Welcome Back, Fall 2018 Edition

Posted by on 08.20.18 in College Experience, Community, Education, Students

Good afternoon Students, Colleagues and Community Members:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, and staff of Muskegon Community College, welcome back to campus, or for new students welcome to campus for the first time.  Each year, I provide an update on recent and soon-to-come activities as led by our faculty, staff, students, and community partners:

  • Jayhawk Frenzy, a weeklong series of activities designed to help our students get into the swing of things begins on Monday August 27th. Enjoy music, games, and free ice cream! University reps, faculty and staff will be ready to help with any question that you may have. Provost Dr. John Selmon tells me that he will have a very informative and entertaining welcome to all ;-).
  • The new Downtown Live Concert Series at the Frauenthal Center, 426 W. Western Ave., launches in October and will feature every Muskegon Community College music ensemble, as well as the Shoreline Symphony and West Michigan Concert WINDS–both affiliated with MCC.
  • This semester, the Automotive Program is moving into its new home in the former Plant Building. The number of overhead doors and bays available for auto technology instruction space is increasing to six with this renovation. The facility provides additional space for break areas, student restrooms, and instructor offices. This is the first of several major renovations of space in and around the old Applied Technology Building, Plant Building Overbrook Theater and Art Building to be completed by late spring of 2019.
  • Congrats to MCC Student Cody Theil, winner of the inaugural Sarnicola Entrepreneur Award, a $10,000 grant from Nick and Ashley Sarnicola and the NextGen Foundation. This award is presented to a Muskegon Community College (MCC) student whose entrepreneurial concept is judged the best in an annual competition. The event was held in conjunction with the grand opening of the Rooks|Sarnicola Entrepreneur Institute and the Lakeshore Fab Lab.
  • Rick Snyder visited MCC’s Sturrus Technology Center in downtown Muskegon on June 26, when he signed into law the Marshal Plan for Talent.
  • The MCC Center for Experiential Learning hosted a series of candidate forums in July at the College’s Sturrus Technology Center for Muskegon County Commission, State House, and State Senate races. General election forums are expected to be held later this Fall.
  • Awards were presented on May 11 to the winners in the First Annual Muskegon Community College Welding Invitational at MCC’s Sturrus Technology Center Welding Lab and Classroom in downtown Muskegon. In all, 20 students from the Muskegon Tech Center and the Newaygo County Career-Tech Center competed for an MCC scholarship and welding gear.
  • MCC is a Pacesetter institution in this fall’s United Way campaign. As Muskegon United Way of the Lakeshore Education Campaign Chair, it is my job to motivate all of our friends in the Muskegon higher ed and K-12 community to support this worthy cause. If MCC reaches its $33,000 target (we hit $30,000 last year), I will attempt to grow hair on my bald head for the first time since 1991 (yikes!).  November 1st is our deadline, so let’s see if we can make me bring back my vintage 1970s Afro ;-).

I will follow up with more MCC-related information via my blog, social media (LinkedIn, Twitter) email and web resources.

Have a great Fall semester at MCC!

Dale Nesbary

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