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Student Showcase exhibits innovative learning

Exemplary student work and innovation were on display in Harrison and Mt. Pleasant Wednesday and Thursday (April 20-21) as part of MMCC’s first ever Student Showcase.

Exhibits included an array of projects, activities, and displays, including speeches and panel discussions, short films, posters, and demonstrations. It ranged from Tyler LaPorte’s automobile engine, which he made from scratch, to art creations and welded guitars.

Tyler LaPorte of Harrison is proud of his "made from scratch" engine that will go in a '78 Firebird.

Tyler LaPorte of Harrison is proud of his “made from scratch” engine that will go in a ’78 Firebird.

Exhibits were to  feature work completed in the previous academic year by MMCC students, but some projects illustrated work from the current semester. The showcase was open to the public for 12 hours over two days, and students remained with their display when possible to explain and discuss their learning.

“We learn so much when we learn from each other,” said MMCC President Chris Hammond prior to the showcase. “This event celebrates both our students’ accomplishments and our faculty members’ commitment to promoting student success.”

Funding for these events came, in part, from the MMCC Foundation.

Following is a list of some of the projects and displays that impressed viewers last week:


  • Built from Scratch:  Engine

Engine: Small Block Chevrolet; Size: 350 cubic inch-Bored 0.030″ oversize to 355 cubic inches; Time to build: one semester; Machine Work: Dave Cole, Chippewa Engine Company, Mt. Pleasant; Engine built by Automotive student: Tyler LaPorte; Class: AMS 110-Engine Overhaul and Repair      Instructors:  Dave Demski and Lucia Elden


  •    “Globalization in the Plastics Industry:  An Interview with Steven Fosgard”

This video is a collaborative conversation with Plastics Professor Steven Fosgard and students as they discover how the field of plastics has been affected by globalization.

Morgan Arnold, Dan Richmond, Isaac Ireland

Class:  Humanities 200 Instructor:  Lucia Elden

  • “The Revolution of Healthcare:  How Culture Creates Medicine”

This video shows how the evolution of culture around the world has created the evolution in medicine.  The video also shows the complication of the issues faced by healthcare professionals in contemporary medical practice.  These students are working in the nursing and respiratory therapy fields and are pre-nursing students.  A 24 page Multi-Genre Essay accompanies the video, as the theoretical basis for it, examining medicine from a pre-modern, modern, and postmodern perspective.

Jaime Makela, McKenzie Lincoln, Taylor Rogers

Class:  Humanities 200 Instructor:  Lucia Elden

  • Small Group Presentations on Persuasive Messages in Mass Media

Groups of five to seven students use effective interpersonal and small group communication skills, together with their growing knowledge of persuasion and mass media messaging, to research an issue or problem in the use of the mass media.

  1. Breastfeeding in Public

Renee Bailey, David Collins, Lindsey Howard, Raiah Clement, Logan Graves, Judith Kaiser

  1.   Exaggeration and Sensationalism

Nicole Gurd, Jordan Melloh, Robert Pettit, Chloe Brubaker, Sherri Olds

  1.   Gun Control

Kailyn Brugger, Rebecca James, Kyle Sweet, Christopher Ivey, Zachary Smith

  1. Charity Organizations

Melissa Evans, Nathaniel Mann, Jesse Warner, Elizabeth Gordon, Caleb Nevill

  1. Texting & Driving

Kaylee Bellingar, Shanel Stewart, Austin Swinhart, Adam Livingston, Andera Stokes, Kali Wilford

  1. Use of Music

Kaylee Brown, Jackylin Chamberlin, Kristen Csutoras

Class: SPE 101 Instructor: Elizabeth Kindermann


  • “Do You See What I See?”

This poster explains the terms of dramatic play and diversity, along with how to incorporate diversity into play.  

Cassandra Breault

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle

  • “Developmentally Appropriate Practice”

Developmentally appropriate practice is about teaching children in more than one way.  Teachers need to be teaching children depending on their best learning styles. Ciara Erbes

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle

  • “Children and Technology”

Technology is a growing problem in the hands of children.  Younger children seem to spend too much time in front of screens.  This poster offers tips in using media wisely.

Misty Fronczak

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle

  • “Importance of Play”

This poster explains how play can affect child development and how children learn language, cognitive, fine/gross motor, and social-emotional skills through play.

