rapids Community College (1994-96) and as varsity volleyball coach in the high school ranks at Pewamo-Westphalia, Jenison and Freeland. Her overall career coaching record was 494-284-38, for a winning percentage of .605.

Grand Valley State Giancarlo Brugnoni No. 1 on GLIAC list and as MLive’s top performer

May 12, 2014; MLive

… GRCC takes MCCAA title

The Grand Rapids Community College golf team took top honors at the MCCAA state championship tournament on May 5, topping a field of 11.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Baseball to kick off postseason in Battle Creek

May 12, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — Postseason fever officially is underway for the Muskegon Community College baseball team.

… The Jayhawks open the tournament at 4 p.m. Wednesday against Vincennes University (Ind.) at Bailey Park’s Nichols Field. A win moves them along to take on the winner of Grand Rapids Community College and Kellogg Community College at noon on Thursday, while a loss pits them against the loser of GRCC vs. KCC at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

GRCC In the News, 5-7-14

Funeral services announced for Grandville High School teen, cousin killed in weekend crash

May 7, 2014; MLive

WYOMING, MI — Funeral arrangements have been set for Grandville High School senior Roman Aguilar-Emmons and his cousin, Michael Aguilar, who were killed in a weekend car crash.

… The Grandville High School senior planned to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College’s Police Academy in the fall. He had also applied for the one-week Grand Rapids Police Department’s High School Youth Police Academy in June.

GRPS, Community Foundation: Scholarship fund growing

May 6, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) — The Grand Rapids Community Foundation and the Grand Rapids Public Schools district on Tuesday announced a $32 million campaign to support the Challenge Scholars program.

… Donors, including Grand Valley State University, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, Ferris State University, have already helped raise more than $26 million. That money will go into an endowment to help sustain the program.

Founders Brewing gets $500,000 through state program to train 85 new workers

May 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Founders Brewing Company is getting a little help training new workers thanks to a state program.

The Grand Rapids brewing company, in partnership with Grand Rapids Community College, is getting $500,000 over the next six years through the Michigan New Jobs Training Program to train 85 new workers.

KentuckyOne Health names chief operating officer

May 6, 2014;

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 6, 2014) — KentuckyOne Health has named Lisa A. Shannon as chief operating officer. Shannon will begin her new role July 21.

… Long active in community organizations, Shannon is a member of the boards of Heart of West Michigan United Way and Grand Rapids Community College Foundation. She and her husband have four children. The family plans to relocate to Louisville this summer.

Delta College baseball flourishing behind local talent

May 5, 2014; The Morning Sun (Dearborn)

Baseball for many in mid-Michigan is not only a passion but a way of life.

… “We came in as the No. 8 seed and knocked off the No. 1 seed in the first game. We then knocked off the No. 3 seed in the second and then beat Kellogg Community College in the winners bracket championship. We ended up losing twice to Grand Rapids Community College, but to finish 30-20 overall in only our second year and to make that kind of a tournament run bolted us into the national limelight,” (Dan) Smith said. “In just a couple of short years, people have taken notice that we’re here to compete and we’re a viable option for guys who have the ability to play competitive baseball and who want to continue their careers at the next level.”

GRCC In the News, 5-6-14

Grandville student who died in crash was ‘finest young man I’ve ever met,’ teacher says

May 5, 2014; MLive

GRANDVILLE, MI — Roman Aguilar-Emmons, a Grandville High School senior and Kent Career Technical Center student, spent part of his Saturday picking up along 28th Street near Burlingame in Wyoming as part of a criminal justice class service project.

… Aguilar-Emmons, who worked at Meijer, planned to enroll in Grand Rapids Community College’s Police Academy in the fall. He had also applied for the one-week Grand Rapids Police Department’s High School Youth Police Academy in June.

‘Meet the Buyers’ aimed at introducing business owners to government buyers

May 5, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — West Michigan business owners who want to sell goods and services to local government agencies and schools can get to know their potential customers at a Meet the Buyer event on May 15.

… “In the past, this event has garnered some real business opportunities for a number of local suppliers,” said Mansfield W. Matthewson, director of purchasing at Grand Rapids Community College.

“Most of the public entities attending this year’s event have current, ongoing or pending projects, so this is an outstanding opportunity for them to connect with local area suppliers.”

