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Lansing Maker Week Showcases Innovation in Action

There’s something special about creating a hand-made product. Makers are those creative people who design, build, tinker or imagine. Often working in a garage, barn, kitchen or basement, they strive to solve common problems – or simply to satisfy a basic human desire to create. While the motivation to make things has always existed, the tools available to the average DIY-er have evolved to the point where we are now entering a new golden age of design. The convergence of technology and creativity has fueled what has become known as the Maker Movement.

The Maker Movement is growing around the world, and Lansing is no exception. This week, a team of more than a dozen local partners are excited to kick off Michigan’s first Maker Week and the Midwest’s premier Startup Weekend: Maker Edition.

Lansing Maker Week culminates on Friday, October 10 with Startup Weekend: Maker Edition, hosted by Lansing Community College in partnership with Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP). This is merely the fifth event of its kind in the US, and the first in Michigan and the Midwest. Participants will spend the weekend at LCC’s West Campus tech center where they will have access to electronics labs, CAD systems, 3D printers, metal working areas, woodworking tools and more. They will come to share ideas, form teams, design products, and launch a business—all in 54 hours. It’s an exciting, productive event with a track record of fostering successful, job-creating startup companies across the nation.

Click here to read about Maker Week in the Lansing State Journal. For more information on all of Lansing Maker Week and Startup Weekend: Maker Edition, visit the website.

By Tom Donaldson
Regional Director – Lansing Community College Small Business Development Center

New outdoor sculpture adds to sense of place

These days, Lansing Community is all that meets the eye.

From artistic exteriors to lush landscaping, eye-catching sites are popping up everywhere on LCC’s downtown campus. And by summer’s end, LCC will offer even more for eyes to behold as 20 new sculptures join the College’s 90-piece public art collection.

Many of the concepts behind the new artworks came from LCC students, others from renowned artists enlisted by campus leadership. Among the contributors is Ryan Miller, a 2014 honors graduate.

"I had a great experience at LCC and this really topped it off," says Miller. "I wanted to give something back and this is a great way to leave a lasting impression."

Ryan was among the mix that participated in a campus-wide competition seeking student concepts for public art. His four designs included huge math symbols, a bench that looks like stacked library books, giant freestanding pencils, and silhouettes of musicians and their instruments.

"I’m so thrilled LCC picked my designs," says Ryan whose PI, omega and infinity symbols have already been created and installed. "It’s amazing to see my art coming to life."

Current student Andrew Taylor also had a design selected through the 2013 competition. His concept for three shiny cylinders stacked at oblique angles is currently being created and will stand nearly 24-feet tall when complete.

"I was honored," says Taylor, a spray paint and fine artist pursuing a management degree. "These kinds of things give students a way to get involved. It makes me want to recommend LCC to others."

Jim Cunningham will also see two of his works installed on campus this summer. The retired MSU professor of physiology and now full-time, internationally acclaimed sculptor recently created an abstract model of a six-foot tall globe. His second larger sculpture of an abstract ribbon winding around a central rod will stand 21-feet high and will be made from the same quality stainless steel used in the MSU Broad Art Museum.

"I see all these outdoor works as an opportunity to enhance LCC as a destination and place for learning," says Cunningham. "This will help peak interest in LCC in the realm of higher education and make it a location that students enjoy."

Students get on the runway to stylish careers

There’s more to fashion that simply knowing what’s in and what’s out.

And in the fashion industry, the opportunities can be as exciting and diverse as the latest look for the season.

"The biggest things for students interested in fashion careers is to have an idea of what they would like to do," says Lead Faculty Christine Conner of the Fashion Program at Lansing Community College. "At LCC, we offer a lot of opportunities to delve into the different areas of the industry."


Faculty and regional partners at LCC have put students on the runway to fashion for nearly a dozen years. Located on LCC’s west campus, the Fashion Program prepares students for careers in fashion design, fashion editing, visual merchandising and display, advertising, marketing, production supervision and transportation interiors. Students can earn up to two certificates or an associate degree, and gain experience through internships at retailers and fashion production facilities—both locally and elsewhere. Transfer options abound, with students going on to study at places like the Fashion Institute of Technology, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Colombia, Parsons, Michigan State University, and Central Michigan University.

About 85 to 125 students enroll in fashion design programs each year at LCC. Students can attend part-time or full-time, with courses held once or twice a week in two- to four-hour blocks to accommodate students with retail or other jobs. Good math and science skills, a comfort level with computer software, and some artistic abilities is helpful for maximizing success.

BreAnne Turner is among the working students studying apparel merchandising and design technologies at LCC. Originally, Turner had planned to attend a four-year school, but decided on LCC after taking LCC fashion courses through her intermediate school district while in high school.

"The program was much stronger than I thought," says Turner. "My teachers are fantastic, personable and have real-world experience. Everything we do is up to portfolio quality, and they explain everything by industry standard—not just by what they like."

Both Turner and Conner agree that the LCC program is well-poised as The Runway Fashion Incubator opens downtown this fall and positions Lansing as a Midwest fashion Center.

"Lots of times people say ‘really?’ when we connect Lansing with fashion," says Conner. "But when you point out that technology can make it possible to do most any job anywhere, it can work out really well. You’ll just be required to do things a little different and a little better than people who are right at the center of things."

Hispanic/Latino Heritage Film Events

Lansing Community College is proud to host inclusive and engaging programming that highlights the rich diversity on campus. In celebration of Hispanic/Latino Heritage, a series of film-based events will take place throughout fall.

ALL events are free and open to the public.

