Connection 40 Mott College Earns Gold

Mott Community College
Mott College
Earns Gold
We Are One!
Years of
September 2015
Comes to
Around Campus
All About
Autumnal Equinox
Every year in September, the
Earth and sun align in such a
way that the Earth does not
lean toward or away from
the sun. This means that it is
virtually half day and half night
all around the world during
the equinox. Every area of the
Earth gets close to 12 hours of
day and 12 hours of night. The
September equinox occurs on
the 21, 22, 23 or 24 of every
International Day
of Peace
The International Day of Peace
takes place on September 21
and has since 1982 after the
United Nations created it.
September 21 is supposed to be
a day where people in charge
throughout the world promote
peace with peaceful acts. It is
also supposed to be a day when
no one fires weapons at each
other. People who are not leaders celebrate the International
Day of Peace by hosting small
and large peaceful gatherings,
such as concerts and fundraisers.
We Are One! Campaign Sets Goal of 100%
Imagine the impact of everyone giving! The entire MCC Family – absolutely
everyone giving. It would be huge! It would be inspiring! It would be historical! And, it is possible. “When we pull together great things happen. We
impact lives for the better and inspire hope,” said MCC President, Dr. Beverly
The goal for the 2015-16 We Are One campaign is 100% participation.
“Every gift matters, even if it’s only $1.00, we can say that 100% of our
employees contribute to the Foundation. Your gift speaks volumes. When you
give, our community understands that Mott Community College employees
stand by the educational opportunities that MCC provides for this region.”
said Lennetta Coney, Executive Director of the Foundation for MCC and
Office of College and Community Advancement.
The Foundation provides funding to purchase equipment for departments,
offset professional development needs, fund innovative ideas for departments or the school, emergency
funds for students and staff, scholarships, and mini grants for faculty, staff and students.
Generosity has its rewards, contributors to the Foundation dating from July 1- Nov. 20, 2015 will
receive a We Are One T-shirt and are eligible for prizes. Every contributor to the campaign will have their
name entered into a weekly drawing that will occur from Sept. 3-Nov. 20. In the first week prize drawing,
two lucky contributors will receive one full vacation day credit each (what would YOU do with an extra
vacation day?). In the following weekly prize drawings, contributors have a chance to win one of two halfday vacation credits, lunch with Dr. Beverly, Coach Schmidt’s famous BBQ, gift cards and tickets. Each
week non-winning names will roll over into the next week’s prize drawing. (Any donations to the Foundation since July 1 are eligible.)
On Nov. 20, we invite all employees to wear their We Are One shirts and celebrate our success at an
MCC “Pot Luck” luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the MCC Event Center.
Please make your donation, payable to the Foundation for Mott Community College, via credit card,
check, or payroll deduction. Your gift shows you believe in Mott Community College, and the power of
one! Visit to donate today!
“Real generosity toward
the future lies in giving
all to the present.”
--- Albert Camus
Weekly Prizes include:
• One Vacation Day credit for two Employees’ Leave Banks
• One Half-day credit for two Employees’ Leave Banks
• Tickets to Performances by the Flint Symphony Orchestra
• Gasoline Card
• Flint Farmers’ Market Gift Cards
• Season Tickets to MCC Basketball Games
• BBQ Dinner prepared by Coach Steve Schmidt for up to Six People
• Applewood Café Gift Certificates
• Area Restaurant Gift Certificates
• Lunch with Dr. Beverly (two opportunities)
Beverly Walker-Griffea, PhD
Mott Community College
Rebecca Gale-Gonzalez has been selected to serve on the Michigan State University
Extension District 9 Advisory Council, because of her service to MCC as a liaison to community environmental organizations including Edible Flint, Applewood and the Sierra Club.
A Master Gardener since 2001, Rebecca was recommended by the Genesee County MSU
Brian Harding, Associate professor of History announces a new course HIST-265 American
Indian History. The 3 credit, 3 contact hour course provides an overview of American Indian
History from indigenous origins to the present focusing on the longstanding and ongoing struggles
of Americas First Peoples to preserve their cultural identifies economic independence and political sovereignties. Native strategies for survival in the face of European conquests are highlighted.
Students will read primary source documents on all eras of American Indian history analyzing historical evidence firsthand.
Melissa St. Pierre, adjunct English faculty reports that she was a fellow this summer at the Summer Invitational Meadowbrook Writing
Project and she is also currently writing a memoir collection. The Meadowbrook Writing Project (MBWP) is sponsored by Oakland University. MBWP is a three week course for teachers to focus on their own writing and learn new methods and pedagogical approaches to teaching
writing from other teachers.
