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Deadline Approaching for STEAMz Proposals

February 08, 2021

Student solving mathA continuing focus for Schoolcraft College is to provide students with experiences they can take with them into their careers. One important initiative that does just that is STEAMzSchoolcraft: Bridging the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences.

This student-led event investigates how the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) disciplines effectively build on one another in real-world settings to support students’ academic and professional goals.

The “z” refers to Generation Z, those born between 1995 and 2010. This focus was selected because the current traditional college-age student (18-22) is a part of Gen Z.

This year’s focus, “The World Reimagined,” will explore the emergence of a new social and technological era and how it impacts the future of our students and communities.

“What are you most passionate about and how do you envision the world of tomorrow? What ideas do you have to shape our future? Share your ideas and passions, strengthen key leadership skills, and gain personalized mentorship from Schoolcraft faculty and staff by taking the first step and submitting a proposal to present at STEAMz 2021,” said Sharon Christian, Director of Learning Support Services and Chair of the STEAMz Committee.

How to get started

All Schoolcraft College students and alumni are eligible to submit a proposal. Visit their website for instructions, the Call for Proposals form and additional resources. The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Proposals will undergo a review process. Selected presenters will be notified and receive staff/faculty mentors as they prepare for their presentations.

The presentations focus on ideas, findings, and experiences highlighting academic and professional successes. Presenters address specific values, skills, and experiences needed to set and achieve thoughtful and actionable goals as they transition into university life or the workforce.

The STEAMz program is scheduled for Thursday, March 25, and Friday, March 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. both days and will be held in a virtual format. 

Because of COVID-19, last year’s event was held virtually as well with over 100 attendees, many of them finding value in the program. Here are a few comments:

  • “This was a fantastic event. The facilitators did a tremendous job of keeping the event flowing and engaging. This opportunity provided an authentic means for sharing research and practicing communication skills. Bravo!”
  • “It was great to see and learn about topics of interest to the students.”
  • “STEAMz was a great and informative event to attend!”

Meet the Committee

The STEAMz Committee includes alumni, faculty and staff invested in the shared vision of making the STEAMz student-led virtual summit a reality. Here are the team members involved with making the event happen:

  • Sharon Christian, Chair, Director of Learning Support Services
  • Sherrye Bailey, Academic Success Coach – Learning Strategies & Writing
  • Erica Bednarski, LSS Administrative Assistant
  • Raymond Falkiewicz, Schoolcraft Alumni
  • Laura Haldane, Admissions, Orientation, and Early College Coordinator
  • Paul Holody, Physics Faculty
  • Dr. Mark Huston, Philosophy Faculty
  • Elizabeth Kenney, Academic Success Coach – Writing
  • Nicole Margosian-Galindo, Honors Program Coordinator and CAB/COLLS* Faculty
  • Olga Martinez, PTAC** Program Manager
  • Michael McCoy, Math Faculty
  • Emily Podwoiski, Honors Program Assistant
  • Jennie Rokakis, LSS Assistant for Mentorship Programs
  • Annika Sholander, Academic Success Coach – International Learning
  • Deborah Taracuk, English & Communications Faculty
  • Christopher Wood, Physics Faculty

STEAMzSchoolcraft: Bridging the Arts, Humanities, and Sciences is presented by Schoolcraft College’s Learning Support Services, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and Scholars Honors Program.

*CAB/COLLS stands for College And Beyond/Collegiate Skills

**PTAC stands for Procurement Technical Assistance Center