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Graphic Arts Fine Arts Center named in honor of MACC President Evelyn Jorgenson


In spite of a severe weather warning, Moberly's Municipal auditorium rang with laughter and song during the final event honoring Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson's 27 years at Moberly Area Community College.

The evening's highlight came during a special presentation from the MACC Board of Trustees in honor of Dr. Jorgenson. In addition to naming her President Emeritus upon her retirement, the Board announced a new title for the Graphic Arts wing.

"Tonight, we are recognizing just one of her many accomplishments, but one that is near and dear to her heart," Board of Trustees President Greg Walker said. "We would like that association to continue, so the Board will take action next week to formally rename the Graphics Arts wing. Going forward, it will bear the name of one of its greatest advocates as the Evelyn E. Jorgenson Graphic Arts Fine Arts Center."

In 2002, the MACC Coliseum was remodeled to provide an updated and expanded space for the Graphic Arts & Fine Arts programs, including a gallery, classrooms and studios. At the same time, Dr. Jorgenson introduced the Endowment for the Arts to promote cultural events and artistic projects at the College. The Endowment allows the College to support visual and performing art and artists at its campuses and in the communities it serves throughout central and northeast Missouri. Currently, the Endowment stands at approximately $82,000.

"I am incredibly honored and pleased to have Center named in my behalf. I'm so thankful to the Board of Trustees for their support over the years and I am so grateful for their recognition." Jorgenson commented. "Because my Bachelor's degree is in fine arts, I've always felt the arts were important and have tried to highlight them throughout my time at MACC. That's why I advocated for events like Art on the Block and the Endowment for the Arts over the years."

Saturday's event included a fundraiser for the Endowment for the Arts. Five banks, created by current MACC students, were displayed around the Auditorium. Attendees were invited to "vote" with donations for their favorite bank. A submission by Grant VanBoening, from Paris, was the winner, earning him a $250 cash prize and a free 3-hour MACC class. Nearly $2000 in donations was collected for the Endowment.

Saturday evening's affair featured music by Plato and the Philosophers, along with a dinner catered by Chef Jeff. Dr. Jeff Lashley, Vice President for Instruction, led the evening's festivities, calling up attending dignitaries and MACC faculty to offer memories of Dr. Jorgenson.

Representative Nate Walker, of the 3rd District, was on hand to officially present Dr. Jorgenson with a resolution from members of the Missouri House of Representatives. He thanked Dr. Jorgenson for her dedication to education throughout the region, calling her the "Dean of Community College Presidents" for her long-term leadership in the state.

Along with the House Resolution, Senator Brian Munzlinger, of the 18th District, sponsored a resolution from the Missouri Senate. The cities of Moberly and Kirksville also sent resolutions for the event.

Dr. Jorgenson said, "I do appreciate the resolution from the Missouri House of Representatives and the fact that Representatives from the communities in our 16-county service region where MACC has sites all signed the resolution. I will treasure these resolutions along with the many memories of working with Missouri legislators and city officials through the years."

Gary Steffes, Vice President of Finance, provided some light-hearted comments in honor of Chuck Jorgenson's years at the side of Dr. Jorgenson. Chuck was presented with a box of Titleist Pro V1 golf balls imprinted with the Greyhound team name in recognition of his long-standing association with the basketball program.

Dr. Andrew Komar, President Emeritus, wrapped up the event with his memories of Dr. Jorgenson.

Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgenson spent 27 years at MACC, with 17 as president. She will retire officially on June 30, 2013.

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Representative Tim Remole delivers a resolution to Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson from the Missouri House of Representatives honoring her 27 years of service to Missouri Community Colleges. Representative Nate Walker formally presented the resolution at Jorgenson's retirement party on Saturday evening.

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MACC Board of Trustees President Greg Walker presented Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson with a plaque naming the Graphic Arts Fine Arts Center in her honor.

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Representative Nate Walker addresses the audience while presenting a resolution to Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson from the Missouri House of Representatives honoring her 27 years of service to Missouri Community Colleges.

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Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson addresses family and friends gathered to celebrate her retirement after 27 years of service to Moberly Area Community College on Saturday evening.

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MACC faculty, led by Dr. Michael Barrett, share memories of Dr. Jorgenson's tenure with the College during her retirement celebration on Saturday evening.


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