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GRCC’s volleyball season ends in Regional Final

November 7, 2017

Port Huron, Mich. – The Raiders volleyball team’s season came to a close on Saturday afternoon in the NJCAA District F Regional Final, falling to #1 Owens Community College (Toledo, OH) 3-0. GRCC finished the season ranked #3 in the final regular season poll with a 27-3 overall record.

GRCC won the Western Conference Championship with a perfect 16-0 conference record, as well as the MCCAA State Championship that matches the best four teams in the state of Michigan against one another.

The sophomore class of Hailey DeKorte, Lauren Helsen, Peyton Helsen, Hannah Stearns and Lena Thompson finished their careers at GRCC as the only class to go undefeated in conference play, a perfect 32-0 and 55-11 overall.

Several Raiders earned post-season recognition for their regular season performances. Earning top honors, All-Region and All-MCCAA were freshman Kendra DeJonge and Sophomore Hannah Stearns. Four Raiders were named to the First Team All-Conference team: Kendra Dejonge, Hannah Stearns, Lauren Helsen and Ally German. Two more Raiders were honored as Second Team All-Conference performers: Peyton Helsen and Kayla Salyer. Freshman of the Year honors went to GRCC’s Kendra DeJonge, while Head Coach Chip Will was once again named Coach of the Year.

GRCC In the News, 11-3-17

November 3, 2017

Loaded handgun magazine found in GRCC bathroom was Kentwood officer’s

Nov. 2, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Grand Rapids Community College police have identified the origin of a fully-loaded handgun magazine found in a campus bathroom Wednesday, Nov. 1. How it got there remains under investigation.

Painting the Divine

Nov. 2, 2017; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

Chakila Hoskins discovered her artistic gift at the age of seven. Her father drew a sketch of her favorite TV star, Punky Brewster, and then challenged her to do the same. Hoskins’s portrait of the ’80s sitcom character, with her signature pigtails tied up in flower hair bands, turned out to be as incredibly accomplished as her father’s version. She was struck by the positive remarks and affirming words from her parents.

… It would take her several years to regain belief in her artistry. In 2006, working in the retail industry and raising two daughters (she now has three), Hoskins decided to begin taking classes at Grand Rapids Community College.

COLLEGE NOTES: Olivet-Alma features four local talents

Nov. 2, 2017; Argus-Press (Owosso)

… VOLLEYBALL

Autumn Severn, Grand Rapids Community College (New Lothrop) Severn had 12 assists and five digs as GRCC won the Michigan Community College Athletic Association title Saturday over Muskegon CC. In the previous game in the tournament against Oakland CC, she had 18 assists and nine digs.

Defying gravity: Meet 55″ professional dunker Porter Maberry

Nov. 2, 2017; purpose2play.com

If Porter Maberry could sit down and have a conversation with gravity, he might say, “I’m sorry, but I respectfully disagree.” That’s because at 55″ and 145 pounds, he can dunk a basketball on a regulation size hoop.

… After a short stint on the Grand Rapids Community College basketball team, Maberry opted to quit basketball and work full-time lifting furniture.

GRCC In the News, 10-31-17

October 31, 2017

Meet the YWCA’s 2017 Tribute Award winners

Oct. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Women who break down societal fences, who initiate change and who advocate for domestic-abuse survivors, Muslims, women of color and women in the workplace are set to be honored.

… ARTS AWARD

Edye Evans Hyde, Ebony Road Players Executive Director

… SPORTS, FITNESS and WELLNESS AWARD

Sara Knoester, President of Mixed Staffing & Recruiting

(Edye Evans Hyde and Sara Knoester are GRCC alumnae.)

Jayhawks volleyball team takes second place at MCCAA state tournament

Oct. 30, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball  team took state runner-up honors at the Michigan  Community College Athletic Association state tournament in Grand Rapids on Saturday.

The Jayhawks battled Grand Rapids Community College in the finals but fell in three sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-15).

