Reaching Out to Young Victims of
Domestic Violence
MCC Public Safety Officer Tom Durant and
fellow officers from the MCC Public Safety
delivered twelve school backpacks filled
with gender/age appropriate items to the
YWCA Domestic Violence Sexual Assault
Service Program Jan. 7 as part of the
department’s long-time support.
The backpacks, for children aged 7 to
12, were filled with mittens, socks, towels,
toothbrush/toothpaste, travel size toothbrush,
dental floss, deodorant, bar of soap, body
wash, travel size Kleenex, hand sanitizers,
school notebooks, box of fruit snacks and
age appropriate card games. Officer Durant
initiated the idea of the backpacks for youth
at the Shelter and MCC Public Safety has
been supportive of his initiative, according to
Ann Kita, service coordinator & crisis counselor for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services at the YWCA of Greater Flint.
In addition to the backpacks, MCC Public Safety delivered two boxes filled with
more personal care items, hats/scarves, and
snacks, that will be used by the children who
reside in the YWCA Safehouse.
The CTL Has Joined the Blogosphere
The CTL is now publishing a blog available at - - where they share news,
links, and summaries of the latest articles about issues of importance to community college education. They are looking for guest writers who can share short articles of news and analysis on
issues of assessment, creative practices, adjunct teaching, active learning, or many of the other
topics that are relevant to improving how we serve our students and improve their success in the
classroom. Contact Mara Fulmer at [email protected] or 762-0394 to indicate your interest
in being a guest contributor to the blog.
In other CTL news: You can now get Blackboard Video tutorials On Demand from the CTL
Techs! Register for CTL Techs On Demand through the CTL app and you’ll be added to a specially-created Blackboard shell that contains lots of topics on navigating the various tricks of
Blackboard and more. Go to to register for CTL Techs On Demand.
Ca m p us
Aron Gerics and wife Emily
are the proud new parents of a
bouncing baby boy, born on
Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. Their
son weighed in at 8 lbs. 9 oz.,
and 20.5 inches long., with a
head full of black hair. Congratulations to the new parents!
Carol Van Buren, from
the RTI office, tells us that
Tom Crampton (Exe. Dean) has
become a grandfather for the second time. His first grandchild Gabriel
(4yrs) now has a little brother, Isaac, who
arrived Monday Dec. 22 weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces!
Tina Hughes reports that the Science and Math Division sponsored three families through the FISH organization this past holiday
season. They collected money to buy gifts and clothing for all six children. The extra money bought a good amount of food, toiletries and
cleaning supplies for each family.
John Dempsey is getting around – well, his artwork is – he has
large scale paintings at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins, Colorado
from Jan. 9 – Feb. 21 in a four-person show titled 'The Nature of
Things'. He will also have work at the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at
Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington, in a national
juried exhibition title 'INTERSTATE.’
Angela M. Reeves, Counselor, presented at the Lilly Conference
ECLE Staff Receive
Scholarships for
HighScope Training
The teaching staff at the MCC Early Childhood Learning Center
have been very busy! The C. S. Mott Foundation awarded a grant to
the HighScope Educational Research Foundation to provide HighScope training to preschool and infant/toddler teachers who serve
families living in poverty in Flint. MCC Early Childhood Learning
Center’s teaching staff including Sally Gunter, Alicia Hulley, Maria
Johnson, and Andrea Rogers are recipients of four scholarships for
professional development in the implementation of the HighScope
curriculum as part of the effort to strengthen the academic and life
outcomes of children and families in our community.
in Austin Texas in January 6, 2015. The topic was "Learning: Student
in The Driver’s Seat.” This session discussed five simple steps faculty
can use to facilitate students taking an active role in the learning
Cheryl Bassett reports ITS Computing Services Manager Marc
Smiths' Open Storage solution was chosen as the subject of a white
paper by LSI, an industry leader in computer storage products. This
paper, published in January, details ESOS (Enterprise Storage Operating System) - the system Marc developed while building Mott's open
storage solution. This solution not only provides an economical storage
solution for Mott, but will also enable other individuals and organizations to do the same.
Dr. Bubby (a.k.a. Dr. Brian Ivory) let the cat out of the bag that
the Mott Campus Clowns will start the Winter Semester with an antibullying comedy magic show at the International Academy of Flint on
Friday, Feb. 27. The troupe will again travel to Philadelphia for a service Spring Break trip. The student clowns will make a "return from the
road" performance at Mott on Friday, March 20.
