“Character develops itself in the
stream of life.”
MCC Trustee Celia Turner Elected to
ACCT Board of Directors
Celia M. Turner, a member of the Mott Community
College Board of Trustees, has been elected to the Association
of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors
as a Delegate-at-Large. The election took place at the ACCT
national conference held in San Diego, Calif. on Sept. 28.
Turner was nominated from the floor by MCC Board
Chair Lenore Croudy and Fred Mathews, a trustee from
Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac. Turner's name
was placed in nomination for Delegate-at-Large on the ACCT
Board of Directors and, when the votes were counted, she was
the top vote-getter.
"This is a great opportunity for MCC and for Flint and
Genesee County to have our concerns heard on a national
level," Croudy said. "Our issues of worker retraining and economic development need to be heard."
Turner was elected to her first six-year term as a member of the MCC Board of Trustees in 2003.
She works as a consignment operation coordinator at General Motors Service Parts Operations. She
received a Master's Degree in Administration (1994) and a Bachelor's Degree in Business
Administration (1992) from Central Michigan University. She is a graduate of Flint Central High
School. An active member in the community, Turner is involved in a number of community organizations and activities. In 2001, she was a recipient of the YWCA of Greater Flint Corporate Women
of Achievement Award.
The Association of Community College Trustees is a non-profit educational organization of
governing boards, representing more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees who govern over
1,200 community, technical and junior colleges in the U.S., Canada, and England. The mission of
ACCT is promoting effective board governance through advocacy and education.
Steve Robinson Steps Down as
MCCEA President
Steve Robinson, president of the Mott Community College Education Association (MCCEA),
MCC's Faculty Union, will not be seeking another term as MCCEA president. Robinson, who was
first elected EA president in November 1997, made the announcement during the first general
faculty meeting of the 2007-08 academic year. The completion of his current term marks 10 years
of service as MCCEA President.
Achievements accomplished under Robinson's tenure include a new membership clerk; a threeyear contract, good relationships with administration and the passing of the 10-year renewal of
MCC's operating millage.
Robinson, an English professor with bachelor, master's and Ph.D. degrees from Michigan State
University, was named MCC Outstanding Faculty Member in 2004. He has served as MCC's
Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Coordinator since June 2005 and as
treasurer/finance director of "Say Yes to MCC" campaigns since March 2001.
Robinson expressed gratitude to MCC faculty members. "Thank you for the opportunity to
serve over the past decade," he said. "It has been an honor and a privilege."
Around Campus
Human Resources
Staffing Manager Sharon
Ewles lets us know that applications are being accepted for a fulltime Sociology Instructor position, which will begin Fall 2008.
Position information and application instructions are located on the
posting at
Here's news from Dean Jim Leonard and the Counseling &
Student Development department: Advisor David Schaaf and
Counselor Brian Ivory worked together last month on two direct
mailing initiatives for undecided students and students on academic
probation. Brian reports sending 1,300 post cards to “undecided” students offering free career testing, interpretation and follow up.
Targeting vocational degree students with a G.P.A. below 2.0, David
coordinated a special mailing encouraging these students to meet
with their advisors to review their current status and develop a plan
of action. "The response to both initiatives has been very positive,"
notes Brian."In the future, we plan to utilize similar initiatives to
develop stronger relationships with targeted groups of MCC students
in need of advising or counseling services." Brian Ivory tells us that
MCC was a co-sponsor of the Lilly North conference held in
Traverse City in October. "I was one of two MCC presenters," Brian
states." My workshop was titled, "Active Learning Strategies that
Acclimate Students to Your Classroom Culture." Institutional
Research Analyst Roberta Foust was also a presenter, and her topic
was: "Seven Elements of Effective Teaching and Learning in WebBased Education."
Fine Arts Division Dean Jessie Sirna updates us on activities
going on in her area. Art professor Thom Bohnert is exhibiting a
piece of his work in the exhibition, “2007 Actual Size Biennial” at
the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit through Dec. 1. He was
also a participating artist in the ”Mastery in Clay” Exhibition at The
Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Oct. 5-21. Assistant Art Prof. John
Dempsey has an exhibition of his paintings, “Salient Landscapes” at
the Delta College Galleria through Nov. 30. Artist Margaret MeadeTurnbull has a show entitled “The Figure in Watercolor” in the MCC
Fine Arts Gallery Nov. 5-20. She will give a gallery talk for students
and the public at 12 noon on Nov. 20.
The Music Department presented a Jazz Workshop on Sept. 27
for MCC music students and several junior and senior high school
jazz groups. The New York City Teachers Jazz Sextet, which included MCC alumna Kathy Iwanusa, along with our own Music Prof.
