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MCTC Instrumental Ensemble to Present Annual Spring Concert April 23

Posted on: April 16th, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

2014 spring instrumental concert.The Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) Music department will participate in the Spring Fine Arts Festival by presenting a concert of instrumental music. Concert participants will include students of the Jazz and Chamber Ensembles as well as invited guests from the Twin Cities music community.

The concert, directed by Yolanda Y. Williams, will feature works that represent various jazz eras, works from the canon of western art music and a string quartet arrangement of “Come Together,” popularized by the Beatles.

A reception in the Fine Arts lobby will immediately follow the concert. Light refreshments will be served, and children are not only invited, but are welcomed. Admission to this concert is free.

  • Wednesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College Whitney Fine Arts Theater
  • 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis
  • Free admission.
  • For more information, contact Yolanda Y. Williams at 612-200-5398

MCTC Dakota Studies Faculty Chris Mato Nunpa to Deliver Lecture During Genocide Awareness Month

Posted on: April 7th, 2014 by insidemctc 1 Comment

Chris Mato Nunpa, MCTC instructorMinneapolis Community and Technical College Dakota Studies instructor Chris Mato Nunpa will be delivering a lecture on genocide awareness on April 16 in L.3000 from 6-8 p.m. The lecture, “Sica Tanka Kin, ‘The Great Evil’: The Genocide of the Dakota People of Minnesota,” will focus on the genocide against the Dakota people in recognition of Genocide Awareness Month in April and Minnesota’s own history. This event is sponsored by the American Indian Studies department, Dakota Studies department, Ojibwe Studies Department, Philosophy department and Global Studies department. Chris is an instructor of Dakota Studies at MCTC and a retired professor of Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies at Southwest Minnesota State University. Click here for a flier.

This summer Chris will be presenting an academic paper by the same title, “Sica Tanka Kin, ‘The Great Evil’: The Genocide of the Dakota People of Minnesota” at the annual conference of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) in Winnipeg.

Emerging Designers Present an MCTC Design Portfolio Show

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Graphic Design portfolio show logoThe Graphic and Web Design department at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) will be showcasing the work of graduating designers during their portfolio show held May 6 and 7.

The two-day design show gives the emerging designers an opportunity to present their best work to potential employers, clients, and fellow designers in exhibition format.

Unlike years past, the show’s identity is communicated through a single typographical character: “&.” The ampersand icon is the symbolic representation of the original title “And,” a theme highlighting the importance of adaptability in an industry of constant evolution.

Graduate Alex Oskie says “& is the culmination of two years of hard work by an extremely diverse group of multi-faceted designers.” Oskie has spent his two years looking forward to the design show while developing his skills as a web designer. “It’s our opportunity to show the industry and the professionals we admire that we’re ready to join them,” said Oskie.

Oskie is one of 40 emerging designers that will be featured this May. Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be provided. For more information, visit

See a list of this and more spring events on the MCTC Centennial Celebration website.

MCTC Open House, STEM Fair and Skills Rodeo April 8

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Open House banner

You are invited to join us for three amazing events at MCTC on April 8! Activities start at 10 a.m. and wrap up at 7 p.m. There’s something for everyone at MCTC on this action-packed day!

  • Open House, 57 p.m., T Plaza and 2nd floor
  • STEM Fair, 10 a.m.7 p.m., T Plaza
  • Skills Rodeo, 57 p.m., T Skyway

Open House, 5–7 p.m., T Plaza and 2nd floor
Whether exploring what the College has to offer, choosing your major or finding clubs that spark your interest, the Open House is for you! Invite your friends and family, stay for the other exciting events and be sure to pre-register! More information and registration are available here.

STEM Fair, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., T Plaza
Celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, clubs and activities! At the STEM Fair you can:

  • Light your way through a cave lined with prehistoric cave paintings from across the world
  • Explore the Exploradome and its two distinct programs: a tour across the universe and a trip through the heart
  • Meet MCTC Engineering students and learn about their projects with a high altitude balloon, helicopters, a flight simulator and a drone
  • See MCTC student research projects previously highlighted at the state Capitol
  • Explore Biotechnology and other science demonstrations, hands-on activities and a human evolution display
  • Attend a presentation by Princeton University Molecular Biology professor Dr. Bonnie Bassler about how bacteria talk to one another
  • Watch the work of flesh-eating beetles, learn about animal decomposition and familiarize yourself with the flora of Loring Park
  • Learn more about MCTC’s STEM programs and student clubs!

