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Reyna Grande

One Book author Reyna Grande speaks at MCCC

Reyna Grande, author of Monroe County's choice for the One Book, One Community program, spoke to a lively Meyer Theater crowd Wednesday night. Grande's book, “The Distance Between Us,” a memoir of her life immigrating to the United States, has been highlighted at a variety of One Book events. Full story

Out with tradition, in with a black-light party

Instead of the traditional Sweetheart Ball, Student Government members are planning a black-light party for students at the end of the year.

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One Book

One Book kicks off, author to visit

One Book One Community kicked off last week, but the real highlight comes March 26, when author Reyna Grande speaks on campus. Book swaps, cultural food and a Latino-inspired performance helped One Book One Community launch this year. The event, which was held in the La-Z-Boy center on March 19, had an array of activities. Full story

Penny Dunne

Working women make history

American women’s salaries were about 77.3 percent of what men’s salaries were in 2006, according to the U.S Census Bureau on apa.org. Full story

Monroe gets S.U.P.E.R; seeks to attract young tech students

MCCC has a new Career Technology Building, and not enough students to fill it. Full story

Monroe High School

MCCC offers classes at Monroe High

MCCC’s recent decision to offer college classes at Monroe High School has sparked controversy among college faculty. Starting in September 2014, Monroe High School students will be able to take MCCC classes at the high school. Full story

Quartey tour

President concludes community listening tour

MCCC’s new president, Kojo Quartey, finished his presidential tour to reach out to the community earlier this week. Dr. Quartey stopped at six different library branches in Monroe County to listen to suggestions, comments, and concerns, and to make residents aware of the benefits of the community college. Full story

MCCC hosts heroin panel discussion

MCCC held an informative panel discussion concerning Monroe’s heroin epidemic on Dec. 11. President Kojo Quartey served as curator.  Full story

Waggoner

Leaving a Legacy: Waggoner retiring after this semester

One of the professors with the most profound impact on MCCC over the past quarter century is retiring at the end of the semester. Chemistry professor Dr. David Waggoner says he is looking forward to retirement after more than 25 years of service with the college. Full story

MCCC faculty approve tentative contract

The results are in and the MCCC faculty has approved a new contract with the college. The tentative agreement now goes to the MCCC Board of Trustees on Monday. Full story

Nursing

Nursing program clears accreditation hurdle

MCCC’s highly successful nursing program appears to be back on track after receiving a warning from its accreditation agency in 2011. The program, which was put on warning status during its last comprehensive review, was re-evaluated by a site team this October and the team recommended continued accreditation. Full story

College, faculty reach tentative contract agreement

MCCC and its faculty have reached a tentative contract agreement, according to Dr. Patrick Nedry, the chief negotiator for the college’s faculty association (MCCFA). Full story

poetry night

Costumed students perform poetry to full theater

Students recite their favorite poems and dress up as cartoon characters. Full story

Faculty contract at a standstill

Making peace with the other side has yet to be seen at the negotiating table between MCCC faculty and the college. Full story

East, West Tech buildings in need of renovation

The East and West technology buildings are in need of major renovations. That was the message from Suzanne Wetzel, Vice President of Administration, to the Board of Trustees at their meeting on Oct 28. Full story

Classes cancelled

Cancelled classes worry students, faculty

When a class is cancelled, especially last-minute, it can throw everything off balance for students and faculty.   Full story

Elephants

Hand-crafted elephants promote peace, humanity.

