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MCTC English Instructor Shannon Gibney Receives McKnight Artist Fellowship

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

English Instructor Shannon GibneyMCTC English Instructor Shannon Gibney is one of four local writers to receive the Loft Literary Center’s $25,000 award for their excellence in creative prose writing.

The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers are supported by the McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis. In order to qualify for the award, writers must have published a creative prose work or had their work published in literary magazines.

“I am so thankful to the Loft, the McKnight Foundation, and our amazing community here, which makes so much possible for us creatively,” said Gibney.

Gibney’s works have been featured in a variety of publications and anthologies including Parenting as Adoptees and The Black Imagination: The Science Fiction, Futurism, and the Speculative. This fall she is slated to publish a young adult novel, and she is currently working on a novel about African American colonization of Liberia in the 19th century.

“I hope to glean as much time and productivity as possible from the grant, and then pass on its fruits and make space for whoever’s next,” she said.

“It is an absolute joy and continual learning experience to work with a professional whose creative work directly intersects with her work as a MCTC faculty, colleague, and her work providing greater service to the communities that we serve here,” said MCTC English Instructor and Faculty Coordinator Taiyon Coleman.

Gibney is on sabbatical this year and will return to teaching in fall 2015.

“The 39 Steps,” MCTC’s Spring Play

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

MCTC spring playMinneapolis Community and Technical College, in association with Student Life and the Theater Arts department, present the spring play production of The 39 Steps. The play, written by Patrick Barlow, was adapted for the stage from the 1935 Alfred Hitchcock classic movie.

Performances

The play runs April 8-11 at 7 p.m. There will be an additional matinee performance April 11 at 1 p.m.

Cost

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

Location

MCTC Whitney Arts Fine Arts Theater, 1424 Yale Place Minneapolis, MN. Parking is available in the MCTC parking ramp. Information is available at 612-659-6122.

About the play

Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have “The 39 Steps,” a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This 2-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with laughs and thrills, over 100 characters, played by a talented cast of 4, an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!

In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is mysteriously murdered. Soon, a secret, ruthless organization called The 39 Steps is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale! A riotous blend of drama, murder, mystery, suspense thriller, and inventive comic farce,  amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure!

NASA Scientist to Visit MCTC

Posted on: March 26th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
Anne Douglass

Anne Douglass, NASA senior scientist. Photo from NASA.

The MCTC STEM Career Internship Club, in collaboration with Augsburg College, invites all MCTC students, faculty and staff to a great lecture by Dr. Anne Douglass, senior scientist of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

The lecture, Finding My Way Through the Ozone Layer, will take place Tuesday, April 14 from 1:15-2:15 p.m. in S.2400.

For more information about the club or the event, please contact Rekha Ganaganur, Chemistry and Biotechnology instructor and club advisor at Rekha.Ganaganur@minneapolis.edu, or Anton Crane, club president, at nz6413rx@go.minneapolis.edu.

About Anne R. Douglass, Ph.D:

Anne Douglass is a senior scientist with the Atmospheric Chemistry and Dynamics Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. She has worked with NASA since 1981, and is presently a project scientist for Aura, the Earth Observing System atmospheric chemistry satellite that was launched in 2004.

Her research uses atmospheric constituent observations along with models to understand and predict the evolution of stratospheric ozone and other species that are important to ozone and climate.

Douglass is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (1998) and the American Geophysical Union (2007). She received a NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 2009 and a NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2012.

She spent many years studying physics, obtaining a BA from Trinity University in Washington, D.C. (1971) and a master of science from the University of Minnesota (1975). She began her career in atmospheric science and the use of satellite observations at Iowa State University where she completed her PhD in physics (1980).

About Finding My Way through the Ozone Layer

My 30-plus year career in the atmospheric chemistry and dynamics laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center began in 1981 following a lengthy graduate school career that featured two universities, experimental work, development of a primitive atmospheric model, and a growing family. On arrival, I began to learn about atmospheric chemistry, especially that related to stratospheric ozone and the connections between chemistry and climate. The maze I call my scientific career is filled with unexpected twists and turns and even a few blind alleys, but most of the time satellite measurements of ozone and other trace gases helped me keep my bearings. Although complexity of Earth system modeling, computational requirements, and computational capabilities have all increased dramatically during my career, the “back-to-the-data” approach has prevailed and is likely to continue to do so for decades to come.

MCTC All-State Academic Team Members Recognized

Posted on: March 19th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments

Two Minneapolis Community and Technical College students were named to the All-State Community College Academic Team this month. The All-State Academic Team is an opportunity to recognize two-year college students for their leadership, academic achievements and community college service. Zamzam Yusuf and Sara Osman, Liberal Arts students, joined a handful of students from other Minnesota community colleges at the recent recognition ceremony of academic success and community service.

The All-State Academic Team was introduced 20 years ago to honor and recognize two-year college students for their leadership, academic achievements and community college service. These teams offer scholarships and scholastic recognition to Phi Theta Kappa members. Minnesota’s public community and technical college are proud to be a part of a tradition that showcases the high achievements of students who are committed to success in the classroom and service to their communities. By recognizing these students, Minnesota demonstrates a commitment to scholarship and community service as essential objectives in the state’s public community and technical colleges.

Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, symbolizes excellence in higher education and a commitment to students. It has recognized and encouraged scholarship among two-year college students for more than 80 years, providing stimulation and enrichment while promoting the academic integrity of the associate degree program. For these reasons, the American Association of Community Colleges has designated Phi Theta Kappa the official honor society for two-year colleges.

Governor Dayton’s Biennial Budget Recommendation

Posted on: March 17th, 2015 by insidemctc No Comments
MN Gov. Mark Dayton

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton addresses an audience at the grand opening of MCTC’s new nursing facilities. Oct. 3, 2013.

Today, Governor Dayton announced his recommendation that Minnesota State Colleges and Universities receive $142 million in this biennium.  If enacted by the legislature, this means that the state will continue to invest in a core public service providing Minnesotans access to high quality affordable education throughout the state.

We deeply appreciate the Governor’s leadership and his continued support of the critical role that higher education plays in ensuring prosperity for all Minnesotans.

The funding Governor Dayton has recommended will help our colleges and universities protect the programs that prepare our graduates to meet the needs of communities across the state and protect access to higher education by holding down tuition.

I am grateful to all who stand behind our funding proposal, including all five of our bargaining units, both student associations, all 30 presidents, and especially our Board of Trustees, who have been so instrumental in discussions with the Governor and the legislature.

I look forward to the discussions that will unfold over the remaining weeks of the session.

Steven Rosenstone
Chancellor
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Contact: Doug Anderson, doug.anderson@so.mnscu.edu, 651-201-1426