Summer’s here! After a slow start, summer arrived in full force this week with warm weather, sunny blue skies, and the first big Muskegon event of the season, the Hot Rod Power Tour, where you could find the MCC Motorsports club showing off MCC’s hot rods. I know summer is a great time to take a step back, enjoy the great outdoors and get some much needed refreshment.
Summer also marks crunch time for academic year planning purposes, with the fiscal year budget being a major milestone that determines the course for MCC in the coming year. After several months of discussions, the state budget was adopted in May, the earliest in nearly 20 years. This has given MCC clarity for our budget, which begins in July, while the State fiscal year begins in October. After considerable debate and competing proposals, Muskegon Community College received a modest 4.2% reduction in state funding, less than the 15 percent cut initially approved by the State House.
Social Coaching for Autism, Aspergers
It’s been a year and a half since MCC started offering Social Coaching classes for autistic and Asperger Syndrome students and community members. We have had 7 classes here on campus and more than 38 students have benefited from these offerings. This diverse group of young adults ranging from age 17 to 23 have learned social coping tools, study techniques, independent - living skills, stress relief strategies, self-advocacy skills, college preparation and survival skills, job interviewing skills, and more. Students who have completed this course have, not only learned important skills, but have made new friends and forged new relationships. They’ve learned new networking skills to assist them in school and the workplace.
Study Abroad in Belize!
Have you ever wanted to trek through the jungle, explore an ancient cave, and learn about the Mayans? Come to Belize, one of the most unique areas on the planet and experience all of that in a two credit course ICS101BEL /BIOL101BEL.
Some of the potential activities of the trip include:
For more information contact Kathy Pollock at x 395 or Kathy Tosa at x37 or visit www.muskegoncc.edu/belize .
- Hiking in the jungle with local guides where you will
encounter an incredible diversity of plant life
- Tubing to and exploring Neko's Cave
- Visiting the Belize Zoo in Belize City
- Orchid Conservation at Caves Branch Estate
- Water quality monitoring and sampling of the Sibun River
- Blue Hole National Park: swimming in a natural carst sink hole
- Visiting Tikal, Cahal Pech and Xunantunich (significant Mayan ruins )
- Bird watching (laughing falcons, Toucans, hummingbirds)
- Free time in San Ignacio where you will be able to experience the local culture and music as well as shop for handmade Belizean crafts
Walking for Wellness
Walking is one of the easiest ways to get the exercise you need to stay healthy. You don’t need any special
equipment, just a pair of comfortable shoes. There are no new techniques to learn, since you already know
how to walk. Walking is a very low impact activity, that doesn’t put much stress on your joints. You can start out
at any pace that is comfortable to you and walk for as long as you’d like. Over time you will gradually increase
the intensity of your walking workout by walking for longer periods of time, increasing the speed as well as the
incline you walk at.
Erin Patrick of the Office of Enrollment Services sends out a big thank you to all of the staff/work study’s/faculty involved in a recent visit from the Harbor Lights Middle School. Over 300 middle school students were at MCC on Wednesday May 25 & Thursday May 26, all who got the chance to experience what MCC has to offer in the way of experiential learning.
Without the staff/faculty, and work study support, the Office of Enrollment services wouldn’t have been able to pull it off!
Student creates MCC-sponsored Rocket Fish in Grand Haven !
Muskegon Community College sponsored a “Rocket Fish” that is on display in downtown Grand Haven. MaryJo Westernberg, a student recommended by instructor Tim Norris, volunteered her time and talent to create the blue and gold artwork entitled “Catch a Future.” MaryJo’s fish was in a good “school” and “caught” a diploma, which the viewer can see in the fish’s open mouth. The bright colors and vivid design help capture the positive nature of our mission and exude enthusiasm. The MCC Rocket Fish is installed on the 100 block of Washington Street, across from The Theater Bar. MCC has the option of keeping the fish or donating it to an auction during Grand Haven’s ArtWalk event this fall. The Rocket Fish project is in support of the Grand Haven Main Street Downtown Development Authority. If you have questions about this project, or other promotion efforts in north Ottawa County, please contact Tina Dee, Director of Community Relations, at x660
Brand Management Tip
One of the primary purposes of the Office of Community Relations is to ensure effective management of the MCC brand. “Brand management” is simply the practice of managing our image and the experience we provide our constituents. So, while a “brand” is far more than a name or logo, how we manage our identity materials also affects our image. Poor management of our graphic assets, inconsistent logos for example, can waste financial and human resources, deliver conflicting messages, and confuse our audiences (prospective students, current students, alumni, donors, government representatives, community, etc.). Therefore, it’s important to the brand health of any organization to have and enforce brand management and logo policies.
