Posted tagged ‘basketball’

GRCC In the News, 3-22-18

March 22, 2018

Witnesses say mutual fight led to man’s death; mother in doubt

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — After almost a year of investigation, police and prosecutors found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in the April 2017 death of a 25-year-old Grand Rapids man.

… (Julius Melvin) Vinson’s family described the 25-year-old as a “jokester” who was well-loved by his family and others. He studied business at Grand Rapids Community College, and wanted to be a real estate agent.

Grand Rapids Community College raises tuition $1

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College students will see their tuition increase by $1 this fall – the lowest hike in nearly two decades, officials say.

‘He’s a fighter’ 2-year-old diagnosed with rare Vanishing Bone disease

March 21, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — An Ottawa County boy is battling a disease so rare, less than 300 cases have been reported in the entire world.

… Antonio (Aguillon) has been at the hospital nonstop, getting a lot of help from friends and family.  A coworker of his at Grand Rapids Community College started a GoFundMe page to help with the family’s medical expenses.

Collegiate Men’s Basketball: SUNY Ulster eliminated from national tourney with loss to Grand Rapids

March 21, 2018; Daily Freeman (Kingston, N.Y.)

DANVILLE, ILL. — SUNY Ulster was eliminated from the NJCAA Division 2 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday as Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan) held off the Senators 98-88.

Battle Creek’s Best Bracket – Today’s Boys Elite Eight Region

March 21, 2018; Battle Creek Enquirer

So your bracket is busted and you don’t have any reason to pay attention to March Madness any longer. Well, you are in luck.

… No. 3 Jeremiah Davis vs. No. 6: Khylen Watkins

No. 3: Jeremiah Davis Harper Creek Class of 2017: As a senior, Davis led Harper Creek in scoring with 18.9 points, 3.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds a contest in his final year on a 15-9 team. He finished his career as a two-time All-City player and an honorable mention All-State selection. Davis played his freshman year at Grand Rapids Community College.

UIX: Offstage engineering makes a big difference in local music

March 22, 2018;

Making music takes talent. Making a record takes commitment. But making it all sound good, takes experience.

… A sound engineer of 25 years, and currently Associate Professor of Recording Technology at Grand Rapids Community College, (Tim) Heldt was working with cutting edge equipment that few outside of his profession could afford, or understand.

Southwest Michigan slates 2018 Chávez awards dinner

March 21, 2018; La Prensa

KALAMAZOO: Southwest Michigan will celebrate the life and work of civil rights leader César E. Chávez on Saturday, March 24, 2018 during an annual scholarship fundraising dinner that includes the presentation of regional awards and scholarships.

… He (Juan Olivarez) served as the seventh president of Aquinas College from 2011 to 2017 and eighth president of Grand Rapids Community College from 1999 to 2008. In addition, he was a GRCC dean for 20 years; president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation for three years; and a teacher, school psychologist and administrator with the Grand Rapids Public Schools system for many years.

Kent County considers early childhood tax for November ballot

March 21, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Early childhood education advocates in Kent County are once again working to place a county tax millage request on the ballot.

… There are also additional millages levied by the Kent Intermediate School District, Grand Rapids Community College, Kent District Library and the Inter Urban Transit Partnership — better known as The Rapid — and by local school districts and local units of government.

GRCC In the News, 3-21-18

March 21, 2018

GRCC’s tuition increase is the lowest in nearly 20 years

March 20, 2018; WZZM

Grand Rapids Community College trustees approved the lowest tuition increase in nearly two decades. For the 2018-2019 school year, there will be a 0.88 percent increase.

Ferris State tops Barry, moves to DII Final 4

March 20, 2018; WOOD TV

The Ferris State men’s basketball team is in the NCAA Division II Final Four.

… In other college action, Grand Rapids Community College fell to Danville in the National Junior College round of Sweet 16. GRCC lost to Danville 78-70.

Invitan a participar en Segunda Ceremonia Anual para Latinos Graduados de Colegios (Invitation to participate in second annual ceremony for Latino graduates)

March 20, 2018; La Prensa

LANSING, MI: La Comisión Hispana de Michigan (HLCOM, por sus siglas en inglés) invita a todos los estudiantes latinos de Michigan a participar en la Segunda Ceremonia Anual para Latinos Graduados de Colegios que se llevará a cabo el próximo 6 de abril [2018] de 6:00 a 9:00pm, en Lansing Center, número 333 avenida E Michigan, de esta ciudad. Estudiantes interesados en participar, favor de registrarse a más tardar el 31 de marzo en el siguiente link:

… Entre los registrados se encuentran graduados de licenciaturas y maestrías de las siguientes escuelas: Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Lake Michigan College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Siena  Heights University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University y Western Michigan University.

