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Envisioning the Ends: A Concert, Celebration, Community Activation

Posted on: April 28th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Sound-Arts-concertThe MCTC Sound Society student club, in collaboration with MCTC Student Life and local and national activist organizations, are excited to present Envisioning the Ends, a free celebration, concert and community activation event that will be held in Loring Park on Thursday, May 7. The concert will feature some of the area’s finest bands of young performers coming together for the purpose of envisioning the ends of all ongoing American civil wars and violent conflicts between American communities. This concert is about peace, hope, and not being afraid to stand up for them.

Music runs from 2:30–8:30 p.m., and the concert is free. Please share this with your communities!

Performances include:

  • Chastity Brown
  • PaviElle
  • Treading North
  • Haiku (from Ferguson, MO)
  • Lucien Parker
  • One False Move
  • and more!

Event emcees and hosts will be Joe Horton and Crescent Moon of Mixed Blood Majority

This event is taking place with the participation of:

  • 15 Now MN
  • MN Norml
  • Youth for Social Justice
  • Green Dot Anti-Violence
  • Citizens for a Loring Park Community
  • MAD DADS
  • and many more!

Campus Security Supervisor Receives MnSCU Chancellor’s Award

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

daniel-200MCTC Security Supervisor Daniel Alberts has received the Chancellor’s Award for Facilities Excellence by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. The award is given to those who excel in facilities management and leadership on their campuses.

Alberts was one of two employees to receive the award in the Facilities category out of the 1,200 who were eligible.

“The professionals honored through this award work tirelessly behind the scenes to make our campuses inviting, safe, and efficiently run,” MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone said. “They make each campus a place where faculty and staff can help students realize their dreams. We are grateful for all they do, day in and day out.”

Award criteria focus on innovation, collaboration and work that goes beyond routine duties. Alberts has worked with the system office to review each MnSCU campus’ annual security report as well as helping with other initiatives within the system.

“Daniel has exceptional talent in so many areas,” said Public Safety Director Curt Schmidt. “His receipt of this award only affirms his excellent work. Through this project, Daniel has cleared the path for others to achieve success.”

Photo: Daniel Alberts and his son at the 2014 MCTC Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

MCTC Recognized for Design Group

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

MeetupThe MCTC Web Design department is making waves in local and national technology circles.

Host to the Minnesota Web Design Meetup group, a representative from the group, Keten Kakkad, was invited to the White House for its first national technology meetup on April 17. The web design group was one of 35 groups of its kind from the country to be represented at the event.

“It’s our collective success that was recognized and I am honored to be in company of such distinguished individuals at MCTC,” Kakkad said. “None of this would have been possible without a lot of hard work by many over the last three years.”

Kakkad is a designer, community partner of MCTC’s Web Design department, entrepreneur and organizer of the Minnesota Web Design group. The meetup group has been meeting at MCTC for several years and has nearly 1,000 members consisting of MCTC students, faculty and community members. The group has provided students the opportunity to network and showcase their work to potential employers.

“This was wonderful news for Keten, but also for MCTC for allowing our department the space to host these monthly meetings that our students and community have found so beneficial in building their careers,” MCTC Graphic and Web Design Instructor Bill Hendricks said.

The White House event was meant to recognize local community organizing and connecting those who share the same passions. The Meetup representatives also engaged in discussion on how to better technological competency in the community.

Photo: Co-organizers Of Minnesota Web Design Meetup and community partners: David Vinge, Director of Interactive Services at BI WORLDWIDE, Bill Hendricks, faculty coordinator and faculty member of Graphic and Web Design, Ketan Kakkad, Director and owner of Adaptive Portal, and Carl Namyst, faculty member Graphic and Web Design

MCTC to Partner with MnSCU Schools to Offer Developmental Ed Summit

Posted on: April 21st, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

MnSCU Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) has awarded a $10,000 grant for MCTC, in partnership with other MnSCU schools, to host a day-long summit this fall on developmental education best practices.

This winter, MnSCU ASA invited all MnSCU institutions to submit proposals to receive a grant of up to $10,000 per proposal for regional educational summits for developmental education. Three grants were awarded.

Normandale Community College, in collaboration with Century College, Dakota County Technical College, Inver Hills Community College and MCTC, will host a day-long summit on developmental education focused on highlighting best practices both nationally and locally. The summit, with support of the institutional partnerships, will be action-oriented with a significant portion of the day dedicated to providing each implementation team with a planning session facilitated by compression planning facilitators. Teams will then identify key issues they wish to address at their institutions and will develop detailed communication and action plans tailored to their college’s needs. The summit will include a keynote presentation from Dr. Hunter Boylen and provide each institution time to share best practices.

This summit will be held in early fall 2015. Contact Julie Guelich at julie.guelich@normandale.edu for more information. Click here for the MnSCU press release.

MCTC Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) Presents Women’s Health Fair

Posted on: April 17th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

SAASMCTC Student African American Sisterhood (SAAS) presents its Women’s Health Fair on Thursday, April 23 from noon–4 p.m. in L.3100. Join us as we share tips on how to live life, take care of your body and relieve stress!

Participating clubs and resources include the MCTC Yoga Club and North Point Health and Wellness Center.

Guest speakers include:

  • Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra, administrative director and health systems navigator of the Cultural Wellness Center presenting “Loving Yourself”
  • Brianne A. Hill, MSW MFA, presenting “Mental Health”