A dozen elephants crafted with recyclable materials by area school-children were displayed in the MCCC cafeteria. The elephants were brought to the college on Sept. 28 for “The Gathering.” The fourth annual fundraising event helped support the River Raisin Institute and its efforts. Full story

Bryan Rourke

Bryan Rourke wins Enriching Lives Award

Bryan Rourke has won MCCC’s Enriching Lives Performance Award. “I was surprised, I didn’t know anything about it,” said Rourke, who is a maintenance worker at MCCC. Full story

Faculty negotiations still stalled

Negotiating faculty contracts are moving along—at a snail’s pace. Full story

Student government

Zarza elected Student Government president

Joshua Zarza has been elected president of this year’s Student Government, and Michelle McDevitt is the new vice-president. Full story

CNN Money

MCCC second among regional community colleges

MCCC placed second out of 60 community colleges in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana at ensuring student success, according to statistics from CNN Money. Full story

Penny Bodell

Diversity Mural unveiled: "We are one"

MCCC’s new diversity mural represents not only students, but our entire race. “The painting hopefully conveys our unity as human beings,” said Steve Ryder, designer of the mural, which was unveiled Wednesday, Sept. 25, in the lobby of the A building. Full story

President Kojo Quartey

New president wants to take MCCC to 'new level'

MCCC’s new president, Kojo Quartey, seeks to expand student horizons. Bringing a more multicultural focus to the college is just one of the many goals of the new president, who was unanimously hired by the MCCC Board of Trustees in May. Full story

Diversity mural

Diversity mural looking for volunteers

The MCCC Gay/Straight Alliance is looking for volunteers to add their brushstroke to a new mural on campus. Full story

Enrollment down for third straight year

Enrollment at MCCC is down for the third straight year. Full story

Lezlee Downing in Copy Center

Copy Center now operated by Canon

MCCC privatized its Copy Center this summer, and the facility is now being run by Canon Business Solutions of America. The Copy Center was privatized as a cost savings measure, and a way to increase efficiency, according to Joe Verkennes, the director of marketing for MCCC. Full story

Paul Hedeen

Dean took winding road to Monroe

Before establishing himself at MCCC, Paul Hedeen’s professional career led him across the United States and across the Atlantic Ocean. Having taught at colleges and universities in Ohio, Maine, Iowa and Ukraine, Hedeen has experienced the world of higher education and the humanities. His current position as Monroe County Community College’s Dean of the Humanities and Social Sciences Division is the latest adventure in his professional career. Full story

Ribbon cutting

Board cuts ribbon on CTC building

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the new building. Full story

Student awards

Students, faculty honored at reception

Students, faculty and their families gathered in the Meyer Theater Wednesday night for MCCC’s annual Honors Reception. The Honors Reception recognizes the hard work put forth by students and faculty over the course of the academic year. Full story

Faculty will pay for part of health insurance

Faculty will be seeing a change in their health insurance plans starting this August. The Board of Trustees July 29 approved an interim agreement that requires faculty to pay for part of their health insurance plans. Full story

Semi-finalists for MCCC president named

The eight semi-finalists for president of MCCC have been named, and interviews, which are open to the public, will begin next week. Full story

David Nixon

Nixon’s life at MCCC, beyond

After 20 years as a teacher of radio and television, David Nixon received a call that would change his life - and lead to a job as president of Monroe County Community College. Now, 10 years later, he is nearing retirement from MCCC. Full story

Board raises MCCC tuition 9 percent

  Students will pay $8 more for each credit hour next year, following a decision by the college Board of Trustees.   Full story

Math

MCCC's math redesign stirs debate among students, faculty

The overhaul of the math program has MCCC’s campus abuzz, leaving many with mixed reviews of the redesign. While the college cites increased success rates, some students have expressed concerns for the fees, the workload, and the independent learning style that is required. Full story

Presidential candidate list narrowed to 8 semifinalists

Short and sweet became the theme for the presidential search meeting Wednesday, April 17. The Board of Trustees called a 10-minute public session to discuss what occurred in the closed meeting during the day, when Search Committee members reviewed possible candidates and narrowed the list to 8 semifinalists. Full story

Presidential Search Committee gets started

The committee searching for MCCC’s next president made a first-time appearance. At a special meeting on April 8, The Board of Trustees and Search Committee members hosted a Skype video conference call from ACCT, the Association of Community College Trustees, a consulting firm that helps with presidential searches. Full story

One book kickoff

A taste of Indian culture draws crowd to 'One Book' kickoff

The cultural taste of India drew a diverse audience to Monroe County’s One Book, One Community kick-off event. About 120 people attended Monday night’s festivities, said One Book, One Community chairwoman Cheryl Johnston. Full story

MCCC ups ante to "highly preferred" for presidential qualifications

A terminal degree and teaching experience was back under the microscope Monday.

