The Polemic Vol.5, No.5, 27 March 1996, p. 1

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The | " Pole Climbers] L% a) td b Street, Alpena, MI 49707 | a ge mM i hey Volume 5 Issue 5 LaCombe is ACC's winner (ACC Press Release) Kent LaCombe of Lachine has been named as the Alpena Commu- nity College member of the Michigan Community College All-State Academic Team. He is being honored to- day at a reception in Lansing with representatives from each of Michigan's 28 Two-year public colleges. LaCombe, son of Jerry and Kay LaCombe of Lachine, earned a 3.9 grade point aver- age in his four semesters at ACC. He began his studies at ACC in January 1994 and transferred to Western Michi- gan University this semester after completing 64 credit hours. He is a history major. State legisl college By Kenr ANDERSON News Epiror The World Center for Concrete Technology, re- cently unveiled, could arrive at ACC soon. A ding to Conerete center being planned could begin shortly thereaf- ter, Newport also said that the construction is expected to last approximately 12 months. The center could ‘o Dr. Don Newport, authori- zation to begin planning the design and construction of the center could arrive by summer. Construction be op l by 1998, de- pending on the design and building process. The center was concep- tualized about three years ago by college representa- tives, Besser Company, and logal busimesses with an in- tefest in the concrete industry, according to New- pol . As it looked like a viable, natural growth for the id its partnership Besserjcompany and lo- industry, those involved Puorto By Dessir Parks Pete Alexander, concrete lab technician, supervises cement processing for new grant. Alexander brings experience By Rrra Maciejewsk1 Starr WRITER ACC recently hired Pete Alexander as a concrete lab technician for the Concrete Technology Program. Alexander is originally from Alpena and graduated from ACC in 1988 from the two year concrete tech pro- gram. For the first six and a half years after graduating from ACC, he was employed at Betco Block and Products in Gai ille Virginia. He then is served. Proto By Trp Kruse Comments by several staff who attended the Staff Developmen D ay were that the Silent | Auction was one of the most enjoyable ways to raise money J $3,078 was raised and will be matcher by an anonymous dont r their fund. A total of Above the buffet aa ACC reaches world th presidents and family mem- bers are joining the students event, co-sponsored by the Michigan Community College Association ad the Michigan Chapter of the National Coun- cil for Marketing and Public Relations. Kent La Combe, former Polemic staffer, is a mem- ber of the MCCASAT The team is an offshoot of the national Phi Theta Kappa-USA Today Academic All-American Team for Two- Year Colleges, which recognizes and encourages academic achievement, leader- ship and service. “LaCombe” Continued on page 2 By JoeL Potrykus STAFF WRITER In continuing efforts to bring ACC into the twenty-first century, the college is now working on creating a World Wide Web page. Web pages are documents of information, such as photographs and text that are placed on-line, and made available to anyone with access to the Internet. The goal of this project is to inform more of the community, as well as the entire world, about the opportunities ACC has to offer. When this work is complete, ACC will have a main page giving details on courses and pro- grams. From there, users will be able to access department's pages which will branch off the main ACC page. Long-term goals are to have each instructor make their syllabi and class” information available through these pages. . One vision the college has about the pos- sibilities of the Internet is to someday be able to teach classes through computers. As a re- sult of the rapid growth of computers, ACC will offer a course next fall instructing stu- dents how to use the Internet. Most of the initial work is being done by ACC employees Carl Bourdelais and Frank Przykucki. After the structure for the pages is complete, then the college will probably hire an independent computer specialist to com- plete the pages. There is no set date for completion, but ugh Web it no time will be wasted. Language, HTML, is the “eqmputer to understand llow. The format must sages, including the font amd colors must follow Przykucki adds t Hypertext Marke code used for what commands meet standards, styles, lettering, the standard. "We want a Web page that is uniformly con: the high standards that Alpena G College has for it- self," comme! Web” Continued oj Olypiad § moved to Grand Blanc, Michi- gan and worked at Grand Blanc Cement Products for one and a half years. Alexander was hired into the ACC Concrete Tech- nology Program. for his block experience. His job responsi- bilities include performing lab procedures as established by the National Concrete Ma- sonry Association and the American Society for Testing and Materials. He handles set-ups for the class, does commercial testing of the blocks for strength and durability, maintains the laboratory equipment, and oversees the work-study students. Alex- ander's knowledge is also shared with the Besser Com- pany program at ACC. Alexander moved to Al- pena with his wife Debra and their cat Tiki. Alexander said that he is glad to be back in Alpena, mainly because he can share his life experiences with the students and offer them his knowledge of the concrete masonry industry. Doug Krajnic, an ACC Concrete Technology student, stated that it has helped out a\lot having Mr. Alexander here. “It gives more of an op- portunity for hands on experiences, experience I would never get unless I was working out in the real world,” Krajnic said. No teaching next year for Phillips By Hotty Mace STAFF WRITER Roger Phillips, Alpena Community College English instructor, will not be teach- ing next year. Instead, he will be coordinating the self-study report for ACC's re-accredita- tion. "I've taught full-time at the college since 1987," said Phillips. "I think it's just time for a change, for me to take a year off and do something dif- ferent." According to Phillips, the self-study takes two years. A steering committee made up of 14 people, including Phillips, will decide how the self-study will be conducted. Other models will be exam- ined in addition to the previous report from 1986-87 and the advice and sugges- together. "It's a massive job. It has to be overseen and managed very carefully and very com- prehensively," commented Phillips. Currently, Phillips has three hours release time this semester to work on the self- study. Next semester he will have complete release time, and then there will be a re- evaluation of his release time. Phillips says that, depending on the progress of the self- study, he may teach one class in the spring of 1997. tions from visiting i in 1987. The self-study must in- clude how the institution functions, as well as its strengths and weaknesses. It must also contain a set of guidelines or goals to improve the institution. This data will be collected through evalua- tions, surveys, and questionnaires throughout the 1996-97 academic year. Then in the summer of 1997, Phillips will put the document Roger Phillips contem- plates re-accreditation In the fall of 1997, he will once again have only three hours per semester of release time to wrap it all up. Phillips’ pay will not change. He will receive his regular salary even during his release time. “Phillips” Continued on page 2.

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