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Flying squirrels, mink found in first of its kind study at OU

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A group of biology students made some unexpected discoveries while conducting a wildlife mammal survey at the Oakland University biological preserve.

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All Aboard! model train exhibit presented by the Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club

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The Stoney Creek Model Railroad Club has been planning this model train exhibit for one year and they can’t wait to share it with the community. The Calf Barn will be filled with modules that have been painstakingly built in scale and show locations near and far. A scavenger hunt through the exhibit adds to the fun. This wonderfully detailed exhibit, All Aboard! is a perfect family outing during the holiday season.

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Rochester Hills' Oakland University announces $150M campaign

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Rochester Hills-based Oakland University has announced a $150-million fundraising campaign, the largest in the school’s history. It has raised more than $50 million in the campaign's quiet phase over the past two years.

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Orion Township Public Library teen department wins Best Buy Community Grant

The Orion Township Public Library was recently awarded the Best Buy Community Grant to help fund teen technology programming.

 

“The grant will strengthen the library’s ‘ThinkLink’ partnership with Lake Orion Community Schools,” said Teen Librarian, Dan Major. “This program provides library material delivery to schools as well as after school programming for middle school students.”

 

The money from the community grant will be used to purchase touch screen stations for three middle schools and Lake Orion High School.  These stations will allow students to request books for delivery and register for programs at the library.  The grant will also be used to convert our computer lab into a modern Makerspace.  The plans for the Makerspace include new equipment like a VHS/DVD converter, photo scanner and digitizer, laser engraver, digital art station, video editing software, and more.

 

“In addition, several Best Buy employees have generously volunteered for the ‘ThinkLink After School’ program,” said Major. “They will show middle school students some of the latest and greatest technology and teach them to create new and exciting projects in our freshly renovated Makerspace.”

 

For questions about the Best Buy Community Grant contact Dan Major at dmajor@orionlibrary.org, or 248.693.3000 x413. The Orion Township Public Library is located at 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48362 and is open 9:30a-9:00p Monday through Thursday and 9:30a-5:00p Friday and Saturday.  For more information visit orionlibrary.org.


Orion Township Public Library teen department wins Best Buy Community Grant

The Orion Township Public Library was recently awarded the Best Buy Community Grant to help fund teen technology programming.

 

“The grant will strengthen the library’s ‘ThinkLink’ partnership with Lake Orion Community Schools,” said Teen Librarian, Dan Major. “This program provides library material delivery to schools as well as after school programming for middle school students.”

 

The money from the community grant will be used to purchase touch screen stations for three middle schools and Lake Orion High School.  These stations will allow students to request books for delivery and register for programs at the library.  The grant will also be used to convert our computer lab into a modern Makerspace.  The plans for the Makerspace include new equipment like a VHS/DVD converter, photo scanner and digitizer, laser engraver, digital art station, video editing software, and more.

 

“In addition, several Best Buy employees have generously volunteered for the ‘ThinkLink After School’ program,” said Major. “They will show middle school students some of the latest and greatest technology and teach them to create new and exciting projects in our freshly renovated Makerspace.”

 

For questions about the Best Buy Community Grant contact Dan Major at dmajor@orionlibrary.org, or 248.693.3000 x413. The Orion Township Public Library is located at 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48362 and is open 9:30a-9:00p Monday through Thursday and 9:30a-5:00p Friday and Saturday.  For more information visit orionlibrary.org.


LTU hosting 800+ high school students in DECA business competition December 14

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Lawrence Technological University will host the 2018 DECA High School District Competition on Friday, Dec. 14. The university will host more than 800 students from 21 Oakland County high schools in competitive presentations and educational exercises in marketing, business, finance, leadership, and entrepreneurship competency areas.

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Oakland Schools' Superintendent finalist for national Women in School Leadership Award

Oakland Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson is a finalist for the Women in School Leadership Award, a national recognition given out annually by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA).
 
“I am beyond thrilled to be a finalist for this award,” said Dr. Cook-Robinson. “AASA’s mission of recognizing women leaders is an important one and I am honored to be part of this prestigious group.”
 
