Newsletter - Madisonville Community College

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Celebrating Graduation! Newsletter g r a d u at i o n 2 0 1 7 Vol. 19, No. 4 April - May 2017 In this issue: Page 2 - President’s Letter; Page 3 -...

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Celebrating Graduation!


g r a d u at i o n 2 0 1 7

Vol. 19, No. 4 April - May 2017

In this issue: Page 2 - President’s Letter; Page 3 - 2017 Outstanding Faculty Members of the Year; Pages 4 6 - 2017 Outstanding Students; Page 7 - Pinning Ceremonies; Page 8 - MCC Students of the Month; Page 9-10 - Scholarships Awarded; Page 11 - Air Conditioning Courses Available; Page 12 - Solar Eclipse Activities; Page 13 Rhoads Named President Emeritus; Page 14 CASA Kids Store; Page 15 - Employee News and Retirement Announcements; Page 16 - Glema Mahr Center for the Arts events

Madisonville Community College held the 2017 graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 5, at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts. The 5:30 p.m. ceremony honored Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, and Nursing program graduates. The 7:30 p.m. ceremony honored Associate in Applied Science and diploma graduates in all other academic programs. MCC will award more than 1,269 credentials (degrees, diplomas, and certificates) for the 2016-2017 academic year. Dave Jones, of Hanson, brought the commencement addresses. Mr. Jones has had a varied and successful career in human services, practicing as a mental health and substance abuse therapist prior to becoming a successful entrepreneur in the mining industry. Most recently, Mr. Jones has received national attention for his endurance running and his completion of the Triple 7 Quest, a 7 marathon event completed in 7 days on 7 different continents. “Graduation is the culmination of our efforts at the college and we are thrilled at the success of our students. We have another distinguished graduating class heading into great careers or on to transfer at a four -year college or university,” shared MCC President Dr. Cindy Kelley.

2017 Outstanding Student Elizabeth Fleming was announced as the 2017 Outstanding Student. Fleming, of Manitou, graduated with an Associate in Science degree and will be transferring to Murray State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Her campus activities included participation in Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Baptist Campus Ministries, Phi Theta Kappa, Phi Beta Lambda, TRiO Club, Sustainability Committee student representative, MCC student ambassador and a member of the TRiO Student Support Services Advisory Board. Additional honors awarded to Fleming Elizabeth Fleming is pictured receiving the 2017 Outwere the Davenport Endowment standing Student Award from MCC Chief Student Affairs Scholarship, nomination for the 2016 Officer Dr. Jay Parrent -2017 All USA/Coco-Cola Community College Academic Team, Outstanding Humanities Student in Communications, Outstanding Student in Mathematics and the TRiO Student Support Services Student of the Year. When asked why she should be considered for the Outstanding Student Award, Fleming said, “I desire to learn as much as I can from the classes I take. I am a leader in and out of the classroom, and persevere through challenges.” The award recipient is selected by vote of the MCC faculty.

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By the Numbers Dr. Cindy Kelley, MCC President Mother Teresa once said, “Don’t worry about the numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the one nearest you.” It seems that we are living in a world of numbers. In higher education, accountability is determined by numbers. So, we do worry about them. We look at numbers, we study numbers. For us here at Madisonville Community College, we have spent the last months carefully and tirelessly reviewing numbers. Budget numbers and enrollment numbers haunt us, but we face them and plan strategies to see those numbers improve. I find myself at times becoming frustrated with the numbers in front of me. I ask myself how can we make these numbers better? How do we make the numbers reflect the excellent institution we are? It’s at these times that I remind myself that there are many numbers. In fact, when I start looking closely there are many more positive numbers associated with MCC than there are unfavorable ones. So, as I close out my first year at MCC, I want us to celebrate the numbers. We need to reflect on all the wins, the inspirations, the good things. So, Madisonville Community College, 2016-2017, by the numbers. 6 $3,889,241 10 1,515 10 9 2 35 4,098 35,534 2,500 1,168 476 385 3,322 194 $343,754 47 3 156 1,264 149 1

Number of new grants awarded to MCC Number of new grant dollars received Number of continuing grants managed Number of student visits to the Learning Spaces Number of students qualifying for the national Phi Beta Lambda competition Number of medals awarded to the Archery team in national competitions Number of All-American Archers named at MCC Number of performances at the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts Number of school-aged children attending matinees at the Glema Number of visitors to the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts Number of elementary students who visited campus Number of high school students who visited campus Number of 6th grade girls participating in Girls in Engineering program Number of companies served by Workforce Solutions Number of people trained by Workforce Solutions Number of students awarded scholarships through MCC Number of scholarship dollars awarded through MCC Number of students receiving awards on Honors night Number of faculty completing doctorate degrees Number of degrees, certificates, or diplomas awarded in health care Number of degrees, certificates, or diplomas awarded by MCC Number of graduates attending commencement on May 5th State ranking for graduation rate among community colleges

These are the numbers that make me proud of the hard work our MCC family has put into these achievements. We will celebrate our numbers and continue to challenge ourselves to make these numbers better. We will also heed Mother Teresa’s advise -- helping one student at a time. That’s our mission and what we do best. Have a great summer!


