Thursday, June 30, 2011

MCC-Maple Woods hosts Northland legislators

MCC-Maple Woods President Merna Saliman, along with Chancellor Mark James, hosted five Northland legislators on campus in order to share MCC's purpose and mission of preparing students, serving communities and creating opportunities.

Dr. Merna Saliman highlighted some of Maple Woods' major contributions to MCC and the Kansas City area, including the veterinary technology program and the annual Kansas City Storytelling Celebration.

Legislators in attendance included Rep. Jay Swearingen, Rep. Ron Schieber, Rep. Nick Marshall, Rep. Ryan Silvey and Rep. Myron Neth. MCC Associate Vice Chancellor for College and Community Relation Tom Vansaghi, as well as MCC legislative consultants Shannon Cooper and Nancy Giddens, were also in attendance.

Throughout the summer, MCC presidents and the chancellor will be meeting with legislators within each district to build relationships and facilitate future opportunities for working together to further MCC's mission and goals.

Call Center Gets Name, Launch Date

Plans for a centralized call center at MCC have been under development since November 2010, and the center now has an official name and opening date.

The MCC Information Center, which will be housed on the Penn Valley campus, is scheduled to open in February 2012.

Described as a telephonic drive-through window of sorts, the Information Center is designed to provide quick, concise answers to student inquiries about everything from financial aid to advising to continuing education.

Members of the Information Center planning committee visited each campus in May to provide project updates and answer questions. Additional info sessions will be conducted in the fall; watch The MCC Insider for dates.

See below for the introductory PowerPoint presentation, which includes details about the primary student services that will be supported by the Information Center, how it will be staffed and other important information.

If you have questions, please contact your campus planning committee representative:
• MCC-Penn Valley: Mindy Johnson
• MCC-Maple Woods: Dusty Mills
• MCC-Business and Technology: Chris VanDell
• MCC-Blue River: Bob Florence
• MCC-Longview: Francine Roberts

LV Cashier Supervisor Celebrates Retirement

Queen Pam Weston celebrates upcoming retirement with colleagues during Cashier Supervisor meeting/Retirement Luncheon June 28, 2011.  From left: Michelle Allen, Tomislav Plecas, Rene Bennett, Cindy Ingram, Brenda Wagner, Pam Weston (crowned) Sherry Skinner, Emily Thompson, Sherry Muirhead and Kathy Mercer.

Tips to keep MCC cool over the HOT holiday weekend.

As staff, faculty and students across the district prepare for the 4th of July weekend it is important to remember a couple of energy saving tips from MCC-Longview Facilities Services Superintendent
Steve Greife.

1. As you leave Thursday or Friday for the extended holiday, turn off all the lights at your workstation.

2. Turn off all printers, copiers, and unused appliances.

2. Don't forget to turn off your computer.

"As we go into a very hot three day holiday weekend please help MCC use as little energy as possible.  Please do that every day – but it is especially important over a hot three day weekend."

Have a Happy 4th of July weekend!

[Image from inhabitat]

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chancellor: Search for MCC-Blue River president officially begins

Chancellor Mark James visited the MCC-Blue River campus today to announce the beginning of the official national search for a new campus president. Primary qualities sought in this individual shall be that he or she is dynamic, experienced in the field of education administration, demonstrates an understanding of budgetary concerns and knowledge of how to achieve success on the financial side of the position, and a variety of other noteworthy skills and abilities.

Concerns about budgetary struggles came up near the end of the meeting, and the chancellor approached them with all due concern, stating that our pragmatic approach to increasing revenue would include creating more programs that bring the school additional income. The I.W.I. program which has already experienced great success in forming over fifty lucrative business contracts was used as a great example of new opportunities and revenue streams at MCC.

Other plans may include expanding our collegiate district’s footprint and finding ways to serve college-bound individuals in the St. Joseph area whom will no longer find A+ and associate’s degree programs at Missouri Western that were available in previous years. Missouri Western’s recent move to become a university has engendered a number of opportunities for MCC in the St. Joseph area.

