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MCTC Dedicates its Science Center

Posted on: December 2nd, 2015 by insidemctc 1 Comment

MCTC Ackerberg Science CenterNew names on the MCTC Science Center building belong to longtime friends of the college: Carolyn and Sanders (Sandy) Ackerberg. Nearly a hundred friends, family and community members gathered in the newly dedicated Ackerberg Science Center on November 23 to honor the life, legacy and gift made on behalf of Sandy.

“This is a thankful time all around the country,” said MCTC Vice President of Strategic Partnerships Mike Christenson, “and it’s a particularly thankful week at MCTC.” The dedication took place a few days before Thanksgiving.

The MCTC Foundation received a generous $1 million gift from Carolyn Ackerberg in memory of her late husband Sanders (Sandy) Ackerberg, who served and led the MCTC Foundation and helped lay the groundwork for what MCTC is today. Among the largest gifts in MCTC Foundation history, this donation will be used to fund scholarships and provide resources for students in need. In gratitude, the College named its Science Center for the Ackerbergs.

“Scholarships give college students the gift of time,” said Vice President of Academic Affairs Gail O’Kane. “There is no greater gift to students.”

AckerbergsSandy served on the MCTC Foundation Board of Directors for a decade and was Board President from 1986–1988. It was Sandy’s belief in the potential of all persons, and his commitment to education, that led him to serve MCTC, leading fundraising efforts and spearheading the Foundation’s first capital campaign.

A graduate of North High School, Sandy served the United States during WWII, and came home to enroll at the University of Minnesota. After earning his degree in architecture in 1949, he launched a long and highly respected career as an architect and real estate developer. For more than 35 years, Carolyn and Sandy worked together managing commercial and multi-housing real estate properties.

Sandy passed away in 2009. Since then, Carolyn has kept Sandy’s passion for MCTC students alive.

The dedication was attended by a rounded sample of community members, well-wishers and past and present employees. Attendees included former MCTC President Phil Davis, champion of the tuition relief program Power of YOU and leader of the 2009 capital funding campaign to redesign and upgrade the Science Center; Foundation Board President Harry Davis, Jr.; State Senator Scott Dibble who represents MCTC’s community and has been described as one of the foremost leaders of civil rights in the state; five MCTC students who received Ackerberg Science Scholarships; former Executive Director of the MCTC Foundation Reede Webster who led the Foundation at the time of the Ackerbergs’ donation; and many others.

“I guarantee if you invest in MCTC, you’ll get the best return on your investment,” said Foundation Board President Harry Davis, Jr.

The Science Center is, itself, an engineering wonder. Opened in 2009, the Center was built over and around buildings purchased from businesses adjacent to campus. A dedicated team of architects, designers, engineers and College faculty agreed on an open, airy design for the building’s interior spaces, and a striking glass façade on the exterior front. The building contains energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, and was constructed with careful attention to waste production, recycling potential and landfill avoidance.

“Your gift, Carolyn, extends far beyond money,” said Astronomy Instructor Parke Kunkle, noting that the dedication fell on the 100 year anniversary of Albert Einstein’s presentation of his theory of relativity. “We’re excited to see the ripples you’ve created in the fabric of our lives.”
“I’m honored to be here on behalf of my beloved husband Sandy,” said Carolyn Ackerberg. “Although we all prefer that he be here himself, his gift is intended to provide the means for future generations of students and graduates to be successful. If we can eliminate just this one barrier for students, it may mean the difference in their educations and their lives.”

Click here for an album of photos from the dedication.

Join MCTC Green Dot for a Unity March Nov. 18

Posted on: November 16th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Green DotFrom Diane Scovill, MCTC Physical Education instructor:

I want to invite you all personally to join MCTC Green Dot for a unity march on Wednesday, Nov 18.

March with us to UNITE!

We too often stay in our academic lanes and only pass each other occasionally. The Green Dot Unity March is a chance to break out of our lanes and march together for something bigger than ourselves—for something hard to define and to achieve, but worth coming together anyway. We march as people who are striving for peace and justice. We march to build bridges. We march to be seen. We march to make our interests known. We are marching to bring people together and make every member of our community safe through our connection and our work.

You could march because you have lost someone to violence. You could march because you have tried to find other people who feel like you do and you don’t know how to find them. You can march because you need the exercise. Please march. There is nothing like being part of Green Dot—growing a movement that supports the creation of environments that are safe for every member of our community.

