Dr. Carlos Grant, Metro High School Principal said, “The area in the library where the Incubator Lab now sits was an awkward and inefficient use of space. When MNR approached us to see if there was a project they could tackle for us, we saw this as an opportunity to redesign that space to uniquely meet several learning needs for both teachers and students.”
The Incubator Lab’s design facilitates a variety of functional needs for the school including: classes, meeting space and an area for seniors to relax before classes begin.
Jon Brightwell, MNR member, led the building effort. “The space before was really underutilized and not user friendly. This was a fun project to work on with our own club members as well as other local businesses,” said Jon.
Craig Galassi, Project Manager for Septagon Construction and MNR member, volunteered his expertise and time to complete the initial demo work. Through his leadership, Galassi organized Septagon employees, as well as some of their suppliers, to tackle the construction aspect, which saved a significant amount of time and money. “We were happy to step in,” Galassi said. “It was really an opportunity for Septagon to get a better understanding of what is going on at Metro High School and have a better appreciation for it.”
Tabby Janak of OPN Architects and MNR member collaborated and worked with Dr. Grant and school faculty to design the space to meet the students’ needs. As educational technology has moved away from large desktop computers to more mobile laptops and tablets, the design takes advantage of that mobility and breaks from the industrial seating paradigm to a setting better designed for comprehension and learning. The room uses non-traditional furniture that, according to Dr. Grant, research has found to reduce anxiety of traditional classrooms. The more relaxed setting fosters better focus on subject matter for longer periods of time. “This was a great way for us to show the students and teachers how much we value them by making it an awesome space,” said Janak.
Future enhancements for the room will include repainting walls with white board paint to allow for better communication when students work on group projects as well as a projector with scrolling announcements on the outside of the room.
Dr. Grant would eventually like to see all the classrooms in the school have the type of flexibility for non-traditional settings like the new Incubator Lab does.
The International and Fundraising Committees of Metro North Rotary are where he has spent a lot of time. Stan has helped with wine tastings, beer tasting and the well project on the International Committee and has been an integral part of the silent auction for Zombie Prom as well! He loves to do the hands on projects so has helped with each of our projects at Metro High School as well.
Other things Stan is passionate about are: Board Member for the Linn County Pistol club - a joint venture with Linn county sheriff and Marion PD. Aiming for a Cure Charter committee member - a fund raiser for children with terminal illnesses
Stan wants to be part of the Board for Metro North Rotary to further his involvement with a great organization. He enjoys the aspect of service above self that rotary stands for. He wants to put his talents and time to something that will help make Metro North Rotary a stronger and more vibrant organization.
Nate moved back to Cedar Rapids in 2011 to begin private practice at Back In Line Chiropractic and specializes in sports/soft tissue injuries, disc/sciatic pain and rehab. Nate continues to teach as adjunct faculty at NDSCS, and also teaches at Hawkeye Community College, Iowa Central Community College, and will start with Marshalltown Community College in the fall of 2016.
Nate has been a member with Metro North Rotary since 2011 and stays involved with the volunteer/service aspects of the club. He is a board member with ImpactCR and is a past graduate of the Leadership for Five Seasons program (class of 2014 - BEST CLASS EVER!) and stays involved on the planning committees with LFS. In his free time Nate plays all of the sports and can be found at Volleys, Tuma soccer complex, C street diamonds, out on the bike trails, or on the Mississippi river.
T.J. Meiners grew up in Cedar Rapids and has lived here all his life with exception to the time spent at Iowa State University where he graduated with a bachelors degree in Construction Engineering. He met his wife, Michelle, here in Cedar Rapids at the Playstation while working there in high school, they have been together ever since. They have two boys ages 3 and 12.
T.J. currently works at Nelson Electric Company. His current role is Vice President of engineering. He provides electrical engineering services for projects here in the corridor as well 20 other states. Some of the current local projects he is involved with include the American Building Remodel, Mercy Hiawatha Ambulatory Surgery Center and Westdale site renovation.
T.J. is an Eagle Scout, Vigil Honor member and current Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 214. He is a volunteer on the fish crew at the Knights of Columbus Council 5677. T.J. holds a master electrician license, professional engineering license in 20 states and is a LEED accredited professional. He currently serves on the Iowa State Construction Engineering Advisory Council, Cedar Rapids Electrical Board of Appeals and is Chair of the Iowa Electrical Examining Board. He has been a co chair for Leadership for Five Seasons Agricultural Day for the last two years.
He enjoys lawn work, trying to keep up with his two boys' activities, travel and camping.
Since joining Metro North Rotary in July 2014, Brooke has been active on the Communications Committee and volunteering. She loves to participate in AIM and volunteers regularly at the site. She has helped with the holiday gift wrapping for Metro High School students, coordinated two professional clothing drives to benefit Metro H.S., worked registration at Zombie Prom, and has attended many club events.
P.A. student Trisha Hinke will be traveling to Xicotepec, Mexico on a graduate-level medical mission
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- Three backpacks filled with school supplies for primary school children in Honduras
- Fifty malaria diagnostic tests to prevent, diagnose and treat malaria in Mali
- One biosand filter and water hygiene training for a family in Peru
- Fourteen anti-retroviral drugs to prevent the transmission of HIV from infected mothers to their babies in Liberia
- One bicycle to play sports for youth with disabilities in France
- Sexual assault and domestic abuse education for young women in Texas, USA
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Nate Weber has kindly agreed to continue the AIM efforts with the Boys & Girls Club. With school starting please try to take a look at your schedule and see if you are able to free up a Tuesday afternoon. We are looking to build an AIM Committee, if you think you are able to participate one Tuesday from 4-5pm every 1-2 months please contact Kayla Phelan (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be part of the committee. It would be great to provide the kids with some consistency and familiar faces each month, if you have participated in the past, you know that sometime you get more out of it than the kids!Naturally, the service committee is always looking for help and participation so please do not hesitate to contact Kayla to get more information about getting involved.