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2017 Outstanding Faculty Members of the Year Madisonville Community College faculty members Bart Allen, Brittney Hernandez-Stevenson, and Sonya Shockley wer e announced as the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Members of the Year during the college’s graduation ceremony on May 5. Pictured receiving the 2017 Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award from MCC Chief Academic Officer Dr. Deborah Cox are:

Bart Allen

Brittney Hernandez-Stevenson

Sonya Shockley

The Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year Award recipient is selected by vote of the student body. This was the first time in the college’s history to have a 3-way tie. MCC Chief Academic Officer Dr. Deborah Cox stated during the presentation, “These faculty members consistently receive very high student evaluations of instruction and are recognized by their peers as valued colleagues. They are looked to as leaders at this college for their vision, commitment to student learning, and hard work. They are faculty who spend the time needed to help struggling students whether in or out of class. They do not see their job as done until they have reached every student. I am impressed with these faculty members and look forward to watching their careers continue at this institution.” Allen, of Madisonville, has been with MCC since 2013 and is an Assistant Professor in the Applied Technology Division teaching in the Mining program. Hernandez-Stevenson, of Greenville, is a Communications Instructor in the Humanities Division. She began her teaching career at MCC in 2015. Shockley, of Madisonville, is an Associate Professor in the Social Sciences Division teaching in the Computer and Information Technologies program. She has been employed with MCC since 2007.

McMurtrie Recognized Over the past 14 years, Jim McMurtrie has spent many hours directing the MCC Singers. Their performance at the MCC Graduation on May 5 brought to a close his time with the group. The choir began in 1998 as an outreach of the college and the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts. Under McMurtrie’s leadership, the MCC Singers performed with esteemed musicians such as Jimmy Walker, the Raleigh Ringers, Boston Brass, and have had the honor of having an original composition, “Earth Song,” commissioned for them. MCC President Dr. Cindy Kelley was proud to publicly acknowledge his dedication and commitment to the MCC Singers and the difference that his efforts have made.

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MCC’s Outstanding Students Recognized at Honors Night All-USA Academic Team Nominees

Outstanding Business Administration Students

Meadow Majors

Lisa Ferrell

Human Resources


Abby Davis Outstanding Humanities Student in History

Elizabeth Fleming, Taylor Fields, and Ashley Dillard

Discipline Awards

Andrew B. Brooks Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice

Kaitlyn Martin Outstanding Humanities Student in Music

Cameron Crick Outstanding Student in Advanced Integrated Technology

Ja’Vonna Gott Outstanding Student in Human Services

Andrew Allen Outstanding Student in Medical Information Technology

Shannon Mitchem Outstanding Student in Biomedical Technology Systems

Holly Moore Outstanding Humanities Student in English


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MCC’s Outstanding Students Recognized at Honors Night

Donny Edwards

Lindsey Austin

Natalie Conrad

Outstanding Occupational Therapy Assistant Student

Outstanding Physical Therapist Assistant Student

Outstanding Student in Respiratory Care

Shannon Owens Seth Varney Outstanding Students in Paramedic Technology

Whitney Coke

Ramon Santa Cruz

Outstanding Student in Radiography

Outstanding Student in Sociology

Dr. William C. Gardner Awards

Victoria Tappe Outstanding Personal Effectiveness Skills (PES) Role Model

pictured l-r:

Damika Gregory Radiography

Niki Peveler Surgical Technology

Jamie Timmons Respiratory Care

Daniel Warga Physical Therapist Assistant

Anecia Greenwade Occupational Therapy Assistant

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MCC’s Outstanding Students Recognized at Honors Night Clubs & Organization Awards

Elizabeth Wiggins

Lisa Ferrell

Occupational Therapy Assistant Student Organization

TRiO Student Support Services

Ja’Vonna Gott

Not pictured:

Learning Space

Sallie Carlton Outstanding Business Administration Student - Accounting

Emilie Polley Outstanding Business Administration Student - Transfer

Bruce Johnson Emily Pendley Physical Therapist Assistant Club

Hunter Carlton, Kody Appleby MCC Archery Club

Outstanding Student in Computer & Information Technologies

Jacob Shutt Outstanding Humanities Student in Communications

Christina Ball Sigers Outstanding Student in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Ashton Smith Outstanding Medical Laboratory Technician Student

William T. Prowell Outstanding Student in Mining Technology

Victoria Tappe MCC Lions Club Pictured right:

Kaitlyn Martin Member of the Year

Aaron Richardson President Student Government Association

Jennifer Pryor

Heather Tapp

SAEOPP Scholarship

Gardner Award - Medical Information Technology

Tosha Geel Gardner Award - Medical Laboratory Technician

Jacob Hamilton Multicultural Student Association

Emily Tomlinson Phi Beta Lambda

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Pinning Ceremonies 2017 Nursing Graduates