Full-time obstetrics nursing instructor, Antoinette Wyman reports that her students had a rewarding experiential learning activity that benefited local women. Students host a baby shower at the semesters end and donate baby items. In the past baby items were donated to Hurley and
Genesys nurseries. This last spring semester Dale Weighill, Executive Dean of Professional Development and Experiential Learning helped her
connect directly to Catholic Charities. They reached out Vicki Schultz and Chrissy
Cooper at Catholic Charities of Genesee & Shiawassee Counties here in downtown
Flint. They were so gracious and gave us the grand tour of the facility along with
many thanks. The students just LOVED IT!
Additionally, nursing instructor Gina Palombo and Wyman will host the first ever
“Mentoring Student Nurses Toward Success” seminar this fall. “This seminar is
for establishing a welcoming environment to the starting nursing co-hort for the fall
2015, said Palombo. We want to introduce an inviting environment, methods and
resources that will help students prepare to succeed.” The seminar is scheduled
for Friday, September 4 from 10 am to 12:30 pm in Room 1301. For more details
contact Antoinette.Wyman or [email protected]
Amy Fugate reports that Stephen Shubert is the new Dean of Business Division.
Stephen has a strong combination of business and academic experience. He has
owned his own businesses, taught as an adjunct and full-time faculty member, and
has spent the last four years as Coordinator of the Foreign Language department.
Dean Shubert will be located in the Business Division office complex in Curtice
Mott 2133L. His phone number is 762-0501. His email is [email protected] Former Business Dean Jeff Livermore, who served as
dean for two years, left MCC to accept a full-time faculty position at UMF. He will be teaching classes in computer security beginning this fall
semester. We wish him the best as he follows his passion for teaching.
MCC would like to welcome new employees: Humanities Norberto Aguado-Perez, Spanish, Jessica Hunter, Spanish, Thomas Shuler, Electronics & Electrical Technology, Scott Swan, Advanced Manufacturing, Fine Arts & Social Science, Dalton Connally, Social Work Technician, Library Michelle Thiel, Staff Assistant II - Library Services/Circulation.
Breast Cancer Walk Draws Near
Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea was the keynote speaker at the American Cancer
Society kickoff breakfast Aug. 13. This year’s Making Strides Against Breast
Cancer Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 in Flint. Building on the success
of last year’s campus campaign, this year MCC has agreed to be a $10,000 Sponsor for 2015. Let’s all get behind this great cause! To join the team contact Team
Captain Cindy Sanders at (810) 232-2484 or go to www.makingstrideswalk.
org and search for the MCC team.
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Mott College Earns Gold
Ranking as Veteran
Friendly School
100% of MCC RT Grads Pass
Licensing Exam
MCC has received a Gold ranking as a Veteran Friendly School
by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). The organization released the rankings Aug. 19. MCC achieved six out
of seven criteria to qualify as a Gold School.
The Veteran-Friendly School program, created by the MVAA,
recognizes institutions of higher learning for their dedication
to student veterans and dependents utilizing their G.I. Bill and
other educational benefits.
“We strive to make Mott College a welcoming and supportive
environment for our military veterans and their dependents,”
said Chris Engle, Dean of Enrollment, Retention and Registrar
at MCC. “As a veteran myself, I recognize how important it is
to provide the services our student veterans need to be successful.”
“These rankings make it simple for veterans and their dependents to identify schools throughout Michigan that are committed to supporting them and helping them succeed,” MVAA
Director Jeff Barnes said. “Through the Veteran-Friendly
School program, veterans will know exactly what services are
available to them when they walk onto campus, so they never
have to feel alone.” The MVAA 2015 rankings are available on
The veteran-friendly designation is available to any institution of higher learning eligible to receive veteran education
benefits, regardless of size, location or program delivery. A new
application and review process will be conducted every spring
semester. Institutions can apply each year for the same, higher
or lower ranking.
About the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: MVAA serves as
the central coordinating point for Michigan veterans, connecting those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and their
families, to services and benefits throughout the state. Learn
more at or call 800-MICH-VET
Kathryn Gurin, Clinical Coordinator for the Respiratory Therapy Program shows
students how to intubate a patient using a simulation dummy
The entire 2015 graduating class of Mott Community College’s Respiratory
Therapy Program passed the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC)
credentialing exam to become Certified Respiratory Therapists (CRT).
“The exam is required to work in the field of Respiratory Care in the State
of Michigan and all other states which have a licensure requirement,” said
David Panzlau, coordinator of the program at Mott Community College
(MCC). This is the third year in a row that the pass rate for MCC Respiratory Therapy students has been 100 percent. There are only three programs
in the State of Michigan with a 100 percent pass rate over this same time
period, according to Panzlau.
“We are proud of our graduates’ success in pursuing their professional
goals,” said MCC President Beverly Walker-Griffea, “the quality of instruction and lab facilities at Mott College ensures our students get the best
education to begin building their career.”
The MCC Respiratory Therapy program entails a total of 73 credit hours
representing 124 contact/classroom and lab hours, and is accredited by the
Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC).
