On Jan. 28, Mesa Community College held a meet-and-greet event honoring its three new governing board members. The event – held in a roundtable manner – took place in LB145 of the Paul A. Elsner Library. President Shouan Pan, as well as several other faculty members, were in attendance. Though the meeting was to introduce the new governing board members, Jean McGrath, Johanna Haver, and John Heep, faculty members spoke on MCC’s merits throughout the meeting.
Duane Oakes, faculty director for Center for Civic & Community Engagement, addressed those in attendance regarding MCC’s track record when it comes to serving the community. “We’ve now documented over one million hours of community service,” he said. The Center for Civic & Community Engagement helps students give back to the community. Many students have had to complete 50 hours of community service through the center in order to graduate with honors.
Indiana University Bloomington, Lumina Foundation, and the Center for Postsecondary Research all contribute to giving colleges with notable achievement the Carnegie classification. MCC is one of only 20 community colleges to receive this classification, Oakes said.
New governing board members come with the possibility of changes to the way the schools are run. MCC student, Austin Wyldr/Fierro, said he is not concerned about change with the new board members. “No I’m perfectly fine with how things are run,” he said.