President’s Messages 2013

President’s Message, January 2013

Hello Students, Faculty, and Staff:

I hope that your holiday season was restful, enjoyable and renewing. Now we look forward to the Winter Semester and 2013. A recurring theme for us as a region has been to be prepared to meet the challenges of a 21st century economy. Most recently, I heard this message from Mr. Frank Warrick, a longtime friend, outstanding musician, three-time MCC alum, and soon-to-be retired machinist. Frank noted that his most effective coworkers and colleagues were able to read well, handle complex math, and most importantly, get along with others. The ones who did not do these things often did not achieve long term success.

In the January 2013 issue of the MiBiz Newsletter, I was one of 100 West Michigan business and community leaders interviewed about the New Year. We were asked among other things the question “What keeps you up at night?” Interestingly enough, these individuals provided answers closely aligned with Frank’s take. A quick read of the responses show that the leaders identified the skills gap, the need for a strong higher education system, and coworkers who work well together as key issues for the upcoming year.

The bottom line is that all of us know what we need to do to succeed. We are all here, particularly our students, to improve our skills, improve our community, and make West Michigan a better place in which to live and work. For our students, it is not always easy. Many of us walked in your shoes years ago and some of us very recently. We very much appreciate that you chose MCC to further your education. Thanks much!

Here’s the latest news on issues of interest to the MCC community:

  • The Michigan Legislature passed and the Governor signed into law PA 496, allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees for the first time in the state’s history. The new law allows community colleges to offer degrees in cement technology, maritime technology, energy production and culinary arts. I encourage the college community to begin discussions on which, if any, of these options are appropriate for MCC.
  • The Governor also signed HB 5422, now PA 522, enabling colleges and community colleges to provide new employee training to new corrections officers. Currently all training of new recruits is held in Lansing. It provides for minimum standards and requirement that colleges and community colleges must follow.
  • Additionally the Legislature sent to the Governor Senate Bill 59, which would allow an individual with a concealed pistol license to carry a concealed weapon in a no-weapons zone if he or she received additional training. Fortunately the Governor vetoed this legislation, which may have allowed concealed weapons to be carried on the MCC campus against existing campus policy.

Closer to home:

  • Three new wayfinding kiosks will be operational on campus this semester, to help with the ongoing issue of directions on campus. These touchscreen devices were made available in part because of the generosity of Jean Stevenson, former First Lady of the College, the diligent work of the Office of Information Technology, and the efforts of the Office of Community Relations.
  • All sorts of interesting on campus events will occur in January. Please click here for more info: http://www.muskegoncc.edu/pages/112.asp.
  • Winter Seminar Days take place on January 3 and 4. In addition to the usual and excellent array of on campus presenters:
    • ­Senior AACRO Consultant Howard Shanken will be conducting an hour-long training session on FERPA in the everyday work environment, privacy, identity theft, data protection, and other hot topics.
    • ­Former mathematics instructor and statistical consultant Diane Krasnewich will present this semester’s Journeys Lecture. Per her most recent bio, Diane is “blissfully retired, reaching for the Red Cross, and awaiting with Tim the first call Red Cross Volunteers for national disaster.”
    • ­City of Muskegon Director of Public Safety Jeffrey Lewis will discuss issues of public safety in communities, particularly in the context of changing legislation and campus/community gun crimes occurring nationally. I am donating my time on the agenda for Chief Lewis to present (9:00 am Thursday).
  • In its December 2012 meeting, the MCC Board of Trustees voted to proceed with a ballot question to improve campus infrastructure. The question would be placed on the ballot in 2013 and may be adjusted based upon community input. As you may know, the November 2012 MCC ballot question failed by less than one percent of the over 71,000 ballots cast. As was the case with the November question, your support is critical to the success of the future question, and I urge you to get involved.

Thank you all for your work in the classroom and the community. I offer particular thanks to our students. May you all have a great semester and I hope that you thrive in your efforts to complete your coursework and achieve the dreams that you desire.

Best regards,

Dale Nesbary
President

 

President’s Message, February 2013

Hello students, faculty, and staff. I am hopeful that your Winter semester is moving along well. The month of February brings the last full month of winter (not that we can tell it by the 50 degree weather today 😉 along with an assortment of activities on and off campus that may be of interest.