Friday, September 26
5:30-7:30pm | Gannon Building 244
"In the Time of Butterflies"
Based on the true story of the Mirabal sisters and their involvement in the resistance to the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. Three of the four sisters joined the opposition and were known as the “Mariposas” (butterflies). Their leadership in the movement led to their eventual execution on the orders of Trujillo in 1960. Outrage at their murders led to the assassination of Trujillo six months later. Post-film conversation facilitated by Jeff Janowick (LCC Professor of History), more details here.

Friday, October 10
5:30-7:30pm | Gannon Building 244
"Strawberry and Chocolate"
David is a university student who meets Diego, a gay artist unhappy with the Castro regime’s attitude toward the LGBT community as well as the censored conceptualization of culture. ?David’s homophobic classmate, Miguel plans to use David to spy on Diego, a person whom they see as aberrant and dangerous to the Communist cause; Diego, for his part initiates the friendship with sexual intentions. Post-film conversation facilitated by Monica Del Castillo (LCC Counselor) and Ana Woehr (LCC Academic Advisor), more details here.

Thursday, November 13
6:00-7:45pm | Gannon Building 244
"Cuba, the Pearl of the Caribbean"
Journey to the forbidden island with LCC faculty Jeff Janowick, Michelle Detering and Monica Del Castillo. Join a cultural adventure that will surely delight your senses with pictures and personal stories. You’ll experience Cuba through the eyes of educators traveling in a government sanctioned educational group, as well as through the eyes of an immigrant who returned home after 45 years in the U.S. More details here.

Miss America Scholarship Recipient Shines

Although she’s been known to wear a crown, Lansing Community College student Nicole Miller is about much more than image.

"I really do live my life by the principles of the crown whether it’s on my head or not," says Miller of her role with the Miss America organization. "It’s not about pressure to uphold an image, but it’s about setting an example for a younger generation to stay focused and on the right path to achieve your dreams."

Ever since she can remember, Miller has dreamed of working with young children and in special education. Growing up in Palmyra, Mich., she attended numerous Miss America pageants and was impressed by the young women she observed.

Miller put two-and-two together and began entering pageants through the iconic organization. She saw the opportunity to strengthen and showcase her talents, meet people with similar goals and aspirations, and to contribute to the greater good. She also saw a chance to earn educational scholarships and to reach her goals for college and career.

"Miss America makes a lot of things possible," says Miller of the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. "You learn about yourself and you grow as a person through your service."

In the three years that Miller has competed, she has earned local and statewide titles, and served as the first runner-up for Miss Michigan in 2014. And in August, she began wearing the crown as Miss South Central Michigan.

Miller currently attends LCC with help from Miss America scholarships. Her end goal, she says, is to earn her degree in early childhood education and special education. She is studying American Sign Language as well as her basics, and looking to enter LCC’s Sign Language Interpreter Program.

"It’s really nice to have a smaller class size setting," says Miller of LCC. "It’s not so overwhelming, you feel like you’re learning more, and you’re more connected with your professor."

Miller says LCC’s downtown campus also puts her in close proximity to various associations, organizations and people related to her Miss America service platforms.

"I plan to be involved in all the ways I can with how our Governor is helping with early childhood education," she says. "It will be convenient going to LCC since we’re so close to the Capitol."

LCC Welcomes Ernst Floeter


(Courtesy Photo)

Lansing Community College is proud to welcome one of its most experienced Stars back to campus!

Ernst Floeter was a German prisoner of war in America. He is a former LCC student, professional photographer, and Grand Ledge resident. Mr. Floeter recently published a book about his experiences as a war prisoner.

To read more about him, click here.

Event details:
Ernst Floeter will speak about his book and answer questions from attendees.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
10:00am at LCC Dart Auditorium
Free and open to the public

For more information, please contact:
Michele Londo at hortonm@lcc.edu or 517.483.1185

National Immigrant Welcoming Week 2014

Lansing Community College is proud to be a Greater Lansing destination hosting several activities for National Immigrant Welcoming Week. The schedule for September 15-19 is as follows. All events take place in the CENTRE for Engaged Inclusion in the Gannon Building.

Display/Exhibits All Week:
-Map: “Where in the world are you (or your ancestors) from?”
-Story Wall: “What’s your favorite family tradition? What culture is it from?”

Tuesday 9/16:
-Immigrant Stories Video shown at 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm with discussion to follow
-Immigrant Nation Story Hub: Record your own immigrant story from 1pm-4pm

Wednesday 9/17:
-Diversity Reception hosted by the LUCERO Program from 1pm-3pm

Thursday 9/18:
-Immigrant story interviews with Rachel Hudson from 1pm-3pm - come and share your story! It can be about you or a family member.
-Immigrant Stories Video shown at 3pm, 4pm, and 5pm with discussion to follow
-Immigrant Nation Story Hub: Record your own immigrant story from 3pm-6pm

All events take place in the CENTRE for Engaged Inclusion in the Gannon Building. Free and open to the public!

9/11 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at LCC


Yesterday, LCC Police and Fire Academy students participated in the ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge,” that raises money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Last year, LCC Fire Academy Instructor Tom Rousch lost his battle with ALS. The LCC Police and Fire Academies accepted the challenge to raise money in his honor.

In honor of the first responders who sacrificed their lives on 9/11 thirteen years ago, students also donated to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation and the Local Fallen Law Enforcement Foundation (MICOPS).

Thanks to Home Depot for donating the buckets, and to everyone who participated in the challenge! #starpower at its finest.