New Administrator Code of Ethics Policy

GRCC has a new Administrator Code of Ethics policy Effective October 4, 2011.  Here are the important details:

  • Applies to all administrators, Vice Presidents and President.
  • Patterned after Faculty Code of Ethics previously adopted by the Academic Governing Council.
  • The Code is aspirational, educational and regulatory.
  • The Code addresses administrators’ responsibilities to guard the institution’s academic mission and to serve as good stewards of the College’s resources.

The full text of the policy is available here. (.doc)


Choosing Civility 25 Rules Poster Display – Photos

Choosing Civility 25 Rules Poster Display in Counseling

Continuing the work of the One Book, One College Team who brought Choosing Civility and its author, Dr. P.M. Forni, to GRCC in 2010, framed posters illustrating the 25 rules of civility have been installed in the Student Lounge on the third floor of the Student Center.

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Designed and created by Matt Coullard and Alex Meiser, an intern from Kendall College of Art and Design, the posters graphically highlight the 25 rules outlined in Dr. Forni’s book.

Art Johnson (an alumnus of Kendall) designed the installation to provide students, staff, faculty and community members an opportunity to stop and reflect on the benefits of positive citizenship.

A special thanks to Neal McGladdery for installing the posters.

Calling for Leadership Coach Volunteers

Are you in a leadership position? Are you interested in supporting the development of future leaders in a mentoring role? We need you! We currently have more emerging leaders for the Leadership Institute than we have coaches. Please consider this opportunity to be a Leadership Coach. Please contact MaryBeth Beighley at x3529 or For additional information please see

Faculty Learning Opportunities – 10/6/11-10/14/11

The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to offer the following Faculty Professional Development opportunities in the next two weeks. Unless otherwise noted, our offerings are open to any full- or part-time faculty at GRCC or any institution of higher learning. For more information or registration assistance, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at or (616) 234-2278.

Full list available below: Continue reading

Recycle Unwanted Electronics Today Through Friday 10/5/11-10/7/11

Do you own more than two non-functioning computers?

  • Could you build your own Transformers out of all the old appliances in the basement?
  • Do you have a new flat screen TV sitting on top of a 1980 console TV?
  • Are you saving a now-departed Brave Little Toaster on your back porch shelf?

Well, now’s your time to take control of your old, dusty, closet-killing electronics. Fill your car, van or truck and bring the whole embarrassing mess of outdated electronics over to a GRCC recycling station Wednesday, Thursday or Friday this week.

GRCC is stationing Comprenew’s e-Drop Trailers at three locations, all three days, all for free.

  • Bostwick Commons (Bostwick Ave., between Lyon and Fountain streets.) on GRCC’s Main Campus
  • Cook Administration Building (Corner of Prospect Ave. and Fulton St., NE Corner of parking lot) on GRCC’s DeVos Campus
  • Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center Loading Dock on Ransom St. (between Lyon and Fountain Streets) on GRCC’s Main Campus

The times for the collection are October 5 and 6 between 6:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; and October 7 from 6:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

For a complete list of items that can be recycled visit

Congratulations to Ramon Silguero for Winning October 2011 Anchor Award

Ramon Silguero - Anchor Award Winner for October 2011

The Anchor Award Winner for October (Attitude) is Ramon Silguero. Ramon works in the Seccia Institute for Culinary Education Storeroom. Ramon was nominated by Marcia Arp, on behalf of the department. Marcia wrote that “The reason Ramon is so valuable to our department is his attitude about work ethic. He jumps in where needed without thinking twice. It doesn’t matter what the project is, Ramon does it as if it was the most important thing for him to do that day.”

Congratulations Ramon!

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Student Employment Services created the “Anchor Award” to give applause to outstanding Student Employees who help “anchor” their departments no matter the circumstances.

This award is unique in that it recognizes Student Employees for their contributions to their department and to the college based on a different trait/skill each month. Below are the nomination qualities and the corresponding month each will be recognized. Please consider nominating an outstanding Student Employee this academic year!


  • Attitude (October)
  • Noble Character (November)
  • Change/Adaptability (December)
  • Humanity/Diversity (January)
  • Organization/Innovation (February)
  • Responsiveness/Accountability (March)

Raw Foods 101

Are you curious about raw foods? Do you hear these buzz words and wonder what they are really all about? Join Raw Food Freelancer Jennifer Pohlman for this 2 hour culinary experience on October 11th. Here you will learn the benefits of a raw food lifestyle, food prep tips, demonstrations and sampling galore! When you eat a diet of mainly raw foods you are freed from calorie counting, protein worries and carbohydrate overload. Let nature do it’s job – eat smart, eat raw!

Sign up here under Staff Development current learning opportunities.

GRCC in the News – 10/5/11

Taylor, GRCC president, to host students in new high school completion program and their families
Published: Wednesday, October 05, 2011, 10:30 AM | Monica Scott | The Grand Rapids Press

GRAND RAPIDS – Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Community College, and Huntington Bank officials today will attend a new high school completion program the school district and college announced in August.  (More)

Navarro tumbles to No. 7 in new NJCAA Football Poll
October 4, 2011 | From Staff Reports Associated Press

Navarro fell out of the top spot to No. 7 in the new NJCAA Football Poll released Tuesday. […] After surviving a 56-48 shootout against Iowa Western College, Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) improved to No. 6 with 104 points.  (More)

Holland artist included in ArtPrize panel tonight
The Holland Sentinel | Posted Oct 04, 2011 @ 04:02 PM

Grand Rapids — Grand Rapids Community College will hold a panel discussion featuring four ArtPrize artists tonight from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Spectrum Theater on GRCC’s main campus.  (More)