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GRCC In the News, 4-18-18

April 18, 2018

Grand Rapids Community College offers free laptop vending machine

April 18, 2018; University Business

Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is among higher education institutions providing free laptop vending machines to give students greater access to technology and more flexibility.

Captain promoted to lead Wyoming Department of Public Safety

April 18, 2018; MLive

WYOMING, MI — The Wyoming Department of Public Safety has found its next police and fire chief.

… (Kimberly) Koster graduated from the FBI National Academy. She received her associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Junior College, her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University, and her master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Ferris State University.

Grand Rapids man gets 48 months, ordered to pay $18,746 on student loan fraud conviction

April 17, 2018; WWMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced Tuesday that U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney sentenced Brandon Kenon Rogers, 31, of Grand Rapids, to 48 months in prison and ordered him to pay $128,746 in restitution for committing student loan, grant and tax fraud.

… Investigators determined that Rogers enrolled online in local community colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College, using those same identities. Rogers used the loans and grant funds for his own purposes without actually attending the classes. Rogers also used the stolen identities to obtain fraudulent income tax refunds.

Wellet Senior Student Athlete Award winner

April 18, 2018; WTVB

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) – Coldwater High Schools Jamie Wellet has been selected as a 2017-18 Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan Outstanding Senior Student Athlete Award winner.

… Wellet, along with her twin sister Jasmine, will be attending Grand Rapids Community College in the fall, where they will both be members of the volleyball program.

GRCC In the News, 3-28-18

March 28, 2018

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” offers insights into the impact of technology on relationships

March 27, 2018;  Grand Rapids Magazine

The “loopy and whimsical” play “Dead Man’s Cell Phone” takes audiences on a journey that explores how technology can bring people together in the “most abnormal way possible.”

The GRCC Players are staging the play, written by Sarah Ruhl and first performed in 2007, on March 29 31 at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater, 160 Fountain St. NE.

Lean Goes Beyond Manufacturing

March 27, 2018; Michigan Business Network

On this segment of The Leaning Edge features Alen Ganic. Alen studied supply chain management and also received CPIM Supply Chain Management certification from APICS (The Association for Operations Management) and Lean certification from Grand Rapids Community College.

Youth interaction policy unveiled by Grand Rapids police

March 27, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A new Grand Rapids Police Department policy guiding officer interactions with youth is now in effect after the final draft was presented to the city commission Tuesday, March 27.

… It instructs officers to prioritize the least-restrictive options when dealing with youth, according to Raynard Ross, a leading member of the public-safety task force and Grand Rapids Community College associate dean.

‘I can finally exhale,’ man’s quest to feel comfortable in his own body nearly complete

March 27, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Beau VanSolkema lived the first few decades of his life in the wrong body.

… He has been in therapy ever since that day. VanSolkema enrolled in classes at Grand Rapids Community College and got involved with the LGBT community on campus. It was there that VanSolkema established his voice as an LGBT identifierwhile advocating for others. He also began to learn more about the transgender spectrum.

Emma Pachulski receives Scholar-Athlete Award

March 27, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

EAST LANSING — Emma Pachulski, a senior from Saranac High School, received the Michigan High School Athletic Associations Scholar-Athlete Award. Pachulski was honored at the 2018 MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, March 24. She was honored at the event by Don Simon, executive vice president for Farm Bureau Insurance, and John E. Jack Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA.

… Pachulski will be using the scholarship funds while attending Grand Rapids Community College and studying theatre & media arts. Pachulski will also be playing volleyball as a GRCC Raider.

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.

GRCC In the News, 2-16-18

February 16, 2018

Lakewood’s Wickerink signs with GRCC for volleyball

Feb. 15, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

LAKE ODESSA — Renowned Lakewood High School volleyball coach Kellie Rowland says her star middle blocker Breanna Wickerink is very quiet off the volleyball court. That may be true, but on the court during her high school years Wickerink made a lot of noise.

… That aptitude, attitude, skill and drive had Grand Rapids Community College working to charm her to become a Raider. The goal to draw her to the winning GRCC volleyball program payed off for the coaching staff. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Wickerink signed her National Letter of Intent to play volleyball for GRCC coach Chip Wills Raiders.