(LANSING, MI: The Hispanic Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) invites all Latino students in Michigan to participate in the Second Annual Graduate Ceremony for Colleges that will be held on April 6 [2018] ] from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., at Lansing Center, 333 E Michigan Ave., of this city. Students interested in participating, please register by March 31 at the following link:

… Among those registered are graduates of bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the following schools: Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Lake Michigan College, Michigan State University, Mott Community College, Palmer College of Chiropractic, Siena Heights University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.)

Surprise proposal for former heroin user

March 20, 2018; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Kelly Galbraith thought marriage just wasn’t in the cards for her. She was wrong.

… Brandon Gerth had enlisted the station’s help to surprise Galbraith, a student at GRCC and peer support specialist at a rehab facility.

GRCC In the News, 3-20-18

March 20, 2018

Brothers coaching biggest games of their careers on same day

March 19, 2018; MLive

Andy and Luke Bronkema, brothers and college basketball head coaches who talk nearly every day, will really have something to discuss late night Tuesday.

… Luke Bronkema will lead Grand Rapids Community College in the opener of the NJCAA Division II National Tournament at 7:30 p.m. in Danville, Ill., against host Danville Area Community College.

Live from the League, Day 2

March 20, 2018; Inside Higher Ed

The cheerleaders were gone on Monday, leaving a noticeable void in their wake. But the show must go on.

… Kathy Mullins, the development director at Grand Rapids Community College, did a talk on the use of scholarships to improve student success. I went in thinking that it would be about front-loading scholarship offers in a student career, to use them for recruitment, but it wasn’t. Instead, she focused on Sara Goldrick-Rab’s data on student food and housing insecurity, and the ways that carefully re-targeted scholarship aid allowed students with complicated lives to remain in, and complete, their programs.  I was happy to have been wrong.

(From the Confessions of a Community College Dean blog.)

Honoring the legacy of César Chávez

March 19, 2018;

The legacy of César Chávez was honored Thursday, March 15, 2018 as residents and community leaders gathered at the Cook Library Center, 1100 Grandville Ave SW and marched to Potter House Chapel for a community gathering for the 18th annual César E. Chávez Social Justice March & Community Gathering.

… Daniel Carachero, a freshman at Davenport University; Kevin Curiel-Vazquez, a junior at Western Michigan University, and Grand Valley State University senior Juan Mascorro-Guerrero walked in unity with community leaders.

(Although this article doesn’t mention it, Kevin Curiel-Vazquez and Juan Mascorro-Guerroro are GRCC alumni.)

GRCC In the News, 3-19-18

March 19, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College rides momentum into national tournament

March 17, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — The Grand Rapid Community College men’s basketball team heads to the NJCAA national tournament winners of 8 of their last 9 including 2 wins over Ancilla college which has been ranked 1 or 2 in the country all season.

Change Ups: Jones receives honorary doctorate for improving cancer treatment

March 16, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal


… Grand Rapids Community College and Spectrum Health honored the first students who received need-based Spectrum Health Care Professionals Education Scholarships. The 96 students are sophomores in GRCC’s Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Radiologic Technology programs. Scholarships ranged from $3,000-$4,000 with almost $350,000 awarded for 2017-18. Students in the Medical Assisting program will be eligible for the 2018-19 scholarships.

Carlos Sánchez lanza candidatura de GRCC

March 18, 2018; El Vocero

GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN (EVH) .- Carlos Sánchez, director del Centro de Negocios y Desarrollo Económico Latino de Ferris State University, anunció su candidatura al consejo de administración de Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).

(GRAND RAPIDS MICHIGAN (EVH) .- Carlos Sanchez, director of the Center for Business and Latin Economic Development at Ferris State University, announced his candidacy to the board of directors of Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC).)

Arts briefs 3/19/18

March 19, 2018; The Lanthorn (GVSU student newspaper)

… GRCC to present the play ‘Dead Man’s Cell Phone’

From Thursday, March 29, to Saturday, March 31, Grand Rapids Community College will be presenting the play “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” by Sarah Ruhl. Ruhl, who is a MacArthur Fellow and Pulitzer Prize finalist, set the comedy in a quiet cafe, where a constantly ringing cell phone forces a woman to confront her assumptions about mortality, redemption and technology.

