Benjamin Huntington, new MCC Admissions Officer

One of our newest team members at MCC is Benjamin Huntington.  He has a background in journalism and mass communication from The University of Iowa. His enthusiasm is contagious and I have enjoyed working on projects with him. When we sat down to talk he had such positive things to say about our college and our students. He has already become a focus of our students and receive over 30 emails a day from students and prospective students.

When I asked him about what he hoped to accomplish he wrote, “My main goal is to help students understand that they can create a better life for themselves and for their families through the programs we offer within our Colleges. Too many students delay their goals simply because they lack information. Post-secondary education and training through MCC allows ALL students to have options—options for classes, programs, career paths, earning potential, etc. It’s my hope that we are able to foster an environment in which students can build skills and confidence, while also developing into leaders—not only while they are here at MCC, but also after they move onto their four year colleges or into the workforce.”

Ben and his wife, Tiffany have a son Charlie who is a “blast” and they are expecting another child in January. He is a big football and basketball fan and loves the Knicks. In my other hat as librarian I like to know what our staff is reading. Ben’s favorite is Malcom Gladwell, we have Blink and The Tipping Point  here. Welcome to Muscatine Ben.

Q&A with Molly Elizade, new MCC advisor

In July, MCC hired a new Advisor in Student Services, Molly Elizade. I asked her some questions last week.

Photograph by Renae Britt, taken in the Library.

Why are you doing this?

I love working with students, and I am sure I can make a positive impact on those I advise and with whom I interact.

How did you get interested in your field?

I decided to work in and study Higher Education specifically because of my experience with the students as an adjunct at MCC. The students here are smart, resourceful and kind, and they are awesome to work with. I also appreciate the kindness and supportive nature of the administration, faculty and staff at MCC, which is why I continue to adjunct and is why I have chosen to pursue academic advising. I have a special interest in the Community College because I love the diversity of the students we serve and the ability to know the students on a more authentic level, something that is hard to do in a large university setting.

What’s the best thing that happened to you while working with students?

My favorite part of working with students is to see them develop as writers. Writing and communication are important in all facets of academic learning, and it makes me really happy to watch students find their voice and to be able to express it strongly, efficiently, and with clarity. I also love when I have a classroom full of students from various backgrounds who are able to debate, discuss, and share their thoughts regarding challenging topics in a respectful and educated manner. Of course when students thank me for helping them along the way and preparing them for future classes, it makes my day!

What’s the funniest thing (that’s printable) that has happened to you while working with students?

A common teaching technique I use to help students understand approaches to argument are YouTube videos which accentuate part of the lesson I am teaching.  One day, I thought I had the right video queued up to teach how media tries to scare us into action (a common propaganda appeal). It was supposed to be an ADT Home Security Video, but unknowingly, I queued up the parody instead…it was NOT the real commercial, but it did use fear appeal propaganda techniques! I didn’t realize it was a spoof until it was too late, and the students looked at me a little nervously for until I realized it and turned it off!  I was pretty red-in-the-face! It became an ongoing joke that summer in class, and poor me, I had a lot of baseball players that summer who didn’t let me forget it!

How do you think a community college is different from a 4 year college?

The community college has an environment of authenticity. The community college offers students an opportunity to pursue various levels of education, and while doing so, they can receive customer service that universities simply cannot offer. Because of this environment on community college campuses, students and faculty can create lasting relationships in pursuit of student goals and life choices. The administration, faculty, and staff seem to work synergistically with student success as the focus. I also find that building community partnerships is more accessible at the community college, and I strongly believe the more we can connect students with local businesses, organizations, and professionals, the more likely students will become a productive members of our local community and beyond. What is fantastic about these partnerships is that the student has access to positive mentors that can last a lifetime. Finally, since I was born and raised in Muscatine, I have a personal affinity for MCC because I know it provides wonderful opportunities for all of our citizens through academics, the arts, and continuing education…a larger university simply can’t match the “community” that a community college offers.

What advice do you have for brand new MCC staff?

My advice is the same my dad always gives me: pay attention! Watch people at work, get to know and appreciate what they do, and get involved. I am ecstatic to be a part of this team, because I have been treated so well by everyone at every level; therefore, I am not afraid to ask a lot of questions or to start conversations with people I haven’t met yet. This is not “common” for such a large and diverse working community, so newbies at MCC should also be thankful. I know that every morning I wake up, I am excited and happy to come to “work” at such an awesome place.