GRCC In the News, 2-12-18

February 12, 2018

Saranac’s Emma Pachulski to sign with GRCC for volleyball

Feb. 9, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

GRAND RAPIDS — Raider volleyball coach Chip Will has built a culture at GRCC in his 11 years at the helm. It’s “Family First.” His philosophy is that it takes everybody to build a championship team. According to Will, it’s not only the athletes, but the parents, coaches, administration, community and a core belief in the system to build a successful program. That outlook, and his extensive knowledge of the game, earned his Raiders a national championship in 2012. It has also led his teams to be nationally ranked in the top 10 every single year since he’s been at the helm.

GRCC In the News, 2-6-18

February 6, 2018

GRCC to hosts GRPS Senior Night Out

Feb. 5, 2018; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — 6 basketball players finishing up their time at the Junior College level will be honored Wednesday night in the Grand Rapids Public Schools Senior Night Out event when Muskegon Community College visits Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday night.

Let the Light Shine In

Feb. 5, 2018; Women’s Lifestyle magazine

The Light Gallery + Studio has a refreshingly clean, urban vibe that’s comfortable and inviting to patrons. Paintings, pottery, homemade candles, intricate tapestries, specialty papers, jewelry, decorative pillows and tea towels, even wooden cutting board and tables all created by local artists are on display. Elton, the gallery cat (he even has his own Instagram account: thegallerycat), will greet you at the door along with owners E Townsley and Matthew Provoast.

… Running their own professional photography businesses and the gallery/studio has been an incredible learning experience for both of them. They aren’t afraid to try new things, take chances or to seek answers from those more experienced. Provoast even took classes at Grand Rapids Community College to learn more about running a small business and marketing strategies. The business continues to grow and evolve; they plan to curate art exhibits for local establishments and pursue innovative ways to market to interior designers.

MHSAA announces the Scholar-Athlete Award recipients in Class C

Feb. 5, 2018; Ionia Sentinel-Standard

EAST LANSING — The Michigan High School Athletic Association has selected 10 student-athletes from Class C member schools to receive scholarships through the MHSAA/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete Award program.

… Emma (Pachulski) played three seasons of varsity volleyball and will participate in her fourth of varsity track & field this spring. Served as captain of both teams; earned all-conference, all-region and academic all-state honors in volleyball and all-county in track. Participating in second year of National Honor Society and attended American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. Also plays in school band; has served as percussion section leader and first chair clarinet and helped band to highest possible 1 rating at district competition. Participates in her schools drama productions, earning lead female roles and serving as assistant director and lead choreographer. Serves as lead photographer on yearbook staff. Earned Sportsmanship Award, the highest honor, from local 4-H and also participates as part of her church’s youth group. Walked and raised funds to honor cancer survivors as part of Relay for Life. Will attend Grand Rapids Community College and study theatre & media arts.

MCC women top Ancilla on Saturday, extend winning streak to eight games

Feb. 5, 2018; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College women’s basketball team pushed its winning streak to eight games on Saturday with a 76-62 win over visiting Ancilla College.

… MCC remains tied for first place in the MCCAA Western Conference with Mid-Michigan. The Jayhawks travel to Grand Rapids Community College on Wednesday for another conference matchup.

 

GRCC In the News, 1-4-18

January 4, 2018

Grand Rapids documentary shines a spotlight on community theater

Jan. 3, 2018; Grand Rapids Magazine

From theater assistants to co-founders of their own production company, Teresa Thome and Patrick Ziegler have been friends and colleagues ever since they first met at Spectrum Theatre while attending Grand Rapids Community College, then Junior College.

‘Key Fit’

Jan. 3, 2018; The Daily News (Greenville)

GREENVILLE — After 25 years as an officer and sergeant with the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Dennis Magirl believes he is ready to step forward as chief.

… Magirl attended Grand Rapids Community College to complete necessary courses and graduate from the police academy within two years.

Coldwater’s Jamie and Jasmine Wellet sign with Grand Rapids Community College

Jan. 3, 2018; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

COLDWATER — It is very rare for a high school athlete to excel at high school sports and then make the transition to the collegiate level.

… Well, that’s exactly what has happened with the dynamic duo of Jamie and Jasmine Wellet, a pair of Coldwater High School seniors who recently signed their letter-of-intent to play volleyball at Grand Rapids Community College.

Christina Arnold: The Next Chapter

Jan. 3, 2018; Women’s LifeStyle

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

These are the words Christina Arnold, founding director of The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion, has centered her personal and professional life around. She chooses to look at the world through an equity and inclusion lens, seizing every opportunity she can to connect and engage with people from all communities. Though her mind churns constantly, there is always one question that surfaces: “How can I continue to make a broader impact?”

 

GRCC In the News, 1-3-18

January 3, 2018

Medical assistant apprenticeship success catalyst for others in region

Dec. 29, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The success of West Michigan’s Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program has gotten national attention and is the catalyst for developing other healthcare apprenticeships.

… The Medical Assistant apprenticeship emerged after Mercy Health officials reached out to representatives of Grand Rapids Community College to discuss how to meet the high demand for workers.

Upping the Entry Degree

Jan. 2, 2018; Inside Higher Ed

Community colleges across the country are examining possible new requirements for occupational therapy assistants to get more education, which could result in the elimination of occupational therapy programs on their campuses.

… At Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan, where about 25 students enroll annually in the institution’s occupational therapy assistant program, officials are against increasing the education requirements.

Exec predicts two-year construction boom

Dec. 22, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

The construction boom still has a couple years left on it, based on Ben Wickstrom’s predictions. The president of Erhardt Construction said his company has a steady supply of work going to 2018 and even 2019.

… Erhardt, in collaboration with ABC/WMC, has worked with Grand Rapids Community College to develop training programs for the skilled trades. The company also is starting to branch out into Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Kalamazoo Township to swear in new police chief on Jan. 5

Dec. 28, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, MI — Lt. Bryan Ergang will be sworn in as chief of the Kalamazoo Township Police Department on Jan. 5.

… He has an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College, and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. He is also a recent graduate of the prestigious FBI Nation Academy.

Kendra DeJonge, GRCC volleyball player earns national recognition

Dec. 28, 2017; The Rockford Squire

A freshman player on Grand Rapids Community College’s volleyball team has received national recognition.

Lakeview’s Vellanti wins MHSFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award

Dec. 29, 2017; The Daily News (Greenville)

LAKEVIEW — Assistant coaches don’t volunteer their time to win awards and accolades, but that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy them if and when they come about.

… A former Lakeview graduate, (Ryan) Vellanti went to college at Grand Rapids Community College and Aquinas College. He graduated college in 2000 and was promptly hired in 2001 at Lakeview as a teacher and a coach.

Liberty’s 4 newcomers add bulk to lines

Dec. 28, 2017; Salina Journal (Kan.)

The Salina Liberty beefed up the offensive and defensive lines with the signing of four newcomers for the 2018 season.

… (Dana) Harris, who’s 6-3, 318 pounds, is a Detroit native and played at Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) and Youngstown State.

College honoring African-American leaders

Dec. 29, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

A local college is honoring 12 African-American leaders for their “exceptional contributions” to the quality of life in Grand Rapids.

The Bob and Aleicia Woodrick Center for Equity and Inclusion at Grand Rapids Community College is hosting its 36th-annual Giants Awards and Banquet at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, at 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

Neighborhoods: Grand Rapids

Dec. 19, 2017; pridesource.com

Named one of the Gayest Cities in America by The Advocate magazine in 2012, Grand Rapids became the 36th city in the state of Michigan to add protections for the LGBT community in its non-discrimination ordinance. This fair and equitable treatment has made Grand Rapids an even more inviting place for young, bright, creative-minded professionals.

… The city’s commitment to helping the LGBT community flourish is reflected in educational settings such as the Grand Rapids Community College which passed a transgender policy allowing students and staff to use the bathroom or locker room of the gender with which they identify. The inclusive Grand Valley State University was recently named one of the top 50 colleges or universities in the country when it comes to being LGBT-friendly.

Lance Werner: LJ’s 2018 Librarian of the Year

Jan. 2, 2018; Library Journal

If you ask Lance Werner, executive director of the Kent District Library (KDL), MI, what makes him a strong leader, an effective legislative advocate, and a champion of access for his patrons, his answer is simple: it’s all about forming relationships — with his staff, legislators, local business owners and CEOs, county commissioners, Michigan Library Association (MLA) administrators, LIS educators, patrons, and anyone else in a 100-mile radius. Ask him again, and he’ll bring up words such as kindness and empathy and that he loves his job.