As you may recall, we are in the process of updating the Muskegon Community College logos to be consistent with the more contemporary collegiate look reflected in our exterior signs (see related photo on common drive at S:\Community Relations\Images\MCC Campus\photo13.jpg). We placed various versions of the new logo in the MCC logos folder on the common drive last fall; see S:\MCC_Logos. The Graphics Standards Manual is being updated and expanded to reflect these changes and address other brand management-related topics. In addition to graphic standards, the new Brand Management Manual will address media policies, signage, paint palettes, email best practices, solicitation policies, and other best practices. While this manual is under development, we ask that you adhere to the Logo Policy as outlined here S:\MCC_Logos\MCCPolicy-Logos.docx. In summary, please use only approved logos and delete any old or unapproved logos you have stored locally (I suggest putting a shortcut to the logo folder, S:\MCC_Logos, on your desktop for easy access and to ensure you don’t inadvertently use old/unapproved logos).
We appreciate your support of these procedures and playing an active role in strengthening the brand of MCC. Please contact me if you have any questions or suggestions about logo usage or other issues that affect our image.
Tina Dee, MS, CFRM
Director of Community Relations/Foundation Director
Each month the Records office is raising FERPA awareness by submitting a FERPA True/False Question to Campus Connections. The answer, and next month's question will appear in next month’s issue.
May 2011 question
A student has the right to inspect and review an essay submitted by the student, even if the teacher does not intend to return it to the student or to permanently maintain it. True or False?
True: So long as the record currently exists, it would be part of the student’s “education record” and the student has the right to access it..
June 2011 question
A college newspaper has the right of access to detailed information about disciplinary hearings for students at the institution. True or False?
Announcing a "Summer Sale” for MCC Post-It Notes. They will be $20.00 per box of 250. To purchase these or for any other merchandise questions please do not hesitate to call Amy James at x547.
Don't go Postal! Reminders from the Mail Room
The mailroom has several different options for employees to choose from when mailing out any letters, flats, or parcels. For instance, you may use new boxes, reused boxes, or flat rate boxes when mailing parcels (packages). Ask the mailroom for more information contact the mailroom at x429.
MCC's is holding is first "All-Class" Reunion on Saturday, June 18, 2011, from 6pm - 9pm. The cost is only $10 at the door and you can join us from 6 - 9pm in Collegiate Hall for an evening of fun, great food, mingling, and nostalgia just for alumni! Connect with former classmates, enjoy a planetarium show, browse our archived photos display -- and tour the college and see our most recent updates! For more info and to RSVP visit www.muskegoncc.edu/reunion
The President's Office posts minutes and agendas for the Board of Trustees meetings every month on the MCC Website. All employees are encouraged to keep up with the business of the Board. Visit www.muskegoncc.edu/bot to access these. Feedback and suggestions are always encouraged to email@example.com!
The Office of Community Relations posts our monthly dashboard report on the common drive each month. If you ever wonder what we’re working on, you can check it out at S:\Community Relations\OCR Dashboard and CQI Plan. Feedback and suggestions are always encouraged to firstname.lastname@example.org!
During the summer semester, The Office of Information Technology takes advantage of fewer service calls to engage in projects. Below are a few of the activities that are going on in OIT.
Blackboard 9 Complete: The Blackboard 9 rollout, beginning in December last year, completed at the beginning of May. In the first quarter of 2011, the new Blackboard 9 environment was made available to faculty so they could learn the new system and begin developing their courses. Instruction was provided at the MCC LIFT institute. Trainings were offered through a communication plan that began with general invitations, followed by specific offerings targeted to those who were teaching in the summer semester. The result is 49 of the 53 faculty teaching with online or hybrid classes this summer were provided faculty development in Blackboard 9. Additional faculty development opportunities with Blackboard 9 will continue throughout the summer to insure readiness for fall 2011. Blackboard 9 contains several improvements over the previous version, including course analytics, improved grade center, a more intuitive interface, and better multimedia integration. One additional advantage is the MCC’s blackboard environment is delivered with a technology known as High Availability. High Availability creates a redundancy between the Blackboard components, and allows many potential problems to be resolved while the systems are running. The expected outcome is far fewer unplanned service interruptions.
President's Message continued
Summer is a great time to welcome the community to enjoy our beautiful campus and we have already had a great start to the MCC community events calendar with a successful Mayfest and Annual Golf Outing. This year, MCC is adding a number of summer events to continue to strengthen our relationship to the community. On Saturday, June 18 from 6-9 pm in Collegiate Hall, we will host our inaugural ReunionFest, an “All Class” reunion that will feature fun, food, mingling and nostalgia. Participants will have a chance to take a tour, watch a planetarium show, take part in a theater workshop, browse a photo archive display, and more, all for $10 at the door. Be sure to RSVP at www.muskegoncc.edu/reunion.
