MCC Board Meeting Report: March 25, 2009

At the Manatee Community College (MCC) District Board of Trustees monthly meeting held March 25 at MCC Bradenton, the board celebrated the dawn of a new era in implementing state-of-the-art technology and becoming a four-year degree-granting state college.   

The board discussed the College's success in receiving unanimous approval from the State Board of Education (SBOE) last Tuesday to offer a bachelor's of science in nursing (BSN) degree program.

MCC garnered support from local hospitals and the business community who look to the College to fill a critical need for nurses in the area, as was demonstrated by local hospital administrators who accompanied MCC officials to the meeting in Tallahassee.

MCC board chair Steve Harner, who also joined the MCC supporters in Tallahassee, noted that SBOE members were obviously impressed when MCC President Dr. Lars A. Hafner introduced hospital officers.

"This community really stepped up to the plate and rallied around us," said Hafner. "As the Chancellor said, we were in Tallahassee for all the right purposes working for the community."

"Our college has joined the ranks of state colleges with approval of our first baccalaureate degree, which is instrumental in changing the landscape of higher education in the two-county area," said Hafner.

The board also viewed a demonstration of the College's newest technology. LifeSize, an Internet-based high-definition video-conferencing tool, allows interaction throughout campuses, communities and the world.

Through advanced technology, the College aims to reduce cost, improve job efficiency and meet four-year degree requirements for an area ripe for workforce opportunities.

LifeSize and other new technology-based tools are made possible at MCC through the implementation of LambdaRail, the College's new high-speed research network.

"This institution is on the move. That's what's exciting about our future," Hafner said.

At the meeting, the College also recognized the following:

Retirees recognized for their years of service:

Professor Bob Donovan has been a faculty member at MCC since 1973 and is presently the chair of the business and technology department. He is a former Vice President's Excellence Award honoree and has had an important influence on students. Read the resolution.

Paulene Metzger has been with MCC for 33 years and is presently working as the academic department secretary for the business and technology department. She received the NISOD award of excellence in 2006. Read the resolution.

Professor Dr. Mary Katherine Wainwright has been a faculty member in the Language & Literature department for 27 years. She is a dedicated instructor who loves learning. Read the resolution.

MCC's Brain Bowl Team:

The Brain Bowl team finished the season as the 14th best quiz team in the nation at the 2009 Community College Championship Tournament held February 27-28 at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Fla. The team was one of just 24 two-year college teams from around the country invited to participate in the national competition sponsored by National Academic Quiz Tournaments. Team members and their coaches recognized at the board meeting were: Brain Bowl coach Carole Cole, Aaron Summers, Logan Witt, assistant coach Christina Dwyer, Aaron Pennington and Angela Bruno.

Sarasota Greater Chamber of Commerce award:

Hafner presented board chair Steve Harner with the Excellence in Customer Service Award (EICS) that MCC received from the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce for the month of March 2009.

North Port Parade award:

Hafner presented board chair Harner and MCC Provost Darlene Wedler-Johnson with the best in show award in the organization float category for MCC's float in North Port's 50th anniversary parade.

The next board meeting will be held April 15 at MCC Venice.

Donovan and Metzger recognition
From left: Dr. Lars Hafner, Steve Harner, Retirees Paulene Metzger and Bob Donovan, Dr. Mike Mears, Eileen Jones

Wainwright recognition
From left: Dr. Lars Hafner, Steve Harner, Retiree Dr. Mary Katherine Wainwright, Darlene Wedler-Johnson, Dr. Mike Mears, Margery Robertson

Brain Bowl Recognition
With MCC President Dr. Lars A. Hafner, left, and Board Chair Steve Harner, right, are Brain Bowl coach Carole Cole, Aaron Summer, Logan Witt, assistant coach Christina Dwyer, Aaron Pennington and Angela Bruno.

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