Grainger Tools for Tomorrow Winners Get Sneak Peak at Prize

From left: MCC-BTC Dean of Instruction, Tom Wheeler; Electric Utility Line Tech student, Ryan McNary; Engineering Technology student, Judah Schad; and Grainger Branch Manager, Jari Allen.  Ryan and Judah were selected for the Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship - a $1,000 scholarship and a very large bag of tools after they graduate.     The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program awards financial assistance for tuition and books to outstanding students earning an associates degree or certificate in the fields of electrical, plumbing, welding, construction, facilities maintenance, machine technology, electronic systems, automotive repair and other industrial programs.  Learn more about available scholarship here.

Career opportunites

CO# 11-094 BR Lead Groundskeeper (Internal only)
* posted 06/28/2011
* will be removed from the website at 11:59 pm Tuesday, 07/05/2011 for the initial screening.
* For more information or to apply:

CO# 11-095 PV Archivist
* posted 06/28/2011
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* For more information or to apply:

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mark James visits MCC-Longview

With Chancellor Mark James visiting MCC-Longview Tuesday afternoon, it was a chance for faculty and staff to showcase some of the distinguished honors the campus has collected since his last visit.

But it was also a chance for employees to ask some tough questions of the college CEO regarding changes to A+, a combined graduation ceremony for MCC and the importance of shared governance among faculty, staff and administrative groups.

James took the most heat when asked about plans to combine all off MCC's graduation ceremonies into one ceremony.  James said the decision was created out of a meeting he had with students leaders who, he said, had expressed an interest in a single ceremony.

As he shared his reasons for moving forward with a combined ceremony, he also added that many of the logistic and plan details still needed to be ironed out and that he has been consulting student groups, faculty and staff through the process.

During the two-hour question-and-answer meeting, James said there had been some failures to effectively communicate new initiatives and that issue continues to be something he is dedicated to working on with everyone at MCC.

The meeting with MCC district leaders also gave Longview faculty and staff a chance to show off some of the recent accomplishments from campus.

Writing Across the Curriculum coordinator Mary McMullen-Light offered a report on the success of the first national WAC conference held at MCC-Longview this past week. The conference brought several dozen community college representatives to campus to learn about starting their own successful WAC program.

Several students also took the opportunity to talk about how MCC has helped them and even offered suggestions to the chancellor about how to make MCC great for the next generation of students.

MCC Student Ambassadors live, learn and lead at MSU

The 2nd Annual Student Ambassador Leadership Conference was held at Missouri State University June 23-25.  Fifty-one students from nine different community college campuses attended this unique learning experience where the students lead the workshops along with area Student Ambassador Sponsors from Maple Woods, Longview, Penn Valley and Blue River. 

Rodger La Beth was asked to attend as the event’s keynote speaker where his presentation titled “Carpe Diem” kicked off the week’s theme of finding your passion and working with passion. The students participated in teambuilding, diversity, communication, and community service workshops all while spending quality time on a 4-year college campus. All participants stayed in the community-style residence hall and ate in the student cafeteria. MSU was a generous host and even gave every student a $20 giftcard to their campus store.  (So don’t be surprised to see a lot of MSU gear next semester wandering around your campuses!)

This leadership opportunity not only allows our Student Leaders to network and gain motivation for moving on to their 4-year institutions, it helps all of our colleges have better, more professional tour guides to lead our next generation of students through our front doors.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Career opportunity

CO# 11-092 BR Maintenance Mechanic

* posted 06/24/2011
* will be removed from the website at 11:59 pm Sunday, 07/10/2011 for the initial screening.
* For more information or to apply:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Penn Valley Health Science Institute hosts Skills USA competitions

The health care industry should be gaining some top-notch allied health professionals if the recent Skills USA competition is any indication. Students in the following medical programs competed in the national competition at MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute:

Dental Assisting students competed in chair-side assisting; preparation of dental materials; infection control; and emergency, laboratory and office procedures.

Medical Assisting contestants were tested on their skills in the clinical and administrative setting. They are judged on speed, the use of correct safety measures and their ability to interact personally with a patient. Skills were inclusive of general office skills, communication skills, patient education, knowledge of anatomy and physiology, terminology, instrument identification, and equipment, as well as on a variety of clinical procedures and techniques.