GRCC shifts repair money, cuts funding for diversity programs to plug budget deficit

May 6, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College is set to close a projected $3.3 million budget deficit by raising tuition, charging students more to park on campus and using about $850,000 originally intended for deferred maintenance.

Goodwill Industries and GRCC partner to offer advanced manufacturing training for employment seekers

May 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS – Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids is partnering with Grand Rapids Community College to offer advanced manufacturing training for adults seeking employment.

Davenport’s Murphy, Bender, Tidey highlight All-WHAC awards ceremony

May 5, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Ten members of Davenport’s baseball team were selected to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference’s postseason awards with three winning three of its four individual awards, the league announced Monday. As voted by the WHAC head coaches, sophomore right-hander Corey Murphy was tabbed the pitcher of the year, junior two-way player Brendan Bender was selected newcomer of the year and Kevin Tidey was voted by his colleagues as coach of the year.

… A transfer from Grand Rapids Community College, Bender has started all but one of his 51 appearances as a position player and five of his seven games were started on the mound. As a first baseman, Bender finished third in the WHAC in batting average (.387) with a team leading 14 doubles and 48 RBI. He also hit a pair of triples and home runs each while drawing 34 walks to bump the on-base percentage to a league second best .498. As a pitcher, the southpaw is 2-1 with a 3.96 ERA.

Golf: Skippers in 7th following 36 holes at Elks

May 5, 2014; The Port Huron Times Herald

PORT HURON TWP. — After more than eight hours straight on his feet and 36 holes of golf, Joey Falk was thinking about more than just his score.

… Grand Rapids, with an even par 576, is running away from the rest of the field. Oakland is second with a 606. GRCC was led by David Thompson, who shot a two-under-par 142 and leads the tournament. Hes one of four Raiders in the top five.

GRCC In the News, 5-2-14

Mayor George Heartwell to deliver address at GRCC commencement ceremony

May 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell will address graduates at Grand Rapids Community College’s commencement ceremony on Friday.

College notes: Davenport pitcher doesn’t know his own strength, becomes a top hurler in WHAC

May 1, 2014; MLive


… Paula Maloley, Grand Rapids Community College: Maloley, who has coached GRCC for 28 years, earned her 700th career win in an 11-5 win over Lake Michigan College on April 28. “I can’t take credit for those wins,” said Maloley, whose team is 12-22 this year. “It’s the players that deserve the credit for winning those games.”

Saints baseball takes two from Indiana Tech

May 1, 2014; MLive

Ft. Wayne, IN- The Aquinas College baseball team won a pair of key WHAC games against Indiana Tech yesterday in Ft. Wayne. The wins improve the Saints’ record to 12-12 in conference play and moved them into fourth place, a game ahead of Madonna. The Saints are 22-19 overall.

… The Saints jumped out to an early lead in game two, scoring five runs in the first two innings. The lead grew to 8-0 before the Warriors scored a combined six runs in the 5th and 6th. Aquinas held on and completed the sweep with a 10-6 win. Kyle Orlowski (Grand Rapids/GRCC) had three hits and three RBI to lead the way for the Saints. All three of Orlowski’s hits were doubles. Brad Slis (Marysville/Marysville) added two hits and Michael Priest (Grand Rapids/Catholic Central) drove in two. Brendan Penny (Grand Rapids/Catholic Central) struck out five while earning the win for the Saints.

Not the usual canoe trip

April 25, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

If the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce ran a canoe-and-kayak rental business on the river downtown, it would probably look a lot like what Jeff and Rita Neumann are doing.

… Jeff, 54, is a retired professor who taught electronics at Grand Rapids Community College. Rita is a physical therapist and also works in quality improvement. Both are longtime outdoor enthusiasts, she as a cycler and equestrian, and he as a river paddler, certified as an instructor by the American Canoe Association.


GRCC In the News, 4-29-14

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

April 29, 2014;

… Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Amanda Steig (Reed City H.S.) is hitting .333 with 11 RBIs for the Raiders’ softball team through 26 games played.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Baseball team gets coach Cap Pohlman’s 500th win

April 28, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — With less than two weeks of the regular season left to play, the Muskegon Community College baseball team now sits in first place with a two-game lead in the MCCAA standings heading into the home stretch of its schedule.

… Earlier in the week, MCC swept Lake Michigan College (April 24) and Cornerstone University JV (April 23), split with Grand Rapids Community College (April 22) and dropped a single game against Aquinas College (April 21).