This Thursday, the Michigan Legislative Summit will take place in Lansing. This is an opportunity for community colleges to learn about advocacy and to visit legislative and executive branch officials to inform them of our needs. In our case, the College is still seeking capital outlay funding for our infrastructure needs (http://www.muskegoncc.edu/pages/2941.asp). If you are interested in going on the visit, please contact Dr. John Selmon, VP for Student Services. Please join us – the more MCC representatives, the better for us as an institution.

Here’s more news of interest to the MCC community:

  • Infrastructure/Ballot Forums. As a part of the information gathering process relative to the upcoming ballot question, the college will hold a series of forums. The forums will be led by a combination of faculty and staff. Mike Alstrom will have clickers to gather input instantly and I expect the process will be interesting and informative. The forums are intended to collect information on how we may modify the ballot. We will schedule several internal forums (one of which took place today), and then take the process on the road over the next month, to collect information from all around Muskegon County. We will then report our findings to the community and the Board of Trustees. Please stop by to have your say.
  • Four Mile Creek Dredging Process. Many of you have asked when will the pond be dredged or otherwise updated. Gerry Nyland has sent out occasional communications, but here is a more recent update. The College is in an approval process with the State of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to approve dredging of the pond. Per the DEQ, wetlands and riparian boundaries require a review and permitting process prior to modifying such areas. Specifically, an Inland Lakes and Streams Permit Application (pond dredging permit) has been completed and sent to the DEQ for review. The DEQ visited both the main campus and golf course locations and discussed the scope of the project. While there is no absolute timeline, it is expected that we will be in a position to seek Board approval for this project by this summer.
  • Heating System. Another question coming up relates to heating (or the lack thereof) throughout campus. The College has contracted with GMB Architecture and Engineering to determine the scope and cost of system upgrade. It is expected that GMB will complete their work within a month. A recommendation will be made to the Board at the March Board meeting.

Thank you again for your work in the classroom and the community. As usual, you may contact me at (231) 777-0303 or via email at dale.nesbary@muskegoncc.edu. Let’s keep our eye on student success and enjoy the month of February.

Dale Nesbary
President

 

President’s Message, March 2013

Students, Faculty and Staff:

As is the case each month, the President’s Message shares happenings around campus, along with my views on issues impacting Muskegon Community College generally. There are a lot of “moving parts” this month, so let’s get started.

MCC Infrastructure Needs: Ballot Question Research
As you know, the MCC Board of Trustees recently decided to move forward with a ballot question to take place during an upcoming election. The ballot question will ask the voters of the MCC district (Muskegon County) to support infrastructure improvements in the sciences, health, and arts facilities. The Board discussed several possible election dates, including August and November 2013. After additional information gathering, the Board will make a final decision on an election date.

To support the Board’s decision, the College is in the middle of an information gathering process regarding what infrastructure needs will be included in the next ballot question. Several informational meetings on campus have been held to help with the process. Faculty, staff and students have attended three on-campus meetings and an online survey of all 5,000 MCC students will be held within the next several weeks. Students, please respond to the survey when you receive it. Informational meetings are planned for Holton, Fruitport, and Whitehall during the next two weeks as well. More informational meetings are on the docket, so attend one in your area as they are announced.

Budget Savings Progress
You may also know that the College is facing budget challenges this year and next and is asking all departments and students to recommend ideas for taking on these challenges. To date, administrative staff has met with roughly half of all staff on campus and will continue to do so during March. A follow up all campus meeting is scheduled on April 3rd at 3:00 PM in Room 1100, at which time suggestions will be reported to the entire community. Thank you all for taking the time to meet and contribute. Your ideas are critical to helping the College meet the needs of our students and community.