The MCCC Board of Trustees met on March 18 to flesh out further details regarding the qualifications sought in a new president. They increased the two qualifications from "preferred" to "highly preferred."

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DTE donation

MCCC receives $1 million donation from the DTE Energy Foundation

MCCC received a $1 million contribution from the DTE Energy Foundation for the new Career Technology Center.


See the video, $1 million donation received from DTE Foundation


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College goal day

College goal day helps students with financial aid

MCCC’s West Tech building was busting at the seams on College Goal Day Sunday, Feb. 10. Members of Student Government and the Financial Aid office were on hand to help the 79 families who attended the event fill out their financial aid forms for the upcoming semesters Full story

Board looks at minimum qualifications for next president

The minimum qualifications needed in a new president were put under the microscope at Tuesday’s special Board of Trustees meeting. Two issues – whether the president should have a terminal degree and classroom teaching experience – were the focus of the debate during the 30-minute meeting. Full story

CTC buidling

Career Tech building close to finish line

Students have watched the vast space between the Health and Life Science buildings turn into a modern building. They’ve experienced the hassle with parking and heard the drilling and hammering in class during the building’s construction. The good news is the new Career Technology Center is close to being finished. Full story

Presidential search process gains traction

Discussions for hiring the next college president gained traction this week. “This is an exciting process,” MCCC Board Chairman Bill Bacarella said at the beginning of a special board meeting Monday, Feb. 18. The Board of Trustees, which met to begin planning the hiring process, heard from faculty, staff and administrators at the beginning of the meeting. Full story

Meeting will launch search for president

The search for a new college president is picking up steam. The MCCC Board of Trustees called a special meeting Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. to begin the process of choosing a new president. Full story

Julia and Jennifer Niswender

Former MCCC student remembered

Katie Mullin

The memories of former  MCCC student Julia Niswender continue to live in the hearts of those who knew her. Full story

Nixon

David Nixon resigns as MCCC president

MCCC President David Nixon submitted his resignation letter to the college Board of Trustees on Monday night.  The resignation is effective July 31. A search for Nixon's replacement could begin as soon as January, according to board Chairman Bill Bacarella. Full story

Library hours

Survey leads to changes in library hours

MCCC’s library will close an hour earlier next semester instead of all night Thursdays. Barbara MacNamee, director of Learning Resources, announced the change following a campus-wide survey. Full story

MCCC cafeteria gets Grade A name

MCCC’s cafeteria has a new name, and Adrianna MacAllister has a bunch of free lunches.

MacAllister’s name for the cafeteria — Grade A Cafe — was chosen in a contest sponsored by Kosch Catering.

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Movie reverses student’s opinions on poverty

The International Studies Club hosted a special screening of the movie “Crossing Borders” in honor of International Education Week.   Full story

Flu shots, ways to prevent infection

Flu season is here and with it, runny noses and nausea. Full story

Kony 2012

Kony 2012 returns

Joseph Kony is one of the most notorious and vilified rebel leaders on the planet.   Students also have the opportunity to cheaply travel to Washington, DC during election month for the final event of the Kony 2012 expiriment. Full story

Meeting aired Whitman concerns

Whitman Center business dominated the Sept. 24 MCCC Board of Trustees meeting. Full story

Grant coordinator seeks money for CTC

Facing an $8 million bill for a new Career Technology Center, along with several years of budget cuts, has put MCCC in desperate need of money.  The college’s new coordinator of grants and major gifts, Eric Slough, plans to do as much as he can about that. Full story

