Identity, Friendship, SWAT Teams, & Survival: 2017 TLC Talks

The TLC Talks feature staff, administrators and faculty from across the college, who are knowledgeable and passionate about intriguing subjects inspire us with ideas worth sharing. The event is free and open to the entire college community. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes. For links to past TLC talks, visit: http://ctl.morainevalley.edu/special-programs/tlc-teaching-learning-community/

Here is the schedule of 2017 talks:

Wednesday, Nov 1st: 11am—11:50am

GraFEETi, Growth, and Grief: Impact of an Author Friend
by Erika Deiters

Erika started as a fan of Chicago author Amy Krouse Rosenthal; then the author became the subject of her composition class; eventually Erika and Amy formed a friendship. They supported each other through their cancer diagnoses. Unfortunately, Amy did not survive.

Living Life on the Hyphen: Exploring My Identity and Belonging Amidst Being a Bi-Racial, Caribbean-American Woman
by Shanya Gray

Have you ever felt as though you don’t quite belong? As though you cannot be put into one particular box? If so, then this talk is for you. In this talk, Shanya Gray shares what it was like growing up bi-racial in the Caribbean and what it was like migrating to the United States and living in a culture that was foreign to her. Shanya also shares how she wrestled with not belonging and the process of ultimately becoming comfortable with who she is. Ultimately, in giving this talk, Shanya hopes to share valuable lessons learned from her life’s experiences that can be of encouragement to anyone who has wrestled with not belonging.

Wednesday, Nov 1st: 12pm—12:50pm

Running to the Sound of Gunfire: The Mindset of a SWAT Officer
by Francisco Arteaga

What would your first instinct be if you heard the sound of gunfire? Would you even know what it sounds like? In gunfire situations when the community needs help, they call the police. But what about when the police need help? They call SWAT. Officer Frank Arteaga shares his SWAT experience and the mindset needed while preparing and carrying out a SWAT operation.

The Newspaper Headline Read, “This Was a House.” Keyword, “Was”
by Jodi Marneris

Jodi Marneris’ science teacher said it was near impossible for a tornado to hit the Chicago area. It wasn’t too long after that teacher was proven dead wrong. Jodi’s house was among the ruins of that day of devastation.

Ball is Life: How I Used Basketball and Did Not Allow It to Use Me (video)

For DeWitt Scott, basketball was everything. It shaped his cultural, professional, and intellectual destiny as a young man. Ironically, it was during a break from basketball where he discovered a world beyond the court.

Ball is Life: How I Used Basketball and Did Not Allow It to Use Me

The audio of this discussion is available below:

My Career Development Without a Plan: How a Passion Became a Profession (video)

Moraine Valley videographer Matt Grotto discusses crisscrossing the United States as a professional photographer working in journalism. From taking shots of Michael Jordan in Seattle, to photographing fisherman on the beaches of Florida, he will explore the relevance of every life experience.

My Career Development Without a Plan: How a Passion Became a Profession

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Skateboarding, Hip Hop, and Hatha Yoga: How I Became a Hindu (video)

How does a serious skateboarder and hip-hop artist use Yoga to become a Hindu? Panshula Gaeshan explains how this confluence of activities that allowed for a new spiritual identity to emerge.

Skateboarding, Hip Hop, and Hatha Yoga: How I Became a Hindu

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Hip Hop, Basketball, Hinduism, Photography, and Tornado

We are excited to announce our talks scheduled for our TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event on Thursday, November 3rd starting at 11am (with a 2nd session at 12:30pm) in the library event space

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Thursday, Nov 3rd
11am—12:15pm

Skateboarding, Hip Hop, and Hatha Yoga: How I Became a Hindu
by Panshula Ganeshan
How does a serious skateboarder and hip-hop artist use Yoga to become a Hindu? Panshula Gaeshan explains how this confluence of activities that allowed for a new spiritual identity to emerge.

My Career Development Without a Plan: How a Passion Became a Profession
by Matt Grotto
Moraine Valley videographer Matt Grotto discusses crisscrossing the United States as a professional photographer working in journalism. From taking shots of Michael Jordan in Seattle, to photographing fisherman on the beaches of Florida, he will explore the relevance of every life experience.