MyMCC Web Portal
As reported by Steve Wilson of the Office of Information Technology, MyMCC is going live in three weeks. I have used the Portal via a testing environment for the Cabinet (the College’s senior staff) and it is a real time saver. Please visit MyMCC https://mymcc.muskegoncc.edu and post your suggestions on the page. Your suggestions will help us make MyMCC the best it can be before it’s released to the entire campus community on April 1st. Thank you to everyone that has already posted suggestions! To submit a suggestion, go to MyMCC and click on “MyMCC Suggestions” near the top left, and click “add” to post a suggestion. Please let us know what you think. Here are some suggestions from Mr. Wilson on how the Portal may make your work lives easier:

  • Improved College Communications – Important announcements, student holds, and campus events will be displayed on MyMCC. Important information is seen at a glance.
  • Easier Access to Web Resources – Single Sign On allows you to use many resources without having to enter multiple passwords. From MyMCC you can go to Email, Blackboard, WebAdvisor, and Colleague (Datatel) without having to long on multiple times.
  • Information is for Internal Use – Internal information from the main campus website will be moved into MyMCC. This will make it easier for you to find information because it is not mixed in with public marketing material for prospective students.
  • Continuous Improvement – MyMCC is a work in progress and will always be under the philosophy of continuous improvement. Additional services will be made available after go live.

Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize
Earlier this week, I stopped by the annual MCC Commencement Fair. Students were working their way from table to table, purchasing caps and gowns, tickets, and getting other important information. No matter how difficult the process, perseverance typically leads to a positive outcome, in this case a degree, certificate, or transfer for participating students.

When the College faces difficulties, it is important that we all persevere as well. This includes participating in change processes, offering our informed opinions, listening actively, and simply showing up, which is, as Woody Allen is reported to have said “eighty percent of life.” Given the many challenges that we all face on a day to day basis, I felt that it was important to put into writing my knowledge that you all do more than simply showing up. You continue to provide a highly respected product in the classroom and earn the respect of the greater community day by day. You should be proud. Your hard and smart work allows us as an institution to keep our eyes on the prize of improving our student’s success and making a difference in our community.

Thank you and please call 231.777.0303 or stop by my office at Room 400 Main Building.

Dale Nesbary, Ph.D.
President

 

President’s Message April 2013

Students, Faculty and Staff:

As is the case each month, the President’s Message shares happenings around campus, along with my views on issues impacting Muskegon Community College generally. This month, I will share information on a wide variety of campus activities and events.

2013 Commencement

The 87th Commencement for Muskegon Community College will take place on Thursday May 2nd at the L.C. Walker Arena. Returning the ceremony to the L.C. Walker Arena will more than double the number of tickets available for family and friends to enjoy seeing their loved one(s) earn a degree or certificate. 195 students will participate along with 75 faculty and staff. At current graduation rates, we expect up to 700 students to earn a degree or certificate for the current academic year. Thanks to all of you for making this a successful year. Particular thanks and congratulations go to student speakers Sgt. Robert Bowyer and David Langlois, along with Distinguished Alumnus Awardee Diana Osborn.

Early Retirement Incentive

As many of you are aware, the College is preparing an early retirement incentive designed to help MCC maintain a sustainable budget and to assure that our students continue to receive a top notch education. The Board of Trustees will review the incentive at its next meeting (May 13 and 15). With the Board’s support, we hope to begin implementation later in May.

Baccalaureate Offerings: Committee Review of Option

Recently the Michigan Legislature and Governor Snyder approved community colleges offering baccalaureate degrees in four distinct areas: cement technology, maritime technology, energy production technology and culinary arts. A committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff led by Vice President Teresa Sturrus is reviewing these options and will present its findings to the Board of Trustees and community in early June. The findings will then be shared with appropriate College governance bodies to determine next steps.

Talent Development

The U.S. Department of Labor recently approved the Credentials to Careers TAA consortium grant budget, of which $500,000 is coming to MCC. Three representatives from MCC and one from Muskegon/Oceana Michigan Works! attended the initial grant conference in Tyson’s Corner, VA, where context for the national grant was established. Milan Hayward, Special Associate Vice President for Career and Technical Education at Northern Virginia Community College, the lead for the TAA grant, visited MCC on April 17 to share information about the grant.

Also, MCC was informed that the Second Chance Connections program administered by Ottawa County Michigan Works was selected for a site visit/review. This will guarantee an additional year of funding for this program, which will continue into MCC’s 2013-2014 fiscal year. The next session of Second Chance is set to start at MCC on April 15, 2013.