2017 Radiography Graduates

Recognized at the May 4 pinning ceremony were: Sarah Abshire, Hayley Baldwin, Sarah Cardwell, Ashley Cline, Sarah Coy, Katelyn Davis, Keri Dunbar, Kristie Fuller, Cierra Harper, Darien Harris, Stephanie Houchens, Jana Huber, Jennifer Johnson, Cynthia Kutch, Devon Langley, Lauren Love, Deaven Lucas, Lana Mason, Ciara Mayes, Jamulia McDaniel, Kali McKenzie, Larrie Moody, Kristen Pendley, Savannah Pennington, Brittanie Russin, Megan Shannon, Kendell Teague, Tori Townsend, Carsha Wells, Katie Wood, and MaCarly Zoellick

Recognized at the May 2 pinning ceremony were: Front row (l-r): Cera Crook, Damika Gregory, Kelsie Wilson, Nerissa Bowers; Middle row (l-r): Kendra McElroy, Samantha Elkins; Back row (l-r): Associate Professor Paula Lange, Kaitlan Westfall, Kylye Livers, Andrea Masterson, Denise Zollinger, Courtney Oliver, Erin Stanley, Whitney Coke, Professor Tonia Gibson

2017 Physical Therapist Assistant Graduates

2017 Respiratory Care Graduates

Recognized at the May 6 pinning ceremony were: Front Row (l-r): Courtney Darnell, Lacey Powell, Briawna Free, Lexis Henry, Sarah Dewitt, Emily Pendley, Lindsey Austin, Amy Tippett, Kristen Brooks; Back Row (l-r): Jordan Fulkerson, Josh Flener, Courtney Cain, Emily Fleming, Katelyn Bickett, Rachel Rhodes, Daniel Warga

Recognized at the April 28 pinning ceremony were: Seated (l-r): Jordan Bostick, Jamie Timmons, Elizabeth Deig, Brittney Ebelhar, Bianca Faizal; Standing (l-r): Natalie Conrad, Kenzie Gage, Jessie Koonce, Tierra Samuel, Steven Survant

MCC Archers Bring Home Medals MCC archery team members Trevor Adams, Kody Appleby, Hunter Carlton, Brandon Shaw, and Jonathan Stevens participated in the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships at the NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Range in Yankton, SD, on May 11-14. Carlton, Appleby, and Stevens earned the silver medal for the Compound Men Team. Appleby won silver in the Compound Men Individual class. Shaw earned a bronze medal for the Bow Hunter Men Individual class. Carlton and Appleby were ranked 1 and 3 respectively for the USCS 2016-2017 All American Honors and the All-Academic Honors in the Compound Men category. Stevens was ranked first in the Best New Archer in the Compound Men category.

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MCC Students of the Month March



Brittney Lane Ebelhar

Jason Perdue

Holly Moore

Pictured (l-r) are: MCC Professor of Respiratory Care Tina Siddon, Brittney Lane Ebelhar, and MCC Chief Student Affairs Officer Dr. Jay Parrent

Pictured (l-r) are: MCC Chief Student Affairs Officer Dr. Jay Parrent, Jason Perdue, and MCC Dean of Enrollment Management Aimee Wilkerson.

Pictured (l-r) are: MCC Professor of Education Lisa Lee, Holly Moore, and MCC Chief Student Affairs Officer Dr. Jay Parrent.

Ebelhar, of Henderson, was nominated by MCC Respiratory Care Professor/ Program Director Tina Siddon. In the nomination, Siddon shared that Brittney, a fourth semester respiratory care student, is one of the most responsible hard working students she has ever known. She is a wife and mother with many family obligations, yet she is always prepared for class. Brittney goes the extra mile to be responsible for her own learning and is professional and kind when interacting with her classmates.

Perdue, of Madisonville, was nominated by the MCC Dean of Enrollment Management Aimee Wilkerson. In the nomination, Wilkerson shared, “Jason has been our go-to student almost every Friday for the last two years. This year, he not only helped with almost every early college awareness activity, but he also stepped up when we were short on presenters, conducting activities with our visitors on more than one occasion. He always does so with a smile on his face and with enthusiasm. This year's visits would not have been as successful without knowing we could depend on Jason week after week.” Perdue is majoring in Business Administration.

Moore, of Hanson, was nominated by MCC Professor of Education Lisa Lee. In the nomination, Lee shared, “Ms. Moore is a non-traditional student and is an elementary education major. She not only excels academically but offers her knowledge/expertise to her classmates through workshops she has created of her own volition. She is also a tutor in the Learning Space. Ms. Moore was recently awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship to study abroad and, to date, is the only Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) student this year to receive the scholarship award.

