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MCTC Alumna Susan Niz Releases her First Book

Posted on: July 14th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

Kara, Lost Book CoverIn Susan Niz’s first book, Kara, Lost, 16-year-old Kara flees the suffocation of her suburban life, trading in her home and family for a gritty, anonymous existence on the streets of Minneapolis. First-time novelist and MCTC alumna Susan Niz offers a universal story of yearning for place, acceptance and identity.

Niz attended MCTC from 1994-96 as a liberal arts major. She soon transferred to the University of Minnesota where she majored in English and minored in Spanish, graduating in 1997. She returned to the U of M to complete a Master’s in Education. She is now a writer and ESL teacher.

Susan NizNiz has begun her writing career with several recognitions, including the 2010 finalist for the Loft Mentor Series Competition in creative non-fiction for memoir series, Her Name is Guadalupe and the 2009 Editor’s Nomination for the Million Writer’s Award for Seed Words

“In Kara, Lost, Susan Niz’s wonderful eye for detail and uncanny insight bring a troubled teenager’s world to life. Kara’s fierce determination to forge her own path in life and the challenges she faces on every front ring true. So true, in fact, that at times I wanted to put down the book and go find that girl and give her a home. A masterful debut,” says Alison McGhee, a Minnesota Book Award Winner.

Transportation Security Administration and MCTC Honor Program Graduates

Posted on: June 8th, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

On Monday, June 6, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and Minneapolis Community and Technical College honored 49 local TSA employees who have earned a TSA Homeland Security certificate or associate degree at MCTC.

Mike McGee, dean of Academic Affairs at MCTC stated, “The MCTC/MSP program started as a pilot program among nine other colleges nationally. Based in part on the success of the MCTC program, which resulted in the largest completion rate of the nine colleges, a decision was made by Washington D.C. officials to continue to provide tuition assistance through associates degree programs for TSA officers attending MCTC.

In 2009, the TSA chose MCTC to provide a higher education curriculum for airport security officers and other TSA personnel. The first enrollees began classes on September 21, 2009.

The Groove: Spring 2011

Posted on: May 24th, 2011 by insidemctc 1 Comment

Groove Spring 2011Check out our spring 2011 edition of The Groove, MCTC’s newsletter for alumni and friends. In this issue you’ll find stories about our faculty, alumni, programs and what’s been happening on campus. Featuring:

  • Our biotechnology program: combining academia and industry
  • Astronomy faculty member Parke Kunkle
  • Alum Eric Howell and his film, Ana’s Playground
  • Much more…

Download the PDF…

25th Anniversary of the Twin Cities American Indian Graduation Banquet

Posted on: May 12th, 2011 by insidemctc 1 Comment

Twin Cities American Indian GraduationApril 29, 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the Twin Cities American Indian Graduation Banquet. This event brings together American Indian students, their families, college officials and indigenous leaders in education from across the state to honor and acknowledge American Indian college graduates. The founders of this event believe that recognizing and celebrating the success of American Indian graduates is one of the ways that educational disparities can be addressed and inspires others to persevere and overcome the achievement gap.

This year’s event was held at the TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus and was attended by over 100 people. Graduates represented numerous tribes from across the country and received degrees ranging from 2-year to Doctorate degrees. The event began and closed with MCTC’s student drum group playing a traditional honor song.

This year, MCTC had the largest number of American Indian graduates in the metro area, with 20 students receiving their degrees. This is a tremendous accomplishment for the American Indian Success Program at MCTC and is testament to their commitment to fostering a supportive and culturally based learning environment where students can succeed.

MCTC Graduate Lisa Lounsbury Shows Her Art

Posted on: March 22nd, 2011 by insidemctc No Comments

“Encounters with the Hidden Voice”
Wednesday, March 30, 5 – 9 p.m.
Robbin Gallery, 4915 – 42nd Avenue North, Robbinsdale

Lisa Lounsbury, who graduated from MCTC with an A.A. in Liberal Arts in 2010, will be showing her work at the Robbin Gallery this month.

Losing her job in 2008 was the pivotal event that allowed her to claim her life long passion for art, coupled with her strong desire to give back to community. As head of her household and 26 years out of college, acquiring a degree over seeking work was a hard decision, said Lounsbury, but one that she was certain of and committed to see through.

Lounsbury’s gallery show will serve as her capstone project toward an Individualized Bachelor’s Degree in Healing through the Arts at First College, planned for this summer.

An Atelier-trained painter, Lounsbury has experience in sculpture, book arts, mask and puppet making, and theater. Her work has been featured in various media, and she even has one of her pieces in Prince’s movie, “Graffiti Bridge.”  She has traveled the country doing scenic painting and led a puppet ministry on a mission trip to Ecuador.

She has been using her gifts to facilitate art programs for residents in drug and alcohol treatment centers, centers for troubled youth, programs for teen moms and others who are on a spiritual journey.

While at MCTC, Lounsbury was a peer mentor and worked in the Scene Shop for the Theatre Arts department. Her art was featured in the Spring Art Festival during both of her years at MCTC and she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She was honored to be one of the speakers at the annual Scholarship Breakfast. “My experience at MCTC was very valuable to me personally and professionally,” Lounsbury says.

During the Fall of 2008, she organized “Make Your Mark” during finals week in MCTC’s cafeteria. People were encouraged to put down their mark on a 4’x4′ canvas, even if it was just their name. “It was a way to unite the diversity into one canvas, one community to speak about our experience at MCTC,” says Lounsbury.

Following graduation, Lounsbury intends to study Art Therapy at the Adler Graduate School.