Diversity Activities on and Around Campus

Diversity programming continued throughout the month of March, Women’s History Month. The Film Festival featuring three movies was facilitated by MCC full time instructors and a guest lecturer. The panel discussion on March 27, 2013, entitled “Students and Professionals: Choosing and Succeeding in Non-Traditional Careers”, featured outstanding female leaders in Corrections, Construction, Engineering, and Healthcare. They discussed the experiences that contributed to their success in male dominated industries. Open to the public, the programs were promoted on campus, online and on 103.7 “The Beat”, averaging about 35 per event. The events occurred as a result of the committed and dedicated members of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee who planned all of the events. We would also like to thank the faculty, staff, students, and Trustees who attended these events.

Also of note, internationally recognized soldier, spy, author, and holocaust survivor Marthe Cohn discussed her book “Behind Enemy Lines,” an account of her experience in Nazi Germany during World War II. Her talk was sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as part of the Shoah Commemoration or Holocaust Remembrance Day at MCC on Tuesday, April 30.

Born in 1920 into a Jewish family in Metz, France, Cohn bears witness to a period of time when a democratic republic fell prey to the anti-Semitism of Nazism. Cohn recounted how she travelled as a nurse fluent in German into enemy territory and collected intelligence for the French Army.

Thank you as usual for your efforts and congrats to our 2013 graduates. Please contact me at dale.nesbary@muskegoncc.edu, 231.777.0303 or by stopping by Room 400 Main Building. Have a great summer!

Dale Nesbary, Ph.D.
President

 

President’s Message, May 2013

Students, Faculty and Staff:

As is the case each month, the President’s Message shares happenings around campus, along with my views on issues impacting Muskegon Community College generally. This month, I will share information on a wide variety of campus activities and events.

2013 Commencement

The 87th Commencement for Muskegon Community College will take place on Thursday May 2nd at the L.C. Walker Arena. Returning the ceremony to the L.C. Walker Arena will more than double the number of tickets available for family and friends to enjoy seeing their loved one(s) earn a degree or certificate. 195 students will participate along with 75 faculty and staff. At current graduation rates, we expect up to 700 students to earn a degree or certificate for the current academic year. Thanks to all of you for making this a successful year. Particular thanks and congratulations go to student speakers Sgt. Robert Bowyer and David Langlois, along with Distinguished Alumnus Awardee Diana Osborn.

Early Retirement Incentive

As many of you are aware, the College is preparing an early retirement incentive designed to help MCC maintain a sustainable budget and to assure that our students continue to receive a top notch education. The Board of Trustees will review the incentive at its next meeting (May 13 and 15). With the Board’s support, we hope to begin implementation later in May.

Baccalaureate Offerings: Committee Review of Option

Recently the Michigan Legislature and Governor Snyder approved community colleges offering baccalaureate degrees in four distinct areas: cement technology, maritime technology, energy production technology and culinary arts. A committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff led by Vice President Teresa Sturrus is reviewing these options and will present its findings to the Board of Trustees and community in early June. The findings will then be shared with appropriate College governance bodies to determine next steps.

Talent Development

The U.S. Department of Labor recently approved the Credentials to Careers TAA consortium grant budget, of which $500,000 is coming to MCC. Three representatives from MCC and one from Muskegon/Oceana Michigan Works! attended the initial grant conference in Tyson’s Corner, VA, where context for the national grant was established. Milan Hayward, Special Associate Vice President for Career and Technical Education at Northern Virginia Community College, the lead for the TAA grant, visited MCC on April 17 to share information about the grant.

Also, MCC was informed that the Second Chance Connections program administered by Ottawa County Michigan Works was selected for a site visit/review. This will guarantee an additional year of funding for this program, which will continue into MCC’s 2013-2014 fiscal year. The next session of Second Chance is set to start at MCC on April 15, 2013.