 

GRCC to host state volleyball championship; cross country team heads into regionals

October 26, 2017

Volleyball

The 2017 Michigan Community College Athletic Association (MCCAA) Volleyball State Championship Tournament will be hosted by the National Junior College Athletic Association’s (NJCAA) #3 ranked GRCC Volleyball team on Saturday, October 28, at the Ford Fieldhouse. The Raiders, who won the MCCAA Western Conference title with a perfect 16-0 (23-1 overall) mark will face Oakland Community College (23-8, 11-1 MCCAA-East) at 12 p.m. In the other semifinal, Mott Community College (26-5, 11-1 MCCAA-East) will play Muskegon Community College (22-14, 14-2 MCCAA-West) at 12 p.m. The winner of the two semifinal matches will face one another for the MCCAA State Championship at 2:30 p.m.

Regardless of the State Championship Tournament results, the Raiders have clinched the 2nd seed in next week’s NJCAA Region XII, District F Volleyball Tournament that will be held at St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, MI. GRCC’s first match will be Thursday, November 2, at 6 p.m. The District F Volleyball Tournament will conclude on Saturday, November 4, with the winner of the tournament advancing to the NJCAA National Tournament in Charleston, West Virginia.

Cross Country

The GRCC Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Team travels to Lansing, MI, on Saturday, October 28, to participate in the NJCAA Region XII Championship. The 14th ranked Men’s Cross Country team looks to capture their first Regional title since the program’s rebirth four years ago. In order to do so, the Raiders will have to best Lansing Community College and Vincennes College (Ind.), the No. 1 and 2 teams in the region. For the Women’s team, they are coming off their best team performance of the season, winning their first race in the last four years. The Raiders will look to cement their position in the region by placing in the top ten on Saturday.

GRCC In the News, 10-19-17

October 19, 2017

Grandson of Cesar Chavez shares millennial message in GR

Oct. 18, 2017; WOOD TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The grandson of labor and civil rights leader Cesar Chavez visited Grand Rapids Wednesday with a message for millennials: In today’s political climate, it’s more important than ever to remember his grandfather’s message of unity, hope and uniting people.

… Andrew Chavez spoke at Grand Rapids Community College as part of an event put on by the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion.

Jayhawks volleyball team beats back Kellogg, clinches second place in conference

Oct. 18, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team secured at least a second place finish in their  conference with a tough five-set victory over Kellogg Community College on Tuesday.

… MCC is now 18-14 overall and 12-2 in the Western Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. The Jayhawks trail undefeated Grand Rapids Community College by two games, with only two conference matches remaining.

GRCC Homecoming 2017 is THIS WEEK!

October 18, 2017

Homecoming 2017 is taking place RIGHT NOW! There are activities that you can take part in throughout the week. On Thursday, October 19th, faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all invited to a Raider Tailgate. The tailgate will take place in the Raider Grille from 5-6:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and there will be family-friendly activities. Then head on over to the Fold Fieldhouse to cheer on our GRCC Volleyball team as they take on the Lake Michigan Red Hawks.

For more information about all of the Homecoming activities, please visit grcc.edu/homecoming.

GRCC Homecoming 2017 flier

GRCC In the News, 10-13-17

October 13, 2017

Wyoming schools wants to bring learning into 21st century with bond

Oct. 12, 2017; MLive

WYOMING, MI – Thirty-five years ago, Wyoming Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Reeder says he was a student in the district and the buildings have not changed, but the kids are going to very different jobs.

… The additional space will also benefit its Middle College program. Since 2009, students who commit to five years of high school can earn a diploma and an associate’s degree through a partnership with Grand Rapids Community College. Wyoming has about 200 kids enrolled and will graduate its third class this spring.

Successful Restaurant Week Supports Culinary Education Scholarships

Oct. 12, 2017; 100.5 FM

It was a super successful Restaurant Week in Grand Rapids this past August. So successful that with each of the 70+ participating restaurants donating $1 for each meal sold, a check for $16,200 was presented to the GRCC Foundation this year growing the donation to $143,106 for the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education (SICE) Student Scholarship Fund at GRCC.

AMBA names scholarship winners

Oct. 12, 2017; Plastics News

Indianapolis — The American Mold Builders Association has named winners of its 2017 scholarships, which has awarded more than $270,000 nationally since AMBA started the program in 1991.

… The 2017 National Scholarship Program has awarded $1,000 to the following recipients:

… James Worst, Paragon D&E, attending Grand Rapids Community College.

