North Central Michigan College’s Luncheon Lecture series for the fall semester will begin on Friday, Sept. 21. A wide variety of topics will be featured, including hot summer weather, unmanned aerial vehicles, flying in Alaska, a local steel fabricating company, a bit of Michigan history, the profitable business of recycling and the future of science education.
Meteorologists from the National Weather Service office in Gaylord will start the series on Friday, Sept. 21, with an assessment of this summer’s heat and how it compares with historical records.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be the topic on Friday, Sept. 28. UAVs have become an important tool for the military, but they also have great potential for business and industry. Bill Donberg of Traverse City will talk about his new company that uses UAVs for aerial imaging, video, surveillance and sensor data coverage. Donberg is an aeronautical and astronautical engineer as well as a certified flight instructor. He spent 30 years with Dow Chemical, serving as a global vice president before retiring to pursue a second career in aviation.
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to be a bush pilot in Alaska, the program on Friday, Oct. 19, will give you the answer. Mike Stock, a professional pilot for 48 years and former Alaska float plane pilot, will provide a glimpse into this exciting and sometimes dangerous occupation in The Last Frontier.
Moran Iron Works will be the topic on Friday, Nov. 2. Tom Moran started the company in Onaway after he graduated from high school in 1978. Today his company employs 90 people in Onaway, Cheboygan and Rogers City. It recently received “Michigan’s 50 Top Companies to Watch” designation from the Lowe Foundation. Moran will talk about his business, his extraordinary ornamental sculptures that are on display throughout our area and the ornamental welding classes he teaches.
The “Pure Michigan” campaign of a century ago will be the topic on Friday, Nov. 16. One hundred years before the current campaign to promote tourism in Michigan, railroad and steamship companies teamed with local entrepreneurs to successfully market the Little Traverse Bay region to tourists and settlers.
Using historic images and publications, Michael Federspiel will explore that first campaign and the long-term impact it has had on the region. Federspiel is the author of “Picturing Hemingway’s Michigan” and the forthcoming book, “Little Traverse Bay: Past and Present.” He is also the new executive director of the Little Traverse Historical Society.
On Friday, Nov. 30, the business of recycling will be the topic. Over two decades, Elisa Seltzer, Emmet County’s Department of Public Works director, has expanded the drop-off center on Pleasantview Road into a large, self-sustaining enterprise. Mountains of discarded metal, plastic and paper are sorted, bundled and sold by the truckload to industries throughout the state. Seltzer, who began her career as a curb side recycling truck driver in Ann Arbor, will explain the many ways that her department benefits the environment, our community and the region.
The fall series will conclude on Friday, Dec. 14, with a look at the importance of something called “STEM.” For years, educators have been saying that the continued success of our country will depend on our ability to inspire students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, often referred to as “STEM.” Christine Hammond, Ph.D., North Central’s dean of instruction and student success, and Pete Olson, Ph.D., associate dean, will give an overview of this topic and provide a photographic tour of North Central’s new Health Education and Science Center that is designed to support instruction in those vital areas.
All Luncheon Lecture programs are held at noon in the library conference room. Reservations are preferred. Call (231) 348-6600 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve your place at the table. Cost is $9 and lunch is included.