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50th Anniversary Events

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Science & Math Showcase

Join us for the 50th Anniversary Science & Math Showcase! Students, staff, faculty, retirees, alumni, and the community are encouraged to attend for an opportunity to celebrate, reconnect, and network.

Event Schedule

4:00 pm    Student research poster viewing

5:00 pm    Guest speakers include Harlan Hewitt, retired math faculty, and Jake Rafferty, alumnus and faculty

5:30 pm    Networking, light appetizers served

6:30 pm    Event concludes

Speaker Biographies

Harlan Hewitt, retired NHCC faculty

Harlan Hewitt

For 60 years, Harlan lived in nearby Osseo and graduated from Osseo High School in the same class as his wife, Sandy. He graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1965, and an M.S. in mathematics in 1967. A National Science Foundation fellowship allowed Harlan to complete an M.A. in mathematics in 1971 from the University of Illinois. After earning a Carnegie Foundation grant and taking a sabbatical from NHCC, Harlan completed a D.A. in mathematics in point-set topology from Idaho State University. After teaching two years in Cambridge, MN, Harlan started his NHCC career in 1967. He taught full time for 36 years and part time for a few more semesters. After retiring from NHCC, Harlan continued teaching part time at the University of Minnesota, however that will wind down soon. Harlan and Sandy reside in North Branch, and take pride in their two sons and two grandchildren. They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in the summer of 2016. In his free time, Harlan enjoys restoring and maintaining old cars and driving them around the country to a variety of car events.

Jake Rafferty, NHCC alumnus and faculty

Jake Rafferty

Dr. Jake Rafferty grew up in Brooklyn Park and attended North Hennepin Community College from 1998-1999. He received his B.S. in chemistry from St. Cloud State University in 2004 and his PhD in chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2009. After graduating from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Rafferty taught chemistry at NHCC for five years and is now a professor of chemistry at St. Cloud State University. During his time at NHCC, Dr. Rafferty received a grant from the National Science Foundation to fund his research in computational chemistry. Outside of the academic world, Dr. Rafferty enjoys time with his wife, Lisa (NHCC alumnae) and three children (anticipated future NHCC students). During the summers, they spend most weekends at the family cabin on Rabbit Lake and during the winter they can often be found at the ice rink or on a snowmobile trail.