Amber Gage

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle

April Harding with Early Childhood Education poster "Literacy in Early Childhood"

April Harding with Early Childhood Education poster “Literacy in Early Childhood”

  • “Literacy in Early Childhood:  The Importance of Reading Aloud for 20 Minutes a Day”

Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development.  This poster offers tips for fitting reading into a busy schedule.

April Harding

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle

  • “Positive Guidance Strategies and Benefits”

This poster presents positive guidance strategies and benefits that can help parents and teachers help children develop and grow.

Judith Kaiser

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle

  • “Family Engagement is Everybody’s Business”
Natalie Yeager tells how "Family Engagement is Everybody's Business"

Natalie Yeager tells how “Family Engagement is Everybody’s Business”

Family engagement is extremely important in the development of young children.  It helps their cognitive, social, and emotional development of young children.  It improves literacy and math skills later on in life as well as attitude and behavior.  

Natalie Yeager

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle

  • “Mending Fences and Breaking Windows:  An Academic Review”

We are all restricted by boundaries, fences if you will, that dictate our lives.  Sometimes in small ways, sometimes on quite a larger scale.  This is what Naomi Klein attempts to explain to us in her work “Fences of Enclosure, Windows of Possibility.”  While in Mike Rose’s article “I Just Wanna Be Average,” we see boundaries as he discusses the limitations and obstructions from a personal basis rather than a global one.  Both articles reviewed here show examples of barriers, or “fences,” that limit others, the barriers faced by the undereducated.

Apryl Hudlow

Class:  English 111 Instructor:  Lucia Elden

Students Josiah Bear of Clare and Apryl Hudlow of Gladwin are poised to explain their poster projects.

Students Josiah Bear of Clare and Apryl Hudlow of Gladwin are poised to explain their poster projects.

  • “Everything is Perfect, Or Not”

In the past, every book that was read seemed to have characters that truly were perfect and never made mistakes. Despite this, it is not the case. Characters do not have to be perfect, and there are a plethora of stories that have characters that make mistakes and have to suffer from those consequences.  This poster and paper presents this idea by using literature from the 19th century–Henrik Ibsen’s The Doll’s House; from the 20th century–”Sonny’s Blues; and from the 21st century–Sherman Alexie’s “War Dances.”

Josiah Bear

Class:  English 112          Instructor:  Lucia Elden


Science Storyboards:

“Sharing Science with the World.”  The premise for this assignment in SCI 200 was for students to choose an endangered species that a company could use in an ad or marketing campaign.  

“Endangered Species Project:  The Spotted Owl and Barnes and Noble Booksellers”

This project highlights the Spotted Owl in a campaign for Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

Cicily Smith

“Endangered Species Project:  The Sumatran Elephant and Asplundh Tree Experts”

This project highlights the Sumatran Elephant in a campaign for Asplundh Tree Experts

Nicole McCowen

“Endangered Species Project:  The Kemp Ridley Sea Turtle and Chesney Diving Excursions”

This project highlights the Kemp Ridley Sea Turtle in a campaign for Chesney Diving Excursions.

Margaret Groves

“Endangered Species Project:  The Spider Monkey and Chiquita Brands International”

This project highlights the Spider Monkey in a campaign for Chiquita Bananas

Nicole Dennis


  • “Art and Design Exhibition”
"Winter Sacrifice" by creator Launi Tobia

“Winter Sacrifice” by creator Launi Tobia

The Art & Design Student Showcase features work from courses in drawing, painting, photography, sculpture and graphic design. A wide variety of media is explored, both traditional and digital. The work ranges from personal expression to specific client projects.  The students work with basic elements of art (line, shape, value, texture, color and form) and principles of design along with creativity and historical research to create their visual solutions.

Classes:  ART 235, 236, 240, 130, 230, 110, 215 Instructor:  Pat Block

  • “Poetry Wishing Well”

Students and faculty in Introduction to Literature will have poems available for students to take home.  Many of these students are dual enrolled from Clare, Farwell, Gladwin, Huron ISD, Gladwin, Montebella, Morley-Stanwood.  Poems included are ones that might be encouraging or should be a part of their “cultural literacy.”  

Harrison Student Chair:  Josiah Bear

Mount Pleasant Student Chair:  Aubryana Swindall

Class:  English 112 Instructors:  Lucia Elden, Iliana Miller, Jacob Wing, Michelle Currey

  • “T-shaped Learners:  A Unique Case with Dual-enrolled High School Students”

This poster demonstrates a collaboration between biology and English with dual enrolled students.  The MMCC instructors presented this poster at the T-Summit in Washington D.C. in March 2016.  

