MAY 2008
"Success usually comes to those who
are too busy to be looking for it."
- Henry David Thoreau
MCC Graduation Full of Success Stories
MCC held its 2008 commencement ceremony on
Saturday, May 3, with nearly 400 graduates showing up
at Flint's Perani Arena to accept their degrees in person.
A total of 1,379 students were eligible to graduate this
year, and MCC Trustee Sally Shaheen Joseph -- whose
story was featured in The Flint Journal Saturday, May
3 -- was among the proud graduates who walked across
the stage to accept their degrees at the Saturday program. As it turns out, Joseph had three Associate
degrees coming to her that she never knew she had
earned. The former Flint Township supervisor, an attorney who holds degrees from Cooley Law School and
the University of Michigan-Flint, attended MCC in the
70s, working toward credits to transfer to a four-year
institution. A recent conversation with MCC administrators about students who don't pursue degrees, led to a
review of her records. It was then discovered that she
Michael G. Hansen, Michigan
had earned enough credits to qualify for three
Community College (MCCA) President
Associate's degrees: one in general studies, one in
humanities and another in science.
Michigan Community College Association president Michael G. Hansen, (MCCA) delivered the commencement address, and spoke about what it means to be successful.
"All of you should be proud of this college, and proud to be alumni of this great institution," said Hansen addressing the graduates. "The fact that you will be walking across this stage
means that you are successful. While we're celebrating individual success, none of you would
be here without the help of somebody else: whether it's family, spouse, friends or a co-worker.
To be a success, it is important to remember there is always reliance on somebody else."
Hansen, who holds a B.A. in American Political Science and a teaching certificate from the
University of Michigan, as well as a Master's Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from
Michigan State University, assumed the presidency of the MCCA in the spring of 2006. Prior to
accepting the CEO position with the MCCA, Hansen enjoyed an 18-year career with the
Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency, where he first began working as a non-partisan fiscal analyst,
subsequently being promoted to chief analyst with the agency, where his responsibilities
included staffing the Joint Capital Outlay Subcommittee and the Appropriations Subcommittee
on Community Colleges.
"We can't sit on our laurels," added Hansen. "In order to be successful, we have to continue
to grow and learn. With success, also comes responsibility. Success is not always determined by
who wins, but always by doing what's right."
Melodee M. Murray of Burton and Janice K. Costea of Davison, also featured in The Flint
Journal, received the highest awards presented to MCC graduates each year, the Phil Braun
Award and the Paul Karr Award, respectively, at the MCC Honors Graduate Reception held
May 1 at the Sarvis Conference Center. The Phil Braun Award is presented to the graduate who
is most outstanding in scholarship and the Paul Karr Award is awarded each year to the graduate chosen to represent the class as its best citizen on the basis of scholarship, character and
service. MCC's graduation program is coordinated by the office of the Vice President for
Academic Affairs.
Ca m pus
Social Sciences Dean
Margaret Brainard tells us
that History Prof. Aaron
Gulyas has been accepted
for the Organization of
American Historians
Community College
Workshop to be held in
Bloomington, Ind. at Ivy
Tech Community College May
29-31. The series of workshops
are aimed at providing professional enhancement opportunities and materials for community college professors teaching the U.S. History
Survey. It will provide faculty with an opportunity to reflect
actively on new scholarship, pedagogy, and regional resources,
and help establish new collaborative networks with fellow historians at two- and four-year colleges and universities and at public
history institutions. The workshop series is funded by an OAH
development campaign through the Second Century Initiative;
with additional funding form the Ford Foundation and the History
Channel. Teaching sessions will offer roundtable opportunities
for faculty to contribute their own ideas and experiences, especially regarding online courses, using maps and primary materials, oral history projects and working with underprepared students. Workshop presenters will be master teachers, community
college professors, prominent research historians and local public
history experts.
Theatre Instructor Dan Gerics directs Flint City Theatre's
production of Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. Performances are
scheduled May 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8pm at Red Ink Studios,
north of the Farmer's Market, Flint. Tickets are available at The
Good Beans Cafe or may be reserved by calling (877) 328-7469.
Melissa Nuckles, Cleary University- MCC Campus
Admissions Representative, lets us know that Annette Farr of
Applewood Café is graduating June 7 from Cleary University
with her BBA in Organizational Leadership. Congratulations,
Printing Lead Operator Matt Curtis' daughter, Quinn,
recently graduated from the UM-Flint Nursing Program with her
BSN, and accepted an offer from UM Hospital in Ann Arbor in
the trauma unit. She was the top graduate in her class, with high
honors, and a 3.95 GPA.
