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Join MCTC for a Celebration of Law Enforcement Instructor Debbie Montgomery Oct. 5

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Debbie Montgomery, MCTCTrailblazer, community leader, politician, senior commander and Minneapolis Community and Technical College Law Enforcement instructor—that’s part of Debbie Montgomery’s story.

Debbie is honored to share her wisdom from her career as the first female, as well as the first African American female, St. Paul City police officer. Montgomery was also the youngest member ever elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Recently a street segment in St. Paul was named after her.

Please join us for a gathering at which she will share with some of the highlights of her career. Drawing upon her experience, Montgomery also will offer some insights and reflections into the growing rift between police and communities of color.

  • Monday, Oct. 5
  • 1–2 p.m.
  • L.3100

MCTC English Instructor Shannon Gibney Celebrates Novel Release at the Loft Literary Center

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

Join the Loft Literary Center’s Story of the Book series featuring MCTC English Instructor Shannon Gibney on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

From the Loft’s announcement:

Young adult author Shannon Gibney celebrates the release of her novel See No Color as part of the Loft Literary Center‘s reading series called Story of the Book. Gibney will share the story of how her book came to be during a conversation with Lisa Marie Brimmer, and read excerpts from the novel. See No Color explores themes of identity and belonging in the context of transracial adoption.

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, and activist in Minneapolis. Her young adult novel See No Color, will be released by Carolrhoda Lab in November 2015. Her writing has appeared in a variety of venues, including The Crisis, Gawker, and Inside Higher Education. Gibney is a professor of English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), where she teaches critical and creative writing, journalism, and African diasporic topics. A former Bush Artist Fellow, she lives with her husband and children in Minneapolis.

Lisa Marie Brimmer is a writer and performance artist. She is a two-time Givens Foundation for African American Literature fellow and has received a Playwrights’ Center Many Voices Fellowship. She is a contributing writer for Gazillion Voices Magazine, a member of Savage Umbrella Theater Company, and board member of Patrick’s Cabaret. Her work has been published in Ishmael Reed’s Konch Magazine and her improvisational music collective, High Society, has been featured on Minnesota Public Radio and KFAI.

There is a suggested admission fee of $5–10 for this event.

Philosophy Students Take to the Air

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

Last spring, MCTC Philosophy students had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion titled What Difference Does Philosophy Make? on KFAI’s Truth to Tell radio show. Students Priscilla Mobosi, Alberto Martell and Kelly Watson were joined by MCTC Faculty Members Ruthanne Crapo and Maran Wolston. Listen to their show here!

From the Truth to Tell website:

In the current debate about where to invest our public higher education dollars, the study of philosophy doesn’t make it very high on the priorities list. This is especially true when it comes to institutions that serve low-income and working-class students—institutions like Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). It’s all well and good for upper-middle-class students at private liberal arts colleges to spend time searching for the meaning of life in a philosophy class, or exploring their inner poet in a literature seminar. But first-generation college students don’t have time for all that. They need an education that leads to a career. And what does studying philosophy have to do with that?

An MCTC Design Portfolio Show 2015 – Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Award Winners

Posted on: May 12th, 2015 by insidemctc 1 Comment
Evolve students

From left to right, 2015 “Evolve” portfolio best of show winners Guedda Hassan Mohamed (GRPH), Jaisa Blegen (GRPH/WEB) and Marlene Reyes (WEB).

MCTC Design “Evolve” 2015

We are a dynamic team of emerging creatives; Evolve is the conscious progression of our ideas.”

Students of this year’s MCTC graphic and web design portfolio class have singled a few peers for their exceptional design work in their culminating “Evolve” design show.

Guedda Hassan Mohamed (GRPH), Marlene Reyes (WEB), Jaisa Blegen (GRPH/WEB) were awarded this years Best of Show Peer-to-Peer Portfolio Contest by their classmates.

Five students from each award area were also given Honorable Mention awards: Casey Jacobson (GRPH/WEB), Renee Schendel (GRPH), Ian Sorlie (GRPH/WEB), Christopher Kelly (GRPH), and Jake Luck (WEB). EVOLVE student were all the winners.

Portfolio students themselves choose award recipients via written vote/peer review vote. The first place winners each are given full CC 2014 Adobe Creative Suite software package. This award is funded by Graphic and Web Design alum Manuel Castellanos Raboso and Graphic and Web Design instructor Jake Jacobson.

In the voting process, each portfolio student was given the opportunity to award three votes to their peers covering several evaluative areas:

  • Overall creative presentation of the portfolio
  • Overall creativity, focus, and uniqueness portfolio
  • Overall continuity in presentation of portfolio
  • Overall leadership and team/class participation of “EVOLVE 2015”
  • Overall design principles presented in the portfolio
  • Overall body of creative work
  • Overall representation of the ideals of the creative design industry and their “EVOLVE” 2015 stated mission

Evolve Students are all winners.