Medical marijuana clinic rolls with changes

March 16, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

With the possibility of Michiganders voting on marijuana legalization in November, a Grand Rapids-based clinic is keeping an eye on legislation that could affect its bottom line.

… (Paul) Farage and (Tony) Holmes knew each other from attending Grand Rapids Community College then Grand Rapids Junior College. They had stayed in touch off and on over the years, Farage living in Hawaii and California and Holmes in Chicago.

Poet David Cope to hold reading at Kentwood library

March 16, 2018; MLive

David Cope, former poet laureate of Grand Rapids, will read from his latest release, “The Invisible Keys,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at the Kentwood branch of the Kent District Library, 4950 Breton SE.

… Cope, a longtime Grand Rapids Community College professor and poet, was named Grand Rapids poet laureate by the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids in 2011.

GRCC In the News, 3-14-18

March 14, 2018

News 8 at Noon

March 13, 2018; WOOD TV

City officials from Grand Rapids will get together with WMU leaders today to celebrate a growing partnership. Western has expanded several campuses from Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids in the last few years. That includes the satellite campus on the East Beltline, and more projects are coming. The focus of the event tonight will be the manufacturing lab that will open soon. Businesses in the area and Grand Rapids Community College will partner with the lab.

DACC seeded eighth at NJCAAs

March 13, 2018; Commercial-News (Danville, Ill.)

DANVILLE — The NJCAA Division II National Tournament bracket was revealed on Tuesday with host Danville Area Community College at the eighth seed.

The Jaguars will take on No. 9 seeded Grand Rapids Community College, who is not a stranger to the tournament.

College Sports Roundup

March 13, 2018; Huron Daily Tribune

… Breyton Meeks (Bad Axe 2017): Delivered a season-high 26 points with seven rebounds, two blocks, one rebound and one assist at forward for the Mid Michigan Community College women’s basketball program (21-4) in a 75-56 victory at Jackson College (8-17) on Feb. 26 in Jackson.

In the freshman’s most recent outing, the freshman nabbed her 18th double-digit scoring effort of the season in a 68-65 loss at home to Grand Rapids Community College (14-14) on March 6 in Harrison.

GRCC In the News, 3-12-18

March 12, 2018

Helping communities thrive

March 9, 2018; Community College Daily

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) plays a vital role in developing talent by working with community partners to provide students of all ages with strong pathways to careers or continued education, GRCC President Bill Pink told state lawmakers on Friday.

News at 11 p.m.

March 10, 2018; FOX 17

And what a fun year it’s been for Grand Rapids Community College! The men’s basketball team knocked off second-ranked Ancilla today in the district final — their second win over Ancilla over three weeks — to advance to the national junior college Division II National Tournament in Danville, Ill. Zach Pangborn was the MVP of the district tournament, and Curtis Davison and Anthony McIntosh were First Team All Tournament. Head coach Luke Bronkema, Ferris coach Andy Bronkema’s brother, was the District 9 Coach of the Year. Congrats to them!

Street Talk: West Side Meijer taking shape

March 9, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

… One for all

… The event (Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit) included 30 workshops, as well as a keynote address, an exhibition hall with booths staffed by neighborhood organizations and social service providers, and closing remarks by Bill Pink, president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Kietzman to become GRCC Raider

March 11, 2018; The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Another talented Lakewood volleyball player will be playing at the next level. Katelyn Kietzman, a defensive specialist for the Vikings, has signed to play for Grand Rapids Community College coach Chip Will and his Raiders.

Men’s basketball team wins District 9 Championship

March 12, 2018

Back-to-Back, GRCC men’s basketball team (24-8) earned its second consecutive berth in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament by defeating No. 1 seed Ancilla College on Saturday, March 10th, 85-72.

The Raiders topped the Chargers in the District 9 Championship game for the second straight year behind the strong performances of Curtis Davison, 29 points and six rebounds, Zachary Pangborn 22 points, seven rebounds and two assists, and Anthony McIntosh 21 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks. But it was the incredible defensive effort by the Raiders that secured the Championship as GRCC held Ancilla to 72 points, 18 points off of their season average (90.4 ppg).

Ancilla led for a good portion of the first half and led 36-35 at the half. The lead changed hands several times early in the second half, but when Pangborn hit a jumper to make the score 64-62 with 7:09 left in the game, Ancilla would never lead again. GRCC outscored the Chargers 50 to 35 in the second stanza, holding Ancilla to 33% shooting from the field and only 11% from three point range. GRCC’s suffocating defense held the Chargers to 3 of 27 shooting from behind the arc while the Raiders knocked down 11 of 30 (37%), seven of which came in the second half as the Raiders pulled away from the Chargers.

