GRCC In the News, 3-11-14

GRCC hosting spring job fair

March 11, 2014; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) — Grand Rapids Community College is hosting its spring job fair today.

NPR Special Correspondent to speak on the conversation of race

March 10, 2014; therapidian.org

On March 12, Special Correspondent for NPR and journalist Michele Norris will be speaking at Fountain Street Church for Grand Rapids Community College’s Diversity Lecture Series.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

March 11, 2014; cadillacnews.com

… Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Amanda Steig (Reed City H.S.) has eight hits and eight RBIs in 25 at-bats so far this spring for the Raiders’ softball team.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Women’s basketball season ends with loss in district tourney

March 10, 2014; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team’s season came to an end last week.

The Jayhawks (16-12) lost a 63-61 heartbreaker to Grand Rapids Community College in the quarterfinals of the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 12 District G Tournament on March 3.

GRCC In the News, 3-4-14

GRCC’s BPA team brings back eight 1st-place awards from state competition

March 3, 2014; News International

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Community College students recently took first place in eight categories at the state Business Professionals of America competition.

LaughFest FUNderwear 5K offers ‘brief’ jog through Grand Rapids

March 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — It’s as close to streaking as you can legally get unless the weather inspires you to wear your underwear over warmer clothes during LaughFest’s FUNderwear run Sunday, March 9.

The race starts at 10 a.m. at the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 111 Lyon St. NE; on-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Runners can also pre-register for $30 online at laughfestgr.org. Registration includes an official T-shirt while supplies last.

Fountain Street Church holds Mardi Gras fundraising event

March 4, 2014; WZZM

Grand Rapids (WZZM) – If a trip to New Orleans is not in the picture this Mardi Gras do not to worry. Fountain Street Church is bringing a taste of Bourbon Street to Grand Rapids.

… “Why would people not from Fountain Street church want to come? There are several reasons. One of which is this is a venue for not just church but for the GRCC Diversity Learning Center lectures, the Hauenstein center for other groups like LaughFest so we want to invite the community to help support not just the church but the work we do for the larger community,” said Fred Wooden, senior minister for the church.

Muskegon Community College sports recap: Wrestling earns top-10 finish at NJCAA National Championships

March 3, 2014; MLive

… WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: The Jayhawks (16-11) won a pair of games last week. MCC defeated JCC, 86-52, on Feb. 26. MCC led 43-21 at halftime and increased its lead in the second half. Krystal Geers led MCC with 20 points and 16 rebounds, and Abby Rodriguez added 17 points and eight steals.

… The Jayhawks host Grand Rapids Community College Tuesday in the opening round of the Region XII Tournament.

… SOFTBALL: The Jayhawks (0-5) lost all five games they played at the NFCA Lead Off Classic. MCC opened the tournament with a 12-1 loss to No. 9 Wallace-Hanceville on Feb. 28.

… The Jayhawks aren’t scheduled to play again until they travel to take on Grand Rapids CC on March 21.

Local athletes compete at collegiate level

March 4, 2014; cadillacnews.com

… Grand Rapids Community College sophomore Amanda Steig (Reed City H.S.) was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the Raiders’ season-opening softball win over Davenport University’s JV, 16-5, on Friday in Clermont, Fla.

GRCC In the News, 3-3-14

More than 50 businesses participating in GRCC job fair

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A Grand Rapids Community College job fair on March 11 will feature 59 employers representing industries ranging from manufacturing to health care and government.

GRCC hosting annual Latino Youth Conference ; more than 1,000 eighth-graders expected to attend

March 1, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will host its annual Latino Youth Conference on Tuesday, an event that features workshops in leadership, education, self-esteem and career preparation.

Delta part of auto training articulation agreement

March 2, 2014; Midland Daily News

Five Michigan community colleges, including Delta College, have joined together to create a pilot program that will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among the schools with no loss of credits or repetition of course work as they pursue their certifications and degrees.

