"What lies behind us and what lies
before us are small matters compared
to what lies within us."
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
MCC’s Judith Cawhorn receives Council
for Resource Development lifetime
service award
Judith Cawhorn, Director of Strategic Fund
Development and former executive director of grant
development at MCC, is the recipient of the Council for
Resource Development (CRD) 2013 Lifetime Service
Award. She was honored at a ceremony in Washington,
DC on Nov. 9 for her commitment to strengthening CRD
programs and her professional work.
When presenting the award, Shelly Connor, President
of CRD stated, “Judith has been a leader, a mentor, a
teacher, a colleague and a friend to more CRDers than we
can count! She has inspired us with her dedication to the
community college mission and the students we serve.
She has set the bar for colleges around the country
regarding the critical role of resource development. She
has led the way in showing us how to develop partnerships at our colleges for student services and workforce
development. Our members have learned through Judith’s
example to be strong leaders at our institutions and in our
The purpose of the Lifetime Service Award is to recognize individuals who have made
extraordinary contributions to the Council for Resource Development through service to CRD at
the national, regional and state levels. This award carries with it lifetime membership in the CRD.
Recognized as an “incredible asset” to the CRD, she has served as a co-chair and chair of the
CRD’s Federal Funding Task Force as well as a CRD Board Member. She has been a frequent,
highly-rated presenter and subject matter expert at the local and national levels.
Judith Cawhorn became MCC’s Executive Director of Grant Development in 1998. She held
that position until April 2012 when she moved into her current role as Director of Strategic Fund
Development. As the head of the college’s Grant Development Office, she secured numerous
public and private grants to provide funds to develop multiple workforce and economic
development programs and projects engaging business, nonprofits and other educational partners.
Under her leadership, the Office of Grant Development secured funding and partnerships that
helped MCC achieve its strategic initiatives and average $18 million in active grant funds
annually. An affiliate council of the American Association of Community Colleges, CRD serves as
the national professional association for resource development. Currently, CRD serves more than
1,750 members at more than 750 institutions.
“It is such an honor to receive an award from your colleagues who work in your field in
colleges from around the country,” Cawhorn said. “I could not have earned this achievement
without the tremendous support that Mott College has given me for the work I do on the college’s
Ca m p us
Cosmetology Instructor
Andrea Blankinship lets us
know Cosmetology students
provided Cosmetology
services to two groups of
special needs students at the
Whaley Children's Center and
students with the GISD. Also,
on Oct. 29, the Cosmetology,
Nail Technology, and Esthetician students and faculty started
their "Thankful Tuesdays." The
students and faculty donate either a
dollar or a non- perishable food item and
the donations go to the Women's Shelter of Flint. “Thus far, we have
donated four 30 gallon containers of food and Thanksgiving we also
donated six turkeys,” said Andrea. “ I am so proud of our students
for their generosity as many of them are experiencing difficult times
as well.”
Nail Tech Instructor Karyn Jensen-Brock reports that her Nail
Technician students recently provided free manicures for a dozen
women from the local YWCA SafeHouse Shelter. The service
learning project was held on Nov. 20 and allowed her students an
opportunity to apply their classroom skills for a good cause.
Tom Crampton, Executive Dean of Regional Technology
Initiatives, tells us that Secretary Carol Van Buren received the
Flint/Genesee Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year award
for the second consecutive year at their awards ceremony on Nov. 7.
As MCC’s representative to the Chamber, Carol supports outreach to
new and existing businesses, helps staff and coordinate various
Chamber events, and much more. “I think Carol's work with the
Chamber is one more example of the important service MCC
delivers to the community,” Tom added.
Assoc. History Prof. Aaron Gulyas has released a new book:
The Chaos Conundrum, a collection of essays in which he examines
the world of the paranormal and conspiracy theory through the lens
of popular culture, political extremism and religion. Described by
writer Nick Redfern as "a major contribution to the domain of
paranormal research, writing and observation," The Chaos
Conundrum is published by Redstar Books of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
More details are at
Mary Cusack, Dean of Fine Arts and Social Sciences, tells us
that the MCC Music Department community Outreach activities
have been going strong. Overall, outreach has accommodated 26
events with students and faculty – in a variety of venues on and off
campus, since the beginning of the school year. Upcoming event:
The MCC Concert Band, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers with
special guests, the MMC Steel Drum Band, will present a holiday
concert on Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 pm at Woodside Church. Admission is free. Free will donations to the MCC Music Area Scholarship
Fund will be accepted at the program.