Peer Tutorial Coordinator Koaster Veasey lets us know, as of
May 9 the MCC tutorial Services program in the Learning Center
has successfully certified 12 of our peer tutors through the
College Reading and Learning Association. She also announced
that MCC Tutorial Service program will be certified for another
year through the College Reading and Learning Association. Just
a note: Tutors must complete 15 hours of training and 25 hours of
tutoring in order to receive and certificate.
Design Engineering Technology Dennis Hughes has a student in the CADD Program selected as an ASBE Scholarship
recipient. The student is Kathleen Kernstock, she is a Freshman
in the CADD Program. ASBE stands for American Society of
Body Engineers, which is a longstanding engineering society
associated with automotive design.
Health Sciences Advisor Marianne Blair attended the 2008
Great Lakes Region V Conference in Grand Rapids from April 6
– 8. This conference "A Grand Odyssey: Academic Advising
Impact on the Student Experience" was attended by over 400
advisors from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and
Ontario. Marianne had the opportunity to attend seven workshops which brought her a renewed commitment to MCC stu-
dents, to learning and to professional growth. Michigan has one
of the largest memberships, one of the strongest regional conferences, and the most involved members in the country.
Ceramics Prof. Thom Bohnert has work included in two
exhibitions: one here in Flint at Red Ink Studio through May 8,
entitled “medium: EARTH” and one at The Clay Studio in
Philadelphia through May 18, entitled "Small Favors III."
Chemistry Prof. Sue Ellen Segal lets us know that her
daughter, Katherine Segal, a 2004 graduate of MCC and a 2007
graduate of UM-Flint, will be graduating with honors from
Columbia University with a Master's in Social Work on May 21.
She hopes to be working with children in the Boston area.
SueEllen's daughter, Elizabeth Segal, a sophomore music education major at Mississippi University for Women, will be singing
at Carnegie Hall with her university choral group on May 11.
Jerry Whitney, Auto Collision Technology Instructor at
MCC's Southern Lakes Branch Center in Fenton, brings us more
news about the Southeast Michigan Studebaker Drivers Club.
Two MCC Auto Collision student apprentices were employed at
Sloan Museum Auto Restoration Shop this semester. The twoyear Auto Body program at SLBC prepares students to enter the
Auto Body repair industry. A rapid growth area in the industry is
restoration of old vehicles. The Sloan Museum is now giving our
students a unique opportunity to experience a real restoration
project, ultimately preparing them for work in this sector of the
industry. The Studebaker Club, a group of Studebaker Car owners
concerned about the future of antique care restoration, has offered
to financially assist us in starting a program, sponsoring the
apprenticeship in the Restoration Shop at Sloan Museum.
MCC Site Coordinators Desiree Londrigan, Wanda
Dowdall and Rebecca Gale-Gonzalez attended the Michigan
Association of Regional Centers (MARC) conference in March.
The keynote address was given by Dr. Robert McCabe, Executive
Director, National Alliance for Community and Technical
Colleges. He spoke about the Bridge Partnership, Strengthening
the Path from 10th Grade to College Success. The mission of the
Bridge partnership is to increase the number of students, especially minorities, who enter and are successful in community college.
Participating colleges collaborate with feeder high schools to
enhance the learning path from 10th grade to enrollment in college, by administering college entrance testing at the high school
and developing a curriculum plan to address deficiencies before
high school graduation. The test results are used solely for the
purpose of directing student success. The advantage to the high
school is they can boast their number of students who have
achieved college competencies before completing high school.
The benefit to the college is to encourage more students to come
to college, but also to identify those students who are prepared to
begin college credit work early and foster dual enrollment. In
addition, the number of students arriving to college underprepared will decrease. A six-year study conducted by Stanford
University confirms the efficacy of the Bridge Partnership.
Throughout the address, Dr. McCabe emphasized making connections with students, parents, high schools, and legislators. Visit for more information.
The Montrose City Council has chosen the Chamber of
Commerce Business Expo Committee, of which Northern Tier
Center Site Coordinator Desiree Londrigan served as chairperson, for Citizens of the Month for May 2008. Desiree will be
honored for chairing that event at the Montrose City Council's
May 13 meeting.