The award is designed to recognize the exceptional leadership of current female administrators who make a difference in the lives of students while also paying tribute to the talent, creativity and vision of outstanding female educational administrators in the nation’s public schools. Candidates are judged based on leadership in meeting the learning needs of students, personal and organizational communication strength, constant professional improvement of knowledge and skills and active community involvement. Award recipients will be announced during the AASA National Conference on Education, Feb. 14-16, 2019, in Los Angeles.
 
AASA is a professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education.
 
Click to see Dr. Cook-Robinson’s nomination video for the Women in School Leadership Award.

Nearly 10,000 students to attend MiCareerQuest Southeast, region's largest career exploration event

Students from 107 southeast Michigan high schools are set to converge on the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi as MiCareerQuest Southeast – the region’s largest-ever career exploration event – connects 9,700 students with representatives from 114 companies and organizations.

The students, from schools in Oakland, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw and Wayne counties, will engage in a broad range of interactive, hands-on activities with more than 500 working professionals from 114 exhibiting organizations in four growing career quadrants: advanced manufacturing, construction, health sciences and information technology. More than 125 of the most in-demand occupations in the state will be showcased. The day-long event is set for November 28.

“The Suburban Collection Showplace will be bulging at the seams with so much to see and do, as our young people explore so many exciting career opportunities,” said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, who plans to attend. “I expect this event, which directly addresses employers’ calls for help in filling critical jobs, to be inspiring and engaging for all those participating.”

MiCareerQuest Southeast is coordinated by Michigan Works! and the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs. The Michigan Talent Investment Agency (TIA) is the presenting sponsor of the event.

During their visit, students and their chaperones will move between career quadrants over a two-hour period. The venue will host three separate sessions from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., with an average of 3,200 students in each. At least 150 school buses will transport the students and their 600 chaperones to the event. Advanced school registration was required.

Nearly 200 volunteers from Michigan Works! agencies across the state, the Michigan Talent Investment Agency, county government offices, local community colleges and other groups will be on-hand to assist.

“There has been a steady build-up of excitement for this event, among the schools, exhibitors and everyone who has volunteered to help,” said Jennifer Llewellyn, Oakland County’s manager of workforce development. “This is the first time an event of this nature and size has ever taken place in the southeast Michigan region. I’m expecting a great day.”

Macomb County’s Romeo High School plans to send its entire freshman class of 450 students. In 2019, as part of its transformation into the state’s first Ford Next Generation Learning community, the school will launch a special career academy for students in grades 10-12.

“Every student will be part of a career academy, preparing them with the more advanced skills they need to be successful in college, their careers and life,” said CTE Director Natalie Davis. “We believe MiCareerQuest Southeast is the perfect opportunity to expose our ninth-grade class to what career pathways are available to them prior to academy selection.”

According to Michigan Talent Investment Agency data, almost half of the companies the agency works with across the state indicate they struggle to find qualified people to fill their job vacancies. Wanda M. Stokes, director of the Talent Investment Agency, said MiCareerQuest Southeast is a unique event to help address the long-term challenge of filling this talent pipeline.

“The Talent Investment Agency’s WorkShare program is proud to serve as the 2018 Presenting Sponsor of MICareerQuest Southeast,” Stokes said. “The unique, experiential learning approach that MICareerQuest takes provides students with hands-on exploration of high-demand, high-wage careers in their region. Immersion into hands-on learning is what ultimately helps students find their passion, so they can, in turn, discover their purpose. MICareerQuest understands that extending career exploration beyond the walls of the school and creating opportunities for students to engage with business professionals is critically important in providing students with a variety of career path choices.”

In addition to the Talent Investment Agency, major event sponsors include platinum sponsors Beaumont Health in health sciences and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in advanced manufacturing. Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, the Building and Construction Trades Council and MUST (Management & Unions Serving Together) are joint platinum sponsors in the construction quadrant.

Other major sponsors include Oakland Community College, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, Michigan Works! Southeast, Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!, Oakland County Michigan Works!, SEMCA Michigan Works!, Kelly Services, Automation Alley and Ascension Michigan.

Beaumont Health will showcase several occupations. Aaron Gillingham, chief human resources officer, said Beaumont is investing in the future for the region’s children.