The Automotive Technology Articulation Agreement will allow students in automotive technology programs to transfer among Delta College, Grand Rapids Community College, Lansing Community College, Montcalm Community College and Mott Community College. Automotive technology programs were chosen for the pilot because they already adhere to nationally recognized automotive technician training standards.

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Passionate and poised with Grand Rapids Symphony

March 2, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Dee Dee Bridgewater, who starred in the Broadway show, “The Wiz,” as Glinda the Good Witch, got to sing one of the musical’s showstoppers, “If You Believe.”

… Duane Davis, retired director of vocal music at Grand Rapids Community College, organizer of the Grand Rapids Community Chorus, led the 68 voices and orchestra in his arrangements of a couple of old-school gospel tunes, including a powerful version of James Cleveland’s “Let Him in Today.”

Shirley Daniels, 88, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a community leader

Feb. 28, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Shirley Daniels, a tenacious, elegant and community-minded pioneer, worked her way up from serving salads to serving as a leader on boards and institutions. Daniels died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at the age of 88.

… While there, she began attending Grand Rapids Junior College at night. She wrote her first assignments on paper bags, so her GM co-workers presented her with a new typewriter.

LaughFest 2014: Clean laughs, dirty words, sunglasses in the dark, underwear outdoors

March 3, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Gilda Radner, battling ovarian cancer, lost her funny for a while only to find it again.

… Days before LaughFest opens, tickets no longer are available for 29 events including Gaffigan’s show in Grand Rapids Community College’s Ford Fieldhouse on March 7.

Sharks sweep Panthers

March 3, 2014; Highlands Today (Sebring, Fla.)

AVON PARK – Just when South Florida State thought it was safe to go back in the water, the Miami Dade College Sharks came swimming into town.

… The Panthers host Grand Rapids Community College Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. SFSC opens conference play on March 20, when St. Petersburg College comes to Panther Field.

No. 2 UWF continues its roll

March 2, 2014; Pensacola News Journal (Fla.)

Both starting pitchers delivered strong performances as the No. 2 University of West Florida baseball team won a doubleheader Saturday against Christian Brothers in Memphis, Tenn.

… The Pirates beat Grand Rapids Community College 16-3 in the first game, then beat Kalamazoo Valley Community College 6-3 in the second game.

TCC Baseball Completes Sweep of Chatt Valley

March 2, 2014; WCTV

Tallahassee – A passed ball in the bottom of the eighth inning allowed Quincy Nieporte to race home from third with what proved to be the winning run and help NJCAA No. 16/FCSAA No. 4 Tallahassee Community College complete an improbable comeback in a 12-11 win over NJCAA No. 5 Chattahoochee Valley (Ala.) Community College on Sunday afternoon at Eagle Field.

… Now 17-5, the Eagles will host Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College for a four-game series. The teams will play doubleheaders on Monday and Tuesday. The action begins at 3:30 p.m. both days.

Lady Cougars Participate in Hunger Games Food Drive

Feb. 28, 2014; comvoicesonline.com

KALAMAZOO (MICH.)-The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Lady Cougars basketball team did its part to fight hunger in the Kalamazoo community. The team participated in the Michigan Community College Athletic Associations First Annual MCCAA Hunger Games, aiding food banks in the 19 communities of MCCAA schools.

… Kalamazoo Valley’s Hunger Game collection date was held on Jan. 29 during the home game against Grand Rapids Community College. Donations were given to Kalamazoo’s Loaves and Fishes food bank. “Our basketball team collected enough food to fill a grocery cart and then some, and there was also at least $40 in monetary donation given as well,” said Maureen Brown, Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.

GRCC In the News, 1-3-14

South Sudan’s warring factions meet in Ethiopia

Jan. 3, 2014; The Washington Post

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — South Sudan’s warring factions held preliminary meetings Friday ahead of the official start of negotiations in neighboring Ethiopia, mediators said.

