Artists and Scientists Work Together on an Expedition down the Chippewa River

Barstow Artist in Residency, Andrew Ranville wanted to combine art and science in an expedition down the Chip River, something that has not been done before at Central Michigan. Working with the David Schubert and Sasha Bozimowski, the Lab Managers and Wetland Ecologists, and their team here at CMU’s Great Lake Research Lab.

On Sunday, November 8th the group headed down the Chip River with students from both the Art and Science departments here at CMU joining them. This was a chance to gather samples from the water and learn about the increased role that artists are now playing in connection to ecological issues.

 

 

The scientist here at the Central Michigan University gained a lot of knowledge from this expedition. “This project was driven by the interests of Andrew and the agreement to the project by my advisor, Dr. Don Uzarski.If given the opportunity, I would love to go out again and monitor this stretch of the river in future years,” states Schubert. (Ranville was unable to make comments due to scheduling conflicts

 

 

1449724576There is a lot the Central Michigan University offers its students and one of them is the Research Lab on Denison Drive and the work that the Wetland Ecologists are doing there. The research lab opened its doors to art and science students to see what was being done with this research.

 

Students from the ART 342, Experimental Photography class taught by Professor, Kris Stanford, went to the lab to learn about what happened during the expedition and were able to learn how to take photos of the samples and specimen using a microscope and an I-phone.

Thanks to the Andrew Ranville and the Wetlands Research Lab, more knowledge is being gained about the status of the Chippewa River and art is starting to see how it can combine with science for other future projects.

Tis the Season!

Tis the season and the air is filled with holiday cheer. From Silent Night and Jingle Bell Rock to The Hanukkah Song by Adam Sandler, here are some of the most used words in some favorite holiday songs. holiday wordcloud

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I, personally,  celebrate Hanukkah, but I was curious to see how many people in America celebrate the three prominent holidays this season.

I made infogram that allows you to see how many Americans (in millions), celebrate each holiday.

Celebrate safely and enjoy your holidays everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Best of Mount Pleasant and CMU

From Dog Central and Menna’s Joint that cater to the college campus to the Mountain Town Grill and Camille’s on the River, here is a map of the best places to eat, unique to Mount Pleasant, Michigan.

 

College kids spend a lot of their time in various areas around Mount Pleasant from different places to eat to various places to have fun on a weekend or during breaks. Mount Pleasant offers so much to the inhabitants, tell us where you love to go.

 

Ice Skating After Hours

Twice a year for Alternative Winter and Spring Breaks, Central Michigan’s University Mary Ellen Brandell’s Volunteer Center and Alternative Breaks host a midnight skate. From 11:30-1:30, students are allowed to come to ICE Area here in Mount Pleasant and ice skate, helping to raise money to make costs for the breaks cheaper for the students involved. Watch the video above to learn more about this opportunity and the fun that it offers CMU students.

Farmer’s Market at CMU

On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Central Michigan University’s Campus Grow and Mount Pleasant’s Real Food Grows got together and hosted the third Campus Farmer’s Market this fall. This was the first time that CMU has hosted a campus farmer’s market and they plan to hold them again in the future years. The first two were on October 6th and October 13th and they all were held on the open field west of His House Church on Broomfield road. Take a look below to see and hear about this experience offered to CMU students.

 

Autumn at Central Michigan University

Autumn brings many things to the campus of Central Michigan University. From biking, catching up with friends and rain to Starbucks’ signature fall drinks and decorations, campus is brought to life with the love of this season. Below are some photos depicting the fall season in a multitude of ways for Central Michigan University.

CMU student's computer background.

CMU student’s  fall themed computer background in the Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Central Michigan University student, Alexis Golfis, locks up her bike outside of the Charles V. Park Library, October 20, 2015.

Central Michigan University student, Alexis Golfis, locks up her bike outside of the Charles V. Park Library, Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paper pumpkin decorations outside the information desk at the Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University.

Paper pumpkin decorations outside the information desk at the Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mikaela Gabler, makes signature fall drinks at Starbucks in the Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University, October 20, 2015

Mikaela Gabler, makes signature fall drinks at Starbucks in the Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University, Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

 

Decorations on display at the CMU Bookstore.

Autumn decorations on display at the CMU Bookstore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yazan Maswadeh (left) and Derrick English (right) talk outside of Brooks Hall on the campus of Central Michigan University, October 20, 2015.

Yazan Maswadeh (left) and Derrick English (right) talk outside of Brooks Hall on the campus of Central Michigan University, Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

Leaves changing colors outside of Moore Hall on the campus Central Michigan University.

Leaves changing colors outside of Moore Hall on the campus Central Michigan University.

Working in campus dining at Central Michigan University

Daesean Ashby is a junior from Detroit, Michigan and is an RA for Calkins Hall. On top of all that, Daesean is also a student manager/team leader for the Robinson Residential Restaurant on north campus here at Central Michigan University.

The students that live in the residential halls each eat in the residential restaurants and even better the actual cafeterias are run by students themselves.

Daesean was willing to sit down with me to talk about his position, what he does, how a residential restaurant works, and why he likes his job, in addition to letting me shadow him on one of his shifts to see everything behind the scenes first hand.

Listen to the audio story attached to hear Daesean’s story of what is is like to be a team manger at Robinson Residential Restaurant and and inside look at campus jobs.