OAKLAND COUNTY, Michigan — Educators have a passion for learning, including their own. And thanks to the generosity of the Randahl Agency in Birmingham and Meemic Insurance Co., Oakland Community College educators Dane Bartz and Patrick Harris will be able to expand their knowledge by attending the educational conference of their choice.
Through a partnership between OCC and the Randahl Agency, the two adjunct faculty members received up to $300 each to further their own education in their respective fields. Bartz, who teaches in the college’s physical education and recreation department, and Harris, a history instructor, submitted short online applications explaining in three to five sentences which educational conference they wished to attend and why.
Bartz plans to attend a conference as part of his work on his dissertation for a doctorate in human and sport performance at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah.
Harris will attend a conference at which he plans to present his paper titled “The Herbalists, the Cathedral, and Toledo's Changing Cityscape," describing how the developing urban landscape reflects broader social and cultural changes that occurred in the medieval city of Toledo, Spain.
“Mr. Bartz and Mr. Harris were selected from a large list of applicants by the college’s Deans’ Cabinet as their professional development conferences were the most deserving,” said Tim Sherwood, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. “The college and I are so grateful for the generosity of the Randahl Agency and Meemic.”
Meemic provides customized personal lines insurance products to teachers and educational employees in Michigan, Wisconsin and Illinois.
With five campuses in Oakland County, OCC is Michigan’s No. 1 transfer institution, offering nearly 100 degrees and certificates. The College empowers academic and developmental experiences, allowing students to reach their potential and enhance their communities. More than 1 million students have enrolled in the college since it opened in 1965. A seven-person Board of Trustees governs OCC. Board members are elected on a non-partisan, at-large basis, serve as volunteers and are not paid. Mission statement: OCC is committed to empowering our students to succeed and advancing our community. Learn more at oaklandcc.edu.
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