Typical student is white, female, 25

It has been reported that a typical MCCC students is a white female about 25 years old. Full story

'The Gathering' food local and sustainable

Pesticides and dangerous chemicals blanket our fruits and vegetables in crops all over the world.  Full story

Grey speaks of LGBT struggles

A presentation was held Tuesday at Monroe County Community College on what it means to be an LGBTQ ally.   Full story

Spirit Rock

Spirit rock comes to campus

This year’s Student Government has provided MCCC with a 8,500-pound “Spirit Rock” located near the college's south entrance. Full story

Library hours

Library cuts anger some

A cut in MCCC’s library hours is hurting students in a variety of ways, according to faculty and students. Full story

CTC construction

Road around campus not returning soon

The days of a road around campus are long gone, thanks to construction of a new building. And don't expect the road to be re-opened anytime soon. Full story

Jobs goal of wind, solar programs

MCCC has opened its door to renewable energy, providing two new certificate programs – Wind and Solar Energy.   Full story

MCCC enrollment down again

Enrollment at MCCC is down 9 percent from last year, the second year in a row of declining numbers. Full story

Gay-Straight Alliance sponsors event

MCCC's Gay-Straight Alliance is sponsoring a "Meet & Greet" Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the Cellar. Full story

CTC construction

CTC building on schedule

The hot dry summer has been a nightmare for farmers and gardeners, but it has been perfect weather for growing a new building at MCCC.   Full story

Kosch

Kosch Catering arrives at MCCC

Kosch Catering and Dining Services has been chosen to provide food service to the college.   Full story

Snyder CTC check

Gov. Snyder visits MCCC for town hall meeting

Education spending, Michigan’s recovery, and the proposed International bridge were among topics addressed by Gov. Rick Snyder during a town hall meeting at MCCC Monday.   Full story

Board closes Whitman Center next spring, summer semesters

MCCC’s Board of Trustees decided to close the Whitman Center for the spring and summer semesters beginning next year. Full story

Campus construction continues

Starting July 2, construction of the Career Technology Center will move into the next phase. Full story

Paul W. Smith at groundbreaking

Groundbreaking held for CTC

Walls for the Career Technology Center at MCCC are expected to be up by Sunday, July 1. Groundbreaking for the center was held on Friday, May 4. Full story

daniels-haener

MCCC celebrates 45th commencement

MCCC celebrated its 45th annual commencement Friday evening, April 27. The 2012 graduating class included 561 students. Two were selected to speak; Rhonda Haener from MCCC’s Occupational Program, and Damien Weaver from the Transfer Program.  “Today, the hard part begins: your new future,” the graduates were told by Alan Barron, MCCC’s 2012 alumnus of the year. Full story

Tuition increases $7 per hour

MCCC’s Board of Trustees approved a $7 tuition rate increase Monday night for students who live in Monroe County. Beginning Fall semester, students will  pay $84 per contact hour, compared to the $77 this school year. Full story

Adjunct award

McCloskey, Eason, Trombley win 2012 honors

After a year of hard work and dedication, students and staff were recognized for their achievements at Honors Night April 18. Winners included Dr. William McCloskey, the Outstanding Faculty Award; Patricia Eason, the Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award; and Travis Trombley, the  Outstanding Student Award and the Outstanding Humanities Student Award. Full story

Day of Silence

Day of Silence honors victims

Students took a vow of silence to draw attention to the bullying of people based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation. The event, known as the Day of Silence, was Friday, April 20, and members of the MCCC Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) took part. Full story

Ed La Clair

New gender studies class now offered

Starting next fall, MCCC will be offering a course that analyzes the role that gender plays in society. It is a social sciences course that will be taught by three different professors. 