Diversity Activities on and Around Campus

Diversity programming continued throughout the month of March, Women’s History Month. The Film Festival featuring three movies was facilitated by MCC full time instructors and a guest lecturer. The panel discussion on March 27, 2013, entitled “Students and Professionals: Choosing and Succeeding in Non-Traditional Careers,” featured outstanding female leaders in Corrections, Construction, Engineering, and Healthcare. They discussed the experiences that contributed to their success in male dominated industries. Open to the public, the programs were promoted on campus, online and on 103.7 “The Beat,” averaging about 35 per event. The events occurred as a result of the committed and dedicated members of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee who planned all of the events. We would also like to thank the faculty, staff, students, and Trustees who attended these events.

Also of note, internationally recognized soldier, spy, author, and holocaust survivor Marthe Cohn discussed her book “Behind Enemy Lines,” an account of her experience in Nazi Germany during World War II. Her talk was sponsored by the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies as part of the Shoah Commemoration or Holocaust Remembrance Day at MCC on Tuesday, April 30.

Born in 1920 into a Jewish family in Metz, France, Cohn bears witness to a period of time when a democratic republic fell prey to the anti-Semitism of Nazism. Cohn recounted how she travelled as a nurse fluent in German into enemy territory and collected intelligence for the French Army.

Thank you as usual for your efforts and congrats to our 2013 graduates. Please contact me at dale.nesbary@muskegoncc.edu, (231) 777-0303 or by stopping by Room 400 Main Building. Have a great summer!

Dale Nesbary, Ph.D.
President

 

President’s Message, June 2013

Students, Faculty and Staff:

As is the case each month, the President’s Message shares happenings around campus, along with my views on issues impacting Muskegon Community College. Here’s what is on the docket in June:

President’s Monthly Forums

As you many know, since early 2010, I have met with the community each month to share issues of interest. Beginning this month, I am reformatting my monthly president’s forum to include presentations by internal and external presenters on topics of community wide interest. This month, Talent 2025 President Kevin Stotts will share his perspective on collaborations between higher education and the business community, and MCC’s role in helping West Michigan to become globally recognized as a top 20 region. The date and time of this forum is June 26, 3:00 p.m. in Stevenson Center Lecture Hall – Room 1100.

While it is always nice to have an “expert from at least 20 miles away with a cup of coffee and a briefcase” to present (the somewhat humorous definition of a consultant), I plan to invite the many internal experts as well. As an example, you may have been in attendance at last month’s forum for Jenny Klingenberg’s update on Achieving the Dream. She and Kelley Conrad have led the AtD initiative on campus since its inception and have done excellent work behind and in front of the scenes. Jenny’s presentation was so successful that I was led to make the change in format. In the coming months, topics as varied as strategic planning at MCC, collaborations with regional K-12 systems, and national and international trends in education will comprise forum topics.

K-12 Collaborations: English, Math, and Science Curriculum Summits

You may be aware that MCC is working with the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District, along with its constituent systems and surrounding systems, to align curricula and develop closer relationships among faculty and staff. In addition to the English and Math Summits already established, a Science Summit will be added in 2013. All three Summits will take place this week on the MCC campus. A part of the college’s Student Success and Completion Agenda, the Summits will help assure: 1) That K-12 students are prepared for college and 2) The faculty of our K-12 partners and MCC are collaborating to support this end. Many thanks to the faculty and staff involved, as well as Teresa Sturrus and John Selmon, for moving the process forward.

Budget Update

At its June meeting, the MCC Board of Trustees will vote on the College’s budget, tuition, and tax rates for fiscal year 2013-14. While this has been a very challenging budget year, the College will go into 2013-14 supporting student programs, while maintaining a staffing level appropriate for these times (and with no employee layoffs or furloughs unlike some other institutions). Recommendations from staff, vendors, students, and the MCC Board have helped us to achieve this. Thanks to all for your work in this area.

Baccalaureate Task Force Update

As reported in my April/May Message, the Michigan Legislature and Governor Snyder approved community colleges offering baccalaureate degrees in four distinct areas: cement technology, maritime technology, energy production technology, and culinary arts. A committee comprised of students, faculty, and staff led by Vice President Teresa Sturrus is reviewing these options and will present its findings to the Board of Trustees and community in early June. The Committee will recommend that the College move forward with an energy production baccalaureate and consider the possibility of a maritime technology baccalaureate in two years. The findings will then be shared with appropriate College governance bodies to determine next steps.