Marching is one action step. Certainly we have many more steps to take to make a lasting change. First, we have to find each other and we have to give each other hope.

A rally will start at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the T Skyway. We will be making signs for the march with the Feminists Organizing Change student club. If you want to bring a picture of a loved one to be part of this march please do so. We will hold a brief remembrance at 12:15 p.m. and the march will begin at 12:45 p.m. The route will proceed inside campus buildings, and we will also move outside depending on the weather.

  • Who: Students, staff, neighbors, faculty, businesspeople, police people and everyone else
  • What: Pledge to stand up to violence
  • Where: T Skyway
  • When: Sign making at 11:00 a.m. Remembrance at 12:15 p.m. March at 12:45 p.m.

There is nothing else we do that brings students, faculty, staff and the neighborhood together. Let’s keep the spirit going.

Diane

You can connect with the MCTC Green Dot group on their Facebook page.

MCTC Global Studies Department Presents a Discussion Forum on Syria Oct. 29

Posted on: October 26th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

The MCTC Global Studies department, in support of the Muslim Student Association student club, is sponsoring a forum on Syria on Thursday, Oct. 29 from noon–1:30 p.m. in L.3100. This forum is a safe place for interested individuals to hear from Syrian students or people who have lived in or have some expertise in the region. The forum will include faculty and student speakers and plenty of time for questions and answers from the audience.

For more information, contact MCTC Philosophy Instructor Matthew Palombo at matthew.palombo@minneapolis.edu.

Human Rights and Culture Presentations Held in November

Posted on: October 23rd, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

The MCTC World Languages department, in conjunction with Student Life, is pleased to announce the fall 2015 Human Rights and Culture Presentations that will be held at the MCTC campus during the month of November.

Sponsored by the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program at the University of Minnesota’s Law School, presentations will be given by six distinguished Humphrey fellows who will be spending the 2015-2016 academic year at the University of Minnesota Law School, pursuing studies and professional development work in the areas of human rights, law, human trafficking and law enforcement.

The presentations will be held on successive Thursdays in November, beginning on November 5 and will run successively for three weeks, culminating with the last set of presentations on November 19. The presentations will be held in the Helland Center Multi-purpose Room (H.1002) from 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided at all three of the presentations.

The list of the presentations on our MCTC campus is as follows:

November 5, 2015

  • Human Rights and Culture in The Philippines & Haiti
  • 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m., H.1002
  • Presenters: Amelia Lourdes Mendoza (The Philippines) & Nidson Augustin (Haiti)

November 12, 2015

  • Human Rights and Culture in Burma (Myanmar) & Yemen
  • 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m., H.1002
  • Presenters: Ja Aung Lu (Burma – Myanmar) & Fadia Thabet (Yemen)

November 19, 2015

  • Human Rights and Culture in Nigeria & Egypt
  • 12:15 p.m.–1:30 p.m., H.1002
  • Presenters: Abosede Oyeleye (Nigeria) & Wesam Ibrahim (Egypt)

Everyone is invited to hear these speakers discuss topics of human rights and culture. The speakers have a wide variety of professional experience in the topics that pertain to human rights and culture.

“Crimes of the Heart,” MCTC’s Fall Play

Posted on: October 15th, 2015 by marketingworkstudy No Comments

Small Poster crimes of the heartMinneapolis Community and Technical College, in association with Student Life and the Theater Arts department, present the fall play production of Crimes of the Heart, written by Beth Henley and directed by MCTC Theater Arts Instructor Maxine Klein.

Performances

The play runs October 28 – 31 at 7 p.m. There is an additional matinee performance Saturday, October 31 at 1 p.m. Sign language interpretation will be provided at the Thursday, October 29 performance.

Cost

Admission is free! Audience members are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate.

Location

MCTC Whitney Fine Arts Theater, 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis, MN. Information available at 612-659-6122.

About the Play

One of the most entertaining and popular of contemporary plays, Beth Henley’s comedy Crimes of the Heart won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, the New York Critics Circle Best American Play and a Tony Award nomination for Best New Play. From loves savored and lost to attempted murder, the play takes its characters on a gothic, zany adventure that promises to challenge actors and delight audiences.

“It has heart, wit, and a surprisingly zany passion…it would certainly be a crime for anyone interested in the theatre not to see this play.”

-The New York Post

“While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family. Such is Miss Henley’s prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake.”

-The New York Times