Ebelhar was presented with a “Student of the Month” certificate and a Barnes & Noble $50 gift card during a simulated skills lab session on March 28 at the Madisonville Community College Interprofessional Simulation Hospital at Baptist Health Madisonville.

Perdue was presented with a “Student of the Month” certificate and a Barnes & Noble $50 gift card on April 21 in the MCC Enrollment Center.

Moore was presented with a “Student of the Month” certificate and a Barnes & Noble $50 gift card on April 21 in the MCC Enrollment Center.

Nursing Students Present Group Project to Advisory Committee Madisonville Community College 4th semester nursing students (pictured l-r) Sarah Abshire, MaCarly Zoellick, Cynthia Kutch, and Devon Langley had the opportunity to present their group project to the Nursing Program Advisory Committee on March 29. Their presentation included a PowerPoint showcasing their project entitled "Unintentional Teen Pregnancy in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.”


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Scholarships Awarded Retha Tarter Lions Club Scholarship The Madisonville Community College Lions Club presented Kody Appleby and Jamie Slaton with the Retha Tarter Lions Club scholarship in the amount of $700 each during the club’s meeting on March 15. Appleby, of Mortons Gap, has been enrolled at MCC since 2015 and graduated in May with an Associate in Arts degree. He will be transferring to Murray State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in the area of Occupational Safety and Health. Kody is an active member of the MCC Archery team and volunteers at both Hopkins County Central High School and South Hopkins Middle School with their archery teams. He also volunteers at Mortons Gap Christian Church with the middle school student ministry. Pictured (l-r) are MCC Lions Club President Kim Morrow, Jamie Slaton, Kody Appleby, And MCC Director of Advancement Chris Woodall.

Slaton, of White Plains, is completing her second semester at MCC and anticipates graduating in May 2018 with an Associate in Arts degree. She plans to transfer to Murray State University to pursue a degree in elementary education. Jamie is a regular volunteer at the Damascus Road House in Nortonville, a community outreach center that draws teens from all over Hopkins County. Since 2003, the MCC Lions Club has contributed $10,000 to the college’s scholarship funds. This enables MCC to offer scholarships from private donations to more students.

HRSA Grant Incentive/Assistance Awards Five Madisonville Community College students received financial awards of $2,000 each through the Incentive-Assistance Program provided by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) administered on behalf of the Coalfield Regional Healthcare Network. Donny Edwards, of Marion, is a displaced coal industry worker who is currently a student in the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. He will graduate in December 2017. Sherrie Eli, of Nortonville, is a veteran who is enrolled in the Radiography program and will be graduating in May 2018. Carlos Sarmiento, of Madisonville, is also a displaced coal industry worker. He is a student in the Radiography program and will complete in May 2018. Skyyler Suthard, of Madisonville, is a veteran enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant program and will be graduating in May 2018. Eric Whitsell, of Madisonville, is also a veteran and a student in the Radiography program. He is on track for graduation in May 2018.

Pictured are: (standing, l-r) Ashley Vincent Poore, Director of Education and Research at Baptist Health Madisonville; Tonia Gibson, MCC Radiography Program Director; Patricia Young, MCC Professor and HRSA Grant Project Manager; Carlos Sarmiento; Dr. Michael Howard, Vice President for Education and Research at Baptist Health Madisonville; Eric Whitsell; Donny Edwards; Stephanie Taylor, MCC Physical Therapist Assistant Program Director; Martha Phelps, MCC Financial Aid Director; (seated, l-r) Sherri Eli; Skyyler Suthard.

As veterans and/or displaced coal industry workers currently enrolled in high-demand, high-wage career training programs at MCC, these student were eligible to apply for assistance to offset an unmet financial need related to their educational program. Madisonville Community College and the Coalfield Regional Healthcare Network, through a federally funded initiative, are working to connect veterans and displaced coal industry workers with the training needed to become valued rural health care professionals with potentially stable careers. The Coalfield Regional Healthcare Network members are Baptist Health Madisonville, Caldwell Medical Center, Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky, Health First Community Health Centers, Hopkins County Health Department, Madisonville Community College, Pennyroyal Mental Health Center, and West AHEC.

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Scholarship Awarded Dr. Lea Ann Davenport Memorial Endowment Scholarship Madisonville Community College (MCC) students Andrea Mills and Victoria Tappe have been awarded scholarships from the Dr. Lea Ann Davenport Memorial Endowment for the 2017-2018 academic year based on their exemplary academic. Mills, of Dawson Springs, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship. She plans to complete coursework towards an educational degree for middle school math and history with Murray State University. Tappe, of Madisonville, was also awarded a $1,000 scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. She plans to transfer to Western Kentucky University to complete bachelor and master degrees in Clinical Social Work. Pictured (l-r) are Jennifer Welch, MCC Assistant Professor – Mathematics and Natural Sciences Division; Andrea Mills, Victoria Tappe, and MCC Chief Academic Officer Dr. Deborah Cox.

