“Choosing Civility” Author on Campus Today/Tomorrow

Author P.M. Forni

Dr. P.M. Forni, author of Choosing Civility, will be speaking to students today (Wednesday, 10/27) at 2:00 PM in the Applied Technology Center Auditorium. His talk is entitled: Civility on Campus: What’s In It for You?

He will also be speaking on Thursday night (10/28) at 7:00 PM in Spectrum Theater.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit www.grcc.edu/civility

Raider Salute to Organizers of Moral Ground Town Hall

This Raider Salute comes from Moss Ingram:

I would like to provide a hearty Raider Salute to everyone who helped orchestrate a most successful Moral Ground Town Hall event on Tuesday evening. First and foremost, I would like thank Maryann Lesert, who organized and facilitated the evening, which featured the authors and editors of The Moral Ground, Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, along with live music from Big Dudee Roo. I would like to thank Dr. Ender for providing his perspective on sustainability at GRCC, our greater community, and the Moral Ground question: Do we have a moral and ethical responsibility to preserve the Earth for future generations? I would also like to give many thanks to Duane, Tim, Kelly, and Ben in Media Services, and Shelly and Catie in providing support at Spectrum Theater. I would also like to give very special thanks to Chef Nancy and Aaron Chew for providing a sustainable menu of locally grown, organic, vegetarian treats, along with free trade tea and coffee, and thanks to the entire Food Services team.

GRCC in the News: 10/27/10

Grand Rapids Community College kindly requests campus civility
Published: Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 12:55 PM | Dave Murray | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — As the dwindling days of the election season bring debates and ads crackling with nastiness, Grand Rapids Community College leaders say they’re hoping to create an oasis of civility.  Starting this week, every staff member will have a copy of P.M. Forni’s book “Choosing Civility,” and are urged to adopt the author’s 25 rules in classes as well as interacting with each other.   (More)

Local Persian fare tantalizes tastebuds
by Jessalyn Richter | This article was written and edited by Bart Boorsma, Brittney Frye, Kailey Smith, Rachelle Van Dyke and Wes Vos for EN 101-1300 at GRCC.

You don’t have to go to Persia to get a Mediterranean experience. At Shiraz Grille in Grand Rapids, authentic food brings you to the heart of the Mediterranean, making you feel as though you can smell the salt from the sea and feel the cooling Mediterranean breeze on your skin.  This restaurant offers cuisine with a variety of different depths of flavor that nearly everyone will enjoy.  (More)

Kent County tornado warning lifted, but watch extended to 6 p.m.
Published: Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 11:48 AM  | Nate Reens | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS — The National Weather Service has lifted its tornado warning for Kent County, but the tornado watch was extended until 6 p.m.  There have been no reports of tornado activity, but the line of storms, called the strongest in a decade, continue to show that potential, meteorologists said. […] Hospitals, Grand Rapids Community College and other workplaces were affected.  (More)

Benefit Fair 10/28/10

Don’t forget to stop by the Benefit Fair Thursday, Oct. 28th from 9-4 in the ATC, rooms 120, 122 & 124. Get the answers to all your health care questions direct from the vendors. Some of the other vendors include Valic, Pre-paid legal, TIAA-CREF, Flex Administrators, LMCU, YMCA, Meemic, MEBS, Aflac along with many others. Be sure to register for the many free give-aways.  (You do not need to be present to win)

Raider Salute to Jim VanDokkumburg, Scott Martin, Art Johnson, Mark Nordblum, Peggy Gorno, & Ned Ahmetovic

This Raider Salute comes from Penni Weninger and the CTE/EPDE:

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Employee Professional Development and Enrichment would like to give a raider salute to all the staff who worked to convert Room 351 Main into a brand new computer training lab:

  • Jim VanDokkumburg
  • Scott Martin
  • Art Johnson
  • Mark Nordblum
  • Peggy Gorno
  • Ned Ahmetovic

Thanks to their efforts, we can all look forward to many enlightening interactive sessions in this room in years to come. To experience it for yourself, check out professional development opportunities for faculty at http://www.grcc.edu/ctecurrentlearning and for all employees at www.grcc.edu/currentlearning.

GRCC Int’l Guitar Series Presents Florian Larousse (11/11/10)

florian_larousseThe Grand Rapids Community College International Guitar Series Proudly Presents 2009 GFA Winner, Florian Larousse at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 11, 2010.

The young French classical guitar virtuoso Florian Larousse, at the age of 22, has already wowed audiences on multiple continents. From numerous prizes in the some of the most significant international competitions of the guitar world to audience choice awards and recording contracts, Larousse has shot to the forefront of his field.

Florian Larousse has earned prizes in a number of international competitions in various countries including France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. His performance at the Jose Tomás Competition (Spain) earned him first prize and the Audience Choice Award in addition to resulting in a tour of Spain to 10 different cities as well as a recording contract. In 2009 he won the Koblenz International guitar Competition “Hubert Kappel” (Germany) and later that year won the coveted first prize of The Guitar Foundation of America International Artist Competition. His win at the 2009 GFA International Concert Artist Competition will result in a 9-month concert tour in the United States, including a performance at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall in New York, as well as a number of concerts in Brazil, Canada, China, and Mexico.

The concert will be held in Room 200 of the Grand Rapids Community College Music Center at the corner of Ransom and Lyon.

Admission is $10 General and $7 for students and seniors.

Parking is available in the GRCC student parking ramp for the cost of $1.00 for a guest parking voucher sold at the door.

Visit www.grcc.edu/guitar, call 234-3940 for further information or e-mail: bmorris@grcc.edu

GRCC Shows Strong Presence at Region’s Largest Geography Conference: 2 Alumni Honored with Awards

The Midwest’s largest regional gathering of academic geographers took place on Saturday, 23 October, as the East Lakes Division of the Association of American Geographers annual meeting was held on the campus of Grand Valley State University. Eight members of the GRCC faculty, student, and alumni community made up one of the largest contingents drawn from a single institution: Amanda Colegrove, Mike DeVivo, Ben Gerlofs, Brandi Glaske, Megan Hornyak, Marina Islas, Nathan Krings, and Stephanie Krings.

Ms. Islas (GRCC 2006), who two years ago was awarded a highly competitive assistantship to pursue graduate studies at Ohio University, completed the M.A. in Geography this past June and took first-place in the conference graduate student paper competition for her presentation, “Se Hace Camino al Andar/ The Road is Made by Walking: Women’s Participation in Community-Driven Development in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua.” Mr. Gerlofs (GRCC 2008), who recently accepted a prestigious assistantship award for graduate work at Syracuse University, took second-place honors for his presentation, “Space, Place, and Power in T.C. Boyle’s The Tortilla Curtain.”

Ms. Colegrove, Ms. Glaske, Ms. Horyak, and Mr. Krings presented a collaborative effort as undergraduates with their presentation, “The Educational and Career Benefits of Joining the International Geographical Honor Society,” in which they discussed careers in geography and their production of an excellent short promotional film, which is now available for viewing on youtube. Mr. Krings, currently at GVSU completing his baccalaureate, also presented a paper in a session on economic and urban development in Asia titled, “Chai-Street Level Realities of Modern Shanghai.”

In a session on Africa, Professor DeVivo, sponsor of the GRCC chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), The International Geographical Honor Society, presented “Integrating Foreign Area Field Studies in the Geography Curriculum: Study Abroad in Africa.” With 280 chapters worldwide, GTU exacts rigorous standards for institutional membership. The Grand Rapids Community College chapter was chartered in 2007, and it remains the only community college chapter in existence across the globe.