Chief Human Resources Officer Mark Kennedy recently
completed the 40-hour Civil Court Mediation Training sanctioned
by the State Court Administrative Office of Michigan.
MCC’s 3P Club hosts
Verizon Wireless HopeLine
The Mott Community College 3P Club is joining the Verizon
Wireless HopeLine program in an effort to connect survivors of
domestic violence to vital resources, funds and organizations in the
community. The student group will be collecting used wireless
phones and equipment -- in any condition and from any service
provider -- that will be recycled and donated to help non-profit
agencies like the Flint YWCA purchase wireless phones for victims
of domestic violence. The 3P Club will be coordinating the drive
until December 20. Collection boxes are located in the Department
of Public Safety Lobby, Student Life Center and the 3P Office
located in Room B020 of the Prahl College Center. The mission of
the 3P Club (“Prevent, Protect, Prosecute)” is to educate and
enhance awareness of domestic violence. For more information
about the club and its programs, contact Sgt. Nancy Metcalfe,
Advisor to the 3P Club at 762-0052.
Vendor Extravaganza set
for December 13
The MCC Travel Club is presenting its 3rd annual Vendor
Extravaganza, a holiday craft and vendor fair, on Friday, Dec. 13
from 10 am to 4 pm in the MCC Event Center. This event is open to
the public. The vendors fee is $30 for an eight-foot table and two
chairs. For more information about the Vendor Extravaganza,
contact Wanda Stitt, MCC Business Division office secretary and
advisor to the Travel Club at 762-0429 or [email protected]
Mott Campus Clowns
Honors Program Coordinator Brian Ivory reports that the Mott
Campus Clowns recently finished a weekend of service in the
Grand Rapids and Lansing areas. During the weekend of November
22-24, the clown troupe performed four shows while making
appearances at the state Nursing Home for Veterans, the Special
Olympics and the annual Silver Lights Parade in Lansing. This
month the student clowns will close their Fall Semester activities at
the Flint DDA Parade and the Help Portrait event held on campus.
National Baptist Convention
Leader and Renowned
Minister to Keynote MLK
Dinner, Jan. 16
The Rev. Elliott Cuff, Dean of the National Baptist Congress of
Christian Education, National Baptist Convention, USA Inc. and pastor of the Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church of Woodlawn,
Ohio, will be the keynote speaker for the 35th Annual Citywide
Tribute Dinner and Luncheon in honor of Martin L. King, Jr. on Jan
16, 2014. The program will be centered on the theme: "Dr. Martin L.
King, Jr.’s Influence on the Modern Day Preacher."
New this year is a luncheon scheduled for noon Thursday, Jan 16
at the Sarvis Conference Center located at 1231 E. Kearsley St. in
Flint. The dinner celebration will be at 6 pm, Jan 16 at the Riverfront
Banquet Center, 1 Riverfront Center in downtown Flint. This event is
open to the public. Luncheon tickets are $35 per person, dinner tickets
are $50 per person and sponsorship of a table seating 10 is $500.
Sponsorship tables/tickets must be purchased by Friday, January 10,
2014. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Foundation for Mott
Community College at (810) 762-0425; Baker College of Flint at
(810) 766-4115; Davenport University (810) 732-9977 or The
University of Michigan-Flint at (810) 762-3169. Please make checks
payable to MLK Tribute and mail to: Foundation for Mott Community
College, 1401 E. Court St., Flint, MI 48503.
Dr. Cuff works diligently in the National Baptist Convention and
its Congress, the nation's oldest and largest African American religious convention with an estimated membership of 7.5 million. A
member of the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention, Dr. Cuff has
also preached and taught extensively in nations throughout Africa as
well as in churches, conventions, and colleges around the U.S.
He provides leadership to several special Christian education
assignments in Christian education with the Sunday School Publishing
Board based in Nashville, Tenn. and the American Baptist College. Dr.