The Dr. Lea Ann Davenport Memorial Endowment was made possible through a planned insurance arrangement that her parents, Ann and Bill Davenport, completed while their daughter was in college. Dr. Davenport died on April 17, 2013. The endowment provides scholarship awards to students majoring in the math/sciences areas and also provides for faculty professional development funding.

Kentucky’s Only BTS Program is Offered at MCC Students commute from surrounding states for weekly onsite labs. MCC students Taylor Thompson and Will Conradi have been traveling from middle Tennessee to Madisonville one day a week since 2016. Why? Because both students took the advice of friends when considering a career change and enrolled in the Biomedical Technology Systems (BTS) program at MCC. The BTS program is the only public, non-profit program of its type in the state of Kentucky and offers students a unique hands-on training opportunity focusing on repairing, maintaining, and managing a wide variety of medical devices, equipment, and systems. IT related content adequately prepares students to meet the expectations of employers. Opportunities for employment are available in hospitals, clinics, home medical equipment companies, medical equipment service and manufacturing companies, ambulatory care and surgery centers as well as multi-physician practice facilities. Will Conradi of Smyrna, Tennessee, enrolled in the BTS program in August 2016. Tired of working in the manufacturing industry and looking for a better opportunity, Conradi enrolled at MCC and was able to find a new full-time job that would work around his college schedule. With an anticipated May 2018 graduation date, he is now on his way to a successful career in the biomedical field and is looking forward to working at a healthcare facility or medical equipment company in and around the Nashville area. BTS graduates can specialize in any number of high-end medical technologies, including imaging and dialysis where there is currently a strong need for service technicians. BTS courses are offered online and only require students to attend onsite lab classes one day a week. The hands-on lab activities utilize the BTS program’s large inventory of medical equipment found in the various sectors of healthcare. Taylor Thompson of Franklin, Tennessee, was looking for a healthcare profession that did not require direct patient contact when she heard about MCC’s BTS program. Having prior college experience at Tennessee Technological University and at Chattanooga State University, Taylor shared, “The hardest part was deciding what I wanted to do. After I made the decision, everything else was easy! Everyone at MCC has been so helpful. The BTS program has allowed me to feel confident about my abilities in my chosen profession. There’s no way that I can learn everything I need to know in only two years, but this program gives me the tools to be able to figure out anything I need to know.” Thompson will also be graduating in May 2018 and is looking forward to working in the field, getting her Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician (CBET) certification, completing her bachelor’s degree, and eventually landing a management position. For more information about the Biomedical Technology Systems program at Madisonville Community College, contact Joey Jones (email: [email protected]; phone: (270) 824-1759) or visit the program webpage at programs_of_study/biomedical_technology_systems/index.aspx


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MCC Multicultural Student Association News Students and advisors from Madisonville Community College’s Multicultural Student Association (MSA) traveled to Memphis, Tennessee, on April 21 to visit the National Civil Rights Museum. The visit was a culmination of a very active and engaging year on campus and the students expressed their appreciation to MCC for allowing them to experience a wonderful trip and to better understand the history of the civil rights movement in America. Pictured (l-r) are: James Bowles, MSA Advisor; MSA members Shaleakah Bowman, Asrah Waddy, and Ariyan Allen; MSA Advisors Kim Morrow and Brittney Hernandez- Stevenson, and MSA member Jacob Hamilton.

Hopkins County School Readiness Fair By: Beth Moore

On March 25, the annual School Readiness Fair was held at Parkway Plaza Mall in Madisonville, Kentucky. The Hopkins County Community Early Childhood Council sponsored the event from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Local agencies and organizations provided 10 12 booths with giveaways and activities for children attending the fair. The Kentucky Science Center located in Louisville, KY also sponsored tables with interactive events. Local agencies represented include Head Start, Madisonville Fire Department, Hopkins County Health Department, Hopkins County Board of Education, and others. “Yoga with Hilary” was provided for the children on the stage at 9 a.m. Hilary Lowbridge showed children and their parents how to have fun while being physically fit. Students in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Program at Madisonville Community College demonstrated How to Teach Preschool children through Music and Dance in the Classroom on the stage at 10 a.m. Hopkins County Community Early Childhood Council members responsible for the planning of the event include: Chairperson Jennifer Luttrell and MCC employees April Grace and Beth Moore. The early childhood councils across the commonwealth of Kentucky are funded by grant money received from the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood in Frankfort.

Air Conditioning Technology Courses Available at MCC! Complete Environmental System Repair Helper Credential in Two Semesters Madisonville Community College is pleased to announce the return of air conditioning technology courses for the Fall 2017 semester. These courses will be available in a convenient online format with hands-on evening labs that provide HVAC skill sets highly recommended by employers. Computer assistance is available to those unfamiliar with online learning. Electrical components, trouble shooting, duct design, and the understanding, application, and safe handling of gasses are included in MCC’s Air Conditioning Technology curriculum. A student starting in August can complete the Environmental System Repair Helper credential in two semesters, be eligible to sit for the National EPA Certification Examination, and be ready for an entry-level position in the heating and cooling industry. Qualified air conditioning technicians are in high demand in all parts of the region. MCC instructor David Griffey notes, “This is a very portable trade. It doesn’t matter where you live, there will always be career opportunities . . . finding a job is never a problem if you have the qualifications.” Earnings range from up to $15/hour for a helper to as high as $80,000 annually for a licensed technician. Scholarship opportunities are available for eligible students. For more information, contact MCC Applied Technology Division Chair Matt Luckett at (270) 824-1757 or email [email protected]

Photo by Laura Harvey, The Messenger

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Richard L. and Phyllis Frymire Prize for Excellence in Teaching Established Madisonville Community College is pleased to announce the establishment of the Richard L. and Phyllis Frymire Prize for Excellence in Teaching award. Made available through a generous gift by the Frymires to the Madisonville College Foundation, Inc., the prize would be awarded annually to a faculty member(s) who has demonstrated current excellence in teaching. The MCC President has been charged with appointing committees to establish criteria for the prize award and to select annual winner(s). “This award will allow us to recognize excellence in teaching that helps our students be successful in reaching their educational goals. Highlighting outstanding pedagogy will make our college stronger. We are fortunate to have the continuing support of Mr. and Mrs. Frymire through this generous gift,” stated MCC President Dr. Cindy Kelley. Pictured (l-r) are: MCC Director of Advancement Chris Woodall, Phyllis and Richard Frymire, and MCC President Dr. Cindy Kelley.

In a prepared statement, Mr. Frymire shared, “Most students remember, fondly, a teacher who made a difference in their lives. Teachers, like students, thrive on recognition. For our younger students, we give gold stars to both recognize their past accomplishments and to provide encouragement for the future. Perhaps this prize, given annually for excellence in teaching, can be the gold star recognition for faculty members at Madisonville Community College. Phyllis and I are privileged to establish this prize opportunity for the faculty of MCC. We appreciate the faculty and their continuing accomplishments, both in the community and at MCC.” Madisonville College Foundation Chair R. Steven Cox noted, “The Frymires have been dedicated supporters of Madisonville Community College from the very beginning. This generous gift will help the college recognize and reward outstanding educators. We are deeply grateful to the Frymires for their continued commitment to MCC.”

Join MCC and Hancock Bank for solar eclipse activities. All events are free and open to the public. Total Solar Eclipse 2017: Celestial Dynamics and Eclipse Chasing Big City Market & Coffee Bar, Madisonville

Thursday, July 20 • 5:30 PM

MCC Joe C. Davis Building • Room 117

Saturday, August 19 • 2 PM

Free educational seminar for the community presented by Dr. Aseem Talukdar, MCC Associate Professor of Physics, and Dr. George Steedly, Webster County. Discussion will include a review of the science behind an eclipse, safe viewing and photography techniques, and Dr. Steedly’s personal eclipse chasing experiences.

Planetarium Seminar: The Night Skies Around Us MCC Glema Mahr Center for the Arts Sunday, August 20 (two presentations) 2 PM – 2:45 PM • 3 PM – 3:45 PM How often can you see the stars in the middle of the day? Billy Hix, director of STEM outreach at Motlow College and a NASA faculty fellow, will bring his portable planetarium to MCC so you can the stars in the night sky and travel to distant galaxies (and the moons of Jupiter)! Hix has worked with tens of thousands of students, teachers and the public and promises that it will be a “wow” event as everyone is getting “warmed up” for the event of a lifetime on August 21.

Eclipse Talk: Questions & Answers MCC Brown Badgett, Sr. Building, Room 264 Sunday, August 20 (two presentations) 2 PM – 2:45 PM • 3 PM – 3:45 PM Dr. Mike Shifflett and Dr. Aseem Talukdar will be on hand to answer your questions about the upcoming solar eclipse, the science behind an eclipse, safe viewing techniques, and more.

The Event: The 2017 Solar Eclipse Madisonville Community College, 2000 College Drive, Madisonville Monday, August 21 Experience the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades. NASA consultant Billy Hix will guide sky watchers through this rare spectacle. Eclipse begins 11:56 AM. Totality begins 1:24:33 PM. Totality ends 1:26:20 PM Eclipse watchers are encouraged to arrive early; parking lots open at 8:00 a.m. Carpooling is recommended. Eclipse glasses recommended; a limited number will be distributed the day of the eclipse. Sunglasses will not offer your eyes sufficient protection; it is important to protect your eyes at all times with a proper solar filter. Eclipse viewers are encouraged to bring chairs & sunscreen.


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Rhoads Named President Emeritus Retired MCC President Dr. Judith L. Rhoads was announced as President Emeritus during the college’s annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon on April 28. The designation was approved by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Board of Regents on March 10. Rhoads has given 40 years of unwavering service in higher education to Madisonville Community College through the UK Community College System and KCTCS. She joined MCC as one of the college’s faculty members in psychology in 1976 and served in numerous leadership roles at the College, as well as serving as Dean of Academic Affairs at Owensboro Community College, and, for 18 years, as MCC’s third president. Dr. Rhoads provided exceptional leadership to the College, raising it to unprecedented levels of accomplishment and touching the lives of countless people served by the college. MCC achieved significant milestones in every area, including student enrollment and graduation, academic program development, enhancement of student life and the campus environment, private sector giving, community involvement and economic enhancement. This region has been forever enhanced by the many innovations championed by Dr. Rhoads, including the creation and development of the School Counts! work ethic/scholarship program, as well as a major campus expansion with the Madisonville Regional Postsecondary Education Center, along with many other contributions to education, art and cultural opportunities, economic development, and an enhanced quality of life for all citizens.

Pictured (l-r) are MCC President Dr. Cindy Kelley, MCC Board of Directors member Bob Brooks, Dr. Judy Rhoads, and MCC Board of Directors member Cheryl Moore.

Dr. Rhoads has contributed generously of her many talents, time and energy to countless College projects, including the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, and has advocated for many worthy causes on behalf of both the College, Madisonville and the surrounding communities. In addition to years of service, Dr. Rhoads has provided generous financial support to MCC in gifts toward numerous institutional projects, including the School Counts! for Hopkins County Endowment, the Judy Rhoads International Scholarship Endowment, the Judith L. Rhoads Endowment of Academic and Work Ethics Engagement, the Judith K. Moore Memorial Endowment, the BuildSmart Madisonville campaign, the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts annual fund, and many others. Dr. Rhoads is one of Kentucky’s leading champions in higher education, whose advocacy for advanced learning has made a transformational positive impact on the quality of life of countless people across Hopkins, Muhlenberg and surrounding counties and across the state of Kentucky. She has been a worthy steward of the public trust in steering the College on a positive course for 18 years and leaving it well prepared for the future, as acknowledged by numerous outside observers, including a recent and highly successful 10year accreditation review by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Happy Feet

Bowl for Kids’ Sake

MCC Nursing students and faculty volunteered at the annual Happy Feet March Mania fundraising event on March 28. Pictured (l-r) are Johnathan Jones, Sarah Peyton, Leanna Kenner, Aubree Dexter, Chelsea Ashby, Amanda Wood, Megan VanVactor, Endia Jones, Grace Littlepage, Lou Coulon, Ava Cook, and Lucas Steele.

MCC’s 2017 Bowl for Kids’ Sake team raised $540. Participating faculty, staff and students were (pictured l-r front row) Shannon Allen, Dr. Marsha Woodall, Tonya Barnard; (l-r back row) Marie Anderson, Wendy Clayton, and Kay Hawkins.


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Celebrating Years of Service

During Madisonville Community College’s annual Employee Appreciation Luncheon, 24 employees were recognized for years of service. Awards were presented to: 45 Y ears – Jawana Brown; 25 Years – Brad Downall, Connie Harralson, May Wright; 20 Years – Vicki Rickard; 15 Years – Pattie Jewell, Kelli Johnson, Teresa Long, Dr. Jay Parrent; 10 Years – Tonya Barnard, Mike Beauchamp, Monica Bidwell, Deborah Matthews, Cindy Sasser, Rick Wiles ; 5 Years – Kristie Buskov, Paula Clayton, Martha Davis, Scott Lingle, Abby McGregor -Mullen, Candace McPherson, Brianna Pantano, Casie Richardson, Joe Wilson.

MCC Nursing Students Stock CASA Kids Store Students in Madisonville Community College’s nursing program went toy shopping for a great cause – stocking the CASA Kids Store! MCC Nursing Division Assistant Kay Hawkins is a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and serves as Vice Chair for the CASA Board of Directors. On a recent visit to the CASA program in Lexington, CASA Executive Director Daphyne Maddox and Hawkins learned of the unique toy donation program that allows a CASA volunteer going out to meet a child for the first time the opportunity to give a toy as an ice breaker. Maddox and Hawkins wanted to bring that idea to Hopkins, Webster, and Crittenden counties and began exploring ways to find assistance in the community so that local CASA volunteers could have the same experience. MCC nursing faculty member and CASA Board of Directors member Barb Schnapf shar ed, “The faculty at MCC’s nur sing pr ogr am wer e contacted and we put the word out to our students and this is the result.” Pictured (l-r) are: Karley Holt, CASA Volunteer Coordinator; Daphyne Maddox, Executive Director of CASA of Hopkins, Webster & Crittenden Counties; Barb Schnapf, CASA Board of Directors member and MCC Nursing faculty member; Kay Hawkins, CASA Board of Directors Vice Chair and MCC Nursing Division Assistant; and Marceia Ellis, CASA Board of Directors Secretary.

“MCC nursing students from each of the four semesters participated and we are thrilled to see what they have done. We were able to pull together and give to the CASA program and the clients,” noted Schnapf.