… “It’s hard to get medical (treatment) now,” said (Phillip) Madol, who studied at Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan. “All this place is way dirty. All the children are getting dirtier and sick. It’s kind of hard to tell how people survived and made it through to this side of the river.”

Cesar E. Chavez scholarships making a difference in the lives of GRCC, Davenport students

Dec. 31, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Davenport University sophomore Belinda Reyes says she is grateful to be one of the recipients of a César E. Chávez scholarship because it is making a difference in her life and that of her children.

Reyes, 44, of Holland, was recognized this fall at the annual César E. Chávez Hispanic Excellence Scholarship and Awards Gala, along with another Davenport scholarship winner, Angela Garcia, and six Grand Rapids Community College scholarship recipients.

TC West to host annual winter softball clinic

Jan. 2, 2014; upnorthlive.com

TRAVERSE CITY — Softball and the snow usually don’t go together. Unless you’re referring to a near 20 year tradition involving Grand Rapids Community College and several local high schools.

GRCC In the News, 9-23-13

Major league trio helps Cornerstone University dedicate new baseball facility

Sept. 21, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS — Aaron Taylor stepped into the batting cage Saturday ready to take a few swings.

… Saturday’s festivities opened with Cornerstone University’s varsity softball team taking on Grand Rapids Community College in an exhibition. After that, the Golden Eagles’ men’s soccer team took on Concordia.

GRCC In the News, 9-19-13

Michigan colleges using grants to boost job training

Sept. 19, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Lansing — Colleges and universities across Michigan are sharing more than $26 million in federal funds to expand and develop job training programs.

… Other schools receiving money are in Escanaba, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor, Lansing and Livonia.

ArtPrize 2013 Showcase Venue review: Women’s City Club hosts worthwhile collection, nods toward history

Sept. 18, 2013; MLive

Welcoming 52 artists in this incarnation of ArtPrize are the gracious hosts of the Women’s City Club. Unlike most of the large-scale institutional venues, this location brings visitors into a most charming domestic-scale venue that allows us to ponder the joys of living with art. Again, the iconic Fred Bivens and his team have worked diligently to bring in artists from around the region and across the country. Impressive is the manner in which his selections of contemporary works compliment and frequently are in conversation with the historic structure, and its collection of art and antiques.

(Article mentions entries by GRCC instructor Dianne Carroll Burdick and alumnus Kevin O’Rourke.)

Cornerstone University Celebrates Grand Opening of De Witt Baseball Field and Central Hall

Sept. 18, 2013; The Midland Daily News

Cornerstone University will spend a day celebrating its newest facility on Sept. 21 with an all-day, outdoor festival called Heading Home that includes a dedication service.

… Events begin with an 11 a.m. varsity softball game against Grand Rapids Community College followed by public batting practice, a mens soccer game, tours of Central Hall, inflatable games and a dedication ceremony at 4:30 p.m. in the concourse.

New Blood, New Bounty

9/18/13 The Lanthorn (GVSU)

Sophomore Kaleigh Lound’s first breakout game could not have come at a better time. The Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team was more than 1,000 miles away from home without one of its best players and staring down No. 6 Washburn University when Lound put on a display of athleticism that carried GVSU to a remarkable upset at the Oredigger Classic in Golden, Colo.

… The Lakers not only found a new offensive weapon inside, but also discovered the emergence of a reliable setter who transferred from Grand Rapids Community College.

Junior Kaitlyn Wolters was outstanding in each of the four games in Colorado, racking up 182 assists to go with 48 digs, 16 kills, six blocks and three service aces. Wolters not only earned a spot on the All-Tournament team, but was also tabbed as the GLIAC North Division Player of the Week.

GRCC In the News, 8-1-13

Heritage Theatre Group presents David Mamet’s ‘American Buffalo’

July 31, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — On Aug. 1, The Heritage Theatre Group will light up the stage with practical lighting fixtures for David Mamet’s “American Buffalo.” Come sit in the junk shop with Don, Teach, and Bobby as they plan a heist to steal a customer’s valuable coin collection.

