Mesalands community gather for convocation

Special to the QCS

Mesalands Community College hosted an Aug. 15 convocation to update the college community on campus-wide initiatives, to reflect on the college’s milestones, and to inspire everyone to continue the success of the college.

The theme of the event was “Above and Beyond: Exploring the Past and Shaping the Future.” The college’s staff was informed about the upcoming accreditation process by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and their role in it.

The event was initiated by MCC President Mildred Lovato.

“This year’s convocation was originated to encompass staff development,” Lovato said, “to address college priorities and the strategic plan, and to educate and to encourage everyone’s participation in the accreditation process.”

Natalie Gillard, Dean of Academic Affairs, gave a presentation on accreditation. She said that beginning this semester, the entire college community would play a part in the two-year process for reaffirmation of accreditation.

Janet Griffiths, Pre-Collegiate Faculty at Mesalands Community College, is a member of the Accreditation Committee at the College, and led one of the breakout sessions on accreditation.

“I think it’s good to know that everyone is a part of the accreditation process. Everyone feels they have a say in what we’ve done and how we’ve accomplished it,” Griffiths said. “But they also realize that they are an integral part of making sure we get accredited, because everyone has a part in our accreditation.”

The other breakout sessions pertained to problem solving and the importance of becoming an Ambassador for the College. The three sessions entitled, “Ambassadors for the Programs,” “Ambassadors for the Students,” and “Ambassadors Building Relationships,” allowed staff to learn more about the college and its programs, how to recruit and retain students, and more on staff development and conflict resolution.