“There’s no better place to be than in front of 10,000 students to highlight the great career options we have at Beaumont and across the medical sector,” he said. “MiCareerQuest Southeast will educate people on the types of opportunities available now, as well as the types of careers they can have in the future.”

A list of occupations to be showcased, including the organizations who are staffing exhibits, is attached. For more information, visit oakgov.com/micareerquestse.

STEM Quest at OCC to offer hands-on learning, robots and rockets

Sure, making pancakes with a 3D printer and assembling Snap Circuits kits into electronics sounds like fun, but wouldn't it be cool to know the mechanics behind making those pancakes or how those kits come to life from parts and pieces?

A daylong STEM QUEST event November 10 at Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills Campus, 2900 Featherstone Road, will provide answers to these questions and a more.  The event, open to Scouts and non-Scouts, will let young people interact with staff from businesses and organizations such as Legoland, Magformers and the Michigan Science Center.

Kevin M. Bratton, Ph.D., dean of social sciences and human services at OCC, said the college’s collaboration with the Boy Scouts was driven by the need to expose more young people to fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition, Magformers will demonstrate principles of conceptual geometry using materials other than paper, pens and calculators.

Participants will get hands-on training in STEM areas such as building cars for a Lego Pinewood Derby, using pieces of fruit to learn how parts of coding communicate with each other, and seeing what underwater robotics is all about.

“With the economy growing at one of the fastest rates of all time, employers are lacking highly skilled workers,” Bratton said.  “OCC and the Scouts are partnering together to produce an event that introduces students to STEM disciplines as well as to the college’s high-tech programs, where  students can develop their skills and earn a degree or certificate for successful entry into the workforce.”

Said Eric Suender, STEM executive with the Michigan Crossroads Council of the Boy Scouts of America, “We were very intentional in making sure that each activity offered will give our participants hands-on learning under the direction of experts in their fields.”

The activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.  Suender said participants should bring a sack lunch or snacks and water if they plan to stay for the entire day.

The cost of STEM QUEST is $10 per person. To register, visit the Michigan Crossroads Council website.

For additional information, contact Suender at Eric.Suender@scouting.org or call (517) 885-3618.

13 Michigan schools earn coveted Blue Ribbon awards

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Does your school deserve a blue ribbon?

Thirteen Michigan schools received the coveted 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools award Monday  — a recognition of either overall strong academic performance or progress toward closing achievement gaps. It's the biggest honor a school can receive in the U.S.

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LTU hosts Girls in Future Technologies (GIFT) Day

Lawrence Technological University, in partnership with the Women of AT&T, hosted the second annual Girls in Future Technologies (GIFT) Day Saturday, Sept. 22. 

This year’s event in the Marburger STEM Center marked the first time the occasion was hosted on campus. More than 30 girls, mostly hailing from area middle and high schools, engaged in programs aimed at sparking their interest in a STEM career. 
“Our goal today is to break down barriers and let the girls to know that you can do this,” said event organizer Denisha Williams, who also serves as a board member and vice president of membership for Women of AT&T.

“Girls need to know that STEM and the evolution of technology does not have to be a male-dominated field,” agreed Shawn Caggins, vice president of programs for Women of AT&T and GIFT Day chair.  “The event is designed to educate, inspire and empower young girls to think about how they would like to have an impact on society through STEM.”

After a motivating welcome from Sibrina Collins, executive director of LTU’s Marburger STEM Center, the girls dove into various science and technology-themed activities. They started with a computer coding workshop, which challenged each girl to test their skills in the C programming language. Next, a mother-daughter law enforcement team led a candid talk with the girls about cybersecurity and safety. The dialogue was followed by more hands-on activities such as “Cards to the Sky” – a group engineering exercise which involved building the most effective structure out of playing cards and tape – and an interactive robotics demonstration, featuring a remote-controlled robot from LTU’s own Robofest.

The day ended with a fireside chat led by female professionals in STEM. Crystal Young, Mashia Tate, Angel Turner, and Yakita Turner shared their personal journeys, struggles, career advice, and encouragement with the eager youngsters. Girls of all ages took the opportunity to ask them many questions about career pathways, especially in STEM.

