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MACC Faculty & Staff to Present at State Conference

10/21/2013

A group of faculty and staff from Moberly Area Community College (MACC) will be part of the agenda at the 49th Annual Convention of the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) hosted at the St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark, October 30th through November 1st.

The group was selected to present their experience with MACC's Teamwork and Leadership Program (TLP). The presenters will include Kimberly Erwin, Michelle Frey, Amy Johns, Amanda Moore, Ann Ostermann, Tammy Richardson, and Joyce Riley. Terry Bichsel and Ellen Williams also participated, but were unable to attend the conference.

Founded during MACC President Emeritus Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson's tenure, TLP provides teamwork and leadership development each year to 10 full-time MACC employees. The group spends a year job shadowing other departments, participating in national community college conferences and discussion of leadership and the importance of teamwork.

The 2013 TLP team collaborated to create Summer 2 Discover, a three-day college immersion experience for third, fourth, and fifth grade students. Area businesses provided student scholarships, supplies, and monetary donations to the event and over 40 volunteers came together to share the load.

Tammy Richardson, MACC Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Academic Affairs, said, "We brainstormed about projects that would have a positive impact on our group, the College, and the community because all three were important to our team. In our planning process, we met with community leaders and found they felt that we would provide a needed service to the community."

Over 30 students took part in the S2D experience, breaking up into four teams with names like Slime Green, Rockin' Red, Blazin' Blue, and Outrageous Orange. Ten classes were available including first aid, engineering, cultural enrichment, fine arts and scientific discovery. Students learned about foreign currency and built an original Lava Lamp. They also recorded their own original song while playing percussion and learned about tool safety while building their own flower boxes.

MCCA's annual event in October will kick off with a keynote presentation by motivational speaker Dr. Bennie Lambert. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster will speak during a luncheon on Oct. 31 and Missouri Supreme Court Justice Patricia Breckenridge will participate in a panel presentation on the importance of educating students about the justice system.

The convention is the state's premier professional development event for community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees. Other scheduled events include breakout sessions from subject matter experts, meetings of MCCA councils, a trade show, and award ceremonies that honor excellence in community colleges.

MCCA executive director Zora Mulligan noted that this year's convention program illustrates the fact that Missouri's community colleges are at the forefront of higher education innovation. "Our state's community college professionals will be sharing best practices on everything from college-wide completion efforts to boot camps to prepare students for online learning," Mulligan said. "The convention also provides an excellent opportunity to provide hands-on training for the leaders implementing our MoWINs grant training programs, and to celebrate all of the people and partners that make Missouri's community colleges great."

For more details regarding programs and events at MACC, visit macc.edu or call
660.263.4100. More information regarding MCCA and the colleges the organization represents can be found at mccatoday.org.

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Adjunct Nursing Instructor Michelle Crumby teaches MACC Summer 2 Discover students what to do when accidents happen.

 

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MACC Carpenter Nathan Shearer offers tool safety and construction techniques during the Summer 2 Discover program.

 

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Drafting/Design Technology instructor Deanna Blickhan reveals the finer points of Popsicle stick bridge construction during an MACC Summer 2 Discover class.

 

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