Nurse Assisting contestants demonstrated knowledge and abilities in CPR, and the measurement of vital signs. Contestants were also familiar with basic anatomy, communications skills, legal/ethical issues and employment skills

Practical Nursing competitors were judged on their knowledge of medical terminology, body structure and function, nutrition, medications and nursing care. They also performed job skills such as: administration of oral, subcutaneous and nasogastric medications; physical assessment; insertion of a nasogastric tube; sterile dressing change and cardiopulmonary resuscitation. At each workstation they are judged on accuracy of their skill, organization, communication and safety.

Friday, June 24, 2011

FY 2012 budget passed by board of trustees

The MCC budget for fiscal year 2012, which begins on July 1, 2011, was ratified last week by the MCC board of trustees.

The budget book, which outlines and explains the budget in detail, is now posted on InfoExchange. To access it, click here. (After you log in, click on Financial Reports tab and then click on the FY 2012 link under Budget Books - pdf. If you have trouble opening the file, you may need to update your Adobe Reader. Do so by clicking here.)

To read the highlights of the budget presented to the board of trustees by Vice Chancellor Tuesday Stanley, visit MCC Budget Source.

Congratulations to Dave Owens, MCC-Blue River employee of the month

Congratulations to Dave Owens, fitness, recreation and athletics coordinator at MCC-Blue River. He is the employee of the month!

Dave was nominated because his efforts to begin an annual “Run thru the River” 5K exemplify our mission statement since it provides a healthy activity, money for the Staff Association to create scholarships and student opportunities, and involves Blue River in the community in a positive and motivational way.

Thanks, Dave, for a fun, successful, and motivational “Run thru the River!”

TONIGHT: Opening reception for the Summer Exhibit at MCC-Longview

Metropolitan Community College-Longview is proud to present an exhibit of works from several of Kansas City’s up-and-coming artists.

This unique exhibit, The Presentation Imperative, at the MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center gallery will showcase works of art that examine the construct of institutions and social/cultural structures.

“In each work, the physical presence of the depicted image is not only understood by it’s physical weight but also by its visual reception, which is ultimately tied to its context,” gallery curator Daniel Reneau said.

The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, June 24, where the artists will answer questions and talk about each of their pieces.

Artists included: Brandon Briscoe, Todd Christiansen, Peter Granados, Blake Sidebottom, Jaclyn Senne, Kate Smithson and Elizabeth Woodfill.

Opening Reception:
June 24, 5 – 8 p.m.
The MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center

The Presentation Imperative
June 24 – July 30
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Noon – 4 p.m.
MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center

Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Run thru the River 5K" brings in smiles, prizes, and big bucks

The inaugural “Run thru the River” 5K at MCC-Blue River was a fabulous success. Eighty participants signed up for the event, several times the goal number that event organizers had originally aimed for. Laughs and smiles abounded at the finish line despite muddy conditions on portions of the course due to the previous night’s rain. 

The overall first through third place females to finish the race were Mindy Johnson, Emily Morgan and Karla Deathrage. The overall top three male finishers were Tom Ballew, Geordie McGonagle and Devyn Mapes.

Medals were awarded to the top male and female finishers in 7 age categories:

Jester Weston
Courtney Woodward
Devyn Mapes
Olivia Heacock
TJ Casper
Jessica Stacy
Mindy Johnson
Eric Sligar
Cheri Cain
Diane Bales
Geordie McGonagle
Tom Ballew
Sara Woodward
Steve Grubbs
Mary Ellen Jenison

Event organizer Dave Owens expects to have many more participants in Run thru the River next year. Runners came from all over the greater Kansas City, Mo. area and eastern Kansas. This kind of success in the first year of

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Maple Woods Vet Tech students assist smallest victims of Joplin tornado

As soon as the dust settled in Joplin, Mo., residents and volunteers from all over the region began work searching, mourning, rebuilding and restoring the town after parts of it were decimated by a tornado. As families searched picked through the rubble, trying to salvage possessions, cars, sanity, it became clear that the people of Joplin weren't the only ones who needed assistance.

There were also the animals.Family pets left to wander the debris, waiting for the return of their owners; animals needing medical attention; lost family members needing shelter while they waited to be claimed.