Ancilla (29-3) was led by Tyler Chisom with 16 points and four rebounds, while Teyon Scanlan had 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks. D.K. Fox added 11 points and eight rebounds, while Erick Shepherd (FR/Indianapolis, IN) came off the bench to score 11 points and grab eight rebounds.

Curtis Davison, Anthony McIntosh, Tyler Chisom and Teyon Scanlan along with Sergio Diaz of Muskegon Community College were named to the All-Tournament Team. Zach Pangborn was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player after averaging 26.6 ppg over the three game tournament. For the second consecutive year, head coach Luke Bronkema was named District 9 Coach of the Year.

GRCC advances to the NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Nationals hosted by Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL on March 20-24. The Raiders will find out who they play in the Sweet 16 during the NJCAA Division II selection show on Tuesday, March 14th.

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Men’s basketball team advances to championship game; women’s team plays semifinal game today

March 9, 2018

GRCC’s men’s basketball team has once again advanced to the NJCAA Region XII, District 9 Championship game, marking the second year in a row GRCC men’s basketball has a chance to advance to the NJCAA National Tournament. Last year, GRCC finished 6th (out of 16) in the country at the National Championships. If GRCC would like to make it back to Danville, Ill., and the National Tournament, they must first upset the #1 seed, Ancilla Chargers. The championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10th.

The women’s basketball team will play in their semifinal game at 1 p.m. today in Port Huron. They will face the #3 seed Ancilla Chargers for a chance to advance to Saturday night’s championship game against the winner of the matchup between Muskegon CC and Lake Michigan College.

You can live-stream all the tournament games.


Men’s, women’s basketball teams advance to semifinals

March 7, 2018

The GRCC men’s and women’s basketball teams both beat Mid Michigan Community College on Wednesday night to advance to the NJCAA District 9 Semifinals that will be held in Port Huron from March 7-9.

GRCC men play at 1 p.m. on March 7, while the women will play at 1 p.m on. March 8. Both games can be streamed live.

GRCC In the News, 3-6-18

March 6, 2018

Chase VanKempen providing solid guard play for Coopersville basketball team

March 5, 2018; MLive

COOPERSVILLE — Thanks to some excellent guard play, the Coopersville boys basketball team has close to 30 wins the past two seasons, including 13 victories this season heading into the regular-season finale against Hamilton.

… After high school, VanKempen plans on attending Grand Rapids Community College and plans on studying electrical and business, with an eye on becoming an electrical contractor and working for the family business.

Paw Paw senior signs with GRCC

March 5, 2018; The Courier-Leader (Paw Paw)

PAW PAW – Jimmy Wressel, front row, center, a Paw Paw High School senior, recently signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Grand Rapids Community College.

Jewish Theatre’s production of Torch Song Trilogy full of laughter and heartfelt emotion

March 5, 2018;

Torch Song Trilogy, written by Harvey Fierstein and directed by Shelly Urbane, is a Tony Award-winning collection of three plays rendered in three acts. JTGR presents the last act in this play titled “Widows and Children First!”

… Spectrum Theatre is perfect for staging a play with little action but lots of dialogue. With excellent sound and stage design, it is a small theater but allows the presentation of this play to be fully enjoyed by every audience member. The set is extremely well done; you actually feel as if you are sitting in the Manhattan apartment as the story unfolds.

LaughFest: Your Funniest Week Yet

March 5, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Gilda’s LaughFest floods the days between March 8 and 18 with enough comedy showcases, exhibits, workshops, activities and shows for every funny bone in the city. Use this guide to find the things that put you in a laughing mood, from unforgettable ticketed shows to an enormous amount of free events that are guaranteed to crack smiles and split sides all 10 days of the festival.

… March 17

Super Saturday Kids Zone | GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | $7

Women’s basketball team faces MMCC in first tournament game

March 6, 2018

The No. 7 seeded GRCC Women’s Basketball team will travel to No. 2 seed Mid Michigan Community College on Tuesday, March 6th, for a 7 p.m. Region 12, District G first-round game. The winner will advance to play the winner of a game that pits No. 4 Lake Michigan College against No. 5 Lansing Community College on March 9th in Port Huron.

During the regular season, the Raiders (13-13, 6-10) played the Lakers of Mid Michigan (21-3, 14-2) to two very competitive games. Losing by an average score of 7 points. The Raiders expect strong games from their leaders, sophomore Makayla Beld and freshman guard Hallee Breimayer, and will need them if they hope to take down the No. 2 seed. Follow @grccathletics on Twitter for more information about tonight’s game.

