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Registration for spring classes is underway at MCC

SIDNEY – It’s time to register for spring classes at Montcalm Community College. The 2019 spring schedule of courses is available through MyMontcalm under the Academics tab at http://my.montcalm.edu. Spring classes start Jan. 12 unless otherwise noted. For more information, email or call MCC’s Student Services at (989) 328-1277.

MCC hosts master planning public input sessions

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College is hosting two public forums to gather input from the community as it develops a five-year master plan. Community members are invited to attend and share your input in areas such as capital improvements, advancement, space allocation and others. Sessions are Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. in room D305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. Please RSVP to Vice President of Administrative Services Connie Stewart at or call 989-328-1249.

MCC exhibit, lecture focus on ‘Indigenous Protest Art in the Digital Age’

SIDNEY – “Indigenous Protest Art in the Digital Age” is an exhibit by MCC Digital Arts Instructor Seth Sutton that is on display through Nov. 30 in MCC’s Library in the lower level of the Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building on the college’s Sidney campus, with an artist talk Nov. 5 at noon in the library. An Anishinaabeg artist and activist, Sutton is a founding member of We the 7th, an Indigenous-led environmental, cultural and socially minded collective. His work highlights Indigenous environmental and social issues while exploring the tradition of protest art within the digital medium. This exhibit and program is part of MCC’s celebration of Native American Month during November. Visit for more information.

MCC lecture to explore tribal sovereignty and governmental relationships

SIDNEY – Belinda Bardwell (Niizhokwe) presents the lecture “An Introduction to Tribal Sovereignty & Our Governmental Relationships” Nov. 7 from 12 to 1 p.m. in room D303 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. Bardwell (Niizhokwe) is a past council member for the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians. She is a commissioner for the Grand Rapids Community Relations Commission and is a board member for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. She has served as project coordinator and lead oral historian for the Gi-gikinomaage-min (We are all teachers): Defend Our History, Unlock Your Spirit since 2014. This lecture is part of MCC’s celebration of Native American Month during November. Visit  for more information.

Philharmonic Orchestra concert is Nov. 11 at MCC

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College’s Philharmonic Orchestra performs its fall concert Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. in the gymnasium in the Activities Building on the college’s Sidney campus. Admission is free. Visit  for more information.

Learn about native owls at MCC

SIDNEY – Learn about native owls, including their myths, from Montcalm Community College Instructor Cheryl Meyer Nov. 9 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. during “Owls: Facts and Folklore.” Meyer will begin with a 20-minute presentation indoors, followed by a 45-minute walk on the Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails looking and listening for owls. Please dress appropriately for the weather, including boots or snowshoes. The group will return to the classroom to warm up and wrap up. Participants will meet in room A138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. Visit  for more information.

MCC hosts Veterans Day Ceremony in Sidney

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College hosts a Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. under the flagpoles in front of the Donald C. Burns Administration/Library Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. A luncheon follows in room D303 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building and is free for all veterans and students with a current MCC student ID. The cost is $2 for all others. Visit  for more information.

MCC hosts Veterans Day Ceremony in Greenville

GREENVILLE – Montcalm Community College hosts a Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 12 at 11 a.m. under the flagpoles in front of the Bill Braman Family Center for Education on MCC’s Greenville campus. A luncheon follows in room G129 in the Stanley and Blanche Ash Technology and Learning Center and is free for all veterans and students with a current MCC student ID. The cost is $2 for all others. Visit  for more information.

Film screening at MCC explores the 1850 Sandy Lake Tragedy

SIDNEY – A film screening of “Mikwendaagoziwag. The Sandy Lake Tragedy” is Nov. 12 from 12 to 1 p.m. in room M203 in the Les Morford Instructional Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. This documentary tells the story of the 1850 Sandy Lake Tragedy: a conspiracy by the United States government to provoke many Ojibwe bands to move from the Great Lakes regions into Minnesota territories, claiming over 400 Ojibwe lives in the process. This story provides a significant historical background to the recent mikwendaagoziwag (they are remembered) memorial monument, erected in Sandy Lake, Minn. This program is part of MCC’s celebration of Native American Month during November. Visit  for more information.

