GRCC In the News, 4-18-19

Schwannecke inks with GVSU

April 18, 2019; Traverse City Record-Eagle

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Central standout athlete Tobin Schwannecke could hear the clock ticking down the time he had left to make a college decision.

… Riley Sullivan (baseball) signed with Macomb Community College, Sam Schmitt (baseball) signed with Grand Rapids Community College, Matt Henkel (tennis) signed with Hope College and Jordon Christopher (track) inked with Adrian.

‘The Wolves’ puts you on a girls soccer team

April 16, 2019; Grand Rapids Magazine

An award-winning play opening this week revolves around the discussions on a high school girls soccer team.

… Presented by Actors’ Theatre, the performances will be at GRCC’s Spectrum Theater downtown, at 160 Fountain St. NE.

GRCC In the News, 4-17-19

Grant funds will buy new mobile dental unit for Ottawa County

April 16, 2019; MLive

A dental office on wheels that has been serving Ottawa County for 15 years will be replaced next year through a $200,000 grant to the Ottawa County Department of Public Health.

… Funding for the Miles of Smiles program is provided by state grants and foundations, local foundations, donations and county support. Dental services for children are made possible by a volunteer network of more than 100 dentists, hygienists and Grand Rapids Community College dental hygiene students.

GRCC In the News, 4-16-19

Gov. Whitmer appoints 3 Kent County residents to MEDC board

April 15, 2019 MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Three of the 11 new members Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee are from Kent County.

… The three Kent County appointments are:

Bill Pink, of Ada, the president of Grand Rapids Community College. He is appointed to represent public entities for a term expiring April 5, 2023.

Twin sisters at Ottawa Hills ranked valedictorian and salutatorian

April 15, 2019; FOX 17

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Twin sisters who are a month away from graduating from Ottawa Hills High School recently learned they will be doing it as valedictorian and salutatorian.

… Tai and Sy (Moore) plan to study at Grand Rapids Community College with a major in criminal justice and minor in Spanish. They say they want to help people who like them, are working for a better life.

Muskegon Community College baseball team falls twice to Grand Rapids

April 15, 2019; Local Sports Journal (Muskegon)

The Muskegon Community College baseball team dropped both of its games with Grand Rapids Community College on Saturday, falling 4-1 and 5-0.

Grand Rapids school board to discuss reopening superintendent search Monday

April 15, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Board of Education scheduled a work session for Monday, April 22, to discuss the next steps for reopening its superintendent search.

… School board member Tony Baker suggested the board consider some other options such as establishing a search committee similar to what Grand Rapids Community College did in 2016 for its presidential search.

Gamma Theta Upsilon collecting snacks for Kids’ Food Basket

GRCC’s chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geographic honors society is hosting the last of its food drives for this academic year, with a pickup scheduled for noon Wednesday.

Kids’ Food Basket is need of:

  • Dried fruit (no nuts)
  • Fruit cups or pouches
  • Pretzel twists
  • Cheez-its or Goldfish crackers
  • Toasted oat cereal
  • Snack-size zipper bags

You can drop off items in the Dean’s office in room 310 of Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall (formerly the Main Building) or at the Social Sciences Department offices, on the second floor of White Hall.

Raider recap: April 8-14

GRCC’s baseball team enjoyed a perfect 4-0 week. Softball was busy, playing eight games in five days, and golf got a few rounds in against some four-year schools, finishing fourth overall.

Let’s take a more in depth look at how the Raiders fared:


Aaron Kietzman
Aaron Kietzman

The Raiders earned one of the their biggest wins in years, coming from behind against Kalamazoo Valley Community College on April 9.

Down 7-4 in the first game, the Raiders got RBIs from Aaron Kietzman and Sierra Stoepker that tied it up going into the 7th inning. Alexa Abrahamson and the Raider defense retired the Cougars in order in the 7th and 8th.  In the bottom of the 8th, Kietzman walked with one out, then stole second.  Stoepker then hit a gapper to right center, sending home the winning run. In game two, the Raiders had seven hits, just one less than in game one, but fell to KVCC 14-1 in five innings. Stoepker finished the double header 4 of 7 with 4 RBI.

Sierra Stoepker
Sierra Stoepker

The Raiders racked up 27 runs and 30 hits, picking up the sweep over the Ancilla College Chargers on April 11.

In the first game, the Raiders won 11-3 in six innings and got home runs from Madison Marble (her fourth of the year) and Mackenzie North, her first.  Both two-run shots came in the six-run 3rd inning. North finished 4 for 4 with 3 RBIs.

In game two, the Raiders were victorious 15-5, scoring in every inning but one — including seven runs in the final frame. Stoepker was a perfect 5 for 5 (including two triples and a double) with 2 RBIs.

The 1st-place Lansing Community College Stars took care of the Raiders 8-0 in game one and 11-3 in game two on April 12.  GRCC had 12 total hits, including three from Kietzman.

The Mid Michigan College Lakers took care of the Raiders 8-5 and 7-3 on April 13.  Andrea Chipman had three of the Raiders’ 11 total hits.


John Sanocki
John Sanocki

Tuesday, April 9th vs. Aquinas College JV; The Raider pitching staff of John Sanocki, Garrett CheslekLogan Campbell and Logan Fleming combined for 16 strikeouts against Aquinas College’s JV team on April 9, giving up just 3 hits.  The Raiders won the ball game 9-2 and were highlighted offensively by a 4-for-5 performance from center fielder Dylan McMaster.  He had two doubles and two RBIs in the leadoff spot. Sanocki earned his 2nd win.

Dylan McMaster
Dylan McMaster

On April 10,  22 Raiders saw the field against Cornerstone University’s JV team, including seven pitchers, in a 14-3 nonconference victory.  GRCC’s Trevor Patterson — batting over .500 for the year — was 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs, while Jordan Ball went 2 for 6 with 3 RBIs. The pitching staff scattered just four hits while striking out 11.

In a battle for third place in the conference, the Raiders played one of their best double headers of the year against Muskegon Community College taking down the Jayhawks 4-1 and 5-0 on April 13. Ace Jacob Wosinski nearly posted a shutout but a two-out HBP ended up scoring in the last inning. He finished with a superb 10 K – 1 BB game and allowed just three hits.  Patterson led the offensive with two of the seven Raider hits.

In the second game,  the Raiders got the shutout, and Troy Hedges nearly pulled off the no-hitter but the Jayhawks had a double in the first inning. Hedges (3-1) had 12 K’s while walking just one.  GRCC had 7 hits again, this time led by Calvin Syrjala’s 2-for-2, 2 RBI performance.  Alec Lockwood had a big moment in the 4th, hitting his first home run of the year.  The wins upped GRCC’s record to 10-4 in the conference and 15-16 overall.


Cooper Bell
Cooper Bell

The golf team played at the Shootout at Stonehedge in the Battle Creek area on April 12 and 13 and finished tied for 4th out of eight teams.  The other seven teams were all four-year institutions.  The University of Northwestern Ohio won the competition, posting a 566 (-10) score.  The Raiders tied Aquinas with a 632 score.

After day one, the Raiders were five strokes behind Aquinas, but they shot a 306 on Saturday to finish tied.  Cooper Bell finished 12th overall with a +11/155 score.  Logan Holtkamp posted a +13/157 score which was tied for 17th best.

Computer Information Systems student receives Andrews Award during Delta Pi Alpha ceremony

A Computer Information Systems student received the Arthur Andrews Award during a dinner Thursday honoring members of Delta Pi Alpha.

Daniel Cruzan received this year’s award, which goes to the Delta Pi Alpha student with the highest cumulative GPA and the greatest number of honor points.

