Press Release

 

FORT MORGAN, CO. 08/07/17. Morgan Community College (MCC) announces and welcomes several new members to its higher education family, with new staff, faculty, and administrators starting with the college this month.

“MCC is really excited to have such a tremendous group of new faculty and staff joining our team. Each person brings their own wealth of experience to the college, with unique backgrounds that will enhance our ability to serve the region,” shared MCC President Dr. Curt Freed. “I look forward to watching each of them grow in their roles, and having them become part of the MCC family.”

Rebecca Segura has been hired as MCC’s new Human Resources Coordinator. She is a native of Fort Morgan and a graduate of Morgan Community College. Rebecca is bi-lingual in Spanish, and in addition to her A.A. from MCC, has a B.S. in Business with a Specialty in Human Resources from Regis University.

Justin Elways has been selected as MCC’s new Dean of Community Outreach and Concurrent Enrollment. Elways will be coming to MCC from Pikes Peak Community College where he has been serving as their Associate Director of Operations and Navigation. He received his M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Sociology from Washington State University.

Kimberly Senn is a new Nursing faculty member for the Fort Morgan campus. She has been the Client Services Manager at Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment and has many years of experience as a cardiovascular nurse at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. Senn has a B.S. in Nursing and will complete her Doctorate Nurse Practitioner this fall.

Former MCC student Joshua Savage has been hired as a new English faculty member. He has taught English courses and has been an English tutor at Aims Community College, Windsor Charter Academy, and the University of Northern Colorado. Savage has also been an online Instructor for Colorado Christian University. He has earned a B.A. and a M.A. in English from the University of Northern Colorado.

Dr. Elizabeth Huard comes to MCC as a new full-time traveling Spanish faculty member. Dr. Huard has taught Spanish and was the Director of the Spanish Institute school in Denver. She has been an adjunct instructor for Regis University and the University of Denver, as well as for Florida State University. Dr. Huard has a B.A. in Spanish from Valdosta State University in Georgia, a M.A. in Spanish from Florida State University, and a
Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature and Film.

Dianne Purves joins MCC’s science faculty and will be traveling between Center locations teaching biology. Purves has been teaching at Crafton Hills College in California for the last seven years. She has been an advisor to student organizations and has organized trips for students to provide extended learning experiences. Purves has also taught at National University, Citrus Community College, and California State University Fullerton. She is a Registered Animal Health Technician in addition to having a B.S. in Molecular Biology from California State University Sacramento and a M.S. in Developmental and Cell Biology from the University of California Irvine.

Dr. Ian VanLare will also be teaching biology, though at the Fort Morgan campus. Dr. VanLare has been a professor of biology at Tusculum College in Tennessee for 13 years where he taught a wide variety of biology courses, as well as a professor of Rainforest Biology at La Suerte Biological Station in Limon, Costa Rica for several summers. He has a B.A. in Biology from Virginia Intermont College, and a Ph.D. in Biology from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Steven Sjostedt will be a new traveling chemistry faculty member. Dr. Sjostedt has taught at Burlington High School in Colorado, at the University of Toronto, and at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He was a physical scientist for Environment Canada, and has several years of post-doctoral research experience. Dr. Sjostedt has a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and a Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.