Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning Series Looks at Iconic Women in U.S. History on Feb. 22, March 1 and March 15

The Center for Experiential Learning at Muskegon Community College is presenting a three-part lecture series on the “Iconic Women of U.S. History” beginning on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Sturrus Technology Center, 388 W. Clay Street, Muskegon.

Free and open to the public, the talk kickoffs Women’s History Month celebration throughout March and will be held in the Dr. Donald and Nancy Crandall Experiential Learning Lab on the first floor.

MCC Distinguished Faculty Award recipient and Emeritus Instructor Bill Jacobks will offer insights into the lives and times of three prominent American women – Crystal Eastman, Isadora Duncan, and Voltairine de Cleyre – who contributed to our nation’s social, cultural, political and economic development.

Upcoming Jacobks’ talks in the series will focus on Eleanor Roosevelt on Thursday, March 1, and Audrey Hepburn and Susie Bright on Thursday, March 15. Both lectures are free and open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. in the Dr. Donald and Nancy Crandall Experiential Learning Lab in the Sturrus Technology Center.

For more information, contact the MCC Social Sciences Department at (231) 777-0380.

MCC Offers Tour of Ford F-150 Assembly Plant and Ford Museum March 23

Ford's First Model - 1892. Date: 1892

Ford’s First Model – 1892.

Muskegon Community College’s Center for Experiential Learning is offering the public the chance to participate in a March 23 round-bus trip to and tour of the Ford F-150 Assembly Plant and the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI.

The buses leave from the MCC Hendrik Meijer Library entrance at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 23, and return to MCC at 7:30 p.m. A travel fee of $85 covers the motor coach travel and all admissions fees to the Ford Factory and the Ford Museum. The only additional cost will be for any meals. Those interested can pay by cash, checks or credit/debit cards at the MCC Social Sciences Office, Room 242, on the main campus at Marquette and Quarterline. Call (231) 777-0380 for more information.

Ford Assembly Line 1929.

Ford Assembly Line 1929.

Participants will be joining students from select MCC courses in Political Science, History, Economics, Geography, Business and CAD.

The Ford F-150 River Rouge Assembly Plant will provide a factory tour and the opportunity to see the fabrication and assembly of the most popular pick-up truck in the USA. The experience will also provide an appreciation for the economic strength of the auto industry and its impact on the state of Michigan.

The Henry Ford Museum, founded and funded by one of the prominent U.S. industrialists, is one of the premier museums in the nation. With a focus on the industrial revolution and the transformation on the American economy, the museum provides visitors the chance to explore the machines, furniture and automobiles from the last 200 years that transformed America. MCC Instructor George Maniates will lead a guided tour and special presentation of steam engines and the electrical generation facilities.

MCC Experiential Learning Trip to Kalamazoo April 28 to See Comedian

Muskegon Community College’s Center for Experiential Learning is offering a round-trip bus excursion to Kalamazoo on Saturday, April 28, for an evening of laughs and fun at Wings Stadium with comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.

Tickets, which are $100 per person and include bus transportation and a Section 400 show ticket near the stage, are in limited supply. Those interested can pay by cash, checks or credit/debit cards at the MCC Social Sciences Office, Room 242, on the main campus at Marquette and Quarterline. Call (231) 777-0380 for more information.

The bus will make a Taco Truck meal stop along the way. The cost of the meal is not included but everyone who wears a “Fluffy” shirt will receive a $5 Taco Truck certificate.

MCC Offering Trip to McCormick Museum and Gardens on Oct. 6

Muskegon Community College’s Center for Experiential Learning and the Tri-Cities Historical Museum are offering an Oct. 6 bus excursion from Grand Haven to tour the Robert R. McCormick Museum Mansion and Cantigny Park Gardens in Winfield, IL, outside of Chicago.

Participants will learn about a philanthropic family that made the Chicago Tribune a world-class newspaper. Gain a new appreciation of the sacrifices made by the men and women of the military at the 1st Division Museum. Enjoy strolling the estate gardens embraced in fall.

Tickets are $75 per person and includes motor coach transportation, park admission fees, and docents.  Participant will be responsible for lunch which will be available at the park. The bus leaves from the Tri-Cities Historical Museum, 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven, at 7:30 a.m. and return at 7:30 p.m.

Those interested can pay by cash, checks or credit/debit cards at the MCC Social Sciences Office, Room 242, on the main campus at Marquette and Quarterline. For more information, call the MCC Social Sciences Department at (231) 777-0380 or the Tri-Cities Historical Museum at (231) 842-0700.

The destination is the 30-acre former estate of Joseph Medill and his grandson Colonel Robert R. McCormick, publishers of the Chicago Tribune, with its ornamental landscapes and gardens. McCormick served in World War I and saw action at the Battle of Cantigny. After returning home, he renamed the estate in honor of the battle. In 1896–1897, Medill built a 35-room mansion, designed by architect Charles Allerton Coolidge, on the estate. Today the mansion is the Robert R. McCormick Museum, a historic house museum.

During World War I, Colonel McCormick served with the U.S. Army First Division, also known as the “Big Red One.” He provided an endowment for the First Division Museum, designed by architect Andrew Rebori, which includes exhibits and artifacts chronicling the First Division’s service history. On display outside the museum is the area’s largest collection of tanks and artillery pieces, known as “Tank Park” from the First World War up to the present day. Visitors are allowed to climb on the vehicles.

 

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