Men’s basketball starts tournament with home game

March 6, 2018

GRCC wrapped up their regular season with a 20-9, 12-6 MCCAA-W record, earning the second overall seed in the Region XII, District 9 NJCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Raiders will face a familiar foe in 7 seed Mid Michigan Community College. The Raiders faced the Lakers (16-11, 10-8 MCCAA-W) twice this season, with the home team winning both contests. Since the Raiders have the higher seed, they will host the game, tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. today in the Ford Fieldhouse.

The winner of this matchup will move on to the District 9 semifinals on Thursday, March 8th, in Port Huron. The winner of the District will advance to the NJCAA National Tournament. Last season, GRCC’s Men’s Basketball made a surprising run at the end of the season, finishing 6th overall at Nationals.

Do the Raiders have another run in them this year? Come support the Raiders tonight to find out.

District 9 Bracket: Click Here

GRCC In the News, 3-5-18

March 5, 2018

Grant Gives Students Welding Skills, Virtual-style

Feb. 9, 2018; (KISD newsletter)

Whether you are in high school attempting to settle on a career, an adult back to school to upgrade skills or a young child dreaming of what to be when you grow up, equipment coming soon to Kent Career Tech Center should be on your must-investigate list.

… John Doneth, a welding instructor at Grand Rapids Community College, agrees.
“We have had a shortage in all skills trades for the last number of years,” he said. “For 20 years or more education has been focused on getting kids to college, but this type of work requires high tech and high skill.”

Comic book store builds community

March 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The Myers family always has backed Don Myers’ 40-year passion for comic books. Now, he is entering his third year of passing it on to Grand Rapids fans.

… Michelle Kastanek is secretary to the principal and founder of the drama program at East Grand Rapids Middle School, Cody Kastanek is a nerve conduction technologist at Spectrum Health Medical Group, and Derek (Myers) is attending Grand Rapids Community College and soon will transfer to Grand Valley State University for accounting.

One Funny Girl

March 2, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Every time she steps into the spotlight, Megan Elaine, member of Grand Rapids improv comedy group Funny Girls and co-founder of Inaccurate and Inappropriate, knows that she is about to put her personal business out into the open. The funniest part? She doesn’t mind one bit; in fact, she is at her happiest when the crowd is laughing at her expense.

… After graduating high school in 2012, she took a job as a bartender. A year later, she enrolled at Grand Rapids Community College; however, half way through her first semester, Elaine had a change of heart.

TCC baseball continues to build momentum

March 2, 2018; Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.)

The Florida junior college baseball ranks are arguably the strongest and most competitive in the country.

… TCC (14-7), which opens a three-game series against Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College at 1 p.m. Sunday, features its usual blend of experience and first-year players.

Tonight’s scores

March 2, 2018; Jackson County Floridian

March 2

… Softball

… Chipola beat Wallace Community College, 6-4, and Grand Rapids Community College, 14-3.

Mid Michigan Community College women win share of conference title

March 1, 2018; The Morning Sun (Mount Pleasant)

Champions of the West.

On Wednesday evening the Mid Michigan Community College women’s basketball team wrapped up a share of its first-ever MCCAA West Conference title by topping Grand Rapids Community College 59-47 at Morey Courts.

Architecture firm hires practice leader

March 2, 2018; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local architecture firm has named a new practice leader.

… He (Tod Stevens) is also credited with more than 20 award-winning projects: Sangren Hall College of Education at Western Michigan University; Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons at Grand Valley State University; Phyllis Fratzke Early Childhood Learning Laboratory at Grand Rapids Community College; College of Education at Old Dominion University; the Math and Physics Building at University of Texas at Dallas; and more.

Curtis Davison named NJCAA Division II Player of the Week

March 1, 2018

Congratulations to sophomore guard Curtis Davison, who was honored by the NJCAA as the Division II National Player of the Week.

Davison helped propel the men’s basketball team to the upset of then-No. 1 ranked Ancilla College on Feb. 21, by scoring 38 points — including the go-ahead three-pointer with 6.5 seconds left in the game. Later in the week, he scored 30 points in a blow-out win over Kellogg Community college.

In December, he was the nation’s leader in scoring for Division II.

GRCC In the News, 2-23-18

February 23, 2018

Clutch shot enables Grand Rapids Community College to stun No. 1 team

Feb. 22, 2018; MLive

Curtis Davison’s monster game Wednesday included the most memorable shot in years for the Grand Rapids Community College basketball team.