HLC Visits: Extension Centers and Distance Education

At the request of MCC, this summer the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools will visit MCC to evaluate our extension centers and distance education programs. Both programs have grown enough that, in our opinion, we needed to consult with the HLC to determine whether the programs merited HLC accreditation. Our off site locations are known as “Additional Locations” by the HLC and were reviewed earlier in June. The HLC will visit MCC in July to evaluate our online/distance education programs.

More Accomplishments

Our students, faculty, and staff continue to do great things:

  • Adjunct faculty Cheryl Kautz was awarded the 2013 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design “for significant achievements in outstanding course design using Blackboard”
  • The Muskegon Community College golf team came away with a top-10 finish in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II tournament that wrapped up Friday in Alabama. The Jayhawks shot a final round of 305 to finish the 72-hole tournament in eighth place. Caleb Johnson finished with a 76 and a four-day total of 2-over 290 to lead the Jayhawks, placing 13th and earning All-American honors for the second consecutive year. On a related note, regarding student-athletes:

­ Steven Ruppert – (Reed City) was named the Male Athlete of the Year
­ Taylor Sanicki – (Ionia) was named Female Athlete of the Year
­ Julie Larson – (Fruitport) was named the John G. Thompson Student Athlete of the Year

  • The annual MCC Student Art and Design Exhibition, a high point each year for the MCC Arts and Humanities Department, opened on May 20 and continues throughout the summer in Overbrook Art Gallery on the MCC campus. The artwork is selected by MCC’s art and design faculty from a total of several thousand pieces produced by over 500 students. Only a small portion of this total amount comprises the annual exhibit. More information may be found here: http://www.muskegoncc.edu/pages/2833.asp?item=7281

Thank you as usual for all you do. Please contact me at dale.nesbary@muskegoncc.edu, (231) 777-0303 or by stopping by Room 400 Main Building.

Dale Nesbary, Ph.D.
President

 

President’s Message, July 2013

Students, Faculty and Staff:

I hope that you are enjoying the summer and spending time with family and friends. As is the case each month, this message shares happenings around campus, along with my views on issues impacting Muskegon Community College. Here’s what is happening in July:

Governor Signs Bill Authorizing MCC Science Facilities Upgrades
On July 3, Gov. Snyder signed House Bill 4112, legislation authorizing Muskegon Community College to develop planning documents for a 25,000-square-foot science laboratory and the renovation of 20,000 square feet of existing science facilities.

The cost of the project – $9,293,670 – will be divided evenly between MCC and the state, each responsible for $4,646,835. With MCC Board of Trustees approval, the College expects to continue the planning phase.

Since the completion of the College’s Facility Master Plan in 2010, improving science facilities has been the top priority identified by the MCC Board. The master plan calls for a science/technology building addition with six new laboratories and six new classrooms, serving a combined 18 academic programs. Additionally, existing biology, chemistry, physics and technology space will be upgraded.

The new science area will address the national call to increase the number of students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) majors. The expanded facility will also allow boost enrollment capacity, provide barrier-free access, improve technology integration, and protect investment in instructional equipment through secure storage.

Muskegon Community College, established in 1926, offers over 80 areas of study and serves over 5,000 students each semester. More information about MCC and its campus improvement plan are available at muskegoncc.edu/masterplan.

Administrative Reorganization Completed
As you are aware, administration has undergone some reorganization during the past few months. Here is an overview of those changes:

  • The number of Divisions at MCC has been reduced from three to two. As you may be aware, functions of the Administrative Services Division were consolidated into the Academic Affairs and Student Services divisions. Finance functions (Finance) are now a part of the new Academic Affairs and Finance Division led by VP Teresa Sturrus. Physical Plant Conference and Catering, Safety, the Golf Course, Graphics, Food Services and related plant services are now part of the Student Services and Administration Division, led by VP John Selmon.
  • The Office of Community Relations is now known as the Office of Community Outreach. It will be led by Dean Trynette Lottie-Harps, who moves from Academic Affairs. Functions include:
    • Continuing Education
    • Public Information
    • Alumni Relations
    • MCC TV
  • The Foundation for Muskegon Community College will continue to be led by Tina Dee. This change will help the College seek and manage grants and gifts to support and match the recently approved science capital outlay appropriation, as well as other needed infrastructure improvements. Tina will also be responsible for campus strategic initiatives, allowing the college to have a point person to coordinate strategic planning initiatives.