Chuck Iwanusa on bass and Steelheads Director Jim Coviak on
drums, performed for all the students at the conclusion of the workshop. It was an excellent K-12 outreach activity for our music department and as a follow-up to our annual Jazz Festival. The financial
support for the workshop from the Foundation for MCC and the
Ballenger Trust was most appreciated.
The MCC Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Music Prof.
Chuck Iwanusa performed for the Flint Jewish Federation/Don
Riegle Community Service Awards Program on Oct. 24 at the FIA.
New full-time Music Instructor Mary Procopio is presenting a paper
and performance at the KOSANBA Colloquium in Boston Nov.1-4.
Technology Division Professor LindaLee Massoud spoke at
this year's ETOM conference at MCC. The topic was "Maximizing
Student Success in Highly Technical Courses Using Streaming Video
& Blending." She also displayed several of her photographs at the
Genesee County Attorney's Art Show.
Health Services Counselor Sharee Tolbert will be presenting
two Health Fair events during November: Smoking Cessation
Awareness, on Nov.7, 1 to 4 pm in the Curtice-Mott Complex. The
Annual Flu shot clinic will be offered in the Health Services office,
Room 2060 of the Prahl Center on Nov. 14 from 12 noon to 3 pm.
The cost of the Flu shot is $28. Pneumonia shots will also be offered:
the cost is $40. Visiting Nurse Services of Michigan will be here on
campus to administer the flu and pneumonia shots. They accept the
following health care plans: Medicare Part B; Physicians Health
Plan; Health Advantage; Priority Health Plan; Health Plus of
Michigan; Health Alliance Plan; McLaren Health Plan and most
other insurance plans for Michigan employees.
From Social Work Technician Program Coordinator Paul
Jordan: Bettina Campbell, LMSW, an instructor in MCC's Social
Work Technician program, will be presenting at the annual meeting
of the American Public Health Association this November in
Washington. In addition to being an instructor in our program,
Bettina Campbell is the director of YOUR Center, a faith-based
HIV/AIDS prevention program here in Flint. "Such active involvement in social work helps to infuse instruction with lessons from the
current reality of services to people in need," Paul stated.
Transitions to Give Free Hair
Cuts to benefit Locks of Love
Mike Bower Has Book
Published in Germany
MCC's Transitions School of Cosmetology Careers is offering free hair
cuts for individuals with 10 to 12 inches of hair who are willing to donate
to Locks of Love. The hair cutting event will take place on Monday, Nov.
26 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Transitions Salon, Room 119A of the
Visual Arts & Design Center. Transitions is partnering with MCC's Phi
Theta Kappa, the Honors Program, and the Environmental Club to bring
awareness to the public about Locks of Love – a not-for-profit organization
that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children 18 years and
younger with medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The hair cutting event
will be videotaped to hopefully become part of a documentary film that is
being produced about Locks of Love by the Academy Award nominated
filmmaking group, the Simon & Goodman Picture Company. Individuals
who don’t have enough hair to donate but know someone who does are
encouraged to ask them to participate. For more information, please visit
Locks of Love at For details about
the hair cutting event at MCC, call Carol Nielsen at (810) 232-8016. Free
hair cuts for those donating hair apply only to the specified date and time of
9 am to noon, Nov. 26.
MCC Executive Dean Mike Bower is the author of an
English-language book published by the German academic publishing house Verlag Dr. Muller (VDM). Based on his doctoral
dissertation, Dr. Bower’s book is entitled Apprentices Speak Out:
The Experiences of Five Women in a Skilled Trade. The book
tells the personal stories of five women who entered a skilled
trade apprenticeship program that had been predominately maleoriented. VDM approached Dr. Bower after learning of his work
through an academic abstract. Dr. Bower has mixed academia
with the corporate world during his career, which has included
stints at Ford and RCA before turning to a full-time academic
career. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 from the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln in Educational Leadership and Higher
Halloween Spooktacular!
A host of ghouls, ghosts and goblins made up a capacity crowd
of nearly 1,500 at MCC's Sixth Annual Halloween Party for the community. MCC continued its annual tradition of providing a free, fun,
safe environment for families to enjoy the Halloween festivities. The
party was held Friday, Oct. 26 at the Ballenger Field House. The
event featured several activities, including a costume contest with
prizes, a haunted house, face-painting, inflatables ("bounce houses"),
games and musical entertainment. Pizza, doughnut holes and cider
were served. MCC's Department of Public Safety coordinates the
Halloween Party every year, with assistance from MCC faculty and
staff members, student groups and various college organizations.