Two of Maple Woods' veterinary technology students took the needs of ALL of Joplin's residents to heart and went, along with hundreds of others, to assist the southwest Missouri community. Emily Dahl and Debbi Mitchell worked with the Missouri Veterinary Response Team to conduct search and rescue operations and set up a temporary shelter on the Missouri Southern State University campus. One of Joplin's seven animal facilities was completely destroyed, and most of the others were without power and running short on supplies. Emily and Debbi provided medical assistance, helped with trying to locate owners and generally caring for the misplaced animal

"I love animals, and going to help out with the animals seemed like it made the most sense. Pets are part of the family, and after everyone gets settled, they're going to come looking for them, and it will be great to hand over a beloved pet. It's part of the healing process."

MCC-Longview student Danise Harris shines in Lee's Summit's Got Talent

Congratulations to MCC-Longview student Danise Harris!

Harris on Friday won $5,000 at the first Lee's Summit's Got Talent competition hosted by Lee's Summit Cares.

Competitors from around the city brought their top musical talent to the stage Friday night as residents tried to perform their best for top prize.

Harris wowed the panel of judges with her version of "I am changing" - a song made popular in the 1982 musical Dreamgirls.

[Photo Credit: The Lee's Summit Tribune]

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

UPDATE: MCC-Longview's Grow Native campus project is in full bloom

Grow Native at MCC-Longview

You can't miss the field of blooming yellow and red flowers that opened up this past week at MCC-Longview. The first big bloom of the Grow Native project on campus is well under way.

The field, which was originally a grass field, was plowed and reseeded with native Missouri flowers and plants last fall as part of a collaboration with the Missouri Department of Conservation.  The field spent most of the winter barren. This spring say a lot of green vegetation started to sprout, but this is the first full bloom to appear from the project.

Grow Native at MCC-Longview

Here is what Steven Greife, facilities services superintendent, wrote to campus faculty and staff after the flowers made their appearance:

I’m sure some of you have been wondering about the “weeds” in the area between the main entrance to the campus and the Longview Chapel. Me too. Last week I made a tour of the area only to see what I thought were weeds.
 Well a lot can change in just a few days. Yesterday I was told that the “Black-eyed Susan’s were coming out so I went to see. Sure enough we have quite a few and a closer look revealed that the Lance Leaf Coreopsis will be in bloom very soon. And not just a few, I expect that in the next week or two the area will be a sea of yellow.

Be sure to check out more photos from the Grow Native project over on the MCC Longview photo blog.

Career opportunity

CO# 11-093 BT Campus Police Captain (Internal only)

* posted 06/21/2011
* will be removed from the website at 11:59 pm Monday, 06/28/2011 for the initial screening.
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Free MCC shirts at SkillsUSA

Have an MCC student ID or employee ID? Want a FREE MCC t-shirt? We'll have some at SkillsUSA Nationals this week and only folks w/ an MCC ID can get one!

To get your shirt, come down to Bartle Hall June 22 or 23, find Alex Grigsby and show him your MCC ID from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Shirts are limited, so come early!

The SkillsUSA Championship showcases the best career and technical students in the nation.  Students compete against the clock and each other, proving their expertise in occupations like electronics, computer-aided drafting, crime scene investigation, medical assisting, photography, robotics and culinary arts.

Dawn Hatterman named Associate Dean at MCC-Maple Woods

Dawn Hatterman has been selected to fill the position of Associate Dean at MCC-Maple Woods. She will begin her new role July 1, 2011. She will replace current Associate Dean Lynn Barron, who is retiring after a decade of dedicated service to Maple Woods.

Dawn began her career at Maple Woods in 1990 as a College Relations Coordinator. She also served as an Academic Advisor and Interim Evening College Supervisor before filling the position of Registrar in 1998. She holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Missouri – Kansas City and a Bachelor of Science in Interpersonal Communication from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Dawn is a dedicated professional who is focused on providing support and guidance to students at multiple points in their college careers. She sees the MCC mission of Preparing Students, Serving Communities and Creating Opportunities as the foundation of her daily work.

Congratulations to Dawn on her new position, and congratulations to Lynn on beginning the next chapter in her life!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Adult Car Control Clinic to be hosted by BMW Car Club at MCC-Blue River

The first ever Adult Car Control Clinic was a huge success last year, and the BMW Car Club of Kansas City aims to make it happen again this weekend, June 25th at MCC-Blue River.

The clinic allows participants to explore the limits of their own vehicle and their driving skills in an open, controlled, and extremely safe environment on the Precision Driving Course at MCC-Blue River. The clinic consists of both classroom and in-car training. In class, vehicle dynamics, tire management, vision and mirror awareness, and proper seating position will all be discussed.

Once in the car, we will run through a series of orange-cone parking lot and wet skid pad exercises, learning skills that you can apply to everyday driving. This will also give participants a chance to take on some of the driving maneuvers they have always wanted to attempt, without taking any safety risks or

Students: textbook rental returns

Did you forget to turn in your rentals at the end of last semester? Never fear, we still want those books back so bring them on in. Drop off rental returns at the campus bookstore in which you rented them. A $2o service fee will apply through May 26, which is better than a charge on your student account for the price of the book.

MCC-Longview blood drive

Community Blood Center is the primary supplier of blood for local hospitals and has been serving Missouri and Kansas hospitals for almost 50 years. Community Blood Center needs to collect 580 pints of blood every day and over 140,000 pints annually to meet the needs of our local hospitals. An individual within the area that Community Blood Center serves needs a blood transfusion every four minutes.

You have the opportunity to do your part for local hospital patients at the next Community Blood Center blood drive held at MCC-Longview in the Private Dining Room/Campus Center, 500 Longview Road on Wednesday, July 6 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 pm.

To make an appointment online go to and use Sponsor Code MCClongview. You may also contact myself, Pam Hensley at 816.604.2364 or

Thank you for taking time to consider this very important service!

MCC-Penn Valley cancels classes after 11:30 am

MCC-Penn Valley classes after 11:30 am on June 20 are cancelled due to an air conditioning malfunction.Employees, please consult with your supervisor for work status.

Friday, June 17, 2011

John Fierro, executive director of the Mattie Rhodes Center, was elected to the MCC Foundation board of directors in May.

Mattie Rhodes Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to “bridge cultures and communities through arts, mental health and social services and empower individuals and families through culturally competent, bilingual services in a respectful and compassionate environment.”

Fierro is involved in a number of other community organizations and initiatives, including serving as president of the Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation Board of Commissioners and as a member of the board of directors for the National Recreation and Park Association. He holds two masters degrees: one in public affairs from Park University and one in business administration from Rockhurst University. He also attended Harvard University.

Fierro is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and lives on the city's west side in the same neighborhood where he was raised.

Students: Bookstore closing for inventory - get supplies early

All of the MCC bookstores will close for inventory at noon on June 24 and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. on July 5, 2011.

Students, be sure you purchase any testing materials or supplies you might need before that time.

MCC-Maple Woods to host Joplin Relief Blood Drive

Many things are needed in the aftermath of the tornadoes in Joplin, including blood supplies. In an effort to provide relief and much-needed supplies for the Community Blood Center, Maple Woods is hosting a Joplin Relief Blood Drive from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. July 5, 2011 in the Student Center. This is a great opportunity for students, faculty and staff who may not have time to donate during the spring and fall semesters to help out!

Those who wish to donate must present a photo ID and complete a mini-physical and health summary (private). Anyone who is healthy, over 16 years old and weighs at least 115 pounds is eligible to donate.

Visit the Community Blood Center to learn more about the donation process.

Career opportunity

CO# 11-089 PV Early Childhood Resource Specialist

* posted 06/17/2011
* will be removed from the website at 11:59 pm Monday, 07/04/2011 for the initial screening.
* For more information or to apply:

MCC Foundation Gives Surprise Gift to Students in Need

A generous donation from the MCC Foundation is sure to bring smiles to the faces of some very deserving students this fall.

The foundation’s board of directors approved a measure last week that would provide $500 scholarships to a group of almost 200 high-achieving students who are struggling to pay their college costs. Foundation board president, Anita Maltbia, presented a $100,000 check to MCC officials and student ambassadors during the college’s board of trustees meeting on Thursday.

MCC Foundation Board President Anita Maltbia, second from right, presented a check for $100,000 made out to "Metropolitan Community College Students" at the MCC board of trustees meeting on June 16. Pictured with Maltbia are (left to right) Mark James, MCC chancellor; Duc Nguyen, student leader at MCC-Penn Valley and MCC-Maple Woods; Mehrnaz Shahlari, student ambassador at MCC-Penn Valley; Maira Cuevas, student leader at MCC-Blue River and MCC-Maple Woods and student advisor for the MCC Foundation; and David Disney, president of the MCC board of trustees.   

Financial-need parameters have been established for the scholarships but specific students have not yet been selected to receive the awards, said Cindy Butler, MCC's district director of financial aid. The students, who will be identified by the financial aid office, will have completed at least half of the coursework for an associate's degree and be in good academic standing with the college.

“These are bright students who are poised to do well in school and in their careers,” said Maltbia, who is also director of the

FabLab Father's Day Present Build Time: 1.5hrs / Induced Smiles: 150hrs

During his lunch break yesterday, Alex Grigsby, a mild craftsman, built his father's day present in MCC-BTC's FabLab.  (Message safe here; he doesn't have internet or a computer)  The younger Grigsby feels sense of pride and accomplishment from making a tangible thing.  Older Grigsby feels sense of pride because his son has capacity to run a miter saw and drill and didn't grow up a total flop.  Father expected to say, "Son, didn't you build me this same birdhouse when you were twelve?"  Answer: "Yes"

Entire bluebird house made from single 1X6 board - fancy FabLab logo in picture above burned with laser engraver.  Plans downloaded from Missouri Department of Conservation website -  Learn more about FabLab here.

MCC-Blue River alumnus Esther Francis receives Fulbright grant

Esther Francis, MCC-Blue River's newest Fulbright scholarship recipient

Each of the last two years, an MCC-Blue River alumnus has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to study abroad. This year the Fulbright award went to Esther Francis, an MCC-Blue River graduate who spent a year living in Guanajuato, Mexico during her undergraduate studies. After her immersive, linguistic experience in Mexican culture, she knew that she had to find a way to go back.

The Fulbright Binational Business Grant allows Esther to spend another year living and studying Mexico. With the scholarship, she will attend graduate level courses at Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology while gaining experience as an intern for a Mexico City based company.

The Fulbright scholarship is awarded to a very select group of applicants based on their academic performance, professional achievement, and the leadership qualities they demonstrate. The Fulbright program was designed by the United States congress and passed into law by President Harry S. Truman to increase

Summer exhibit to open at MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center gallery

Metropolitan Community College-Longview is proud to present an exhibit of works from several of Kansas City’s up-and-coming artists.

This unique exhibit, The Presentation Imperative, at the MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center gallery will showcase works of art that examine the construct of institutions and social/cultural structures. 

“In each work, the physical presence of the depicted image is not only understood by it’s physical weight but also by its visual reception, which is ultimately tied to its context,” gallery curator Daniel Reneau said.  

The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, June 24, where the artists will answer questions and talk about each of their pieces.

Artists included: Brandon Briscoe, Todd Christiansen, Peter Granados, Blake Sidebottom, Jaclyn Senne, Kate Smithson and Elizabeth Woodfill

The Presentation Imperative
June 24 – July 30
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Noon – 4 p.m.
MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center

Opening Reception:
June 24, 5 – 8 p.m.
The MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center

Thursday, June 16, 2011

An Unsung “B”ero

Let’s be honest, accounting people don’t usually get much credit. They’re often thought of simply as number-crunchers who prefer working with calculators to working with people.

That stereotype does not ring true for many of MCC’s accounting staff, including this month’s Administrative Center employee of the month, B Sanchez. Recognized by her nominator as “an upbeat and compassionate person who fills a vital role in accounting,” B is an accounting specialist who has worked at MCC for three years.

B, who goes by the shortened version of her given name,

Summer hours at MCC-Maple Woods - check your schedule!

Need something from one of our student service centers this summer? Check out the summer hours of operation to make sure we’re on the same schedule!