… Local organizations, including the Literacy Center of West Michigan (LCWM), the Kent Intermediate School District, and Steelcase Corporation, have actively partnered with the library to help implement the program, as well as a collaboration between Grand Rapids Community College and KDL to provide all-ages STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) programming.

Man sentenced in Hookah Lounge shooting that killed 22-year-old

Dec. 26, 2017; MLive

GRAND HAVEN, MI — The man convicted in the Sept. 2016 shooting death of 22-year-old Anthony Lamb will spend at least the next two decades in state prison.

… Lamb was a 2013 Holland V.R. Tech School graduate who went on to attend Grand Rapids Community College before getting a job at Port City Muskegon Casting, according to his obituary.

18 Grand Rapids Resolutions for 2018

Jan. 2, 2018; experiencegr.com (Grand Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau website)

Happy New Year! As you think about the coming year and start vacation (or staycation) planning, Grand Rapids needs to be on your radar. With an endless calendar of events, live music all year long, and a dining scene that rivals cities twice our size, there’s something for everyone.

… 14.  Savor local cuisine during Restaurant Week GR
The foodie sensation, Restaurant Week GR, is a city-wide celebration of local restaurants, innovative cuisine, and homegrown produce. It’s the perfect time to try a new restaurant or visit an old favorite. And, as Grand Rapids isn’t one to skimp on food, our celebrated week of dining is actually 12 days long. If you needed another reason to check out even more Restaurant Week GR venues, this 12-day food celebration is all for a good cause. A portion of sales from every meal goes toward the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education Student Scholarship Fund at Grand Rapids Community College.

Classes resume in West Michigan

Jan. 2, 2018; WOOD Radio

Back to school! Most students will return to class on Monday next week, but some Lakeshore districts start on Thursday to accommodate the likelihood of more snow days. A few colleges and high schools start the spring semester later in January, and offer a very short program of concentrated instruction.

… Grand Rapids Community College: Classes begin Monday, January 8.

Medical Mile: a vision for change in Grand Rapids

Dec. 29, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

Thirty years ago, Grand Rapids stood at a crossroads after more than a century as a manufacturing hub for the furniture and the auto industries, the city’s job sectors were changing. Thousands of manufacturing jobs were in decline or moving elsewhere, taking a once vibrant and dynamic economy with them. Our lively, postwar downtown filled with restaurants, shops and small businesses slowly was becoming a ghost town. There simply was not enough business to keep them open. Like many industrial cities in the late 20th century, Grand Rapids was a city in need of creative thought leaders who didn’t adhere to the status quo. Some feared we didn’t have what it would take to turn things around. They were wrong.

… Following the building of the institute, philanthropists, nonprofit entities and private-sector enterprises began showing renewed interest in the Michigan Street corridor, building academic institutions, hospitals and businesses. Together with Grand Valley State University, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Michigan State University and many others, we have created a powerful source for economic growth, collaboration and continued development in the heart of Grand Rapids.

(This is a guest column written by David Van Andel, chairman and CEO of the Van Andel Institute.)

GRCC In the News, 12-18-17

December 18, 2017

Kalamazoo Township police chief retiring, lieutenant to take over

Dec. 18, 2017; MLive

KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, MI – Coming with the new year is a new chief for the Kalamazoo Township Police Department.

… (Lt. Bryan) Ergang received an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights College and a master’s degree in public administration from Western Michigan University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va.

Inside Track: Leading by example

Dec. 15, 2017; Grand Rapids Business Journal

At the 2017 Excellence in Construction Awards, the Associated Builders and Contractors West Michigan Chapter (ABC/WMC) honored Van Dyken Mechanical’s Jeff Dickman with the Craft Professional of the Year (CPOY) award for outstanding craftsmanship and leadership.

… After spending almost a year working for his father’s business full time, Dickman left to pursue a degree in business administration, which he did not finish. He bounced around several colleges, including Grand Rapids Community College, Cornerstone University and Grand Valley State University.

Meet the 2017 Battle Creek Enquirer All-Area Volleyball Team

Dec. 17, 2017; Battle Creek Enquirer

… Jamie Wellet, Coldwater

Coldwater experienced a lot of success with Wellet on the court. The senior setter/outside hitter helped guide the Cardinals to a 43-win season – including a perfect 10-0 mark in Interstate 8 Conference play – by capping off her career with a well-rounded season that included 435 assists, 383 digs, 186 kills and 35 aces. She has committed to play at Grand Rapids Community College.