… This premiere will be at Grand Rapids Community College’s Spectrum Theater at 160 Fountain St. and will not be a typical black box production. The audience is encouraged to sit in and around the junk shop with the characters, creating a feel of a theatre in the round.

Kupres takes part in state All-Star game

July 31, 2013; The Commercial Record (Allegan County)

EAST LANSING — There were no awards handed out for loudest cheering section at the Michigan Softball Coaches Association Division 4 All-Star game.

… “I’ve always known about this game and heard some stories, but I never really thought I would get a chance to play in it. I was super excited to be playing alongside some of the best players from Division 4.” (Nikki) Kupres, a catcher who is slated to play for Grand Rapids Community College next season, didn’t start the game. But she did play more than half of the contest, catching the final four innings of the seven-inning affair.

GRCC In the News, 7-29-13

MICHIGAN BRIEFS: Spartan Stores ready to swallow a major deal meal

July 28, 2013; Crain’s Detroit Business

… The Chronicle of Higher Education says the following higher education institutions in Michigan are among the 97 nationwide that are great places to work: Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Rapids-based Davenport University, Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Siena Heights University in Adrian and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Fruit and flames: Grilling brings out smoky sweetness in seasonal bounty

July 28, 2013; pressofatlanticcity.com

Hunks of juicy meat aren’t the only things you can throw on the barbecue this time of year, think about putting some grill marks on peaches, cantaloupe, nectarines and even grapes.

… Jonathon Perkins, executive chef for Erna’s Elderberry House in Oakhurst, Calif., says the hot coals or gas grill caramelize the sugars in the fruit, creating a smoky sweetness.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but Jonathon Perkins is a GRCC alumnus.)

New menu at Elderberry House

July 29, 2013; CBS 47

Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant in Oakhurst is known worldwide by people visiting Yosemite, but they want to invite locals to try their amazing food, too. The new bar bites menu & locals menu are more casual, and for $44 on Tuesdays, you can get a 3-course dinner.

Finalists compete in Grand Cocktail 2013

July 29, 2013; WZZM

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich. (WZZM)- Local mixologists and bartenders will compete in a live presentation and judging to win the distinction of the Grand Cocktail.

The competition is part of the upcoming Restaurant Week GR which runs August 14th-24th. Monday’s judging will happen at the Heritage Restaurant at GRCC in Grand Rapids.

Area roundup: District 9 Big League softball team sweeps two Central Region games

July 27, 2013; MLive

After a last-second comeback bid Friday night fell short, the District 9 Big League softball team took out its frustrations on two opponents Saturday.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but the team includes GRCC students Megan Lee and Chelsea Zylstra.)

District 9 Big League softball team sees World Series streak come to end

July 28, 2013; MLive

The Big League Softball World Series has a new location this year, and for the first time since 2000 the Central Region will have a new representative.

GRCC In the News, 7-17-13

GRCC to train new workers at two Holland businesses

July 16, 2013; MLive

HOLLAND, MI — Two Holland businesses will get help training new workers from Grand Rapids Community College.

Work in Progress: Low-wage jobs do not have to be dead-end employment as Wesco shows

July 17, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — When Kristina Broughton landed a job as a retail clerk at the Spring Lake Wesco in 2010, the recent high school graduate was thrilled to go to work for relatively low wages.

… “I was facing some big tuition and some big bills to be paid,” Broughton said of a college career that began at Grand Rapids and Muskegon community colleges before finishing her degree at GVSU where she expects to graduate after the 2014 fall semester.

GRCC merges printing operation ‘like a business’

July 16, 2013; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Two West Michigan educational institutions are collaborating to reduce costs and increase efficiency.

Grand Rapids Community College and Kent Intermediate School District have announced a consolidation of printing service operations.

