Jefferson City – The Missouri Community College Association has finalized the agenda of presentations, sessions, speakers and events that will mark its 49th Annual Convention at the St. Louis Hilton at the Ballpark, Oct. 30 through Nov. 1.
Eleven individuals from State Fair Community College were selected to present.
Katrina Grunzinger, access advisor, and Steve Thomas, director of student life and development, will share information about the grant-funded program Project Search and its value to SFCC and Sedalia School District 200. Dr. Joe Gilgour, dean of student and academic support services, and Michele Hunolt, director of student success and retention, will present how college leaders can effectively deal with disruptions in the classroom. Gilgour will also present on how to identify potential assailants and how to prepare college personnel to respond to violence on or near campus. Becky Rose, AQIP and data analyst, along with Gilgour will share how SFCC developed a process for collecting important student data and how this data is used.
Gary Noland and Ron Wineinger, SFCC Board of Trustees, Cara Barth-Fagan, instructor, and Linda Church, director of human resources and payroll services, who all served on SFCC’s recent Presidential Search Committee, will present on the process and transparency used in selecting the college’s fifth president. Ginger Champion and Kara Wheeler, admissions and advisement coordinators, will team up with staff from other colleges involved with MoWINs grant-funded programs to share best practices in intrusive student support.
“MCCA’s annual convention is a rich opportunity for community college personnel to come together and learn from one another about how to do our jobs more effectively and gain new insights into better serving our students and communities,” said Dr. Joanna Anderson, SFCC president.
The event 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.”
The convention schedule and other event information—including how to register—is available at www.mccatoday.org under “Events.”