President's Message

Hello colleagues. Welcome to one and all for what looks to be an interesting and rewarding fall semester.

Faculty Seminar Days/Welcome Week

First, thank you to all involved in Faculty Seminar Days and Welcome Week. As usual, a wide variety of interesting programs were conducted by the L.I.F.T. Institute to support the professional development of faculty and staff. Concurrently, the first full Welcome Week was held at MCC, serving hundreds of incoming students and their families. These programs were interesting, fun, and implemented in a very professional manner.

Fall 2010: Focus on Student Success

As predicted, Fall semester enrollments are coming in at a record level for the second consecutive year. The college employs a number of processes to ensure student engagement and success:

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Upcoming International Programs at MCC

Here are some ways you can bring the world closer to your students! Don’t miss out on these exciting events at MCC! Your students will appreciate it!

International Education Week - November 15-19

Monday – MCC’s 10th Annual International Panel Discussion in the Stevenson Center for Higher Education. Last year’s event drew over 70 MCC students to listen to our international students from Vietnam, Indonesia, Gambia, Bosina, Poland and Costa Rica share insights about their corner of the world.

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CIO Message

Welcome back faculty! On behalf of the Office of Information of Technology, I would like to extend you a warm welcome back to the MCC campus for Fall Semester 2010. I hope your summer was both enjoyable and relaxing.

A year ago at this time, we were hearing from many of you about a number of your technology needs. One of the needs we heard about was not enough evening support. With many classes that take place during the evening, it seems reasonable to expect tech support for these classes. At the same time we were hearing questions about who to ask for help, depending on what is needed. OIT is pleased to announce the new evening faculty & staff helpdesk, located in our offices in room 140. Now, when classes are in session, the faculty & staff helpdesk is available for walk-ins and phone support until 9PM, Monday through Thursday. To help with questions related to support, the OIT website has been restructured. Now, for information on who to ask for help, how to request media deliveries, and answers to frequently asked technical questions, you can simply visit and click on Help & Resources.

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Upcoming Staff Development Training

Tuesday, September 07, 2010
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM September Staff Development: Basic-Intermediate Outlook 2007 in Room 1300

Wednesday, September 08, 2010
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM September Staff Development: Basic-Intermediate Outlook 2007 in Room 1300

Monday, September 20, 2010
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM September Staff Development: Basic-Intermediate Office 2007 in Room 1300

Wednesday, September 29, 2010
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM September Staff Development: Basic-Intermediate Office 2007 in Room 1300

Thursday, September 30, 2010
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM September Staff Development: File Management in Room 116
Can’t remember where you saved that file? Tired of backing up files to several USB drives? Want to know the safest place to store your important work? You need file management! This informal, hands-on class will discuss how to:
Create a consistent place to save your files
Move, copy, rename, and clean up files
Search for lost files
Avoid multiple copies of the same file
Best use of your H drive
Any many more!

To register for any staff development program, please email Seats are limited, so please reserve yours today. Lack of registrants may cause a course to be canceled.

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Campus Flu Shot Clinic

Don't Forget Your Flu Shot!

Visiting Nurse Services will conduct a Flu Shot Clinic at MCC on Friday, October 15 between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm in Rm 1208 of the Stevenson Center for Higher Education. No appointment necessary. Available to anyone age 9 or older. Medicare Part B members, no charge with card (all others $30). Pneumonia shots also available. $40 (first time or with doctor's orders only). For additional Flu Shot Clinics dates call VNS (231) 726-5025.

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President's Message continued

The Achieving the Dream Student Success Initiative
Faculty Seminar Days, allowing faculty to share pedagogical and research
Welcome Week
Numerous new academic, athletic, co curricular, and partnership opportunities
A Streamlined Administrative Organization Structure

Thanks to everyone supporting the above process, all of which are designed to help our students succeed, whether it be a single class, a certificate, or and associates degree.

More on the Fall Semester

The College will continue offering its strong liberal arts and sciences core along with a well respected set of technical and professional offerings. Among the new courses of study and programs offered by the College are:
Solar, Wind and, Biofuels certificates
Instrumental Music programs including Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Activity Band, and Commercial Music Program
Autism and Social Coaching Program
Film Production coursework
A four year Business Leadership degree program offered jointly with Grand Valley State University offered here on the MCC campus
Three articulation agreements (2+2) with Ferris State University, including
   o Television and Digital Media Production (B.A.)
   o Computer Information Systems (B.S.)
   o Computer Information Technology (B.S.)
New athletic programs, including Cross Country, Bowling, and Soccer, all with squads for Women and Men

Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation Process.

As mentioned last month, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC) will visit the College as part of our 10 year HLC reaccreditation process. The HLC Committee has completed its work work by drafting a “self study” of the institution, which will be submitted to the HLC next week. For more information on the reaccreditation process, please visit the “Do U Know” (DUK) website at Information shared at the site includes a description of accreditation and MCC, our DUK video, and 10 quick facts describing the importance of the HLC reaccreditation. Again, the HLC will visit MCC on October 25-27. Thanks to all who were involved on an HLC committee and thanks in advance for learning about reaccreditation.

Please enjoy the month of September and as usual, strive for excellence.