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Thursday, Nov 3rd
12:30pm—1:45pm

The Newspaper Headline Read: “This Was a House.” Keyword: Was
by Jodi Marneris
Jodi Marneris’ science teacher said it was near impossible for a tornado to hit the Chicago area. It wasn’t too long after that teacher was proven dead wrong. Jodi’s house was among the ruins of that day of devastation.

Ball is Life: How I Used Basketball and Did Not Allow It to Use Me
by DeWitt Scott
For DeWitt Scott, basketball was everything. It shaped his cultural, professional, and intellectual destiny as a young man. Ironically, it was during a break from basketball where he discovered a world beyond the court.

For links to past TLC talks, visit: http://ctl.morainevalley.edu/special-programs/tlc-teaching-learning-community/

 

Family Matters: Ghosts and the Holocaust and the Suitcase of Documents

Craig Rosen shares his story of the Ghosts he’s carried with him in a leather brief case. He had explored the documents inside, but the documents found him. Craig shares his family’s story that brings to life voices of the holocaust’s victims and survivors.

Craig Rosen has been coordinator of the MVCC Academic Theater since his arrival at Moraine in 2002. He holds a Ph.D. in theater from the University of Colorado, an MA from Emerson College, and a BA from Temple University in his native Philadelphia. He was awarded an Ogilvy Fellowship for British Travel and Research. Craig has directed plays throughout Colorado, Minnesota and his work has been performed at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and the Jones Theater in Westcliffe, CO. He served as a judge for the Joseph Jefferson Awards for Excellence in Theatre in the Chicago area and has directed over 30 plays at Moraine Valley.

This event is part of the TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event.

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Design Matters: Mindful Connections Can Lead to Joy

Moraine Valley Designer Laurie Hottinger discusses how to enjoy a richer daily experience at the hands of seeing. Now, what does it means to “see?” Laurie discusses her work in designing the spaces around us at Moraine Valley Community College.

Laurie Hottinger is the Creative Design Coordinator for Moraine Valley Community College’s Marketing Department. She has loved every moment of her 22 years as a servant of the college. The past few years Laurie has been focusing her efforts on the big picture, which sometimes include big spaces. She ultimately hopes to help provide a strong community connection–a place where students of all ages feel comfortable, flourish and are proud to call Moraine Valley their alma mater.

This event is part of the TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event.

The audio of this discussion is available below:

My Journey Across the Rubicon: How Serving Others During Times of Crisis Helped Me Find My Purpose

MVCC Emergency Coordinator Kendall Bruton had a great life, but she always felt something was missing. She found her missing purpose as she went “boots on the ground” in the aftermath of some of our nation’s worst natural disasters. Kendall will discuss her work with Team Rubicon and the ethic of service to others following times of crisis.

Learn more about Team Rubicon at http://www.teamrubiconusa.org/

Kendall Bruton is the Safety and Emergency Coordinator with the Moraine Valley Police Department. She has a Master’s Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Homeland Security from American Military University. When she is not working, Kendall enjoys spending time outdoors with her daughter.

This event is part of the TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event.

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Being the Police: Service, Integrity, Honor, and Community

Policing currently is at a critical juncture. It seems the public is emphatically supportive or unabashedly unsupported. Michelle Furlow worries that the noble profession that has been the focus of her career has been reduced to the public lament, “Who would want to be a cop today?” Despite the controversy, complications, and the need to move the field forward, Michelle remains passionate in her rolls as a faculty member at Moraine Valley and the Cook County Sheriff Training Academy. When asked “Who would want to be a cop today,” Michelle has a simple answer, “I would, and you should too.”

Michelle Furlow is the Program Coordinator for the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness & Continuity Certificate (EPCC) in the Criminal Justice department at Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills, Illinois). She also instructs with the Cook County Sheriff’s Training Academy.

This event is part of the TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event.

Being the Police: Service, Integrity, Honor, and Community

The audio of this discussion is available below: