Author P.M. Forni on Campus This Week

The Center for Teaching Excellence, Employee Professional Development and Enrichment and the School of Student Affairs are pleased to host Dr. P.M. Forni on campus next week. Dr. Forni, Cofounder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project, will lecture and discuss GRCC’s One Book, One College selection for 2010: his book Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct. Faculty who have not yet obtained their complimentary copy may contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at or 234-2278.

Events include:

Civility on Campus: What’s In It for You?| Wednesday, October 27 | 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM|
ATC Auditorium with streaming in the ATC Banquet Rooms for additional audience capacity
Open to: Entire GRCC Community      Admission:  Free
This presentation will focus on the benefits of civility in the college community, with special emphasis on the student’s point of reference. There will be time for Q&A as well as light refreshments. Faculty are invited to bring their classes, or to encourage student attendance and related assignments. Attendance slips will be provided. See below for resources.

Modeling Civility in the American Workplace | Thursday, October 28 | 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM |SCC Multipurpose Room

Open to: All GRCC Employees – emphasis on Staff
Dr. Forni will address GRCC staff who are often the first to encounter students in distress with an emphasis on triage and civility.  For more information, please contact Liz Timmer at or 234-3490

Choosing Civility | Thursday, October 28 | 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM | Spectrum Theater|
Open to: GRCC and General Public     Admission: Free
In his keynote speech to GRCC and the Grand Rapids Community, Dr. Forni will discuss his book Choosing Civility: The Twenty-five Rules of Considerate Conduct and his work as cofounder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project. His goal is to “make a persuasive case for making civility a central concern in our lives, and to present and discuss the twenty-five basic rules of civility for our times.”  Faculty are invited to bring their classes, or to encourage student attendance and related assignments. See below for resources. Attendance slips will be provided.

Breakfast with Faculty| Friday, October 29 | 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM | Room 205 Student Center (adjacent to the Raider Grille)
Open to: GRCC and visiting faculty   Admission: Free
Enjoy a continental breakfast and informal conversation with Dr. Forni and your colleagues around your questions and experiences as inspired by the College’s One Book, One College Project.
For more information, please contact Dr. Ric Underhile at or 234-4547


Please Share Your Examples of Civility/Incivility at GRCC

As part of the One Book One College program on Choosing Civility, we are collecting specific examples of civility and incivility that will help us all understand how the Rules of Considerate Conduct are relevant to GRCC.  You can contribute to this effort by completing this survey.

In the first question, you will select a rule of considerate conduct. Second, you will indicate if it is an example of Civility or Incivility. Next you will describe the situation surrounding and leading up to the example. Then describe the specific behavior that is central to this example. Lastly, describe the consequence(s) of this behavior.

If you want to provide more than one example, simply return to the link and start over.

These examples will be summarized and shared with everyone at the college.

GRCC’s Heritage Restaurant Named “Best Kept Secret”

GRCC’s student-run Heritage Restaurant won first place in the category of “Best Kept Secret” in the Downtown Awards, sponsored by the Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance. The college will be presented with an award at the Downtown Alliance’s Annual Meeting:

Downtown Alliance Annual Meeting
Friday, October 29, 2010
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
Imperial Ballroom
187 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Congratulations to the Secchia Institute for Culinary Education staff and students!

GRCC in the News: 10/23/10-10/25/10

Twin college presidents’ teams do battle on the gridiron
Chicago Daily Herald | By Erin Brooks

They look the same. They talk the same. They chose the same career, and have identical job titles.  But they root for different college football teams. Identical twin brothers Kenneth and Steven Ender are the presidents of Harper College in Palatine and Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids, Mich. They watched their teams go head to head Saturday in the second annual Twin Bowl the aptly named matchup that takes the duo’s sibling rivalry to the gridiron.  (More)

Harper, Grand Rapids football meet in Twin Bowl
Article updated: 10/21/2010 01:07 PM | Chicago Daily Herald

Saturday’s gridiron matchup between Harper College and Grand Rapids Community College will have more than just a football rivalry at stake. The matchup features colleges presided over by identical twin brothers Kenneth and Steven Ender – who took over as presidents of Harper and Grand Rapids, respectively, in 2009. The game, which has been dubbed the “Twin Bowl,” kicks off at 1 p.m. on Harper’s field, 1200 W. Algonquin Road in Palatine.  (More)

GRCC football team ends regular season with easy road win against Harper College
Published: Saturday, October 23, 2010, 6:30 PM | The Grand Rapids Press

PALATINE, Ill. — The Grand Rapids Community College football team capped off the regular season in dominating fashion Saturday afternoon with a 54-14 road win against Harper College. The sixth-ranked Raiders now will prepare for the postseason. GRCC (8-1, 6-1) will host Joliet Junior College (2-7, 0-7) next Saturday in a first-round Midwest Football Conference regional game at Houseman Field.  (More)

GRCC faculty say college is relying too heavily on part-time teachers
Published: Sunday, October 24, 2010, 5:10 AM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — Full-time faculty at Grand Rapids Community College are speaking out against the school’s rapid growth and the president’s management and hiring strategy, specifically that part-time faculty now teach more classes than they do.  (More)

Running back Shawn Jackson proving to be worth the wait for Hope
Published: Friday, October 22, 2010, 10:30 AM | Cris Greer | The Grand Rapids Press

While signing up for classes at Grand Rapids Community College, Shawn Jackson got a phone call that altered his path. At the other end of the line was Hope College football coach Dean Kreps. It wasn’t the 2009 Comstock Park graduate’s first discussion with Kreps, but it was the one that convinced him to check out the Flying Dutchmen.  (More)

Employee Professional Development Offerings: 10/25/10-11/5/10

From Employee Professional Development & Enrichment

Monday, October 25 | Motivating Others 2-4 p.m.

Tuesday, October 26 | Scoring Ideas (Innovation Series) 9-11 a.m.

Wednesday, October 27

  • Resumes & Cover Letters 9:30-11 a.m.
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness Training 2:30-4 p.m.

Thursday, October 27

  • GroupWise 7 & 8 — The Difference 10-11 a.m.
  • Disability 101 1-3 p.m.

Monday, November 1 | Ethics at GRCC 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 2

  • Prioritizing, Selecting & Shaping Ideas for Innovation 9-11 a.m.
  • Facilitation Skills 9-11 a.m.
  • Best Practices for Social Media 2-3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 3

  • Coping & Stress Management 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • PeopleSoft – Entries, Budget & Queries on FSPROD 2-3:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 4 | DISC Classic 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Friday, November 5 | Best Practices in Taking Notes & Minutes 9-10 a.m.

For details or to register for any of these sessions, go to