LTU hosts April 5 Broke Student Film Festival: The Broke Student Film Festival returns for its second year of screening student-made films on Friday, April 5, at 6:30 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield. The films will be shown free in the Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium in the Science Building. The second annual film festival will have live music, free pizza and popcorn, and prize raffles. The Broke Student Film Festival was founded in 2012 by LTU film and video studentKathryn Ruff to give student filmmakers the opportunity to exhibit their creations on the big screen. Last year students from Lawrence Tech, Washtenaw Community College, Oakland Community College, and Schoolcraft College entered 14 films. More films have been entered for this year’s festival, including submissions from the United Kingdom and India. A jury of film industry professionals will select the best overall film as well as winners for Best Film, Best Directing, Best Acting, Best Sound, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Marketing Campaign. The Audience Choice Award will also be presented based on votes from the audience at the April 5 screening. For more information, visit, or contact Kathryn Ruff at

Pryor Knowledge Systems Offers COMSOL Multiphysics Training April 17-18: Registration is now open for an intensive two-day course, “Initiation into First Principles COMSOL Multiphysics Modeling.” This course, offered by Pryor Knowledge Systems, will be held on April 17-18, in Southfield. COMSOL Multiphysics software is used by engineers and scientists in many industries to simulate the functions of their device designs prior to making physical prototypes or modifications to current products. The instructor for these courses is Roger W. Pryor, CEO of Pryor Knowledge Systems. The course uses a combination of theory-based and applied lectures, with instructor-assisted model building sessions. Pryor has taught physics, engineering, and materials science courses at Pennsylvania State University, the University of Connecticut and Wayne State University, and he has trained engineers, scientists and technical associates in both formal and informal industrial settings at Bell Laboratories and at Pitney Bowes.  He is the author of two college textbooks, including “Multiphysics Modeling Using COMSOL 4,” which will be used in this course. Early registration is recommended, as seating is limited. Registration for this session closes on April 3, 2013. More at

OCC Sets Emergency and Public Career Fair for April 17: Oakland Community College’s Emergency Services Training Program will present the Fifth Annual Emergency and Public Services Career Fair at OCC’s Auburn Hills Campus, Wednesday, April 17. Free and open to all individuals interested in careers in public and emergency services, including current students, graduates, and the general public, the event is scheduled from noon to 4 p.m. in the campus’ Student Center, Room G240. The fair will feature representatives from local, state and federal law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical agencies, the military and other related organizations. Its purpose is to acquaint participants with these groups and provide a forum to discuss employment opportunities. To learn more call Lisa Braun at (248) 232-4211. The Auburn Hills Campus is located at 2900 Featherstone Road, one mile east of the Pontiac Silverdome.  Free parking is available in nearby campus lots.

OCC Hosts Electronic Waste Collection Day April 20: Oakland Community College will sponsor an Electronic Waste Collection Day Saturday, April 20 at the Auburn Hills and Orchard Ridge campuses. Approved e-waste will be accepted from Oakland County residents. Hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Auburn Hills Campus’ Parking Lot 10, and the Orchard Ridge Campus’ Parking Lot 8. Examples of acceptable computer systems/accessories are desktops, keyboards, laptops, mice, CRT and LCD monitors, speakers, servers, hard drives, hubs and switches, docking stations, computer wire and cables, and image protectors. Acceptable audio/video and office equipment items include DVD players, camcorders, VCRs, cameras, stereos, radios, game systems, two-way radios, fax machines, scanners, photocopiers, typewriters, printers and calculators. Acceptable household items include toasters, microswaves, lamps (without bulbs), clocks, blenders (no glass please), landline phones, TVs, coffee makers (no glass please), car batteries and smoke detectors. Handheld devices such as pagers, PDA and cell phones will also be accepted. Materials that cannot be accepted include furniture, paint, paper, glass, alkaline batteries, light bulbs, cardboard, styrofoam, VHS tapes, freon, propane tanks, oil, refrigerants, washing machines, dryers, barbeque grills or contaminated equipment of any type. To learn more contact OCC Energy Manager Mike Halaburda at (248) 341-2016, or email him at OCC’s Auburn Hills Campus is located at 2900 Featherstone Road, one mile east of the Pontiac Silverdome. The Orchard Ridge Campus is located at 27055 Orchard Lake Road, just south of I-696 in Farmington Hills.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection returns to Armada: The Macomb County Health Department is conducting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection on Saturday April 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Armada Fairgrounds. Macomb County residents may drop off unwanted household chemicals including: automotive products (gasoline, battery acid and fluids), garden products (pesticides, poisons, sprays and dusts) and household products (oven cleaners, pool chemicals, photography chemicals, fluorescent tubes, oil-based paint and solvents). Latex paint will not be accepted. Unwanted medications from residents will also be accepted in nondescript containers such as a plastic bag. Only non-controlled substances will be accepted. For additional information and directions to the collection location, please contact the hazardous waste hotline (586) 466-7923 or visit


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