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April 2015

I. Transform the student experience.

  • The Center for Arts and Community Enrichment (CACE) and the MCC Creative Writing Club hosted poet troupe The River City Nomads at this month’s Open Mic Poetry Night. The group also conducted a free performance poetry workshop.
  • Five students were honored this month for their academic excellence, leadership, and hard work. Recognitions were as follows: Lisa Walsh was recognized as the Jean Danford Outstanding Leadership Student; Ana Campuzano Saenz received the Carolyn Thornsby Outstanding Academic Student; Abdallah (Abdul) Ibrahim was awarded the Gene Zeigler Outstanding Occupational Student; Kelly Atwood was presented the Presidential Outstanding Student; and Mishelle Reeder, was named Work-Study Student Employee of the Year.


II. Transform our own workforce experience.

  • MCC students competed in the Skills USA state competitions for automotive technology, automotive collision repair, and welding. Fifteen MCC students competed; one returned with a silver medal and two with bronze medals.


III. Create education without barriers through transformational partnerships.

  • MCC’s participated in Math Awareness Month with an exhibit in MCC’s Learning Resource Center at the Fort Morgan campus. Presentations were made at area schools emphasizing careers in Mathematics.
  • MCC’s Educational Opportunities Council has initiated a new marketing strategy to reach the underserved population at Fort Morgan High School. Letters written in Somali and Spanish were sent to parents of ELL students describing opportunities offered at MCC and the importance of higher education in job attainment. This is the first of a series of mailings and events.


IV. Redefine our value proposition through accessibility, affordability, quality, accountability, resource development, and operational excellence.

  • Kim Maxwell was chosen by her peers to receive the 2015 Crystal Apple Award for her dedication, service, and positive attitude.
  • MCC has issued over 750 Promise Award financial aid packets to graduating high school seniors and recently graduated students.
  • Letters were mailed to parents of all high school juniors and seniors in the MCC service area describing concurrent enrollment, transferability, and financial aid options at MCC.

V. Other News

  • MCC Morgan County Chorale hosted their spring dinner theatre performances on April 25-26.
  • MCC welcomes Jessica Fournier as the new Director for MCC’s Bennett Center, and Dr. Monica Ramirez as the new Vice President of Instruction. Both will begin on June 1.
  • Mark Frasco has accepted the position of Director of Information Technology in the IT Department here at MCC. Mark has been with Morgan Community College since 2004 in the role of Information Technology Specialist; he will assume his new role on June 1.