Jayhawks volleyball fights hard but falls to nationally ranked Grand Rapids on Tuesday

Oct. 12, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team traveled to number three in the nation Grand Rapids Community College on Tuesday.

 

GRCC Homecoming 2017

October 12, 2017

“GRCC has not had a homecoming in a long time. That changes now!”

Homecoming 2017 will take place the week of October 16th. There are activities that you can take part in throughout the week. On Thursday, October 19th, faculty, staff, students, and alumni are all invited to a Raider Tailgate. The tailgate will take place in the Raider Grille from 5-6:30 p.m. Food will be provided, and there will be family-friendly activities. Then head on over to the Fold Fieldhouse to cheer on our GRCC Volleyball team as they take on the Lake Michigan Red Hawks.

For more information about all of the Homecoming activities, please visit grcc.edu/homecoming.

GRCC Homecoming 2017 flier

GRCC In the News, 10-2-17

October 2, 2017

New GRCC president pledges to be relevant and responsive

Sept. 30, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College will be relevant and responsive to its students and the community, President Bill Pink stressed Friday, Sept. 29, in his investiture address.

Spotlight on Sally Brown

Oct. 1, 2017; OR Today Magazine

Medical surgical nurse Sally Brown got her start in the field as a teen, working as an aide at the Beacon Light nursing home in Marne, Michigan. Although she later held office and factory jobs, a love of caring for those in need returned her to Beacon Light as an adult. When her supervisor there inspired her to pursue her associates degree, Brown attended Grand Rapids Community College en route to becoming an RN. She had married and welcomed her first daughter, Tricia, by then, and ended up having her second, Kelly, while still in school.

Dominga Lucas-Pérez: Raising up indigenous voices of persistence on Grandville Avenue

Sept. 28, 2017; rapidgrowthmedia.com

When asked how to spell her name correctly, Dominga Lucas-Pérez proudly pulls out her Grand Rapids Public School Volunteer badge from her knitted purse. She carries the badge with pride. She explains she has earned the badge after Liliana’s first day in Kindergarten. To her, this badge is a sign that she belongs to the Grandville Avenue community.

… Domingo Hernández-Gómez, the Director of the Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College, explains that there is perceived negativity around speaking an indigenous language. Hernández-Gómez’s primary language is Tzeltal, a Mayan language spoken in five countries of Central America. Hernández-Gómez spoke Tzeltal until he was eleven years old when he was exposed to Spanish in school.

News briefs 10/2/17

Oct. 1, 2017; The Lanthorn (Grand Valley State University’s student newspaper)

… Health forum series to focus on health care jobs

The monthly Health Forum of West Michigan series will host its first event of the year, “The Health Care Talent Pipeline,” with a panel discussion focusing on the supply and demand of health care jobs, as well as how higher education institutions are moving to accommodate industry employees and employers.

… The panelists include Laurie Chelsey, provost of Grand Rapids Community College, and Maria Cimitile, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs at Grand Valley State University. Jean Nagelkerk, GVSU vice provost for health, will serve as moderator.

Harbin joins women’s basketball staff

Sept. 30, 2017; purpleeagles.com (Niagara University Athletics website)

NIAGARA UNIV., N.Y. — Niagara University women’s basketball head coach Jada Pierce announced the hiring of Lester Harbin as an assistant coach. Harbin brings over 10 years of NCAA coaching experience on the men’s and women’s sides.

… Harbin played at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich. from 1997-99, where he led the team in blocked shots, rebounds and field goal percentage. He then played one season (1999-2000) at the University of North Alabama and played his final year (2003-04) at Lees-McRae College.

Jayhawks volleyball squad improves to 9-1 in league play, defeats Lansing Community College

Sept. 29, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball squad defeated Lansing Community College 3-0 on Thursday.

… MCC is now 11-13 on the season and 9-1 in league play, good for second place behind unbeaten Grand Rapids Community College.

GRCC In the News, 9-13-17

September 13, 2017

West Michigan colleges respond to DACA repeal

Sept. 12, 2017; The Holland Sentinel

West Michigan colleges are reiterating their support for all students in the wake of the announcement that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children, will be repealed.