GRCC In the News, 4-25-14

What do the feds know about your car?

April 24, 2014; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — On Thursday, General Motors reported its worst financial results in more than four years, with its profit falling 86 percent to $125 million. That comes after a $1.3 billion charge to cover a series of recalls announced since early February.

… “It’s important for consumers, it’s important for professional technicians to be able to look up information and make sure that they’re using all the resources available to them,” said Chad Lodenstein a professor of automotive technology at Grand Rapids Community College.

College notes: GVSU’s Ethan Barnes setting records by leaps and bounds

April 24, 2014; MLive


… Tommy Enslen, Cornerstone University: Enslen was 2-for-3 with an RBI in a a 5-4 loss to Lourdes on April 19. The junior outfielder (Middleville/GRCC) leads the Golden Eagles (14-20) with a .378 batting average.

GRCC In the News, 4-22-14

GRCC turns down economic development initiatives that would cost $1.1 million in property tax revenue

April 21, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Citing budgetary concerns, Grand Rapids Community College on Monday opted out of two economic development initiatives in Gaines and Byron townships that would capture property taxes that otherwise would go to the college.

Returning to Form

April 22, 2014; Traverse City Insider

GRAND RAPIDS — Ryan Manning just wants to stay healthy, and get in the lineup as much as he can for Davenport University, an NAIA school. The Suttons Bay graduate received medical clearance to play just before the Panthers’ annual spring trip to Florida and he doesn’t want to miss any more games.

… Back when he was at Grand Rapids Community College, the 6-foot-2 and 175-pound junior suffered a major concussion and had to sit out an entire year. He might get a medical redshirt year from GRCC, and that’ll give him an additional year at Davenport.

GRCC In the News, 4-18-14

GRCC offering free workshop for grandparents raising their grandchildren

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is offering a free luncheon and workshop Friday for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Students turn lens on manufacturing

April 17, 2014; Grand Rapids Business Journal

An annual high school student video competition aims to promote interest in the manufacturing industry.

… Videos submitted to Discover Manufacturing Today were posted on the video competition’s Facebook page and open to public voting. Student videos were also reviewed by a panel of judges, and were ranked based on a variety of criteria including creativity of the video, and how well the interview questions were addressed. The judging panel consisted of representatives from local manufacturers, Grand Rapids Community College, The Right Place, Kent ISD and Michigan Works.

Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids Presents GOD OF CARNAGE, Now thru 4/26

April 17, 2014;

Tonight, April 17, 2014, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids will continue its 33rd season with God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton. The show will be presented Thursday through Saturday on two consecutive weekends at GRCC Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, beginning tonight, April 17, 2014 and closing on April 26, 2014. All performances begin at 8PM. A special talk back will follow the performance on Friday April 18th; discussion topics include: communication and conflict management.

See which historic homes will be on the Heritage Hill Tour of Homes this spring

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — This spring’s 45th Annual Heritage Hill Tour of Homes will feature seven private homes and two historic public buildings, the Heritage Hill Neighborhood Association announced this week.

… Tickets on the weekend of the tour will be $20 and available only at the ticket booth in the Sneden Center on the Grand Rapids Community College DeVos Campus, 435 E. Fulton Street.

College notes: Jenison grad throws back-to-back no-hitters, will play baseball at Indiana next year

April 17, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Every athlete wants to be known for something.

… Wes Vaughn (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: Vaughn was 3-for-3 with two doubles in an 11-1 win over Glen Oaks CC on April 10. Vaughn (East Grand Rapids), a sophomore outfielder, is hitting .326. It was the third-straight game he had three hits.

Garrett Veihl (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: The freshman pitcher (Greenville) earned his first win of the season pitching a complete game, 4-1 win over Glen Oaks CC on April 10. In five innings, he allowed four hits and one earned run with no walks and five strikeouts. Veihl improves to 1-2 with a 3.24 ERA.

Dylan VanPutten (baseball), Grand Rapids Community College: The sophomore (Middleville) went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two stolen bases and a double in a 9-8 loss to Macomb Community College on April 12. The first baseman is hitting .240 this season.

… Katie Klomstra (softball), Grand Rapids Community College: The sophomore (Godwin Heights) was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in a 5-3 loss to Lansing CC on April 12.