Best regards,

Dale Nesbary, Ph.D.

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International Programs continued

Tuesday – Movie “Das Wunder von Bern” The Miracle of Bern. An inspiring movie about the 1954 World Soccer Championship. The movie tells the tale of a young boy and his unemployed father who are brought together by West Germany's win over Hungary in the 1954 World Cup final.

Wednesday – Culinary Cultural Excursion (CCE). This is a new program where we will be visiting new and exotic ethic restaurants in the West Michigan area. Watch your email and the next International Newsletter for details. Thursday – Travelogue - Watch your email and the next International Newsletter for details.

Global Awareness Festival - February 7-11, 2011. This year’s festival will focus on Europe. There will be Photo Journeys to Italy, France & Germany in the Overbrook Gallery. The New Europe series of lectures and discussions on the EU. Under the Tuscan Sun at a Cooking School. Food, Flags, Music, Lectures, Movies and much more.

Travel/Study Opportunities for YOU! Here is a professional opportunity to Belize for a 2011 study program from the Midwest Institute for International/Intercultural Education (MIIIE). Now you can learn how to develop your own study abroad program through the Belize Adventures 2011 Hands on faculty development Mentoring program. Partnership opportunities and Educator stipends are available. Contact: Dave Cox PH: 217-786-4909

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CIO Message continued

Some other needs we heard from you involved challenges you face when teaching using technology. Permanent technology classrooms had been equipped with projectors and cart computers, but with no audio for multimedia presentations. In addition, some limits in Blackboard along with course size restrictions do not allow for easy sharing of audio and video content between faculty. There have been two developments that will help with these issues. Over the last year, all fifty five permanent tech classrooms have been upgraded to include permanent audio. It is no longer necessary to request speakers for these rooms. For sharing audio and video content, Muskegon Community College is partnering with TechSmith, the company who developed Camtasia, Jing, and other media delivery products. Through this pilot program, faculty will be able to share audio and video clips with each other and present them to their students.

We’ve heard about some limitations in Datatel and WebAdvisor from you. Last year at this time, faculty would need to request student prerequisite information from their department secretaries. This was cumbersome because this information is typically needed right around the beginning of the semester, so the requests could not be processed timely. Another problem we heard about with WebAdvisor is no ability to email students from within your class rosters. Both of these issues have also been addressed. Class roster email and course prerequisites were made available in WebAdvisor this summer.

The new features and services detailed above would not have been possible without the entire team in OIT: Rick Albertie, John Mihelich, Jason Miller, Lori Potts, Tom Race, Maryly Skallos, Mindy Stevens, Jim Swineheart, Steve Wilson, and Patricia Werly. I am thankful for each of them and their efforts. These new features and services are also possible because of you, the faculty, because of your willingness to work together with us. On behalf of all of OIT, we appreciate the opportunity to work with you, and we are looking forward an exciting and successful academic year.

Mike Alstrom
Chief Information Officer

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In This Issue

President's Message

Upcoming International Programs

CIO Message

Upcoming Staff Development Training

Stuff the Bus

Creative & Performing Arts Schedule

Campus Flu Shot Clinic

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MCC Links

MCC Event Calendar

Reach for the Stars campaign

HLC Accreditation

MCC News Stories

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Creative & Performing Arts

September Events

Art Gallery Exhibit
46th Annual MCC Student Art & Design Exhibition
Exhibit Dates: September 1 – 15, 2010
Gallery Hours: 9:00 Am To 4:00 pm
Overbrook Art Gallery, MCC Campus

Art Gallery Exhibit
Valerie Mann: Self, Awareness
Artist Valerie Mann of Saline, Michigan will exhibit a multi-media installation in MCC’s Overbrook gallery relating to this year’s AH Fest Theme.
Exhibit Dates: September 27 - October 31, 2010
Reception: Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Lecture at 7:00 pm by Valerie Mann
Gallery Hours: 9:00 Am To 4:00 pm
Overbrook Art Gallery, MCC Campus

Coming In October

AH Fest: Muskegon Area Arts & Humanities Festival
Festival Theme: Self or 231.777.0324

Overbrook Theater
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Presented In Conjunction With AH Fest 2010
Wednesday – Saturday October 13 – 16, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 17, 3:00 pm

MCC College Singers
Fall Concert
Sunday, October 24, 7:00 pm
Overbrook Theater, MCC Campus

Jazz & Wind Ensembles
Wednesday, October 27, 7:00 pm
Overbrook Theater, MCC Campus

Lecture Series
The Future of Human Augmentation
Dr. Joe Dvorak, Director of Innovation At Research In Motion
Thursday, October 28, 7:00 pm
Collegiate Hall, MCC Campus

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Stuff the Bus

Stuff the Bus is a community wide collection of school supplies for students in the Grand Rapids Public Schools sponsored by the Heart of West Michigan United Way and community partners. Contributions ensure that the children tutored through the Schools of Hope program have the school supplies they need to be successful.

Grand Valley State University is a partner in this campaign and we invite you to take advantage of these special collection opportunities that are set up across campus. Collection sites will be available at the main entrances of the College and the Stevenson Center entrance from August 30, 2010 - September 17, 2010. Collected supplies will go to benefit the Muskegon area schools.

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