OCC Faculty Receives Randahl Agency Meemic Grant

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Julie Gunkelman was awarded the Randahl Agency Meemic Grant

Oakland Community College mathematics faculty member Julie Gunkelman was awarded the Randahl Agency Meemic Grant to attend the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges (AMATYC) Conference November 19–22, 2015.

The Randahl Agency Meemic Grant is a new program between long-time partners OCC and the Randahl Agency. The grant offers $300 for OCC faculty to attend conferences to keep their discipline current. The application process involves a brief essay on the conference and how it would improve their classroom.

“The Meemic Insurance Agency has been in business 65 years and we only insure the educational community,” said Rick Pinkos, Managing Director at the Randhal Agency. “We were founded by teachers, for teachers. This is one of our ways to give back to the community and encourage innovation among faculty.”

The stand out applicant was Gunkelman, a mathematics teacher at the Orchard Ridge Campus who has been with OCC for eight years, six as a full time faculty member. Gunkelman has made numerous contributions to OCC’s mathematics department, including hosting the Michigan Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (MichMATYC) at OCC in 2013 and spearheading new pathways for students to take math courses applicable to their major. Gunkelman has also been a mentor to supplemental instructors.

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Rick Pinkos, Managing Director of the Randhal Agency, presents faculty member Julie Gunkelman a $300 check to attend the American Mathematical Association of Two Year Colleges Conference

Gunkelman will present “Beyond the Worksheet,” an hour-long workshop on active learning at the AMATYC Conference. She will have attendees engage in mathematics challenges and activities she uses to engage students in OCC classrooms. This will be her second time presenting at the conference.

“I love learning and one way I can learn fresh teaching techniques is attending conferences and speaking,” Gunkleman said. “My goal is to show other teachers what works in my classrooms and learn what works in theirs.”

Gunkleman was selected from a pool of applicants for the honor. Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Tim Sherwood was part of the board that reviewed applications alongside Pinkos.

“What is great about Julie is that she embraces best practices and innovation,” Sherwood said. “Not only does she bring those into the classroom, but she shares those with her colleagues. She helps move the College forward by moving the math discipline forward.”

“It’s an honor to be selected for the Randahl Agency Meemic Grant. I am very excited to attend AMATYC again,” Gunkelman said.

OCC and the Randahl Agency are working on a plan to continue the grant program. Faculty members are encouraged to keep an eye on InfoMart for upcoming announcements and applications.

By Miranda Mayuiers

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