Ryan Dziedzic, biology Lucia Elden, humanities

Art Displays:

  • “The Art of Science:  Sketches Centering on a Scientific Theme”

Jessica is a student at MMCC and has earned her Math and Science Studies Transfer Degree.  She is a biology major and creates art that expresses her inner reflections with a scientific basis.  Some of these drawings were created for art classes and some have been developed outside of school.

Jessica Soltysiak                          

Class:  CHM 242/various BIO                  Instructor:  Laura Vosejpka

  • “Cara”

In this piece graphite is used for a portrait of one of the artist’s favorite idols in the entertainment industry, Cara Delevingne.  She wanted to represent her in a way that would show the strong and fierce side to her.  In this piece her sharp features are emphasized due to the graphite.   An “Artist’s Statement” is also included, written in English 111.

Ashtyn Snyder

Class:  English 111                          Instructor:  Lucia Elden


  • “The Timeline of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Borders, and US Presidential Foreign Policy Changes”

This project begins with a brief overview of the history of Palestine and Israel, and also describes tools in the Diplomatic Toolbox comprising the Foreign Policy of the United States. It closely examines if and how U. S. Foreign Policy has changed during the tenure of each President over the last 70 years, as well as how U.S. Foreign Policy has influenced the state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The goal is to show how US Foreign Policy has essentially not changed since WW2, despite Presidential rhetoric promising change.

Andrew Good, Debbie Yeagley, Christine Gransden, Jessica Miller

Class:  International Relations POL 250 Instructor: Eric Chemberlin

Mixed Media:

  • “The History, Synthesis, and Use of Indigo:  An Organic Dye”

Organic chemistry students present poster presentations with video.  In addition, a lab demonstration will occur at 3:00 and 5:00 in Room 242.

Jennifer Archambault, Luke DeHart, Sydney Hubbard, Isaac McWethy, Zamil Samkari, Amarriah Valentine

Class:  Organic Chemistry CHM 242 Instructor:  Laura Vosejpka

  • “The Tipping Scale of Neutrality:  Problematizing Dual Enrollment”

The precarious nature of transitioning from the sheltered and structured lifestyle of high school learning to the flexibility of college has lead to many introductory college classes being taught at high schools, with the hope of truly creating an accurate college-preparatory experience. This essay problematizes the experience of dual enrolled students while the electronic portfolio demonstrates and reflects upon the Degree Qualification Profile proficiencies.

Amanda Chritz

Class:  English 111 Instructor:  Lucia Elden

T-Shaped Learning was the central theme of MMCC's Student Showcase.

T-Shaped Learning was the central theme of MMCC’s Student Showcase.


  • “Psychological Warfare”

To review content learned in an Introduction to Psychology course, student groups do a “remix” project of something from popular culture.  Students remixed the popular Battleship game.  Matt Miller, Matthew McDonald, Danny Mack

Class:  Psychology 101 Instructor:  Kelley Eltzroth

  • Guitar Fabrication

Each student has created their own guitar which reflects their style in fabrication. Students were required to record and document all welding parameters, time needed and guitar sketch. Guitars were only limited to size and materials available in the shop.

John Yarnell, Brennen Hooper, Jason Townshend, Logan Gawne, Preston Rose

Class: Welding 130 Instructor: Nick Blackmer

  • “Spanish Speaking Countries:  Experiencia Cultural”


This is a sequence of 8 posters produced by Spanish 101 dual-enrolled students at Shepherd High School that depict the customs, landmarks, traditions, demographic information of Spanish-speaking countries

Myko Luplow, Maddy Ellison, Kyle Bendele, Ben Weiss, Kadem Gilbert, Nicole Langlos, Morgan Harnish, Macie Russell, Adri Bush, Carey Smith, Rivers McNeel, Billy Clifford, Mallorie Beavers, Bailey Greening, Chris Kall, Tiffany Mikel

Class:  Spanish 102 Instructor:  Lucy Andarcia

  • “Spirited Which Way?”

This poster is based on an essay providing a plot synopsis of the movie Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli showing the questions raised on the nature of one’s self and how that is defined. It will further analyze how the philosophers Mary Midgley, Thomas Nagel, and John Locke define the nature of the self by briefly over-viewing their thoughts on consciousness and the role of our body VS our mind. Further connections will be made by showing how each aforementioned philosopher would tackle the question posed by the film through character experience and progression concluding in the movie’s posed answer to the question and the author’s thoughts on the question.

