Bartley Science Exploration Center

artley Center Exterior Rendering

A rendering of the Bartley Science Exploration Center exterior (courtesy of BMA Architects). Donations are currently being sought to support the facility. The Fall 2017 opening is the first phase of the ongoing educational project.

Planned to honor the legacy of former instructor Dr. John Bartley, the Bartley Science Exploration Center (BSEC) is a new and unique hands-on facility set to open in Fall 2017 on the Muskegon Community College main campus.

The BSEC will be conveniently located in Room 141, directly across from MCC’s popular Carr-Fles Planetarium, allowing the College to expand its ability to provide free and inspirational experiences for people of all ages.

The BSEC will engage children and adults alike in science education that’s fun and interesting. Visitors will be fascinated by the hands-on scientific investigation stations, which continue Professor Bartley’s legacy and strong commitment to scientific outreach. They will also view museum-quality displays of fossils, another of Bartley’s great passions in life. He was a scientific researcher in the world of bryozoans, which are aquatic invertebrate animals sometimes called “moss animals.”

The Center also will house two MCC student-created exhibits – one is a shadow wall and a display on light and the other demonstrates kinetic energy by use of ball bearings and a ramp.

Dr. John Bartley

Dr. John Bartley

Dr. John Bartley

From 1989 to 2011, the late Dr. John Bartley was an instructor of geology at Muskegon Community College. Highly revered by his MCC geology and math students for his teaching style, he earned their affectionate nickname of “The Big Kahuna.” Dr. Bartley was equally beloved by MCC’s faculty and staff for his kind and gentle manner, for being a founding member of the “Human Potential Committee,” and for his omnipresent Hawaiian shirts lovingly made for him by his wife, Jackie.

An active faculty member, he served on many committees and for several years was the Math and Physical Sciences Department chair. He was fascinated with fossils. Samples from his collection will be displayed in the BSEC. Dr. Bartley’s love for science included the Science Olympiad. For many years, he volunteered as the president of the Michigan Science Olympiad.

Unfortunately, just a few months shy of his retirement in 2011, John was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and succumbed to the disease shortly thereafter. MCC is honored to continue his educational and people-centered legacy with the creation of the Bartley Science Exploration Center.

Learn More

If you have questions about the BSEC, please contact either of the following MCC Math and Physical Sciences faculty members who are coordinating the project:

Toby Moleski
(231) 777-0293

Amber Kumpf
(231) 777-0463

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Help make the Bartley Science Exploration Center a reality. Your contribution will support this valuable resource to our community. Contributions are being accepted in a number of ways:

  • online by clicking on the “Donate Now” button below
  • charge by phone at (231) 777-0226, or
  • by mail to: Foundation for Muskegon Community College, Muskegon Community College, Room 400, 221 S. Quarterline Road, Muskegon, MI 49442. Make your check payable to: Foundation for Muskegon Community College and write Bartley Science Exploration Center in the memo line.

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