Skills Rodeo, 57 p.m., T Skyway
Students from five career and technical programs will compete against one another in a chance to demonstrate their skills and vie for $2,500 in scholarships!

  • Photography: PHDI (Photography and Digital Imaging) participants will be asked to photograph portraits in front of a bright window. Students will have to balance studio lights with background light in order to create a mixed-light portrait.
  • Sound Arts: Sound Arts students will compete in a 10-minute sound frequency identification accuracy test involving music, frequency bands and filtering.
  • Barbering: Two Barbering students will compete by demonstrating their skills on live models in barber chairs, creating specific and specialized haircuts based on Minnesota State Barber Licensing exams. They will also present the logos they created for their proposed barber or hair salon business plans.
  • Culinary Arts: Culinary Arts student chefs will compete by creating the same dish which will be judged by a panel. The student with the highest score wins the scholarship, and the audience will be able to judge for themselves and eat the work of the competitors!
  • WeldingWelding students will compete at stations in the T Building welding labs to create specific challenging and sculptural welding projects within a limited time frame. A live video feed of the competition will be streamed to the T Skyway.

DJ music will be provided by students in The Sound Society student club.

Please join us for any of these amazing events April 8!

MCTC to Hold Second Annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series April 9

Posted on: March 31st, 2014 by insidemctc No Comments

Malcolm X Peace and Justice Lecture Series poster.Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is hosting the second annual Malcolm X Justice and Peace Lecture Series Wednesday, April 9 in H.1002. The series promotes the intellectual traditions of African American, African and Islamic authors and activists.

The day-long event aims to promote the intellectual traditions of African American, African and Islamic authors and activists as they relate to contemporary issues of justice and peace. The series also intends to raise awareness of local and global issues of injustice and oppression, facilitate dialogue on issues of justice and peace throughout the MCTC community and promote student and academic initiatives that address issues of injustice and oppression.

Activities are scheduled to take place all day, and include:

  • “Beyond the Disaster: Understanding the Situation in Syria.” 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
    • Introduction by Matthew Palombo (MCTC faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies), keynote by Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid (see bio below), response by Nadia Mohamed (faculty, Philosophy and Global Studies).
  • Challenges Facing Justice and Peace in Egypt.” 1–2:30 p.m.
    • Introduction by Matthew Palombo, keynote by Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery (see bio below), response by Nadia Mohamed and Mayar Arafa (MCTC student).
  • “A Lecture and Discussion on Somalia.” 3–4:30 p.m.
    • Introduction by Matthew Palombo, keynote by Maya Sheikh-Salah (see bio below), response by Ruthanne Crapo (MCTC faculty, Philosophy) and Fadumo Abdi (MCTC Student Senate president).
  • Evening session: “Global Living in an Age of Revolution: A Forum on Syria, Egypt and Somalia.” 6–8:30 p.m.
    • Welcome by Matthew Palombo, entertainment by Ka Joog, panelists Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, Maya Sheikh-Salah, J.D. and Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid, response by MCTC faculty.

About the panelists:

Dr. Osama Abu Irshaid is the founder and editor of Al Meezan newspaper, a national newspaper published in Arabic. He is also a highly sought after political analyst and commentator. He lectures frequently on Middle East and American politics. Dr. Abu Irshaid has also authored and co-authored several books, articles and studies on issues relevant to the Middle East and its political climate published in English and Arabic. He is the co-author of the controversial study “Hamas: Ideological Rigidity and Political Flexibility” which was published by the United States Institute of Peace in 2009. Abu Irshaid is a regular commentator on Palestinian and Middle Eastern affairs as well as on American domestic and foreign policy on various Arabic satellite networks, such as Al Jazeera, Syrian TV, Al-Alam, Abu-Dhabi and Alhiwar TV. Dr. Abu Irshaid completed his Ph.D at Loughborough University in England.

Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery was a prominent Egyptian parliamentarian. He is a member of the Parliament of Luxor and a member of the Freedom and Justice Party. He is also the director of the Luxor Islamic Center for Global Dialogue and a member of the Freedom and Justice Party’s Foreign Relations Committee. Dr. Dardery headed the Foreign Relations and the Freedom and Justice Party’s first delegation to the White House and was a key advisor to President Morsi. Dr. Dardery holds a Ph.D from the University of Pittsburg and has taught English and Islamic studies in the U.S. and Egypt.

Maya Sheikh-Salah, J.D., is the Assistant Hennepin County Attorney and graduate from the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is an activist and regular speaker on issues of health and law in the Twin Cities Somali community.

Food and drink will be provided by Crescent Moon Bakery and Dunn Bros. Coffee.