Said one attendee, Shelby, a student at Middle School North in Macomb Township: “I wanted to be a biomedical engineer before coming here today, and after today, I feel more confident” about a career in STEM. Added Nylah, a student at Berkley High School: “The workshops helped me know that I can do different things, and if do go into STEM, I can take some of what I learned today into it.”

Williams said she hopes that next year’s event will draw even more girls from more Detroit-area schools, adding to the momentum and interest towards girls in STEM careers.

Record number of students and companies participated in Manufacturing Day

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Nearly 1,000 local high school students took part in a national program geared towards showcasing careers in advanced manufacturing.

Manufacturing Day, an annual celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, was celebrated locally, once again, at over 40 companies across Oakland County on Oct. 5. Since 2012, over 265,000 students have participated in Manufacturing Day events nationwide. 

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STEM Quest at OCC to offer hands-on learning, robots and rockets

Sure, making pancakes with a 3D printer and assembling Snap Circuits kits into electronics sounds like fun, but wouldn’t it be cool to know the mechanics behind making those pancakes or how those kits come to life from parts and pieces?

A daylong STEM QUEST event November 10 at Oakland Community College’s Auburn Hills Campus, 2900 Featherstone Road, will provide answers to these questions and a more.  The event, open to Scouts and non-Scouts, will let young people interact with staff from businesses and organizations such as Legoland, Magformers and the Michigan Science Center.

Kevin M. Bratton, Ph.D., dean of social sciences and human services at OCC, said the college’s collaboration with the Boy Scouts was driven by the need to expose more young people to fields in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition, Magformers will demonstrate principles of conceptual geometry using materials other than paper, pens and calculators.

Participants will get hands-on training in STEM areas such as building cars for a Lego Pinewood Derby, using pieces of fruit to learn how parts of coding communicate with each other, and seeing what underwater robotics is all about.

“With the economy growing at one of the fastest rates of all time, employers are lacking highly skilled workers,” Bratton said.  “OCC and the Scouts are partnering together to produce an event that introduces students to STEM disciplines as well as to the college’s high-tech programs, where  students can develop their skills and earn a degree or certificate for successful entry into the workforce.”

Said Eric Suender, STEM executive with the Michigan Crossroads Council of the Boy Scouts of America, “We were very intentional in making sure that each activity offered will give our participants hands-on learning under the direction of experts in their fields.”

The activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m.  Suender said participants should bring a sack lunch or snacks and water if they plan to stay for the entire day.

The cost of STEM QUEST is $10 per person. To register, visit the Michigan Crossroads Council website.

For additional information, contact Suender at Eric.Suender@scouting.org or call (517) 885-3618.


Women's Divorce Resource Center launches support group


Whether it’s a new life stage, a pivotal event or some other reason to end a marriage, the process of divorce can be confusing, overwhelming and sometimes, downright terrifying. New this fall, the Women’s Divorce Resource Center is launching an empowerment support group to arm individuals with the support they need to effectively and humanely shift their situation.
 
The six-week seminar will meet on consecutive Thursday evenings, beginning September 20, 2018, at SheHive (2505 Hilton, Ferndale), 6:45-9 p.m. Space is limited. Subject matter will include financial, emotional, legal and parenting aspects of divorce, with speakers to include Nancy Warkentin Houdek, MA, LPC, NCC, PLLC, and Natasha Kendal, PHD, LMFT and Robin Breckenridge, CPC, an educator, public speaker, certified relational advocate and professional coach.
 
Warkentin Houdek is a nationally certified professional counselor and psychotherapist based in Farmington Hills. Kendal is a marriage and family therapist in Bloomfield Hills. Breckenridge works in unison with PIVOT- a relational alignment group, where she helps people struggling with relational challenges shift into a healthy relational alignment. 
 
“We help people learn how and when to talk to their kids about an impending divorce, and how to keep kids out of the middle of negotiations,” says Vicki McLellan, WDRC co-founder. “We firmly believe that the more information and support women have during divorce, the more confidence they’ll have after. When women are empowered, it has a positive impact on the entire family, especially their children.”
 