… Jasmine Wellet, Coldwater

Wellet gave Coldwater some serious firepower at the net, turning in her best season in a standout four-year career. The senior outside hitter led the Cardinals to 43 victories and the Interstate 8 Conference title, finishing with a team-best 364 kills and 496 digs while ranking second in blocks with 42. She is committed to play at Grand Rapids Community College.

Kendra DeJonge named NJCAA All-American

December 8, 2017

On December 7th, the NJCAA Division II Volleyball Committee released the NJCAA Division II All-American list for 2017. Not surprisingly, MCCAA Freshman of the Year Kendra DeJonge’s name was on the list, being named Second Team All-American. DeJonge, who hails from Rockford, led the Raiders volleyball team to a 27-3 (16-0 MCCAA-West) record and a #3 national ranking.

In addition to being named Second Team All-American, DeJonge earned First Team All-Region, All-MCCAA, First Team All-Western Conference and Western Conference Freshman of the Year. On the season, DeJonge recorded 406 Kills, 320 Digs and 43 Aces. Kendra ranked 33rd in the Nation in kills and 9th in kills per set. DeJonge powered a potent Raiders offense all the way to the Region XII, District F finals where GRCC fell to eventual National Runner-Up, Owens Community College.

Joining Kendra on the All-American Team from the MCCAA Conference was First Team All-American Robbie Berg from Muskegon Community College and Honorable Mention All-American Autumn Anderson from Oakland Community College.

GRCC In the News, 11-27-17

November 27, 2017

GRCC reports Kent, Ottawa economic impact of $447M, 8,833 jobs

Nov. 22, 2017; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s economic contribution to Kent and Ottawa counties totaled $447.7 million, according to an economic impact analysis released Tuesday, Nov. 21.

Construction Begun On WMU’s Grand Rapids Manufacturing Lab

Nov. 26, 2017; mitechnews.com

GRAND RAPIDS — Construction has begun at Western Michigan University’s Grand Rapids regional location for a state-of the-art manufacturing laboratory.

AMP Lab @WMU, an Advanced Manufacturing Partnership Laboratory, will be built in collaboration with West Michigan manufacturers and Grand Rapids Community College to address the shortage of skilled trades and engineering employees in the region. The Lab will occupy the first two floors of WMU’s downtown Grand Rapids location, which is located on Cherry and Ionia in the city’s Arena District.

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

Nov. 21, 2017; michigan.gov (state press release)

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Juan Marinez of Okemos, Carlos Pava of Grand Rapids, Ivonne Soler of Livonia, and Jesse Venegas of Royal Oak to the Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

… Pava is the COO and co-founder of Voices for Health, Inc. He is a licensed trainer for the Community Interpreter International and a certified healthcare interpreter. Pava holds an associate degree from Grand Rapids Community College and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and business administration from Michigan State University.

Showtime: Sunday, November 26

Nov. 26, 2017; WOOD Radio

Your daily guide to live music performances and entertainment in West Michigan, for Sunday, November 26, 2017.

… GRCC PLAYERS    Spectrum Theatre, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE, 616-234-3946

  • Detroit ’67, December 7 to 9.
  • This Is Our Youth, January 11 to 13, 2018.
  • Dead Man’s Cell Phone, March 29 to 31.

Toys for Tots Drop-Off Locations – 2017

Nov. 22, 2017; WZZM

Full Toys for Tots County-by-County Drop-Off Lists 2017

… Grand Rapids Community College Exercise Science Club    111 Lyon St NE     Grand Rapids

Schubert Male Chorus to perform holiday concert in East Grand Rapids

Nov. 22, 2017; MLive

The Schubert Male Chorus is inviting the community to enjoy its holiday concert, “A Merry Gentlemen Christmas.”

… A portion of all ticket sales help support the Linda and Alan Doering – Schubert Male Chorus GRCC music scholarship.

Coldwater places four on Interstate 8 All-Conference volleyball team

Nov. 24, 2017; The Daily Reporter (Coldwater)

COLDWATER — The Coldwater Lady Cardinal volleyball team had one of the most successful seasons in school history in 2017, putting together an astonishing record of 43-6-3 for the year.

… Both Jamie and Jasmine (Wellet) will continue their volleyball and academic careers at Grand Rapids Community College next year.

 

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.