Rick Bishop

Class:  Philosophy 201       Instructor:  Jim VanderMey

  • “The Mind-Body Problem:  What Makes a Human?”

Understanding the mind-body issue is essential in the ultimate path to fully realizing who and what you are.  Exploring the relationship between the mind and body introduces many important questions.  Do the mind and body have any connection?  If so, how are they connected?  What is a mind, and how does it relate with a brain?  What is consciousness?  In this poster, based on an essay, the writer experiments with these questions and attempts to formulate an intelligible answer.  Alex Dailey

Class:  Philosophy 201 Instructor:  Jim VanderMey

  • “A Different Understanding of Food”

Does the human race truly appreciate what they are eating?  An ethical transformation in society is needed for full appreciation.  This poster, based on an essay, analyzes works written by Ted Kerasote, Jessica Pierce, and his personal upbringing on farms and in the forests of Michigan.  This is not an essay about vegetarianism but an essay that is about the appreciation of the animals that die for the world (and the writer) to survive.

George Castle

Class:  Philosophy 220      Instructor: Jim VanderMey

  • “How One Should Live Their Life”

How should one live their life?  Should we all be happy and hopeful, or should we be a little more cautious and frightened?  In this poster, based on an essay, the writer looks at the philosophers Ayn Rand and her ideas of selfishness, Laozi’s work in the Dao De Jing, and his feelings on “The Way,”  Walter Pater and how he feels about wasting one’s life over a job, and lastly, Carol Gilligan and how gender has influenced the world of philosophy.

Bobbie Shipman

Class:  Philosophy 201 Instructor:  Jim VanderMey

  • “Fight Club:  A Philosophical Synthesis”

This poster, based on an essay, analyzes and synthesizes the works of philosophers.  By using the questions who, what, and where am I, the writer uses Daniel Dennett’s claims of consciousness being a personal perspective, John Locke’s theories of memory shaping who we are as people, and Rene Descartes’ conjecture that the only thing he truly knows to be true are his thoughts–in order to explain and examine the psychological twists occurring within the movie Fight Club, directed by David Fincher.

Gina McCrackin

Class:  Philosophy 201 Instructor:  Jim VanderMey

  • “Preventing Child Abuse”

Child abuse happens more often than it should.  This poster was created to help generate awareness of child abuse, informing parents or professionals who work with children.  

Lindsay Martin

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle

  • “In the Wake of the Flint Water Crisis:  Lead Poisoning Exposure and Childhood Development”

This poster explains the effects of lead poisoning on child development and prevention methods.  This presenter hopes that viewers will “walk away” informed and able to protect themselves, and most importantly their children, from lead poisoning.

Margaret Groves

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle

  • “Screen Time at a Young Age:  Long Term Consequences”

This poster explains the short and long term consequences of too much screen time at an early age.

Rachael Belke

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle

  • “Superhero Play:  A Valuable Educational Tool”

Superheroes are heavily featured in children’s media, toys, school supplies, and clothing.  This poster explores ways to use children’s fascination with superheroes as an educational tool.

Gianina Colasacco

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle

  • “Being Creative with Music and Movement through the Four Developmental Areas”

This poster explains how music and movement aid child development in all areas:  social-emotional, cognitive, language and physical.  

Alexandria Moulter

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle

  • “STEM in Early Childhood”

This poster explains the importance of STEM education in earlier childhood education levels.  Children are getting some STEM education, but there needs to be much more.

Stephanie Ruhlig

Class:  Early Childhood Education 207 Instructor:  Julie Ehle


  • “Technology Whodathunkit”

These students are ‘90s babies who have grown up depending on their phones for practical uses and hearing some of the usual cautions, such as “Don’t drive in text.” In this presentation, however, they explore the sometimes unexpected ways that the use of modern technology affects our health, economy, and safety.

David Ostergaard, Brooke Hancock,  Anna Smith, Jessica Schrot

  • “Epilepsy: What it is, What (not) to do”

This speech dispels many myths remain epilepsy and suggests ways to help someone who is having a seizure.  

Vicki Bobzien

  • “Making a Movie with Friesian Horses”

This speech recounts a student’s experience working as a horse trainer on a major motion picture.

Sara Venema

Class: SPE 101                 Instructor: Diane Miller



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