Thanks for supporting our students at the May 3, 2014 Graduation Ceremony!
The semester is coming to a close and many of you will be returning for the Summer Session, while others will be returning in the Fall. In either case, please have a safe, restful and productive break.
We are planning a robust summer with our summer bridge programs, which target rising junior and senior high school students, as well as those who have recently graduated. GED completers and students who test below college credit level can benefit from one of these programs as well.
In addition to these programs, we will be moving forward with the Learning Community Project pilot this summer. Biology and chemistry faculty will be testing water and soil samples on our campus and neighboring communities. These disciplines will share their results with other focus areas such as political and social science, philosophy (ethics), African- American Studies, English, Child Development and Library Science.
In the Fall we are planning to pilot our new Saturday STEM Academy. This program will be used to tutor high school students and provide assistance for ACT preparation.
Inside this issue you will get an update on other activities sponsored by the STEM CTL. Technology trainings, workshops and webinars will continue to be provided this summer. Please stop in to see one of our technology staff if you have questions or wish to update your skills on various techniques. We appreciate your continued support!
OHC STEM CTL Hosts the Chancellor's District Meeting With the Executive Team
In addition, portions of the session were videotaped for a PBS Special which will air in August, 2014, as part of a week long national feature focused on community college leadership across the nation. Check your PBS programming schedule for the exact date and times.
STEM Club and TDL Students Visit the FAA Air Traffic Controller's Towers at O'Hare and Midway Airports
The purpose of the trip was to identify and expose STEM and TDL students to high end careers in STEM and TDL. We were honored to learn that our host at O'Hare Airport, Anthony B. Harts, NAS Plan Program Manager, is also an Olive-Harvey Alumni who earned his Associates in Arts degree in Electronics (he wouldn't tell us what year).
Mr. Harts had an exciting and informative agenda planned for our students which included several presentations from various experts in air traffic operations, along with an impressive tour of the facilities. The presentations included overviews of career opportunities in aviation, a snapshot of the O'Hare Modernization Program, discussions on fiber optic transmission systems, and navigational systems. The tour included the Air Traffic Contoller's Towers, the Air Traffic Control Simulator, and the Equipment Room where all of the communications systems (radar equipment and navigational equipment) are housed. Because the Towers are a high security facility, no cameras or cell phones were allowed, but trust us, it was quite impressive!
We also learned about the Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) located in Joliet, IL and the Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) located in Elgin, IL. Those centers cover air traffic from further distances beyond O'Hare and Midway e.g. the ARTCC covers a range of approximately 260 miles, and the TRACON covers air traffic in the 40-60 mile range. The U.S. military operate centers that have much longer ranges. O'Hare and Midway Towers cover a 7 mile range for arrivals and departures.
Careers in aviation are plentiful and most of their recruiting efforts are through their Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) program or the military. Specific career opportunities were identified in Engineering and Logistics. Our hosts have agreed to visit Olive-Harvey College in the near future to share more with our students in these career fields.
Launching our Fall 2014 Learning Communities
Three student surveys were were also administered to students enrolled in Spring 2014 Learning Communities at the beginning, mid-point, and end of the semester, along with a LC faculty survey. The survey results will be analyzed and reported at the beginning of the fall semester (hopefully during Faculty Professional Development Week).
Sharon Silverman, M. Carla Carr, Dr. Vera Fullard, Dr. Mia Hardy, and Helen West.
STEM CTL Will Participate in Open House on May 13th
The Open House is district-wide and open to students 8th grade and above, members of the general public and overall community. Please feel free to invite and inform friends and neighbors of Olive-Harvey College.
Faculty Development Week 2014-15 Calendar Year
Helen West - Chair
Iona Sancira - Co Chair
Lucero Tonkinson - Chair
Austin Ferguson - Co Chair
Lavina Williams - Chair
Dr. Khalilah Watson - Co Chair
Dr. Kristee Davis
Curtis Keyes, Jr
M. Carla Carr - Chair
Rhonda Henderson - Co Chair
Dr. Mia Hardy
John Jackson - Chair
Jeff Dillard - Co Chair
Dr. Maretha Roberts
African American Studies Certificate Awards Ceremony
The Mistress of Ceremony, Dr. Zoe Franklin, opened the program with an introduction of the African American Student Association Vice President, Olivia Jointer, followed by Professor Klevor Abo who gave homage to our ancestors in a traditional Libation ceremony. Professor Curtis Keyes inspired and encouraged students as the keynote speaker for the program which was followed by the Presentation of Awards and Pinning by Professors Jacquelyn Johnson and Shahari Moore. It was a festive occasion enjoyed by all and concluded with refreshments. Many thanks to our guests, including Dean Tia Robinson.
Olive-Harvey Faculty Serves on Corliss EC STEM High School's Local School Council
Professor Johnson has been an active participant in student success at Corliss EC STEM High School long before her appointment to the Local School Council, and even prior to her daughter becoming a student at Corliss. She has served as a tutor in the After School Tutoring Program at Corliss for the past two years.
Please join the STEM CTL in Congratulating and Commending Professor Johnson for her ongoing commitment to improving student outcomes!
Recruiting Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders
· Overall GPA of 3.0 or better
· Will be enrolled in at least 6 units in the Fall semester at OHC (or any other CCC)
· Is able to commit to at least 10 hrs per week
· Is recommended by an instructor in the course for which he/she will provide SI
· Successfully completed the course for which he/she will provide SI
Soft Skills: The ideal candidate is an individual who meets the following
· Is an exemplary/model student represented in their course success as well as in their study habits
· Is eager to help others learn
· Is able to build rapport with classmates and is very approachable and easy to talk to
· Has a strong grasp of the material
· Maintains a working relationship with the instructor throughout the semester
· Is not afraid to ask questions
To apply: The student must meet the qualifications and complete an application. Applications should be submitted to Elissa Tobin (email@example.com, office 3313) Download the Job Description and Application below. If the student meets the requirements, an interview will be scheduled prior to the Fall term. Training will take place the week before the Fall term.
For more information, contact Elissa Tobin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
STEM CTL End of Year Celebration
Congratulations to AAWAC Honorees
Please join the STEM CTL by extending Congratulations to our Honorees, Nicole Hobbs, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Pioneer Award; Myiti Sengstacke Rice, Humanitarian Award; Tyanna McCann, Rising Star Award; Dr. Gwendolyn May, Lifetime Achievement Award; and Shanina Thomas, Phenomenal Woman Award; Also pictured, Paulette Pennington Jones, Guest Speaker, and Valeria Davis, President of the AAWCC OHC Chapter.