GRCC In the News, 2-18-19

37th Annual Giants Award winners to be honored as leaders in Grand Rapids

Feb. 17, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Ten African-American individuals will be honored by Grand Rapids Community College at this years 37th annual Giants Awards and banquet, to be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at DeVos Place’s Steelcase Ballroom, 303 Monroe Ave. NW.

Advocacy runs deep in ELNC founder

Feb. 17, 2019; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Nkechy Ezeh has always had a passion for advocacy.

… She moved here in January and once the snow melted and signs of springs started to sprout, she started to walk and familiarize herself with her new neighborhood.

“At that time I was pregnant. As I was walking around I ran into Grand Rapids Community College Library, that was a new concept for me,” said Dr. Ezeh.

Hope College hosts fourth annual ‘Fall in Love with STEM’

Feb. 16, 2019; WZZM

GVSU and GRCC will host STEM activities for middle school students February 23.

Whitmer touts a path for everyone to prosperity in GRCC visit

Feb. 15, 2019; (Kent Intermediate School District newsletter)

There’s an opportunity for everyone to be prosperous in Michigan. So said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during a visit to Grand Rapids Community College.

Workshop looks at ‘Career Planning Basics’

The Counseling and Career Center will host a workshop on “Career Planning Basics” from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in room 336 of the Student Center.

The session will cover the basics of choosing a major and planning for a career. You will get a review of the most important factors to consider and learn about the career planning resources available to all GRCC students.

No advance signup is needed for this free workshop. Questions? Call (616) 234-4130 or email .

GRCC In the News, 2-15-19

Davenport University names new provost

Feb. 14, 2019; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Davenport University announced Thursday, Feb. 14, that Gilda Gely will be its new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs.

… Prior to joining Cambridge College, Gely served as executive vice president and provost at Aquinas College from May 2014 to May 2016. She was also provost and executive vice president at Grand Rapids Community College from 2007 to 2014.

Good Local Journalism Is Essential to Good Governance

Feb. 14, 2019;

After repeated staffing cuts at the Grand Rapids Press/MLive, who’s guarding the henhouse of local government?

… City Commissioner Ruth Kelly acknowledges things aren’t what they were several years ago. She misses “reporters with experience like Jim Harger.” Now we “seem to get a new one every two years.” Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, a veteran reporter formerly with MLive and currently professor of journalism at Grand Rapids Community College, confirms this sentiment. “There isn’t the depth of experience to train recruits and facilitate the depth of coverage” there used to be.

Mya Jordan dominates; Raiders win 3rd in a row

The Raiders put on another dominating defense performance Wednesday to even up their conference record with a 61-42 victory over Lansing Community College.

Sophomore Mya Jordan‘s 24 points and 12 rebounds led GRCC to its 15th victory of the season at 6-6 in conference play.  Lansing drops to 6-17 overall and 2-10 in the conference.

The Stars had the lead much of the first five minutes of the ball game, before a big bucket by Jordan gave the Raiders an 8-7 lead with 5:46 on the clock.  Hallee Breimayer capped off a 12-0 run that went into the second quarter to make it 16-7, and the Raiders never looked back.  The defense allowed a season-low 13 points in the first half as the visitors headed into the locker room up 17. Every Raider scored and grabbed at least one board in the opening half, led by Jordan’s eight points and Emily Pendred’s 11 rebounds.

Aaliyah Sargent
Aaliyah Sargent

Both teams played evenly in the second half, with the Raiders outscoring the Stars 31-29.  GRCC led by as many as 20 and the Stars could only get to within 14 points.  Jordan’s dominating performance included eight of 13 from the field in the second half, totaling 16 of her game-high 24 points. Jaylynn Williams scored 17 of her team-high 23 points in the half for the Stars.

The Raiders out-rebounded the Stars 61-42, making it the sixth time this season they have out-rebounded their opponents by 10 or more. Offensively, GRCC had 19 assists on 25 field goals, led by Breimayer’s nine — her highest of the season.  The sophomore has averaged 7.8 assists in her last four games and now has 107 on the season.  She also scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and had three steals.

Kendall Griffioen
Kendall Griffioen

Pendred had one of her best all-around games of the season, totaling 14 points on six of 11 from the floor to go with her game-high 15 rebounds, eight of which came on the offensive end.  Aaliyah Sargent had five points, seven rebounds and five assists.  Kendall Griffioen finished with five rebounds and totaled seven of the team’s 12 blocked shots.

The Raiders will be back in action Friday as they take on the Vikings of Glen Oaks at 5:30 p.m.  In their first meeting in January, GRCC handled the Vikings by a final of 71-44.  Glen Oaks is currently 5-16 overall and 1-10 in the conference and will play tonight against Jackson.

Cam Spicer scores career-high 25 points in GRCC win over Lansing

Camren Spicer

The Raiders traveled Wednesday night in attempt to win their first game at Lansing Community College during the Luke Bronkema era and — most importantly — stay in first place in the conference.

Cam Spicer knocked in a career-high 25 points, leading the Raiders to victory, 71-63, and giving them a two-game edge in the race for the conference title. The Raiders are now 17-6 overall and 10-2 in the MCCAA-West. The Stars fell to 10-12 overall and 8-4 in league play.

Sammie Ryans
Sammie Ryans

The Stars jumped out to a 7-4 lead Wednesday, but a Sammie Ryans three capped an 8-0 run to give the Raiders the five-point lead with 14:11 on the clock.  A three-pointer by Skyler Wilson tied the ball game at 12, but on GRCC’s next possession, William Otole answered back with a three of his own. Despite many runs, the Stars couldn’t pull back ahead.  At the half, it was a nine-point advantage for GRCC and, after one of the many Spicer layups just three minutes into the second half, the Raiders would lead by 15.

William Otole
William Otole

Tevin Ali’s layup for the Stars with 4:25 left in the game made it 62-57, and LCC got to within five points again with 55 seconds remaining.  But on the next Raider possession, the visitors got a clutch put back by D’Avery Moore, making it 70-63 and giving up any hope for a Stars comeback. Spicer scored 19 of his team’s 39 points in the second half, including seven from the charity stripe.

The 63 points scored by the Stars were the second lowest total allowed by the Raiders this season. Just two days ago, the Raiders gave up a season-low 56 at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. In their last matchups, the Raiders are allowing just 67.3 points per game, 10 points lower than their 77.0 season average.

Along with Spicer’s career-high 25 points, he added eight rebounds (second best on the team) and team highs of five assists and two steals.  Ryans chipped in with 11 points and seven rebounds.  Ike Kanu had nine points and 11 rebounds.  Otole finished with 10 points, while Moore finished with eight points.

The Raiders will look to avenge an early season loss to Glen Oaks Community College as they host the Vikings at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the fieldhouse.  The Vikings will have no days of rest as they have to play a makeup game with Jackson today.  Currently, their record is 7-13 overall and 4-7 in the conference.

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