CASA of Hopkins, Webster, and Crittenden Counties is a 3 county program that recruits, screens, trains, and supervises volunteers to help abused children in family court find safe permanent homes as soon as possible. To learn more about CASA or to become a volunteer, go to or email [email protected]

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Happy Retirement! Cherry Berges

Greg Hagan

Librarian I/Professor - Loman C. Trover Library June 30, 2017

Professor - Humanities Division June 30, 2017

Gail Hawkins

Anna Leasure

Professor - Math & Sciences Division June 30, 2017

Director, TRiO Talent Search July 31, 2017

Carol Minton

Vicki Rickard

Division Assistant - Math & Sciences Division and Applied Tech Division June 30, 2017

Program Coordinator - TRiO Student Support Services June 30, 2017

Joyce Riggs

Patricia Young

Director of Public Relations August 1, 2017

Professor - Allied Health Division HRSA Grant Project Director June 30, 2017

Employee News Shannon Allen, Division Chair /Pr ofessor in the Nur sing Pr ogr am, and Tina Siddon, Professor in the Respiratory Care Program, presented at the Changing Classroom Cultures 11th Annual Conference held in Lexington in March. The title of their presentation was "Inter-professional Simulation: A Collaborative Approach to Improved Critical Thinking and Communication in Allied Health and Nursing Students.” Brooke Archila, Assistant Pr ofessor of English, wr ote and published an electr onic textbook, Introduction to Academic W riting, through Top Hat. The textbook has been selected for use by a professor at the Edith Cowan University in Australia for almost 3,000 students. Dr. Loretta Elder, Pr ofessor in the Nur sing Pr ogr am, was published in the May/J une 2017 edition of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. Her article was titled “Simulation: A Tool to Assist Nursing Professional Development Practitioners to Help Nurses to Better Recognize Early Signs of Clinical Deterioration of Patients.” Brittney Hernandez-Stevenson, Communications Instr uctor , was selected as the Business and Professional Women’s Aspiring Professional at the regional conference held in March. She will represent the Western Region at the state BPW conference held in Lexington in June.

Dr. Mike Shifflett, Pr ofessor of Physics at MCC, was named Best Supporting Cheerleader by Murray State University Madisonville Regional Campus during their graduation celebration on May 12.

Jake Hildebrant, Ener gy Management Pr ogr am Coor dinator , has been selected to serve on the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) Board of Certification and Assessment as their Learning Management System expert. ATMAE is the organization that certifies many of the engineering technology programs. Dr. Sara Jane Jones, Associate Pr ofessor in the Nur sing pr ogr am, was published in the March/April 2017 edition of the Journal for Nurses in Professional Development. Her article, “Establishing a Nurse Mentor Program to Improve Nurse Satisfaction and Intent to Stay,” was included in their new feature titled “From the Front lines to the Back Page.” Nursing faculty members (pictured l-r front row) Dawn Latham, Dr. Brooke Edens, Judy Mitchell, Dr. Marsha Woodall (back r ow) Tracy Littlehale, Ava Cook, Wendy Clayton, Dr. Loretta Elder, Shannon Allen, Barb Schnapf, and Dr. Sara Jane Jones attended "Optimizing Student Success Through Test Writing and Analysis" by Donna (IGGY) Ignatavicius on March 24-25 at Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Lexington.

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THE B EAST - Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice, Book by Linda Woolverton July 14 & 15, 2017 ∙ 7 p.m. ∙ July 16, 2017 ∙ 2 p.m. Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's Beauty and the Beast.


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July 8 - August 25, 2017 Reception & Awards Ceremony July 8, 2017 2 p.m.

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EXHIBIT RULES Timeline:  Thursday & Friday, June 29 & 30, 2017  Artists may submit artwork between 9:00 a.m. & 4:00 p.m.  Saturday, July 8, 2017 -Exhibit opens  Saturday, July 8, 2017 - Reception & Awards Ceremony:  Monday, July 10 to Friday, August 25, 2017 - Exhibit open for viewing during Gallery hours  Monday & Tuesday, August 28-29, 2017 - Artwork must be picked up between 9 a.m. & 4 p.m. Eligibility: This competition is open to any artist in the region. Awards: Merit Awards will be presented at the discretion of the juror.            

Gladys Martin BEST OF SHOW - $500 Silver Award for Excellence - $250 Bronze Award for Excellence - $175 Glema Mahr Beauty of Nature Merit Award - $125 Anne P. Baker Beauty of People Merit Award - $125 Juanita Badgett Beauty of Life Merit Award - $125 Robbie P. Ruby Merit Award - $75 J.B. & Kiel Moore Merit Award - $75 Reba Dunville Merit Award - $50 Partners in Progress Merit Award - $50 FOR MORE INFORMATION: New Artist Merit Award - $50 Phone: (270) 824-8650 Young Artist Merit Award (15 & under) - $50 Website: