12/25/2013 12:01:00 AM College announces winter luncheon lectures
North Central Michigan College's luncheon lecture series for the winter semester will begin on Friday, January 24. A wide variety of topics will be featured: Court School, historic Cross Village, Sobriety Court, the state of public health in our area, the anniversary of Pi and the stories behind some great classical music. All programs in the winter series will be held at noon on Fridays in the college's Library conference room.
Kicking off the series on January 24 is a closer look at "Court School." Emmet County Probate Court Judge Fred Mulhauser started a school for students whose brushes with the law barred them from conventional classrooms. Today, Lakeview Academy is a unique partnership involving the Char-Em ISD, Emmet County and the 7th Probate Court. Judge Mulhauser will provide an update on the school he was able to create.
One of the oldest settlements in Michigan, the Cross Village in northern Emmet County was once home to a large native community, large amounts of lumbering and fishing activity and a 2,000-acre Catholic "convent" and farm run by an autocratic and eccentric Catholic pastor. In the 1850s, its Native American population faced deportation to Kansas. On February 21, Jane Cardinal from Good Hart will talk about the area's colorful history.
Inspiration for great music has come from many sources: hopeless love (of course), but also opium, a small dog chasing its tail and bladder stone surgery! On February 28, Kate Botello, classical music program host and producer for Interlochen Public Radio, explains the stories behind Beethoven's Moonlight Sonatas, Berlioz'Symphonie Fantastique, Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice and many others.
In celebration of Pi Day on March 14, North Central mathematics professor Gary Kersting will offer an entertaining and enlightening discourse on this famous mathematical constant that represents the ratio of a circle's diameter to its circumference. To help mark this momentous occasion, pot pies will be served and pie will be offered for dessert.
On April 11, Linda Yaroch, RN, MPH, Health Officer for the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, will provide an overview of public health in our area. She will discuss the local impact of the state's expansion of Medicaid coverage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
90th District Court Judge James Erhart is one of a growing number of judges who offer second drunk driving offenders a tough, two-year alternative involving monitoring, testing, counseling and other strategies that can help them overcome alcohol addiction and become more productive members of society. On May 2, Judge Erhart will explain the program and talk about the people whose lives are being changed in a positive way.
All Luncheon Lecture programs are held on Fridays at noon in the Library conference room. Reservations are required. Call 231-348-6600 to reserve your place at the table. Cost is $10. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.