Photo gallery: MCC-Maple Woods celebrates Student Center renovation

Students Brian Mba (from left) and Jozie Berg handled the scissors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the MCC-Maple Woods campus’ renovated Student Center. (Photos by Andrew Ryan/MCC)

Metropolitan Community College’s Maple Woods campus held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 30 to mark a “refresh” of the Student Center building, including the student dining area and lounge, Campus Life & Leadership office and student organizations meeting space.

Maple Woods president Tyjaun Lee described the remodeled Student Center as a “shining jewel” of the campus. Not only is the space welcoming and open but it’s comfortable, too, she said.

The Student Center was updated with new carpet, paint, ceiling fixtures and LED lighting, as well as new data connections and plenty of outlets to charge electronics. Branding featuring MCC’s new mascot, the Wolf, is prominent throughout the refreshed space. The Student Center got new furniture last year.

More photos from the ribbon cutting:

About 100 people attended the ceremony. The “MCC Proud” and MCC Wolves imagery was part of the renovation project.
Campus president Tyjaun Lee (right) thanked Rene Bennett, Maple Woods director of campus operations, for overseeing the renovations and presented her with a gift.
District 1 Kansas City Councilwoman Heather Hall noted how MCC-Maple Woods has grown with the Northland and adapted to community needs.
Northland Regional Chamber of Commerce chairman Darren Hennen talked about what an important role Maple Woods plays in educating the Northland.
Refreshments included cake (with the Maple Woods 50th anniversary logo), cupcakes and sparkling cider.
Time to cut the ribbon (from left): Hennen, Hall, Ellen Crowe, Bennett, Terrell Tigner, Mba, Lee, Berg, Kaitlyn Kelly, Micheal Strohschein, Kathrine Swanson and Jeff Ullmann.
Students, employees and community partners turned out for the event.
Ellen Crowe, Maple Woods’ vice president of instruction and student services, wrapped up the ceremony by encouraging the audience to give a big Wolf howl.
Students study and socialize in the revitalized space.
The MCC Wolf, here with Rene Bennett, gave the event two thumbs up.