Muscatine Community College recently welcomed 11 new international students as part of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Community College Initiative program.The bureau fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations.Please join us in welcoming our international students who will be studying with us this year. Front (L to R) –Abdul Hakeem (Pakistan), Noor Ali (Pakistan), Tshlolfelo “Tee” Mboweni (South Africa), Shama Lnu (India), Deasy Pasaribu (Indonesia), M. A. Mohet Herock (Bangladesh), Fuseini  Ali (Ghana), Laetitia (Ivory Coast), Hossam Yacob (Egypt)Back (Left to Right) – Muzzafar Hussain (Pakistan), Charlene “Maya” Diomande (Ivory Coast)

Muscatine Community College recently welcomed 11 new international students as part of the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Community College Initiative program.

The bureau fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations.

Please join us in welcoming our international students who will be studying with us this year.

Front (L to R) –Abdul Hakeem (Pakistan), Noor Ali (Pakistan), Tshlolfelo “Tee” Mboweni (South Africa), Shama Lnu (India), Deasy Pasaribu (Indonesia), M. A. Mohet Herock (Bangladesh), Fuseini  Ali (Ghana), Laetitia (Ivory Coast), Hossam Yacob (Egypt)

Back (Left to Right) – Muzzafar Hussain (Pakistan), Charlene “Maya” Diomande (Ivory Coast)

Welcome Open HouseThursday, August 214:00 - 5:30 p.m.MCC Student CenterKick off the semester at MCC, students and their families are welcome to attend.The afternoon will include opportunities to:Learn about campus clubs and activitiesLocate your classesDiscover campus resources such as tutoring, computer labs and librariesBuy your textbooks and class suppliesConnect with faculty, staff and other studentsFor questions about the Welcome Open House, contact Erika at 563-288-6101 or visit www.eicc.edu/welcomeback.

Welcome Open House

Thursday, August 21
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
MCC Student Center

Kick off the semester at MCC, students and their families are welcome to attend.

The afternoon will include opportunities to:
Learn about campus clubs and activities
Locate your classes
Discover campus resources such as tutoring, computer labs and libraries
Buy your textbooks and class supplies
Connect with faculty, staff and other students

For questions about the Welcome Open House, contact Erika at 563-288-6101 or visit www.eicc.edu/welcomeback.

Both our front entrances were poured today! They should be ready for use sometime next week. The back drive is open with a Temporary road - when you reach the bottom of the hill you will need to turn left and then turn right and head east on Colorado Street.I would recommend that you then turn adjacent to the Yacky Shack and exit through the mall. Very soon Colorado Street to the east heading towards University Drive will be closed, but by that time you should be able to fully use Colorado to Park Avenue.It might be best if everyone parked in the front lot or the lot adjacent to Learning Tree.Please be careful exiting via the back drive, go slow and take your time, large equipment is in use on Colorado Street and while they are being careful it is hard to see everyone and everything.

Both our front entrances were poured today! They should be ready for use sometime next week.

The back drive is open with a Temporary road - when you reach the bottom of the hill you will need to turn left and then turn right and head east on Colorado Street.

I would recommend that you then turn adjacent to the Yacky Shack and exit through the mall. Very soon Colorado Street to the east heading towards University Drive will be closed, but by that time you should be able to fully use Colorado to Park Avenue.

It might be best if everyone parked in the front lot or the lot adjacent to Learning Tree.

Please be careful exiting via the back drive, go slow and take your time, large equipment is in use on Colorado Street and while they are being careful it is hard to see everyone and everything.

Introduction to Manufacturing Open HouseJoin us for a facility tour and learn more about our new Introduction to Manufacturing Course. A hands-on program, Introduction to Manufacturing keys on the needs and expectations of local employers – providing an 8-week course that moves students through quickly!We train to the skill sets specified by area manufacturing companies, focusing on long-term employability. During our open house you can experience our unique learning lab, meet program faculty and learn about steps for admission – including possible funding options.For more information, please contact Marv Smith at 563-288-6162.http://www.eicc.edu/future-students/our-programs/manufacturing/introduction-to-manufacturing-course.aspx

Introduction to Manufacturing Open House

Join us for a facility tour and learn more about our new Introduction to Manufacturing Course. A hands-on program, Introduction to Manufacturing keys on the needs and expectations of local employers – providing an 8-week course that moves students through quickly!

We train to the skill sets specified by area manufacturing companies, focusing on long-term employability. During our open house you can experience our unique learning lab, meet program faculty and learn about steps for admission – including possible funding options.

For more information, please contact Marv Smith at 563-288-6162.

http://www.eicc.edu/future-students/our-programs/manufacturing/introduction-to-manufacturing-course.aspx

Eastern Iowa Community Colleges Chancellor Don Doucette appeared with Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and others at the July 24 “Hiring our Heroes” employers breakfast and veterans career fair in Davenport. Here’s a clip of Chancellor Doucette, discussing the college’s new Engineering Technology program. For more information about the program go to www.eicc.edu/engineering