“When an industry partner, US Signal, came to us looking for internship candidates, and Daniel took the initiative to apply, I was delighted to recommend him,” CIS professor Andrew Rozema said. “He’s been over there learning about their networks in the real world this semester.”

As part of his coursework, Cruzan took four classes through GRCC’s partnership with Cisco Networking Academy and then passed a rigorous exam to become a Cisco Certified Network Associate. This spring, he will receive an Associate of Applied Arts and Science degree and will work toward a bachelor’s degree at Ferris State University.

Cruzan said his pathway to success was longer and more challenging than expected. He worked in a factory after losing his father to cancer.

“I was doing a grind, working 40 to 60 hours a week, and I was using that time to recover and save up,” Cruzan said. “I had no idea when I quit my job and started to go to college that I’d do so well or what I was capable of. I’m so thankful to everyone here for bringing me into your lives.”

The Arthur Andrews Award is given in memory of Grand Rapids Junior College’s second president.

“This award recognizes students’ outstanding academic achievement and personal investment in their academic success,” said Tina Hoxie, associate provost and dean of Student Affairs. “It reflects the value that Arthur Andrews and GRCC have always placed on academic excellence.”

Cruzan was among 13 students who were honored during the ceremony for achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA. The other students are:

  • Elizabeth Aronica.
  • Sara Dokter.
  • Parzinder Ghavri.
  • Jennifer Kober.
  • Jamey Limbers.
  • Rashmeer Mangat.
  • Nicole Meredith.
  • Sydney Mrozik.
  • Mackenzie Omness.
  • Derrick Place.
  • Katelyn Sparks.
  • Cody Zokoe.

While the Andrews Award recognizes the student with the highest GPA, being a member of Delta Pi Alpha is itself an honor. That recognition goes only to students with excellent academic achievements from the top 5 percent of the graduating class. This year, 80 students were inducted into Delta Pi Alpha:

  • Amanda Ayers.
  • Anna Bareman.
  • Anastasia Barnes.
  • Michelle Bates.
  • Trevor Beardsley.
  • Todd Benedict.
  • Kaitlyn Bernatowicz.
  • Kelsey Berry.
  • Emma Bieniewicz.
  • Leah Boerkoel.
  • Cecelia Brandt.
  • Clayton Brenner.
  • Molly Broekhuis.
  • Deborah Creswell.
  • Stephanie Cronk.
  • Ian Devries.
  • Nicholas Devries.
  • Brandon Docter.
  • Krista Dollaway.
  • Amy Earl.
  • Emily Ericson.
  • Tikvah Finn.
  • Cara Flage.
  • Mark Gajewski.
  • Camryn Giem.
  • Eduardo Gomez.
  • David Greeley.
  • Jennifer Guthrie.
  • Joseph Hamilton.
  • Haley Hartman.
  • Kathryn Hibschman.
  • Kyanna Hunter.
  • Melissa Inman.
  • Leah Jodoin.
  • Zachary Johnson.
  • Caitlin Johnston.
  • Iain Jones.
  • Stephanie Kruskie.
  • Hannah Layle.
  • Emma Leary.
  • Nichole Lehman.
  • Ariana Markus.
  • Carson McCready.
  • Mikaela McKowen.
  • Gabriel McNinch.
  • Brandon Miersma.
  • Cerena Millis.
  • Katie Offringa.
  • Logan Oostdyk.
  • Kimberly Patulski.
  • Brooke Peckham.
  • Ngoc Quach.
  • Jessica Quist.
  • Nathan Shipaila.
  • Katherine Sikkema.
  • Thomas Smarch.
  • Misty Smith.
  • Kirsten Storemski.
  • Rebecca Surman.
  • Elizabeth Suvedi.
  • Rodney Van Lagen.
  • Melissa Walczewski.
  • Rachael Walski.
  • Ryan Wilson.
  • Catherine Wissman.
  • Sara Yonkers.
  • Sarah Young.

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