… Grand Rapids Community College also affirmed its support of DACA students.

USGBC Names LEED Homes Award Winners

Sept. 12, 2017; proudgreenbuilding.com

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the recipients of its annual LEED Homes Awards, which recognizes projects, architects, developers and homebuilders who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in the residential green building marketplace.

… Outstanding Affordable Developer Builder / Developer: Habitat for Humanity, Kent County, Mich.

In 2016 Kent County’s Habitat for Humanity chapter built 15 homes earning LEED certification — 10 receiving Gold and five Silver. To date, Habitat Kent has built 158 LEED-certified homes. On average, Habitat Kent’s LEED certified homes save homeowners $67.12 per month over an average Michigan home. Habitat Kent also partners with Grand Rapids Public School and Grand Rapids Community College to provide professional green construction experience to the next generation workforce.

Kellogg Community College volleyball experiencing resurgence with best start since 2010-11

Sept. 12, 2017; Battle Creek Enquirer

Even though it’s ‘Cornflake U,’ Emily Delmotte doesn’t sugarcoat it.

… KCC third-year head coach Tom VanWienen has made an emphasis on recruiting some of the top Battle Creek area volleyball players to keep up with other programs in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association like Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo that have larger pools of high school talent to recruit from.

GRCC In the News, 9-8-17

September 8, 2017

Morton up to task of directing Jets’ young, new-look offense

Sept. 7, 2017; The Telegraph (Macon, Ga.)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — John Morton spent the entire spring and summer shouting.

… Morton was a wide receiver in college, first at Grand Rapids Community College before going to Western Michigan. He spent some time playing in the CFL and was on a few NFL teams’ practice squads before turning to coaching.

(This article appeared in many other newspapers.)

Baseball Announces Eight Additional Signees for 2018

Sept. 8, 2017; emueagles.com (Eastern Michigan University athletic website)

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) — Eastern Michigan University baseball Head Coach Mark Van Ameyde and his staff announced the signing of eight additional players to the 2018 recruiting class Thursday, Sept. 7. The eight will join the nine players EMU signed last November.

The eight players joining the Green and White are Cameron Cruz (Chandler, Ariz.-Hamilton (Bentley U-Mesa C.C.)), Scott Granzotto (Northville, Mich.-Gabriel Richard), Thomas House (Okeana, Ohio-Ross), Nick Porretto (Geneva, Ill.-Geneva (UW-Oshkosh-McHenry C.C.)), Jackson Shaver (Grand Rapids, Mich.-Forest Hills Northern (Grand Rapids C.C.)), Mitchell Sparks (Carmel, Ind.-Carmel (Iowa Lakes C.C.)), Brett Stenger (Kingsville, Ontario-Kingsville District (Indian Hills C.C.)), and Zach Wallace (Alamo, Calif.-De La Salle (UC San Diego-Palomar College)).

Jayhawks fall in an early-season volleyball showdown with Grand Rapids CC

Sept. 8, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team lost an early-season conference showdown with rival Grand Rapids CC on Thursday, 3-0.

City to consider beekeeping ordinance

Sept. 7, 2017; The Cedar Springs Post

The City of Cedar Springs may soon join the ranks of other progressive cities that are helping to support the environment by allowing residents to keep bees. The City Council will consider the first reading of the ordinance at their monthly meeting this Thursday, September 7.

City resident Joe Frank asked the city to consider allowing beekeeping in the city after finding out there was not a specific ordinance to address the issue. He has kept honeybees as a hobby for several years. He had several hives on property he owned in Hesperia, and when he decided to sell the property, he re-homed all of the hives, except one, with other beekeepers. He had previously asked a city official if he could keep a hive on his property here, and was told he could. He moved the hive to his property, but was later told that he couldn’t have it under the current ordinances, and so asked the city earlier this summer to consider it.

(Joel Frank is a technical operations technician in the ATC.)

