Retired MCC instructor’s unusual honor: A plant named after him

You’ve heard of flowery resumes. But how about a resume that includes the honor of having a flowering plant named after you? Dr. David Belt, a retired Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley biology instructor, can now claim a tropical plant as his namesake. Its official, scientific moniker: Anthurium davidbeltianum Croat. Anthurium is a large genus of flowering …

MCC’s Chris Kelly earns KC Chamber’s Supplier Diversity Ace Award

A Metropolitan Community College employee is being recognized for her commitment to diversity. Christine (Chris) Kelly, supplier diversity program coordinator, has been selected as this year’s Supplier Diversity Ace Award Winner by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. The award recognizes individuals who have “made a durable commitment to embracing diversity in their workplace …

MCC campus honors a ‘full of smiles’ student with a special bench

When Metropolitan Community College-Blue River student John Marrs III died unexpectedly on Dec. 1, 2016, “a lot of people were really devastated, including myself,” remembers his friend Tianalexa Turner. “He was just the nicest kid,” says Turner, who got to know John working on a student TV show at William Chrisman High School in Independence. …

Geography instructor taking a deep dive into Poland this summer

A Metropolitan Community College-Longview instructor is spending part of the summer in Poland to “explore the relationship between the United States and Poland and delve into politics, national security, culture and economics.” Geography instructor Victor Meledge-Ade was chosen to participate in the 2018 Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad program. It provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad …

Students in MCC’s Summer Jumpstart have ‘all the support in the world’

Eleven new Metropolitan Community College-Penn Valley students are spending the summer acquiring success skills, brushing up on math and being introduced to campus resources. The eight-week, half-day program is called Project Success Summer Jumpstart. As the name suggests, it’s an offshoot of Penn Valley’s Project Success, which provides a variety of support services for select …

MCC releases Dean’s List for Spring 2018

Metropolitan Community College has released its Dean’s List for the Spring  2018 semester. Across MCC’s five campuses, nearly 20 percent of students earned the academic distinction. To qualify, students must earn a semester grade-point average of 3.5 or higher and be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours. Earning Dean’s List recognition is an …