Cuff is a graduate of Harvard University and the New York
Theological Seminary where he earned the Master of Divinity Degree,
and the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio where he
earned the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Social Justice Preaching.
Dr. Cuff is also a life member of the NAACP and holds joint
membership in the American Academy of Religion and the Society of
Biblical Literature. He has written many articles and essays for
Christian publications, including sermon work in the African
American Pulpit published by Judson Press and an essay on African
American preaching published in the Jubilee Bible by the American
Bible Society. In April 1999, Dr. Cuff was inducted into the
distinguished Board of Preachers, Martin Luther King, Jr. Chapel at
Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Cuff is married to Virginia E.
Cuff, and they are the proud parents of a daughter, Lorell E. Cuff.
The MLK Tribute Dinner is sponsored by Baker College of Flint,
Davenport University, MLive/The Flint Journal, HealthPlus of
Michigan, Kettering University, Mott Community College and The
University of Michigan-Flint. The Foundation for Mott Community
College will have valet parking available and the ramp catwalk
(leading to the conference center) will also be open for dinner excess.
For more information, please call the Foundation for Mott Community
College at (810) 762-0425.
MCC announces new degree
and certificate in music
Mott Community College is offering a novel opportunity for
people to gain the skills and credentials necessary for careers in the
exciting, multi-faceted music technology industry.
Technological advances have given music industry professionals
and students with visions of music careers in their heads a chance to
work in state-of-the-art recording studios, using highly-sophisticated
computer software to compose, manipulate and create music. And Mott
Community College – the only higher education institution in
mid-Michigan that has a music technology program -- is the place to
start. (The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and Wayne State
University in Detroit are the only other Michigan schools that have
programs in music technology). Mott Community College now offers
an associate's degree and a two-year certificate in music technology.
Dr. William Withem, Assistant Professor of Music at MCC, has been
instrumental in the creation and design of the new music degree and
“I'm really excited about what the Music Technology program will
offer students in the community,” Withem said. “Students will be able
to record and produce in a professional studio environment, create
original electronic music, be introduced to the business of music, and
gain performance experience.”
“More importantly, once the student has completed the Music
Technology Associate's Degree, which will take approximately two
years, the student can choose their next path,” Withem added.
“They may transfer to a music technology program at a four-year
university or trade school, pursue intern positions at established
recording studios, or begin building their own music production
Specifically, the Music Technology program at MCC will cover
the areas of:
• recording (microphones, cables, setup, breakdown)
• post production (editing, mixing, and mastering)
• Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) sequencing (loops,
automation, effects)
• composing original electronic music
• the music business
• sampling (creating original software instruments)
• film scoring
• music notation and printing
• concert promoting and audience building
• music performance
Students will not need to purchase software, a specific kind of
computer or laptop, or any specialized equipment. The software and
hardware that they will use during the program will be provided.
“Since I began teaching at MCC, I’ve noticed that students have
expressed a strong interest in all aspects of music technology,” Withem
noted. “I'm really glad that we are now able to offer this program and
meet the needs of the community.” For more information about the
music program, call (810) 762-0459.
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MCC Band Choir &
Chamber Singers
7:00-10:00 p.m.
Woodside Church
Board of Trustees Meeting
7:30 p.m. • RTC 1301
MCC Basketball
Game 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ballenger Field House
Help Portrait Event
11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
ML 1204
Travel Club Pop
Bruin Club Meeting
Corn & Bake Sale
10:00-11:30 a.m.
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
PCC 1230
Affordable Care Act
CM Fishbowl
Presentation For Students Red Metal: The Cooper
MCC Basketball
Country Strike of 1913
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Game 5:30-7:30 p.m.
12:30-3:00 p.m.
PCC 1230
Ballenger Field House
ML 1204
3P Pop
Corn & Bake Sale
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
CM Fishbowl
Travel Club Pop
Corn & Bake Sale
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
CM Fishbowl
CCNA Neighborhood
Watch Meeting
7:00-9:00 p.m.
RTC 1301
Winter Holiday College Closed
Vendor Extravagenza
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
ML 1204
Corrective Solutions
8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
RTC 1403
Fridays at Applewood
9:00-10:00 a.m.
RTC 1109