Welcome Back (Again) Fall 2017

Posted by on 08.28.17 in Construction Projects, Education, Students, Thank You

Earlier this month, I posted a Welcome to MCC: Fall 2017 Early Edition.  There is so much happening on and around campus, it makes sense to share another welcome.  Here goes:

Fall Faculty Seminar Days, MCC’s campus conference on emerging events, was highlighted by Faculty retirees Beth Smith and Blair Morrisey being named Distinguished Faculty members. Additionally, a series of interesting and challenging presentations were given, highlighted by:

  • Dr. Cynthia Clark, an award-wining professor, Strategic Nursing Advisor for ATI Nursing Education, Professor Emeritus, and the Founder of Civility Matters, led discussions on Civility on campus and in the community
  • Heather Garretson, J.D., former U.S. Attorney and former Scholar in Residence at the City University of New York Law School, led discussions on the U.S. justice system’s response to citizen protests, focusing primarily on current events

This morning, I stopped by the Muskegon Community College Downtown Center to take in the first day of classes offered in this building, an adaptive reuse of the for Muskegon Chronicle and Muskegon Masonic Temple buildings.  While there, I visited Professor Tom Sumerix as he was preparing for his Basic Welding class, the first MCC class to meet in this historic building.  Congratulations to all involved in completing the building’s first phase.  Please visit this beautifully redone space, located at 388 West Clay Avenue in Muskegon.  Let’s look forward the opening of the second phase of the building in January of 2018.

My next stop was the MCC Newaygo County (NC-RESA) Center in Fremont, where I visited Professor Jon Brossiet’s History 150 class.  Fully half of Professor Brossiet’s students were in attendance thanks to the Newaygo Promise, an exciting mechanism allowing many Newaygo County students to attend MCC tuition free.  As noted in my earlier post, roughly 100 students qualified for the 2017-18 academic year.

Among the interesting courses offered on campus is the “How to Write Your Elected Official” workshop.  Offered by the nonprofit Middle Class Empowerment Zone, taught by Eunice Beck, and sponsored by MCC’s Student Success Office, this is the third time the workshop has been offered.  Please look for the workshop later in September.

Finally, students, please take part in Jayhawk Frenzy, our week long series of student oriented welcome activities.  Learn about students organizations, enjoy some very nicely crafted culinary offerings, and meet Provost and Executive Vice President Dr. John Selmon and other MCC staff.

Good luck to all and enjoy the Fall Semester!

Dale Nesbary, Ph.D.


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