GRCC In the News, 9-7-17

September 7, 2017

Michigan job growth fueled by apprenticeships

Sept. 7, 2017; Burton View

MICHIGAN – More than one-third of Michigan’s job growth will be through apprenticeships over the next five years, said United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, in an online post Last week, Governor Rick Snyder welcomed United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta to West Michigan to see how the state is connecting employers with educators and showing students the careers available to them at a young age. Michigan is a strong leader in apprenticeships, with the 8th most in the nation. Gov. Snyder and Sec. Acosta visited Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, where they are holding orientation for more than 150 new employees each week. They toured Grand Rapids Community College and Mercy Health to check out innovative job training programs. In Battle Creek, they checked out advanced manufacturing at Bleistahl and ROsler. Acosta told Snyder that he was impressed by Michigan’s leadership in job growth and its proactive approach to our future talent needs.

People and Places

Sept. 7, 2017; Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Maryann Lesert has been named the recipient of the Moondancer fellowship for 2017 at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow in Eureka Springs.

In all of her writing, the natural world and its human inhabitants are equally prominent and intertwined. From her first play, Superwoman (1998), a 90-minute warning of technologies that threaten to erase our biological sense of place, to Threshold, her current novel-in-progress about environmental activists working to stop fracking in Michigan’s state forests, Lesert’s work is equally inspired and supported by time with the natural world. Threshold grew from two years of boots-on-well-sites research on fracking in Michigan’s state forests. An excerpt from Threshold appears in Fracture, Essays, Poems and Stories about Fracking in America (Ice Cube Press, 2016). From 2012 to the present, Lesert has presented her research on the scientific, sensory and community effects of fracking in a presentation, titled Fracking in the Forest, to more than 50 academic, environmental and public audiences across the state. Lesert is a playwright, novelist and journalist who teaches creative writing at Grand Rapids (Mich.) Community College.

Jayhawks volleyball team stays perfect in conference with a victory over Glen Oaks

Sept. 7, 2017; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College volleyball team improved to 4-0 in conference play with a four-set victory over Glen Oaks Community College on the road on Tuesday.

… MCC will host rival Grand Rapids Community College on Thursday.

GRCC In the News, 9-6-17

September 6, 2017

DACA ending, student unsure of his future in West Michigan

Sept. 5, 2017; MLive

With his first day of college classes tomorrow, Kevin Vazquez is also worried he could soon lose his ability to legally work, drive and continue as a contributing resident of the United States.

… Classes begin Wednesday at Western Michigan University for the recent Grand Rapids Community College graduate. That major turning point in Vazquez’s life comes just one day after another.

Hundreds march through downtown Grand Rapids to protest end of DACA

Sept. 5, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Rallies were held across the country on Tuesday after the announcement of the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That included West Michigan, where hundreds of people marched through downtown Grand Rapids to protest the Trump administration’s decision. The program shields from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children.

… “Thanks to DACA I was able to work, which means I was able to pay for my school,” said (Juan) Mascorro-Guerrero. “I started at GRCC, then transferred to Grand Valley State University.”

Renowned chef teaches students art of running a kitchen

Sept. 5, 2017; Niles Daily Star

Across Berrien County students are packing up their backpacks and returning to class following summer break. This year, Lake Michigan College students attending courses at the Bertrand Crossing Campus in Niles will have several new classes and lab features to look forward to utilizing this semester.

… (Luis) Amado’s passion for culinary arts was fed by his work in the kitchen. Growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico, Amado was inspired by his father and grandfather’s cooking. In addition to working in his grandfather’s pastry shop, Amado worked as a saucier at the Hyatt Regency in Guadalajara, where he ended up meeting Chef Carl Butenas, who was instructor at Grand Rapids Community College. Butenas offered to sponsor Amado in America, where he would go on to earn a scholarship to study in the culinary arts program at Grand Rapids Community College.

Call for entries for Elkhart Juried Regional

Sept. 2, 2017; The Michigan City News-Dispatch

La PORTE COUNTY — The Midwest Museum of American Art is pleased to announce a call for entries to the 39th Elkhart Juried Regional Art Exhibition, Oct. 7 through Dec. 3.

… Awards for 2017 are more than $27,000 and will be selected by the jurors and Purchase Award patrons. The distinguished jurors for this exhibition will be Nick Antonakis, Head of the Art Department, Grand Rapids Community College, and Bill Hosterman, Associate Professor, Art Department, Grand Valley State University, Michigan.