Much Of Lower Michigan Dealing With High Temps

July 16, 2013; Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories for much of Lower Michigan as high temperatures from the eastern U.S. make their way west.

… The Education Achievement Authority has canceled classes at its 15 schools in Detroit through the remainder of the week. And Grand Rapids Community College said Tuesday that it closed its Ford Fieldhouse through Wednesday because of the heat.

High temperatures prompt temporary closure of GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse

July 16, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College has temporarily closed Ford Fieldhouse because of high temperatures and no air conditioning to cool the space.

Ford Fieldhouse Closed Due To Heat Advisory

July 16, 2013; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS,Mich. — GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse will be closed effective immediately through Wednesday July 17 due to the current heat advisory according to the GRCC Ford Fieldhouse facebook page.

GVSU signs reverse transfer agreement with Glen Oaks Community College

July 15, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Allendale — Grand Valley State University signed a reverse transfer agreement July 11 with Glen Oaks Community College in Centreville.

… Grand Valley has 18 reverse transfer agreements with community colleges across the state, including Grand Rapids, Alpena, Mid-Michigan, Muskegon, West Shore, Southwestern Michigan, Montcalm, Mott, Lansing, Macomb, Wayne County District, Northwestern Michigan, Jackson, Washtenaw, Lake Michigan, North Central Michigan and Kellogg community colleges.

The Bard is Back!

July 16, 2013; therapidian.org

It’s been 4 years since The Heritage Theatre Group put on a Shakespeare play. This summer, that’s changing – completely. Heritage’s summer 2013 season opened Thursday, July 11 with The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), written by Adam Long, Jess Winfield and Daniel Singer. Performances continue on the 18th, 19th, and 20th.

This production of their hilarious mashup of all the Bard’s plays features local actors Adam Hyde, Alex Kempsell, and Matt McKay, with direction by Walt Riegler. The show is running at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater (160 Fountain St NE); each performance starts at 8 pm. Tickets ($20 for adults, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students) can be purchased in advance at www.heritagetheatregr.org/tickets or in person at the theater startingat 7 pm on show dates.

District 9 Big League Softball advances to region tourney with shutout win over Mattawan-based District 15

July 16, 2013; MLive

MATTAWAN, MI — Michigan District 9 advances to the Big League softball Central Region tournament with its 5-0 victory over District 15 on Tuesday.

(Article doesn’t mention it, but GRCC students Megan Lee and Chelsea Zylstra play on the team.)

GRCC In the News, 7-15-13

Restaurant Week 2013 reveals specialized menu items for 3-course meals

July 15, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Restaurant Week, Aug. 14-24, will include more than 65 restaurants 16 for the first time. Special menu items from each of the participating restaurants were released this morning. See the complete list at restaurantweekgr.com.

… A dollar from each Restaurant Week meal sold during the event will be donated by the restaurants to a student scholarship fund at Secchia Institute for Culinary Education. Since 2010, Restaurant Week Grand Rapids has donated nearly $60,000 to the scholarships.

Beach Bites offers snacks – and education

July 14, 2013; The Herald-Palladium (Benton Harbor, Mich.)

BENTON HARBOR – Beach goers at Jean Klock Park in Benton Harbor can now buy hot dogs, hamburgers and other snacks at Beach Bites, opened July 1 by Kinexus in Benton Harbor.

… He’s (Ontaygo Johnson) already earned his associate’s degree in business administration from Grand Rapids Community College.

District 9 Big League Softball team has longer road to World Series

July 14, 2013; MLive

For the past several years, Michigan District 9 has had an easier road to reach a World Series because Pinery Park played host to the Central Region Big League baseball and softball tournaments.