More Ways to Get Your News Out! The Portal Announcement system is a great way to get your news, events and
services recognized. It saves time and adds greater visibility to
your messages. Select Portal Notifications in the list of My Mott
Apps and remember to check the box to send the announcement
as an email.
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Davenport University comes to MCC at Southern Lakes
Branch Center
Mott Community College (MCC) and Davenport University (DU) have partnered
to include DU in the MCC Southern Lakes Branch Center at 2100 W. Thompson
Road in Fenton. This will expand the academic offerings and opportunities for
students at both institutions starting this fall. Students who earn their associate degrees at MCC will be able to seamlessly transfer their credits to a bachelor degree
program at DU, continuing their studies at the same location.
“This partnership is a win-win situation for MCC, DU and the students involved,”
said Dr. Richard Pappas, President of Davenport University. “Students benefit from
new programs that will be developed by the two institutions and from the first-class
facilities and services offered by MCC, as well as Davenport’s own student services
and academic programs.”
“Mott College is committed to ensuring our students have opportunities to achieve their educational and career goals in ways best suited to
their needs,” said Dr. Beverly Walker-Griffea, President of Mott Community College. “The partnership with Davenport University represents
a new initiative to provide access to four-year degree programs through one of our Branch Centers, and supports our mission to deliver quality
education where our Genesee County students want it.”
Davenport University will have dedicated classrooms, lab and lecture space in the MCC Southern Lakes Branch Center. Students also will have
access to MCC’s library, computer labs and more. Bachelor degree programs to be offered by DU at the Southern Lakes Branch Center include
Accounting, General Business, Management, and Medical Case Management.
Green Initiatives Team (GRiT) hosts Office Supply Giveaway
at the Fall Rally on September 30
GRiT is once again asking folks to recycle their gently used office supplies to
donate to students and staff at the Fall Rally. We’ve given away hundreds of
notebooks, folders, pens and office supplies to help people get organized at home
for school and work. In particular, students enjoy getting the notebooks to help
keep their school work organized.
“As the college moves to increased digital media storage it allows offices to be
de-cluttered and provides a measure of security -- not having all this paper stored
in boxes and drawers is better for both air quality and safety in terms of fire suppression,” said Rebecca Gale-Gonzalez GRiT organizer.
The GRiT team is also giving away a coffee table made from recycled shipping
pallets, engineered by students with assistance from Jim Jennings, Adjunct Welding Faculty and Technology Support Specialist. All are encouraged to play the “Jeopardy” style trivia game to win a great prize.
To make arrangements for pick up of donated office supplies call 762-0455. To learn more about GRiT or join the team visit
Create your Employee Profile!
The honors, awards and distinctions that employees, students and programs at Mott Community College receive
exemplify a high standard of excellence throughout the College and community. We want to share these
accomplishments and recognitions through College communications to articulate our individual and collective
contributions to excellence in education and community engagement. Publicizing achievements enhances
professional identity online and creates public documentation of your accomplishments.
Share your “path to excellence” accomplishments with us. If you have been recognized with an award for
outstanding work in your profession or as a community volunteer, or serve on a board or advisory council related to your
profession or as a community volunteer, please take the time to let us know. Thank you.
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MCC Early Childhood
Learning Center (ECLC)
now Enrolls Children of
MCC Employees!
Meet Dalton Thompson Jr.
Teaching Mott’s Youngest Students the nationally accredited Mott
Community College Early childhood Learning Center (www.mcc.
edu/eclc/index.shtml) is the home of the Mott Bear Cubs and provides high quality early education and child care for the children
ages 2 ½ to 5 years old.
The addition of a tuition-based program for young children has created child care opportunities for MCC employees!
MCC ECLC is conveniently located next to main campus in the
community wing of Woodside Church. The center was first established in the 1980s to serve the children and families of Mott Community College and the community. They serve up to 75 families
and their children every school year.
ECLC is nationally recognized as a high quality child care setting by
the National Association for the Education of Young Children and
they have achieved a 4 star rating in the Great Start to Quality Child
Care Rating System of Michigan.
The center provides an average of 2500+ hours of laboratory experience with young children to MCC students.
The centers hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 7:30
am to 5:30 pm during fall and winter semesters. There is a $75
non-refundable registration fee and rates are $42 day with a 2-day
Dalton Thompson Jr. first came to Mott Workforce, Career
& Development (
shtml) in 2009 to complete his GED; he completed that goal.
He knew that Mott had good programs so he decided to look
into some of the training programs that were offered. He
chose Mott Community College because of the many friends
and family members who attended Mott and are now successful in their careers. Before coming to Mott, others would
describe Dalton as being a procrastinator and now they see
him as an ambitious go-getter!
