Global Awareness Festival 2015

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Focus on Pacific Rim – “The Ring of Fire”

February 9-13, 2015

The Global Awareness Festival at Muskegon Community College is a week-long event bringing the world a little closer to Muskegon. It includes lectures, discussions, a film festival, ethnic foods, an information fair, global entertainment, artifact displays, 200 flags, and much more!  (A special thanks to this year’s poster winner – MCC student Vanessa Beal!




The Pacific Rim Region is a vibrant and dynamic economic and geographic area comprising over 48 percent of world trade, 58 percent of world GDP, and approximately 44 percent of the world’s population. In terms of investment, trade, and economic development activity, the Pacific Rim Region is the leading area in the world for investment and trade opportunities for the foreseeable future. Consisting of 47 members, the Pacific Rim Region includes 44 independent nations along with Hong Kong, New Caledonia, and French Polynesia. Independent nations, and other resourceful economic entities which abut, or are adjacent to the Pacific Ocean are defined as the Pacific Rim Region   (


Monday, February 9

“Supervolcanoes” – MCC’s Planetarium 10:10- 11:00

Full Circle – Tour the “Ring of Fire”, a BBC documentary (Kodiak brown bear, Vodka fish soup and more) with discussion hosted by Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society – Blue & Gold Room 2:00 – 4:00

Overbrook Gallery Exhibit –“Nagas” (serpents) by Saritdikhun Somasa, snakes depicted in Buddhist folklore and religion.  Reception Overbrook Gallery 6:30 – 7:00, Artist’s Lecture Stevenson Center, Room 1100 at 7:00

 Tuesday, February 10

Poster Session – “Meet the Volcanoes of the Pacific Rim” presented by MCC’s Geology classes taught by Amber Kumpf, and see the Video “Ring of Fire”, Collegiate Hall 10:15

Full Circle – Tour the “Ring of Fire”, a BBC documentary (Forbidden Purple City, Psychic surgery and more)

Blue & Gold, 12:30 – 1:30

A Taste of Culture – Sample the South Pacific with Chef Zac and Kathy Tosa, Blue & Gold Room 2:00-3:00

“Living with Volcanoes and Earthquakes in Indonesia” Tami Enberg, Blue & Gold Room,

Reception with Indonesian appetizers 6:30 – 7:00 Lecture 7:00 – 8:00

Wednesday, February 11

**Global Topic Investigations will explore plate tectonics, volcanoes in Alaska, life in Hawaii, careers in Geology and much more.  See website for details. Blue & Gold Room 9:30 – 3:00.

Information Fair will feature booths highlighting international opportunities for students to study and work abroad as well as cultural differences around the world.  Full Circle – Tour the “Ring of Fire”, a BBC documentary (Crocodile farm, Camel catching, and more) Food Sampling during Information Fair – Which rice and salsa is your favorite? All three events in Collegiate Hall 10:00 – 1:00.

Wild Wacky Wednesday – Tattoos in Student Union 11:00 – 2:00

 Thursday, February 12

Folktales and Fun –shared by MCC’s ED 230 Children’s Literature Class in Collegiate Hall 1:00 – 3:00

Full Circle – Tour the “Ring of Fire”, a BBC documentary (Tea plantation, Borneo and more) Blue & Gold 2:30

Keynote Speaker – “Life on the South Pacific Island of Tonga” David Takitaki Blue & Gold Room

3:30 – 4:30 and 7:00 – 8:00, Reception with appetizers from the South Pacific 6:30 – 7:00

Friday, February 13

Full Circle – Tour the “Ring of Fire”, a BBC documentary (Emerald mine, Medicinal garden and more)

Blue & Gold Room 10:30

Events spanning the entire week

International News Coverage daily 10:00 – 2:00 Collegiate Hall. Watch the news from a different perspective.

International Cuisine will be featured by the campus food service.

International Artifacts collected from the community will be displayed at the main college entrance along with flags representing approximately 200 nations.


  **Global Topic Investigations

  Wednesday, February 11, 2015

  Blue & Gold Room

10:15 – 10:45 Careers in Geology

Alan Hinks, West Shore Consulting

Senior Hydrogeologist-Geophysicist

11:15 – 11:45 Hiking the South Island of New Zealand     

Ann Hesselsweet, Science Educator


Visit the Information Fair in Collegiate Hall

12:45 – 1:15   Diving in the Indo-Pacific

Pam Hall and Mary Schutt, Travelers

1:45 – 2:15   On Land and at Sea: living and working on the Pacific Ring of Fire

Masako Tominaga, Assistant Professor

Marine geology and geophysics


2:30 –3:00    Alaska on the Pacific Rim – the Aleutian Trench

Doug Tosa, Alaska Center for the Environment,

Cartographer and GIS Specialist

3:15 – 3:45    My Drilling Expedition to a Super Volcano

Amber Kumpf, MCC Geologist and Oceanographer

Moderated by Thomas Tosa


For more information see  or contact Katherine Tosa 231-777-0376

We look forward to your participation in Muskegon Community College’s
Global Awareness Festival