Commencement Ceremony

On Friday, April 27, MCCC will hold its annual Commencement Ceremony in the Health Science building at 7 p.m.   Full story

Information security program starts in fall

MCCC will begin offering a new program — Information Assurance and Security — in the fall of 2012, .   Full story

Grants keep Learning Bank doors open

Since its grant funding ended in September 2011, the Learning Bank has been seeking financial support from a variety of public and private sources to continue its operations and community services.   Full story

One Book, One Community ends with war panel

General William Tecumseh Sherman made famous the words “war is hell.”     That was the topic of discussion for a panel that was the final One Book, One Community event: “War is Hell: Whether It’s the Civil War or the Iraq War.”   Full story

vineyard

Vineyard finds home on campus

Culinary program begins wine-making process

When people think of wine, rarely does Monroe County come to mind. That's all  about to change, thanks to Chef Kevin Thomas, who is leading a group of college students and employees in development of a vineyard and a viticulture program at MCCC. Full story

Yackee

MCCC prepares to reorganize internal bureaucracy

MCCC's Institutional Governance Committee unveiled its plan to improve communication and operational effectiveness at the college. Full story

An interview with Edmund La Clair

The Agora interviews MCCC Assistant Professor of History, Edmund La Clair. Full story

Spain Cordoba

MCCC heading to Spain

Spain and all its wonders is the next destination for MCCC's Study Abroad students and professors Joanna Sabo, Dan Shaw, and Gary Wilson.  Full story

Gabriel Jordan

Students raise awareness for Ronald McDonald House

MCCC's Student Government has teamed up with a family that recently stayed in the Ronald McDonald house to bring about awareness for the house's cause. Gabriel Jordan was born on May 11, 2011, with a heart condition known as Transposition of the Great Arteries.  Full story

Winter enrollment down 7 percent

Student enrollment for winter semester at MCCC is down 309 students, or about 7 percent from this same time last year. Full story

Soviet tank

Students study art, political science in trip to Europe

Vote on where the next Study Abroad trip should go

From heart-wrenching tours of Holocaust internment camps to fiery Czech soccer games, the 2011 MCCC Study Abroad trip was an eventful learning experience for all who attended. Full story

Whitman Center

Whitman closes spring, summer

Bedford group battling to keep campus open

MCCC’s decision to close the Whitman Center during spring and summer semesters is getting opposition in southern Monroe County. Full story

Other Campus News

Presidential candidate list narrowed to 8 semifinalists

Short and sweet became the theme for the presidential search meeting Wednesday, April 17. The Board of Trustees called a 10-minute public session to discuss what occurred in the closed meeting during the day, when Search Committee members reviewed possible candidates and narrowed the list to 8 semifinalists. Full story

Julia Niswender

New information on Julia Niswender case

A $10,000 reward is being offered to anyone with information that could lead to the arrest or the indictment of the person responsible for the 23-year old’s homicide. Full story

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childcare

New childcare option available for students

MCCC parents can now seek a childcare service down the road. Full story

Nursing

Nursing program clears accreditation hurdle

MCCC’s highly successful nursing program appears to be back on track after receiving a warning from its accreditation agency in 2011. The program, which was put on warning status during its last comprehensive review, was re-evaluated by a site team this October and the team recommended continued accreditation. Full story

Nursing

Nursing program clears accreditation hurdle

MCCC’s highly successful nursing program appears to be back on track after receiving a warning from its accreditation agency in 2011. The program, which was put on warning status during its last comprehensive review, was re-evaluated by a site team this October and the team recommended continued accreditation. Full story

poetry night

Costumed students perform poetry to full theater

Students recite their favorite poems and dress up as cartoon characters. Full story

Faculty contract at a standstill

Making peace with the other side has yet to be seen at the negotiating table between MCCC faculty and the college. Full story

MCCC faculty approve tentative contract

The results are in and the MCCC faculty has approved a new contract with the college. The tentative agreement now goes to the MCCC Board of Trustees on Monday. Full story

Waggoner

Leaving a Legacy: Waggoner retiring after this semester

One of the professors with the most profound impact on MCCC over the past quarter century is retiring at the end of the semester. Chemistry professor Dr. David Waggoner says he is looking forward to retirement after more than 25 years of service with the college. Full story

