Paul W. Smith is a nationally renowned radio talk show host on WJR Radio. As I write, (the morning of May 18, 2017) he is on campus doing a live broadcast in the La-Z-Boy atrium. I had the pleasure and privilege of being his first guest this morning at 6:15 a.m. I normally do not wake up that early. Paul ‘W’ is a proud product of Monroe County Community College and he makes that known every chance he gets. Thank you, Paul W. for helping the world see the value of MCCC.
This morning, I had less than five minutes to answer Paul’s questions about the projects we are working on with the millage funds, HVAC progress, enrollment, and new programs in Agriculture and Auto Service. Joe Verkennes and his Marketing Team deserve all the credit for making the arrangements and assisting with my talking points. Indeed, there were many hours spent behind the scenes to bring this event to fruition.
This Paul ‘W’ broadcast would not be possible without our sponsors. So, a very special thanks to our sponsors: DTE Energy, Promedica Monroe Regional Hospital, La-Z-Boy Inc., and Monroe Bank and Trust. Those are the “big four” of our community and they are stalwart supporters of this institution. We appreciate them more than they will ever know.
This is to express my sincerest appreciation to all those who worked behind the scenes to ensure a successful 50th Commencement Ceremony on Friday. Kudos to Tracy Vogt and the Registrar’s Office, the maintenance crew, the faculty, staff, and administrators who made all this possible. Indeed, there is so much work that all of you do behind the scenes.
A very special recognition to our first and second presidents, Dr. Ron Campbell and Jerry Welch, respectively. Those are two of the giants on whose shoulders I stand today. Dr. Campbell, our first president, was only 39 when he assumed the presidency of an institution that had no buildings and no students, look at us now. He is a true living legend and the one responsible for passing the perpetual millage which continues to sustain MCCC. Jerry Welch was our second president who inherited the reigns from Dr. Campbell. Jerry is the one who landscaped the campus to make it as beautiful as it is today. The building where we hold commencement each year is named for Jerry Welch; another living legend. I am glad they were both able to attend Commencement again this yea
Congratulations to Prof. Cheryl Johnston for her selection as Honorary Grand Marshal and to Nick Prush and Robin West Smith for being selected as Faculty of the Year and Adjunct Faculty of the Year, respectively. Of course, we cannot forget our student speakers, Clayton Blackwell and Jennifer Cline for doing a great job, and Bill Bacarella for being selected as Alumnus of the year. Also a very special thanks to Dr. Grace Yackee for presiding over the program, and to the MCCC Board for their support of this great institution.
Many thanks to all of you for making MCCC what it is, and congratulations to all our 2017 graduates whose lives have been enriched and transformed by the MCCC experience.