“The legal process can be confusing. There are concerns about finances. And emotional wellness during divorce is difficult for everyone. We want to empower women to weather the process well, and know they are not alone,” says Angela Zangarola, WDRC Co-Director and Board Member.
 
The Women’s Divorce Resource Center offers workshops and special topics seminars throughout the year. A seminar on self-esteem through transition is set for October 11, followed by a women-to-work workshop in collaboration with JVS December 3.
 
Women’s Divorce Workshops take place on Saturdays (September 15 and December 15) as well as some weekday evenings (November 1 and 8). Speakers include McLellan, Houdek, Kendall as well as Alisa Peskin-Shepherd, Randy Pitler, Jessica Pospiech Heltsley and James Chryssikos.
 
About Women’s Divorce Resource Center
Founded in 2012, the Women’s Divorce Resource Center helps educate women on the divorce process. The nonprofit organization was co-founded by Vicki McLellan, CFP®, CDFA EA, MA and Rebecca Abel  CFP®, CDFA™. Both have worked extensively on the financial side of divorce. Current co-directors include McLellan, Nancy Warkentin Houdek, MA, LPC, NCC, and Angela Zangarola, MBA, CDFA.
 
The mission of the Women’s Divorce Resource Center is to empower and educate women contemplating and going through the divorce process. We strive to provide educational opportunities about the various legal, financial and emotional aspects of divorce. We believe the more support women have during this difficult process, the more confident they will be with their decisions. This empowerment will positively affect women and their children post-divorce.
 
For more information, please visit www.womens-divorce.org.

U.S.-Japan Council President is keynote speaker for Women's Leadership Conference

The president of the U.S.-Japan Council is the featured speaker at the U.S.-Japan Women’s Leadership Conference set for September 26.

Irene Hirano Inouye, president of the Washington D.C.-based organization, headlines the program which focuses on women who hold leadership positions. It is sponsored by the U.S.-Japan Council and hosted by the Oakland County Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs.

“We are honored to host Irene Hirano Inouye for this important leadership event and excited about our partnership with the U.S.-Japan Council,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “This is a singular opportunity to hear from Mrs. Inouye and others in leadership positions and learn first-hand how they advanced in their professions.”

The conference will be held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford. There is no charge to attend but advance registration is required at AdvantageOakland.EventBrite.com. A light lunch is included. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The U.S.-Japan Council is a non-profit educational organization that contributes to strengthening U.S.-Japan relations by bringing together diverse leadership, engaging stakeholders and exploring issues that benefit communities, businesses and governments on both sides of the Pacific. Japan-based companies have significant investment in Oakland County, owning more than a quarter of the nearly 1,100 international firms in the county.

Inouye, who founded the council in 2008, also administers the TOMODACHI Initiative, a public-private partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and the government of Japan that invests in young Japanese and Americans through educational and cultural exchanges and leadership programs. She is former president and founding CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, a position she held for 20 years.

Inouye is the widow of U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient and World War II hero. He represented Hawaii in Congress for more than 50 years and was the first Japanese-American elected to serve in both the House and the Senate. He died in 2012 at age 88.

The conference includes panel discussions that highlight women in leadership positions in Oakland County government and the paths Japanese American women have taken to become leaders.

The Oakland County government panel includes:
  • Irene Spanos, director of economic development and community affairs
  • Jordie Kramer, director of human resources
  • Kathy Forzley, director of health and human services

The Japanese American panel includes:
  • Yuki Sakai, deputy Counsel General of Japan, Detroit
  • Izumi Suzuki, president of Suzuki, Myers & Associates, Novi
  • Motoko Tabuse, professor, Eastern Michigan University
  • Yuka Sato, former world champion figure skater and U.S. Women’s Figure Skating coach

Both panel discussions will be moderated by Laurie Van Pelt, director of management and budget for Oakland County.

Other sessions include:
  • A presentation from Mary Kamidoi, treasurer of the Detroit Chapter of the Japanese American
  • Citizens League, entitled “What Doesn’t Break You Makes You Stronger”
  • A leadership training workshop led by Deputy County Executive Phil Bertolini entitled, “You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello: The Art of Communicating”
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