MCC faculty and students will reprise their roles in Puccini's
opera Gianni Schicchi on Sunday, Feb. 15 at 3 p.m. in the Swartz Creek
Performing Arts Center. They initially presented the opera at the Flint
Institute of Music Jan. 16. Matt Packer, faculty in the Music Dept.,
will play the role of Marco, Terrance Stewart, Sociology faculty, will
portray Bhetto, and MCC Music Student, Jennifer Curts, sings the
role of Chiesa. Other performers come from U of M-Flint, FIM, and the
There Are New Faces On
Sharon Ewles reports that we have a few new faces in the halls.
New employees include:
Shawn Brown - Athletics Facilities & Transportation
Technician. Shawn has been employed with MCC as a
temporary and on-call employee for a long time. He was
selected for the regular, non-temp position in late October.
Marlene Grisham - Administrative Assistant II - Office of
Professional Development & Experiential Learning.
Marlene started keeping things running smoothly on Dec. 22.
Michael Bray - Senior Institutional Research Analyst, he jumped
in with both feet and started data crunching on Jan. 5.
Shaun Bruno - Chemistry, Full-time Instructor in the Math &
Science Division. He donned his lab coat on Jan. 7.
Workforce Development
Recruitment Notice
Pictured from left to right are: MCC Early Childhood Learning
Center Teachers Sally Gunter, Maria Johnson, Andrea Rogers,
Alicia Hulley and Highscope trainer Kay Rush.
Recruitment is currently underway for workforce development
training opportunities, starting as soon as February and March 2015.
Program areas include Environmental Cleanup, A+/Computer Repair, Building Construction, Machinist, GED Prep, Certified Nurse
Assistant and Pharmacy Technician. These areas provide immediate
entrance to careers in Information Technology, Building Construction and Healthcare. Grants and/or scholarship opportunities may
be available to assist with training costs. Please refer interested individuals to 810-232-2555.
Kudos to the Academic
Testing Center
Snowstorm Linus
welcomes Dr. Beverly
The Academic Testing Center at Mott Community College was recently
awarded Test Center Certification by the National College Testing Association
(NCTA). Criteria for this certification are rigorous and based on the NCTA
Professional Standards and Guidelines. The Academic Testing Center is one of
the few test centers in the U.S. and Canada to have completed this intensive
process. This award acknowledges the MCC Academic Testing Center’s
adherence to best practices in the testing industry, according to Ann
Auernhammer, supervisor for the ATC.
Snowstorm Linus started Sunday morning and picked up
speed throughout the late evening. It blanketed much of lower
Michigan, with up to 18 inches of snow in some areas, and
closed more than 900 schools. In the end, some areas in
Genesee county received more than a foot of snow, making
Linus the third heavest snowfall in Michigan’s history.
Welcome to Michigan Dr. Beverly!
Love Your Library Month
with a Shelfie
Show your Mott Library love in February by taking a “shelfie” and sharing it on
the Mott Library Facebook page or by emailing [email protected] You could
win a great prize!
A “shelfie” is a picture taken, usually by a smartphone or a similar device,
of somebody with a bookshelf or bookshelves behind them while holding their
favorite book.
What you need to know:
• Pictures have to be taken in Mott Library.
• You must submit your shelfies by Feb. 26 to get an entry into the prize
drawing on Feb. 27.
• Only one prize drawing entry per person, regardless of how many
shelfies you share.
• Only students, staff, and faculty at MCC will be eligible to win a prize.
(Library staff, except for student employees, are not eligible.)
• If you submit via email, you are agreeing to have your picture shared on
the Mott Library Facebook page.
• Prize winners will be notified via a post on the Mott Library Facebook
Food Drive Update:
The final results from the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan for this year’s
College Town Food Drive are in! Baker College of Flint came in first, followed by Kettering University, Mott Community College and UM-Flint. A
total of 114,683 pounds of food was collected this year, which means the
College Town Food Drive is less than 50,000 pounds away from collecting a MILLION pounds of food since this drive started in 2006. Next
year will be the year for this very special achievement. Thank you to
everyone who made this year’s food drive a BIG success. Mott
collected/donated the equivalent of 12,438 pounds of food.
Foundation News
The Foundation for Mott Community College has a busy schedule in
February. First is the Concert Band & Alumni Reception on Feb. 3. The
free Concert begins at 7 p.m. in MMB Auditorium followed by the Alumni
Reception. Alums are asked to RSVP to 810-762-0425.
The Foundation will host its annual Black History Month Luncheon
on Feb. 19 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Applewood Café on the
main campus. Cost is $25. Please RSVP to 810-762-0536.
On Feb. 27 the Foundation will host MCC Night at The Palace at 7:30
p.m. in Club 300 as the Pistons take on the NY Knicks. Cost is $60 per
person, or $70 per person including bus transportation from MCC.
To purchase tickets email [email protected]
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