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George Johnson

Reflections as MCC’s May 10 graduation approaches

By George Johnson Even though I’ve taught for 32 years at Marshalltown Community College, I still get emotional about one of the greatest events in any student’s life: Graduation. That night, graduates march in and the memories begin. They cross the stage all smiles for family and friends, and as the emotions flow, so do…

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MCC’s Jose Amaya assists with Hero Street film documentary preview

MARSHALLTOWN – Marshalltown Community College Humanities Faculty Dr. Jose Amaya will participate in a panel session Tuesday, April 23 at St Ambrose University in Davenport following a sneak preview of a Fourth Wall Films historical documentary entitled “Riding the Rails to Hero Street.” Dr. Amaya is a Fulbright Scholar who previously taught US Latino Studies…

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Summer research in Costa Rica wows MCC student

Marshalltown Community College student Ryota Masuko spent the summer working as a research assistant studying sea turtles in Costa Rica with a group from Texas A&M University. A resident of Saitama, Japan, he says the experience was both fascinating and challenging, and that he’s grateful for the opportunity he had. “Our team included four people…

Theresa Orlovsky

Theresa Orlovsky authors book chapter

Marshalltown Community College (MCC) English as a Second Language and Spanish instructor Theresa Orlovsky has authored a book chapter entitled “The Importance of Context in Second Language Writing Evaluation.” Her chapter is featured in newly-published “The Politics of ESL Writing Assessment in Global Contexts” edited by Todd Ruecker and Deborah Crusan. Orlovsky says the chapter…

Ryoto Masuka

MCC student researches sea turtles in Costa Rica

Ryoto Masuko is cramming as much of the world into his college education as he possibly can. A resident of Saitama, Japan, he traveled to Iowa to enroll at Marshalltown Community College to improve his English language skills and prepare to study Marine Biology and International Business. He’s in Costa Rica this summer, working as…

Eunice Mbafor & Adiu Arou

MCC students reaching for Cardiothoracic internships

Marshalltown Community College students Adiu Arou and Eunice Mbafor are reaching for the stars, and they’re hoping to get some stellar support from family, friends and community members. The two have been accepted to participate in a prestigious two-week Cardiothoracic Surgical Skills Internship in Maui, Hawaii, this summer. They have just two weeks to each…

PTK Fall Leadership Conference attendees

PTK members attend Leadership Conference

Six members and two advisors from the Marshalltown Community College and Iowa Valley Grinnell Phi Theta Kappa chapters attended the PTK Iowa Leadership Conference this month in Carroll, Iowa. MCC attendees included students Allison Fisher, Jared Bowman, Cynthia Coury, Celise Sprague and Theresa Patterson, and PTK Advisors P.J. Colbert and Pele Waddilove. Iowa Valley Grinnell…

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Jose Amaya assists with Hero Street documentary

It’s a rare individual who isn’t inspired by stories of courage and character. When those stories take on epic proportions, they often become destined for a much larger audience. Such is the case with the story of Hero Street in Silvis, IL. Marshalltown Community College Humanities Faculty Dr. Jose Amaya was interviewed earlier this month…

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MCC’s Ray Frederick Gallery celebrates 30th anniversary

How do art lovers celebrate the 30th anniversary of a gallery? They make sure it’s filled with artwork! This year marks the 30th anniversary of Marshalltown Community College’s Ray Frederick Gallery, and MCC Art Faculty Tim Castle says that monthly shows continue to be booked out more than four years into the future. “That’s a…

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Heitmeyer & Enger share Service Learning expertise

Marshalltown Community College Computer Networking Faculty Brenda Heitmeyer and Lois Enger presented a workshop on “Integrating Classroom Technology and Service Learning” at the Summer Institute Teaching & Learning Conference in Ankeny. The two MCC instructors are passionate advocates about incorporating service learning into their classroom objectives, and have had several years’ worth of positive results….

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MCC 3D and 2D student exhibits

Altered book exhibit opens Oct. 23