Kojo

New tax levy 'may be necessary'

A new tax levy may be needed. Full story

Kojo

New tax levy 'may be necessary'

A new tax levy may be needed at MCCC, the president recently said. Full story

State fund decrease concerns board

State funding was one of the issues raised in the recent Board of Trustees meeting. Full story

Enrollment falls another 9 percent

With enrollment down for the sixth straight semester, MCCC is facing tough times. Along with enrollment dropping, so is the college’s retention of students, Mark Hall, director of Admissions at MCCC, told the Board of Trustees. Fewer students means less money, and the college can’t keep operating in the red, Hall said Full story

Campus literary magazine to publish in spring

Images, MCCC’s literary arts magazine, is preparing for this year’s issue.   Full story

Roads covered; why is campus open

A record-breaking winter is shedding a spotlight on MCCC’s snow-day policy. With record low temperatures and snowfalls, and already three days of school cancelled, many students have been wondering exactly how MCCC decides to cancel school. Full story

Campus literary magazine to publish in spring

Images, MCCC’s literary arts magazine, is preparing for this year’s issue.   Full story

President's controversial plan moves ahead

Officials work to bring college to high school amid faculty concerns

MCCC and Monroe High School officials are working to make sure college classes will be ready to be offered at the high school in September. Grace Yackee, MCCC Vice President of Instruction, has put together a task force to help address faculty concerns over the program. Monroe High announced the college offering classes at the high school in December, before the college was ready to discuss the new program. This caused a controversy among many of the MCCC faculty, who raised various concerns. Full story

Major Troy Goodnough

Agora sponsors panel discussion in Immigration Reform

Families are torn apart, businesses lose workers and some of the best young minds in the world leave the U.S. for other countries. Monroe County residents will get a glimpse into these and other issues surrounding immigration reform, one of the hottest topics facing Congress as mid-term elections approach. A panel discussion, “Immigration Reform, A Family Issue,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Monroe County Community College. Full story

One Book

One Book kicks off, author to visit

One Book One Community kicked off last week, but the real highlight comes March 26, when author Reyna Grande speaks on campus. Book swaps, cultural food and a Latino-inspired performance helped One Book One Community launch this year. The event, which was held in the La-Z-Boy center on March 19, had an array of activities. Full story

Monroe gets S.U.P.E.R; seeks to attract young tech students

MCCC has a new Career Technology Building, and not enough students to fill it. Full story

Penny Dunne

Working women make history

American women’s salaries were about 77.3 percent of what men’s salaries were in 2006, according to the U.S Census Bureau on apa.org. Full story

Penny Dunne

Working women make history

American women’s salaries were about 77.3 percent of what men’s salaries were in 2006, according to the U.S Census Bureau on apa.org. Full story

Out with tradition, in with a black-light party

Instead of the traditional Sweetheart Ball, student Government members are planning a black-light party for students at the end of the year. Full story

Reyna Grande

One Book author Reyna Grande speaks at MCCC

Reyna Grande, author of Monroe County's choice for the One Book, One Community program, spoke to a lively Meyer Theater crowd Wednesday night. Grande's book, “The Distance Between Us,” a memoir of her life immigrating to the United States, has been highlighted at a variety of One Book events. Full story

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Reyna Grande

One Book author Reyna Grande speaks at MCCC

Reyna Grande, author of Monroe County's choice for the One Book, One Community program, spoke to a lively Meyer Theater crowd Wednesday night. Grande's book, “The Distance Between Us,” a memoir of her life immigrating to the United States, has been highlighted at a variety of One Book events. Full story

Immigration panelists

Panelists explain why immigration reform is needed

Imagine leaving school and seeing two missed calls. Your first reaction is you're late for dinner or need to pick up some milk on the way home. Most immigrants have a reaction of fear. A fear that a missed call could lead to being deported. Full story