Cosmetology Students
Excel on State Board Exams
Students enrolled in MCC's Transitions School for Cosmetology
Careers are performing quite well on the State Board of Cosmetology
Licensing Examination, according to Business Division Dean Robert
Loth. "The cosmetology program is proud to announce that their students’ passing rates at the State Board are continuing to improve, and
in some cases are perfect!," Loth said. "Our students exceed the state
average in almost all exams."
MCC's Transitions School is a state-licensed program, providing
the required hours of specialized instruction and application of skills
necessary for passing the State Board Exam. Haircutting, hair coloring, chemical relaxing, permanent waving and nail technician training
are included in this program. Students have an opportunity to gain
practical experience at Transitions, which offers a beauty salon environment where students get the chance to work on clients under the
close supervision of state licensed cosmetology instructors. Following
are statistics from exams taken from January, 2007 through June, 2007.
Practical exam
Theory exam
Mott’s Percent Passing
State Average
NAIL TECHNOLOGY:Mott’s Percent Passing
Practical exam
Theory exam
State Average
Esthetician is a new Program for MCC, and these are the first results
received from the State Board.
Practical exam
Theory exam
Mott’s Percent Passing
State Average
Gorman Center Display
Showcases Sputnik
October 4 marked the 50th anniversary of the Russian launch of
Sputnik I, the earth's first artificial satellite setting the stage for the
dawn of the Space Age, referred to by iconic broadcast journalist
Walter Cronkite as "the event that forever changed the world." The
launch of the satellite caused a global furor, prompting the United
States to step up its own space program, which triggered the "space
race" between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union – eventually settled when Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in
July 1969.
David Maguire, MCC professor of astronomy, geology and physical science, has assembled a colorful display commemorating the 50th
anniversary of the Sputnik and the space age. The exhibit, located on
the first floor of the Gorman Science Center near the Science and
Mathematics Division Office, Gorman G1001, includes space memorabilia, newspaper clippings from October 1957 documenting the
Sputnik launch; several photos and space-themed books and games
demonstrating the 1950s space craze.
"The reaction of the American public ranged from amazement to
outrage," commented Maguire. "Some Americans were angry that the
Soviets had beaten us into space concerned that, as Lyndon Johnson
put it, "we were going to bed under the light of a "Communist moon."
Sputnik prompted the U.S. government to fund a host of expensive new military, space research and technical education programs –
specifically designed to "even the score" as well as prepare for a
potential military showdown. For more information about the Sputnik
exhibit, call the Science and Math office at (810) 762-0284.
MCC’s Lifelong Learning
for Seniors Program
Ron Kramer (from left) former All-Pro Offensive Lineman for the
Detroit Lions, is joined by longtime fan Peter Povich of Iron River and
Ken Wensel, coordinator of MCC's Lifelong for Seniors program, at
the Friday, Sept. 14 session of the program, formerly known as
Fridays at Applewood Café. Povich drove nearly 500 miles from his
Iron River home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to meet Kramer in
person at the Sept. 14 event, entitled "Athletic Trip Down Memory
Lane," which featured Kramer and former Flint Journal sports columnist, Dean Howe. MCC's Lifelong Learning for Seniors Program,
operated under the MCC Continuing Education Department, offers a
wide range of programs with intriguing topics and presenters every
Wednesday Thursday
Michigan Home Based
Child Care Council
10 am-3 pm
RTC 1107
NAACP Education
4-6:30 pm
RTC 1403
Audubon Society
6-9:30 pm
Board of Trustees Meeting
7 pm
Mott Library
MSU Flint School of
Automotive Consortium Social Work Info. Meeting
10-11 am • RTC 1301
3:30-5 pm
RTC 1403
Michigan Property Tax
Appeal Process
6:30 pm • RTC 1005
American Association of
University Women
6-8 pm
Genesee Room
MM II Board
RTC 1107
College Cultural
7-9 pm • RTC 1005
Sierra Club Meeting
5:30 pm
Genesee Room
Michigan Home Based
Child Care Council
10 am-3 pm
RTC 1107
Youth Leadership
Meeting • 5-8 pm
Genesee Room
GSA Student Club
7-9 pm
RTC 1005
Economic Development
8 am - 5 pm
RTC 1005
Critical Thinking
8 am-3 pm • RTC 1301
MSU Flint School of
Social Work Info.
10-11 am • RTC 1301
Birth Class
8 am-Noon
Ballenger Field House
Thanksgiving Holiday
Campus Closed
Thanksgiving Holiday
Campus Closed
Big Brothes & Big Sisters
Campus Visit
3:30-5 pm
RTC 1005
Flint, MI
Permit NO 51
1401 East Court Street
Flint, Michigan 48503-2089
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