MCC Celebrates 50 Years
of Nursing Education
Mott Community College's Associate
Degree in Nursing Program turns 50
this year, and that's a milestone definitely worth celebrating.
The MCC Nursing Program 50th
anniversary planning committee is
seeking information on alumni to recognize them at the 50th anniversary
reception/open house, scheduled for
Thursday, May 22, 2008 from 4:30 to
7 pm in the Applewood Café. RSVPs
are requested by May 15, and space is
limited. Please call 762-0317 to
RSVP or for more information.
The committee is also interested in obtaining various memorabilia,
including class and individual photographs, old textbooks, nursing caps
and student uniforms to display at the event. The group is also seeking
information on alumni, photographs, textbooks and
memorabilia for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Associate
Degree in Nursing Program.
email [email protected] or call 762-0317 if you have information or
items to share.
The theme selected to commemorate the Nursing program reaching
the half century mark is "Bridging the Past to the Future." Please join us
as we mark this significant milestone by honoring alumni and faculty for
50 years of educating nurses in the Flint-Genesee County area.
MCC Marks 50th
Anniversary of Student
Art Show
Mott Community College is also celebrating 50 years of
showcasing the artistry of students.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Student Art Show,
featuring an exhibition of more than 300 works of art by Mott
Community College students, on public display from May 9 through
June 20, 2008.
MCC's 50th Annual Student Art Show opens with a reception 6 to
9 pm Friday, May 9 at the Mott Community College Fine Arts Gallery,
located in the Visual Arts & Design Center on the MCC main campus,
1401 East Court St., Flint. The awards ceremony begins at 7 pm with
the annual presentation of the Art Achievement Awards, presented to
Fine Arts, Graphic Design and Photography students, based on the
excellence of their works. The reception will also feature a performance by the MCC Jazz Combo from 6 to 7 pm and music by Doug
Hoppa, MCC part-time instructor and retired Associate Dean from 8 to
9 pm. Former faculty and students are invited to join the current Fine
Arts Division to commemorate this major milestone.
The Student Art Show, which takes place each spring, is juried by
MCC Art faculty and includes ceramics, drawing, graphic design,
painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. The exhibition will
be available for viewing until June 20 during the regularly scheduled
hours of the gallery from 9 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
The MCC Fine Arts Gallery is always open to the public. For
more information, call (810) 762-0443 or visit
Foundation for MCC Events
Please mark your calendars for the following events sponsored by the
Foundation for Mott Community College:
Planned Giving Seminar, hosted by Citizens Bank
Thursday, May 22, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Applewood Café
For more information/RSVP, call 762-0425
Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Joyce Toet
4 pm Thursday, May 29
Southern Lakes Branch Center
RSVP to 762-5003.
Employee Appreciation
Day brought big smiles
Linda Uren (left), Jennifer Kroninger enjoy playing the games at
MCC’s Employee Appreciation event on April 16 as Dolores
Sharpe looks on. The event featured a carnival theme with food,
games and door prizes.
El Nita Blount, Tammy Cummings and Sharon Campbell pose
for a photo.
Full-time Faculty Job
The Office of Human Resources will be posting several fulltime faculty positions within the near future. Once the postings are
open, faculty and staff will be notified via the campus-wide email
system. In addition, the official announcements will be posted on
the Employment Opportunities webpage at
MAY 2008
Wednesday Thursday
Audubon Society
6-9 pm • Gorman
Foster Parent Training
6:00-9:00 pm
RTC 1109
Board of Trustees Meeting
7 pm • ML 302
Sierra Club Meeting
5:30-9:30 pm
Genesee Room
Crim Walkers
4:00-6:30 pm
Ballenger Field House
Crim Training Injury
4:00-6:30 pm
Ballenger Field House
Mid Michigan
Inovative Team
11-2 pm
RTC 2401
Green Student Water
8 am-1:30 pm
Foundation for MCC
Board Meeting
Noon-1:30 pm
Genesee Room
MSU School of
Social Work
8:30 am-5:00 pm
RTC 1301
Lifelong Learning
for Seniors
9:30am - Noon
Mott Library
Healing Hands
4-9 pm
Ballenger Field House
AAU Volleyball
AAU Volleyball
Nursing Childbirth
8 am-Noon
RTC 1301
AAU Volleyball
AAU Volleyball
AAU Volleyball
MSU School of
Social Work
8:30 am-5:00 pm
RTC 1301
Flint, MI
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1401 East Court Street
Flint, Michigan 48503-2089
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