Category Archives: Alumni

Alumnus Jackson Shaver looks to fill pitcher position for EMU

Jackson Shaver stands on a baseball field.
Jackson Shaver

GRCC alumnus Jackson Shaver looks to fill the third starting position as pitcher on Eastern Michigan University’s baseball team.

Last season, Shaver recorded 65 innings as pitcher for the Raiders and was named all-conference. The 6-foot, 7-inch right-hander attended Forest Hills Northern High School.

EMU has high expectations for Shaver this upcoming season. During the 2017 season, the Eagles reached their first Mid-American Conference title game since 2008.  During the annual Green and White Series game in October, Shaver pitched four scoreless innings for the Green team.

EMU kicked off its season last week when the Eagles lost a double-header against Florida Gulf Coast down in Fort Myers, Fla. They play their first home game on March 23 at Oestrike Stadium, for a conference match against Miami.

GRCC In the News, 2-14-18

West Michigan Whitecaps announce lineup for Tigers Wednesdays

Feb. 13, 2018; MLive

The West Michigan Whitecaps popular Tigers Fridays is back, except now it is called Tigers Wednesdays because, well, they moved it to a new day.

… Dave Rozema

Date: July 11

A local standout from Grand Rapids Central High School and Grand Rapids Community College, Rozema won a career-high 15 games with the Tigers as a rookie starting pitcher in 1977. He had a career record 60-53 in 10 seasons, and 57-46 with the Tigers.

2018 Baseball Season Preview

Feb. 13, 2018; EMU Eagles (athletics department website)

YPSILANTI, Mich. ( — The Eastern Michigan University baseball team is set to escape the cold and snowy conditions of Michigan as it heads down to sunny Florida to open its 2018 season Friday, Feb. 16. After a solid 2017 campaign, which saw the Eagles reach their first Mid-American Conference title game since 2008, EMU looks to reach new heights under new interim head coach Eric Roof.

… The third starting role will most likely go to incoming JUCO transfer Jackson Shaver (Grand Rapids, Mich.-Forest Hills Northern (Grand Rapids C.C.)). The 6-foot-7 right hander logged 65 innings for the GRCC Raiders last season on his way to being named all-conference.

GRCC In the News, 2-9-18

U.P. woman reappointed to state board

Feb. 8, 2018;

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Dr. Nolana Bandy of Detroit, Kristina Donaldson of Caledonia, and Laura McKechnie of Sault Sainte Marie to the Michigan Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Developmental Disabilities.

… Donaldson is a site coordinator for the Family Leadership Initiative and a lead parent representative for Kent County Local Leadership Group. She studied business management at Grand Rapids Community College. She will continue to represent parents of infants or toddlers with disabilities or children with disabilities less than 13 years old at the time of appointment.

Weekend Rundown: Golf, ice and music

Feb. 8, 2018; WZZM

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – Cj DeVries from shares her top five weekend events.

ENTREPRENEURIAL GOLD – Thursday, February 8, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Start your Black History Month of right by attending Entrepreneurial Gold this Thursday. We have two powerful speakers, both of whom are the first African American presidents of their organizations. Mr. Bill Manns is the President of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s. Dr. Bill Pink is the President of Grand Rapids Community College. The evening includes a drawing for two tickets to the premier of Black Panther, music by Nu Soul and DJ Monk Mattheaus. Plus, youll have the opportunity to connect with the GR Urban League, NAACP, Our Kitchen Table, Grand Rapids Hip Hop Coalition, and more! Join us at Brush Studio, 50 Louis NW for a power discussion and community collaboration.

Deonna Cattledge featured in Alumni Recital on Feb. 11

GRCC alumna Deonna Cattledge is returning to campus to perform a recital at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Music Center.

After GRCC, she went on to earn her bachelor’s in music performance from Oklahoma City University and her master’s in vocal performance, music performance and pedagogy from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Cattledge, a classically trained soprano, is a vocal trainer, vocal coach and speaker in Oklahoma City. She is also the founder of Bringing Innovative Needed Knowledge (BINK), a program that combines opera and hip-hop to inspire teens to pursue their dreams, and the owner of Deonna Marie/The Gift of Voice, which provides training to prevent vocal issues and disorders.

Tickets for her recital cost $10 for students and seniors and $15 for the public. They can be purchased at the door or online.

GRCC In the News, 1-30-18

Teaching, counseling, coaching and serving fill life for local resident

Jan. 27, 2018; Hastings Reminder

Continuing to teach driver’s education for 37 years says a lot about the perseverance of Hastings resident Jack Longstreet, who taught and coached in Stanton and Hastings.

… After high school, he attended Grand Rapids Community College, when it was called a junior college, and then transferred to Western Michigan University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies, history and coaching in 1969.

GRCC In the News, 1-25-18

New restaurant Westside Social opens at former Shawmut Inn site

Jan. 24, 2018; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Joe DiLeonardo hopes his new restaurant, Westside Social Tavern, finds the same loyal following as its predecessor, the Shawmut Inn.

… Westside Social will eventually be handed down to DiLeonardo’ oldest son, Anthony, 23, a graduate of Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College. He’s a sous chef at the restaurant, working alongside head chef Bob Huynh, whose resume includes Green Well and Nonna’s: The Trattoria in Ada.

World Affairs Council 2018 discussion series starts Jan. 29

Jan. 24, 2018; MLive

Global health, the defense budget and Putin’s Russia are just a few of the topics  the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan will explore during their 2018 discussion series.

… Local participating institutions include Aquinas College, Calvin College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Montcalm Community College and Western Michigan University.

GHACF president a finalist for Visionary Award

Jan. 24, 2018; Grand Haven Tribune

One of the finalists for the 2018 Visionary Award from Lakeshore Advantage was Holly Johnson, president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, for her work with the Housing Next initiative.

… Other finalists were:

Brian Walker, Herman Miller; Peter Haines, Ottawa Area ISD; and Dr. Bill Pink, Grand Rapids Community College/Careerline Tech Center Early College Program, who worked to design a unique early college program that integrates a corporate partner, allowing students to participate in internships and earn a professional industry certification.