… In addition to Murphey, the roster consists of Danielle Freeman (Hudsonville), Morgan Groom (Lowell), Autumn Anderson, Sam Merren, Sierra Mutschler and Mallory Teunissen (Wayland), Brittany McClain (Hopkins), Nikoma Holmen and Schyler Selander (Grandville), Jazmine Hamm and Hailey Houck (Byron Center), Teagan Shomin (Northview), Jessi Ramos (Rockford), Megan Lee (Byron Center/GRCC), Chelsea Zylstra (South Christian/GRCC), and Evie Lorimer (Spring Lake/Central Michigan).

Composting at GRCC

July 12, 2013; West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

GRCC In the News, 6-21-13

GRCC to invest $315,000 for improvements to Belknap Park athletic fields

June 20, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Belknap Park’s baseball and softball field are set to be spruced up, thanks to a $315,000 investment from Grand Rapids Community College.

Green Wagon Farm grows goodness together

June 20, 2013; therapidian.org

For farmer Chad Anderson, the desire to be a farmer started in 2007, by planting a garden in Uganda.

… Green Wagon Farm plans to keep sharing their knowledge and passion for growing. Heather Anderson, now enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at Grand Rapids Community College, hopes to use her passion for cooking to teach others in the community.

Seniors cap high school careers with John Bos softball games

June 20, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Wayland senior Nina DiCesare competed in her final high school softball game Thursday when she took part in the annual John Bos All-Star Games at Gainey Athletic Complex.

… (Kaitlin) Klompstra didn’t play on the varsity softball team until her junior year, and it wasn’t until last summer when she started thinking about playing college softball. She will play at Grand Rapids Community College next year.

GRCC In the News, 6-6-13

High school graduates or young adults: Employment workshop could help you land a job

June 5, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Is your high school graduate in the process of looking for a job? An upcoming four-day youth employment workshop can help them tweak their resume, fill-out job applications and practice for job interviews.

… Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, Grand Rapids Community College, Upward Bound, Kent Intermediate School District (KISD), Kris Mathis Enterprise and Express Employment are hosting the event, which will be held June 10-13 at various locations.

Graduation 2013: Wavecrest Career Academy

June 5, 2013; The Holland Sentinel

Holland — Overheard: What’s your favorite high school memory?

… Top grads: Nathan Weenum was awarded the Staff Scholarship and Principal’s Award, Jasmine Torres was awarded the Community Scholarship, and Nathan Minnema and Jake VanSuilichem were honored for earning college credits at Grand Rapids Community College.

Record-setting season comes to end for Saugatuck softball squad

June 5, 2013; The Commercial Record (Allegan County)

A record-setting season came to an end for the Saugatuck softball team on Saturday, June 1.

… Perez-Pala ended her career on a personal high note, collecting two of the Indians three hits. (Nikki) Kupres, who will continue her softball career at Grand Rapids Community College next season, had the other.

GRCC In the News, 5-16-13

GRCC’s $700,000 job training grant targets low-income, displaced workers

May 15, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Job training programs at Grand Rapids Community College will get a boost thanks to a $700,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

GRCC accepting applications for vacant board position

May 14, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College is accepting applications for an opening on its seven-member board of trustees.

Queen Anne gem on 2013 Heritage Hill Tour of Homes was ‘adopted, not purchased,’ say proud new owners

May 16, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Marie Koster sums up their relationship with the elegant home they are opening up for this weekend’s Heritage Hill Tour of Homes like this:

“It was an adoption, not a purchase,” says Koster of the 122-year-old Queen Anne style home her family moved into last July.

… On the weekend of the tour, tickets are $20 and available only at the Grand Rapids Community College DeVos Campus, 435 E. Fulton Street.

Kalamazoo Valley CC softball falls into early hole, can’t climb out in national tourney-opening loss

May 15, 2013; MLive

Kalamazoo Valley Community College softball players and coaches have had their backs against the wall at different moments this season, and each time the Cougars have responded well.

… “Our backs are against the wall, but they’ve been there a lot this season. Every time our backs have been against the wall, we’ve come back and fight and played hard and played Cougar softball,” KVCC coach Mike Clark said.