Local Roundup: CVCC volleyball falls to top teams at Owens Invitational

Sept. 6, 2017; Hickory Record (N.C.)

HICKORY — The No. 4 Red Hawks suffered defeats against three of the top teams in the country this past weekend, according to a press release from CVCC.

… On Saturday, the Red Hawks fell to No. 13 Grand Rapids Community College and No. 16 Illinois Central College, each by a 3-1 score line.

Khale Showers fills quarterback role for Rockford defense

Sept. 5, 2017; MLive

ROCKFORD — When it comes to being a quarterback for a defense, Rockford senior Khale Showers has plenty of experience.

… Khale’s two older sisters are also athletic, as older sister Karliane played softball at Grand Rapids Community College and Brehanna is a gymnast at the University of Oklahoma.

GRCC In the News, 8-25-17

August 25, 2017

Which Michigan colleges draw the most state grads?

Aug. 23, 2017; The Detroit Free Press

Thousands of Michigan students who graduated from high school this spring will be arriving on college campuses this month, ready to begin their college careers.

… These schools round out the top 10:

… 10. Grand Rapids Community College 1,914

Family of man who drowned in Richmond Park Pool seeking more answers

Aug. 23, 2017; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The family of a man who drowned Tuesday morning in the Richmond Park Pool is saying that their son was a good swimmer and details of his death aren’t adding up.

… (Damon) Phillips’ family tells FOX 17 that he was attending Grand Rapids Community College and studying video game design.

Grand Rapids Sweeps GOCC Spikers

Aug. 23, 2017; Three Rivers Commercial-News

CENTREVILLE — The Glen Oaks Community College volleyball team opened the season Tuesday with a Western Conference loss at home to Grand Rapids Community College.
Vince Strefling’s Lady Vikings were defeated by the visiting Lady Raiders 19-25, 16-25, 13-25.

Author joins local leaders for forum on race, class and success

Aug. 24, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The leaders of a half dozen churches are inviting the public to attend a forum Saturday, Aug. 25, featuring the author of a book that utilized psychoanalytic theory to examine subjective experiences of social factors such as race, gender, and social class.

… (Mead) Goedert will be joined by a panel of educators, city and community leaders for a discussion about the interconnected nature of psychodynamics and social factors in relation to experiences with success, including Grand Rapids City Commissioner Senita Lenear and Grand Rapids Community College President Bill Pink.

GRCC In the News, 7-31-17

July 31, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan

July 28, 2017; michigan.gov

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Carlos Pava of Grand Rapids to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

… Pava is the COO of Voices for Health, Inc. He is a licensed trainer for the Community Interpreter International and a certified healthcare interpreter. Pava holds an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Michigan State University. He will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Osvaldo Rivera.

Where are they now? Catching up with area college athletes

July 28, 2017; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

The Ionia Sentinel-Standard doesn’t just keep track of your favorite prep sports players. We are working hard to bring you the stats and stories of those who moved on to college athletics. Even though they’ve moved away from their home towns doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten them. Here is the first in a series of where Ionia County athletes are and what they are doing.

… JOSIE MANION Saranac 2016

Josie is a guard for the Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) Raider basketball team. As a freshman, Josie played in 28 games. She averaged 26.4 minutes per game and tallied an average of 5.5 points. She had a field goal percentage . 245 and a free throw percentage of .571. She averaged 4.2 rebounds per game and she had 1.8 assists per game.

MADDIE ALBERT Lakewood 2016

Maddie took to the court as a freshman as a guard for the GRCC Raiders. She played in 26 games and averaged 26.9 minutes of playing time per game. Maddie averaged 6.5 points per game and had a field goal percentage of .318. She tallied a free throw percentage of .717 and tallied 4.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.

Grand Rapids Christian’s Jordyn Gates commits to Arkansas, and she’s only 14

July 28, 2017; MLive

Jordyn Gates made a trip to the University of Arkansas this summer, hoping to make a good impression on the school’s volleyball coaches during a day camp.

… Maddy Gates, who will be a senior at Christian in the fall, has verbally committed to Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne. Their older sister, Taylor Gates, played volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College, while her brother, Brent Gates Jr., plays hockey at Minnesota and was drafted in the third round by Anaheim in 2015.