  • Monday-Thursday  7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
  • Friday  7:30 a.m. – noon 
  • NOTE: MCC Bookstores will be closed for inventory June 27 – July 4, 2011. Please   make your purchases before June 27!
Computer Labs
  • Monday-Thursday  7:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. 
  • Saturday  9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Financial Aid
  • Monday-Thursday  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday  8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Learning Center
  • Reading/Writing Lab:
    • Monday-Thursday  8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Math/Science Lab:
    • Monday-Thursday  7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday-Thursday  8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Retired Missouri Senator Visits HSI

Sandy McIlnay, director of health science at HSI, explains the value of the health resource center during a tour of HSI Wednesday with healthcare leader and former Mo. senator, Charlie Shields. 
Charlie Shields, chief operating officer at Truman Medical Center-Lakewood and former Missouri state senator, visited the MCC-Penn Valley Health Science Institute on Wednesday to tour the facility and learn about the innovative teaching and training techniques being used there.

Shields, who worked as an executive at Heartland Health System in St. Joseph for nearly two decades during his time in the Senate, is a longtime champion of public education and healthcare causes in the State of Missouri.

In a meeting before the tour of HSI, MCC officials spoke with Shields about the potential for collaboration opportunities with TMC-Lakewood.

New artwork fills the MCC-Longview Community Education office

Community Education Art

Joining the Lotus Box kite already hanging in the office, six new pieces of art were installed Wednesday in the MCC-Longview Community Education office.

The pieces are beautiful reprints of photos taken from the 2011 and 2010 Flights of Fancy kite festivals including the massive Manta Ray kite (which is the size of a basketball court) and the three-story-tall purple and white windsock.

Community Education Art

Since Community Ed. is the main office that plans and manages the annual kite festival it seemed natural to decorate the walls with photos from this fun event.

Stop by the Longview Community Education office to take a look at the new additions.

The photos were taken by MCC-Longview Public Relations Coordinator Mike Ekey, Community Education Coordinator Rich Ritter and  Flights of Fancy volunteer Brandon Schultz.

A HUGE thanks to the MCC Print Shop for helping with this project and creating the amazing prints for our office art addition.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Maple Woods vet techs contribute a combined 36 years of experience to local animal hospital

Located in the booming Animal Health Corridor, the MCC-Maple Woods veterinary technology program has a nearly 100% success rate of putting its graduates to work in the animal health industry, many times even before they graduate. Where do all the graduates go? Many of them work locally in clinics throughout the metro area, some continue pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine and some choose to go into research or other animal related industries in the area.

One veterinary clinic - Three Trails Animal Hospital in Independence, Mo. - is putting the skills of Maple Woods vet tech graduates to work. All four of the clinic's registered vet techs are graduates of the Maple Woods program, dating back to 1995. Vicki Dressler, Amy Richardson, Mariah Marshall and Megan Sander are just a few of the vet tech program's alumni who live, go to school and continue working locally after graduation.

Marshall and Dressler both worked at the hospital for four years before completing their degrees - but both said they were able to apply what they learned immediately, sometimes the next day.

"It was almost like work was an extension of school, or school was an extension of work. Everything contributed to my experience in and out of the classroom."

BCBS Helps Ensure Fiscal Health of MCC

Blue Cross and Blue Shield, MCC's health insurance provider, gave an unexpected donation to MCC this week in the form of a $2,500 check.

The contribution was presented by Carol Jones, BCBS senior account executive, to Chancellor Mark James during the MCC officers' meeting Tuesday.

A letter from BCBS President and CEO David Gentile said the contribution signifies the insurance company's commitment to partnering with MCC to enrich and advance Greater Kansas City.

"We know state revenue shortfalls have intensified pressure on your budgets and that you are forced to make difficult decisions," Gentile said in the letter. "We hope you'll use this money to secure educational programs, sponsorships, or other appropriate purposes as you and the foundation determine."

Campus critter calls MCC-Longview home

Campus Killdeer

MCC-Longview is no stranger to wildlife. Whether its the deer that graze on the baseball fields or the fish living in the pond outside the Science and Technology building, animals always seem welcome on campus.

This week a mother Killdeer has nested in the rock bed at the front entrance of campus (in the circular drive). She was noticed on Monday by students and faculty as they started the week.

Despite the fact that this mother bird might blend into the rocks, she is not afraid to chirp and scream when someone gets too close. Already facilities has placed a wire marker directly over the nest and a sign as been posted warning people not to get too close.

"Usually she nests in the garden next to the Business Building," NUS coordinator Rich Ritter said. "Seems she is getting a bit more comfortable with us here on campus."

For more photos of the killdeer and her nest, fly on over to the MCC-Longview photo blog.