Dalton decided to enroll in the Robotics Training class this
year and received a referral for the Food, Assistance, Employment & Training (FAET) program. While completing his Job
Search Job Readiness activities, Dalton found employment
with Hurley Hospital.
For more information regarding child care services, contact the Early
Childhood Learning Center at [email protected] or call
(810) 239-0046.
Faculty Picnic
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Back To School Breakfast
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Kick Off Week
Office or Professional Development
& Experiential Learning
Financial Aid 101
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
This workshop is a short introduction to the intricacies of the Financial Aid process, and is meant to help faculty and staff better assist students
in understanding financial aid.
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
9:30-11:00 am
CTL - ML-3106 & ML-3101
Presenter(s): Emily Varney, Director, Student Financial Services
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Demystifying Social Media for the Professional Workplace
As educators, we either fully embrace social media, or are terrified by it, especially as it relates to how we do our jobs. Is it possible to
maintain a separation between our personal lives and professional ones when using online media? If this is where we can reach our students,
shouldn’t we be using it to better communicate with them? Join us for a lively roundtable discussion with members of the college community
who have found different ways to use social media tools - including FaceBook, Instragram, Twitter, Pinterest, and more - to effectively communicate with students and the community.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
CTL ML-3106
Presenters(s): Mara Fulmer, Facilitator; Dawn Hibbard, Marketing & Public Information;
Clark Harris, Technology Division; Mary Cusack, FASS Division; Jim Shurter, FASS Division
First Day Good Starts
As you get ready to start the Fall semester, this workshop will provide you with a boost of inspiration for those first-day activities. From
ice-breaker techniques that set the tone, to good syllabus design and content, this workshop will provide quick tips to energize your start to a
great semester!
Thursday, September 3, 2015
2:00-2:45 pm
CTL ML-3106
Presenter(s): Dale Weighill, Executive Dean of Professional Development & Experiential Learning;
Mara Fulmer, Faculty Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning
Blackboard Basics
If you have never tried Blackboard, or you really aren’t sure how to start, this workshop introduces you to creating and populating your own
course shell. We discuss options for personalizing it, and the basics of how to post readings, videos, and links into your course. We also discuss the basics of gradebooks, and how to communicate with your students through emails and announcements using Blackboard.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
2:00-3:30 pm
CTL ML-3103
Presenter(s): Jennifer Fillion; Dustin Price, CTL Technology Consultants
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Blackboard Advanced
This advanced workshop will take a look at the advanced tools available within Blackboard for content management, time saving, and personalization. Some of the features we will be examining include adding discussions, blogs, wikis, journals and assignments, using lesson plans
adding personal images/avatars, systems for data management, finding student access data, setting up adaptive release or course items and various options for adding media within Blackboard. It is recommended that faculty be familiar with the basics of using Blackboard before taking
this class.
Thursday, September 3, 2015
3:30-5:00 pm
CTL ML-3103
Presenter(s): Jennifer Fillion; Dustin Price, CTL Technology Consultants
Basic TechSmith Relay
Learn how to use the great new TechSmith Relay screen-capture system which integrates directly into Blackboard. Prepare learning materials,
integrate assessment tools, and share videos with your students through this easy-to-use, but very powerful system. Our CTL Techs will be on
hand to show you all the ins and outs of recording video for students!
Thursday, September 3, 2015
2:00-3:30 pm AND 3:30-5:00 pm
CTL ML-3101
Presenters(s): Jennifer Fillion; Dustin Price, CTL Technology Consultants
Friday, September 4, 2015
College Resource Fair: Supporting Student Success
College resources are invaluable for supporting student success! Join us for an open event where you can get the information you need to help
students succeed using the services and resources from around the campus! Faculty are invited to learn more about, and connect to, available
college resources from a variety of areas. Table sessions offer the opportunity to move from topic to another to gather information and speak
one-on-one or in small groups about the important services offered and how they ultimately help us all improve student success in the classroom. NO RSVP REQUIRED - JUST DROP IN.
Areas represented include: Student Services, DisAbility Services, Peer Tutoring, Early Childhood Learning Center, Information Technology
Services, Public Safety, Library, and more.
Continental breakfast and refreshments will be provided.
Friday, September 4, 2015
9:00-11:00 am
CTL ML-3106
Presenter(s): Various College Staff
Creating Super-Sections in Blackboard
Learn how you can now create merged Super-Sections of multiple course shells with the new Blackboard system. This short session will include a demonstration merging/unmerging Blackboard shells. This is especially valuable when courses need to share resources and components
across several course sections.
Friday, September 4, 2015
9:15-9:45 am; 9:45-10:15 am; 10:15-10:45 am (three back-to-back sessions)
CTL ML-3101
Presenter(s): Marc Smith, Manager of Computing Services; Kirk Yaros, Director of Enterprise Services
RSVP by emailing: [email protected]
or by calling: 810.762.5623 or visit: to register
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