“When Grand Rapids beat us, we went on a run. When we lost in the state tournament, we went on a run. We’ve just got to win our first game tomorrow and go from there. I expect to win that game tomorrow, not just hoping to.”

Catch up on GRCC sports action

Baseball has qualified for the NJCAA DII World Series in Enid, OK after winning their second straight Region XII Championship.

Read more here: http://grccraiders.com/news/2013/5/12/BB_0512132351.aspx

World Series Bracket Released. GRCC to face Scottsdale CC

Read more here: http://grccraiders.com/news/2013/5/15/BB_0515134554.aspx

Softball season comes to an end after Region XII Tournament Losses

Read more here: http://grccraiders.com/news/2013/5/11/SB_0511134256.aspx

Softball team earns numerous post-season awards.

Read more here: http://grccraiders.com/news/2013/5/15/SB_0515130026.aspx

GRCC Golfer Korey Roberts to Represent GRCC at National Tournament

Read more here: http://grccraiders.com/news/2013/5/15/MGOLF_0515133830.aspx

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GRCC In the News, 5-13-13

Departing GRCC board member Terri Handlin reflects on GRCC’s growth, mission

May 10, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – When Terri Handlin was first elected to the Grand Rapids Community College Board of Trustees in 1991, both the college’s student body and its campus were a fraction of its current size.

Mother’s irreplaceable keepsakes destroyed in Grand Rapids fire

May 11, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — As fire spread through her Southeast Side apartment, Kylie Sylvester understood that she and her 2-year-old son, Alexander, would loss possessions that could be easily replaced.

… Sylvester, who is a student at Grand Rapids Community College, said this is the second time that fire has left her out of a home. Seven years ago, when Sylvester used to live in Arizona, an electrical fire started from inside the walls in the apartment she was living in at the time.

GRIL U participants teens graduate from college

May 10, 2013; therapidian.org

In a time where many of our urban teens are known to drop out of high school, GRIL (Grand Rapids Initiative for Leaders) is proud to announce the college graduations of three of our GRIL U teen leadership program graduates!

… Terrill Charleston graduated from GRCC with an Associate’s degree in Business Education. Charleston plans to work towards his Bachelor’s at Davenport University in the fall. Charleston graduated from the GRIL U program in 2008 through Jubilee Jobs, Inc.

Fracking comes to West Michigan

May 10, 2013; therapidian.org

Perhaps you’ve seen them: billboards that aim to educate the public about horizontal hydraulic fracturing or fracking, a relatively new process of oil and gas extraction from deep shale layers.

(Article is by Maryann Lesert, of GRCC’s English Department.)

West MI Fractivist Sarah Barker sings for a silent spring

May 10, 2013; therapidian.org

Sarah Barker, who performs as Sairuhnade, wrote the song “Silent Spring” in honor of Rachel Carson’s book by the same title, the book often referred to as marking the start of the modern environmental movement, and one that Barker read in an EcoLit and Activism class at GRCC.

(Article is by Austin Stadler, a student in GRCC’s Writing for Publication class.)

West MI Fractivist: Jeff Smith and the ‘People’s EPA’ indict the oil & gas industry

May 10, 2013; therapidian.org

With a welcoming smile and laid back attitude its difficult to imagine that a few short months ago Jeff Smith, founder of Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy (GRIID), was in jail for occupying the downtown office of Wolverine Oil and Gas.

(Article is by Tiffany Szakal, a student in GRCC’s Writing for Publication class.)

West MI Fractivist Nicole Berens-Capizzi puts compassion and action up against injustices

May 10, 2013; therapidian.org

Try to imagine living your life without cash. The work you put forth helping other people is paid for in goods or services you need. If you have an extra microwave oven and need a blender, you simply swap items with a member of your community, and neither item goes to waste. This is part of what a Grand Rapids-based organization, Mutual Aid GR is trying to achieve. In addition to their Barter Board, Mutual Aid also assists in planting community gardens and focuses on direct action to help citizens of Grand Rapids who are in need.

