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MCC staff, faculty brace for changes

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

MCC faculty and staff recently toured the Event Center on campus to see the facility and for the first time view the interior progress. To put things into perspective, if you added up all the square footage of all the buildings on campus, half would fit in the new 53,000 square-foot facility. The features of the facility include a competition gymnasium with retractable seating for up to 2,000 spectators, an auxiliary practice gym for MCC's six intercollegiate sports programs, four lower level locker rooms, including restrooms, showers, laundry, and storage areas, main floor cardiovascular and weight training areas, concession and gathering areas, seven offices and a conference room. While weather has put construction about one month behind schedule, officials believe the $9.5 million facility will open this summer and be operational for the fall semester.
(Brent L. Cobb/McCook Community College)
McCOOK, Nebraska -- After last week's announcement that two of the colleges top officials are leaving, McCook Community College faculty and staff returned to classes Monday as the spring term opens amid a flurry of change.

Mid-Plains Community College CEO Dr. Michel Chipps announced his resignation last week after he was offered the presidency position at Northeast Community College in Norfolk. Then at Tuesday's MCC's "Back-to-school" meeting, Dr. Richard Tubbs, Vice-President and CEO of MCC announced his intention to retire effective June 29, the end of the college's fiscal year.

"It's an exciting time for us and the college will fare well," Chipps told the MCC staff and faculty last week. He said while some of the leadership is changing, he believes the college will fare well because of the core group of quality people who will continue providing the quality instruction to new generations of students.

In addition to the retirement of Dr. Richard Tubbs, long-time instructor Ken Shobe, who teaches computer and technology classes, is retiring at the end of the semester and English instructor Megan Friesen, will leave at the end of the semester to pursue other interests.

Addressing the staff and faculty Tubbs said "he could not have had a better capstone" to his professional career.

"I think we are leaving the college in a good place with good people who will carry it forward into the future," Tubbs said.

Dr. Chipps said when he arrived at Mid-Plains in 2002, he saw what he believed to be a "tired" college. He said in the past decade, the college, its staff and the communities they serve have worked very hard to change that.

Chipps told MCC employees that Dr. Tubbs definitely will leave an unquestionably positive imprint on McCook Community College.

"The facilities are in remarkable shape, enrollments have been strong over the years, the Accelerated Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic, Graphic Design, and Welding programs, and facilities like the Center For Applied Science and Technology are all attributed to his leadership and tenure," Chipps said.

He said one of Dr. Tubbs' crowning achievements will soon be realized in the completion of the MCC Events Center, "which is a remarkable and outstanding accomplishment."

The MCC men's and women's basketball teams are poised for a stretch run that will see their final season in historic True Hall before moving to the Events Center in the fall.

The MCC men have seven remaining home games and the women six. Both teams will face off against arch-rival North Platte Feb. 15 then close down True Hall Feb. 28 against Northeast CC of Norfolk.

Spring break is scheduled for March 12-16 and commencement is set for May 11.

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