And right at the tail end of summer, we’re planning a Founder’s Day Gala, a fundraising event that celebrates MCC’s 85th Anniversary. September 15, 2011. This circa 1926 style reception, at The Lake House, will feature live jazz, hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, and presentations including a State of the College address by me. Tickets will cost $19.26, in reference to the year of MCC's founding, and will go on sale in July. Visit www.muskegoncc.edu/foundersday for complete information.
With fall planning, and all of the fun of summer, it’s important to remember our primary purpose here at MCC; serving students. As I’ve been out and about in the community, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting numerous excellent students who are planning on attending MCC this fall and are looking forward to making the most out of their experience here. They include,
Nicole Walsworth (Holton High School), honors student, student council leader and a basketball player attending MCC on scholarship this fall.
Molly Kristoferson (Muskegon High School), honors student, drum major, softball and basketball player.
Drew Johnson (Reeths-Puffer High School), soccer and baseball player attending MCC on scholarship this fall.
So, as we enjoy the events and weather of summer, let’s keep these future students in mind so we can provide the best experience for them and for the future of our community. And as always, strive for excellence and please feel free to contact me at email@example.com, via phone at 231-777-0303, or stop by my office at room 400, Main Building on campus.
Dale Nesbary, Ph.D.
Social Coaching for Autism, Aspergers cont'd
If you know someone who would like to attend MCC, and has special needs such as autism or Aspergers, please refer him/her to Janice Alexander in Room 101A or at 231-777-0309. In order to receive special accommodations, it is important that students self-identify, so the Special Needs office can best serve them.
We will offer at least two classes this coming Fall, more if there is a demand. Each class meets once a week for 2 ½ hours. We will offer an early evening class and a Saturday morning class. Classes are currently limited to six students. To enroll, students fill out an application at MOKA and interview with the director, Stacy Burns.
Young adults interested in Social Coaching classes, should contact Ms. Stacy Burns at MOKA, Muskegon. The phone number is 231-830-9379 ext. 619. If you’d like more information about the classes call or email Lynda Ferry here on campus at ext. 406 or Stacy Burns at MOKA.
Walking for Wellness cont'd
Experts recommend at least 2½ hours of moderate activity (such as brisk walking, brisk cycling, or yard work)
a week. It’s fine to walk in spurts of 10 minutes or more throughout your day and week.
Top Reasons to Walk
- Before you start, talk with your doctor to make sure it’s okay for you to begin a walking program.
- Start with a short-term goal. For example, walk for 5 or 10 minutes every day. Or increase your number of
steps by 300 to 500 each day.
- After you’ve made walking a habit, set a longer-term goal. You may want to set a goal of walking briskly for
at least 30 minutes a day or work up to 10,000 steps a day. You can try to do this 5 days a week or more.
- You can wear a pedometer to track your steps each day.
- To stay motivated, find a walking partner, such as a family
member, friend, or coworker. Daily dog walks are also a great way
to keep up your walking routine.
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- Walking strengthens your heart
- Walking prevents type 2 diabetes
- Walking is good for your bones
- Walking helps alleviate symptoms of depression
- Walking reduces the risk of breast and colon cancer
- Walking improves overall fitness
CIO Message continued
Document Imaging: MCC’s document imaging project officially kicked off in May. Representatives from Financial Aid, Records, and Human Resources met with Perceptive, the provider of MCC’s document imaging solution (ImageNow), to discuss outcomes and the implementation strategy. The first department at MCC to implement will be Financial Aid. To help gather additional information, OIT contacted Ocean County College of New Jersey, a SunGard Higher Education partner college. Ocean County uses Datatel for its ERP and recently completed an implementation of ImageNow in their Financial Aid department. MCC’s FA department and OIT were able to ask questions from their counterparts at OCC, and develop a greater understanding of document imaging from a Financial Aid perspective. When implemented, document imaging provides several benefits, including improved document accessibility, security, retrieval, and workflow. Because documents can at times take a few minutes or longer to retrieve, speeding up this process is expected to enhance customer service and processing time.
Sustainability: The Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce partnership with MCC’s Sustainability Task Force. Representatives from OIT began attending Sustainability Meetings early this year, and growing their numbers at the May meeting. The primary topics involving technology were how to reduce paper consumption and printing. Duplex printing, i.e. printing on both sides of the paper, as a default was discussed. Another strategy for paper reduction, currently being tested in the OIT department, is inbound faxing directed to network folders from the multi-function copiers. Previous OIT efforts with sustainability include sleep timeouts for computer displays in specific areas, and computer shutdowns after three hours of inactivity in all labs and classrooms to save on power consumption.
On behalf of everyone in OIT, we look forward to continuing to serve you.
Chief Information Officer
Muskegon Community College