Four Awards for College During Statewide Convention
The Missouri Community College Association recognized one Moberly Area Community College student, two staff members and the MACC Fire Academy at its fifty-first annual convention this month. The convention was hosted at the Lodge of Four Seasons at Lake Ozark, Missouri. Those recognized were chosen from thousands of peers across the state for their outstanding leadership, innovation and support of their community college campuses.
Recipients included Eric Johnston who received the Student Leadership Award. Johnston, a student on the Moberly campus, is the president of the Phi Theta Kappa honors organization and led the Honors in Action and College Project development for the College. He helped present a workshop concept to campus administration to help more students successfully apply for scholarships. To facilitate the chapter's development of its Honors in Action project, Johnston attended the International Honors Institute as well as the Regional Honors Institute. He led the chapter's research team to develop a question related to the current Honors Study Topic, The Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration, and he currently serves on Student Government Association.
Lloyd Marchant received the Senior Service Award. Marchant has served the College for the past 21 years, guiding the college's investment in technology for the support of instructional and administrative functions. He has served in a number of capacities at the college and is currently MACC's Chief Information Officer.
Associate Professor of Mathematics Sara Sapp received the Mel Aytes Faculty Innovation Award. In an effort to improve student retention and completion in developmental math courses, Sara worked with other Math Department faculty to identify two strategies for a math placement appeal process and a co-requisite course. Sapp teaches at the MACC campus in Hannibal.
The MACC Fire Academy course received the Distinguished Business/Industry Award.
Built through a unique partnership with the cities of Hannibal, Kirksville, Macon, and Moberly fire departments, MACC's Fire Academy offers Fire Fighter I and II and Hazardous Materials training. Many residents in the largely rural areas of Missouri are protected by volunteer fire departments. While those fire fighters are required to have the same certifications as those in larger departments, this training was not readily available in northeast Missouri. This unique partnership not only improves public safety, the cooperation and camaraderie of this group also provides a model of sharing resources and personnel in response to the needs of a larger community. The Academy's first class in 2015 was held in Kirksville. The 2016 class will be hosted in Hannibal and begins January 12th.
MACC is a part of the Missouri Community College Association, a statewide organization through which Missouri's community colleges work together to advance common agendas. MCCA provides advocacy, education, information, and networking opportunities in service of the state's 5,700 community college faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees.
MCCA's annual convention is the largest professional development opportunity in Missouri solely focused on community colleges. Its four award banquets, nearly 50 breakout sessions and countless opportunities for peer to peer networking attract more than 500 attendees from across the state each year.
Eric Johnston received the Student Leadership Award at the Missouri Community College Association's annual convention this month in part for his work on projects for the honors organization Phi Theta Kappa.
MACC Chief Information Officer Lloyd Marchant received the Senior Service Award at the Missouri Community College Association's annual convention this month. Marchant has served the College for the past 21 years.
MACC Associate Professor of Mathematics Sara Sapp received the Mel Aytes Faculty Innovation Award at the Missouri Community College Association's annual convention this month for her efforts to improve student retention and completion of coursework.
MACC President Dr. Jeff Lashley joined Hannibal Fire Chief Bill Madore, Macon Fire Chief Ross Dutton and Moberly Fire Chief Robert Creed, as they accepted the Missouri Community College Association's Distinguished Business/Industry Award for their collaboration in creating the MACC Fire Academy. Not pictured: Kirksville Fire Chief Tom Collins.