(Article is by Martin Simons, a student in GRCC’s Writing for Publication class.)

West MI Fractivist Steve Losher: “We’ve got every right to be here!”

May 10, 2013; therapidian.org

The past year was an exciting one for Steve Losher, president of Michigan Land Air Water Defense (MLAWD), and he has no plans of slowing down in 2013. Carpenter by trade, Losher is finally putting his 25 years of pent up environmental angst to work. Losher has recognized, researched and taken a stand against hydraulic fracking as a founding member of MLAWD, a non-profit organization composed of citizens from all types of backgrounds, in the hopes that people become involved and educated on the dangers of fracking.

(Article is by Noel Fleming, a student in GRCC’s Writing for Publication class.)

Dow grad Allen finishes collegiate baseball career on high note

May 10, 2013; Midland Daily News

Midland’s Michael Allen certainly ended his college playing days on a high note.

… After graduating from Dow High, Allen attended Saginaw Valley State University, then transferred to Grand Rapids Community College, where he played under head coach Mike Cupples, a former minor league catcher in the Oakland Athletics system during the mid-1980s.

Undrafted linebacker getting close look by Bengals

May 12, 2013; Lancaster Eagle Gazette

CINCINNATI — When trying to assess if an undrafted rookie will make the Bengals 53-man roster in September, the first place to look would be linebacker. Of the six linebackers who were on the roster when last season ended, four were undrafted players including Vontaze Burfict and Emmanuel Lamur.

… (Nick) Truesdell, a former Anderson High standout, has not played since 2011 at Grand Rapids Community College after he tore his ACL. Before that he played briefly at UC in 2008, lasting eight games before being kicked off the team due to some legal incidents.

Baseball season ends with regional loss for Muskegon Community College

May 11, 2013; MLive

MUSKEGON, MI — The baseball season came to an end for the Muskegon Community College baseball team.

The Jayhawks finished 34-15 after dropping a 6-3 decision to Grand Rapids Community College in a losers bracket game Friday in the regional tournament in Battle Creek.

Delta College’s stunning tournament roll halted one win shy of World Series

May 11, 2013; MLive

BATTLE CREEK — Delta College delivered a magical run.

But the Pioneers couldn’t complete the fairy-tale finish.

After knocking off the top three seeds to reach the championship game of the NJCAA Regional baseball tournament, the underdog Pioneers ran out of magic one win from the World Series. Grand Rapids Community College came out of the losers bracket to score 8-3 and 3-0 victories Saturday to make Delta’s dreams disappear.

KVCC softball team advances to NJCAA national tournament for first time since 2006 with 8-1 win over Owens CC

May 10, 2013; MLive

Kalamazoo Valley Community College softball coach Mike Clark said he had a feeling this could be a special season for the Cougars softball team on the first day of practice.

… Clark said a pair of losses to Grand Rapids Community College on April 9 seemed to change the tide for his team this season.

Kellogg CC baseball ousted from regional

May 10, 2013; The Battle Creek Enquirer

Kellogg Community College saw their season end with two tough losses on Friday in the NJCAA Division II Region XII Tournament.

The Bruins lost a 5-3 heartbreaker to Delta College in the semifinals early on Friday afternoon and were bounced from the double-elimination tournament by Grand Rapids Community College with an 8-4 loss on Friday night.

Delta baseball one win away from World Series

May 11, 2013; Midland Daily News

BATTLE CREEK– In just its second season as a varsity program, coach Dan Smith’s Delta College baseball team is now one win away from the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II World Series.

The Pioneers, the No. 8 seed in the eight-team double-elimination regional, will play in today’s noon championship game at C.O. Brown Stadium against either Grand Rapids Community College or Kellogg Community College. If Delta loses, there will be a second championship game at 4 p.m.