‘Teaching Thanksgiving’ panel discussion is Nov. 14 at MCC

SIDNEY – A “Teaching Thanksgiving” panel discussion is Nov. 14 from 12 to 1 p.m. in room M203 in the Les Morford Instructional Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. This panel, led by Steve Naganashe Perry, Ph.D., and including panelist and MCC Digital Arts Instructor Seth Sutton, will explore how the myths and lies of Thanksgiving are taught and reinforced in the public school systems. Strategies for intervention will also be discussed. This program is part of MCC’s celebration of Native American Month during November. Visit  for more information.

MCC’s Winter Artists’ Market opens Nov. 19

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College’s Winter Artists’ Market student art exhibit and sale is Nov. 19-20, Nov. 26-29 and Dec. 3-6 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Instruction North Building on the college’s Sidney campus. Admission is free.

MCC hosts Nov. 19 film screening and panel discussion in celebration of Native American Month

SIDNEY – A film screening and panel discussion of “Wiinwaa Niizhaasing (We the 7th)” is Nov. 19 from 12 to 1 p.m. in room D305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building and from 6 to 8 p.m. in room M211 in the Les Morford Instructional Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. WGVU’s Mutually Inclusive, in partnership with Grand Valley State University’s Native American Advisory Council and the Kutsche Office of Local History, presents this Emmy nominated documentary series. Using Standing Rock as the backdrop, wiinwaa niizhaasing documents the rich and vibrant Indigenous community of West Michigan and its stand at the greatest Native gathering since Wounded Knee. Themes discussed: Standing Rock, the United States’ current political landscape, tribal sovereignty, traditional arts and more. This program is part of MCC’s celebration of Native American Month during November. Visit  for more information.

MCC is closed for Thanksgiving

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College is closed Nov. 21-25 for the Thanksgiving holiday. MCC’s offices, pool, gym and fitness center are closed and no classes are scheduled during this time. Visit  for the college’s regular hours of operation.

Storyteller, musician to perform at MCC for Native American Month

SIDNEY – Storyteller and musician Drew Nelson performs Nov. 27 from 12 to 1 p.m. in room D305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. Nelson is a storytelling, songwriting Anishinaabeg, multi-instrumentalist, fly fisherman and world traveler. He writes as a witness to the lives and journeys of those he has met along the way, mixing Americana and roots-rock with traditional folk styles. He has toured across North America and Europe with popular artists such as Melissa Etheridge and Edwin McCain, as well as esteemed folk singers Josh White, Jr. and John Gorka. This performance is part of MCC’s celebration of Native American Month during November. Visit  for more information.

‘More than Frybread’ film screening is Nov. 28 at MCC

SIDNEY – A film screening of “More than Frybread” is Nov. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. in room D303-305 in the Beatrice E. Doser Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. Twenty-two Native American frybread makers convene in Flagstaff to compete for the first ever, first annual, state of Arizona Frybread Championship. The film takes a larger-than-life turn as four contestants battle their way to compete for the title in the championship round. This is the frybread competition unlike any you have ever seen and the movie you can almost taste! A Frybread Bar will be available. This program is part of MCC’s celebration of Native American Month during November. Visit for more information.

Create a decorative pine wreath at MCC

SIDNEY – Fashion a pine wreath to decorate your home for the holidays Nov. 30 from 5 to 8 p.m. in room A138 in the Stanley P. Ash Building on Montcalm Community College’s Sidney campus. Participants may collect and bring their own pine branches 12 to 18 inches in length or join the group on campus at 5 p.m. to collect materials. Wreath frames and plant wire will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring wire cutters, hand clippers and glue guns, although some will be provided, as well as natural decorations such as pine cones and berries. The cost is $5 per person, and registration is encouraged by Nov. 26 by emailing. The session is presented by MCC’s Nature Trails Committee.

Explore MCC’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails are open to the public from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. There is no charge to visit these beautiful trails winding through forests, grasslands and wetlands. More than four miles of trails are marked with numbered trail posts and maps are available at most major trail heads. For more information, please email  or call MCC Biology Instructor Heather Wesp (989) 328-1270.

MCC offers career development and personal enrichment courses

SIDNEY – Montcalm Community College offers a variety of career development and personal enrichment courses. Visit for course details or to register online.

 

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