Students at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) have seen an overall increase in health and wellness in the last few years.
Last year nearly 5,000 students at four two-year colleges completed a college student health survey, identifying trends when compared to data from previous health surveys in 2011 and 2009. The 2013 survey results indicated the number of uninsured students at MCTC has dropped from 28.3 percent in 2011 to 24 percent in 2013. This is likely due in part to outreach efforts by the state-funded insurance initiative MNsure combined with recent health and wellness opportunities for MCTC students.
In 2012, MCTC opened its student-centered health clinic on campus. Boynton Health Service provides quality healthcare services—including treatment for illnesses and injuries, lab and x-ray testing, routine medical exams and mental health services—by medical professionals on campus to all enrolled MCTC students. “I often hear patients say it is so convenient to get their care right here on campus, between their classes,” said Jenny Swanson, Boynton Health Service clinic manager. “Our primary care providers also host monthly health talks in the common spaces on campus in order to reach out to the greater MCTC population on a variety of health topics.” Insurance is not required by students who use Boynton, and students without insurance are not turned away.
The College has also invested in fitness programs, intramural activities, a fitness center and motivational exercise programs for students. More than 800 students utilized the MCTC weight room and gym facilities during the 2013–2014 academic year. “Our numbers have increased every semester since we started,” said Drew Rongere, campus recreation and wellness coordinator. “Even during finals week we had people in the weight room and the gym. Some students love working out now that they see what they can do.” In the 2013 college student health survey, more than half (54.7 percent) of MCTC students report engaging in moderate to high physical activity levels.
“What’s even better than the physical accomplishments is the connections and friendships students make,” said Drew. “It’s good for their mental health as well as their physical health.” Drew is working with MCTC’s diversity director Dr. Whitney Harris to address mental and physical health disparities among students.
The 2013 health survey also revealed telling data about the physical, mental and sexual health of the MCTC student body. The survey showed 22.7 percent of students reported the death of someone close to them as being a major mental health stress, up from 20.3 percent in 2011. The survey also showed that students are using the new Boynton facilities to seek testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections as well as for routine physical checkups, immunizations and treatment of minor injuries.
Both Boynton and the campus fitness center will be open during the 2014 summer session.
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Chancellor Steven Rosenstone will visit MCTC to discuss the presidential transition with students, faculty, staff and community leaders. The chancellor would like to hear from you about the qualities critical to the success of the interim president and the continued success of MCTC.
Presidential Transition Open Forums with Chancellor Rosenstone
Wednesday, June 4
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Helland Center Multi-purpose Room (H.1002)
3–3:30 p.m. Students
3:30–4 p.m. Staff
4–4:30 p.m. Faculty
4:30–5 p.m. External Community
If you are unable to attend this session, the Chancellor welcomes comments to be sent to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone announced last week that MCTC President Phil Davis has been appointed to his cabinet as associate vice chancellor and will serve as the next managing director of the Campus Service Cooperative.
In a letter to the College sent on May 27, 2014, President Davis said, “I am excited about this new chapter in my professional life; I feel good about what we have accomplished for our students and the City of Minneapolis during my tenure as president of MCTC and I am eager to continue the partnership work that I love to do. Fortunately, my new role will allow me to continue working with all of you and with my colleagues from around the state. I will be leaving the presidency in September, 2014.”
As part of the transition, an interim president will be named. Chancellor Rosenstone has released a memo calling for nominations of internal MnSCU candidates and will visit the campus to consult with students, faculty, staff and community leaders on the qualities critical to the interim president. The session will be held on Wednesday, June 4, from 3–5 pm on the MCTC campus. For those who are unable to attend, the Chancellor says, “I want to hear from all voices. Knowing that summer means that many students and faculty members may not be on campus and available to meet with me on June 4, if you are unable to join me in person, I welcome you to contact me at email@example.com.”
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Following a spring search committee’s efforts, Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) has announced two new members of its leadership team.
Dr. Avelino Mills-Novoa will join MCTC as vice president of student affairs. Dr. Mills-Novoa will lead efforts to promote the success of the College’s students and employees and improve graduation rates. Working in collaboration with Dr. Whitney Harris and the College’s Human Resources department, Avelino will also promote educational equity and lead efforts to close the gap in educational attainment.
Dr. Mills-Novoa comes to the College experienced in working with students, faculty and staff to promote student success. Dr. Mills-Novoa came to Minnesota as a refugee from Cuba and became the first member of his family to attend college. He started his education at the University of Minnesota’s General College and went on to earn a master’s degree and doctorate in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in counseling from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. He has served as assistant dean and director of student services for the U of M’s General College and, on an interim basis, as Associate Vice President in Multicultural and Academic Affairs. He also served as the interim dean of undergraduate studies at St. Cloud State University, and is currently a professor emeritus of Community Psychology. “Dr. Mills-Novoa’s personal and professional background make him a wonderful role model and inspiration for our students,” said MCTC President Phil Davis.
Dr. Gail O’Kane will serve as vice president of academic affairs. Dr. O’Kane is returning to the College leadership team after serving for the last year as interim president of Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC). She will lead the development, administration and evaluation of the College’s academic programs, including accreditation and assessment processes. Working with the faculty, Dr. O’Kane will be responsible for ensuring the College’s curriculum fulfills the needs of students and is structured in ways that provide clear pathways to completion. She will lead the development of MCTC’s academic master plan and guide the College’s response to the academic program review.
Prior to her interim presidency at RCTC, Dr. O’Kane served as associate vice president of strategy, planning and accountability. Before joining MCTC, she served as system director for education-industry partnerships for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. She graduated magna cum laude from Boston College with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and earned a doctorate in neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Dr. O’Kane comes with the experience of running the daily operation of a large, comprehensive college like MCTC and has keen insights into the practices that lead to success for students elsewhere in the country,” said Davis.
“The College has the unique opportunity to benefit from the complementary talents of these two exceptional leaders,” said Davis. “We are honored to have them with us.”