John is a math and physics teacher at the Oakland Schools Technical Campus Southwest in Wixom, Michigan. He teaches high school juniors and seniors from several different school districts in Southwest Oakland County. He is legally blind due to a degenerative hereditary eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. He earned his master’s degree in mathematics in 2009 from Western Michigan University. John’s five year-old son, George, is in first grade and John’s wife, Jessica, is a teacher of children who are blind or visually impaired. John is a Paralympic silver medalist in the sport of goalball.
Jessica Geroux was a Young Adult in Global Mission on behalf of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America stationed in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As part of the Global and Community Engagement Virtual Conference, Jessica sat down with Darnisha Slade, the Manager Global Engagement Programs in the Pavlis Honors College at Michigan Tech.
GivePulse is an online community enabling everyone to list, find, coordinate, and measure their impact in the community. Whether you are a volunteer, student, faculty, donor, or community member, GivePulse provides a platform for all to logistically manage and coordinate experiences and tracking. GivePulse allows you to understand the impact you have on the community. As part of the 2020 Global and Community Engagement Virtual Conference, Coordinator of Student Leadership and Involvement Beka Horsch gave an informational session on the applications for GivePulse at Michigan Tech.
Dr. Meghan L. E. Kirkwood is an Assistant Professor of Visual Art at Washington University in St. Louis where she teaches Photography. She earned a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design in Photography before completing her M.F.A. in Studio Art at Tulane University. She has received numerous fellowships, including funding to participate in artist residencies through the National Parks Service, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Lakeside Lab (Iowa). Kirkwood’s photography has been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and South Africa.
Hero City: Documentary Photography by Meghan Kirkwood features a collection of silver gelatin and inkjet photographs made as part of a documentary project about modern Mongolia and its capital city, Ulaanbaatar. Kirkwood’s images of modern Mongolia capture the unique and storied history of its capital city, and its transition through economic and cultural change – and the rich and thriving culture that animates this young Asian nation.