… Logan Sochacki (golf), Grand Rapids Community College: Sochacki (Jenison) earned medalist honors after shooting a 71 at the Ancilla College Invitational in Plymouth, Ind. on April 12. Teammates Cody Shoemaker and Tony Conaway were tied for third place with 73s to help the Raiders finish first.

Brad Buurstra homers twice as Union baseball team takes two from Muskegon Mona Shores

April 17, 2014; MLive

Two players named Buurstra were responsible for a lot of on-field damage as Grand Rapids Union took two games from Muskegon Mona Shores, 5-4 and 6-2, in OK Black Conference play on Thursday.

… Brad Buurstra has signed with Grand Rapids Community College. Devin Husted, who had two hits and two runs batted in during the doubleheader, is also getting recruited by schools.

GRCC In the News, 4-11-14

Aquinas baseball sweeps Cornerstone

April 10, 2014; MLive

Grand Rapids, MI- The Aquinas College baseball team swept a conference double-header from cross-town rival Cornerstone yesterday at DeWitt Field. The Saints took game one 7-1, and won 6-4 in the nightcap. Aquinas is now 14-11 on the season and 6-5 in WHAC play.

The top of the lineup was key for the Saints in game one. Kyle Orlowski (Grand Rapids/GRCC), Brendan Penny (Grand Rapids/Catholic Central) and Taylor Pawlanta (Grand Rapids/Forest Hills Eastern), the Saints’ 1-3 hitters, each had three hit games. Orlowski scored three runs and Pawlanta drove in two. Third-baseman Greg Baranyai (Hillman/Alpena) had two RBI for the Saints. Junior David Foster (Mt. Pleasant/MCC) earned the win, allowing just one run in seven innings while striking out six.

Hawkins inks letter-of-intent with MU

April 10, 2014; Observer & Eccentric (Farmington Hills)

Livonia Stevensons Amanda Hawkins is among Madonna University women’s volleyball coach Jerry Abraham initial 2014 recruiting class that was announced on Wednesday.

Hawkins, a first-team All-Observer selection, is joined by junior college transfers Emily Johnson (Grandville), a 6-foot outside and middle hitter from Grand Rapids Community College, along with 5-8 setter Spencer Stokes (Clio) of Oakland Community College.

Senior sharpshooter earns Grand Rapids Press/ Player of the Year honors

April 10, 2014; MLive

HAMILTON, MI — Hamilton senior Ashley Overbeek wasn’t in high school yet when her future varsity coach first realized that she was going to be a special player.

… “I have been talking to some coaches, but I might take some time off, go to Grand Rapids Community College next year and then see what happens next,” Overbeek said.

After stepping up in Sugar Bowl, OU’s Dionte Savage fueled by competition

April 10, 2014; Tulsa World (Okla.)

NORMAN — Prison is a hard place, but Dion Savage didn’t mind shedding a few tears.

… Savage (Dion Jr.) attended Arizona Western for one football season, then returned home because he was homesick. He enrolled at nearby Grand Rapids Community College but stopped attending classes.

GRCC In the News, 4-9-14

I want to be a Marine

April 7, 2014; Grand Haven Tribune

Spring Lake High School graduate Jessica Street said she’s always been interested in the military, but her primary goal is to be a nurse.

…” I consider myself adventurous. I like doing different things,” said the current Grand Rapids Community College student.

MLive Grand Rapids Press reporters earn national award for series on college remediation rates

April 8, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — MLive Grand Rapids Press education reporters Monica Scott and Brian McVicar landed an honor in a national competition for their series that exposed high rates of students needing remediation in college. The series also put a spotlight on local efforts to address the problem.
(This article links to a GRCC article)

Former Portland St. Patrick standout adjusting to life in college

April 8, 2014; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

PORTLAND — It didn’t take former Portland St. Patrick standout Collin Lay very long to realize the differences between high school and college baseball.
It became noticeable the first time Lay took the mound as a member of the Grand Rapids Community College baseball team.

Hope rewind: Flying Dutchmen golf wins at Quail Ridge

April 8, 2014; The Holland Sentinel

Holland, Mich. — The Hope men’s golf team took first at the five-team Furniture City Classic at Quail Ridge on Tuesday. Hope’s Ben Lanting led the way to finish first after shooting a 69. Evan Telzerow and Winton Munch finished tied for fourth with 75s.
The Flying Dutchmen shot 295 as a team. Grand Rapids Community College was second (302), Calvin College was third (317) and Aquinas (336) and Davenport (350) rounded out the field.