Organization charts, website and portal are being revised to reflect these changes. As always, thank you for working to make Muskegon Community College and West Michigan a better place to live, work and recreate. Please contact me at dale.nesbary@muskegoncc.edu, (231) 777-0303 or by stopping by Room 400 Main Building.

Dale Nesbary, Ph.D.
President

 

President’s Message, August 2013

Hello Colleagues, Students, and Community:

For returning colleagues and students, Welcome Back! For new colleagues and students, welcome to a wonderful institution of higher education! I am very much looking forward to the launch of another successful academic year and will share my thoughts on the past summer and upcoming activities this fall semester.

The Big News: On July 3, Gov. Snyder signed House Bill 4112, legislation authorizing Muskegon Community College to develop planning documents for a 25,000-square-foot science laboratory and the renovation of 20,000 square feet of existing science facilities. The cost of the project – $9,293,670 – will be divided evenly between MCC and the state, each responsible for $4,646,835. The MCC Board of Trustees has authorized the College to continue the planning phase.

Since the completion of the College’s Facility Master Plan in 2010, improving science facilities has been the top priority identified by the MCC Board. The master plan calls for a science/technology building addition with six new laboratories and six new classrooms, serving a combined 18 academic programs. Additionally, existing biology, chemistry, physics and technology space will be upgraded.

Earlier this month, the MCC Board approved a November 5 ballot proposal seeking additions to the science wing and health education facility, a new creative arts facility, and a college facility located downtown. The $24 million ballot question would fund the bulk of the 2010 Facility Master Plan, providing updated and expanded space for our students and greater community.

What else has happened this summer?

  • MCC hosted the MCCA Student Success Summer Math Summit last month. Over 45 college faculty, administrators and staff from around the state attended the one day session to discuss math issues, share success ideas, and develop strategies. Early College of North Ottawa County and Early College of Newaygo County are off to a good start in their inaugural year. Thirty students are currently signed up in each program for the fall semester. The students will mainly be taking MCC classes at the NC RESA offices in Fremont, the Grand Haven Community Center location, and at the new location in Coopersville.
  • In a Grand Haven Tribune survey of over 400 seniors from area high schools, 89 reported they will enroll at Muskegon Community College, 50 will attend Michigan State University, and 46 will head to Grand Valley State University. MCC is by far the college of choice in this important community.
  • In its second year, Early College of Muskegon County is off to an incredible start as well. Eighty new students will be starting in the fall, and every one of the original group of 48 students is returning to the program. This brings the new ECMC enrollment to 128 students for fall.
  • The Carr Fles Planetarium experienced its third highest attendance (6244) since records have been kept (1975). Thanks to Instructor Jon Truax for keeping the renovation of, the planetarium at top of mind and the MCC Board of Trustees for having the vision to fund this important campus treasure.
  • The Office of Information Technology is rolling out a mobile application allowing students, faculty, and staff access to key information, which will be launched at the beginning of the Fall semester.
  • Readers of the popular Parade magazine voted the 2013 Commencement addresses by MCC’s David Langlois and Sgt. Robert Bowyer among the Top 10 best collegiate student graduation speeches in the nation! Thanks to Foundation and Strategic Planning Director Tina Dee for making the nomination.
  • MCC Nursing Program students, both RN and PN, passed the NCLEX exams with rates well above the national averages. In fact, 100 percent of PN students routinely pass the exam! This demonstrates the excellence of the nursing faculty and staff and the diligence of our students.

Again, thank you all for being a part of what I believe is the best community college in the State of Michigan. Please stop by Room 400 Main Building or call (231) 777-0303 to share your thoughts.

Dale Nesbary
President